Author Archives: Diane Warner

About Diane Warner

I'm the Librarian for the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World at Texas Tech University. That means I do all sorts of things, from arranging manuscripts to writing news releases or curating exhibits for our new collections.

Some Thoughts on the Sowell Collection from Adam Houle

I worked with Diane in the Sowell Collection while finishing my PhD in English. My time with the Collection found me processing Susan Brind Morrow’s fascinating, intricate, and often delightful papers. There, in a stack of typed draft work marked … Continue reading

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Beyond the Llano: Catching Up with Bonnie Hanson Cordell

Bonnie Hanson Cordell assisted Diane for two years with cataloging in the Sowell Collection as a student in the English and German programs at Texas Tech University, working on the collections of Gretel Ehrlich, David James Duncan, and Susan Brind … Continue reading

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

As the holiday season approached, I remembered that there were some Christmas cards in Annick Smith’s collection (1940-2000), sent to her by the children of Elinore Pruitt Stewart.   Smith has a long association with films and filmmaking. I remember seeing … Continue reading

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The Sowell Collection: Then and Now

The article that appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal on Dec. 17, 2000 was not news to me.  I worked at TTU Libraries and I’d already heard of this fantastic new collection–and as a librarian, poet, literary scholar, I wanted … Continue reading

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Class Portrait – Current Readings in Natural History

For the past five years, I have worked with Prof. Kurt Caswell and the students in his Spring Semester class. I teach them how to conduct research in a special collections library, select boxes of manuscript material from the Sowell … Continue reading

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To See the True Beauty in Nature is to be Thankful

The manner in which John Muir describes his surroundings made me realize how little I paid attention to mine. He saw wonder and life in the places I would have seen monotony. Muir saw an opportunity to be thankful for … Continue reading

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Among Giants: Interning at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

I am lucky enough to be one of the first Texas Tech University undergraduate students to present an essay at the Sowell Collection Conference.  Presenting at the conference entailed researching, editing multiple drafts, and practicing the essay over and over.  … Continue reading

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