Music Libraries and Archives in Austin Area


Number of Listings: 24

Austin History Center

  • 810 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701
  • (512) 974-7385
  • WebsiteEmailFacebookYoutube
  • Subcategory: Music archives
  • Established: 1955
    The Austin History Center, located at 810 Guadalupe, provides the public with information about the history, current events, and activities of Austin and Travis County. Even before Austin declared itself the "Live Music Capital of the World," the Austin History Center began collecting and preserving examples of music from the local scene. Included in the sound recording collection are the recordings of artists such as Kenneth Threadgill, Joe Ely, the Grey Ghost, the Thunderbirds, Uranium Savages, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The Austin Music Network began documenting live performances in clubs and venues around Austin in 1994. The Archives of the Austin Music Network are now part of the AHC collections.

    Austin Music Video Archives

    • Austin History Center, P.O. Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768-2287
    • (512) 974-7480
    • Tim Hamblin, Archivist
    • WebsiteEmailFacebook
    • Subcategories: Music archives • Television programming • Video distribution
    • Affiliations: South Austin Museum of Popular Culture - Advisory Board Member • Texas Music Museum-- Advisory Board Member
    • Established: 1994
      Austin Music Video Archives are now under stewardship of the Austin History Center. The tapes in the AMV Archives are part of a permanent collection documenting the history of Austin's vibrant music scene. The archives contain the master tapes of music videos and performance footage produced since Austin Music Network's inception in 1994.

      Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

      • P.O. Box 12874, Austin, TX 78711
      • (512) 936-2311
      • David Denney, Public Programming
      • Website
      • Subcategory: Music archives
      • Established: 2001
        The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, located at 1800 North Congress Avenue, includes the Texas Sports and Music exhibit includes biographical information and artifacts on Van Cliburn, Mary Martin, The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, T-Bone Walker, Jack Teagarden, Red Garland, Lydia Mendoza, Bob Wills, and Light Crust Doughboys.

        Rancho Alegre

        • Austin, TX 78724
        • Piper LeMoine, Communications Director • Baldomero Cuellar, Executive Director
        • WebsiteEmailFacebookTwitterInstagramSoundCloud
        • Genre: Tejano
        • Subcategories: Concert and event production • Music archives • Music blogs/Publications online only • Record labels
        • Affiliations: Member - Americana Music Association • Member - Folk Alliance International
        • Established: 2013
          Rancho Alegre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Conjunto music. Projects include digitizing recordings, interviewing legendary and up-and-coming Tejano and Conjunto artists, maintaining and constructing a historical record of Tejano and Conjunto music, connecting artists with professional and business services, and presenting the annual Rancho Alegre Conjunto Music Festival and various events throughout the year.

          St. Edward's University Archives

          • 3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704
          • (512) 448-8476
          • Dianne Brownly, Archivist • Armando Garcia
          • WebsiteEmail
          • Genre: Classical
          • Subcategory: Music archives
          • Established: 1958
            St. Edward's University houses the Silvestre Revueltas Collection including programs, articles, personal correspondence and recordings; the St. Edward's school song and its many incarnations; and the history of the St. Edward's music program with records dating from circa 1880 to present.

            South Austin Popular Culture Center

            • 1516-B South Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
            • (512) 440-8318
            • Emma Little, President • Scout Stormcloud, Secretary • Michael Kleinman, Vice President & Treasurer • Leea Mechling, Executive Director
            • WebsiteEmailFacebook
            • Subcategory: Music archives
            • Established: 2004
              The South Austin Popular Culture Center presents, exhibits, documents and interprets Austin art and culture of the past 50 years and makes that history accessible to local, national and international audiences. Our programs trace the evolution and the social context of Austin’s cultural production from the early 1960s through the present and interpret the local, state and national impact of the artists, art forms and recurrent themes that have profoundly shaped the city’s self-conception over the past 50 years.

              Tejano Artist Music Museum, Inc.

              • 2908 Overdale Road, Austin, TX 78723
              • (512) 928-3122 • (512) 698-4124
              • Marcelo Tafoya, President • Miranda Tafoya • Tony Tafoya, Editor
              • Email
              • Genres: Latin/Spanish • Regional Mexican • Tejano
              • Subcategories: Music archives • Organizations/Associations
              • Established: 1968
                The Tejano Artist Music Museum, Inc. (TAMMI) is dedicated in preserving, promoting and serving the Hispanic heritage, its music, and its performers. Planned as a traveling museum. A nonprofit group. Musica is a free newspaper that informs its readers about what is happening in Hispanic music such as hits, new releases, new artists, and what's being played on the radio. Musica is distributed in all states where the Hispanic community is prominent. The importance of Mexican American Culture has grown tremendously in Texas. The museum would allow the Latin music industry to provide not only talent, but also education to the public. This unique museum will provide historical facts and pictorials to educate the community.

                Texas Archive of the Moving Image

                • 3908 Avenue B, Suite 306, Austin, TX 78751
                • (512) 485-3073
                • Caroline Frick, Executive Director
                • WebsiteEmail
                • Genres: Country • Regional Mexican
                • Subcategories: Music archives • Organizations/Associations
                • Established: 2002
                  The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) celebrates the state's home movies, industrial films, television output, and regional cine-club product as well as Hollywood and internationally produced images of Texas. Valuable to state history, these films also serve an important collaborative role in the preservation and restoration of the larger motion picture heritage for the United States. TAMI is an independent 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the preservation of Texas film heritage. Every year, home movies, television programs, and locally produced films are lost as these visual records of Texas rapidly decompose or are simply thrown away. TAMI works to discover these "orphan" films and to educate the public about moving image history and contemporary preservation practice.

                  Texas Heritage Songwriters Association | Texas Heritage Songwriters' Hall of Fame

                  • Austin, TX 78734
                  • Carlton Wade, Executive Director • Terry Boothe, Chairman of the Board • Joe Ables, Executive Producer • Bill Schneider, Boardmember • Miranda Bolton
                  • WebsiteEmailFacebookTwitterInstagram
                  • Subcategories: Music archives • Organizations/Associations
                  • Established: 2003
                    The mission of the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association, in the interest of Texas cultural preservation, is to honor and celebrate Texas songwriters who have played an important role in defining and interpreting Texas' distinctive culture. The Texas Heritage Songwriters Association is a non-profit organization 501(c)3. Officially recognized by the 78th Legislature of the State of Texas on May 22, 2003, The Texas Heritage Songwriters Association was commended for its effort to preserve this significant Texas tradition.

                    Texas Music Museum, Inc.

                    • 1009 East 11th Street, No. 100, Austin, TX 78702-1913
                    • (512) 472-8891 • (512) 471-0520
                    • Dr. Clay Shorkey, President • Rudy Martinez, Vice President • Laurence Egle, Secretary • Joyce Christianson, Treasurer
                    • WebsiteEmail
                    • Genres: Blues • Country • Tejano
                    • Subcategories: Music archives • Organizations/Associations
                    • Established: 1984
                      The Texas Music Museum is a non-profit corporation that celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014. The museum conducts research, and collects and preserves photographs, artifacts, and documentation relating to all aspects of Texas music. Texas Music Museum presents free music history exhibits and live music programs, creates satellite exhibits for other organizations, and provides information and exhibit materials to various public facilities and publications. Individual exhibits are continually updated, and are presented in the Texas Music Museum galleries at 1009 East 11th Street. The museum is free to the public each weekday for self-guided tours, and offers free tours and special programs for students, seniors, and persons with special needs. Exhibits explore all genres of Texas music history and culture, including regionally focused spotlight exhibits. The long-range goal of the organization is to establish a world-class multimedia Texas music history center in Austin.

                      Texas Music Trail

                      • P.O. Box 12428, Austin, TX 78711
                      • (512) 463-6666
                      • Steve Ray, Program Specialist
                      • WebsiteEmailFacebookTwitter
                      • Subcategory: Music archives
                      • Established: 2018
                        The story of Texas has long been told in music and song - from the early days of cattle drives on the wide open plains and cowboy crooners in small town dancehalls to today’s pure and eclectic sounds heard in music hubs all across the state. A fusion of blues, cajun, conjunto, country, gospel, jazz, ragtime, rock and roll, zydeco and more, Texas music is as big and broad as the horizon is wide. And names like Gene Autry, Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin and Selena are recognized world round. To celebrate the communities that have supported the Lone Star State’s place in American music history while also creating a fun new way to enjoy your favorite songwriters, performers and music venues, the Texas Music Office has launched a curated series of self-guided Texas Music Trails to explore and experience the Texas music scene.

                        University of Texas at Austin | Benson Latin American Collection | Border Cultures: Conjunto Music

                        • University of Texas at Austin, Sid Richardson Hall 1.108, Austin, TX 78713-8916
                        • (512) 495-4582
                        • Craig Schroer
                        • WebsiteEmail
                        • Genre: Tejano
                        • Subcategory: Music archives
                        • Established: 1921
                          The University of Texas at Austin's Benson Latin American Collection (located on the corner of 2200 block of Red River and Manor Street) provides information about the conjunto musical style, its history, cultural significance, and artistry. Links include: Música fronteriza / Border Music - by Manuel Peña (from Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies); "Yo soy de aqui" by Daniel J. Schaefer (a photo exhibit of Central Texas conjunto accordion players); and The Arhoolie record label which has been a longtime proponent of conjunto music. The exhibit includes photos, album covers, liner notes, and sound samples of some of their classic recordings of conjunto artists.

                          University of Texas at Austin | Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

                          • Sid Richardson Hall 2.101, 1 University Station D1100, Austin, TX 78712-0335
                          • (512) 495-4515 • (512) 495-4559
                          • John Wheat, Coordinator for Sound Archives • Amy Bowman, Photography Services Coordinator
                          • WebsiteEmail
                          • Genres: Country • Tejano
                          • Subcategory: Music archives
                          • Established: 1950
                            The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History (located on the 2300 block of Red River) contains major archives of Texas and Southern music including commercial recordings, sheet music, books and journals, photographs, posters, etc. Collections include: Archives of the Touring Entertainment Industry, Texas Music Collection, SXSW, Inc. Archives, Rod Kennedy Presents, Inc. Archives, Huey P. Meaux Collection, Armadillo World Headquarters and Soap Creek Saloon Archives, Townsend Miller Collection, Ed Ward Collection, Tary Owens Collection, Texas Composers Collection, Tara Veneruso Video Collection, Mance Lipscomb Collection, Doug Hanners Music Collection, Eric Graham Video Collection, Bob Johnston Collection, John A. Lomax Family Papers, UT Folklore Center Archives, and Texas Poster Art Collection. Full reference and photographic services.

                            University of Texas at Austin | Fine Arts Library

                            • DFA 3.200, Austin, TX 78712
                            • (512) 495-4475 • (512) 495-4481
                            • David Hunter, Music Librarian
                            • WebsiteEmail
                            • Genres: Classical • Jazz
                            • Subcategory: Music archives
                            • Affiliations: American Musicological Society • Association of Recorded Sound Archives • Music Library Association
                            • Established: 1939
                              The University of Texas Fine Arts Library (located at 23rd Street and Trinity) includes the Adolfo Betti Collection, the Ainslee Cox Collection of 20th Century Orchestral Scores, the Lynn Freeman Olson Collection of Piano Pedagogy Materials, vocal anthology collections, and an extensive reference collection of catalogs, bibliographies and discographies. The Historical Music Recordings Collection (David Hunter, Curator) includes over 200,000 items, covering all types of music in all types of media. The library contains more than 100,000 scores, 50,000 CDs, and 50,000 books about music.

                              University of Texas at Austin | Latin American Network Information Center Music Resources

                              • 1 University Station, No. D0800, Austin, TX 78712
                              • (512) 232-2408
                              • Ning Lin, Technical Director • Kent Norsworthy, Content Director • Carolyn Palaima, Project Director
                              • WebsiteEmail
                              • Genres: Latin/Spanish • Tejano
                              • Subcategory: Music archives
                              • Established: 1992
                                The Latin American Network Information Center | LANIC (located on the corner of 2200 block of Red River and Manor Street) is affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin. LANIC has received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and UT Austin's College of Liberal Arts. LANIC is a key component of the International Information Systems, also based at UT Austin. LANIC's mission is to facilitate access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America. Our target audience includes people living in Latin America, as well as those around the world who have an interest in this region. While many of our resources are designed to facilitate research and academic endeavors, our site has also become an important gateway to Latin America for primary and secondary school teachers and students, private and public sector professionals, and just about anyone looking for information about this important region. LANIC sponsors several related programs, including a number of Internet-related Training Initiatives. LANIC's editorially reviewed directories contain over 12,000 unique URL's, one of the largest guides for Latin American content on the Internet.

                                University of Texas at Austin | Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

                                • P.O. Drawer 7219, Austin, TX 78713-7219
                                • (512) 471-3374 • (512) 491-6353
                                • Barbara Carr
                                • WebsiteEmail
                                • Genres: Classical • Jazz
                                • Subcategory: Music archives
                                • Established: 1957
                                  The Harry Ransom Center, renamed in 1983, (located on the corner of Guadalupe and 21st Street) is one of the world's preeminent institutions for literary and cultural research. The principal rare books and manuscripts library of The University of Texas at Austin, its special collections contain approximately 24 million manuscripts, 1 million books, 5 million photographs, over 100,000 works of art, and an important collection on performing arts. Since its inception in the mid-1950s, the major emphasis of its acquisitions has been on twentieth-century literature and fine arts, principally American, British and French.

                                  Phantom Productions, Inc.

                                  • Cedar Creek, TX 78612-3580
                                  • (512) 303-1461 • (800) 401-3330
                                  • Chris & Martin Theophilus, Owner • Chris Theophilus, Owner
                                  • WebsiteEmailTwitterFacebookYouTube
                                  • Subcategories: Booking agents • Music archives • Recording studios • Video production
                                  • Affiliations: Audio Engineering Society • Austin Museum Partnership • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
                                  • Studio type: All Digital, 48 Tracks, Mastering
                                  • Established: 1964
                                    Phantom Productions, Inc. "Creative Entertainment and Production since 1964" (Chris and Martin Theophilus, Directors) Multimedia production and entertainment marketing. Prime clients: the UT Texas Center for Disability Studies and David Perkoff Music, Inc. DPM provides entertainment of all kinds from solo musicians to local, regional and national bands. We also have comedians and comedy shows, etc., some of which can be customized. More than 300 events annually. Some of our clients: Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort, Texas Medical Association, etc. Phantom's production includes HD Video for music, events, corporations, commercials and promotion. Post production digital editing, effects, transfers. Studio available for indie projects. Website design, development & hosting, including the TEA Texas Project FIRST web site View our vintage tape recording collection at The collection includes 200+ tape recorders, 100+ vintage microphones and other vintage artifacts. Collection includes an Ampex 200A originally owned by Capitol Records. We are working to create a permanent Austin museum

                                    Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame

                                    • P.O. Box 1943, Manchaca, TX 78652
                                    • (512) 745-0659 • (512) 295-2770
                                    • Al Dressen, President
                                    • WebsiteEmailFacebook
                                    • 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.

                                      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
                                      • WebsiteEmail
                                      • 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
                                        • WebsiteEmail
                                        • 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.

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