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Giving Opportunities

There are many opportunities to support the mission of the Wittliff Collections. Building a substantive acquisition fund is a primary objective and funds are also needed to enhance preservation and exhibition activities, for our book series publications and special one-time projects. Gifts of every size and shape are important to the Collections.

The Wittliff Tomorrow Fund

The Wittliff Tomorrow Fund will enable us to react swiftly when opportunities arise to expand our collections of creative materials that have shaped our region’s cultural heritage. Please give generously today to ensure acquisition funds are readily available for unique opportunities to expand the breadth and depth of the Wittliff Collections.

Donate online or contact Development Director, Ramona Kelly, for more information.

In Memory of Gary Cartwright (1934-2017)

We are very saddened by the loss of Gary Cartwright, a dazzling literary talent who was one of Texas’ most admired and influential journalists. His freewheeling gonzo style, bolstered by his deep reporting and careful attention to language and form, won legions of admirers in his many books and in the pages of Texas Monthly.
Cartwright began donating his literary papers to the Wittliff Collections in 1989. His archive at the Wittliff now totals nearly fifty boxes and is available to researchers.

We are honored to have Gary Cartwright’s papers at The Wittliff, and we are honored to accept contributions in his memory. Your gift will be used to support our work collecting, preserving, and celebrating the cultural heritage of Texas and the Southwest.

Donate online (Please select the option “In Memory of Gary Cartwright”)

Collection Acquisition

New acquisitions allow the Wittliff to expand and enhance its holdings and is integral to our mission. Private support
provides funds to purchase new material and more and more libraries, universities, and museums are paying record prices
for significant archives.

For example, Stanford University purchased poet Allen Ginsberg’s archives for a reported $980,000, while The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin is said to have paid $2.5 million for the papers of Norman Mailer.

A 1948 print of Ansel Adams’s Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico sold for $609,000. Cormac McCarthy, whose papers are housed at the Collections, recently sold his Olivetti manual typewriter at auction for $254,500. A photograph titled El Ensueño /The Daydream by Manuel Álvarez Bravo sold at a London auction in 2007 for a little over $261,000.

To be competitive in such an aggressive market, accessible funds for acquisitions are critical. It's difficult to predict when important archives—literary or photographic—will become available, and because it is often necessary to move with real speed to purchase them, ready access to funding is vital.


An endowment gift is an investment in the future allowing the Collections to work today while assuring support in the years to come. Endowments may be created with an outright or planned gift and may be unrestricted or designated to benefit a specific program, collection, or activity. Minimum endowment funding levels vary by type, but an initial gift of $25,000 is required to create an endowment.

Exhibitions + Public Programming

Sponsorships for individual exhibitions enable the development and presentation of some of the finest literary and photographic exhibitions in the region. Sponsors receive prominent exposure for their support. Benefits may include:

  • Recognition in exhibition materials, including press releases, signage, website, catalogs, and special brochures (when produced), and invitations
  • Acknowledgement in the Wittliff Collections’ award-winning newsletter The Keystone

Book Sponsorship

Underwriting the cost of producing a volume from either of the Collections two Book Series provides excellent philanthropic and marketing opportunities, as publications reach bookstores throughout the United States. Books from both the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection Series and the Southwestern Writers Collection Series have won numerous state, national, and international awards.

Special Projects

For information about the special projects now underway and how you can help, contact Wittliff Collections Director David Coleman at or (512) 245-2313

How To Donate

Contact us to discuss a gift or donate online. For more information, contact us:

David Coleman, Director
The Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library
Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Ph: 512.245.2313