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Founded at Texas State University-San Marcos by Austin screenwriter and photographer Bill Wittliff and his wife Sally, the Wittliff Collections are devoted to preserving a creative legacy that will instruct and inspire the current generation as well as those to come, illuminating the artistic process and testifying to the importance of the southwestern and Mexican imagination in the wider world.
Primary to the mission is the safekeeping and sharing of the Southwest’s literature, film, and music, and the photography of the Southwest and Mexico through the acquisition of significant archives and supplementary materials. The digital materials presented here are a small portion of the holdings. Please visit the website at to learn more about the collections, exhibitions, and book series.

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  • Ashes of Waco

    Selections from journalist Dick Reavis’ research into the raid, siege and burning of the Branch Davidians’ Mount Carmel Center near Waco, Texas by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) and the FBI, as well as ...
  • Austin Film Festival Conference Recordings

    Digitized recordings of Austin Film Festival Festival & Conference panel presentations.
  • Panther Hall

    Panther Hall was a concert hall located in Fort Worth, Texas and open from 1963-1978. The collection contains mostly photographs documenting the various artists that performed at the concert hall.
  • Santiago Tafolla Collection

    This collection contains selected items from the archive of Santiago Tafolla, including Santiago’s 1908 handwritten memoir.
  • Wittliff Event Videos

    Video recordings of Wittliff Collection events, including readings, exhibit openings, and other special events.