The Benson Latin American Collection

Joe Nicola Collection, c.1935-1977

Descriptive Summary

Creator Nicola, Joe
Title Joe Nicola Collection
Dates: c.1935-1977
Abstract Collection of more than 800 phonograph records of Mexican and Mexican American music from the 1930s through the 1970s collected by jukebox vendor and publisher Joe Nicola.
OCLC Record No. 24005996
Extent 620 sound discs: analog, 78 rpm, 10 in.; 203 sound discs: analog, 45 rpm, 7 in.; 58 jukebox labels
Language Spanish and English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Businessman. Operated a vending company in San Marcos, Texas, which furnished jukeboxes to various restaurants and clubs in the San Marcos area. Also published a Spanish-language newspaper, El Sol, in San Marcos from 1956 to 1958.

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of over 800 phonodiscs of Mexican and Mexican American music, along with a few paper labels from jukeboxes. Reflects the development of Texas-Mexican musical styles from approximately the late 1930s into the 1970s. Many recordings were released on major U.S. labels such as Decca, RCA, or Columbia, but others are from Mexico or from Texas recording companies like Falcon, Ideal, Rio, Torero, Freddie, or Bego. The music ranges from recordings by accordionist Narciso Martínez on the Bluebird label in the 1930s to releases by Sunny and the Sunliners on Teardrop Records in the 1970s. Other artists represented include Lydia Mendoza, Bruno Villareal, Valerio Longoria, Ramon Ayala, Tony de la Rosa, Beto Villa, and Paulino Bernal, as well as other musicians and musical groups.

Consists of two series: 1. Sound recordings, and 2. Jukebox labels. Phonodiscs arranged numerically according to assigned numbers. A card file inventory list is available.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

Index Terms

The Joe Nicola Collection is classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Popular music--Mexico--1931-1940
Popular music--Mexico--1941-1950
Popular music--Mexico--1951-1960
Popular music--Texas--1931-1940
Popular music--Texas--1941-1950
Popular music--Texas--1951-1960
Popular music--Texas--1961-1970
Popular music--Texas--1971-1980
Ayala, Ramón
Bernal, Paulino
Rosa, Tony de la
Longoria, Valerio
Martínez, Narciso, 1911-
Mendoza, Lydia
Ozuna, Sunny
Villa, Beto
Villareal, Bruno
Document Types
Phonograph Records

Separated Material

Some of the phonodiscs have been individually cataloged; local call numbers are PHNDISC LA 178-193.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Joe Nicola Collection, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory


Joe Nicola Collection, c.1935-1977

A card file inventory of the collection is available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room