University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Curtis Kirk/Tyler Publishing Company Audio Archives, 1963-1983



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kirk, Curtis, 1929-1985
Title: Kirk, Curtis, Tyler Publishing Company Audio Archives
Dates: 1963-1983
Abstract: Comprised of printed programs, artwork, posters, and photographs, as well as audiocassette tapes and phonodiscs, the Curtis Kirk/Tyler Publishing Company Audio Archives, 1963-1983, document Kirk’s career as the owner, music producer, and sound engineer for Tyler Publishing Company and Custom Records.
Accession No.: 90-374
Extent: 34 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Musician, music producer, and sound engineer Curtis Kirk (1929-1985) was born in Grand Saline, Texas. The owner of Tyler Publishing Company and Custom Records in Tyler, Texas, Kirk was active from about the 1950s to 1980s, producing a number of songs and albums for local Texas musicians. In addition, Kirk worked as a sound engineer at various bluegrass festivals in Texas and Oklahoma during the 1970s.

Source:

Wired for Sound Blog. Accessed February 7, 2011. http://wired-for-sound.blogspot.com/2009/12/curtis-kirk-1951-acetate.html.


Scope and Contents

Comprised of printed programs, artwork, posters, and photographs, as well as audiocassette tapes and phonodiscs, the Curtis Kirk/Tyler Publishing Company Audio Archives, 1963-1983, document Kirk’s career as the owner, music producer, and sound engineer for Tyler Publishing Company and Custom Records. Audiocassette tapes contain live performances recorded at various bluegrass festivals in Texas and Oklahoma and “sound-alike” recordings, while phonodiscs consist of custom 45 rpm and LP releases of country songs, gospel music, and commercial jingles. Artwork, posters, and photographs illustrate bluegrass festivals and musicians in Texas.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use of audio materials by appointment only; please contact sound archivist for more information

Donor maintains copyright of unpublished materials.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kirk, Curtis, 1929-1985 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Tyler Publishing Company and Custom Records
Subjects
Bluegrass festivals -- Oklahoma -- History -- 20th century
Bluegrass festivals -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Bluegrass music -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Country music -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Gospel music -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Musicians -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Sound studios -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Places
Tyler (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Curtis Kirk/Tyler Publishing Company Audio Archives, 1963-1983, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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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Sound archives Audiocassette tapes, phonodiscs, artwork, posters, and photographs, 1963-1983