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News - Wittliff Collection Travel Grant Made Permanent By Generosity of Houston Philanthropist.

RELEASED May 18, 2017

SAN MARCOS, TX – The Wittliff Collections announced that the William J. Hill Visiting Researcher Travel Grant program will continue in perpetuity thanks to a $100,000 gift from its namesake. “We are grateful to Mr. Hill for continuing to support our efforts to bring our amazing collections to the world,” said David Coleman, Director of The Wittliff Collections.  The program, which helps defray the cost of travel for researchers from out of state, and out of the country was started as a pilot program in 2014 and has helped further establish Texas State University’s reputation as a growing research institution by attracting top-tier research talent.  Diane Luce, a researcher from South Carolina, has used the grant program in the past, “I believe the Hill grants attest not only to the importance of the archives at Texas State, but also to the excellence with which they are curated.”

The Hill Grants are divided into three categories: Texas researcher, domestic researcher and international researcher and range in value from $250 - $1,700. More information on eligibility and applications can be found at The Wittliff Collections website.

The Wittliff Collections are located on the seventh floor of Texas State’s Alkek Library in San Marcos, between Austin and San Antonio. Exhibition hours, directions, parking information are online. For questions, call 512.245.2313 (press 0).


The Wittliff Collections are dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the cultural legacy of the Southwest’s literary, photographic and musical arts, and to fostering the region’s “Spirit of Place” in the wider world. The Wittliff hosts readings, artist talks, lectures, and other events; presents major exhibitions year-round from its holdings; and makes its collections available to statewide, national, and international researchers.

Visitors, tours, and classes are welcome. Admission is free.


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