The Benson Latin American Collection

Phonodisc Collections:

Preliminary Inventory



Descriptive Summary

Creator Benson Latin American Collection: Miscellaneous Collections
Title Phonodisc Collections at the Benson Latin American Collection
Dates: acq. 1984-
Abstract Uncataloged or partially cataloged collections of phonodiscs (LPs, 78s, 45s) in the archives of the Benson Latin American Collection.
Accession No.
OCLC Record No.
Extent ca. 2000+ uncataloged phonodiscs
Language English and Spanish
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents Note

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection has acquired a number of phonodisc record collections, some of which have never received individual online cataloging by performer or title. This guide presents basic information about those phonodisc collections. Information about individual phonodiscs in each collection can be accessed through card catalog files in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room, where access is provided by Author and Title.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply. Due to the fragility of the phonodiscs, use is limited to the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room.


Index Terms

The Phonodisc Collections are classified under the following Subject Headings:
Mexican Americans--Texas--Music
Popular music--Texas
Popular music--Mexico

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: [Individual Phonodisc Collection Name], Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.


Box and Folder Inventory

 

Dan Dickey Collection, ca. 1930-1955 (acq. 1984)
[186 discs]

Biographical information: Dan Dickey. Ethnomusicologist, teacher, and musician. Director of Andean music, Central American marimba, and mariachi ensembles at the University of Texas at Austin.
Consists mainly of sound recordings of Mexican popular music, with some Argentine, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and United States artists represented. Contains many Mexican songs in various regional styles, as well as other Mexican music including boleros, corridos, huapangos, and rancheras. Also includes some blues, guarachas, mambos, rumbas, and tangos. Much of the music is performed by mariachi bands or tríos románticos. Most of the phonodiscs were produced in Mexico, although approximately ten percent consist of Mexican or Latin American music produced in the United States, or Spanish versions of U.S. popular music. Labels which predominate are Columbia, Peerless, RCA Victor, and Victor.
box folder
1 1-186 Card file inventory available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room



 

Anna Mae Ford Collection, acq. 1992
[50 discs]

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1 1-50 Card file inventory available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room



 

Felipe Ortego y Gasca Collection, acq. 1987
[40 discs]

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1 1-40 Card file inventory available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room



 

KUT Radio Collection, acq. 1989-1991
[350 discs]

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1 1-350 Card file inventory available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room



 

Joe Nicola Collection, N.d.
[620 78rpm discs, 203 45rpm discs]

Biographical information: Joe Nicola. 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.
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.
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1 1-823 Card file inventory available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room



 

Stewart Last Collection, acq. 1987
[65 discs]

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2 1-65 Card file inventory available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room



 

Virginia Moore Collection, acq. 1994
[7 discs]

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2 1-7 Card file inventory available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room



 

Rio Record Shop Collection, acq. 1987
[553 discs]

324 of the 45s from the Rio Record Shop Collection have been cataloged and are discoverable in the University of Texas Libraries online catalog. In the "Advanced Search" page, enter "Rio Record Shop" as at "Note:" field search. Contact the Benson Collection with any questions.
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2 1-553 Card file inventory available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room



 

Stanley Ross Collection, acq. 1985
[92 discs]

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2 1-92 Card file inventory available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room