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Research Topics

Research Topics in the Wittliff's Southwestern Writers Collection
(a subject guide to the literary collections, providing topics of interest for researchers)

Information on the Wittliff's Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection is here.

Links provided below are to many of the processed (cataloged) collections. However, please be aware that additional archives—not yet processed—are often available. In all cases, it is wise to contact the archivist for complete information about the specific holdings identified in this guide.

This guide was prepared by Steve Davis, curator of the Southwestern Writers Collection. The guide undergoes continual revision and updating. Please send any suggestions or comments to Steve Davis.

For a complete list of literary archives, alphabetized by the writers’ last names, click here.

For more insight, read "Texas Literature: The First 470 Years (Give or Take a Few Days)," by Steve Davis published by Humanities Texas.
 
African American studies
Larry L. King
Beverly Lowry (Madame C.J. Walker biography)
 
Thomas Ricks Lindley
 
Border Studies
James Crumley
 
Cartooning
Charles Barsotti,
Robert Calvert (Cartooning in Texas)
Pat Oliphant
 
Chicano Literature
Dagoberto Gilb
Hispanic magazine
Chicano periodicals collection
 
Childrens Literature
Judy Alter
 
Civil Rights
Larry L. King
Joe Nick Patoski (Voices of Civil Rights project)
 
Correspondence Treasures
Billy Lee Brammer
Dagoberto Gilb (correspondence with Texas Monthly)

Cowboys and Cowgirls
Sarah Bird
Wilson Hudson (Andy Adams biographer)
Tommy Lee Jones (archives relating to Jones' 1995 film adaptation of Elmer Kelton's novel The Good Old Boys.)
Joyce Gibson Roach (author of Cowgirls)
 
J. Frank Dobie studies
J. Frank Dobie
Al Lowman's Dobie Collection
 
Mary Sue Jones
 
Early 20th Century Texas Writers
J. Frank Dobie
 
Editing/Editorship
William Broyles, Jr.
Mark Busby
Hispanic magazine
 
Educators
Paul Baker
 
Environmental Literature
Susan Wittig Albert
 
Rollo Newsom
 
 
Historical Fiction
Cindy Bonner
 
 
Lyndon B. Johnson studies
Billy Lee Brammer
Texas State University Archives
 
Kennedy Assassination
Gary Cartwright
 
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove television miniseries archives
Larry McMurtry
 
Magazine Journalism
Texas Monthly
Hispanic magazine
 
Cormac McCarthy studies
Cormac McCarthy
John Emil Sepich's Notes on Blood Meridian
 
Larry McMurtry studies
William Broyles, Jr.
Larry McMurtry
 
Memoirs
Susan Wittig Albert
 
Mexican American studies
Kay Council (curandera research)
Michael W. Rodriguez
Chicano periodicals collection
 
Mexico
Cabeza de Vaca (La relación y comentarios)
James Crumley
 
Music Journalism
Gary Cartwright
Michael Hall
Hispanic magazine
Grover Lewis (Rolling Stone)
Bud Shrake (Willie Nelson)
Texas Monthly
 
Mystery/Detective Fiction
Susan Wittig Albert
 
Native American studies
Jack Jackson
 
Willie Nelson studies
Gary Cartwright
 
New Journalism
Gary Cartwright
 
 
Poetry
Roberto Galvan
Dick Heaberlin
Albert Huffstickler
Frances Nooncaster
Miriam Sagan
 
 
Katherine Anne Porter studies
Roger L. Brooks
From Texas to the World and Back: Essays on the Journeys of Katherine Anne Porter
 
Religion
Robert Flynn
 
Ann Richards Studies
Gary Cartwright
 
Rivers of Texas
John Graves
 
Romance
Sarah Bird
 
Screenwriting
screenplay collection
Robert Benton
Tommy Lee Jones
 
Sci-Fi/Fantasy literature
Neal Barrett, Jr.
 
The Sixties
Billy Lee Brammer
Michael W. Rodriguez
 
Storm Chasing
William Hauptman
 
Texas Monthly
Texas Monthly archives
 
Texas State Alumni
Charles Barsotti
Heloise” (Ian Frazier collection)
Michael W. Rodriguez
 
True Crime
Gary Cartwright (Cullen Davis)
Beverly Lowry (Karla Fay Tucker)
 
Mark Busby
Michael W. Rodriguez
China Beach television series
 
Women Write the Southwest
Susan Wittig Albert
Judy Alter
Mary Gray Hughes
Beverly Lowry