Austin History Center

Third Coast “Faces of Austin” Photograph Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Third Coast Magazine
Title: Third Coast “Faces of Austin” Photograph Collection
Dates: 1981-1987
Abstract: Third Coast was a magazine about contemporary Austin, published from 1981-1987. The collection consists of 56 black-and-white photographs by 15 local photographers that appeared in a “Faces of Austin” exhibition hosted by the Austin History Center in August 1987. The images had previously appeared on the pages of Third Coast magazine and feature Austin celebrities, politicians, professionals, and average citizens from the 1980s.
Identification: AR.2003.034
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 box, 56 photographs)
Location: Photo Room, east wall
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Third Coast magazine was published monthly by Third Coast Media from August 1981 through July 1987. Focusing on the arts, entertainment, politics, and people of Austin, it was a “magazine about contemporary Austin, geared to the needs and interest of young Austinites,” according to the inaugural issue. Originally issued in an oversized black-and-white newspaper format, Third Coast converted to a more typical color magazine design in June 1986.

On August 24, 1987, one month after the final issue of Third Coast was published, the Austin History Center opened an exhibition titled "Faces of Austin: Portraits from 3rd Coast." The exhibition featured photographs that had appeared on the pages of the magazine throughout its run. The 56 photographs, selected by Ray Helmers, were representative of the photographs that appeared in the magazine and of the high quality of photojournalists working in Austin. The exhibition ran through November 10, 1987.

Many of the photographers whose images appear in the collection are known for their work in the arts, photography, and other media, both in the Austin area and outside the state of Texas. Many came to Austin as students at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) in the early 1970s and stayed to document the city's vibrant cultural scene. Beverly Spicer is a writer, editor, and photojournalist who has worked for KRLU-TV, Texas Monthly, and The Digital Journalist. Scott Newton, long-time photographer for the "Austin City Limits" television show, is the author of Austin City Limits: 35 Years in Photographs. Freelance photographer Ave Bonar has had her work published in Texas Monthly, Texas Observer, and Mother Jones, and has exhibited her photographs in numerous fine arts galleries across the state. Her portraits of women, politicians, and life in the Rio Grande Valley, have become the foundation for several books under her authorship. California native Will van Overbeek studied photography at UT-Austin and works as a contributing photographer at Texas Highways magazine. His freelance publication credits include Texas Monthly, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, and the Discovery Channel. Larry Kolvoord was director of photography at the Daily Texan (1976-1981) and began his long service as a photographer for the Austin American-Statesman in 1981. Dennis Carlyle Darling has been a professor in the School of Journalism at UT-Austin since 1981, teaching photojournalism, social documentary, and graphic design. His work has appeared in numerous publications and in galleries in the United States and other countries. After Third Coast ceased publication, Keith Dannemiller moved to Mexico City, where in 2016 he serves as a documentary photographer capturing images of the city's people and cultural traditions, especially in the historic city center. Scot Hill has worked as a professional photographer since 1978. As of 2016, he is an adjunct faculty member at Austin Community College in addition to working out of his photography studio in the Texas Hill Country. James Evans, currently (2016) based in Marathon, Texas, is best known for his work in Big Bend National Park and throughout the Big Bend region. His photographs have been featured in numerous publications including Oxford American, GQ, Time, Texas Monthly, and The Wall Street Journal, and he is the author of Big Bend Pictures (UT Press, 2003) and Crazy from the Heat (UT Press, 2011).

Scope and Contents

55 11x14" and 1 8x10" black-and-white photographs document the faces of politicians, artists, musicians, sports figures, and others who found their way into the Austin news and cultural scene in the 1980s. Such faces include Ann Richards, Lloyd Doggett, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, J. J. "Jake" Pickle, Amado Peña, Lowell Lebermann, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Other faces, such as those of Walter "Pinky" Gallatin and Doc Mallard, document lesser known Austinites with a story to tell nevertheless.

Photographers Carlos Quintanilla, Will van Overbeek, Scot Van Osdol and Jeff Rowe of Lone Star Silver and Associates, and Keith Dannemiller each have 7 or more images represented in the collection. Beverly Spicer, Ave Bonar, Dennis Carlyle Darling, Randal Alhadeff, Scot Hill, and James Evans each have 2-4 images. David Pankratz, Scott Newton, Larry Kolvoord, and E. Jessica Hickman each have 1 image in the collection.

The subject of the photo is given as the title. The dates given are the publication dates of the issue of Third Coast in which the image appeared. The majority of the photographs date from 1983 and 1984. One photo (#013) appeared in the inaugural issue of the magazine. Two photos (#018 and #048) appeared on the front cover. 23 of the images were featured in "The Austin Album" article in August 1984. Many, if not all, of the physical prints may have been reprinted by the photographers for the exhibition later than the given date.


The photographs are grouped by photographer in the order received. Photos credited to Jeff Rowe, Scott Van Osdol, or Lone Star Silver and Associates are grouped together, as Rowe and Van Osdol worked together at Lone Star Silver. Photos are listed individually in the container list with the title of the article where the photo appeared in quotation marks following the subject of the photo. Dates listed are publication dates of the article.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in this collection. Applicable restrictions are indicated on the back of most photos in the collection. Consult the repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Alhadeff, Randal.
Bonar, Ave.
Dannemiller, Keith.
Darling, Dennis Carlyle.
Doggett, Lloyd.
Evans, James H.
Hill, Scot.
Hickman, E. Jessica (Ellen Jessica), 1949-.
Kolvoord, Larry.
Newton, Scott.
Pankratz, David.
Peña, Amado Maurilio, 1943-.
Quintanilla, Carlos.
Pickle, J. J.
Richards, Ann, 1933-2006.
Rowe, Jeff.
Spicer, Beverly White.
Van Osdol, Scott.
Van Overbeek, Will.
Vaughan, Jimmie.
Vaughan, Stevie Ray.
Third Coast magazine.
Austin (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Portrait photography.
Document Types:
Black-and-white photographs.

Related Material


  • Third Coast: The Magazine of Contemporary Austin (1981-1987)

Austin Files - Biography

  • Bonar, Ave
  • Darling, Dennis

Austin Files - Subject

  • Libraries - Austin History Center - Exhibits L2710(29n)
  • Periodicals - Third Coast P2400(31)
  • Photographers and Photography - Dannemiller, Keith P3500(50)
  • Photographers and Photography - Darling, Dennis Carlyle P3500(63)
  • Photographers and Photography - Lone Star Silver and Associates P3500(48)

Archives and Manuscripts

  • AR.2000.016 - "Austin Seen" Photograph Collection, 1939-1984.
  • AR.2002.010 - Water Works Photograph Collection.
  • AR 2014.036 - "Neighborhoods: Looking at Austin in 1986" Exhibition Collection.

Other Institutions

  • Ave Bonar Photographs, 1974-1996, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Will Van Overbeek Photographs, 1980-1982, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was donated by Ray Helmers, who served as production director for Third Coast magazine.

Preferred Citation

Third Coast “Faces of Austin” Photograph Collection (AR.2003.034). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1986/127

Donation Date: 3/30/2003

Processing Information

Initial Inventory and Preliminary Processing By: Margaret Schlankey/2003

Final Processing and Finding Aid By: Frances Rickard/January 2017

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection. A few titles printed on the reverse of the photographs were illegible or contained typographical errors. Titles in this section reflect the title of the article as it appears in the magazine.

Photographs, 1981-1987

Beverly Spicer
Box Folder
1 1 Gene Ramey, “First Bass Man” (#001), August 1983
1 Ed Bluestein, “The Austin Album” (#002), August 1984
David Pankratz
Box Folder
1 2 Walter “Pinky” Gallatin, “One Rm, Cap Vu” (#003), July 1982
Carlos Quintanilla
Box Folder
1 3 Jeff Friedman, “Jeff Friedman and the Good Theater” (#004), September 1981
3 Moses Vasquez, “The Austin Album” (#005), August 1984
3 Harry Wilson, “The Book of Harry” (#006), July 1984
3 Amado M. Peña, “Pena’s True Colors” (#007), November 1983
3 Browning Ware, “The Austin Album” (#008), August 1984
3 Billy “Rooster” Andrews, “Sporting Life” (#009), November 1983
3 Richard Moya, “The Austin Album” (#010), August 1984
Scott Newton
Box Folder
1 4 Butch Hancock, “Wind, Words, and the West Texas Waltz” (#011) , June 1982
Ave Bonar
Box Folder
1 5 Doc Mallard, “The Austin Album” (#012) , August 1984
5 Dan Davidson, “Running Austin” (#013), August 1981
5 Shannon Sedwick and William Dente, “The Austin Album” (#014), August 1984
5 Val Sterle, “The Austin Album” (#015), August 1984
Will van Overbeek
Box Folder
1 6 Leonard Masters, “The Austin Album” (#016), August 1984
6 Ann Richards, “Ann Richards, A Personal Account” (#017), February 1984
6 Lowell Lebermann and Ron Mullen, “Meet Your Next Mayor” (#018) , March 1983
6 Bob Inman, “Bobby Ray to the Rescue” (#019), December 1983
6 Mark Spaeth, “The Appearance of Mark Spaeth” (#020), December 1984
6 Ellie Rucker, “Lady of Letters” (#021), October 1982
6 Lloyd Doggett, “Mr. Doggett Makes a Difference” (#022), October 1981
Larry Kolvoord
Box Folder
1 7 Ronnie Earle, “Gatekeepers of Justice” (#023), May 1982
Scott Van Osdol and Jeff Rowe / Lone Star Silver & Associates,
Box Folder
1 8 John Watson, “In Recognition of John Watson” (#024), September 1984
8 Neal Spelce, “The Austin Album” (#025), August 1984
8 Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, “The Austin Album” (#026), August 1984
8 Roy Q. Minton, “The Austin Album” (#027), August 1984
8 Elouise Burrell, “Blacks as Artists, Artists as Women” (#028), February 1983
8 Jerry Jeff Walker and Family, “The Austin Album” (#029A), August 1984
8 Eric Johnson, “Eric Johnson Hits a Responsive Chord” (#029B), July 1983
8 Mayors of Austin (L-R): Roy Butler, Lester Palmer, Ron Mullen, Carole McClellan, Jeff Friedman, Taylor Gloss, “The Austin Album” (#030), August 1984
8 Cactus Pryor and John Henry Faulk, “The Austin Album” (#031), August 1984
Dennis Carlyle Darling
Box Folder
1 9 Bobby Bridger, “A Mountain Man Takes the Stage”( # 032), April 1983
9 Big Gil Stromquist, “After the Fall” (#033), December 1982
Keith Dannemiller
Box Folder
1 10 Floyd Tillman, “Tillman Country” (#034), March 1984
10 Alvin Crow, “Alvin Crow’s Honky Tonk Way of Knowledge” (#035), November 1982
10 Jill Sterkel, “Built for Speed” (#036), August 1983
10 Willie Wells, “Invisible Hero of the Negro Leagues” (#037), August 1983
10 Ralph Yarborough, “Face Page” (#038), January 1985
10 Walter Richter, “Face Page” (#039), February 1984
10 Sung Kwak, “The Austin Album” (#040), August 1984
10 Michael “Max” Nofziger, “The Austin Album” (#041), August 1984
10 J. J. “Jake” Pickle, “Pickle on the Potomac” (#042), April 1982
10 Madalyn Murray O’Hair, “The Unholy Crusade of Madalyn Murray O’Hair” (#043), April 1983
10 Ada Simond, “The Austin Album” (#044), August 1984
Randal Alhadeff
Box Folder
1 11 Deborah Hay, “The Austin Album” (#045), August 1984
11 Walter Falk, “The Austin Album” (#046), August 1984
11 Terry Galloway, “The Austin Album” (#047), August 1984
11 Jorge Carrasco, “Hang on, Jorge” (#048), March 1986
Scot Hill
Box Folder
1 12 Emmett and Joyce Shelton, “The Austin Album” (#049), August 1984
12 Bill Milburn “Builder Milburn” (#050), April 1984
12 Liz Carpenter, “The Austin Album” (#051), August 1984
12 Frank McBee, “Contract Warriors” (#052), June 1986
E. Jessica Hickman
Box Folder
1 13 Marty Martin, “Rewrite the World” (#053), December 1981
James H. Evans
Box Folder
1 14 Charles Moore, “Less is Moore” (#054), December 1986
14 Alan Taniguchi, “Why I Read 3rd Coast” (#055), January 1987