May 16, 2022

The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University Acquires Stevie Ray Vaughan Music Archive

From Texas St. University:

The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University has acquired a significant archive of the late, legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The SRV archive, obtained from a private collector, is a major addition to the Texas Music Collection at The Wittliff, which already boasts archives from Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Marcia Ball, Cindy Walker and Asleep at the Wheel. The Wittliff is home to more than 500 historic literary, photographic, film and music collections, including one of the largest known collections of Tejano music materials and memorabilia in existence.

The new SRV collection offers intimate insights into the life and career of the famed guitarist in three distinct arenas: songwriting, recovery and the complicated relationship with his brother, musician Jimmie Vaughan. A selection of items from the archive will go on display for the first time in the upcoming exhibition, “The Songwriters: Sung and Unsung Heroes of the Collection” which opens this spring in the Texas Music Gallery.

Vaughan died on Aug. 27, 1990, in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin at the age of 35.

Included in the acquisition are such artifacts as the iconic black hat and conch belt worn during Vaughan’s 1984 Carnegie Hall concert, his tall suede boots with buckskin fringe and favorite moccasins, his pipe and flask and his guitar strap.

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