Music Libraries and Archives in Panhandle / South Plains


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Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

  • P.O. Box 60967, Canyon, TX 79016
  • (806) 651-2254 • (806) 651-2261
  • Warren Stricker • Email
  • Website
  • Genre: Country
  • Subcategory: Music archives
  • The Research Center at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Historical Museum includes in its collection sheet music, recordings, photographs, oral histories, printed ephemera, books and journals related to music and musical performance. The collection concentrates on performers from and works by residents of the Texas Panhandle region, but also includes information on music in Texas in general and the Western United States. The collection is open for research by the public.

    West Texas A&M University | Music Library

    • WT Box 60879, Canyon, TX 79016-0001
    • (806) 651-2828 • (806) 651-2840
    • Jovan Munoz • Dr. Robert Krause • Email
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    • Genres: Classical • Jazz
    • Subcategory: Music archives
    • The West Texas A&M University Music Library houses the Ruth Crawford Collection and the Houston Bright Collection. Located at the corner of University Drive and 26th street on the West Texas A&M University campus in Canyon, Texas.

      Crossroads of Music Archive, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

      • P.O. Box 41041, Lubbock, TX 79409-1041
      • (806) 742-3749 • (806) 834-5777
      • Curtis Peoples, Archivist • Elissa Stroman, Library Specialist • Jon Holmes, Manager • Andy Wilkinson, Artist in Residence • Jennifer Spurrier, Director of SWC/SCL • Email
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      • Genres: Americana • Country • Latin/Spanish
      • Subcategory: Music archives
      • In 1999, the 76th Legislature of the State of Texas passed House Concurrent Resolution number 65, designating Lubbock and West Texas as the Music Crossroads of Texas. The West Texas region has produced a copious number of musicians, artists, and entertainers that have had an undeniable influence on music, art, and culture throughout the world. In the spirit of the House Concurrent Resolution 65, the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University created the Crossroads of Music Archive. The Crossroads of Music Archive was established in 2002. Since then, the archive has become the official repository of Michael Martin Murphey, the Kerville Folk Festival, the Tommy and Charlene Hancock Family, Jesse “Guitar” Taylor, Keith Ferguson, David Box, Texas Shorty, among many others. The archive contains over one-hundred music collections and continues to grow. The Crossroads of Music Archive is looking for any donations (i.e., music recordings, posters and handbills, photographs, oral histories, etc…) relating to music in Texas, as well as the Southwestern United States. Please contact us if you have materials to donate or would like to help the project in some other manner.

        Buddy Holly Center

        • 1801 Crickets Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79401
        • (806) 775-3560 • (806) 775-3566
        • Jacqueline Bober, Municipal Museums Director • David Seitz, Store Manager • Miranda De La Cruz, Education Coordinator • Sebastian Forbush, Curator • Tonja Hagy-Valdine, Coordinator of Marketing and Special Events • Email
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        • Genres: Rock • Rockabilly
        • Venue Capacity: 415
        • Subcategories: Concert halls/Performing arts centers • Music archives • Music camps • Private music schools or instruction
        • Affiliations: Music Museum Alliance • Texas Association of Museums
        • Established: 1999
          Celebrating visual, cultural and musical heritage, the Buddy Holly Center provides an arena for explorations of the music talents of Texas and West Texas. The Center features the most extensive permanent exhibition of the life and music of Lubbock's native son, Buddy Holly. The Center hosts a variety of educational and cultural events, appealing to a wide range of age groups. Center hours are Tues - Sat 10-5 and Sun 1-5. For more information visit

          West Texas Walk of Fame

          • 1501 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX 79401
          • (806) 775-2242
          • Subcategory: Music archives
          • The West Texas Walk of Fame began as a tribute to Rock and Roll legend Buddy Holly in the late 70's. Larry Corbin and Jerry Coleman were in Nashville visiting their singer/songwriter friend Waylon Jennings. Waylon brought up the subject of recognizing Buddy Holly. This conversation culminated into a concept of honoring the growing list of famous artists and musicians who had come from West Texas. In 1983, Civic Lubbock Inc picked up the torch and mounted the dedication plaque and the induction plaques of Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings and developed a criteria for future nominees. From its early beginning until today, the names of many musicians, artists, actors and entertainers have been honored in "The West Texas Walk of Fame." The West Texas Walk of Fame is located on the corner of 19th Street and Crickets Avenue across from the Buddy Holly Center.