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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

George H. Kane Poster Collection, 1973-2009

Austin History Center

George H. Kane Poster Collection

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Kane, George H., 1947-2018
Title: George H. Kane Poster Collection
Dates: 1973-2009
Dates (Bulk): 1996-2004
Abstract: George H. Kane operated a poster and record store called Treasured Tracs & Images in Austin, Texas, from 1983 to 2002. The George H. Kane Poster Collection contains approximately 500 posters that document music and community events in Austin from the 1970s to early 2000s.
Accession number: AR.2014.003
Quantity: 5.45 linear feet (5 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks, qAR
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

George H. Kane was born on February 2, 1947, and raised in New Windsor, New York. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his service, he moved to Austin, Texas, where he lived from 1978 to 2002. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983 and opened Treasured Tracs & Images in 1993, located first at Westgate Mall and then at Lamar Plaza. He collected, traded, displayed, and sold posters, records, books, comics, action figures, vintage magazines, autographs, and t-shirts. The store closed in March 2002, though he continued to operate an online store on eBay with the same name.

Treasured Tracs & Images won Austin Chronicle’s Critics Pick for Best Unpretentious Music Store in 1998 and Best Collectible Posters in 1999. From the 1998 Austin Chronicle: “This is a shop with everything from rare concert posters to trashy romance novels, collectible Playboy to Elvis memorabilia, a handful of CDs to Austin's largest selection of used vinyl. They used to be located at Westgate under the name Book Source, but this summer they made a move to the more convenient, although a bit smaller, location at Lamar Plaza. A refreshing haven in a town known to be a little precious about its music.”

George H. Kane returned to New York in 2002, and died on June 26, 2018.

Sources

Austin Chronicle, "Best of Austin 1998," accessed December 22, 2018, https://www.austinchronicle.com/best-of-austin/year:1998/poll:critics/category:shopping/treasured-tracs-and-images-best-unpretentious-music-store/

ObitTree, "George Henry Kane," accessed December 22, 1018, https://obittree.com/obituary/us/new-york/cornwall-on-hudson/quigley-bros-funeral-home/george-kane/3547926/

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains approximately 500 posters. Most of the posters are 11”x17” and document community events in Austin, including comedy shows, theater, music, dance performances, and festivals. Most of the posters are primarily from the 1990s and 2000s. There are a few music posters from the 1970s and 1980s created by famed poster artists Guy Juke, Kerry Awn, Micael Priest, Jim Franklin and Danny Garrett.

One box of textual material contains the design and copyright forms for a darts logo aimed at recruiting women to the sport of darts. News clippings and a magazine documenting the 1976 Austin music festival Sunday Break II are also included, as well as designs for a 1989 Austin pub branding design. Smaller posters are also in this box, including a 1982 poster of Joe Ely by Guy Juke and a New Year's Eve at Antone's poster by artist Danny Garrett. There are also some fliers, such as a 2002 flier for a Ralph Nader event featuring Jackson Browne and Patti Smith.

The oversized archive boxes (qAR) contain posters 11"x17" and larger. qAR Box 65 primarily contains posters documenting community events at University of Texas, Austin Community College, St. Edward's Mary Moody Northern Theater, Boggy Creek Farm, and elsewhere dating from 1996 to 2001. In qAR Box 66 there are mostly music posters as well as posters for various years of the Austin Record Convention. Of note in qAR Box 66 are a 1981 poster for Beto y Los Fairlanes at Steamboat by Danny Garrett, a 1980 Esther’s Follies poster by Kerry Awn, and a 1983 Club Foot poster by Guy Juke. There is also a 1975 poster for Marsha Ball & the Misery Brothers by Micael Priest.

qAR Box 67 contians posters from 1977 to 2001 by a wide range of artists including Kerry Awn, Henry Gonzalez, Jim Franklin, Daniel Johnston, Micael Priest, Jason Austin, Billy Perkins, Lyman Hardy, and JH Jones. Of note is a 1974 poster for Doug Sahm and Paul Ray at Ritz Theater by Jim Franklin and a 1990 poster by Micael Priest for Continental Club's New Year's weekend. Box 68 contains around 30 posters from 1980 to 2004 as well as a signed Lyle Lovett Joshual Judges Ruth LP cover.

A flat file folder contains around 30 screen printed posters from 1989 to 2009 (primarily dating between 2006 and 2009). See inventory below.

Flat file inventory of screen printed posters (FF 03/08/006)


  • Signed and numbered by Jaime Cervantes
    • Johnny Cash art poster, 2006
    • Lucinda Williams at La Zona Rosa, 2009
    • Lucinda Williams with Heartless Bastards at Stubbs, 2007
    • Roky Erickson with Black Angles 4 venues, 2008
    • Roky Erickson with Okkervil River at Threadgill’s, 2009
    • Buddy Guy with Jimbo Mathus at Stubbs’s, 2006
    • Dick Dale at Red Eyed Fly, 2005
    • Dick Dale at Red Eyed Fly, 2007
    • Willie Nelson with Damnations, Gourds at Stubbs, 2001
    • TV on the Radio at Stubbs 2008
    • Of Montreal at Feiesta Gardens, 2008
    • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at The Parish, 2006
    • Old 97’s at Stubbs, 2001
  • Signed and numbered by Billy Perkins
    • ZZ Top at The Backyard, 2007
    • Sonic Youth at Stubbs, 2006
    • Black Crowes at The Backyard, 2006
    • Black Crowes at The Backyard, 2007
    • Austin Freedom Fest with Willie Nelson, 2007
    • Willie Nelson with Ray Price and Merle Haggard at The Backyard, 2007
    • Widespread Panic at The Backyard, 2008
    • Toadies at Austin Music Hall, 2007
    • Los Lonely Boys at Austin Music Hall, 2004
    • B.B. King at Austin Music Hall, 2008
    • Smashing Pumpkins at The Backyard, 2007
  • Unsigned and unnumbered
    • Lenny Kravitz and Black Crowes, San Antonio, 1999 (David Means)
    • Marilyn Manson Monster Magnet, 1999 (Chris Mohrmann)
    • Tori Amos at Austin Music Hall, 1998 (Chris Mohrmann)
    • Beck at Austin Music Hall, 2000 (Chris Mohrmann)
    • Dicks Reunion, 2005
    • Stevie Ray Vaughan photograph “The Last Call” by Bill Williams, 1989
    • Marvin Gaye, Pueblo, CO, 1964 (Reprinted in 1996 in Austin, TX)
    • Solomon Burke, Pueblo, CO, 1966 (Reprinted in 1996 in Austin, TX)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Franklin, Jim.
Awn, Kerry.
Priest, Micael, 1951-2018.
Jacobson, Nels.
Jagmo.
Gonzalez, Henry.
Austin, Jason.
Hardy, Lyman.
Juke, Guy, 1951-.
Perkins, Billy.
Mohrmann, Chris.
Kane, George H., 1947-2018.
Mohrmann, Chris.
Jeffers, Bill.
Hardy, Lyman.
Ray, Paul.
Garrett, Danny.
Lovett, Lyle.
Fleetwood, Mick.
Johnston, Daniel, 1961-.
Subjects (Organizations)
Treasured Tracs & Images (Austin, Tex.).
Waterloo Ice House (Austin, Tex.).
Soap Creek Saloon (Austin, Tex.).
The Paramount Theatre (Austin, Tex.).
Momo's (Austin, Tex.).
The Broken Spoke (Austin, Tex.).
Beerland (Austin, Tex.).
The Backyard (Austin, Tex.).
Saxon Pub (Austin, Tex.).
Room 710 (Austin, Tex.).
The Backroom (Austin, Tex.).
Hole in the Wall (Austin, Tex.).
Texas Union.
Cactus Cafe (Austin, Tex.).
Frank Erwin Center (Austin, Tex.).
Mango's (Austin, Tex.).
Antone's (Austin, Tex.).
The Continental Club (Austin, Tex.).
Emo's (Austin, Tex.).
Liberty Lunch (Austin, Tex.).
Lucy's (Austin, Tex.).
La Zona Rosa (Austin, Tex.).
Austin Music Hall (Austin, Tex.).
Stubb's (Austin, Tex.).
Babes (Austin, Tex.).
Steamboat (Austin, Tex.).
Black Cat Lounge (Austin, Tex.).
The Mercury (Austin, Tex.).
Continental Club (Austin, Tex.).
Ritz Theatre (Austin, Tex.).
Empanada Parlour (Austin, Tex.).
Red Eye Fly (Austin, Tex.).
Flaming Cantina (Austin, Tex.).
The Electric Lounge (Austin, Tex.).
Lovejoy's (Austin, Tex.).
Pocket Fishrman (Musical group).
Beto y Los Fairlanes (Musical group).
South by Southwest Music and Media Conference.
University of Texas at Austin.
Austin Community College (Austin, Tex.).
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.
Mary Moody Northen Theatre (Austin, Tex.).
Subjects
Posters, American--21st century.
Posters, American--20th century.
Rock groups--Posters.
Rock music--Posters.
Poster art.
Artists--Texas--Austin.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Songs and music.
Austin (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Document Types
Posters.
Screen prints.
Fliers.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 741.674 HO, Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982. 2015.
  • A 741.674092 GA Danny Garrett, Weird, Yet Strange: Notes From An Austin Music Artist. 2015.
  • A 769.5597643 JU V 1 Guy Juke, Juke, Visual Thrills: 44 Posters and Paintings. 1980.
  • A 338.7617 AR, Armadillo World Headquarters. 1975.
  • A 725.8109764 WI Edwin O. Wilson, Armadillo World Headquarters: A Memoir. 2017.
  • A 338.7617 ME 1985 David Lawrence Menconi, Music, Media and the Metropolis: The Case of Austin's Armadillo World Headquarters. 1985.
  • A 781.6409764 MU, Music of Austin, Texas: Austin City Limits, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Music of Austin, New Sincerity, Armadillo World Headquarters, Jesse Sublett, Raul's, Vulcan Gas Company, Victory Grill, Slaid Cleaves, Sluggo!, Wayne Hancock, Fun Fun Fun Fest. 2010.
  • A 784.54 AN Susan Antone, Antone's: the First Ten Years. 1985.
  • A 781.6409227 CO Michael Corcoran, All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music. 2017.
  • A 784.53 AN C1986 Susan Antone, Antone's Presents Picture the Blues: Eleventh Anniversary. 1986.

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Garrett, Danny
  • AF Biography - Priest, Micael
  • AF Biography - Fitzgerald, Kerry (Awn)
  • AF Biography - Franklin, Jim
  • AF Biography - Juke, Guy
  • AF Subject - Music Trade - Music Posters M9385(33)
  • AF Subject - Saloons - Antone's S0300(33)
  • AF Subject - Saloons - Soap Creek Saloon S0300(10)
  • AF Subject - Music Festivals - Sunday Break M9383(11)

Archives & Manuscripts


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Separated Material

The following materials were separated to the Periodicals Collection:


  • The Daily Texan issues: Thursday, June 24, 1993 and Sunday, December 13, 1998
  • The Austin Chronicle issues: Vol. 18 No. 50 (08/13/1999) and Vol 19. No. 13 (11/26/1999)
  • Texas Beat issues: Vol. 2 No. 2, #93, #95, #107, #110, #116, #117

Duplicate materials were deaccessioned.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Collected and donated by George H. Kane of Treasured Tracs & Images.

Preferred Citation

George H. Kane Poster Collection (AR.2014.003). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2014/003

Donation Date: 11 January 2014, 4 March 2014

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus, 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

George H. Kane Poster Collection, 1973-2009

Box Folder
1 1 Darts design, 1981-1983
2 Posters, memorabilia, 1973-2002
3 Pub project, Spring 1989
4 Sunday Break II, 1976 September
Location Box
qAR 65 Posters of community events, 1996-2001
66 Posters by Kerry Awn, Jose Medina, Micael Priest, Danny Garrett, Guy Juke, 1973-2001
67 Posters by Kerry Awn, Henry Gonzalez, Jim Franklin, Daniel Johnston, Micael Priest, Jason Austin, Billy Perkins, Lyman Hardy, JH Jones, 1977-2001
68 Posters by Billy Perkins, Billy Bishop, Noel Waggener, Brian Salvador Curley, 1980-2004
03/08/006 Screen printed posters (see Scope and Contents for inventory), 1989-2009

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