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Texas Music Collection

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The music archives embrace a rich variety of Texas music, from country and Western Swing to blues, polka, rock and roll, conjunto, and Tejano. The Wittliff works closely with Texas State University's Center for Texas Music History to preserve and celebrate the state's musical heritage.  



Willie Nelson

7 collections extensively documenting the life and work of this Texas Music legend. Includes Willie's handwritten song lyrics, rare behind-the-scenes photographs and audio and video recordings, interviews, research, publications, vintage promotional materials, and much more. (70+ boxes)

Jerry Jeff Walker

An icon of Texas's outlaw country scene, Jerry Jeff Walker's classic recordings include the live album from Luckenbach, Viva Terlingua. His archive contains  handwritten song lyrics and a pair of custom lizard skin boots made for Walker by Charlie Dunn, which bear Walker's initials on them.

Selena Research Collection

Interviews, clippings, photographs, court documents, notes, publicity materials and ephemera relating to the slain Tejano Music superstar, collected by author Joe Nick Patoski for his acclaimed biography, Selena: como la flor. (17 boxes)

Austin City Limits / Bill Arhos Collection

Extensive archive of Austin City Limits creator Bill Arhos documents the history of the long-running concert television program on PBS that helped define Austin as the live music capital of the world. (30+ boxes)

Stevie Ray Vaughan Research Collection

Interviews, photographs, audio and video recordings and other documentation collected by biographers Bill Crawford and Joe Nick Patoski for their co-authored book, Stevie-Ray Vaughan : Caught in the Crossfire. (27 boxes)

Joe Nick Patoski Collection

Longtime Texas Music journalist, author of acclaimed biographies on Willie Nelson, Selena, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Director of the documentary on Doug Sahm, Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove. Patoski's extensive archive includes Texas music-related publications, interviews, recordings, photographs, press kits and more. (100+ boxes)