A Guide to the Jack Jackson Papers, 1942-1943, 1958-2004
Considered a pioneer of underground comics with the publication of his God nose cartoons in 1964, Jack “Jaxon” Jackson (1941-2006) began drawing comics for the Austin Texas ranger, a humor magazine at the University of Texas, and other college humor magazines. In the mid-1960s, he moved to San Francisco, where he became art director for Family Dog Productions, overseeing the psychedelic poster operations for the Avalon Ballroom and greatly influencing the psychedelic art phenomenon. In 1969, Jackson founded the Rip Off Press with underground cartoonist Gilbert Shelton and two other Texas expatriates. He has produced a series of cartoon books depicting historically accurate experiences of famous Texans, such as Indian captive Cynthia Parker, her warrior/statesman son Quanah, and Juan Seguin. In 1986, Jackson published Los Mestenos: Spanish ranching in Texas, 1721-1821.
Collection documents the work of Jack Jackson ("Jaxon"), artist, illustrator, author, and historian, and reflects the popular culture of Austin, Texas, and San Francisco, California, during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Collection contains Jackson's original artwork, including sketchbooks, storyboards, and press proofs, posters and poster catalogs, underground comic books, and other counterculture periodicals and publications. There are also some correspondence, newspaper clippings regarding Jackson's work and career, photographs, and music audiotapes that include folk music recorded in Austin in the early 1960s. Of additional note are drafts and page proofs of Jackson's Los mestenos: Spanish ranching in Texas, 1721-1821.
An electronic copy of the finding aid is available by contacting the repository. Paper copy of box listing for 2004-098 is available in holding record.
Use of audio material by appointment only; please contact sound archivist.
Reproduction, photocopying, or publication of collection requires approval of Jack Jackson’s estate.
Jack Jackson Papers, 1942-1943, 1958-2004, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Kerry Rusch and Lynn Bell, October 1989. Subsequent revisions were made by archives staff in 1993 and 2010.
Detailed Description of the Papers