Music Libraries and Archives in Northeast Texas


Number of Listings: 5

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame | Tex Ritter Museum

  • 300 West Panola, Carthage, TX 75633
  • (903) 693-6634 • (903) 694-9561
  • Ms. Tommie Ritter Smith, President / CEO • Linda Wilson • Email
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  • Genres: Country • Western Swing
  • Subcategories: Music archives • Organizations/Associations
  • Established: 1997
    The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the country music heritage of Texas by honoring Texas-born and raised artists, musicians and songwriters through displays, concerts and special events. The 13,000 square foot 2.5 million dollar building is located three blocks west of downtown Carthage, Texas, birthplace of country music legends Jim Reeves and Tex Ritter. Members honored at the Hall of Fame Museum are: Tex Ritter, Joe Allison, Dale Evans, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Nat Stuckey, Ernest Tubb, Cindy Walker, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Charlie Walker, Tanya Tucker, Jim Reeves, Willie Nelson, Billy Walker, Hank Thompson, Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, Gene Autry, Gene Watson, Bill Mack, and Stuart Hamblen, Johnny Lee, J.P. Richardson, The Big Bopper, Mac Davis, Jimmy Davis, Glenn Sutton and Roger Miller. In August of each year a show and ceremony are held to induct new members elected by a board of directors. The museum also features a larger-than-life-sized bronze statue of Tex Ritter and his horse White Flash. A large gift shop sells Texas souvenirs, jewelry, etc. as well as music of the inductees.

    Texas Broadcast Museum

    • 416 East Main Street, Kilgore, TX 75662
    • (903) 985-8115
    • Chuck Conrad, Executive Director • Dana Pearce, Operations Manager • Email
    • Website
    • Subcategory: Music archives
    • The Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications offers an eclectic mix of vintage broadcast memorabilia and equipment, which is sure to delight the young and old alike. Come by and check out the “Lee Harvey Oswald” camera, which was present at Oswald’s assassination. They also have a performance space, with a 15,000 watt P.A. Imagine yourself as a news broadcaster or weather person on our fully functional TV News Studio. Listen to one of Thomas Edison’s recording inventions or discover the televisions and radios from days gone by. Make sure to take a peek inside the restored 1949 Dumont Telecruiser, plus much more. Open Fridays and Saturdays.

      Stephen F. Austin State University | Ralph W. Steen Library

      • Box 13055, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3055
      • (936) 468-4106 • (936) 468-1714
      • Don Richter, Music Librarian • Email
      • Website
      • Genre: Classical
      • Subcategory: Music archives
      • The Stephen F. Austin State University Ralph W. Steen Library houses 200 hymnals and popular songbooks, 140 items of sheet music in a special collection, programs of local music performances and 1,000 78 rpm disc recordings. More recent sound recordings include some 6,000 LPs titles and 1,000 compact discs titles, the latter format growing rapidly. The collection also includes about 200 music videos (opera, ballet, etc.) in both VHF and laser disc formats. Located within the University campus at 1936 North Street.

        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 • Email
        • Website
        • 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.

          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.