Music Libraries and Archives in Texas


Number of Listings: 89

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
  • WebsiteEmail
  • 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
    • WebsiteEmail
    • 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
      • WebsiteEmail
      • 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.

        Bob Wills Museum

        • P.O. Box 306, Turkey, TX 79261
        • (806) 423-1253
        • Lorene Settlif
        • WebsiteEmailFacebook
        • 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.

            Jack Teagarden Museum

            • 1717 Cumberland, Vernon, TX 76384
            • (940) 839-7873
            • Mark Farr-Nash
            • WebsiteEmail
            • Genre: Jazz
            • Subcategory: Music archives
            • The Jack Teagarden Museum will be an elegant and attractive museum dedicated to educating the public about the life and music of the Greatest Jazz Trombonist of All Time. The interior was designed by local architect Don Wilson with an emphasis on a modern, clean, and classy look and feel. The museum will primarily consist of the Joe Showler Archive. Showler, a native of Canada, has spent over 40 years collecting, collating, and codifying as much information about Jack Teagarden as he possibly can. His collection of Teagarden memorabilia is considered one of the most complete and comprehensive collections in the annals of Jazz history; literally thousands of photographs, hundreds of hours of movies, a quantity of research, letters, and data that has to be measured in linear feet, and so much more. All of this, then, will become the foundation for the museum’s exhibits, special collections, and repository as a research library for Jazz students, scholars, and aficionados.

              Baylor University | Crouch Fine Arts Library

              • One Bear Place, No. 97148, Waco, TX 76798
              • (254) 710-2164 • (254) 710-6673
              • Clayton Crenshaw, Music Liaison Librarian • Ben Johansen, Audio and Digital Projects Coordinator • Jamie Duerksen, Public Services Supervisor
              • WebsiteEmailFacebookTwitter
              • Genres: Christian • Classical • Jazz
              • Subcategory: Music archives
              • Affiliations: American Musicological Society • Music Library Association • Music OCLC Users Group
              • The Crouch Fine Arts Library at Baylor University houses approximately 185,000 books, music scores, and audiovisual media. Special collections include the 28,000-piece Spencer Collection of American Sheet Music; the Jennings Collection of Medieval Manuscripts and Early Printed Music; the Johnson Collection of rare and out-of-print hymnals and tunebooks; a portion of the papers and manuscripts of Texas composer David Guion; the Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley Collection; the Charles Leonhard Special Collection in Music Education; the Cecil Porter Organ Music Collection; the manuscripts of composer Kurt Kaiser; and the Darden Collection of Contemporary Christian Media. The Crouch Library is located on Level 3 of the Moody Library building.  Visitor parking is accessible from the main campus entrance on University Parks Drive.

                The Elvis House

                • P.O. Box 8760, Waco, TX 76714
                • (254) 855-4797
                • Janice Fadal • Dana Fadal, Co-Owner
                • WebsiteEmail
                • Genres: Rock • Rockabilly
                • Subcategory: Music archives
                • Established: 1958
                  Eddie Fadal's Elvis Presley Museum is one of the world's most extensive Elvis memorabilia collections. The collection is only available to visit via the Internet. Eddie Fadal was a close friend of Elvis'. The museum includes memorabilia, collectibles, home movies, and sound recordings of Elvis and friends. Elvis would spend weekends at the Fadal home in Waco back in 1958. We are also looking into the possibility of opening a physical museum and welcome your ideas.

                  Roy Orbison Museum

                  • Wink, TX 79789-0621
                  • (432) 527-3441 • (432) 527-3708
                  • Dorothy Wolf • Debbie Carter, volunteer
                  • WebsiteEmail
                  • Subcategory: Music archives
                  • Roy Orbison Museum is located in Wink on Highway 115. The museum features memorabilia from his boyhood as well as his musical career. Record albums and singles are displayed in cases as well as the singer's trademark sunglasses. Call for tours.

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