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
Extent: 6 ft., 4.5 in.
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
Photography
Bands
Concerts
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 Informtion

Processed by Connie M. Hoxie, July 1994.

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 Papers

 

Inventory

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