The Center for Big Bend Studies is a program of Sul Ross State University in Alpine. It is dedicated, through public programming, instruction, research, and publication, to enhancing public understanding of the cultural and historical development of the Big Bend, the Trans-Pecos region of Texas, and adjacent areas in New Mexico and along the Texas-Mexican border. The center was conceived in the 1970s, and planning began in 1982. An endowment to finance operations was initiated in 1983, and the board of regents of the University of Texas System gave final approval to implement its activities in February 1987. The center is managed by a director; Earl Elam assumed that responsibility in August 1987 and was succeeded by Robert Mallouf in 1995. The center, located on the campus of Sul Ross State University, publishes a newsletter and the annual Journal of Big Bend Studies. The management encourages the use of collections in the Archives of the Big Bend, the Museum of the Big Bend, and the Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library, as well as other resources that relate to the culture and history of the region.