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Lubbock History and Reference Materials:

Lubbock and the South Plains by  Donald R. Abbe, Paul Carlson and David Murrah. Donning Company Publishers, 1989.

Historic Homes and Building Tour, Lubbock, Texas, by Virginia Mahaley Thompson. Published by the Lubbock Heritage Society in 1988 (?), in cooperation with the Lubbock Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Lubbock Area Foundation, Inc.

Architecture in LUbbock: A Guide for Identification and Preservation by the Texas Tech University Center for Public Service, 1979. 

Lubbock Architectural Survey and Inventory, by the Lubbock Chapter of the American Institue of Architects, prepared by the City of Lubbock Department of Planning, 1976.

National Organizations

The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, advocacy, and resources to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation and is administered by the National Park Service.

The Preservation Directory is the online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United States and Canada.

The Main Street Movement: Why Downtown Matters has transformed the way communities think about the revitalization and management of their commercial districts.

Texas Organizations

Preservation Texas, founded in 1985, is the only private, nonprofit membership organization in Texas that is dedicated to being a full-service statewide preservation organization.

The Texas Historical Commission: Real Places Telling Real Stories is the state agency's website offering scores of excellent resources. See their FAQ page for ideas and answers.

Local History Resources

A Guide to Lubbock's Architectural Heritage is a project of the Urban Design and Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Lubbock.

Directory of Lubbock Officials [Excel spreadsheet]

The Lubbock Centennial's website gives brief histories of notable Lubbock landmarks, including those that the LHS helped preserve.The West Texas Historical Association (WTHA) holds an annual conference in the spring where its membership and people from other organizations such as the Center for Big Bend Studies, the East Texas Historical Association, and the Texas Oral History Association present papers on topics such as ranching, industry, genealogy, and county histories. More information can be found at WTHA's website.

Local history books published by the membership of the West Texas Historical Association.

The National Ranching Heritage Center preserves the culture, history and historic structures of ranching.

The Texas Heritage Trails Program is a combination of historic preservation and tourism, that encourages communities to partner to promote Texas’ historic and cultural resources.

Other books and Reference Materials:

A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia and Lee McAlester

The Politics of Historic Districts: A Primer for Grassroots Preservation by William Edgar Schmickle

LHS items for purchase:

Purchase our newest book, Images of America: Lubbock, for $21.99 plus tax and $5 shipping

The Centennial History of Lubbock by Paul Carlson, with Donald R. Abbe and Monte Monroe. Donning Company Publishers, 2008.

Purchase The Centennial History of Lubbock book for $29.99 plus tax and $5 shipping

A new book about the South Plains Army Airfield by Donald R. Abbe will be released on 4/28/14. To purchase the book directly from Arcadia Publishing go here. The book is also available on Amazon.


Lubbock Heritage Society, P. O. Box 5443, Lubbock, Texas 79408 (806) 392.4949, LubbockHeritageSociety@gmail.com