A Guide to the Alan Govenar Collection, [ca. 1950-1991]
Alan Govenar is a Dallas writer, folklorist, photographer, and filmmaker, whose most common subjects are African American and Texan culture. Among Govenar’s eighteen books are Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound (1991), Portraits of Community (1996), Deep Ellum and Central Track: Where the Black and White Worlds of Dallas Converged (1998), Stompin’ at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller (2004), The Early Years of Rhythm and Blues (2004), Extraordinary Ordinary People: Five American Masters of Traditional Arts (2006), and Untold Glory: African Americans in Pursuit of Freedom, Opportunity and Achievement (2007). The producer and director of numerous films, Govenar has worked with NOVA and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The London Film Festival named Govenar’s 1981 Stoney Knows How an Outstanding Film of the Year and his book Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper’s Daughter won First Place for children’s literature at the 2000 New York Book Festival. In 1985, Govenar established Documentary Arts, Inc., a Dallas and New York City based non-profit dedicated to presenting new perspectives on historical issues and diverse cultures. Ten years later, he co-founded Dallas’s Texas African American Photography Archive.
Documentary Arts, Inc. “Alan Govenar.” (accessed October 11, 2010)
The Alan Govenar Collection, [ca. 1950-1991], documents Texas music, particularly the history of Texas blues and the contributions of blues and folk artists, and the cultural preservation activities of Documentary Arts, Inc. The collection includes publications by Govenar and Ferne Koch; audio and video recordings of interviews with and performances by Texas musicians and storytellers, including Big Bow Joe, John Burrus, Texas Shorty, Dr. Hepcat, Joseph Benny, Osceola Mays, Njoki McElroy, and Alex Moore; format and price lists for film productions; and brochures, pamphlets, and programs related to the programs of Documentary Arts, Inc.
This collection is open for research use.
Use of audio and video material by appointment only; please contact repository for more information.
Alan Govenar Collection, [ca. 1950-1991], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff in 2010. Subsequent revisions by Amanda Reyes, November 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.
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