Music Libraries and Archives in Dallas / Fort Worth


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The Stevie Ray Vaughan Museum

  • P.O. Box 2019, Cedar Hill, TX 75106-2019
  • (972) 291-9010
  • Craig Hopkins, President • Email
  • Website
  • 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 • Email
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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 • Email
      • Website
      • 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 • Email
        • Website
        • 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 • Email
          • Website
          • 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.

            Deep Ellum Radio

            • 2528 Elm Street, Suite A, Dallas, TX 75226
            • (214) 290-4942
            • Veronica Young, Station Manager • Email
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            • Genres: Pop • Rap/Hip Hop • Rock
            • Affiliations: Deep Ellum Commuinity Association
            • Established: 2011
              Music is our love language. Deep Ellum Radio debuted on January 1, 2011, providing a musical outlet where local artists of all genres could be heard. The shows on Deep Ellum Radio are as varied and diverse as the community we are a part of. Whether you're looking for solid punk, pop, honkey-tonk, hip-hop, experimental, rock n' roll, and a dose of ska, you can find it on our station. This is a 24/7 carefully curated playlist of music you won't find on those other stations.

              Southern Methodist University | Hamon Arts Library

              • P.O. Box 750356, Dallas, TX 75275-0356
              • (214) 768-1857 • (214) 768-4437
              • Pamela Pagels, Music Librarian • Email
              • Website
              • 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
                • Website
                • 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 • Email
                  • Website
                  • 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 • Email
                    • Website
                    • 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 • Email
                      • Website
                      • 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 • Email
                        • Website
                        • 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.