University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Coke H. Dilworth Photograph Collection, 1972-1977

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dilworth, Coke H.
Title Dilworth (Coke H.) Photograph Collection, 1972-1977
Identification: AR 95-235; 210-148
Extent 4 inches
Language English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Born in 1936, Coke H. Dilworth is a fourth-generation Austinite who graduated from the University of Texas School of Architecture. In 1972 he established a business called The Darkroom that offered film processing to photographers who did not have their own. He was also the "default" photographer for the Armadillo World Headquarters from 1972 -1978. The "AWHQ" music hall was opened in 1970 by Eddie Wilson, manager of the psychedelic rock band Shiva's Headband, on the site of a former National Guard armory in south Austin. The hall held about 1,500 people. The venue became iconic of Austin's unique hippie-bohemian music scene.

Scope and Contents

Approximately 50 contact sheets and negatives document the Austin, Texas, music scene of the mid-1970s. Negatives are primarily 35 mm black and white, although there are some color negatives and a few medium format negatives. Photographs depict performances at Armadillo World Headquarters, as well as the AWHQ staff and some informal events. All contact sheets have corresponding negatives. All performances and events listed are at the AWHQ unless otherwise noted. Items are separated by format and arranged chronologically. Also included is a project that Dilworth did in 1976, photographing the location and audience of Willie Nelson's July 4th picnic in Gonzales, Texas, before, during, and after the event. This consists of 8 contact sheets and 251 35 mm black and white negatives.


Some restrictions due to format. Contact repository for further information.

Index Terms

Music--Texas--Austin--20th century.
Austin (Tex.)
Gonzales (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coke H. Dilworth Photograph Collection, 1972-1977, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Contact Sheets

3S448 Performers and Events:
Greezy Wheels, 8/1972
Armadillo World Headquarters, candid shots, 8/11/1972
"And the rains come" [flooding at the AWHQ?] 10/11/1973
Freddie King, 12/22/1973
Tom T. Hall, and Van Morrison, 12/1973 1/1974
Waylon Jennings and Billy Joe Shaver, 1/25/1974
Commander Cody, 2/9/1974
Greezy Wheels, 2/1974
New Riders and Roger McQuinn, 3/2/1974
The Committee, 3/8-9/1974
Bruce Springsteen, and Genesis, 3/16/1974 3/17/1974
Hoyt Axton, 3/29/1974
Brewer and Shipley, 4/3/1974
Boz Scaggs, 4/13/1974
Buffy St. Marie, 4/19/1974
Loudon Wainwright III, 5/4/1974
Captain Beefheart, 5/12/1974
Greezy Wheels, 5/31/1974
Electro Magnets and Taj Majal, 5/1974
Commander Cody, 6/1974
Armadillo World Headquarters, acoustical coating application on interior, 8/1/1974
Doug Sahm, 8/1974
Cold Blood, 9/14/1974
Loudon Wainwright III, 9/21/1974
The Pointer Sisters, 11/10/1974
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, 11/15/1974
Bill Monroe, 11/22/1974
Ray Charles, 12/6/1974
Linda Ronstadt, 12/9/1974
Tracy Nelson, 12/13/1974
Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia, 12/20/1974
Roy Buchanan, 1/24/1975
Al Stewart, 3/21/1975
Michael Murphy, 4/20/1975
Ruby Starr, 5/2/1975
Armadillo World Headquarters, interior, 5/9/1975
Frank Zappa, 5/21/1975
Full Moon Festival with Balcones Fault, 6/1975
Kinky Friedman, 6/1975
Chuck Mangione, 6/1975
Jose Feliciano, 7/25/1975
Balcones Fault and Anna's Birthday at Zilker Park, 8/1975
Roary and Anna, Michael Priest and Ernie, 8/1975
Freddie Fender and Doug Sahm, 8/1975
Balcones Fault, 10/24/1975
Balcones Fault at Hemisfair Theater, 10/28/1975
Armadillo World Headquarters, interior, 10/1975
Jimmy Cliff, 11/1975
Greezy Wheels, 11/4/1975
Thanksgiving at the Armadillo World Headquarters, 11/1975
Onion Audio and Kitchen, 11/1975
Balcones Fault, 2/3/1976
B. B. King, 3/15/1976
Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, and Rusty Weir, 3/1976
Loudon Wainwright III, 3/1976
Jimmy Buffett, summer 1976
Firesign Theater at the Paramount (with John Bernadoni), 4/30/1977
Jeff [?], undated
Armadillo World Headquarters Staff, 1974-1975:
Baseball team, 7/1974
Willie Nelson's picnic, July 3-5, 1976


Negatives [Restricted]

3S448 Negatives, 1972-1977