Austin History Center

Susan and Rob Burneson Recordings and Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Burneson, Susan
Creator: Burneson, Rob
Title: Susan and Rob Burneson Recordings and Papers
Dates: 1931-2016
Abstract: Susan and Rob Burneson are longtime Austin, Texas residents with an avid interest in preserving community history. The collection consists of materials generated for their Voices of the Violet Crown project including oral history interviews of the residents in the Brentwood and Crestview neighborhoods of Austin, Texas, the film A Community Mosaic, and the compiled papers and records of neighborhood projects such as the Wall of Welcome and the Violet Crown Festival.
Identification: AR.2010.023
Quantity: 1.6 linear feet (4 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks, Recordings Archives Collection
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Susan and Rob Burneson began organizing the Voices of the Violet Crown project in early 2003 as an effort to preserve the stories of community spirit in Central Austin. The project began as community and history exhibits that have been featured at Violet Crown Community Works events from 2003-2010 and 2013, including the Violet Crown Festival. In addition the Burnesons conducted oral history interviews in 2007-2011; created a neighborhood history booklet From Abercrombie to the Violet Crown; and completed three films, First Night W/ Domino & Friends (2006), A Community Mosaic (2008), and We Planted 115 Trees (2011). Susan Burneson was a founding board member of the nonprofit, Violet Crown Community Works, co-founder and coordinator of the Community Tent and publicity for the Violet Crown Festival, and was in charge of the history research collaboration, award proposal writing, and publicity for the Wall of Welcome. She also served on the Crestview Neighborhood Association Executive Committee from 2010-2011 and on the Crestview Neighborhood Association Newsletter Committee from 2008-2011. Susan and Rob Burneson together founded and coordinated the Voices of the Violet Crown project. They worked towards a goal of continuing the tradition of active community projects since the establishment of the neighborhoods in the late 1940s as well as building bridges between new and longtime neighbors.

Source: website. Accessed May 29, 2013.

Scope and Contents

The Voices of the Violet Crown Project series consists of 16 video (DVD) oral history interviews conducted with: Madi Ward, Scooter Rushing, Jim and Mickey Bauer, Kay Ramsey, Ronnie Prellop, Albert Kirby, Louise Cooke, Bill Williamson, Ben Petmecky, Beverly Lester, Jan Root, Richard Chaffee, Wanda and Emory Muehlbrad, Gladys and Don Gresser, John and Judy Carlson, Anne Walker, and multiple interviews that tell the story of the Wall of Welcome. Also included is the film (DVD) A Community Mosaic, a 22 minute film that weaves together some of these interviews and neighborhood history in the form of early maps, photographs and home movies.

The rest of the collection contain research files pertaining to neighborhood places and people, newspaper clippings, newsletters, internet articles, and other materials pertaining to the community projects and organizations that Susan and Rob Burneson have been involved in.


Collection is arranged into 5 series:
I. Voices of the Violet Crown Project
II. Articles and Publications
III. Neighborhoods
IV. Neighborhood People
V. Violet Crown Community Works


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Bauer, Jim.
Bauer, Mickey.
Beck, Roger.
Burneson, Susan.
Burneson, Rob.
Chaffee, Richard.
Carlson, John.
Carlson, Judy.
Cooke, Louise.
Gresser, Don.
Gresser, Gladys.
Kirby, Albert.
Lester, Beverly.
Muehlbrad, Emory.
Muehlbrad, Wanda.
Petmecky, Ben.
Prellop, Ronnie.
Ramsey, Kay.
Richcreek, Frank Owen.
Root, Jan.
Rushing, Scooter.
Threadgill, Kenneth.
Walker, Anne.
Ward, Madi.
Williamson, Bill.
Wright, Frank B.
Voices of the Violet Crown.
Violet Crown Community Works.
Austin (Tex.)
Brentwood Neighborhood (Austin, Tex.)--History.
Crestview Neighborhood (Austin, Tex.)--History.
Community arts projects--Texas--Austin.
Community development--Texas--Austin.

Related Material

Austin Files

  • AF - Subdivision - Crestview S6000 (124)
  • AF - Neighborhood Groups - Violet Crown Community Works N1900 General

Archives and Manuscripts

  • AR.2011.036 Friends of the Brentwook Park Video Collection

Faulk Library

  • DVD 635.9770976 WE We Planted 115 Trees: Friends of Brentwood Park, Austin, Texas: Tree Dedication and Planting, November 6, 2010. Available at Faulk Central Library

Separated Material

The booklet A 976.431 BU From Abercrombie to the Violet Crown: A History-in-Progress: Brentwood and Crestview Austin, Texas was separated to the General Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Susan and Rob Burneson Recordings and Papers (AR.2010.023). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2008/050

Donation Date: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016.

Processing Information

Releases for oral history recordings are in the donor file.

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010. Updated by Kathryn Garvey/2011. Updated by Molly Hults in 2013. Updated by Kendall Newton in 2016.

The Voices of the Violet Crown Project series is arranged alphabetically by last name of interviewee. The rest of the collection remains in the original order as received by the donor. The titles of the folders are also those assigned by the donor and each has a brief description of the contents written by the donor. They were divided into series and sub-series by the processor for simplified understanding.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Voices of the Violet Crown Project, 2008-2011

4 Jim and Mickey Bauer oral history interview, 2010 May 15
John and Judy Carlson oral history interview, circa 2009
Louise Cook oral history interview, circa 2008
Albert Kirby oral history interview, circa 2009
Beverly Lester oral history interview, circa 2008
Wanda and Emory Muehlbrad oral history interview, circa 2008
Ben Petmecky oral history interview, circa 2009
Ronnie Prellop oral history interview, circa 2008
Kay Ramsey oral history interview, circa 2008
Jan Root and Richard Chaffee oral history interviews, circa 2009
Scooter Rushing oral history interview, circa 2008
Anne Walker oral history interview, 2011 September 4
Madi Ward oral history interview, circa 2009
Bill Williamson oral history interview, circa 2008
A Community Mosaic, 2008
Stories from the Wall of Welcome, circa 2008

Articles and Publications, 1992, 2003-2016, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Susan Burneson (including Voices of the Violet Crown), 1992, 2003-2016
2 Articles (miscellaneous), 2003-2011, undated

Neighborhoods, 1949-1963, 2001-2016, undated

Box Folder
1 3 Allandale Neighborhood News, 2005-2007, undated
Brentwood, 1957-1963, 2001-2016, undated
Box Folder
1 4 Brentwood Essays, 2001-2004, undated
5 Brentwood: People, 1957-1963, 2005-2013
6 Brentwood: Places, 2003-2016, undated
Crestview, 1949, 2002-2015, undated
Box Folder
1 7 Crestview People, 2002-2015, undated
8 Crestview Places, 1949, 2004-2015, undated

Neighborhood People, 1931-1967, 1984, 1994-2016, undated

Box Folder
1 9 Special Neighbors Remembered, 1996-2015, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Friends of Brentwood Park, 2010-2015, undated
2 Prellop/Minimax, 1967, 1984, 2014, undated
3 Richcreek, Frank Owen, 1937-1947, 1958, 2013-2014, undated
4 Threadgill and Beck, 1987-1994, 2005-2015, undated
5 Wright, Frank B., 1931-1958, 1999-2016, undated

Violet Crown Community Works, 2002-2015, undated

Box Folder
2 6 Violet Crown Community Works, 2003-2015, undated
7 Violet Crown Community Works Handbook, 2006, undated
Violet Crown Festival, 2001-2015, undated
Box Folder
2 8 Violet Crown Festival, 2003-2005, undated
9 Community Tent, 2003-2015, undated
10 Violet Crown Festival Guestbook, etc., pages, 2003-2009, undated
11 Violet Crown Festival Community Tent Display, 2003, undated
12 Violet Crown Community Tent, 2004
Box Folder
3 1 Writing Austin's Lives, 2003, undated
2 Violet Crown Festival Promotions, 2004, undated
3 Violet Crown Community Tent Display, 2004, undated
4 Violet Crown Community Tent, 2005, undated
5 Violet Crown promotions, 2005, undated
6 Displays: miscellaneous, 2003, undated
7 Violet Crown 2005 Exhibitions, 2005, undated
8 Violet Crown 2006, 2006, undated
9 Violet Crown Art 2006: photos and kids art, undated
10 Community Tent 2006, 2006, undated
11 Violet Crown Festival: May 2007, 2007, undated
12 Brentwood Elementary: Veteran's Day writings 2007, undated
13 Wall of Welcome, 2002-1015, undated
14 Wall of Welcome dedication 2008, 2004-2008, undated
15 Violet Crown Festival: October 2008, 2008, undated
16 Violet Crown Festival: May 2009, 2009, undated
17 Violet Crown Festival: November 2009, 2008-2009, undated
18 Violet Crown Festival 2010, 2010