Music Libraries and Archives in Texas


Number of Listings: 88

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

  • P.O. Box 60967, Canyon, TX 79016
  • (806) 651-2254 • (806) 651-2261
  • Warren Stricker • Email
  • Website
  • Genre: Country
  • Subcategory: Music archives
  • The Research Center at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Historical Museum includes in its collection sheet music, recordings, photographs, oral histories, printed ephemera, books and journals related to music and musical performance. The collection concentrates on performers from and works by residents of the Texas Panhandle region, but also includes information on music in Texas in general and the Western United States. The collection is open for research by the public.

    West Texas A&M University | Music Library

    • WT Box 60879, Canyon, TX 79016-0001
    • (806) 651-2828 • (806) 651-2840
    • Jovan Munoz • Dr. Robert Krause • Email
    • WebsiteFacebookTwitter
    • Genres: Classical • Jazz
    • Subcategory: Music archives
    • The West Texas A&M University Music Library houses the Ruth Crawford Collection and the Houston Bright Collection. Located at the corner of University Drive and 26th street on the West Texas A&M University campus in Canyon, Texas.

      Texas Country Music Hall of Fame | Tex Ritter Museum

      • 300 West Panola, Carthage, TX 75633
      • (903) 693-6634 • (903) 694-9561
      • Ms. Tommie Ritter Smith, President / CEO • Linda Wilson • Email
      • WebsiteFacebook
      • Genres: Country • Western Swing
      • Subcategories: Music archives • Organizations/Associations
      • Established: 1997
        The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the country music heritage of Texas by honoring Texas-born and raised artists, musicians and songwriters through displays, concerts and special events. The 13,000 square foot 2.5 million dollar building is located three blocks west of downtown Carthage, Texas, birthplace of country music legends Jim Reeves and Tex Ritter. Members honored at the Hall of Fame Museum are: Tex Ritter, Joe Allison, Dale Evans, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Nat Stuckey, Ernest Tubb, Cindy Walker, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Charlie Walker, Tanya Tucker, Jim Reeves, Willie Nelson, Billy Walker, Hank Thompson, Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, Gene Autry, Gene Watson, Bill Mack, and Stuart Hamblen, Johnny Lee, J.P. Richardson, The Big Bopper, Mac Davis, Jimmy Davis, Glenn Sutton and Roger Miller. In August of each year a show and ceremony are held to induct new members elected by a board of directors. The museum also features a larger-than-life-sized bronze statue of Tex Ritter and his horse White Flash. A large gift shop sells Texas souvenirs, jewelry, etc. as well as music of the inductees.

        Phantom Productions, Inc./MOMSR

        • Cedar Creek, TX 78612-3580
        • (512) 636-1131
        • Martin Theophilus, Co-CEO • Chris Theophilus, Co-CEO • Email
        • WebsiteWebsiteFacebookYouTube
        • Genres: Blues • Country • Rock
        • Subcategories: Audio engineers • Music archives • Recording studios
        • Affiliations: Audio Engineering Society since 1982 • NARAS (Grammy's) since 1988
        • Established: 1965
          Founded on-location recording Highland Sound in Alpine, Texas in 1964. Produced albums for Austin Custom Records. Located to Austin in 1978 and incorporated as Phantom Productions, Inc. In 1986 founded with my wife Chris, and saw to fruition, the ACC Music Business, Performance and Technology degree program. Served on the ACC Business Management Advisory Council, Member, Entertainment Industry Task Force, Greater Austin Chamber (group coined the phrase "Austin, Texas, the "music capitol of the world." Chaired the Austin Chamber Music Business Industry Council. Represented Texas bands at the Cannes France MIDEM international music conference multiple years. Member Audio Engineering Society since 1982 and NARAS (Grammy's) since 1988. In 2012 founded the non-profit Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording to establish a permanent public museum preserving magnetic sound recording history. Non-profit was dissolved in 2017 due to lack of interest and funding. The museum continues as a privately owned entity. The collection included over 100 magnetic reel to reel tape recorders including the 1948 Ampex 200A #33. It demoed Asleep At the Wheel in San Francisco and mastered Tequila by the Champs which won the first R& B Grammy in 1959. Additional Ampex, Studer, Teac/Tascam, Sony, Roberts, Technics, Pioneer and other recorders make up the collection. Mics number over 100 and include a pair of 1948 Neumann U48 sequential serial numbered mics. Private tours by appointment.

          The Stevie Ray Vaughan Museum

          • P.O. Box 2019, Cedar Hill, TX 75106-2019
          • (972) 291-9010
          • Craig Hopkins, President • Email
          • Website
          • Subcategory: Music archives
          • Established: 1993
            The Stevie Ray Vaughan Museum Collection includes approximately 2,000 items of Stevie's stage-used equipment, stage clothing and accessories, personal effects, autographs, photographs, rare audio and video recordings, handwritten lyrics, 20 years of concert posters and ephemera, promotional material, music video props, guitar picks, research material and virtually every kind of memorabilia one can imagine. Biography published in 2008, Stevie Ray Vaughan Museum, Day by Day, Night After Night (432 pages, 970 photos), recipient of Blues Foundation's 2009 KBA Award for Literature.

            Cowtown Society of Western Music

            • 3709 East Highway 67, Cleburne, TX 76031-8189
            • (817) 558-7580
            • Gary Beaver, President • Joyce Miller, Secretary/Treasurer • Larry Lange, Vice President • Jerry Tatum, Board member • Email
            • Facebook
            • Genres: Rockabilly • Western Swing
            • Subcategory: Music archives
            • Established: 1998
              Gary Beaver and Joyce Miller founded the Cowtown Society of Western Music in January of 1999. The purpose for organizing the Society is to engage in and perform educational, charitable and benevolent activities. Western music is very much a part of the history and heritage of the State of Texas. The Society benefits the public by teaching, acknowledging, presenting, protecting, preserving and perpetuating the oral and musical heritage of western music. On the first Saturday of May each year CSWM holds its annual Swingfest to honor western music heroes and generate public interest in passing on this musical heritage to future generations.

              Selena Foundation

              • 5410 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78408
              • (361) 289-9013
              • Suzette Quintanilla • Abraham Quintanilla, Director • Email
              • Website
              • Genre: Tejano
              • Subcategories: Music archives • Organizations/Associations
              • Established: 1995
                The Selena Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation established shortly after Selena's death to receive the donations that started coming in. The Selena Foundation Mission Statement is to offer the motivation that every child needs to complete their education, to live moral lives, to love their families, to respect human life, and to sing whatever song they were born to sing. The board of directors outlined the following as projects that could accomplish these objectives: "Stay in School," "Support Family Values," "Selena Charities," "The Selena Scholarship," and "The Selena Museum." The Selena Museum was built by the Quintanilla family in 1998 in response to the thousands of letters mailed to them by fans expressing their desire to have Selena's memory shared with the public. The Quintanilla family offers the museum as a memorial to the achievements and life of their beloved daughter. With over 50,000 visitors annually the museum is quickly becoming one of the top tourist attractions in South Texas. The museum displays her red Porsche, awards, stage outfits, and other memorabilia.

                The South Texas Music Walk of Fame

                • 309a North Water Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
                • (361) 882-2364 • (361) 806-7848
                • Sue Donahoe, Director • Brad Lomax • Lizzy Lomax • Email
                • Facebook
                • Subcategories: Annual events • Music archives • Organizations/Associations
                • Established: 2004
                  The South Texas Music Walk of Fame is a privately funded tribute to musicians who made this region their home. Always open and always free, ceramic tile stars, designed by the artists of Aloe Tile, wander through the courtyards of the Water Street Market. Each star features the Texas flag and name of the musician. Six new stars are added on the first Saturday in June with a ribbon cutting ceremony and concert at the Executive Surf Club. Nominations are made throughout the year at Surf Club Records in person or by e-mail at (subject line of "Nomination"). Nominees must be musicians from Texas (south of San Antonio) and live elsewhere, or from elsewhere and have made Texas their home. Each year the nominating committee attempts to show the diversity of style and generations of Texas music. Each year, at least three new stars will be present to perform.

                  Lefty Frizzell Country Music Museum at Pioneer Village

                  • 912 West Park Avenue, Corsicana, TX 75110
                  • (903) 654-4846
                  • Bobbie Young, Director / Curator • Email
                  • Website
                  • Genre: Country
                  • Subcategory: Music archives
                  • Established: 1994
                    The Lefty Frizzell Museum opened in 1994 at Pioneer Village in Corsicana, Texas. Lefty was born in the "Oil Boom Town" of Tucker Town, here in Navarro County. The museum features memorabilia from various decades throughout country music's history. Among the museum's exhibits are records, photographs, guitars and clothing items from various other big name country music recording artist, and of course personal items, boots, fancy clothing and a guitar belonging to Lefty Frizzell. . Exhibits include a sizable Ralph Spicer collection, Hank Thompson's denim jacket, and boots and cap of " Little Jimmy Dickens" A current temporary exhibit features an autographed guitar and shirt on an autographed display belonging to Johnny Rodriguez, which is on loan to the museum. Lefty's brother David Frizzell has performed along with his brother Alan Frizzell in Corsicana several times in recent years. They brought country music greats Bill Anderson, Ray Price, Connie Smith and Bobby Seals one year and Jett Williams another. The museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday.

                    African American Museum

                    • P.O. Box 150157, Dallas, TX 75315-0153
                    • (214) 565-9026 ext. 312
                    • Dr. Harry Robinson, Jr., President, CEO • Jane Jones, Vice President, Institutional Advancement • Email
                    • Website
                    • Genres: Blues • Jazz
                    • Subcategory: Music archives
                    • Established: 1974
                      African American Museum, located at 3536 Grand Avenue, has about 500 albums of jazz in its music archives donated by the husband of the late Shirley McPhatter. The Museum is also documenting Dallas based blues musicians through its innovative series, titled Blues Under the Dome. Blues Under the Dome is a quarterly event that concludes the third week of June with the Willie Mitchell Bluesfest. The African American Museum is the only museum in the Southwestern United States devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It has one of the largest African American folk art collections in the United States. The Museum incorporates a variety of visual art forms and historical documents that portray the African American experience in the United States, the Southwest and Dallas.

                      Dallas Public Library | Fine Arts Division

                      • 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201
                      • (214) 670-1643
                      • Tina Murdock, Music Librarian • Email
                      • Website
                      • Genres: Country • Pop
                      • Subcategories: Auditoriums/Arenas • Music archives • Music instruction materials
                      • Affiliations: Music Library Association
                      • Established: 1901
                        Dallas Public Library owns music materials in all of its 26 branches, as well as in the downtown library. City-wide, the library holds approximately 83,000 music CDs. Of these, almost 18,000 are in central library's Fine Arts Division, which houses the largest concentration of music materials. Fine Arts also holds over 8,000 DVDs; 21,000 pieces of printed music; 40,000 LPs; 4500 VHS tapes; and 93,000 books. These materials represent all musical genres, including classical, popular, and world music, as well as almost all aspects of the visual and performing arts. The division also collects extensive historic and archival materials related to Dallas musicians and music organizations.

                        Deep Ellum Radio

                        • 2528 Elm Street, Suite A, Dallas, TX 75226
                        • (214) 290-4942
                        • Veronica Young, Station Manager • Email
                        • WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitter
                        • Genres: Pop • Rap/Hip Hop • Rock
                        • Affiliations: Deep Ellum Commuinity Association
                        • Established: 2011
                          Music is our love language. Deep Ellum Radio debuted on January 1, 2011, providing a musical outlet where local artists of all genres could be heard. The shows on Deep Ellum Radio are as varied and diverse as the community we are a part of. Whether you're looking for solid punk, pop, honkey-tonk, hip-hop, experimental, rock n' roll, and a dose of ska, you can find it on our station. This is a 24/7 carefully curated playlist of music you won't find on those other stations.

                          Southern Methodist University | Hamon Arts Library

                          • P.O. Box 750356, Dallas, TX 75275-0356
                          • (214) 768-1857 • (214) 768-4437
                          • Pamela Pagels, Music Librarian • Email
                          • Website
                          • Genre: Classical
                          • Subcategory: Music archives
                          • Established: 1990
                            The Hamon Arts Library at Southern Methodist University (located in the Meadows School of the Arts in the 6100 block of Hillcrest Avenue) has significant music holdings such as scores, books about music, audio materials, video materials, multimedia computer applications and music special collections. The Hamon Library houses the Ferde Grofe Collection and the Paul Van Katwijk Collection in the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections wing.

                            University of North Texas | Music Library

                            • 1155 Union Circle #305190, Denton, TX 76203
                            • (940) 565-2860 • (940) 565-2858
                            • Dr. Mark McKnight, Head Librarian • Donna Arnold, Music Reference Librarian • Maristella Feustle, Music Special Collections Librarian • Sara Outhier, Music Librarian for Digital and Audio Services
                            • Website
                            • Genres: Big Band • Classical • Jazz
                            • Subcategory: Music archives
                            • Established: 1941
                              The University of North Texas Music Library houses The Bert Hile Collection which comprises over 2,500 recordings (LP albums and 12-inch singles) of disco music; a large collection of programs from major U.S. symphony orchestras and university orchestras; The David Earl Holt Collection; The Don Gillis Collection; Anold Schoenberg and Hans Nachod correspondence; WFAA-AM and WBAP-AM sheet music collections; musicologist Lloyd Hibberd's collection; The John Gilliland Collection; the papers and compositions of Austrian composer Rheinhard Oppel (1878-1941); Julia Smith Collection (including Aaron Copland manuscripts); The Osborne Duke Collection; Whit Ozier Sound Archive; Gene Hall Music Library of Jazz Arrangements; The Merrill Ellis Collection; the Ames Brothers Orchestrations; The McMurtry Microfilm Collection; Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington disc and tape recordings; Leon Breeden Personal Collection of Tapes and Scores archive; Willis Conover collection of recordings, papers, memorabilia, from his forty years as a jazz disc jockey at Voice of America; and Stan Kenton's big band orchestrations. Located on the fourth floor of the A.M. Willis Jr. Library at Highland and Avenue C.

                              Tejano Walk of Fame

                              • 602 West University, Edinburg, TX 78539
                              • (956) 388-8204 • (800) 800-7214
                              • Edinburg Chamber of Commerce • Email
                              • Subcategory: Music archives
                              • Established: 1999
                                If the wind is blowing just right, you might hear the unmistakable rhythm of a South Texas music beat that has captivated local, state, national, and international audiences alike. Since its unveiling, the Tejano Walk of Fame at 415 W. McIntyre St. has attracted hundreds of visitors who have come to see Edinburg's tribute to Tejano music stars. In 1999, 5 stars were inducted into the Walk of Fame and their names were engraved in a marble star and placed into the walkway. Five additional stars will be inducted every year during Hispanic heritage month (October). The centerpiece of the walkway is a sculpture by Sculptor Richard Hyslin, which honors Edinburg native Jose Roberto Pulido, a pioneer in Tejano music. The sculpture was designed with the intent of capturing the essence of this international's star music and is the first in a series of public art projects commissioned by the Edinburg 2020 cultural arts committee

                                El Paso Museum of History

                                • 510 North Santa Fe Street, El Paso, TX 79901
                                • (915) 351-3588
                                • Barbara Angus, Senior Curator • Jim Murphy • Email
                                • Website
                                • Subcategory: Music archives
                                • The El Paso Museum of History exists for the educational benefit of the community and visitors. It promotes the understanding and significance of the rich multicultural and multinational history of the border region known as The Pass of the North. Through exhibits and programs, the Museum involves diverse audiences in exploring varieties of human experience and encourages individuals to explore the past and reflect on their own place in history. The museum has hosted a lecture series on Texas Music History and the exhibit Rock ‘n’ Roll El Paso – Take 1.

                                  Jazz Preservation Project, Fort Worth Library

                                  • 500 West Third Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
                                  • (817) 392-7740
                                  • Kathryn Cain, Senior Librarian / Archivist • Email
                                  • Website
                                  • Genre: Jazz
                                  • Subcategory: Music archives
                                  • Established: 2007
                                    Fort Worth is home to many important jazz legends including Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and many other who not only played jazz, but made a profound and lasting contribution to the history of jazz music. With the formation of The Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra, Inc. and of course, the annual Jazz By The Boulevard Music & Arts Festival, the outlook for jazz in our fair city is definitely on the rise.

                                    National Cowgirl Museum

                                    • 1720 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107
                                    • (817) 336-4475 • (800) 476-3263
                                    • Diana Vela, Director of Exhibits & Education • Tricia Taylor Dixon, Curator • Tommy Morton, Facilities Manager • Emmy Lou Prescott, Director of Development • Email
                                    • Website
                                    • Subcategory: Music archives
                                    • The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and documents the lives of women who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit of the American West. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, established in 1975 in Hereford, Texas, is the only institution in the world dedicated to preserving and teaching the history of the American cowgirl. In June, 2002, the Museum opened a new building in Fort Worth, Texas. For many, a visit to the museum is the first time they encounter the stories and voices of women (both historic and contemporary) who have contributed to the history and culture of the American West. The museum includes interactive exhibit galleries that feature artifacts and photographs of the permanent collection, a traveling exhibit gallery, three theaters, an expanded research library, a retail store and a grand rotunda where visitors begin to learn about the spirit of the cowgirl. Enjoy the ride!

                                      Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary | Bowld Music Library

                                      • 2001 West Seminary Drive - Box 22390, Fort Worth, TX 76115
                                      • (817) 923-1921 ext. 2070 • (817) 923-1921 ext. 3210
                                      • Dr. Fang-Lan Hsieh, Music Librarian • Email
                                      • Website
                                      • Genre: Classical
                                      • Subcategory: Music archives
                                      • Affiliations: Alliance for Higher Education • Music Library Association
                                      • Established: 1951
                                        The Kathryn Sullivan Bowld Music Library of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) maintains more than 37,000 books, 20,000 recordings, 230,000 octavos, and 123,000 scores, serves master and doctoral programs of the School of Church Music, meets performance needs of the School, and supports faculty and students in their preparation for work in ministry. There is a strong collection of hymnals and books on hymnology. Many rare and ancient works are available to provide historical materials for music research. Included are a number of early psalters. There is also a collection of more than 300 tune-books with such famous titles as The Sacred Harp, the Southern Harmony, and The Easy Instructor. Audio equipment, DVDs, CDs, LPs, reel-to-reel, and cassettes provide an excellent facility for students to hear the music of the great composers.

                                        Texas Christian University | Mary Couts Burnett Library

                                        • 2913 West Lowden | TCU Box 298400, Fort Worth, TX 76129
                                        • (817) 257-7667 • (817) 257-6623
                                        • Cari Alexander, Music Librarian • Linda Lee, Standing Orders/Acquisitions Dept. • Laura Ruede, Van Cliburn Archivist • Email
                                        • Website
                                        • Genres: Classical • Latin/Spanish
                                        • Subcategory: Music archives
                                        • The Texas Christian University Mary Couts Burnett Library houses the Grace Ward Lankford Collection of scores and sheet music; compositions by Don Gillis, Ralph Guenther, and Julia Smith; and archives of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The Competition archive houses more than 3,000 original audio-visual recordings pertaining to the international piano event, and other Fort Worth cultural events. A support collection of published sound and video recordings by Cliburn alumni is being accumulated. Use of Competition sound and video recordings must be approved by the Cliburn Foundation, 2525 Ridgmar, Suite 307, Fort Worth, TX 76116.

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