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Priority Projects

The Wittliff seeks philanthropic support for four priority funding projects, as well as contributions to our General Support Fund to help defray expenses associated with the many free public programs and exhibitions we offer each semester.

We appreciate gifts of all sizes, and you can make your gift in a number of ways, including as an outright cash gift, a securities gift, a pledge, or a planned gift (bequest).

Gifts of $100,000 or more paid in a single installment may be eligible for a matching grants program through the state’s Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP). Qualifying gifts between $100,000 and $999,999 are eligible for a 50 percent match. Qualifying gifts between $1,000,000 and $1,999,999 are eligible for a 75 percent match. And qualifying gifts above $2,000,000 are eligible for 100 percent in matching funds.

Make your gift online, by check, stock transfer, bequest, or as a recurring bank draft or credit card payment.

Contact Director of Development Ramona Kelly at or 512.245.5154 for more information.

Wittliff Expansion and Renovation Project

With an increased level of support from Texas State University in both financial contributions and square footage, The Wittliff will soon expand and improve our existing footprint on the seventh floor of the Albert B. Alkek Library. Currently, the university provides 20,000 square feet of space on the floor. The new footprint adds nearly another 10,000 square feet to The Wittliff’s domain, effectively doubling the exhibition gallery space. When complete, the expanded footprint will include a total of 30,000 square feet of space, all exclusively devoted to The Wittliff’s mission of understanding, preserving, and sharing the rich cultural heritage of Texas and the Southwest through literature, photography, and music.

In addition to the increased physical space, the university has committed 50 percent of the $3 million budget for phases I and II of the project. The balance of $1.5 million for the first two phases is sought from individuals and private foundations who share our passion for the creative and cultural legacy of the Southwest.

This capital project will enable The Wittliff to share more of our treasures with researchers, members of the general public, and students of all ages.

For the first time in the history of The Wittliff, naming opportunities are available. Contact Ramona Kelly at or 512.245.5154 for more information.

The Texas Music Collection Fund

The Wittliff is excited and pleased to announce that Texas music now has a new home, taking its place alongside our acclaimed Southwestern Writers Collection and the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection.

A melting pot of musical genres exists under the universally understood phrase, “Texas music,” and our goal is to collect and celebrate the full gamut – from classic and progressive country to Tejano, conjunto, zydeco, swing, folk, blues, rock, and more. The vast musical culture that defines our region will now be preserved and shared within The Wittliff.

Future plans for the Texas Music Collection include acquiring significant collections from musical genres across the spectrum and adding a dedicated exhibition gallery in which to showcase Texas Music year-round. Hector Saldaña joined The Wittliff in 2017 as curator of the collection.

The Spirit of Place Endowment

The Wittliff is building a new, permanent reserve dedicated exclusively to the acquisition of materials that honor the Southwest’s inimitable spirit of creativity. Lovers of the humanities who share The Wittliff’s passion for Southwestern literature, photography, and music are invited to support the Spirit of Place Endowment. Contributors of $25,000 or more will be honored on a new donor wall within The Wittliff’s expanded and renovated space on the seventh floor of the Albert B. Alkek Library.

The Lonesome Dove Endowment

The Lonesome Dove Endowment is a fund dedicated to the permanent stewardship of the legacy of Lonesome Dove at The Wittliff, which is home to the Lonesome Dove Production Archive, the Lonesome Dove Exhibition Gallery, and the Lonesome Dove Photograph Collection.

Lonesome Dove is woven into the fabric of The Wittliff thanks to the far-sighted vision of the film’s screenwriter and co-executive producer, Bill Wittliff, and his wife Sally, who founded The Wittliff Collections at Texas State in 1986.

As a premier research archive, exhibition gallery, and library reflecting the cultural essence of the Southwest, The Wittliff hosts visitors from across campus and around the globe, many of whom come solely to view material from the Lonesome Dove Production Archive – the world’s only body of work memorializing the award-winning miniseries that has become the cinematic anthem of the American West.

The endowment will support in perpetuity the conservation and preservation of material in the Lonesome Dove Production Archive while also ensuring the legacy of this timeless western lives on for future generations through expanded exhibitions, free educational outreach programming, and digital resources.

Wittliff Collections General Support Fund

Thanks to the generosity of donors who give to the General Support Fund, we are able to offer free world-class programs for the university community and members of the public. The General Support Fund also helps underwrite exhibitions, digitization projects, conservation, preservation, and the stewardship of our collections.

How to Donate

Contact Director of Development Ramona Kelly at or 512.245.5154 to discuss making a gift, or make a check payable to Texas State University (note the purpose of the gift in the memo line) and mail to:

Ramona Kelly
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Ph: 512.245.5154