Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Houston Folklore and Music Society records, 1951-2016 MS 668



creator Houston Folklore and Music Society
Title: Houston Folklore and Music Society records
Dates: bulk
1951-2016
Abstract: These records mainly consist of news clippings and newsletters of the Houston Folklore and Music Society.
Identification: MS 668
Quantity: 2 Linear Feet(2 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Started in June 1951 by John Avery Lomax, Jr., Ed Badeaux, Howie Porper, Chester Bower, and Harold Belikoff, the Houston Folklore Society held their early meetings at the Jewish Community Center, the Downtown YMCA, and Hermann Park Pavilion. These meetings consisted of song swaps, folk dancing, and folk song concerts in conjunction with the Jewish Community Center. Early on, they also sponsored concerts by Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, and Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys.

In April 1988, the society changed its name to the Houston Folklore and Folk Music Society. The group began using a shortened version of that name, the Houston Folklore and Music Society on a consistent basis in 1990, though the shortened name had been officially incorporated by July 1988.

By June 1966, the society began publishing a newsletter that contained event information and articles about folk music. By 1968, the newsletter changed its name from the "Houston Folklore Bulletin" to the "Cotton Patch Rag."

Over the years, the society also began formalizing their events. During the 1980s, they held monthly pickin' parties, which still continue. In 1980, they started hosting concerts, which turned into Second Saturday Concerts at the West University Community Center. These have continued to this day with a variety of national and regional folk musicians performing. Moreover, they hold meetings on the first Monday of the month at the Jewish Community Center, where the group handles business matters and runs a song circle.

For more information about the society, please visit their website: houstonfolkmusic.org.


Content Description

These records contain news clippings, fliers, and newsletters, "The Houston Folklore Bulletin" and "The Cotton Patch Rag."


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.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from the Houston Folklore and Music Society.


Index Terms

Folk music
Houston Folklore and Music Society

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Houston Folklore and Music Society records, 1951-2016, MS 668, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Paul Cooper on behalf of the Houston Folklore and Music Society board in October 2016.

Accruals

Additional materails are expected for this collection.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: General, 1951-1993

Box Folder
1 1 Fliers 1970s
2 John A. Lomax, Jr. Memorial Concert (3 CDs) 1975-1976
3 Joseph Lomax Benefactors Fund 1988
4 News Clippings 1951-1993



Series II: Newsletters, 1966-2016

Box Folder
1 5 List of missing newsletters ca. 2000
6 1966
7 1967
8 1968
9 1969
10 1970
11 1971
12 1972
13 1973
14 1974
15 1975
16 1976
17 1977
18 1978
19 1979
20 1980
21 1981
22 1982
23 1983
24 1984
25 1985
26 1986
27 1987
28 1988
29 1989
30 1990
31 1991
32 1992
33 1993
Box Folder
2 1 1994
2 1995
3 1996
4 1997
5 1998
6 1999
7 2000
8 2001
9 2002
10 2003
11 2004
12 2005
13 2006
14 2007
15 2008
16 2009
17 2010
18 2011
19 2012
20 2013
21 2014
22 2015
23 2016