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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John Brunson Myers Collection, 1972-1993



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Myers, John Brunson, 1951-2010.
Title: Myers, John Brunson, Collection
Dates: 1972-1993
Abstract: This collection is comprised of papers relating to Myers’ work researching and chronicling the career of country music columnist Townsend Miller.
Accession No.: 2012-295
OCLC No.:
Extent: 10 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John Brunson Myers (1951-2010) was born in Hamilton, Ohio and was a graduate of Fairfield High School. After serving in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, he attended Millsaps College in Mississippi. Later, he lived in Austin, Texas. He had a deep appreciation and love of music, both live concerts and recordings.

Source: “John Brunson Myers Obituary,” Wells Funeral Home, (http://www.wellsfuneralhome.com/obituary/John-Brunson-Myers/Waynesville/753431), accessed July 23, 2013.

Born in Gainesville, Texas, Townsend Miller (1919-1989) was a country music columnist for the Austin American-Statesman from 1972 through 1983. Miller’s interest in country music spanned his lifetime but developed in earnest when he began to seriously collect country music sound recordings in 1969. In 1972, Miller approached the Austin American-Statesman about writing some articles on country music, which led to a twice-weekly column by Miller. Originally intended to reflect his interest in country music history and record collecting, the column shifted focus to the "progressive country" music scene emerging in Austin as the city’s reputation as a live music venue grew in the early 1970s. Miller wrote his last column for the Statesman in April 1983.

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Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of papers relating to Myers’ work researching and chronicling the career of country music columnist Townsend Miller. Copies of Miller’s Austin American-Statesman columns make up the bulk of the collection. Miscellaneous material relating to music in Austin and Texas in general includes news clippings and copies of the local newspapers Austin Chronicle, Austin Sun, Texas Sun, Rumors, and Luckenbach Monthly Moon.

Also included is Myers’s unpublished manuscript on Townsend Miller. The manuscript includes columns through early 1976, In addition, there are comments from those who knew Miller, including musicians Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Marcia Ball, Gary P. Nunn, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Fromholz; KLRU Station Manager Bill Arhos; journalist John T. Davis; and a preface by KUT announcer Larry Monroe.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Myers, John Brunson, 1951-2010--Archives.
Miller, Townsend, 1919-1989.
Subjects
Austin American-statesman.
Country music--History and criticism.
Country music--Texas.
Music journalists -- Texas -- Austin.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--History--20th century.

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Related Material

See also Townsend Miller Collection, 1952-1983.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Brunson Myers, 1972-1993, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Stefanie Lapka, July 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2J103 Columns and news clippings
Columns written by Townsend Miller, 1972-1982
Profiles of Townsend Miller, 1980-1984, undated
Articles on music in Austin and Texas, undated
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2J103 Correspondence, 1992-1993
Preface and introduction to Townsend Miller manuscript, undated
Comments on Townsend Miller, undated
Column transcripts, 1973-1976
Townsend Miller manuscript, undated
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2.325/N38d Newspapers
Austin Chronicle, 1987, 1990, 1993
Austin Sun, 1977
Texas Sun, [1970s?]
Rumors, 1977-1978
Luckenbach Monthly Moon, 1978

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