FAQ's

QUESTIONS

What is the Crossroads?

How do I access your collections?

How do I plan out my research at the Crossroads?

What if I can’t make it to Lubbock?

What is the procedure for donating materials?

What types of things are you looking for?

How can I help?


ANSWERS

What is the Crossroads?

We are a deep resource for primary and secondary materials relating to the history of the musical culture of the Greater Southwest. CLICK HERE for our history.

How do I access your collections?

We have thousands of documents, film, and sound files that are accessible only in the Reading Room of the Southwest Collection. CLICK HERE for more information. But we are also constantly adding files to our digital holdings. CLICK HERE to check our Dspace site regularly for the latest acquisitions.

How do I plan out my research at the Crossroads

We strongly encourage prospective researchers to write, call, or email Crossroads staff in advance of any visit to determine what materials might be pertinent to their scholarship. Upon your arrival at the Southwest Collection, our staff can meet with you to offer guidance about which records and collections are most likely to contain useful material.

What if I can’t make it to Lubbock?

Our staff is more than willing to assist you if you are unable to travel to Lubbock. It might be possible to conduct research entirely via our digital collections. We are also equipped to duplicate materials, see this CLICK HERE for further information.

What is the procedure for donating materials?

We are always seeking more collections pertaining to our central mission. The first step in donating your materials is to contact us, telling us a bit about what you have. From there, we will contact you and make an appointment to view your materials. Also see “A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository” provided by the Society for American Archivists

What types of things are you looking for?

We look for materials that document the lives and works of the people of the Southwest, particularly from musicians, writers, and artists. The vast majority of our archive is comprised of audio and video tapes, films, photographs, letters, and journals. But we also are interested in any business records, drafts, tour schedules, sketches, older printed material, and basically anything that can tell the history of you and your family. A particularly important part of our archive is our oral history interviews: where we get you to tell your story, in your own words.

How can I help?

If you can help by donating historical materials (rare recordings, photographs, correspondence, or other collections) relating to the music history of the region, please CLICK HERE to send us an email. Please CLICK HERE for information about how to donate money to help this effort.