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Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and West Texas Collection

Mission Statement

ASU’s Friends of the Library strives to enhance the collections, services, programs and facilities of the Porter Henderson Library and the West Texas Collection.  Members work with the library staff to promote the facilities and to assist in making the university’s library and archival resources more widely known, used and appreciated.

Goals and Vision of the Endowment

The Friends of the Library have established an endowment to help fund operations of the West Texas Collection. The endowment is meant to help:

  • Research, procure and preserve the history of the area
  • Obtain local histories and preserve collections from the residents who have populated the area
  • Maintain and expand the genealogical holdings for further research
  • Acquire exhibits, both traveling and permanent, displaying them appropriately and providing security for them
  • Underwrite and develop a speakers series to share knowledge of West Texas history
  • Secure a place to house the West Texas Collection for easier public access

We invite you to contribute to this endowment by joining the Friends of the Library.

Benefits

As a Friend of the Library, you:

Provide Scholarships. Each spring and fall, the Friends group presents the Joe Bill Lee and Dr. Henry Ricci Scholarships to deserving library student assistants and nursing students, respectively.

Support Exhibits. A variety of exhibits receive Friends sponsorship for display at both the library and West Texas Collection.

Help Students. During final exams at the end of each long semester, the Friends organization furnishes free coffee and cookies for students studying in the library. 

Purchase Resources. Friends gifts help purchase books, archival materials and other needs for the library and West Texas Collection. 

Provide Support to ROTC During the Veterans Vigil. Each fall during Veterans Day celebrations on campus, members of the Friends help support the ROTC Veterans Vigil by providing refreshments.

By becoming a Friend, you and your spouse can enjoy:

  • Library borrowing privileges
  • Interlibrary loan privileges
  • Newsletter
  • Invitations to events sponsored by the Friends and/or library and WTC

Friends Events

November 17th, 2014

  • 6:30pm: Vietnam: Through the Lens
    This panel discussion, exhibit and reception honors all Vietnam veterans in the area and is open to the public.

January 6th, 2015

  • 9:00am: Friends of the Library Picture Party
    The Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and the West Texas Collection are hosting a “picture party” to identify people and locations in archived photographs. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Join the Friends

Complete the Friends of the Library Membership Form and mail it with your payment.

History of the Friends

The Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and the West Texas Collection were created to support the library and historic preservation efforts for the Concho Valley.

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Friends of the Library Board Members

  • B.J. Mayer, President
  • Linda Knightstep
  • Sue Engdahl
  • Mary Lou Elkins
  • Joe Cornelison
  • Randle Ross
  • Debbie McCullough
  • Kay Holland
  • Ginger Hudspeth
  • Lisa Mahler
  • Ellen McDonald
  • Martha Yarbro
  • Tom Johnston

Guide to Library Services

This Services Guide was set up specifically for Friends of the Library and West Texas Collection.

More Information

To learn more about joining the Friends of the Library, contact us at:

Friends of the Library
ASU Station 11013
San Angelo, TX 76909-1013
325-942-2164