University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Eggers (Harold) Collection, ca. 1950s-2000

Descriptive Summary

Creator Eggers, Harold
Title Eggers, Harold Collection
Dates: ca. 1950s-2000
Accession No. AR 98-181, 2007-186, 2008-132, 2008-135
Extent 1 inch manuscript material, ca. 900 photographs, 29 CDs, 1 DVD, 1 LP and 1 45 rpm record
Language English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Harold F. Eggers, Jr., was Townes Van Zandt’s road manager, business partner and friend from 1976 until Van Zandt’s death in 1997. This collection represents some of the material that Eggers accumulated during those years. Eggers lives in Austin, Texas, where he continues to promote the music and legacy of Townes Van Zandt.

Townes Van Zandt was born on March 7, 1944, in Fort Worth, Texas, to a wealthy family with ties to Texas that extended back as far as the 1840s (Van Zandt County in East Texas is named for his family). He dropped out of college in the 1960s to pursue a career in music and became a well-known singer-songwriter within the next ten years, living most of the time in Nashville but maintaining close ties to his home state, primarily through connections to Austin, Texas and the musicians who live there. His first album debuted in 1968; Wikipedia’s discography lists 32 albums in all, including a number published posthumously. His song “Pancho and Lefty,” sung by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, became a number one hit on the country charts in the 1980s. Van Zandt died in Nashville on January 1, 1997.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of music recordings compiled by Harold Eggers and others, a photo album from Van Zandt’s youth, hand written lyrics for “For the Sake of a Song,” and about 800 candid snapshots taken by Eggers of Van Zandt either performing, traveling, or at leisure with friends and family. Also included are articles and promotional materials related to Van Zandt and a DVD of “Townes Van Zandt: Houston 1988: a private concert.”


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access. Donor claims copyright to all materials in this collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Harold Eggers Collection, The Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Detailed Description of the Collection


Manuscript Material:

2.325/M85 Hand written lyrics for “For the Sake of a Song”
3So18a Posters for “Townes Van Zandt: Houston 1988: a private concert.” (2)
Box 2.325/M85 Articles and reviews related to Van Zandt and Eggers, 1998-2005 and undated



3S199g Family Album, ca. 1950s
3S199h Photographs by Harold Eggers of Townes Van Zandt, undated


Audiovisual materials:

3S199j CDs:
3S199j Townes Van Zandt
Abnormal - 1996
Documentary - 1997
Highway Kind - 1997
In Pain - 1996
Last Rights - 1997
Live and Obscure - 2003
Live at Jester Lounge - 1966
Live at McCabe's - 1995
No Deeper Blue - 1994
Rear View - 1996
Rear View Mirror - 1993
Rear View Mirror Volume Two - 1994
Road Songs - 1992
Townes Van Zandt - 2002
3S199j Other Harold Eggers productions:
Angelina (Barb Donovan and Townes Van Zandt)
Barb Donovan
Jukebox Cowboy
"Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash" duets, copy created by Harold Eggers, ca. 1960
4Zc337c LP and 45 rpm recordings:
Riding the Range and Dirty Old Town - 1996
In Pain - 1996
3A149 DVDs:
Townes Van Zandt Houston 1988: a private concert - 2004