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Happenings: Sylvia Mendez

Civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez
to speak at Texas State Oct. 25

Poster for Sylvia Mendez reception

Civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez will speak at Texas State University Oct. 25, 2012.

By Ann Friou

Civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez will speak on “Critical Issues of Equity in Education” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Texas State University. Her talk will be held in the Wittliff Collections, located on the seventh floor of Alkek Library.

Mendez is the oldest daughter of Gonzalo Mendez, a Mexican immigrant, and Felicitas Mendez, a Puerto Rican, who challenged segregation so that their children and other Latino children could obtain the same quality education provided to white students. Continue reading

Happenings: Louise Erdrich Reading

Louise Erdrich to share many voices, many stories at Wittliff Collections

photo of Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich

By A.J. Ortega

Louise Erdrich comes from many worlds and can be identified as many things. She is the daughter of a Chippewa Indian and German American, a businesswoman, a mother, a poet and a New York Times bestselling writer. But, ultimately, she is a storyteller. She has a voice.

Erdich will share her voice with the Texas State community through a reading and book signing on Thursday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. in the Wittliff Collections. She also will read at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle on Friday, April 6. Both events are free and open to the public. Continue reading

Happenings: Back to School 2012

Come to campus refreshed, ready
for another excellent semester

Students in Texas State fanfare

Eat 'em up, Cats!

Texas State’s spring semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 17. We know you’re busy gathering your books, hunting for your favorite highlighter and finalizing your parking strategy, but we just wanted to remind you that Texas State offers more than classes — we’re a community, here to enrich your life.

Below we’ve listed links to campus resources that can help you start well and finish strong this semester. After you’ve breathed a sigh of relief — because NSO is over, you’re moved in and your parents are back at home — take a minute to learn about the many opportunities you’ll have to get involved during the first few weeks of classes. Continue reading

Happenings: Archives Day Celebration

6th annual Archives Day celebration
is coming to Alkek Library

October is National Archives Month, and on Friday, Oct. 14, as part of its sixth annual Archives Day celebration, the Wittliff Collections and the University Archives at Texas State University will present a panel on “Archives and Anniversaries.” 

A photo of the entrance to the Wittliff Collection.

The Wittliff Collections, the site of the Archives Day celebration, is located on the seventh floor of Alkek Library on the Texas State campus.

The panel will be from 2-4 p.m. at the Wittliff Collections on the seventh floor of Texas State’s Alkek Library. A moderated discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the panel, along with a catered public reception from 4-5:30 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public. Attendance at the panel is not required to attend the reception.  Continue reading

Happenings: Texas Literary Life

Wittliff 25th Anniversary celebration
continues with exhibitions, talks

Photos of three authors

Sarah Bird, Elizabeth Crook and Stephen Harrigan will speak on "Texas Literary Life" at the Wittliff Collections on Thursday, Oct. 6.

By Samantha Snell

The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University’s world-class literary and photographic collections of works by Southwestern artists, will continue the celebration of its 25th anniversary with two free upcoming events. Continue reading

Around Campus: Discover Texas State

Discover Texas State explores tradition, community on campus

By Catherine Harper

The community of San Marcos and the surrounding areas are as intrinsic to Texas State University as its rolling hills. On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Discover Texas State invites the public, both near and far, to explore the Texas State campus with free, family-friendly events on Friday and Saturday of Family Weekend.

Discover Texas State opens the university’s doors to the public, offering members of the community the chance to experience the diverse aspects of life at Texas State, with events including educational activities, live entertainment and campus and community tours. Continue reading

Around Campus: The Wittliff Collections

Wittliff Collections celebrate 25 years
with free exhibitions and events

Photo from the Wittliff Collections

Mujeres Mazahua by Mariana Yampolsky

By Michele Miller

In 1986, Austin screenwriter and photographer Bill Wittliff and his wife Sally established the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University with a gift of papers and personal artifacts from Texas folklorist J. Frank Dobie. Five years later, a Southwestern-inspired reading and exhibition room opened on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library to showcase the growing holdings—with no entry fee.

This year, the Wittliff will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with an open house on Oct. 1, in conjunction with Discover Texas State, as well as numerous free exhibitions and events throughout the year. Continue reading

Happenings: MFA Readings at the Wittliff Collections

MFA program helps students share work amid icons of literary greatness

By Billi London-Gray

Three times each semester, the Wittliff Collections becomes a forum for the talented writers in Texas State University’s creative writing graduate program.

Surrounded by the work of great American writers, MFA students read from their works in the Southwestern Writers Room on the seventh floor of Alkek Library. The museum space is home to exhibits featuring the literary archives of icons like Cormac McCarthy, J. Frank Dobie and Katherine Anne Porter.

“These readings are to give them practice at performing their pieces in a professional setting, and to get more literature into the air on campus by having it presented out loud,” says Michele Miller, the publications specialist for the Wittliff Collections. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: The Red-Headed Stranger

Texas State lands historic collection
of Willie Nelson memorabilia

Willie Nelson, from his Facebook page

The Wittliff Collections on the seventh floor of Texas State’s Alkek Library now houses the Willie Nelson Recording Collection, which chronicles the career of the Texas singer, songwriter and bandleader.

Acquired from a fan and consummate collector of Nelson’s work, John Kalinsky, the collection spans 1954 to 2010 and contains 877 recordings, including 45s, LPs, audio cassettes, VHS tapes, CDs, and DVDs.

These materials represent a significant addition to the Wittliff’s Willie Nelson holdings of handwritten song lyrics, screenplays, letters, concert programs, tour itineraries, posters, articles, clippings, personal effects, and memorabilia reflecting Nelson’s success as a concert artist, as well as a handmade songbook created by Nelson when he was around eleven years old.

Featuring recordings under Nelson’s leadership as well as tracks on which he is a producer, guest musician, or songwriter, the collection represents Nelson’s enormous output and collaboration with various musicians.

The oldest recordings are two 45s by Dave Isbell from 1954, on which Nelson plays guitar, released by Sarg Records, a small label from Luling. The collection also contains Nelson’s first single released under his own name, “No Place for Me” backed with “Lumberjack,” recorded in Vancouver, Wash., while Nelson was working as a disc jockey.

Also included are deluxe-edition CDs of Nelson’s classic albums as well as box sets with extensive liner notes, recording and session information, and previously unreleased performances. There are also live recordings, including a DVD documentary on Willie’s 4th of July Picnic in 1974—a carnival-like affair emceed by Leon Russell with performances by Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, and others.

With this new acquisition, the Wittliff Collections become the nation’s primary repository of Willie Nelson materials. See the A-Z Guide in the Research section at the Wittliff website for details. Much of Nelson’s early discography is on the original vinyl records, and these as well as the other recordings can be enjoyed in the Wittliff’s reading room. Everyone is invited to come and listen.

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