Austin History Center

David Thomson Emo's Poster Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Thomson, David
Title: David Thomson Emo's Poster Collection
Abstract: The collection consists of approximately 125 posters for various music venues location in Austin, Texas. The majority of the collection includes posters for Emo's; approximately 112 posters. The posters were created by various artists, with the bulk of the posters being created by Lindsey Kuhn and Frank Kozik. Poster dates span from 1982 to 2002.
Accession number: AR.2012.018
Quantity: 125 posters (1 flat file drawer)
Location: qAR
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, , PO BOX 2287, , Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Posters were collected and donated by a former Emo's employee, David L. Thomson III. These posters were created for the Emo's music venue, which opened in 1992 and was located in downtown Austin, Texas at 603 Red River. Emo's was known for showcasing punk and alternative bands throughout the 1990s and 2000s. The venue closed in 2011, and was renamed "Emo's East" and relocated to East Austin at 2015 East Riverside Drive later that year.

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of approximately 125 posters for various music venues and festivals located in Austin, Texas. The majority of the collection includes posters created for the Emo's music venue. The posters were created by numerous artists, including Lindsey Kuhn, Frank Kozik and Jason Austin Design, and span from 1982 to 2002. The bulk of the collection (approximately 45 posters) consists of posters by Lindsey Kuhn, a silk-screen poster artist who moved to Austin in 1990. Kuhn is known for his use of color and controversial content. Another notable artist within the collection (approximately 30 posters) is Frank Kozik, a popular poster artist who began his career in Austin, later relocating to San Francisco, California. Kozik's work focuses on pop-art, bright colors, as well as controversial content. The posters within the collection include numerous band names such as The Queers, Butthole Surfers, Jack O'Fire, Supersuckers, Cherubs, The River Boat Gamblers, and Kill Dozer. Other music venues mentioned include Kilamanjaro, The Hole in the Wall, and the Electric Lounge.


Arranged into two series:
I. Emo's Posters
II. Other Venues Posters


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Kozik, Frank.
Kuhn, Lindsay.
Thomson, David L., III.
Emo's-Austin (Club).
Austin (Tex.)--Songs and music.
Rock groups--posters.
Rock music--posters.
Poster art.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Thomson Emo's Poster Collection (AR.2012.018). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2012/018

Donation Date: 2012

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Danica Galbraith in 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Emo's Posters, 1992-1999

Location FlatFile
qAR 04/05/001-002 Lindsay Kuhn, 1993-2000
04/05/003 Frank Kozik, 1992-1999
04/05/004 Assorted artists, 1982-2002
04/05/005 Unknown artists, 1990-2002

Other Venues, undated

Location Flatfile
qAR 04/05/006 Other venue posters, undated