Music Libraries and Archives in Panhandle / South Plains


Number of Listings: 9

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

  • P.O. Box 60967, Canyon, TX 79016
  • (806) 651-2254 • (806) 651-2261
  • Warren Stricker
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  • 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
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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
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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
        • Brooke Witcher, Managing Director / Cultural Facilities & Events • David Seitz, Store Manager • Lisa Howe, Education Coordinator • Jacquie Bober, Curator • Tonja Hagy-Valdine, Coordinator of Marketing and Special Events
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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
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          • 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.

            The Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center of Pampa

            • 320 South Cuyler Street, Pampa, TX 79065
            • (806) 664-0824
            • Michael Sinks, President, Board of Directors
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            • Genre: Folk/Acoustic
            • Venue Capacity: 040
            • Subcategories: Clubs, Dancehalls, Small Venues • Music archives • Organizations/Associations
            • The Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center of Pampa's vision is to promote the story of Woody Guthrie, his connection with the Texas panhandle and how that relationship has impacted the music of contemporary America. The center uses displays and interactive exhibits as a museum component and hosts informal jam sessions on the first and third Friday of each month (and occasional house concerts throughout the year). The performances culminate in the annual "Tribute to Woody Guthrie" on the weekend nearest the anniversary of his death, Oct. 3. Our small gift shop carries T-shirts, sweatshirts and book bags with artwork approved by the Woody Guthrie Foundation bearing Guthrie's signature and a portion of "This Land is Your Land," plus books and CDs by and about Guthrie. Pampa's Tribute to Woody Guthrie is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

              Jimmy Dean Museum

              • 1900 West Seventh Street, Plainview, TX 79072
              • (806) 291-3662
              • Rodney Watson, Director
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              • Genre: Country
              • Subcategory: Music archives
              • Raised in Plainview, Jimmy Dean pulled himself from poverty to national prominence as a television entertainer and businessman who started the Jimmy Dean sausage company. The Jimmy Dean museum opened in 2016 and tells the story of his life, including memorabilia, video, records and photos from his personal collection.

                Museum of the Llano Estacado

                • 1900 West Eighth Street, Plainview, TX 79072
                • (806) 291-3660
                • Eddie Guffee, Director / Archeologist • Patti Guffee, Assistant Director / Archivist
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                • Subcategory: Music archives
                • Established: 1976
                  Bears the traditional Spanish name for the Texas High Plains. Regional museum emphasizing the development of the geographical area of the Llano Estacado. In chronological order, maintains 80 exhibits decsribing the geological, prehistoric, cultural and economic development of the region. Housed in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Regional Heritage Center, on 8th St. behind Wayland Baptist University's campus. Open weekdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; weekends Apr. - Nov. 1 - 5 p.m. 1900 W. 8th St.

                  Bob Wills Museum

                  • P.O. Box 306, Turkey, TX 79261
                  • (806) 423-1253
                  • Lorene Settlif
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                  • Subcategory: Music archives
                  • Established by the Wills family, the Bob Wills Museum exhibits many wonderful photographs of Bob's career. Many family mementos, fiddles, clothes, and awards pay tribute to this legend. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm, or by special appointment.