Music Libraries and Archives in Dallas / Fort Worth


Number of Listings: 18

The Stevie Ray Vaughan Museum

  • P.O. Box 2019, Cedar Hill, TX 75106-2019
  • (972) 291-9010
  • Craig Hopkins, President
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  • Subcategory: Music archives
  • Established: 1993
    The Stevie Ray Vaughan Museum Collection includes approximately 2,000 items of Stevie's stage-used equipment, stage clothing and accessories, personal effects, autographs, photographs, rare audio and video recordings, handwritten lyrics, 20 years of concert posters and ephemera, promotional material, music video props, guitar picks, research material and virtually every kind of memorabilia one can imagine. Biography published in 2008, Stevie Ray Vaughan Museum, Day by Day, Night After Night (432 pages, 970 photos), recipient of Blues Foundation's 2009 KBA Award for Literature.

    Cowtown Society of Western Music

    • 3709 East Highway 67, Cleburne, TX 76031-8189
    • (817) 558-7580
    • Gary Beaver, President • Joyce Miller, Secretary/Treasurer • Larry Lange, Vice President • Jerry Tatum, Board member
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    • Genres: Rockabilly • Western Swing
    • Subcategory: Music archives
    • Established: 1998
      Gary Beaver and Joyce Miller founded the Cowtown Society of Western Music in January of 1999. The purpose for organizing the Society is to engage in and perform educational, charitable and benevolent activities. Western music is very much a part of the history and heritage of the State of Texas. The Society benefits the public by teaching, acknowledging, presenting, protecting, preserving and perpetuating the oral and musical heritage of western music. On the first Saturday of May each year CSWM holds its annual Swingfest to honor western music heroes and generate public interest in passing on this musical heritage to future generations.

      Lefty Frizzell Country Music Museum at Pioneer Village

      • 912 West Park Avenue, Corsicana, TX 75110
      • (903) 654-4846
      • Bobbie Young, Director / Curator
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      • Genre: Country
      • Subcategory: Music archives
      • Established: 1994
        The Lefty Frizzell Museum opened in 1994 at Pioneer Village in Corsicana, Texas. Lefty was born in the "Oil Boom Town" of Tucker Town, here in Navarro County. The museum features memorabilia from various decades throughout country music's history. Among the museum's exhibits are records, photographs, guitars and clothing items from various other big name country music recording artist, and of course personal items, boots, fancy clothing and a guitar belonging to Lefty Frizzell. . Exhibits include a sizable Ralph Spicer collection, Hank Thompson's denim jacket, and boots and cap of " Little Jimmy Dickens" A current temporary exhibit features an autographed guitar and shirt on an autographed display belonging to Johnny Rodriguez, which is on loan to the museum. Lefty's brother David Frizzell has performed along with his brother Alan Frizzell in Corsicana several times in recent years. They brought country music greats Bill Anderson, Ray Price, Connie Smith and Bobby Seals one year and Jett Williams another. The museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday.

        African American Museum

        • P.O. Box 150157, Dallas, TX 75315-0153
        • (214) 565-9026 ext. 312
        • Dr. Harry Robinson, Jr., President, CEO • Jane Jones, Vice President, Institutional Advancement
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        • Genres: Blues • Jazz
        • Subcategory: Music archives
        • Established: 1974
          African American Museum, located at 3536 Grand Avenue, has about 500 albums of jazz in its music archives donated by the husband of the late Shirley McPhatter. The Museum is also documenting Dallas based blues musicians through its innovative series, titled Blues Under the Dome. Blues Under the Dome is a quarterly event that concludes the third week of June with the Willie Mitchell Bluesfest. The African American Museum is the only museum in the Southwestern United States devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It has one of the largest African American folk art collections in the United States. The Museum incorporates a variety of visual art forms and historical documents that portray the African American experience in the United States, the Southwest and Dallas.

          Dallas Public Library | Fine Arts Division

          • 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201
          • (214) 670-1643
          • Tina Murdock, Music Librarian
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          • Genres: Country • Pop
          • Subcategories: Auditoriums/Arenas • Music archives • Music instruction materials
          • Affiliations: Music Library Association
          • Established: 1901
            Dallas Public Library owns music materials in all of its 26 branches, as well as in the downtown library. City-wide, the library holds approximately 83,000 music CDs. Of these, almost 18,000 are in central library's Fine Arts Division, which houses the largest concentration of music materials. Fine Arts also holds over 8,000 DVDs; 21,000 pieces of printed music; 40,000 LPs; 4500 VHS tapes; and 93,000 books. These materials represent all musical genres, including classical, popular, and world music, as well as almost all aspects of the visual and performing arts. The division also collects extensive historic and archival materials related to Dallas musicians and music organizations.

            Southern Methodist University | Hamon Arts Library

            • P.O. Box 750356, Dallas, TX 75275-0356
            • (214) 768-1857 • (214) 768-4437
            • Pamela Pagels, Music Librarian
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            • Genre: Classical
            • Subcategory: Music archives
            • Established: 1990
              The Hamon Arts Library at Southern Methodist University (located in the Meadows School of the Arts in the 6100 block of Hillcrest Avenue) has significant music holdings such as scores, books about music, audio materials, video materials, multimedia computer applications and music special collections. The Hamon Library houses the Ferde Grofe Collection and the Paul Van Katwijk Collection in the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections wing.

              University of North Texas | Music Library

              • 1155 Union Circle #305190, Denton, TX 76203
              • (940) 565-2860 • (940) 565-2858
              • Dr. Mark McKnight, Head Librarian • Donna Arnold, Music Reference Librarian • Maristella Feustle, Music Special Collections Librarian • Sara Outhier, Music Librarian for Digital and Audio Services
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              • Genres: Big Band • Classical • Jazz
              • Subcategory: Music archives
              • Established: 1941
                The University of North Texas Music Library houses The Bert Hile Collection which comprises over 2,500 recordings (LP albums and 12-inch singles) of disco music; a large collection of programs from major U.S. symphony orchestras and university orchestras; The David Earl Holt Collection; The Don Gillis Collection; Anold Schoenberg and Hans Nachod correspondence; WFAA-AM and WBAP-AM sheet music collections; musicologist Lloyd Hibberd's collection; The John Gilliland Collection; the papers and compositions of Austrian composer Rheinhard Oppel (1878-1941); Julia Smith Collection (including Aaron Copland manuscripts); The Osborne Duke Collection; Whit Ozier Sound Archive; Gene Hall Music Library of Jazz Arrangements; The Merrill Ellis Collection; the Ames Brothers Orchestrations; The McMurtry Microfilm Collection; Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington disc and tape recordings; Leon Breeden Personal Collection of Tapes and Scores archive; Willis Conover collection of recordings, papers, memorabilia, from his forty years as a jazz disc jockey at Voice of America; and Stan Kenton's big band orchestrations. Located on the fourth floor of the A.M. Willis Jr. Library at Highland and Avenue C.

                Jazz Preservation Project, Fort Worth Library

                • 500 West Third Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
                • (817) 392-7740
                • Kathryn Cain, Senior Librarian / Archivist
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                • Genre: Jazz
                • Subcategory: Music archives
                • Established: 2007
                  Fort Worth is home to many important jazz legends including Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and many other who not only played jazz, but made a profound and lasting contribution to the history of jazz music. With the formation of The Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra, Inc. and of course, the annual Jazz By The Boulevard Music & Arts Festival, the outlook for jazz in our fair city is definitely on the rise.

                  National Cowgirl Museum

                  • 1720 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107
                  • (817) 336-4475 • (800) 476-3263
                  • Diana Vela, Director of Exhibits & Education • Tricia Taylor Dixon, Curator • Tommy Morton, Facilities Manager • Emmy Lou Prescott, Director of Development
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                  • Subcategory: Music archives
                  • The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and documents the lives of women who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit of the American West. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, established in 1975 in Hereford, Texas, is the only institution in the world dedicated to preserving and teaching the history of the American cowgirl. In June, 2002, the Museum opened a new building in Fort Worth, Texas. For many, a visit to the museum is the first time they encounter the stories and voices of women (both historic and contemporary) who have contributed to the history and culture of the American West. The museum includes interactive exhibit galleries that feature artifacts and photographs of the permanent collection, a traveling exhibit gallery, three theaters, an expanded research library, a retail store and a grand rotunda where visitors begin to learn about the spirit of the cowgirl. Enjoy the ride!

                    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary | Bowld Music Library

                    • 2001 West Seminary Drive - Box 22390, Fort Worth, TX 76115
                    • (817) 923-1921 ext. 2070 • (817) 923-1921 ext. 3210
                    • Dr. Fang-Lan Hsieh, Music Librarian
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                    • Genre: Classical
                    • Subcategory: Music archives
                    • Affiliations: Alliance for Higher Education • Music Library Association
                    • Established: 1951
                      The Kathryn Sullivan Bowld Music Library of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) maintains more than 37,000 books, 20,000 recordings, 230,000 octavos, and 123,000 scores, serves master and doctoral programs of the School of Church Music, meets performance needs of the School, and supports faculty and students in their preparation for work in ministry. There is a strong collection of hymnals and books on hymnology. Many rare and ancient works are available to provide historical materials for music research. Included are a number of early psalters. There is also a collection of more than 300 tune-books with such famous titles as The Sacred Harp, the Southern Harmony, and The Easy Instructor. Audio equipment, DVDs, CDs, LPs, reel-to-reel, and cassettes provide an excellent facility for students to hear the music of the great composers.

                      Texas Christian University | Mary Couts Burnett Library

                      • 2913 West Lowden | TCU Box 298400, Fort Worth, TX 76129
                      • (817) 257-7667 • (817) 257-6623
                      • Cari Alexander, Music Librarian • Linda Lee, Standing Orders/Acquisitions Dept. • Laura Ruede, Van Cliburn Archivist
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                      • Genres: Classical • Latin/Spanish
                      • Subcategory: Music archives
                      • The Texas Christian University Mary Couts Burnett Library houses the Grace Ward Lankford Collection of scores and sheet music; compositions by Don Gillis, Ralph Guenther, and Julia Smith; and archives of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The Competition archive houses more than 3,000 original audio-visual recordings pertaining to the international piano event, and other Fort Worth cultural events. A support collection of published sound and video recordings by Cliburn alumni is being accumulated. Use of Competition sound and video recordings must be approved by the Cliburn Foundation, 2525 Ridgmar, Suite 307, Fort Worth, TX 76116.

                        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.

                              Light Crust Doughboys Traveling Museum

                              • 105 South Broad Street, Mesquite, TX 75149
                              • (214) 354-4396
                              • Art Greenhaw, Managing Director
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                              • 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

                                Tarleton State University | Dick Smith Library

                                • Box T-0450, Stephenville, TX 76402
                                • (254) 968-9455 • (254) 968-9000
                                • Trudy Carlson, Head of Special Services
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                                • 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.

                                  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
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                                    • 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.