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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Townes Van Zandt

Acuff-Rose Publications

Willie Nelson

Elvis Presley

Miscellaneous

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Harold Eggers Collection, [ca. 1950s]-2011



Descriptive Summary

Creator Eggers, Harold
Title Eggers, Harold, Collection
Dates: ca. 1950s-2011
Abstract This collection consists of music recordings and ephemera compiled by Harold Eggers and others, including a photo album from Van Zandt’s youth, hand written lyrics for For the Sake of a Song, articles, promotional and business materials related to Van Zandt, snapshots and other photographs, audio/visual materials including DVDs, VHS tapes, an LP and 45 rpm, newspapers and news clippings, posters, articles and other items related to Elvis, manuscript materials, promotional materials, travel itineraries and business items for Susie Nelson's book Heart Worn Memories, and songbooks and sheet music from Acuff-Rose Publishing.
Accession No. AR 98-181, 2007-186, 2008-132, 2008-135; 2015-212; 2015-213; 2015-272; 2016-103; 2016-114; 2016-152
Extent 6 ft.
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.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of music recordings and ephemera compiled by Harold Eggers and others, including a photo album from Van Zandt’s youth, hand written lyrics for For the Sake of a Song, articles, promotional and business materials related to Van Zandt, snapshots and other photographs, audio/visual materials including DVDs, VHS tapes, an LP and 45 rpm, newspapers and news clippings, posters, articles and other items related to Elvis, manuscript materials, promotional materials, travel itineraries and business items for Susie Nelson's book Heart Worn Memories, and songbooks and sheet music from Acuff-Rose Publishing.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts Unit.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Harold Eggers Collection, ca. 1950s-2011, The Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Townes Van Zandt

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2.325/M85 Manuscript material:
Hand written lyrics for “For the Sake of a Song”
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3So18a Posters for “Townes Van Zandt: Houston 1988: a private concert” (2)
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Box 2.325/M85 Articles and reviews related to Van Zandt and Eggers, 1998-2005 and undated
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2L387 Business material:
Correspondence, 1985-2005 and undated
Townes Van Zandt's riders October 8-November 5, 1995
Royalty statements, 1994-2001
Itineraries, 1994-1996
Contracts, agreements and invoices, 1993-2005
Miscellaneous business materials
Townes Van Zandt discography information
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2M504b Correspondence with clippings, a photograph and a note
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2L387 Printed material:
Become Involved in a Legend: Townes Van Zandt, 1977
Obituaries
Foreign printed materials, miscellaneous
Photographs (photocopies), 1965-1966 and undated
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2L388 Articles about Townes Van Zandt
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2M504b Texas Music Industry Directory, 2004
Townes Van Zandt fan mail flyer, undated
Mayfest concert calendar, 1994
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2L387 Concert calendars, circa 1990s
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2M504b Concert calendars, foreign, circa 1990s
Concert calendars, United States, circa 1990s
Late for Sky, the music fan magazine, Italian, November 1994
"Wish I was in Austin," a 70th birthday tribute to Guy Clark program, featuring John Townes Van Zandt II, 2011
Austin City Limits Townes Van Zandt Tribute, season 23, 1998
"Translated Texts," lyric books in Italian, undated
3rd Coast Music, 1998-2008
Music City Texas, 1993, 1994 and 1997
Texas Beat, 1993 and 1997
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2L388 Newspaper clippings
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2M504b Newspaper clippings, circa 1990s
Townes Van Zandt concert writeups, circa 1990s
Mulberry Street Pictures promotional flyer for Townes Van Zandt, undated
Photocopy of Kevin Eggers biography, 1 page
Temporary Entry to Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement: A guide for American business persons
Music catalogs
SXSW programs, 1999, 2005, 2007
Music magazines, German, 1994 and 1995
Country music magazines, various
Rolling Stone, 1995 and 1997
Texas magazines
Relix 2003 and 2007
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2C95 Uncut
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2M504b Miscellaneous magazines:
circa 1980s
circa 1990s
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2C95 circa 2000s
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2L388 Free music magazines, miscellaneous 1993, 1994, and 1997
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2E1016 Books
A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt, by Robert Earl Hardy, 2008
I'll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt, by Brian T. Atkinson, 2012
To Live's To Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt, by John Kruth 2007
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2.325/AAA56a Oversized:
Weeklies, circa 1990s-2000s.
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2W28 Newspapers, 1990-2009
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3S199g Photographs
Family Album, ca. 1950s
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3S199h Photographs by Harold Eggers of Townes Van Zandt, undated
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3S199j Audiovisual materials:
CDs:
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
Other Harold Eggers productions:
Angelina (Barb Donovan and Townes Van Zandt)
Barb Donovan
Jukebox Cowboy
Other
"Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash" duets, copy created by Harold Eggers, ca. 1960
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4Zc337c LP and 45 rpm recordings:
Riding the Range and Dirty Old Town - 1996
In Pain - 1996
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3A149 DVDs
Townes Van Zandt Houston 1988: A Private Concert - 2004

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Acuff-Rose Publications

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4zd4 Songbooks
Standard Songs: Pop, Country, Blues, Folk, Instrumentals, Novelty, John D. Loudermilk, 1956-1973
Rusty and Doug Kershaw: Louisiana Sounds, 1972
Songs by Eddy Raven, 1976
Songs by Gene Thomas, 1976
Songs by Don Everly, 1980
Mickey Newbury, 1981
Songs by Don Gibson, 1981
Songs by Leon Payne, 1983
Songs by Roy Acuff, December 1983
Songs by Sanger D. “Whitey” Shafer, 1983
Sheet music
That’s the Way Love Goes, Sanger D. Shafer and Lefty Frizzel
Photographs
Whitey Shafer
Whitey Shafer, Leona Williams and Harold Eggers

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Willie Nelson

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4zd4 Heart Worn Memories by Susie Nelson
Promotional materials, including flyers, and articles
Business correspondence, 1987
Tour itineraries and schedules
Legal and business materials
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2.325/Q101 Manuscript copy of Heart Worn Memories, undated
Manuscripts and synopsis of Heart Worn Memories, undated
Media/press review copy of Heart Worn Memories 1987
Promotional materials, 1983-1987
Notes, lyrics and research materials, 1987-1988 and undated
Articles and clippings, 1969-1997
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2.325/Q102 Photocopies of photos, 1978-1987 and undated
Correspondence, 1985-1988, 2005-2006
Publishing agreements, proposals and tour information, 1986-1990 and 2000
Assorted files, 1974-1994
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2.325/D39a Oversize articles and promotional material, 1983-1990
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2.325/Zz13b Photos, 1950s-1960s, 1984-1986 and undated
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2.325/Q102 Farm Aid, 1986-1987
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4zd4 Printed materials
Weekly newspapers, 1976, 1987, 1991, 1993. 1994 and 2008
Newspapers, 1987
Newspaper clippings, 1987 and 1991
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2E1016 Books
Heart Worn Memories (3 copies)

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Elvis Presley

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3N361 Lamar Fike
Forward for an Elvis Encyclopedia by Fike
Fike’s contract for Elvis book
Fax to Eggers regarding Elvis: Truth and Myth
Photocopies of Elvis memorabilia
Memphis Mafia materials
Printed materials
The First Year, 1954-1955
Elvis, by Albert Goldman (autographed), 1981
Photographs
Photos of Elvis landmarks and memorabilia
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3P235 Compact discs
Elvis, 31 number 1 hits, copy created by Harold Eggers
Elvis Presley: Limited Edition Shaped CD (no. 2324)
DVDs
Elvis Gospel
This is Elvis (2 disc special edition)
All the King’s Men, Volume 1-6
Mississippi Mud Between my Toes, “A Historical Pictorial Compilation of Elvis” (2 copies, one marked “Final cut of the DVD”)
VHS
He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis
Elvis: All the King’s Men; The Secret Life of Elvis
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2E1016 Books
Elvis, by Albert Goldman, 1981
Elvis Encyclopedia, by David E. Stanley, 1994
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2.325/AAA29 Oversized
Posters of Elvis (2)
Rolling Stone, October 29, 1981
Includes the article Elvis: The Party Years, by Albert Goldman
Newspapers
The Cleveland Current, vol. 1, no. 25, August 23, 2009
Austin American Statesman, February 25, 1992

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Miscellaneous

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2E1016 Books
Austin Chronicle Music Anthology, edited by Austin Powell and Doug Freeman 2011
Nashville Family Album: A Country Music Scrapbook, by Alan L. Mayor 1999
Stevie Ray: Soul to Soul, by Keri Leigh, 1993
Women in Texas Music: Stories and Song, 2007

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