The current exhibit on display in
the Archives, "Western Traditions" focuses on the diverse
cultural, artistic and musical traditions that were intrinsic
to life in the Big Bend Region of Texas throughout it's long and
colorful history. Song, Dance and verse were as important to these
western communities as the ranching, religion and raising the
family. Life was difficult and these activities helped to bolster
the spirits of these strong and independent people.
Featured in the exhibit is verse
from E.E. Townsend's Pocket Journal," The Strawberry Roan"
a favorite song of Sul Ross Alumni and notable rancher, John Prude.
"Pecos River Ballad" written by Sloan Matthews, a cattleman
and lyricist. Cowboy Poets Hubbard Clayton Parker, Nessie May
Roach and well known Rancher and respected cowman,Ted Gray, a
talented story teller and historian. Other contributions are from
Sul Ross professors, students and organizations that have helped
to document and preserve many of the social customs of the West
Texas Settlers, since the University's inception and as they continue
to do so today by hosting such events as "The Texas Cowboy