Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Don Sanders collection, 1960s-2015 MS 648

creator Sanders, Don
Title: Don Sanders collection
Dates: 1960s-2015
Abstract: This collection consists of digital and printed scans and copies from Don Sanders' scrapbooks.
Identification: MS 648
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet(1 box)
Quantity: 1.39 GigabytesNearline access: MS0648aip_001 (1.39 GB)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

As a student at University of Houston, Don Sanders began writing and composing his own music in 1963. He eventually joined the growing folk scene at Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant. He has performed at Liberty Hall, Kerville Folk Festival, Sand Mountain Coffee House, the Old Quarter, the Grand 1894 Opera House, and Hofhienz Pavillion.

Sanders started Mean N' Low Records in 1972 as a vehicle to release his own albums, a self-titled 12", "Extended Play," and "Limited Edition." He has also released the albums "El Mosquito in My Kitchen" (2006) and "Limelight" (2015).

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he played clubs and at universities in Texas. He was a favorite at Texas A&M and was the influence for Lyle Lovett's "This Old Porch." Lovett even interview him for the school's newspaper. During this time, he began teaching music to children at the Gatesville School for Boys and elementary schools in the North Forest School District.

He still performs and teaches music to children through workshops.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, images, news clippings, and other items chronicling the musical history of Don Sanders.


Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from Don Sanders.

Index Terms

Folk music
Folk-rock music
Sanders, Don
Sanders, Don
Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant

Related Materials

Please see the Rice University KTRU Radio records, UA 011.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Don Sanders collection, 1960s-2015, MS 648, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Don Sanders in February 2016.


Additional materials are expected for this collection.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Alphabetical files

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence 1972-1979
2 For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair notes 2005
3 "Limelight" (CD) 2015
4 Lyrics 1960s-1976, n.d.
5 News Clippings 1972-1978, 2010
6 Photographs (printed scans) 1970s-1980s
7 Promotional materials 1970s, 2010

Series II: Digital files

Scrapbook scans 2016
Don Sanders scrapbook scans
Scope and Contents
The items in these files consist of scans from Don Sanders scrapbooks created by Woodson staff. There are master file tifs and access copy jpgs and pdfs.