University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Jack Jackson Papers, 1942-1943, 1958-2004

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jackson, Jack, 1941-2006.
Title: Jackson, Jack, Papers
Dates: 1942-1943, 1958-2004
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 87-101; 93-084; 2004-098
OCLC No.: 21616004
Extent: ca. 49 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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 Mesteños: Spanish Ranching in Texas, 1721-1821.

Scope and Contents

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. Also included are 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 Mesteños: Spanish Ranching in Texas, 1721-1821.

Paper copy of box listing for 2004-098 is available in holding record.


Organization and Arrangement

Organized by forms of material related to Jackson's career, including artwork, literary productions, underground press publications, photographs, and music recordings.


Access Restrictions

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

Use Restrictions

Reproduction, photocopying, or publication of collection requires approval of Jack Jackson’s estate.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Jackson, Jack, 1941-2006 --Archives.
Helms, Chet.
Shelton, Gilbert.
Subjects (Organizations)
Family Dog Productions.
Rip Off Press (Austin, Tex.)
Comic books, strips, etc.--Publishing.
Dance posters.
Folk music--United States.
Posters--California--San Francisco.
Publishers and publishing--California--San Francisco.
Ranch life--Texas--History--18th century.
Ranch life--Texas--History--19th century.
Spaniards--Texas--History--18th century.
Spaniards--Texas--History--19th century.
Social history--1960-1970.
Social history--1970-
Underground press publications.
Underground press publications--California.
Underground press publications--Texas--Austin.
Texas--History--To 1846.
Austin (Tex.)
San Francisco (Calif.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jack Jackson Papers, 1942-1943, 1958-2004, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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



3R185b Artwork:
Color Cover Proofs, 1972 and undated.
Sketches and sketchbooks, 1964-1968 and undated.
3R186 Artwork and sketchbooks, 1958-1968 and undated.
4A239 Notebooks with sketches, undated.
2.325/V41 Oversized:
Poster and artworks in periodicals, undated.
2.325/V49 Artwork, posters, press proofs, line drawing negatives, undated.
OD1223d Poster, press proofs, undated.
2.325/V50 Poster catalogs, undated.
3R187a Literary productions:
Los Mesteños: A Study of Spanish Ranching in Texas, 1721-1821, 1982-1986.
original acceptance copy, undated.
3R187b Working copy, end notes, bibliography, undated.
4A235 Page Proofs, undated.
Revisions, undated.
Feedback, undated.
Texas A and M press conference, undated.
3R188 Page proofs, undated.
Comic books, comic journals, photobooks, artbooks, undated.
Allstars, San Francisco, 1970.
Berkeley Con Program Book, 1973.
Burton's Book of Blues, Austin, 1971.
Cascade Comix Monthly, Colorado Springs, June 1979; May 1980.
Changes, San Francisco, 1969.
Comic Fandom Monthly, Brooklyn, New York, April 1972.
Comics Journal, Stamford, Connecticut, Winter 1981.
Down Beat, November 14, 1968.
Exile into Conciousness, San Francisco, 1971.
3R189 Food stamp Gourmet, San Francisco, 1971.
Foreign Comic Review, Herley, Denmark, April-July 1973.
Give Me Liberty, San Francisco, 1976.
God Nose, San Francisco, 1971.
God Nose, Adventures of, undated.
Happy Ending, San Francisco, 1969.
Infinity Four, Flushing, New York, 1972.
People's Park, New York City, 1969.
Portfolio of Underground Art, San Diego, 1980.
Psychedelic Chemistry, San Francisco, 1973.
Psychedelic Guide to the Preparation of the Eucharist, Austin, 1968.
Realist, October, 1968.
Red Women's Detachment, Peking, China, 1966.
Rip Off Review, San Francisco, 1972.
Slow Death, Berkeley, 1970.
The Austin Iconoclastic, Austin, 1964.
Thud 12, Sweden, 1971.
Up From the Deep, San Francisco, 1971.
White Comanche, Berkeley, 1977.
2.325/V50 Oversize publications:
Austin Sun, November 7, 1974.
Berkeley Barb, Berkeley, October 17, 1968-August 7, 1969.
Berkeley Tribe, Berkeley, August 1969-February 1970.
Black Panther, San Francisco, December 7, 1968; June 21, 1969.
Bugle American, Madison - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 16, 1970-January 29, 1971.
Dock of the Bay, San Francisco, August 3, November 11, 1969.
Eric Fromm's Comics and Stories List, San Francisco, Vol. 1, No. 2, August 1973.
East Village Other, New York City, October 4, 1968; December 29, 1970; October 4, 1968; December 29, 1970.
Gay Free Press, San Francisco, undated.
Gothic Blimp Works, New York City, 1969.
Jive Comics, New York City, 1969.
Kaleidoscope, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 4, 1970.
Kiss, New York City, undated.
Life, Chicago, December 1, 1967; December 6, 1971; January 10, July 4, 1969.
Look, Des Moines, Iowa January 9, 1968.
2.325/V51 Movement, San Francisco, June 1968-August 1969.
Organ, Berkeley, undated.
Peninsula Observer, Palo Alto, November 11, 1968.
Phoenix, San Francisco, May 3, 1973.
San Francisco Examiner - California Living, November 20, 1966.
San Francisco Oracle, June 1967.
Screw, New York City, August 18, 1969.
Whole Earth Catalog, Menlo Park, Fall 1969; Spring 1970.
Yellow Dog, Berkeley, 1969.
2.325/V52 Rolling Stone, New York City, June 22, 1968-December 6, 1973.
4A226 Publishers catalogs:
Bud Plant's Incredible Catalog, 1989-1993.
Bud Plant's Comic Art Update, 1990-1992.
Kitchen Sink Press, 1989-1992.
Last Gap, 1989-1993.
Rip Off Press, 1989-1991.
Fantagraphics 1989-1990.
Son of the Ultimate Comics Catalogue, 1992.
The Classics Collector, 1992.
Maggie Lambeth, rare books, maps and prints, 1982.
4A237 Catalogs:
Kitchen Sink Press, 1990-1992.
Rip Off Press, Inc., 1987-1988.
Fantagraphics, undated.
The Ultimate Catalog of Comix Art, Fantagraphics Books, 1992.
Eros Comix, undated.
Complete list of books in print from Texas A and M, Rice, TCU and TSHA presses, 1986.
3R185b Comic book and poster catalogs, 1971-1979 and undated.
4A226 Comic books:
Death Rattle, Kitchen Sink Comics, No. 3-6; No. 12-18, 1986.
BLAB, No. 4, 1989.
Jaxon's Illustrated Tales, No. 1, 1984.
Graphic Story Monthly, April 1990.
Columbus, 1992.
The Last of the Mohicans, 1992.
Fire Sale, 1989.
Optimism of Youth, 1992.
Optimism of Youth, proof sheets, undated.
Secret of San Saba, 1986.
El Fuerte del Cibolo, sketches, undated.
Wilderness: The True Story of Simon Girty, the Renegade, by Timothy Truman, 1992.
4A238 Owlhoots, No. 1, 1990.
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, No. 1-2, November-December 1990.
Stick-Man the Barbarian, No. 1, 1990.
God Nose, undated.
Feds 'N' Heads, by Gilbert Shelton, 1968.
Jaxon's Illustrated Tales, No. 1, 1984.
4A226 Miscellaneous materials relating to published materials:
Secret of San Saba, proof sheets and miscellaneous, undated.
Los Tejanos, proof sheets, undated.
Newsclippings concerning Texas history, undated.
Mapping Texas and the Gulf Coast, notes and correspondence, undated.
4A236 Drafts and proofs:
Mapping Texas and the Gulf Coast, undated.
Phillip Nolan and Texas: Expeditions of the Unknown Land, 1791-1801, undated.
Puelles article, undated.
Forgotten Battlefield of the First Texas Revolution by Ted Schwartz, undated.
4A238 Printed Material:
Texas State Historical Association, 96th annual meeting, Austin, Texas, February 27-29, 1992.
"The Comics Journal," No. 144, 1991.
"The Armadillo Years: A Visual History," undated.
Texas Monthly, February 1988.
The Comics Journal: The Magazine of News and Criticism, No. 119, January 1988.
Texas State Historical Association, Auction of Texana, February 28, 1992.
4A239 Texas Libraries, October 1983; Spring 1984.
4A237 Correspondence:
General, 1980-1986.
Concerning ranches, undated.
4A238 1985-1992
4A239 General, 1970-1992.
3R185b Correspondence and letterheads, 1963-1976.
4A238 Linda Bowen correspondence, Nacogdoches research, especially Manuel Flores "The Outlaw," undated.
Long Shadows, correspondence and printed material, undated.
Abel Rubio, correspondence and printed material, undated.
3R185b Miscellaneous materials:
Interviews, reviews and newspaper clippings, 1967-1985.
Handbills and postcards, 1942-1943; 1967 and undated.
4A237 Printed material, undated.
Newspaper clippings, undated.
Rip Off Press, Inc. financial reports, 1978.
Michener's Texas, clippings and printed material, undated.
4A238 Printed material, undated.
Texian Press material, undated.
Grant material, 1983-1987.
Karon Mac Smith, 1985-1991.
Philip Nolan research and copies of letters, undated.
"Reflections: 150 Years on the Prairie," packet, undated.
Texas history movies, articles and correspondence, undated.
Rusty Witk dissertation "Stranger and More Thrilling than Fiction: Comic Books as Historical Narratives," 1988.
Mexican Archives report material, undated.
4A239 Miscellaneous printed material, undated.
Newsclippings, undated.
PBS "Seguin" movie teleplay, by Jesus Salvador Trevino, with remarks by Jack Jackson, 1979.
"Seguin" drafts, undated.
Los Tejanos script, undated.
Programs and calendars, 1984; 1990; 1992.
"Zap to Zippy: The Impact of Underground Comix, A Twenty Five Year Retrospective," Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, January 11-April 7, 1990.
Notes, correspondence, from first attempt at a book, 1975.
Quanah Parker material, undated.
Quanah Parker photographs and negatives, undated.
3Y113 Photographic and visual materials:
Photographs, undated.
3Y145 Photographs, undated.
Line copy negatives, undated.
3Y400 VHS videotape: 1990.
Jack Jackson interview at Dallas Fantasy Fair, July 1990.
2.325/S Audiotapes, 4 reel-to-reel: 3 3/4 ips, mono; 7 in., 1/2/in. tape:
"Don Taylor and R and B Oldies," undated.
"Lightnin' Hopkins, Leadbelly, Freddy McDowell," undated.
"Lightnin' Hopkins, Leadbelly, Dave Von Ronk, Bob Dylan," undated.
"Austin Folkies, 1963-1964: Mike Allen, John Clay, Pepi Ploughman, Kerry Rusch, Powell St. John," 1963-1964.
2R730-766 Unprocessed material [2004-098]
2AA26-38 Oversized material [2004-098]