"The Catalyst" was a controversial, underground student newspaper at Texas Tech University during a time of political, social and academic upheaval. It was comprised of articles, reviews, editorials, satires, parodies and political statements. The Vietnam War, politics, protests, racial discord, and drug use were the most common themes discussed. Numerous attempts were made by the university and City of Lubbock to shut down the paper. In 1970, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of The Catalyst by The Channing Club, a Texas Tech student youth group organized by the Unitarian Church. The ruling in favor of The Catalyst is one of the most notable court cases in the area of freedom of the press for school newspapers. It is often cited in cases of censorship of student presses. A copy of the proceeding's transcript is available through interlibrary loan.

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Lynn Whitfield,
University Archivist
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Box 41041
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1041
Phone (806) 742-3749

Visit The University Archives website for more information on the history of Texas Tech University.

Recent Submissions

  • The Catalyst Vol. 3 

    Downs, Tom; Cochran, Clark E.; Snow, Ed; Jones, Brian; Settler, Roger (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1971)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 3 No. 1 

    Snow, Edward; Hylden, Tom; Harris, David (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1971-10)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 2 No. 9 

    McGinnis, Kelly; Snow, Ed; Gleason, Ralph J.; Crowell, Sherry (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1971-03)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 2 No. 11 

    Moore, Charles; Houston, Rick; Snow, Ed; Gilbert, Polly (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1971-04)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 2 No. 10 

    Goodykoontz, Bill; Grogan, Emmett; Green, Elmer; Snow, Ed (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1971-03)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 2 No. 8 

    Snow, Ed; Mayer, Lawrence; Crowell, Sherry; Snyder, Soloman H.; Aguero, Bidal (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1971-02)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 2 No. 7 

    Snow, Ed; Crowell, Sherry; Snyder, Soloman H. (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1971-02)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 2 No. 6 

    Mayer, Richard; McGinnis, Kelly; Lindsay, David (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1970)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 2 No. 5 

    Boyer, Jim; Mark, Matthew; Aguero, Bidal (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1970-11)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 2 No. 4 

    Mark, Matthew; Groggan, Emmett; Bond, Linda (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1970-10)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 2 No. 3 

    Groggan, Emmett; Fletcher, J. B.; Bernard, Bill; Newcomb, Ben; Williams, Kathy; Boyer, Jim; Mark, Matthew; de Leon, Nephthali (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1970-10)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 2 No. 2 

    Mark, Matthew; Hughes, Johnny; Boyer, Jim; Rubbing, David (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1970-09)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 2 No. 1 

    Taylor, Ted; Pontius, Dale; Ivins, Molly; Martin, Mike; Bidwell, Dan (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1970-08)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 1 No. 13 

    Bidwell, Dan (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1970)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 1 No. 12 

    Aquero, Billy; Crowder, Jim; Fletcher, John; Musgrave, Real (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1970)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 1 No. 11 

    Unknown author (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1970-04)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 1 No. 10 

    La Fong, Carl; Olds, Greg (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1970-03)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 1 No. 9 

    Foreman, Grant (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1970-02)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 1 No. 8 

    Larue, Skippy; Bidwell, Dan; Mason, Tom; Farber, Jerry; Brown, Tim (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1970-02)
  • The Catalyst Vol. 1 No. 7 

    Grogan, Emmett P.; Buechel, Wayne (Digitized by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library., 1970-02)

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