University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Allan Turner Collection, 1972-2011



Descriptive Summary

Creator Turner, Allan
Title Allan Turner Collection
Dates: 1972-2011
Abstract Audiocassettes and audio compact discs contain Allan Turner's oral history interviews and musical recordings with musicians spanning a wide range of musical genres, artists, writers, and assorted individuals from Texas and the South.
Accession No.: 82-38; 2007-108; 2008-107; 2008-172; 2008-202; 2009-069; 2009-077; 2009-087; 2009-180; 2010-209; 2010-299; 2011-058; 2011-122; 2011-240; 2012-288; 2013-037; 2013-081; 2014-028; 2014-052
Extent 3 ft. 8 in.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Houston journalist Allan Turner has been a long-time student of Texas and the South, both on and off the job. In his more than 20 years at the Houston Chronicle, Turner has held a variety of editing and reporting positions, including a journalistic tour of duty as roving state reporter. Now a senior city-side reporter, he also has worked in Amarillo, Austin, and San Antonio. Turner has contributed to Texas Folklore Society publications, and is coauthor of Transparent Tales: An Attic Full of Texas Ghosts, with Chronicle reporter Richard Stewart. The musical performance and oral history recordings in the collection are outgrowths of Turner's study of southern culture and history. Many of the recordings were made during a ten-year "Alan Lomax phase" in which Turner traversed Texas and Louisiana in search of authentic folk expression.


Scope and Contents

Articles, audiocassettes and audio compact discs comprise the Allan Turner Collection, 1972-2011, containing Allan Turner's oral interviews and musical recordings with musicians spanning a wide range of musical genres, including conjunto, blues, country and western, Czech and German. The collection also contains assorted oral history interviews with individuals from Texas and the South documenting social issues, local history and personal recollections.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Use of audio material by appointment only; please contact sound archivist.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Turner, Allan, 1951-
Subjects
Oral history -- Southern States.
Oral history -- Texas.
Folk songs -- Southern States.
Folk songs -- Texas.
Popular music -- Texas -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- Southern States -- History and criticism.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Allan Turner Collection, 1972-2011, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory

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2X8a Music oral history recordings
Access copies on compact disc:
Nathan Abshire -- Basile, LA, 1978
Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin – Durald, LA, 1977
Paul Barsch (New Braunfels, TX, 1972); Morris Chenier (Lake Charles, LA, 1976); Clarence Lewis (Lake Charles, LA, 1976); and Pat Huval (Henderson, LA, 1976).
Ray Baca (Fayetteville, TX, 1978) and Narciso Martínez (La Paloma, TX, 1978).
Cliff Bruner – Dickinson , TX (2 tapes), 1981
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2X8b Fred Calhoun – Ft. Worth, TX (2 tapes), 1981
J. R. Chatwell – San Antonio, TX, 1981
Trenton Cooper – Pine Bluff, AR, 1977
Ted Daffan – Houston, TX (2 tapes), 1980
Clarence Garlow – Beaumont, TX (2 tapes), 1982
Sade Courville (Eunice, LA, 1980) and Revon Reed (Mamou, LA, 1980)
Salomé Gutiérrez (San Antonio, TX, 1981) and Conjunto Madrigal (Beeville, TX, 1977)
John Hebert – Lafayette, LA, 1980
Adolph Hofner – San Antonio, TX (2 tapes), 1980
Santiago Jiménez – San Antonio, TX, 1979
Mance Lipscomb – Navasota, TX (2 tapes), 1972
Dennis McGee – Eunice, LA, 1978
“Mamou Cajun Radio Hour,” KEUN—Mamou, LA, 1978
Mardi Gras in Duralde, LA (with “Bois Sec” Ardoin), 1980
Jimmie Revard – Kerrville, TX, 1981
Alton “Rockin’ Dopsie” Rubin – Lafayette, LA, 1978
Robert Shaw – Austin, TX (2 tapes), 1975-1976
Eddie Shuler – Lake Charles, LA, 1977
Christ Stark – San Antonio, TX, 1980
R. E. Tanner – San Antonio, TX (2 tapes), 1980
Ambrose Thibodeaux – Lafayette, LA, 1979
John Williams – San Antonio, TX (2 tapes), 1980
Fred Zimmerle – San Antonio, TX, 1978
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2.325/J84c Blind Willie McTell interviewed by John Lomax at the Fulton Hotel, Atlanta, 1940
Joel Draut - Katy, TX, 2014
Wyman Meinzer, 2013
Bruce Beal, 2014
Tony Freemantle, 2014
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2X88 Original audiocassettes -- [Restricted]:
Nathan Abshire -- Basile, LA, 1978
Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin – Durald, LA, 1977
Paul Barsch (New Braunfels, TX, 1972); Morris Chenier (Lake Charles, LA, 1976); Clarence Lewis (Lake Charles, LA, 1976); and Pat Huval (Henderson, LA, 1976).
Ray Baca (Fayetteville, TX, 1978) and Narciso Martínez (La Paloma, TX, 1978).
Cliff Bruner – Dickinson , TX (2 tapes), 1981
Fred Calhoun – Ft. Worth, TX (2 tapes), 1981
J. R. Chatwell – San Antonio, TX, 1981
Trenton Cooper – Pine Bluff, AR, 1977
Ted Daffan – Houston, TX (2 tapes), 1980
Clarence Garlow – Beaumont, TX (2 tapes), 1982
Sade Courville (Eunice, LA, 1980) and Revon Reed (Mamou, LA, 1980)
Salomé Gutiérrez (San Antonio, TX, 1981) and Conjunto Madrigal (Beeville, TX, 1977)
John Hebert – Lafayette, LA, 1980
Adolph Hofner – San Antonio, TX (2 tapes), 1980
Santiago Jiménez – San Antonio, TX, 1979
Mance Lipscomb – Navasota, TX (2 tapes), 1972
Dennis McGee – Eunice, LA, 1978
“Mamou Cajun Radio Hour,” KEUN—Mamou, LA, 1978
Mardi Gras in Duralde, LA (with “Bois Sec” Ardoin), 1980
Lydia Mendoza – Houston, TX (2 tapes), 1978
Jimmie Revard – Kerrville, TX, 1981
Alton “Rockin’ Dopsie” Rubin – Lafayette, LA, 1978
Robert Shaw – Austin, TX (2 tapes), 1975-1976
Eddie Shuler – Lake Charles, LA, 1977
Christ Stark – San Antonio, TX, 1980
R. E. Tanner – San Antonio, TX (2 tapes), 1980
Ambrose Thibodeaux – Lafayette, LA, 1979
John Williams – San Antonio, TX (2 tapes), 1980
Fred Zimmerle – San Antonio, TX, 1978
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2X8b Non-music oral history recordings
Access copies on compact disc:
Capote Baptist Church services – Capote, TX, 1973
Don & Nola Harrison – Doddridge, AR, 1977
Orville Howard – Amarillo, TX (2 tapes), 1979
Jim Hunter – Austin, TX, 1977
Nieman Johnson & Jack Johnson – Board House, TX, 1975
Austin Jones – Board House, TX, 1977
Cathy Jones – Board House, TX, 1978
A. F. “Tex” Keirsey – Amarillo, TX, 1975
Russell Lee – Austin, TX (2 tapes), 1978
Lillian Lomen – Amarillo, TX, 1979
Mr. & Mrs. Felix Mika – Panna Maria, TX, 1979
Mount Horeb Baptist Church 100th – Board House, TX, 1974
Roger Nuhn – New Braunfels, TX, 1977
John Peavey – McAllen, TX, 1978
Dr. Roy Taylor – Amarillo, TX, 1979
Emma Tenayuca – San Antonio, TX (2 tapes), 1981
Dewey Updegrove – Aransas Pass, TX, 1979
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2X9a Mario Figueroa - Houston, TX, (2 CDs) 2011
Arthur Brocato - New Orleans, LA, (2CDs) 2011
Geraldine Ellis Watson - Austin, TX, (2CDs) 2011
Grady Gaines
Mike Graczyk
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2.325/J84c Sammy Ray
Wyman Meinzer, 2013
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2X88 Original audiocassettes -- [Restricted]:
Capote Baptist Church services – Capote, TX, 1973
Don & Nola Harrison – Doddridge, AR, 1977
Orville Howard – Amarillo, TX (2 tapes), 1979
Jim Hunter – Austin, TX, 1977
Nieman Johnson & Jack Johnson – Board House, TX, 1975
Austin Jones – Board House, TX, 1977
Cathy Jones – Board House, TX, 1978
A. F. “Tex” Keirsey – Amarillo, TX, 1975
Russell Lee – Austin, TX (2 tapes), 1978
Lillian Lomen – Amarillo, TX, 1979
Mr. & Mrs. Felix Mika – Panna Maria, TX, 1979
Mount Horeb Baptist Church 100th – Board House, TX, 1974
Roger Nuhn – New Braunfels, TX, 1977
John Peavey – McAllen, TX, 1978
Dr. Roy Taylor – Amarillo, TX, 1979
Emma Tenayuca – San Antonio, TX (2 tapes), 1981
Dewey Updegrove – Aransas Pass, TX, 1979
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2X89 Audio compact discs [originals]:
David Adickes - Houston, TX (Parts 1-2), 2008
Jason Berry – New Orleans, LA (Parts 1-3), 2008
Keith Carter – Beaumont, TX (Parts 1-2), 2008
Victoria Dingler – League City, TX, 2008
Kirk Farris – Houston, TX, 2008
Leon Hale - Winedale, TX (Parts 1-2), 2008
Ray Hill - Houston, TX (Parts 1-2), 2008
Rick Lowe - Houston, TX (Parts 1-3), 2008
Billy Wayne Sinclair – Houston, TX (Parts 1-2), 2008
James Willet – Huntsville, TX (Parts 1-2), 2008
Mack McCormick - Houston, TX (Parts 1-3), 2009
Rhoda Faust - New Orleans, LA (Parts 1-2), 2009
Poppy Tooker - New Orleans, LA (Parts 1-2), 2009
Cleveland Turner - Houston, TX, 2008
Gwen Roland - Meansville, GA (Parts 1-2), 2008
Lynn Ashby - Houston, TX (Parts 1-2), 2009
Frank Rollins - Houston, TX (2 CDs), 4/26/2009
David Atwood, founder of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty - Houston, TX (2 CDs), 6/22/2009
Cosimo Matassa, owner of J&M recording studio during the golden era of New Orleans R & B- New Orleans, LA, 8/18/2009
Charlie Stagg - Vidor, TX (2 CDs; Parts 1-2), August 15, 2010
Ron Kottemann, New Orleans, July 15, 2010
Alice Sulak, Tom Sefcik's Dance Hall, Seaton, TX, October 28, 2010
Dan Phillips, builder, - Huntsville, TX, April 9, 2011
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2X8a Recorded music anthologies (access copies on compact disc)
"Texas Music Selections" [tape 1], music of:
Victoria Spivey
Beulah “Sippie” Wallace
Alger “Texas” Alexander
Andrew “Smokey” Hogg
Lee Hunter
Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins
Pedro Ayala
Harry Choates
Jesús Casiano
Bruno Villarreal
Lydia Mendoza
Santiago Jiménez
"Texas Music Selections" [tape 2], music of:
Narciso Martínez
Fred Zimmerle
Ted Daffan
Adolph Hofner
The Tune Wranglers
Jimmie Revard & Oklahoma Playboys
Bill Boyd & Cowboy Ramblers
Sons of the West
Universal Cowboys
Dick Reinhart & His Lone Star Boys
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2X88 Recorded music anthologies (original audiocassettes) -- [Restricted]
"Texas Music Selections" [tape 1], music of :
Victoria Spivey
Beulah “Sippie” Wallace
Alger “Texas” Alexander
Andrew “Smokey” Hogg
Lee Hunter
Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins
Pedro Ayala
Harry Choates
Jesús Casiano
Bruno Villarreal
Lydia Mendoza
Santiago Jiménez
"Texas Music Selections" [tape 2], music of:
Narciso Martínez
Fred Zimmerle
Ted Daffan
Adolph Hofner
Jimmie Revard & Oklahoma Playboys
Bill Boyd & Cowboy Ramblers
Sons of the West
Universal Cowboys
Dick Reinhart & His Lone Star Boys
W. Lee O’Daniel & His Hillbilly Boys
Light Crust Doughboys
Milton Brown & Musical Brownies
Cliff Bruner
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2X89 Printed material
Allan Turner newspaper articles, 1999-2004
Houston Chronicle articles, 2003-2010
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2X88 Allan Turner newspaper articles
Notes and checklists
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2X89 Allan Turner newspaper articles, 1999-2004
Houston Chronicle articles, 2003-2010
Photocopies of photographs from Dan Phillips interview, April 9, 2011
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2X88 Video and Film:
VHS tape: Emma Tenayuca speech at the Newspaper Guild Conference in San Antonio, TX, March 17, 1984
DVD: Emma Tenayuca speech at the Newspaper Guild Conference in San Antonio, TX, March 17, 1984
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3Y554 Photographs
Color slides of western swing musician Jimmy Revard and accordion maker John Hebert, 1980
Color slides of Mardi Gras in Durald, Louisiana, including Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin, 1980