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Collection Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Correspondence, 1968-1971

Series 2: : William Wittliff’s design work, 1966-1976

Series 3: Publicity, 1968-1978

Series 4:Prints, 1971-1974

Southern Methodist University

Virgil Musick collection on William D. Wittliff and the Encino Press:

A Guide



Collection Summary

Compiler: Musick, Virgil
Title: Virgil Musick collection on William D. Wittliff and the Encino Press
Dates: 1966-1978
Abstract: Virgil Musick is a native Texan who collects materials regarding the career of William Wittliff and the Encino Press. Wittliff is an author, photographer, screenwriter, and publisher who owned the Encino Press from 1963-1983. This collection contains Wittliff's designs and Encino Press promotional materials.
Identification: A2016.0020, A2016.0020x
Quantity: 2 boxes (3 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

William D. Wittliff is a native Texan known for his many artistic talents as a publisher, photographer, screenwriter and film producer, and author. Bill Wittliff and his wife Sally founded the Encino Press in Austin, Texas in 1963, which published a variety of award-winning books about the Southwest for twenty years. The Wittliffs also established the Southwestern Writers Collection, and the Wittliff Collection of Southwestern and Mexican Photography at Texas State University-San Marcos.

Wittliff began a screenwriting and producing career in the late 1970s, and his credits include The Black Stallion, Raggedy Man, Lonesome Dove, Legends of the Fall, The Perfect Storm, and A Night in Old Mexico. In 2014, Wittliff published the first of two books about a boy named Papa and his interesting adventures in nineteenth-century Texas.

Virgil Musick was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and spent his childhood in Palestine, Texas. After serving as an Army radar operator near the North Pole during the Cold War, Musick enrolled in night classes at Southern Methodist University, where he studied transportation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business in 1962, and master’s degree in liberal arts in 1972. Musick taught transportation law at several junior colleges in Texas and Arkansas; worked for DeSoto Paint in Garland, Texas; and ran a transportation consulting company until his retirement in 1993. His primary book collecting interests for over forty years include Bill Wittliff and Encino Press, bibles, and bookbinding.

Sources:

“I am Wilshire: Virgil Musick.” Tapestry 62, no. 10 (March 9, 2014): 3. Accessed December 22, 2016. http://www.wilshirebc.org/download_file/view/1715

Texas State University. “Bill Wittliff.” Accessed January 5, 2017. http://www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu/collections/southwestern-mexican-photography/artists/wittliff.html

Texas State University. “Encino Press.” Accessed January 5, 2017. http://www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu/book-series/encino.html

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Scope and Contents Note

Virgil Musick’s collection about William D. Wittliff’s career spans the years 1966-1978, and is arranged chronologically. The correspondence series contains two letters, an invitation, and a printed envelope with Wittliff’s first business address. The bulk of the collection is comprised of Wittliff’s design work, which includes proofs for the Encino Press, broadsides, order forms, programs, and other ephemera. The third series contains publicity materials in the form of articles, book catalogs, and a manuscript interview with Wittliff. The last series includes oversize photographs taken by Wittliff, and illustrations by other artists. Some of the descriptions are taken from Musick’s personal inventory notes.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 4 series:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1968-1971
Series 2: William Wittliff’s design work, 1966-1976
Series 3: Publicity, 1968-1978
Series 4: Prints, 1971-1974

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects (Persons)
Wittliff, William D.
Subjects (Organizations)
Encino Press.
Document Types
Correspondence.
Photographs.
Programs.
Broadsides.
Manuscripts for publication.

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Related Material

The Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library, Texas State University

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Virgil Musick collection on William D. Witliff and the Encino Press, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Acquisition Information

Gift, Virgil Musick, 2016.

Processing Information

Ephemera, correspondence, and artwork was removed from Musick’s book collection and placed in acid free folders. Framed items were unframed and stored in a flat box.

Processed and encoded by Cynthia Franco, 2016-2017.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1968-1971
4 Folders

Four folders of items sent to Virgil Musick from Bill Wittliff relate to Wittliff’s printing work.
Box Folder
1 1 Envelope printed “William D. Wittliff, Publisher * 4916 Belmont * No. 203 * Dallas.” This is the first evidence of Wittliff’s ambitions, given to Musick by Wittliff on 1968 February 27
2 Letter from Wittliff to Virgil Musick, 1971
3 Invitation to reception honoring Wittliff for his book Vaquero
4 Typescript letter to Virgil about binding a copy of La Lepra Nacional by Carl Hertzog, his first book. Unsigned and undated.

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Series 2: : William Wittliff’s design work, 1966-1976
2 boxes

This series contains printing ephemera designed by Wittliff. It is arranged chronologically, with some items signed.
Box Folder
1 5 A Letter From Frank James bifold pamphlet, 1966 May 22
6 William Wittliff’s Christmas cards to Virgil Musick, 1966-1971. Includes the first Christmas card designed by Wittliff - a reproduction of the dust cover illustration of Puro Mexicano, given to Musick in 1968; “A Receipt For Pickling Beef” and illustration of Robert Hancock Hunter sent as a Christmas Card from Wittliff, 1966; reproduction of a 16th century Mexican broadside sent as a Christmas card by Wittliff, 1967 [2 copies: one on machine made paper, one copy on hand made paper]; 1969 Christmas card from Sally, Reid, and Bill Wittliff [3 copies]; Broadside Christmas card of photographic print “Sereno de Madrugada, Laguna de Tamiahua, Mexico, 1971”
7 Texas Folklore Society annual meeting programs – 1967; 1968 [3 copies]; 1969 [4 copies] with 2 dinner tickets and 1 drink ticket; 1970 program inscribed to Virgil by Wittliff. Also included are two membership letters, 1969
8 Ben K. Green stationery and envelope, 1968
9 Houston Daniel Bookseller. Texas and the West Catalogue Number Five. Austin: [1970?] With bookplate of spur and quill illustration on the catalogue covers, signed by Wittliff, 1968.
10 Collector’s Institute annual programs – 1968 [3 copies]; 1969 [3 copies]; 1970 [3 copies, 1 signed by Carl Hertzog and Jose Cisneros]
Box Folder
Oversize 1 Three proof sheets of Picosa Ranch by Henderson Shuffler: presentation page, page 6, and the colophon, with a letter from Wittliff explaining how the book was printed, dated February 4, 1969. Wittliff advised there are only 12 pages to this book. Only one copy of the book was made for the Institute of Texas Cultures. The book is a history of Gov. Connally’s ranch, presented to Gov. John Connally in 1968. Musick made the slip case for the proof sheets and letter.
2 Broadside for In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas by Larry McMurtry, published by Encino Press. 10 x 15 inches, gift of Wittliff, 1968 November
Box Folder
1 11 Fred White, Jr. Christmas card,. A reproduction of a letter from Charles Goodnight to Mr. H. B. Stoddard, Bryan, Texas 1969
12 Limestone and Log: A Hill Country Sketchbook order form, 1969
Box Folder
Oversize 3 Three broadsides of the Southwestern Library Association Citation to Ben K. Green for his book Wild Cow Tales. 11 ½ x 14 ½ inches, 1970. Includes one of “six or eight” copies printed with the word “southwestern” misspelled “southwesten” which Wittliff inscribed “For Virgil – Ah, one of my more delicious mistakes”; a corrected copy 1970 October 28 from Wittliff; another copy 8 x 11 inches which, according to Wittliff, Ben K. Green asked him to print. He made 1,000 copies of this one, received 1970 December 23.
Box Folder
1 13 A Good Tale and a Bonnie Tune order form from SMU Press. Illustration from the book by Wittliff, 1970.
14 Folklore of the Oil Industry order form from SMU Press. Illustration from the book by Wittliff, 1970.
15 Joe B. Frantz’s brown note sheets “From the Desk of Joe E. Frantz, Director, The Texas State Historical Association.” Initialed by Wittliff, 1971.
15 Program for appointment of the Honorable J. Chrys Dougherty as Honorary French Consul for Austin, 1971 September 11
16 Stationary for The Encino Press, with envelope, initialed by Wittliff, incorporates the Lamar Street address for the first time, 1972.
17 Santa Gertrudis Breeders International rejected logos, 1972.
18 Texas Institute of Letters – 4 tickets to awards dinner at Baker Hotel in Dallas, 1970; annual meeting program, 1972
Box Folder
Oversize 13 Broadside advertising Vaquero by Wittliff. Published for the Friends of the Library, University of Texas at Austin, 19 x 12 ½ inches. The image is the same as in oversize box folder 12, with the text. Wittliff imprint on recto, 1972 November
Broadside of Niccolo Machiavelli quote, designed and printed for Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Marcus by Wittliff at the Encino Press, Austin, TX. 9 x 15 inches, signed by Wittliff, 1975. On display in DeGolyer Library.
4 Broadside keepsake printed by Wittliff at the Encino Press for the Friends of the Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, TX April, 1976. 14 x 10 inches, 100 copies printed. “People who come to Texas these days are preachers or fugitive from justice or sons of bitches. Which one of these fits you? Richard King, 1850.”
5 Broadside designed by Wittliff for Institute of Texan Cultures to members of the Texas Philosophical Society. Drawings by John Groth. 9 x 12 inches, 1976. 150 copies printed. “I have said that Texas is a state of mind…” quote from Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck.
6 Broadside for Paso del Aguila: A Chronicle of Frontier Days on the Texas Border as Recorded in the Memoirs of Jesse Sumpter. 28 x 16 inches, undated.
Box Folder
1 27 Typed inventory of Musick’s collection on notecards

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Series 3: Publicity, 1968-1978
2 boxes

This series contains media publicity about Wittliff, as well as a manuscript interview, and Encino Press promotional catalogs.
Box Folder
1 19 Bosse, P.R., Bliss Albright, and Robert E. Ford. “McMurtry: Not One But Three Reviewers Look at Larry’s Latest.” Review of In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas, by Larry McMurtry, Dallas Times Herald, December 8, 1968, 18E.
20 Burke, John Gordon, “The Encino Press: A Brief Note and a Bibliography.” American Book Collector 19, no. 1 (September 1968)
20 Burke, John Gordon, “The Encino Press, One Man’s Tribute to the Southwest.” Publisher’s Weekly, May 5, 1969. Offprint.
21 Kery, James J. “An Interview With William Wittliff.” 1971 November 19. No. 23 of 50 copies of a typed 20-page transcript of an interview and four slides of Wittliff at his office. Kery was a student in Decherd Turner’s book art classes at SMU and this interview was a class project. Wittliff said Kery sent the manuscript for his approval, but he did not know this would be published until he saw a notice in a dealer’s catalogue.
22 Texas Book Arts Guild membership roster. Dallas, Texas, 1972.
Box Folder
Oversize 7 Clark, Sara and J. David Moriarty, “Wittliff’s luck,” Scene Magazine, June 4, 1978, 24. The article is about Bill Wittliff’s venture into TV script writing.
8 Smith, C. W., “Floresville folks take movie-making with a shrug,” Sunday Magazine, January 29, 1978, 6. Article describes the filming of Wittliff’s teleplay “Thaddeus Rose and Eddie” in Floresville, Texas. The television movie aired in April 1978.
Box Folder
1 23 “A short-form checklist of the publications of the Encino Press and the contributions by William D. Wittliff to other publications, to May 9, 1969. Compiled by Robert A. Wilson, of the Wilson Book Store, Dallas, Texas.”
24 Encino Press Fall Books 1976
25 Encino Press sales brochures
26 Photographs of “Printer at the Pass: Carl Hertzog” exhibit

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Series 4:Prints, 1971-1974
Oversize box

This series contains oversize photographs, illustrations, and a broadside related to Wittliff’s work. Artists include John Groth, and Barbara Whitehead.
Box Folder
Oversize 9 Three prints by William Clay, 1967
10 Woodcut portrait of Charles Goodnight with words “I’ll be dammed if I could ever find the time to lie in the shade” by Barbara Mathews Whitehead on brown paper, 14 x 17 inches. Signed by Whitehead, 1971. Wittliff advised he commissioned Barbara Whitehead to make the woodcuts, and he pulled 110 sets on a hand press himself. Part of the copies on white paper and part on brown paper.
11 Black and white photographic print copy of a vaquero in a corral roping a horse, 9 ½ x 12 inches. Signed by Wittliff and given to Musick, 1972 November
12 Original black and white photograph print of a vaquero, 10 x 14 inches. Given by Bill Wittliff to Music in November 1972. Wittliff imprint present on verso of print, with note accompanying “This one is on me with friendship, Bill” on Encino Press stationery. Same image on back cover of the catalogue of Wittliff’s exhibit at the Institute of Texan Cultures exhibit, August 26 – October 7, 1972, and the October issue of Texas Parade Magazine.
14 Color print of houses
15 Illustration of Robert Hancock Hunter, like the print found in box 1 folder 6
Item
Framed Illustration of buffalo by John Groth, 1974. On display in DeGolyer Library.

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