A Guide to the Glenn W. Jones-Gary Smith Collection, [ca. 1920s-1980s]
Gary Smith was a folklore student at the University of Texas at Austin in the 1970s and amassed a large record collection of traditional music from various genres, including jazz, ballads, blues, Latino, country and western, and others. His house caught fire and the LP collection was damaged by the heat to the extent that album covers were lost and the outside tracks were somewhat hindered, but the albums remain listenable.
Glenn Jones, a friend of Smith’s, took on the task of salvaging the singed LPs and finding new liners for them. Years later, after Smith had moved away (or otherwise lost interest in the collection), Jones negotiated the sale of the collection to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
Source: John Wheat, Sound Archivist, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
The Glenn W. Jones-Gary Smith Collection, [ca. 1920s-1980s], consists of approximately 1,100 LP record albums, mainly of the jazz, blues, country, and folk/ethnic genres, relating to Texas and the South. The collection is arranged alphabetically by record company.
Use of audio material by appointment only; please contact sound archivist.
Glenn W. Jones-Gary Smith Collection, [ca. 1920s-1980s], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by John Wheat, July 1992 and September 1996.
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