Texas Music Libraries and Archives

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Hardin-Simmons University • Smith Music Library
P.O. Box 16230
Abilene, TX 79698-6230
(325) 670-1565
sickbert [at] hsutx.edu

Murl Sickbert, Music Librarian
Music archives
Smith Music Library, a separate library located in Caldwell Hall on Cedar Street, contains study scores, collected works of various composers, recordings, certain reference materials, and virtually all of HSU's books relating to the various areas of music. Listening equipment is provided, and the library houses the taped concerts and recitals of the School of Music.

Tejano ROOTS Hall of Fame Museum
213 North Wright Street
Alice, TX 78332
(361) 701-6028; Fax (361) 668-6661
jv [at] tejanorootshalloffame.org

Javier Villanueva, President; Armando Hinojosa, Vice President
Organizations/Associations • Music archives
Established: 1999
Tejano Roots (Remembering Our Own Tejano Stars), a nonprofit association out of Alice, established its charter in June 1999, and is working to create a Tejano Music Hall of Fame Museum. The museum will collect, preserve and display historical documents and artifacts, in addition to audio and video recordings by Tejano-music artists. Membership dues start at $25 but sponsorship packages are available, each with its own set of privileges. Funds raised through the membership drive go toward the development of the museum, which will be housed in Alice, Texas. For information on membership applications, visit the business offices located at 60 S. Wright in Alice.

Sul Ross State University • Archives of the Big Bend
Box C-149
Alpine, TX 79832
(432) 837-8127; (432) 837-8011; Fax (432) 837-8217

Melleta Bell, Senior Archivist; Gaylan Corbin, Associate Archivist
Music archives
Society of Southwest Archivists
Established: 1977
Sul Ross State University's Wilson Collection of Folk Music at the Archives of the Big Bend features tapes and transcripts from West Texas musicians and residents. Compiled by Dr. Tramel Rex Wilson, Professor of Music at Sul Ross State University.

The Texas Blues Museum Inc.
2509 Surrey Circle
Arlington, TX 76014
(817) 860-5623; (818) 294-1039; Fax (818) 833-7380
thetexasbluesmuseum [at] msn.com

Howard Scott, President; Bran Aitchison, Vice President
Music archives • Clubs, Dancehalls, Small Venues
Established: 2008
The Texas Blues Museum will be a high-tech interactive museum that is dedicated to the history of blues musicians from Texas with temporary highlights of blues musicians from America and around the world. The museum will have free educational tours and lunches on Wednesdays for local students from grades K-12. We will offer a chance for the students to learn to play music; in addition they will learn the business side of the music industry (Management, Agent, Accounting, Recording, Stage Set-up and other areas of the Industry). The museum will feature the Jack Nelson Room (Restaurant/Live music Venue). There will be two professional recording studios for local, regional, statewide and national acts, as well as an interactive kids recording studio, where the students can record their own music and take a CD home. There will also be a local radio station (AM or FM) dedicated to providing great music (Mainly Blues) but will also be a training center for interning local college students through local colleges.

Austin History Center
P.O. Box 2287
Austin, TX 78768-2287
(512) 974-7305; Fax (512) 974-7339
tim.hamblin [at] austintexas.gov

Tim Hamblin, Archivist
Music archives
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Entertainment Task Force; Texas Music Museum
Established: 1994
The Austin History Center, located at 810 Guadalupe, provides the public with information about the history, current events, and activities of Austin and Travis County. Even before Austin declared itself the "Live Music Capital of the World," the Austin History Center began collecting and preserving examples of music from the local scene. Included in the sound recording collection are the recordings of artists such as Ken Threadgill, Joe Ely, the Grey Ghost, the Thunderbirds, Uranium Savages, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Recordings produced by local groups such as the Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir and Crockett High School are available in the music collection. The Austin Music Network began documenting live performances in clubs and venues around Austin in 1994. The Archives of the Austin Music Network are now part of the Austin History Center collection. Music & Entertainment Television, launched by Austin Music Partners, took over the channel in 2005, and many of their shows are available at the Austin History Center.

Austin Music Video Archives ~ 2
Austin History Center, P.O. Box 2287
Austin, TX 78768-2287
(512) 974-7305; Fax (512) 974-7339
tim.hamblin [at] ci.austin.tx.us

Tim Hamblin, Archivist
Television programming • Music archives
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Entertainment Task Force; Texas Music Museum
Established: 1994
Austin Music Video Archives are now under stewardship of the Austin History Center. The tapes in the AMV Archives are part of a permanent collection documenting the history of Austin's vibrant music scene. The archives contain the master tapes of music videos and performance footage produced since AMN's inception in 1994. The collection is always expanding to include as much video material as possible relating to Austin music from any era that is available. Additions to the collection are always welcome and can be brought in to the Austin History Center located at 810 Guadalupe, or mailed to the address above. All formats of video tapes and DVDs are collected. DVDs of ME Television programming are also archived here.

St. Edward's University Archives
3001 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 448-8476; Fax (512) 448-8737
dianneb [at] admin.stedwards.edu

Dianne Brownly, Archivist; Armando Garcia
Music archives
Established: 1958
St. Edward's University houses the Silvestre Revueltas Collection including programs, articles, personal correspondence and recordings; the St. Edward's school song and its many incarnations; and the history of the St. Edward's music program with records dating from circa 1880 to present.

South Austin Museum of Popular Culture
1516-B South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704-2923
(512) 440-8318
samopc [at] gmail.com

Leea Mechling, Director
Music archives
Established: 2004
South Austin Museum of Popular Culture features and sponsors exhibits highlighting the history of Austin music dating from the 1960s through to today. The artists whose work is displayed garnered international acclaim for their influence upon rock art in the 1970s and the contemporary Austin culture. Old and new works by Austin artists will be displayed on a permanent basis along with periodic displays including the numerous notable contemporary Austin artists. Upcoming exhibits for 2006 will include a retrospective show of Carnaval posters, photographs by Niles Fuller, Scott Newton and Daniel Schaefer, posters by Nels Jacobson, the art of Tony Bell, artwork featuring the "Dead Clubs of Austin" and more..

Tejano Artist Music Museum, Inc.
2908 Overdale Road
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 928-3122; (512) 698-4124; Fax (512) 928-1797
tejanoartistmusicmuseum [at] hotmail.com

Marcelo Tafoya, President; Tony Tafoya, Editor; Miranda Tafoya
Music archives • Organizations/Associations
Established: 1968
The Tejano Artist Music Museum, Inc. (TAMMI) is dedicated in preserving, promoting and serving the Hispanic heritage, its music, and its performers. Planned as a traveling museum. A nonprofit group. Musica is a free newspaper that informs its readers about what is happening in Hispanic music such as hits, new releases, new artists, and what's being played on the radio. Musica is distributed in all states where the Hispanic community is prominent. The importance of Mexican American Culture has grown tremendously in Texas. The museum would allow the Latin music industry to provide not only talent, but also education to the public. This unique museum will provide historical facts and pictorials to educate the community. For more information on how you can provide a helping hand to the Mexican culture please feel free to contact me. The Museum is a nonprofit organization. Melissa Cortez is a staff writer.

Texas Archive of the Moving Image
500 San Marcos Street, Suite 108-B
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 485-3073
info [at] texasarchive.org

Caroline Frick, Executive Director
Music archives ? Organizations/Associations
Established: 2004
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) celebrates the state's home movies, industrial films, television output, and regional cine-club product as well as Hollywood and internationally produced images of Texas. Valuable to state history, these films also serve an important collaborative role in the preservation and restoration of the larger motion picture heritage for the United States. TAMI is an independent 501c3 organization dedicated to the preservation of Texas film heritage. Every year, home movies, television programs, and locally produced films are lost as these visual records of Texas rapidly decompose or are simply thrown away. TAMI works to discover these "orphan" films and to educate the public about moving image history and contemporary preservation practice.
Organizations/Associations • Music archives

Texas Heritage Songwriters Collection
4700 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 245-2185; Fax (512) 444-2845

Bob Cole
Clubs, Dancehalls, Small Venues
Texas Heritage Songwriters Collection, housed in the historic Hill's Cafe in Austin on South Congress Avenue is dedicated to developing a permanent archive of the work of both heralded and unsung heroes of the past displaying their photographs and related artifacts, and highlighting the performances of these unique artists who have laid the foundation for those contemporary Lone Star musicians who continue to build on Texas' rich tradition of inspired music and songwriting.

Texas Music Museum, Inc.
1009 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-8891; (512) 471-0520; Fax (512) 471-9600
cshorkey [at] mail.utexas.edu

Dr. Clay Shorkey, President; Sharon Herfurth, Vice President; Eve Falcon-Korems, Secretary; Joyce Christianson, Treasurer
Organizations/Associations • Music archives
Texas Music Educators Association; Texas Music Teachers Association; Austin Museum Partnership; Texas Association of Museums; Texas Music Librarians Association; National Music Museum Alliance
Established: 1984
The Texas Music Museum is a non-profit corporation, that celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008. The museum conducts research, and collects and preserves photographs, artifacts, and documentation relating to all aspects of Texas music. Texas Music Museum also presents free music history exhibits and live music programs, creates satellite exhibits for other organizations, and provides information and exhibit materials to schools, libraries, history centers, and to various public facilities and publications. Individual exhibits are continually updated and rotated, and are presented in the Texas Music Museum gallery at 1009 East 11th Street. The museum is open free to the public each weekday for self-guided tours, and also offers free tour programs. Exhibits include: Musica Tejano; African American Contributions to Texas Music; Our Native Spirit: Native American Texas Music; The Many Faces of Texas Blues; Texas Country Classics;Texas Jazz Izz; First Ladies:Texas Women in Music; Texas Classics; Songs of the Lone Star State; Texas Rap; Ragtime to Rock: Popular Music of Texas; Muziky, Muziky and Musikfest; Cowboys, Cowgirls: Black, White, Vaquero; Great Guitars of Texas; and Texas Grammy Winners, as well as regional Spotlight exhibits. The long-range goal of the organization is to establish a world-class multimedia Texas music history center in Austin.

Texas State History Museum
P.O. Box 12874
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 936-2311
david.denney [at] thestoryoftexas.com

David Denney, Director, Public Programming
Music archives
Established: 2001
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, located at 1800 North Congress Avenue, includes the Texas Sports and Music exhibit includes biographical information and artifacts on Van Cliburn, Mary Martin, The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, T-Bone Walker, Jack Teagarden, Red Garland, Lydia Mendoza, Bob Wills, and Light Crust Doughboys.

University of Texas at Austin • Benson Latin American Collection • Border Cultures: Conjunto Music
University of Texas at Austin, Sid Richardson Hall 1.108
Austin, TX 78713-8916
(512) 495-4582; Fax (512) 495-4568
schroer [at] mail.utexas.edu

Craig Schroer
Music archives
Established: 1921
The University of Texas at Austin's Benson Latin American Collection (located on the corner of 2200 block of Red River and Manor Street) provides information about the conjunto musical style, its history, cultural significance, and artistry. Links include: Música fronteriza / Border Music - by Manuel Peña (from Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies); "Yo soy de aqui" by Daniel J. Schaefer (a photo exhibit of Central Texas conjunto accordion players); and The Arhoolie record label which has been a longtime proponent of conjunto music. The exhibit includes photos, album covers, liner notes, and sound samples of some of their classic recordings of conjunto artists.

University of Texas at Austin • Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Sid Richardson Hall 2.101, 1 University Station D1100
Austin, TX 78712-0335
(512) 495-4515; (512) 495-4559; Fax (512) 495-4542
jr.wheat [at] mail.utexas.edu

John Wheat, Coordinator for Sound Archives; Linda Peterson, Photography Services Coordinator
Music archives
Established: 1950
The Center for American History (located on the 2300 block of Red River) contains major archives of Texas and Southern music including commercial recordings, sheet music, books and journals, photographs, posters, etc. Collections include: Archives of the Touring Entertainment Industry, Texas Music Collection, SXSW, Inc. Archives, Rod Kennedy Presents, Inc. Archives, Huey P. Meaux Collection, Armadillo World Headquarters and Soap Creek Saloon Archives, Townsend Miller Collection, Bob Johnston Collection, John A. Lomax Family Papers, UT Folklore Center Archives, and Texas Poster Art Collection. Full reference and photographic services. The Center for American History works with many music-related projects (books, films, radio, and video).

University of Texas at Austin • Fine Arts Library
DFA 3.200, Box P
Austin, TX 78713-8916
(512) 495-4475; (512) 495-4481; Fax (512) 495-4490
david.hunter [at] mail.utexas.edu

David Hunter, Music Librarian
Music archives
American Musicological Society; Association of Recorded Sound Archives; Music Library Association
Established: 1939
The University of Texas Fine Arts Library (located at 23rd Street and Trinity off East Campus Drive) includes the Adolfo Betti Collection, the Ainslee Cox Collection of 20th Century Orchestral Scores, the Lynn Freeman Olson Collection of Piano Pedagogy Materials, vocal anthology collections, and an extensive reference collection of catalogs, bibliographies and discographies. The Historical Music Recordings Collection (David Hunter, Curator) includes over 300,000 items, covering all types of music in all types of media. The library contains more than 50,000 scores, 40,000 recordings, and 30,000 books about music.

University of Texas at Austin • Latin American Network Information Center Music Resources
UT Austin, SRH 1.310
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 232-2418; Fax (512) 471-3090
lin [at] mail.utexas.edu

Ning Lin, Technical Director; Carolyn Palaima, Project Director; Kent Norsworthy, Content Director
Music archives
Established: 1992
The Latin American Network Information Center • LANIC (located on the corner of 2200 block of Red River and Manor Street) is affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin. LANIC has received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and UT Austin's College of Liberal Arts. LANIC is a key component of the International Information Systems, also based at UT Austin. LANIC's mission is to facilitate access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America. Our target audience includes people living in Latin America, as well as those around the world who have an interest in this region. While many of our resources are designed to facilitate research and academic endeavors, our site has also become an important gateway to Latin America for primary and secondary school teachers and students, private and public sector professionals, and just about anyone looking for information about this important region. LANIC sponsors several related programs, including a number of Internet-related Training Initiatives. LANIC's editorially reviewed directories contain over 12,000 unique URL's, one of the largest guides for Latin American content on the Internet.

University of Texas at Austin • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center ~ 2
P.O. Drawer 7219
Austin, TX 78713-7219
(512) 232-4619; (512) 471-3374; Fax (512) 471-2899
rworkman [at] mail.utexas.edu

Richard Workman, Research Librarian
Music archives
Established: 1957
The Humanities Research Center, renamed in 1983, (located on the corner of Guadalupe and 21st Street) is one of the world's preeminent institutions for literary and cultural research. The principal rare books and manuscripts library of The University of Texas at Austin, its special collections contain approximately 35 million manuscripts, 1 million books, 5 million photographs, over 100,000 works of art, and an important collection on performing arts. Since its inception in the mid-1950s, the major emphasis of its acquisitions has been on twentieth-century literature and fine arts, principally American, British and French. Music materials in The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center are dispersed among many different collections. In addition to manuscript and printed scores, libretti, and books on music, the collections contain musicians' correspondence, photographs, art works, recordings, cli