Alkek Library Exhibitions & Displays
There are exhibit and displays found throughout the library. Learn more about reservable display areas in the library.
Below is what is currently on display in the library.
Alkek Second Floor
Voices of Hue
November 4, 2020 – January 5, 2021
In support of our Black student body and their work with The 11% Project, we offer up the voices of those who have gone before. As students in the Star stated, "Some of us trudged up the hill to the Alkek Library Archives from The Star newsroom to do our research," The University Libraries recognize that many have trudged up invisible, seemingly insurmountable hills toward equality. Join us in exploring the works of these passionate authors towards an understanding of one another.
This exhibit is in the glass cases on the 2nd Floor or main floor of Alkek Library to the right of the entrance by the elevators.
Alkek Third Floor
The Fighting Stallions, Masterpiece of Mystery
Which of the following is a true statement about the stallions statue on the quad?
1. It is made of aluminum
2. The artist was a woman, known worldwide for her works featuring animals.
3. The statue was valued at $50,000 (about half a million dollars today) when it was donated to the college in 1951
4. The base upon which the stallions originally rested was designed by Texas Artist Buck Winn, the same artist who created the mural on Flowers Hall and on the main floor of the library.
Answer: All of the above!
Millions of people have walked by the large “Fighting Stallions” sculpture which serves as a focal point of the quad on our campus. Very few people know much about it. This exhibit features books and photographs to help tell more of this incredible story, featuring renowned sculptor Anna Hayatt Huntington, her philanthropist husband Archer M. Huntington, his cousin, John T. Yarrington of San Marcos, and Buck Winn of Wimberley.
This exhibit is located in front of the Checkout Desk between the elevators and the grand staircase and will run through December 18, 2020.
Nuestra Latinidad: The Forgotten Americans in las Colonias on the Border 20 years Later
Now on exhibit on the 3rd floor is personal memorabilia belonging to Dr. T Jaime Chahin gathered during his work on the The las Colonias research project and subsequent filming of the documentary, The Forgotten Americans. Included in the exhibit is newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs of some of the subjects of the project, and other noteworthy archives.
This exhibit accompanies the upcoming Research Spotlight panel session, Nuestra Latinidad: The Forgotten Americans in las Colonias on the Border 20 years Later.
More information can be found on the Research Spotlight guide.
Alkek Fourth Floor
Discover some amazing Black scientists, national and local to Texas State University, with our newest display on 4th floor. Featuring several active social media hashtags lining the shelves, this display highlights not only some amazing Black scientists and their research but also several books from Alkek's collection about what it's like to be Black in STEM or academia at large. These books are available for checkout - ask how at the checkout desk on 3rd floor.
This exhibit is located on the 4th floor by the elevators and the grand staircase and will run through January 15, 2021.
Alkek Fifth Floor
Texas State Sports History
Play ball! Or any other sport you’d like. Sports have been a part of Texas State’s history since the first basketball team graced the pages of the 1904 Pedagog. Stop by the 5th floor of Alkek Library to see some sports-related highlights from the University Archives. The exhibit covers sports from the early 1900s through the 1990s. Items displayed include photos, trophies, and equipment. See a jacket worn by a member of the 1960 championship basketball team and a helmet worn by a football player in the 1920s!
If you have any questions about any of the items on display, about the history of sports at Texas State, or suggestions for future exhibits, feel free to contact the University Archives: UnivArchives@txstate.edu
Visit https://www.univarchives.txstate.edu/ to see the University Archives’ online exhibits.
Puzzles, Mysteries, and Hidden Messages
Train your brain with an exhibit about puzzles, mysteries, and hidden messages. Get a mental workout with mazes and picture puzzles, logic and word puzzles, math, science, and chess puzzles, and more. Check out a selection of mystery-related books and DVDs. And after you've honed your puzzle skills, try to solve our armchair treasure hunt puzzle for the chance to win a prize!
This exhibit is on the 5th floor near the elevators and will be on display from November 2, 2020 - January 11, 2021.
Alkek Sixth Floor
African-American Materials Exhibit
This exhibit includes materials that support the new African-American Studies program. Read more about the African-American Studies program and library resources available related to it on the African-American Studies Research Guide.
Latina/o Materials Exhibit