Music Libraries and Archives in Texas


Number of Listings: 89

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

  • 128 East Exchange Avenue, Historic Barn A, Fort Worth, TX 76164
  • (817) 626-7131
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  • Genres: Country • Western Swing
  • Subcategory: Music archives
  • Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame honors those individuals who have shown excellence in competition, business and support of rodeo and western lifestyle in Texas.

    Trinity River Music Project

    • 3764 Bertrose Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2645
    • (817) 578-6721 • (817) 271-6713
    • William Williams, Moderator • Rick Benedict, Moderator
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    • Genre: Rock
    • Subcategory: Music archives
    • Established: 2003
      The Trinity River Music Project is comprised of two internet groups representing Dallas and Fort Worth. They collaborate together on documenting the cultural experience of the 1960's in North Texas. In addition to an online archive of over 7,000 photos, they maintain a website for audio and video files. The also share photographs, memorabilia, memories and rare videos and recordings from the era. They do this through a network of local musicians, friends and family.

      The West Texas Music Hall Of Fame

      • 6204 South Freeway IH-35, Fort Worth, TX 76134
      • (817) 293-1333 • (817) 726-5551
      • Sid Holmes, Director • Sonny West • Charlie Dalton • Sylvia Holmes
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      • Genre: Rock
      • Subcategories: Music archives • Organizations/Associations
      • Affiliations: The Recording Academy
      • Established: 1995
        The West Texas Music Hall Of Fame-Museum was established in 1995 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation with the purpose of recognizing the many creative artist who were born or had resided a minimum of one year in this geographic area; chronicling each artists' biographical information; and preserving their creative works and personal memorabilia in the interest of education and historical documentation. The West Texas Music Hall of Fame includes all genres of music along with award-winning songwriters. In addition to West Texas music recognition / preservation a Medal of Honor, a Radio and a High School Football Hall of Fame has been added.

        Pioneer Museum | Gillespie County Historical Society

        • 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
        • (830) 997-2835
        • Stephen Vollmer, Executive Director
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        • Subcategory: Music archives
        • The Mission of the Pioneer Museum is to share the cultural panorama of the Texas Hill Country through experiences that enlighten and inspire. The Gillespie County Historical Society was formed in 1934 to preserve and share the history of Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, and the surrounding Texas Hill Country. The first Pioneer Museum site was the Vereins Kirche (located in the 100 block of West Main Street), a 1935 replica of the original structure. The Vereins Kirche today is an extension of the Pioneer Museum. In 1955, the Society bought the historic Kammlah home, store and property - including a smokehouse and barn - that are now part of the current Museum site (located in the 300 block of West Main Street). With other purchases and donations, the current site has grown to encompass 3 acres and 11 buildings, 9 of which are historic structures included on your tour of the Museum grounds. The Society has over 300,000 artifacts within its rich and diverse collection.

          Czech Center Museum

          • 4920 San Jacinto Street, Houston, TX 77004
          • (713) 528-2060
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          • Genre: Polka
          • Subcategories: Music archives • Organizations/Associations
          • Established in 1995, the Czech Center Museum Houston (CCMH) is a 501-c-3 non-profit cultural arts organization, with no political or religious affiliation. The Center is based in Houston and was created to celebrate, share and promote the rich cultural abundance of a major Slavic ethnic group and their history. With a worldwide membership composed of members with multiple heritages, its museum and cultural center are considered essential resources for learning about one of our nation's diverse cultures and interwoven histories with others. The goal of the Center is to continue to offer presentations of non-biased, non-political and non-religious events, resulting in a blend of harmonious experiences for people of all ethnicities interested in the culture of a group of Slavs that settled in the central region of Europe and in particular their connection with the Austro-Hungarian Empire out of which multiple nations have derived. For the past fourteen years, CCMH has continued to succeed with highly acclaimed programs to highlight 1,500 years of a group of people settling in central Europe, thanks to the thousands of volunteer hours and community support. In 2007, CCMH joined a group of eighteen museums in the Museum District of Houston to bring its cultural resources to focus on a rich cultural group that has settled in the United States and played a large part in the history of our nation.

            Houston Blues Museum, Inc.

            • P.O. Box 130175, Houston, TX 77219
            • (713) 489-4628 • (281) 221-1580
            • Sandra Scott, President • Ann E. Witucki, Treasurer
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            • Subcategory: Music archives
            • The mission of the Houston Blues Museum, a 501(c)(3) organization since 2010, is to honor Texas and Gulf Coast musicians and preserve, promote, and perpetuate the history, culture and appreciation for blues music. The purpose of the Houston Blues Museum is to establish a museum dedicated to the acquisition, historical preservation, study, and education of art and artifacts honoring the rich blues heritage in Houston, the Gulf Coast, and across the globe. Until the Houston Blues Museum secures a permanent space, the museum sponsors temporary exhibits in the Houston area and increases community awareness and involvement by collaborating with institutions such as The Heritage Society, Discovery Green, The Houston Symphony, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and The Society for the Performing Arts.

              Houston Public Library | Texas Room

              • 550 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77002
              • (832) 393-1662
              • Elizabeth Sargent, Manager • Caroline Castillo, Oral History and Outreach Librarian
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              • Genres: Blues • Jazz
              • Subcategory: Music archives
              • Established: 1987
                The Houston Public Library's Texas Jazz Archives consists primarily of photographs and oral histories of Texas jazz musicians. The collection has expanded to include oral histories with Texas Blues/Soul musicians.

                Ink Spots Museum | Long Films Studio

                • 117 East 20th Street, Houston, TX 77008
                • (713) 677-9736
                • Anita Long, Curator • Anita Long, Curator/ Producer
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                • Genres: A cappella • Classical • Jazz
                • Subcategories: Music archives • Video production
                • Affiliations: NARIP
                • Established: 2006
                  The Ink Spots Museum, featuring Huey Long, and Long Films Studio are both located in Houston. Long was the last living member of the historic vocal group which, beginning in the 1930s, helped build a foundation for the future of rhythm and blues. On Juneteenth 2006, The Huey “Ink Spot” Long Living History Music Museum was born. Long Films is dedicated to strengthening inter-generational relationships in the community though participation, educational workshops and multimedia training for small business and entrepreneurs of all ages.

                  Museum of American Music History

                  • 945 McKinney Street, No. 124, Houston, TX 77002
                  • (713) 529-9387
                  • Charles Dabney, Executive Director • Dr. Thomas DeGregori, Coordinating Committee Vice Chair • Dr. Louis Marchiafava, Archivist and Oral Historian
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                  • Subcategory: Music archives
                  • Affiliations: American Association of Museums • Smithsonian Institution
                  • Established: 1999
                    The Museum of American Music History-Texas (MAMH) is a collaborative effort of music families, collectors, historians, libraries, archives, museums and halls of fame dedicated to the research, preservation, and exhibition of 19th and 20th Century American music history. Collectively, the Smithsonian Institution, the Hispanic Entertainment Archives, the Arnett Cobb Texas Music Foundation, the Western Heritage Historical Society, the Texas Jazz Archives @ Houston Public Library, other music entities and several distinguished universities have teamed as development affiliates for the MAMH program. The MAMH project has recently initiated an unprecedented singer/songwriter video oral history program through the Western Heritage division, the Jazz-n-Blues division has been in historical preservation for more than 20 years, and the Hispanic Archives division represents one of the most comprehensive Tejano databases available.

                    Rice University | Fondren Library | MS 44 | Brown Fine Arts Library

                    • P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251-1892
                    • (713) 348-4832
                    • Mary Brower, Music Librarian
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                    • Genre: Classical
                    • Subcategory: Music archives
                    • Established: 1985
                      The Brown Fine Arts Library music collection currently consists of over 90,000 books, scores, and audiovisual materials, most of which relate to Western classical music. Special collections include the Henry Leigh Bartlett Collection of books about Beethoven, the Scott Heumann Collection of opera recordings, and 18th century French vocal scores. Circulation of materials outside the library is restricted to members of the Rice University community, but everyone is welcome to use the materials in the library. Located at 6100 Main Street.

                      Texas Music Library Association

                      • P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251-1892
                      • (214) 671-8337 • (214) 768-1855
                      • Keith Chapman, Chair (Rice) • Clayton Crenshaw, Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (Baylor) • Mary Brower, Secretary-Treasurer • Maristella Feustle, Past Chair
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                      • Subcategories: Music archives • Organizations/Associations
                      • Established: 1974
                        The Texas Chapter of the Music Library Association is devoted to music librarianship and to all aspects of music materials in Texas libraries. Our membership is open to anyone with an interest in music and libraries. TMLA encourages the establishment, use, and growth of music libraries and collections of music and musical literature in libraries within the state of Texas. The organization facilitates exchange of information regarding availability and diffusion of musical materials in Texas libraries, fosters the sharing of resources, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and discussion of problems regarding all aspects of work with music materials.

                        University of Houston Libraries | Special Collections and Archives

                        • 114 University Libraries, Houston, TX 77204-2000
                        • (713) 743-9750 • (713) 743-9744
                        • Pat Bozeman, Head of Special Collections • Julie Grob, Coordinator of Digital Projects & Instruction / Special Collections and Music archives
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                        • Subcategory: Music archives
                        • Established: 1968
                          Special Collections at the University of Houston Libraries holds music collections including the Ima Hogg Symphony Programs Collection, the Professor David Ashley White Papers which includes the composer's published and manuscript scores, the H. David Kaplan Performing Arts Collection which documents local opera companies including the Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Saengerbund Records which chronicles the historic German singing society. Special Collections also holds a large quantity of printed sheet music primarily from the 19th century. In 2011, a new archive of late Houston rap legend DJ Screw was added to the collection. The department is located on the 2nd floor of M.D. Anderson Library on the main University of Houston campus.

                          University of Houston | Music Library

                          • 114 University Libraries, Houston, TX 77204-2000
                          • (713) 743-3197 • (713) 743-3196
                          • Stephanie Lewin-Lane, Head of the Music Library • Paula Truitt, Library Supervisor • Gustavo Paredes, Library Specialist • Tammy Ravas, Assistant Librarian
                          • WebsiteEmail
                          • Genres: Classical • Jazz
                          • Subcategory: Music archives
                          • Established: 1968
                            The Music Library houses over 55,000 books, scores and periodicals, and over 33,000 sound recordings. The collection focuses primarily on Western classical music, with smaller collections of materials on popular and folk musics as well as jazz. Collections include the Robert D. Jobe Recorded Music Collection. Everyone is welcome to use the facility; however, the library's primary purpose is to support the teaching and research needs of the Moores School of Music. Printed items, compact discs and videocassettes can be searched in the UH Library Catalog. Classical albums and tapes are accessible via a card catalog near the circulation desk. Located in The Moores School of Music Building on the corner of Cullen and Entrance 16. The Library is on the second floor, room 220.

                            Western Heritage Historical Society

                            • 1511 West 12th Street, Houston, TX 77008
                            • (713) 529-9387 • (281) 351-6293
                            • Gene Cutting, Interim Director
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                            • Genre: Country
                            • Subcategories: Music archives • Organizations/Associations
                            • Affiliations: American Association of Museums • Smithsonian Institution
                            • Established: 1999
                              The Western Heritage Historical Society (WHHS) is the Americana programming division for the Museum of American Music History Project, a Texas, nonprofit 501(c)3, educational, cultural arts, museum development organization. The Society is devoted to collecting, preserving, interpreting and presenting the founding heritage of the Southwest region of the United States in music, art, literature and cultural. The preservation focus of the Society covers: European heritage music (German, Polish, Czech, French, Irish, etc.); bluegrass and country, western, western trail, Texas folk, Cajun, Texas country, Texas country blues, Texas outlaw, Gospel, Christian country, contemporary Christian, rockabilly, rock and roll, contemporary rock, blues rock, and all singer-songwriter profiles now characterized as Americana.

                              Sam Houston State University | Newton Gresham Library

                              • P.O. Box 2179, Huntsville, TX 77341-2179
                              • (936) 294-3572 • (936) 294-4800
                              • Bruce D. Hall, Music Librarian • Eric D. Owen, Executive Director
                              • WebsiteEmail
                              • Genre: Classical
                              • Subcategories: Music archives • Music instruction materials
                              • Established: 1969
                                The Newton Gresham Library contains the Music Listening Room which holds a significant music collection, including all audio and visual materials. Materials include approximately 16,000 books, 19,000 scores, including collected works of composers, plus 17,000 audio and visual items, covering all areas of music. SHSU houses the Newton Strandberg Collection, including the majority of his compositions. The music collection supports the teaching and research needs of the School of Music on all levels. Located at 1830 Bobby K. Marks Drive on the library's first floor in room 121.

                                Texas Broadcast Museum

                                • 416 East Main Street, Kilgore, TX 75662
                                • (903) 985-8115
                                • Chuck Conrad, Executive Director • Dana Pearce, Operations Manager
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                                • Subcategory: Music archives
                                • The Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications offers an eclectic mix of vintage broadcast memorabilia and equipment, which is sure to delight the young and old alike. Come by and check out the “Lee Harvey Oswald” camera, which was present at Oswald’s assassination. They also have a performance space, with a 15,000 watt P.A. Imagine yourself as a news broadcaster or weather person on our fully functional TV News Studio. Listen to one of Thomas Edison’s recording inventions or discover the televisions and radios from days gone by. Make sure to take a peek inside the restored 1949 Dumont Telecruiser, plus much more. Open Fridays and Saturdays.

                                  Texas A&M University - Kingsville | The South Texas Archives

                                  • James C. Jernigan Library, 700 University Blvd., MSC 197, Kingsville, TX 78363
                                  • (361) 593-4154
                                  • Sandra Rexroat, Director
                                  • WebsiteEmail
                                  • Genres: Folk/Acoustic • Regional Mexican • Tejano
                                  • Subcategory: Music archives
                                  • Established: 1981
                                    The South Texas Archives at Texas A&M University-Kingsville houses transcriptions of Corridas (folk ballads of the Mexican Border) by Norman L McNeil; recordings from Falcon Records, the first label featuring conjunto and Tejano music; manuscript music for Los Pastores; and the organizational papers of the local Community Concert Association. The Falcon collection includes the archives of Arnaldo Ramirez, the founder of the Falcon Music Company, which includes photographs, and original artwork for record albums. Artists on his label include Lydia Mendoza, Freddie Fender, Bet Villa, Los Alegres de Teran, Wally Gonzalez, Tony de la Rosa, Carlos Guzman, and others. The South Texas Archives is located on the third floor of the Jernigan Library at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

                                    Polka Lovers Club of Texas Museum at the Fayette County Fairgrounds

                                    • P.O. Box 72, La Grange, TX 78945-0072
                                    • (512) 347-1078 • (512) 695-7324
                                    • Willie Bohuslav, President • Joyce Bohuslav, Charter Member • Melroy Brandt, Vice-President • Jane Freis, Director
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                                    • Genre: Polka
                                    • Subcategory: Music archives
                                    • Established: 2005
                                      Polka Lovers Club of Texas Museum (PLCTM) - Hoelscher Haus - is located at the Fayette County Fairgrounds (250 W. Fairgrounds Road), La Grange, TX.  The historic circa 1878 haus, was donated by a gift deed dated October 12, 2005, from Esther & Henry Hoelscher to Polka Lovers Club of Texas Museum.  With approval from TCHCC, the haus was moved into the 'farm village' of the Center on October 19, 2005.  The haus, restored into a museum, displays artifacts/memorabilia of the Po.L.K. of A. chapters in Texas, exhibits of polka artists, polka memorabilia including photos/artifacts/instruments/polka band videos and records/polka event videos/a Jukebox plays 45's/working antique victrola/and more!  Tours "by appointment and 24 hours' notice" (no admission fee).  Handicap parking available.  PLCTM is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

                                      Little Graceland

                                      • 701 West Ocean Blvd., Los Fresnos, TX 78566
                                      • (956) 233-5482 • (956) 551-2816 cell
                                      • Simon Vega, Owner • Rosie Vega Mezouari
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                                      • Genres: Rock • Rockabilly
                                      • Subcategories: Annual events • Music archives
                                      • Affiliations: Brownsville Chamber of Commerce • Los Fresnos Chamber of Commerce
                                      • Established: 1988
                                        At Little Graceland you can enjoy an extensive collection Elvis memorabilia that includes photographs, records, albums, legendary replicas, and meet the person who knew Elvis in person. Contains a large collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia, including photos, posters, watches, and more. Mr. Vega served in the U.S. Army with Elvis while stationed in Germany. We hold and annual festival, an Elvis Birthday Party in January for the Kings Birthday. The festivities include: Live music, food and beverages, car shows, trivia questions, museum tours and fun for the family. Open 10am-12pm, and 2pm-5pm Thursday-Sunday. Call for Appointments.

                                        Crossroads of Music Archive, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

                                        • P.O. Box 41041, Lubbock, TX 79409-1041
                                        • (806) 742-3749 • (806) 834-5777
                                        • Curtis Peoples, Archivist • Elissa Stroman, Library Specialist • Jon Holmes, Manager • Andy Wilkinson, Artist in Residence • Jennifer Spurrier, Director of SWC/SCL
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                                        • Genres: Americana • Country • Latin/Spanish
                                        • Subcategory: Music archives
                                        • In 1999, the 76th Legislature of the State of Texas passed House Concurrent Resolution number 65, designating Lubbock and West Texas as the Music Crossroads of Texas. The West Texas region has produced a copious number of musicians, artists, and entertainers that have had an undeniable influence on music, art, and culture throughout the world. In the spirit of the House Concurrent Resolution 65, the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University created the Crossroads of Music Archive. The Crossroads of Music Archive was established in 2002. Since then, the archive has become the official repository of Michael Martin Murphey, the Kerville Folk Festival, the Tommy and Charlene Hancock Family, Jesse “Guitar” Taylor, Keith Ferguson, David Box, Texas Shorty, among many others. The archive contains over one-hundred music collections and continues to grow. The Crossroads of Music Archive is looking for any donations (i.e., music recordings, posters and handbills, photographs, oral histories, etc…) relating to music in Texas, as well as the Southwestern United States. Please contact us if you have materials to donate or would like to help the project in some other manner.

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