Music Libraries and Archives in Texas


Number of Listings: 88

Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame

  • P.O. Box 1943, Manchaca, TX 78652
  • (512) 745-0659 • (512) 295-2770
  • Al Dressen, President • Email
  • WebsiteFacebook
  • Genre: Western Swing
  • Subcategory: Music archives
  • Established: 1988
    The Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame was founded to honor those individuals that made western swing the musical style it has developed into and is honored around the world. This includes the pioneers, as well as recent groups that have helped keep the style alive. Western Swing is a type of music that was born in Texas in the 1930's that blends country, big band swing, gospel, blues, jazz, Spanish and Cajun into one style known as western swing. We let the world know how it developed, it's history, and information about it's founders and the people that have kept it alive and well. We have an event each May on the third weekend of the month in San Marcos, Texas. This includes the Gathering, a Friday event that includes our membership plus past and current inductees of the Hall of Fame and three western swing bands, Cowboy Coffee Talk - an interview session with many of the pioneers of western swing, a day of western swing on the courthouse square in San Marcos, and the Hall of Fame Show in downtown San Marcos. Many western swing bands take part each year. Some of 2015's acts will include the Jason Roberts Band, Carolyn Martin's Swing Band, Hot Club of Cowtown, Al Dressen's Super Swing Revue, the Tony Harrison Band, the Hot Texas Swing Band, the Texan Playboys, and many more. We'll have a street dance after the Hall of Fame Show. Next year's event takes place on May 16th, 17th and 18th of 2015.

    Light Crust Doughboys Traveling Museum

    • 105 South Broad Street, Mesquite, TX 75149
    • (214) 354-4396
    • Art Greenhaw, Managing Director • Email
    • Website
    • Genres: Country • Western Swing
    • Subcategory: Music archives
    • Presenters, venues, schools, companies, business districts, stores and more NOW have the opportunity to exhibit and display THE LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS TRAVELING MUSEUM in conjunction with live, stage show performances and/or educational-school performances by The Light Crust Doughboys. Since 1931, many history books and even the State of Texas Legislature have proclaimed The Light Crust Doughboys as Texas' Music Ambassadors. Experience through this exhibit signature instruments, guitars, wardrobe, scrapbooks, awards and much more of this top, Texas legacy band. Contact

      Stephen F. Austin State University | Ralph W. Steen Library

      • Box 13055, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3055
      • (936) 468-4106 • (936) 468-1714
      • Don Richter, Music Librarian • Email
      • Website
      • Genre: Classical
      • Subcategory: Music archives
      • The Stephen F. Austin State University Ralph W. Steen Library houses 200 hymnals and popular songbooks, 140 items of sheet music in a special collection, programs of local music performances and 1,000 78 rpm disc recordings. More recent sound recordings include some 6,000 LPs titles and 1,000 compact discs titles, the latter format growing rapidly. The collection also includes about 200 music videos (opera, ballet, etc.) in both VHF and laser disc formats. Located within the University campus at 1936 North Street.

        The Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center of Pampa

        • 320 South Cuyler Street, Pampa, TX 79065
        • (806) 664-0824
        • Michael Sinks, President, Board of Directors • Email
        • Website
        • Genre: Folk/Acoustic
        • Venue Capacity: 040
        • Subcategories: Clubs, Dancehalls, Small Venues • Music archives • Organizations/Associations
        • The Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center of Pampa's vision is to promote the story of Woody Guthrie, his connection with the Texas panhandle and how that relationship has impacted the music of contemporary America. The center uses displays and interactive exhibits as a museum component and hosts informal jam sessions on the first and third Friday of each month (and occasional house concerts throughout the year). The performances culminate in the annual "Tribute to Woody Guthrie" on the weekend nearest the anniversary of his death, Oct. 3. Our small gift shop carries T-shirts, sweatshirts and book bags with artwork approved by the Woody Guthrie Foundation bearing Guthrie's signature and a portion of "This Land is Your Land," plus books and CDs by and about Guthrie. Pampa's Tribute to Woody Guthrie is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

          Jimmy Dean Museum

          • 1900 West Seventh Street, Plainview, TX 79072
          • (806) 291-3662
          • Rodney Watson, Director • Email
          • Website
          • Genre: Country
          • Subcategory: Music archives
          • Raised in Plainview, Jimmy Dean pulled himself from poverty to national prominence as a television entertainer and businessman who started the Jimmy Dean sausage company. The Jimmy Dean museum opened in 2016 and tells the story of his life, including memorabilia, video, records and photos from his personal collection.

            Museum of the Llano Estacado

            • 1900 West Eighth Street, Plainview, TX 79072
            • (806) 291-3660
            • Eddie Guffee, Director / Archeologist • Patti Guffee, Assistant Director / Archivist • Email
            • Website
            • Subcategory: Music archives
            • Established: 1976
              Bears the traditional Spanish name for the Texas High Plains. Regional museum emphasizing the development of the geographical area of the Llano Estacado. In chronological order, maintains 80 exhibits decsribing the geological, prehistoric, cultural and economic development of the region. Housed in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Regional Heritage Center, on 8th St. behind Wayland Baptist University's campus. Open weekdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; weekends Apr. - Nov. 1 - 5 p.m. 1900 W. 8th St.

              Museum of the Gulf Coast | Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame

              • 700 Procter Street, Port Arthur, TX 77640
              • (409) 982-7000 • (409) 984-6444
              • David Beard, Director • Sam Monroe, Society President • Sarah Bellian, Curator/Archivist • Email
              • Website
              • Subcategory: Music archives
              • Established: 1994
                The Museum of the Gulf Coast includes exhibits on Janis Joplin, J. P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson, Tex Ritter, Ivory Joe Hunter, George Jones and over 60 other Gulf Coast musical personalities. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

                Hispanic Entertainment Archives

                • 11403 Buck Canyon, San Antonio, TX 78252-2811
                • (210) 401-7788
                • Ramon Hernandez, Founder / Curator • Email
                • Website
                • Genres: Latin/Spanish • Regional Mexican • Tejano
                • Subcategories: Music archives • Publicists
                • Established: 1985
                  The Hispanic Entertainment Archives is a collection of Latino/Hispanic oral histories, audio interviews, biographies, books, discographies, press kits, media kits, tabloid and newspaper clipping, out-of-print publications, rare posters, publicity photos, digital pictures, vintage 78, 33 1/3 and 45 rpm vinyl records, 8-track tapes, cassette tapes, mini and compact discs from the entire Latin Hemisphere. Also 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch videos plus celebrity memorabilia, artifacts and complete sought-after collections. This is valuable excellent research material for scholars, students, writers, film and television producers. Ask about our traveling exhibits, seminars and available lectures. The archives is educational in the sense that it is a learning center in the same vein as a library.

                  University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio

                  • 801 South Bowie Street, San Antonio, TX 78205-3296
                  • (210) 458-2232 • (210) 458-2300
                  • Kendra Trachta, Librarian • Rex Ball, Executive Director • Email
                  • Website
                  • Genre: Folk/Acoustic
                  • Subcategory: Music archives
                  • Established: 1968
                    The University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio is a university educational center dedicated to the enhancement of historical and multicultural understanding through exhibits, programs, and publications that encourage acceptance and appreciation of our differences as well as our common humanity. Operating on the premise that people are stronger citizens when they know more about themselves and each other, the Institute serves as a forum for multicultural educational efforts in the state and symbolizes the state's strength in diversity. As part of its multicultural programming activities, the Institute sponsors the annual Texas Folklife Festival in June, the Annual Asian New Year Festival, and other events which feature the music and dance traditions of some of the ethnic and cultural groups which settled Texas.

                    Freddy Fender Museum

                    • 210 East Heywood Street, San Benito, TX 78586
                    • (956) 361-3000
                    • Ron Rogers
                    • Website
                    • Genre: Tejano
                    • Subcategory: Music archives
                    • The Freddy Fender Museum gives those who love his music a rare glimpse at his roots and what what made him such a significant entertainer. The young Baldemar Huerta, Fender’s given name, was born and raised in the working-class barrios of the town and was exposed to its deep musical traditions at a young age. He went on to become one of the first to record rock and roll music in Spanish, and the first Mexican American to have cross-over success in American country music in the 1970s. See his Grammy awards, his Harley Davidson and costumes worn in various performance.

                      Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum

                      • 210 East Heywood Street, San Benito, TX 78586
                      • (956) 245-1666 • (956) 276-9588
                      • Reynaldo Avila, President • Richard Pedraza, Vice President • Email
                      • WebsiteFacebook
                      • Genres: Latin/Spanish • Tejano
                      • Subcategories: Music archives • Organizations/Associations
                      • The Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum works to promote, preserve, archive, document and to permanently display the artifacts and history of Conjunto regional music. Hailing as the “birthplace of conjunto,” San Benito was home to conjunto music pioneer Narciso Martinez, credited as solidifying the musical combination of the German and Polish accordion polkas, schotishes and redowas with the Spanish bajo sexto and musica ranchera. The Conjunto Museum's Hall of Fame was created to honor performers and promoters of the lively accordion- driven music.

                        Calaboose African American History Museum

                        • P.O. Box 481, San Marcos, TX 78667-0481
                        • (512) 353-0124 • (512) 353-1383
                        • Linda Kelsey-Jones, Event Coordinator • Richard Gachot, Architectural Consultant • Margie Villalpondo, Treasurer • Email
                        • Website
                        • Genre: Jazz
                        • Subcategory: Music archives
                        • The Calaboose African American History Museum, founded by an ambitious woman named Johnnie Armstead. The museum is now a repository for artifacts and memories of the city's African American past and offers a broader look at the roles African Americans have filled in law, medicine, science and other fields. Among Armstead's displays is a local black history showcase and an exhibit on the Buffalo Soldiers who helped settle the Texas frontier and fought in the Civil War. Artifacts collections include papers, letters, books, photographs and antique artifacts related to local and national aspects of African American history. Special exhibits include displays relating to the Tuskegee Airmen, WWII Military, Civil Rights, Klu Klux Klan, San Marcos area history, and locally born and raised Jazz great, Eddie Durham. Tours by appointment only, call (512) 353-0124.

                          Texas Music History Online

                          • History Department, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666
                          • (512) 245-3749
                          • Gary Hartman • Email
                          • Website
                          • Subcategory: Music archives
                          • Established: 2006
                            The Texas Music History Online is a unique website devoted to the study of Texas history and culture by exploring the remarkable musical heritage of our state. Here you will find biographies of Texas musicians, descriptions of the different genres of music, and histories of the many places throughout the state with rich musical heritage. You will find lists of music-related points of interest including museums, music archives, birthplaces and gravesites of Texas musicians, live music venues, music festivals, statues, historical markers, and more. Texas music is truly unique. Spanning a broad array of genres, including blues, gospel, ragtime, jazz, conjunto, Tejano, country, zydeco, cajun, rock and roll, and many others, Texas music, perhaps better than anything else, reflects the rich history and tremendous ethnic and cultural diversity of the Southwest.

                            Texas State University | Center for Texas Music History

                            • The Center for Texas Music History, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666
                            • (512) 245-3749 • (512) 245-2185
                            • Jason Mellard, Director • Kathleen O'Keefe, Director of Programs • Email
                            • Website
                            • Subcategories: Music archives • University and college music programs
                            • Affiliations: NA
                            • Established: 1999
                              Center for Texas Music History (formerly the Institute for the History of Texas Music): Established in 1999 at Texas State University in San Marcos, the Center's primary goal is to help students and the general public better understand how music reflects the richly diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of the American Southwest. Through a variety of activities and projects, the Center strives to increase awareness and appreciation for the important role music plays in shaping and reflecting the historical development of American society. Headquartered in the university's History Department, the Center offers graduate and undergraduate-level courses on the musical history of Texas and the Southwest. In these courses, students examine the many different ethnic musical influences involved in the development of the region, including Hispanic, Anglo, African-American, Irish, German, Polish, Czech, French, and others. The Center publishes the Journal of Texas Music History, the first academic journal to focus on the entire spectrum of Southwestern music history, and works with museum's archives, public schools, and other to organize exhibits and educational programs related to Texas music history. Visit us at

                              Texas State University | Center for the Study of the Southwest

                              • Brazos Hall, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666
                              • (512) 245-2224
                              • Mark Busby, Director • Christopher Marquiss. Publications & Website • Tammy Gonzales, Administrative Assistant • Jim Kimmel, Jones Professor of Southwestern Studies • Email
                              • Website
                              • Subcategory: Music archives
                              • Established: 2000
                                The Center for the Study of the Southwest is a regional studies center that examines local history, people, culture, language, landscape, and architecture. The Southwest Regional Humanities Center will oversee curricular, research, and public programs in a four state region consisting of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada and will work with the state Humanities Councils, museums, libraries, public schools, and other universities. Located on campus at 601 University Drive in the Brazos building.

                                Texas State University | Schneider Music Library

                                • 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666
                                • (512) 245-9661 • (512) 245-3376
                                • Mark Blair, Music Librarian • Music Department Building • Martha Fleming, Administrative Assistant • Email
                                • Website
                                • Genres: Classical • Country
                                • Subcategory: Music archives
                                • Established: 1911
                                  The Schneider Music Library, operated by the School of Music, has the distinction of being the University's only departmental library. The Schneider Music Library and the Alkek Library are part of a single, coordinated library system. The library collection supports University instruction and research in applied music, music education, composition, music theory, musicology, jazz studies, and sound recording technology. Most historical periods and geographical areas are covered in both classical and popular idioms, though the emphasis is on the Western classical tradition. The collection includes tens of thousands of books, scores, journals/serials, compact discs, vinyl LPs, audio cassettes, DVDs, videocassettes, and software programs. It is essential to remember that the music collection is divided between the university's two libraries. The Schneider Music Library focuses on items that represent the music itself --scores and recordings. The Alkek Library houses items about music, such as books and journals.

                                  Texas State University | The Wittliff Collections

                                  • 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666
                                  • (512) 245-2313 • (512) 245-3861
                                  • Hector Saldaña, Texas Music Curator • David Coleman, Director of the Witliff Collections • Katie Salzmann, Archivist • Michele Miller, Media Relations • Steve Davis, Curator • Email
                                  • Website
                                  • Genres: Country • Tejano
                                  • Subcategory: Music archives
                                  • Established: 1986
                                    The music archives of the Southwestern Writers Collection/The Wittliff Collections embrace a rich variety of Texas music, from country and Western Swing to blues, polka, rock-and-roll, Conjunto, and Tejano. Willie Nelson's archives include a handmade songbook he created as an 11-year-old, dozens more handwritten song lyrics, posters, concert programs, tour itineraries, recordings, tour jackets, T-shirts, photographs, publicity clippings, Farm Aid papers, bandanas, and running shows, Austin City Limits creator Bill Arhos's archives cover his twenty-plus years guiding the televised concert program, offering a unique backstage look at the celebrated series. Author and music journalist Joe Nick Patoski has donated the papers for his acclaimed biographies of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Selena, and Willie Nelson. The Writers Collections also serves as a the repository for the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, and includes stage costumes worn by the Light Crust Doughboys and a fiddle played by Western Swing legend Bob Wills.

                                    Austin College | Abell Library Center Archives and Special Collections

                                    • 900 North Grand Avenue, Suite 6-L, Sherman, TX 75090-4440
                                    • (903) 813-2557 • (903) 813-2490
                                    • Justin Banks, College Archivist • Kay Garner, Library Secretary • Email
                                    • Website
                                    • Genre: Classical
                                    • Subcategory: Music archives
                                    • Established: 1849
                                      The Austin College Library Archives is the repository for the records of Sherman Musical Arts (1963-present), a cooperative program between Austin College and the community to promote musical arts in Sherman.

                                      Association for Recorded Sound Collections | Texas Chapter (ARSC - TX)

                                      • 22004 Sherrod Lane, Spring, TX 77389-4539
                                      • (281) 288-7826
                                      • Kurt Nauck III, President • Charles Waters, Secretary • Email
                                      • Website
                                      • Subcategories: Music archives • Organizations/Associations
                                      • Affiliations: International Association of Sound Archives (IASA)
                                      • Established: 1996
                                        The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is an international association of music librarians, sound archivists, collectors, historians, reviewers, musicians, dealers, discographers, media producers, appraisers, and recording engineers. Through publications and meetings, ARSC provides a forum for the development and dissemination of discographic information in all fields and periods of recording and in all sound media. In addition, ARSC works to encourage the preservation of historical recordings, to promote the exchange and dissemination of research and information about them, and to foster an increased awareness of the importance of recorded sound in our cultural heritage.

                                        Tarleton State University | Dick Smith Library

                                        • Box T-0450, Stephenville, TX 76402
                                        • (254) 968-9455 • (254) 968-9000
                                        • Trudy Carlson, Head of Special Services • Email
                                        • Website
                                        • Genre: Classical
                                        • Subcategory: Music archives
                                        • The Tarleton State University Library (located on the Stephenville Campus) houses University music groups programs, clippings and photographs, published choral music used by the University Choir, and popular sheet music, including Broadway show tunes.

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