SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University has acquired a large archive of the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, who died in a helicopter crash in 1990 at the age of 35.
Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV) records were obtained from a private collector. It is an important addition to The Wittliff’s Texas Music Collection, which includes Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Marcia Ball, Cindy Walker and Asleep at the Wheel.
The SRV collection offers “an intimate insight into the famous guitarist’s life and career in three distinct areas: songwriting, recovery, and the complicated relationship with his brother, musician Jimmie Vaughan.” This is the first time that many items from the archives have been exhibited.
Artifacts on display include “the iconic black hat and conch sash worn at Vaughan’s 1984 concert at Carnegie Hall, his tall suede boots with buckskin fringe and his favorite moccasins, his pipe and flask and his guitar strap”.
SRV material also includes rare photographs, handwritten lyrics, production notes, studio lyric charts, tour books, drawings, diaries and tapes.
The collection “offers new insights into Vaughan’s mindset when it comes to understanding how important his recovery and spirituality were towards the end of his life, and how important he was to overcome his drug addictions. alcohol and drugs was not easy”.
The Wittliff Collections are on the seventh floor of the Albert B. Alkek Texas State Library. Exhibition hours, directions and parking information are in line.
“The Songwriters: Sung and Unsung Heroes of the Collection” opens this spring at the Texas Music Gallery.
Visitors are welcome. Free entry.