Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Rodeo Association:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1946-2001 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Tech University. Rodeo Association
Title: Texas Tech Rodeo Association Records,
Dates: 1946-2001 and undated
Abstract: Records of the Rodeo Association of Texas Tech University from 1946-2001.
Collection # U 265.1
Quantity: 2 Boxes (2.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The Texas Tech Rodeo Association was established to promote collegiate interest in rodeo activities, continue the western heritage traditions, and to sponsor a inter-collegiate rodeo team. Membership was restricted to enrolled Texas Tech students and members had originally meet the first and third Thursday evenings monthly in the Agriculture Pavilion. Competitors were also required to be members of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).

A seven member board of directors administers this student organization which is partially funded by the Recreational Sports Department. In a supervisory role is a designated coach/faculty member who coordinates the organization's activities according to university policy.

Primary activities include the Cowboy Christmas Ball, held annually before the end of fall semester; maintaining a scholarship endowment for members; a spring rodeo open to anyone who wishes to participate; the Texas Tech Intercollegiate Rodeo, which is held in October and serves as the main fundraiser for the organization; and helping members participate in the NIRA's ten annual rodeos for the Southwest region.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains miscellaneous historical papers on the Texas Tech Rodeo Association from 1946-2001. Included are the articles of incorporation, brochures, news clippings, newsletters, a rodeo handbook, and numerous rodeo programs. Also, there are memorabilia items such as rodeo ticket stubs, stationary, Christmas cards and a sticker.

Conservation: The scrapbooks were in poor condition, with pages and photos falling out and apart. The rubber cement used to paste the images and text down have permeated the materials and caused the items to yellow. All pages were photocopied and put into acid-free folders. The original scrapbook pages are in the oversized blue board box. The photographs were labeled, sleeved and sent to photographs, except for the one oversized photo which resides with the scrapbook pages.


The collection is organized in alphabetical order.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Tech University. Rodeo Association
Texas Tech University. Rodeo Association--Records and correspondence
Calf roping
Riding clubs--Texas, West
Rodeos--Texas, West
Rodeo performers--Texas
Rodeo performers--Training of--Texas
Rodeos--Texas--Lubbock--Social aspects
Western riding

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Block and Bridle Club Records, 1933-1981 and undated
  • Jim Dallas Photographs, 1940
  • Inez Medlock Morrison Photographs, 1923-1930
  • Rodeo Photographs, 1949-1971
  • George M. Tate oral history interview [sound recording], 1990
  • James P. Williams oral history interview [sound recording], 1983

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Tech Rodeo Association Records, 1946-2001 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Collection accession #(s):

Gifts, 2001 and 2005

Processed by

Lynn Whitfield, December 2001

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 Articles of Incorporation, circa 1950
2 Brochures, undated
3 Caprock Equestrian Center Opening, 2000
4 Christmas Cards, undated
5 Meeting Minutes, 1956
6 New Mexico A and M Intercollegiate Rodeo Program, 1955
7 News Clippings, 1986-2001
8 Newsletter: The Agriculturalist, 1984
9 Newsletter: The Riggin Bag, 1955
10 Rodeo Collegian Magazines, 1971-1972
11 Rodeo Handbook, undated
Rodeo Programs
box folder
1 12 Rodeo Programs, 1949-1958
13 Rodeo Programs, 1960-1965
14 Rodeo Programs, 1966-1967
15 Rodeo Programs, 1968-1969
16 Rodeo Programs, 1970-1971
17 Rodeo Programs, 1972-1973
18 Rodeo Programs, 1974-1976
19 Rodeo Programs, 1977-1979
20 Rodeo Programs, 1980-1984
21 Rodeo Programs, 1985-1986
22 Rodeo Programs, 1987
23 Rodeo Programs, 1997-2001
24 Rodeo Scholarship Endowment Dinner, 1998
25 Rodeo Team Members, 1997-1998
26 Rodeo Tickets, 2000-2001
27 Round-Up Days Programs [Block and Bridle Club], 1946
28 San Angelo College Rodeo Program, 1956
29 Scrapbooks (photocopies), 1948-1950 and undated
30 Scrapbooks (photocopies), 1950-1961 and undated
31 Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show Programs, 1955-1956
32 Stationary, undated
33 Sticker, 1970-1973
34 Sul Ross State College Intercollegiate Rodeo, 1955