University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Tom Wright Papers, 1964-1994



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wright, Tom
Title: Wright, Tom Papers
Dates: 1964-1994
Abstract: Tom Wright was born in Alabama in 1944. In the early 1960s he studied photography at England's Ealing Art School, where he met Pete Townshend, founder of the rock group The Who. Wright became The Who's official photographer in 1967 and chronicled the group's development, including their farewell tour (1991). Papers include concert tour information including itineraries and financial records; The Who magazine covers and stories, programs, tour kit, and book; Pete Townshend press kit; biographical articles; personal papers; correspondence; clippings; and separated artifacts and sound recordings.
Accession No.: 93-383; 94-096; 94-121; 2000-203; 2014-244
Extent: 7 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Tom Wright was born in Alabama in 1944. In the early 1960s, he studied photography at England's Ealing Art School, where he met Pete Townshend, founder of the rock group The Who. Wright became The Who's official photographer in 1967 and chronicled the group's development, including their farewell tour (1991). From 1967 to 1969, he managed the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan, where The Who's rock opera Tommy premiered. In addition to his extensive work with The Who, Wright also served as a photographer or road manager for The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and the Faces, The James Gang, J. D. Souther, The Thunderbirds, Elvis Costello, Bob Seger, The Eagles, and others.


Scope and Contents

The Tom Wright Papers, 1964-1994, include concert tour information such as itineraries and financial records; The Who magazine covers and stories, programs, tour kit, and book; Pete Townshend press kit; biographical articles; personal papers; correspondence; clippings; sound recordings; and separated artifacts. The papers document the John David Souther concert tour, 1976, and The Who’s press coverage and tours, 1977-1993, including inscribed books. Furthermore, the papers include clippings pertaining to Elvis Costello, Rod Stewart and Faces, and photography and photographers. A special item of note is an oral history cassette tape, “Townshend about pictures,” with transcription.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

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

Due to the fragility of original magazines and clippings, the photocopies should be used and the originals are restricted.

Photographs copyright Tom Wright.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Wright, Thomas, 1944---Archives.
Townshend, Pete
Souther, J. D.
Costello, Elvis
Stewart, Rod
Subjects (Organizations)
Who (Musical group)
Subjects
Rock groups--1960-1990.
Rock musicians.
Places
San Antonio (Tex.)
Ealing (England)

Related Material

See also Tom Wright Photograph Collection


Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifact Collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Tom Wright Papers, 1964-1994, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Processed by Connie M. Hoxie, July 1994.

Later additions processed by Cindy Taylor, December 2014, and Amanda Reyes February 2015.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Personal papers, 1970-1987

Box
3K146 John David Souther concert tour, 1976
Itineraries and hotel rooming lists
Financial records: contracts, projected costs, and daily road manager reports
J.D. Souther tour itinerary, undated
Scrapbook pages, undated
Travel items, undated
Christie's acution files, undated
Box
3K147 Correspondence, 1970, 1987, and undated
Box
2.325/D32a Resume, Tom Wright, undated



 

II. Collected print materials and publications, 1968-1999

Box
3K146 The Who, 1977-1989
Magazine covers and stories 1979-1989
Tommy program, 1989
Concert tour kit, 1989
Inscribed books:
The Story of Tommy by Richard Barnes, 1982
The Who: Maximum R & B by Richard Barnes and Pete Townshend, 1977
Box
3K147 The Who clippings, 1968-1993
Trouser Press, October issue (preservation photocopy) 1982
Action, October issue (preservation photocopy) 1989
Photocopies of magazine articles about the Who, 1968-1989
Box
3K145 "Before I Get Old"
Box
3K147 Before I Get Old by Dave Marsh, 1983
Box
2.325/D32a The Who: Maximum R & B, 1982
Clippings and ephemera, circa 1972-1999:
Box
3K145 Miscellaneous, Townshend, Tommy clippings
Menu, Barbecue Billy’s Blues Bar and Grill
Handbills, Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, undated
Tax protest article, 1983
Patsy Torres band album sleeve, circa 1980
Eel Pie Studio brochure, undated
"Eric Johnson: Seven Worlds" guitar music, 1999
Box
3K147 Elvis Costello: Austin Sun , issue (preservation photocopy)clippings February 3, 1978
Rod Stewart and Faces, 1972-1987 and undated
Photography and photographers, 1976-1987
General clippings, 1973 and undated
Clippings, 1987, 1989, and undated
Pete Townshend, The Iron Man press kit, 1989
Newman guitars postcard and button, circa 1978-1983
Copy of San Antonio Express article about Wright’s photos of the Who, 1994
Copy of San Antonio Current article about Tom Wright’s photographs of the Who, 1999
Box
2.325/D32a Poster, “Basic and Advanced Photography,” undated
Tommy, album jacket and booklet
Originals of photocopied magazines and clippings in body of collection (Restricted)
Clippings, 1975-1978



 

III. Collected sound recordings, circa 1969-1994

Box
4Za 179-182 Sound recordings. Contact archivist for inventory.
Box
2X46 Oral history cassette tape, "Townshend about pictures," with transcription