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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Timothy O'Brien Lightnin' Hopkins Research Collection [ca. 1960s]-2011.



Descriptive Summary

Creator: O'Brien, Timothy, 1962-2011
Title: O'Brien, Timothy, Lightnin' Hopkins Research Collection
Dates: [ca. 1960s]-2011
Abstract: Composed of scholarly articles, newspaper articles, bibliographies, newsletters and magazines, audio recordings as well as assorted other research materials, the Timothy O’Brien Lightnin’ Hopkins Research Collection, [ca. 1960s]-2011, chronicles the materials used by O’Brien for his master’s thesis and book manuscript on Houston bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins
Accession No.: 2011-297
Extent: 2 ft., 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to Francis X. and Margaret M. O’Brien in 1962, Timothy O’Brien was raised in State College, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn State in 1995, and after working various odd jobs, and then moved to Korea to teach English. There he met his wife Kyong Mi, with whom he had one daughter. After working as a paralegal in Houston, O’Brien enrolled in an African American history Ph. D. program at the University of Houston (UH). He earned his master’s in 2006 with a thesis entitled “Lightnin’ Hopkins: Houston Bluesman, 1912-1960,” which was the basis for a manuscript he submitted to the University of Texas Press. While at UH, O’Brien was well-known for his activism, advocating that free trade coffee to be served at the university, and suing the university several times as well as fighting for the rights of the poor in Houston. O’Brien passed away in 2011 after a battle with cancer.

Source:

Lomax, John Nova. "O'Brien's Song."Houston Press. Published December 9, 2009. Accessed November 2, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

Composed of scholarly articles, newspaper articles, bibliographies, newsletters and magazines, audio recordings as well as assorted other research materials, the Timothy O’Brien Lightnin’ Hopkins Research Collection, [ca. 1960s]-2011, chronicles the materials used by O’Brien for his master’s thesis and book manuscript on Houston bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins. Both academic and newspaper articles concern the history of blues as well as the history of African Americans in Houston, while other research materials consist of biographical information, photocopied primary source documents, the thesis, notes, and bibliographies. Additionally, the collection includes audio and video recordings of Lightnin’ Hopkins performing as well as interviews with him and various other blues musicians and two posters promoting his performances.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
O'Brien, Timothy, 1962-2011 -- Archives
Hopkins, Lightnin', 1912-1982
Subjects
Blues musicians -- United States -- Biography
History -- Research
Popular music -- Texas -- History and criticism
Places
Houston (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Timothy O'Brien Lightnin' Hopkins Research Collection, [ca. 1960s]-2011, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ryder Kouba, November 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4Jc55-4Jc56 Research materials
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2X10a LPs
"I'm Going to Build Me a Heaven of My Own"
"when the saints go marching in - the foot race is on"
"Satisfaction"
"I Like to Boogie"
"Merry Christmas"
"Shad"
DVDs
"Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin' Hopkins"
"Lightnin' Hopkins"
"The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins"
"Lightnin' Hopkins, Roosevelt Sykes"
"Texas Blues Guitar"
CDs
"Lightning Hopkins - Live at the Ash Grove," 1966
"Archives of Traditional Music - Indiana University"
"Hopkins Live at Ebbets Field"
"Lightnin' Hopkins Live at Library Hall," 1973
untitled
O'Brien's dissertation
8-Track
"Lightnin' Hopkins - Keeps on Rainin'"
Interviews on cassettes, mini-cassettes, and mini-disks
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2.325/K82 Concert posters
Contact repository for full inventory of LPs

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