Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rockefeller's business records, 1978-2016 MS 655



creator Criner, Sanford
creator Criner, Susan
source Criner, Sanford
source Criner, Susan
creator Rockefeller's
Title: Rockefeller's business records
Dates: 1978-2016
Abstract: This collection consists of the business records, promotional calendars, and digital images that chronicle Rockefeller's music venue.
Identification: MS 655
Quantity: 1.5 Linear Feet(2 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

The music venue, Rockefeller’s, began as way to cover the renovation costs of the historic Citizens/Heights State Bank building on 3620 Washington Avenue in Houston. In the beginning, Sanford and Susan Criner envisioned a performance space for local talent. Early on, they realized that local acts were not enough to fill the hall. The Criners turned to booking jazz acts and made a trip to Los Angeles to promote the venue to bigger names. The trip was incredibly successful.

From 1979 to 1997, Rockefeller’s hosted great performers from a variety of genres: blues, jazz, rock, country, and comedy. Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Fats Domino, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, the Dixie Chicks, Pee-wee Herman, Bill Hicks, and Timothy Leary all graced the stage. While ownership of Rockefeller’s changed hands during that time, the venue always thrived on presenting Houston with a wide mix of talent.

As for the renovation, Taft Architects and construction manager Matt Pasternak headed up the project. The revitalized building, originally designed by Joseph Finger, won a Texas Society of Architects Honor Award for historical preservation.


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the business records, including artist booking sheets and contracts, as well as promotional calendars, news clippings, and digital images that chronicle the history of the Houston music venue Rockefeller's.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.


Index Terms

Folk music
Folk-rock music
Rock concerts
Jazz
Rock music
Rhythm and blues music
Blues (Music)
Stand-up comedy
Criner, Sanford
Criner, Susan
Criner, Sanford
Criner, Susan
Rockefeller's
Rockefeller's

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rockefeller's business records, 1978-2016, MS 655, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sanford and Susan Criner in 2016.

Accruals

Additional materials are expected for this collection.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Business Files

Box Folder
1 1 Booking records 1979-1997
2 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1980
3 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1981
4 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1982
5 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1983
6 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1986
7 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1980s
8 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1994-11
9 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1994-12
10 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1995-01
11 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1995-02
12 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1995-03
13 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1995-04
14 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1995-05
15 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1995-06
16 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1995-07
17 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1995-09
18 Booking sheets and performance contracts 1995-10
19 Corporate bookings 1998-1999
20 Correspondence 1979-1989
21 Correspondence 1994-1995
22 Cost analysis 1990-1994
23 Expenses 1994-1995
24 Press releases and promotions 1982-1995
25 Promotions portfolio 1979-1982
26 Renovation 1979
27 Schedules 1993
28 Schedules 1994
29 Seating chart n.d.
30 Ticket sales ledger 1979
31 Ticket sales ledger 1980
32 Ticket sales ledger 1981
33 Ticket sales ledger 1982
34 Ticket sales ledger 1990s
35 "Twenty-Five Years of Rockefeller's" 1994
36 Venue promotion 1979-1990s



Series II: News Clippings

Box Folder
1 37 1979
38 1980
39 1981
40 1982
41 1983
42 1984
43 1985
44 1986
45 1987
46 1988
Box Folder
2 1 1989
2 1990
3 1991
4 1992
5 1993
6 1994
7 1995
8 2016
9 n.d.



Series III: Promotional Calendars

Box Folder
2 10 1980
11 1981
12 1982
13 1983
14 1984
15 1985
16 1987
17 1988
18 1989
19 1990
20 1991
21 1992
22 1993
23 1994
24 1995
25 1996
26 1997



Series IV: Photographs

Box Folder
2 27 Photographs 1980s