Music Libraries and Archives in Texas


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Texas Folklore Society

  • Box T-0295, Stephenville, TX 76401-0000
  • (254) 459-5445
  • Kristina Downs, Secretary-Editor/Executive Director • Amanda Jenkins, Assistant • Kay Reed Arnold, President • Email
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  • Genre: Folk/Acoustic
  • Subcategories: Annual events • Music archives • Organizations/Associations • Publications/Journals
  • Established: 1909
    The Texas Folklore Society's purpose is to promote the recording and study of the rich folk culture of Texas and the Southwest. It is the second oldest folklore organization continually functioning in the United States (the first, being the American Folklore Society). Annual meetings have continued regularly since 1911. At the meetings, members read papers on a variety of folklore subjects. Since 1923, the Society has published an annual volume of folklore collected from papers read at meetings and other articles volunteered and solicited. Most contributions are the products of original collection, and all constitute a wealth of material in the various branches of folklore. Secretary-Editors have included such notables as Stith Thompson, John Lomax, J. Frank Dobie, Hudson Wilson, and F. E. Abernethy. Membership is open to all. Dues-paying members receive the annual publication.

    Bob Wills Museum

    • P.O. Box 306, Turkey, TX 79261
    • (806) 423-1253
    • Lorene Settlif • Email
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    • Subcategory: Music archives
    • Established by the Wills family, the Bob Wills Museum exhibits many wonderful photographs of Bob's career. Many family mementos, fiddles, clothes, and awards pay tribute to this legend. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm, or by special appointment.

      Red River Valley Museum

      • P.O. Box 2004, Vernon, TX 76385-2004
      • (940) 553-1848
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      • Genre: Jazz
      • Subcategory: Music archives
      • The most commonly heard statement at the Red River Valley Museum from first time visitors is, "I never dreamed that a town this size would have a museum like this." Indeed, towns with a population much larger than Vernon's 12,000 would be proud to offer as many world-class exhibits in such a beautiful setting. The Red River Valley Museum is home to the extensive wild game collection donated by Bill Bond as well as several historical exhibits dealing with archaeology, geology, ranching history, and life in early Vernon. The museum has the largest collection of the sculpture of Electra Waggoner Biggs plus a replica of her studio. Other exhibits highlight Vernon native Jack Teagarden, Doans Crossing, and the Great Western Trail.

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