Robert A. Burns Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
Robert Burns was the proprietor of a local graphic arts business called the RH Factor, located at 812 W. 12th Street. The business produced a number of designs for many local businesses. A native of Austin, Burns attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a degree in drama and was editor of a campus magazine (now defunct) called The Texas Ranger. In addition to his graphic design enterprise, Burns was involved in other local projects, including the Free and Easy publication, which Burns helped to edit and publish from May, 1974 until February, 1976; and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" movie, for which he served as art director. This helped launch his career as a professional art director, and he spent some time in Los Angeles on other, larger horror movies. He died in 2004 at the age of 60.
The Robert A. Burns papers are comprised of examples of designs created by Robert Burns at his graphic design business, the RH Factor. Advertisements include programs, posters, broadsides, and business cards, mostly for motion-picture businesses like Cinema Texas. Posters of note include "Memories of Meat," which was designed for "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" movie; an advertisement for the RH Factor; and a poster for Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan's early band, the Blackbirds. Newspaper clippings about "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and Burns himself, along with a bibliography about his poster designs can also be found within the collection.
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Robert A. Burns Papers (AR.O.003). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1977/025
Donation Date: 1977
Original donation arranged by Evan Moore in 1977. Collection rearranged, finding aid created and encoded by Toni Cirilli in 2019.
Other Finding Aid
See detailed inventory of collection here.
See attached spreadsheet for a full list of oversized posters included in the collection.
Detailed Description of the Collection