UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS OF THE PERMIAN BASIN J. CONRAD DUNAGAN LIBRARY ARCHIVES/SPECIAL COLLECTIONS The Archives/Special Collections consists of four collections which contain smaller collections. Most material can be found by using the library's online catalog. Open ended keyword searches (click on "Word Search") are generally the most useful way to find archival material. UTPB Archives and Special Collections The UTPB Archives documents the history of the university with campus publications and other material. These are in frequent demand for school spirit projects and public relations projects. Special Collections (books) include rare editions and autographed editions of works of English and American literature, history and other fields. These are of use for serious work in textual and bibliographic studies. Special Collections (documents) include original manuscripts and movie scripts of Larry McMurtry (Texas Modern Fiction Writers Collection); Gordon Bankston Collection and J. Frank Dobie Collection; Frederick Francis Nye papers; histories of Texas counties, and petroleum in the Permian Basin. In other words, here is the research material needed in order to be steeped in the area's history and be, if not be another Larry McMurtry, at least a well-informed student of the area's history and culture. Special Collections (photos, etc.). The collection contains Dallas Glass Plate Negatives, Ellen Dorothy (Schultz) Quillan botanical photographs, John A. Stryker rodeo photographs, Harold Young Civil Rights Collection, historical post cards. Important as words are, these pictures take the viewer into the past in ways that words cannot. John Ben Shepperd Collection The boxed collection of documents (processing in progress) consists of 300 cubic feet of documents from his years as Attorney General, his efforts to establish UTPB, his years of civic service and public service. The collection includes his library of 2000 books indicating the range of his interests and taste and acquaintance with authors. Some of the books are interesting in themselves; some are interesting because they belonged to John Ben Shepperd. It is easy to understand his importance as an icon and why this material is here at UTPB. But it is important to communicate that everyone who has spent time reading his speeches and other documents has been caught up in his charisma and intellect and found him fascinating above and beyond his objective importance. Permian Historical Society Archives The materials are the most basic Permian Basin-specific historical materials: KOSA-TV newsreels, photographs, audio and video histories, documents from individuals, clubs, schools, churches, county histories, newspaper clippings. Patrons come here to recall their own "early days" in the Permian Basin or their parents' days, or their grandparents' days; sometimes for nostalgia, sometimes for research. The public papers of J. Conrad Dunagan are 125 cubic feet of material covering his businesses, his work in historical associations, in charitable and civic organizations and in establishing Monahans Sandhills State Park. As with John Ben Shepperd material, it is obvious why this material would be here, but less obvious why younger people should be interested. People who get good things done, big things done, by their skills and expertise and strength of will are worth studying. Regional Historical Resources Depository UTPB was the pilot site for this state program. Non-current permanent business and government records in the care of the Texas State Library and Archives are placed here from area counties: Andrews, Crane, Ector, Gaines, Mitchell, Upton, and Winkler. The obvious use is for genealogical research, but broader historical/statistical study is also possible. All materials must be used in the Archives/Special Collections public study area. First time patrons must read and sign a form outlining the rules for use of materials. Photocopying is subject to restrictions of copyright, fragility of materials, restrictions by donor etc. Photocopying is done by staff and is paid for at the time by the patron.