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Address: Alkek Library, 7th Floor, Texas State University San Marcos,, San Marcos, TX 78666
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512-245-2313
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Founded in 1986, the Wittliff Collections are devoted to collecting and...

Founded in 1986, the Wittliff Collections are devoted to collecting and preserving the creative legacy of the Southwest and to fostering “the spirit of place” in the wider world through the acquisition of significant archives and works of the Southwest’s literature, film and music, as well as the photography of the Southwest and Mexico. The Wittliff Collections welcome visitors, tours, and classes, host lectures, readings, and symposia, assist researchers, and present major exhibitions year-round from their archival repositories in over 6,600 square feet of viewing space.

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Incredible Archive of Fine Photography in the Witliff Collection at Texas State University

The Witliff Collection of fine photography is an amazing archive found in the Alkek Library at Texas State University. Open to the public and a generous gift to lovers of fine... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 February 2017
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Austin, Texas
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Garland, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

First off, we found the Alkek Library to be extremely hard to find & get to. We had to ask 2 different students & a professor we found walking in the area before we found it. Once we did find it, we had to park almost 1/2 mile away as there was no parking nearer. It wouldn't have been so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Witliff Collection of fine photography is an amazing archive found in the Alkek Library at Texas State University. Open to the public and a generous gift to lovers of fine photography. Bill Witliff, Hollywood Screen Play Writer, collector, and philantropist has amassed and incredible collection of rare and fine photographs. Bill is not only an incredible writer but has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Wow!! This place is Super Perfect!! Friendly Staff!! Wonderful Management!! I love the Lonesome Dove and this place had everything I was looking for.

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Abilene, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Very nice art gallery on the Texas State University campus. It's located on the top floor of one of the libraries there. Great show.

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San Marcos, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

it's a great place to visit on my lunch break. I work at txstate. I don't travel much.the only time I got to travel far was when I joined the Marines in 1971 I was 19. other than that I'm a hometown citizen.

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

We went to Texas State for a college visit with our daughter. We decided to go up to the 7th floor to get a view of the campus. My husband and I are both alumni and so much has changed! When we got up there we walked around the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection - what a treat! Beautiful museum... More 

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San Marcos, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

The Wittliff Collections is a little-known gem located on the top floor of the Texas State University Library. The permanent collection includes incredible photography as well as items and props used in the actual Lonesome Dove movie. There is also a collection from the famed Texas show, "King of the Hill," including original drawings and scripts. The best part is... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2015

When driving from Austin to San Antonio, we always stop at the Wittliff Collection at Texas State University in the Alkek Library. We have seen everything from amazing photography exhibits to a great display of posters from the 60's and 70's music scene in Austin. The permanent collections are so cool, especially if you love Texas literature. And the view... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2015 via mobile

The music poster collect was displayed beautifully! Nice gallery and friendly lady who opened the facility.

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Pflugerville, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2012

Like going to the pueblos at Taos, driving through the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, and seeing the LBJ Museum in Austin, one cannot truly say they have felt the essence of the Southwest without walking through the Wittliff Collections in San Marcos, Texas. The proper word to describe it is "tasteful." Park in the Johnson Student Center at Texas State... More 

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