A Guide to the Barbara and Fred Whitehead Collection, 1970s – 1992
Fred and Barbara Whitehead's Whitehead and Whitehead Publishing Services provided artwork for book and poster illustrations as well as consultation on book production and design. Barbara Whitehead executed the designs while Fred Whitehead, also an artist, tended to the business end of the enterprise. Barbara Whitehead began her career as an illustrator in 1969 for Bill Wittliff's Encino Press after graduating from the University of Texas with a Master of Book Arts. The Whiteheads together also provided services for other Austin fine book printers David Lindsey, Thomas W. Taylor, and David Holman. Their designs have been used by the university presses of the University of Texas, Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University. The Texas Institute of Letters granted Whitehead and Whitehead design awards twice: in 1982 for Journey to Pleasant Hill and in 1983 for Barbara Whitehead's book illustrations of R. G. Vliet's Clem Maverick. Fred Whitehead passed away July 1993 but Barbara Whitehead continues the business.
The collection contains posters, woodblocks and woodblock prints all by Barbara Whitehead. The prints include illustrations of works such as The Good Old Boys by Elmer Kelton, Clem Maverick by R. G. Vliet and The Grands by Carolyn Osborn. See also the Jan Reid papers, Accession number 92-136 for the bookjacket from Redneck Rock designed by Barbara Whitehead, and Accession No. 93-029 and 93-190 for the files on The Grands illustrated by Barbara Whitehead. For further information on the Whiteheads, see The Grands by Carolyn Osborn especially the introduction by Richard Holland and William D. Wittliff and the Encino Press, a bibliography compiled by Gould Whaley.
Open for research.
Barbara and Fred Whitehead Collection, Southwestern Writers Collection/Texas State University-San Marcos.
Donated by Fred and Barbara Whitehead and Bill and Sally Wittliff from 1989 through 1991. Accession No: 89-009; 90-015, -040; 91-015, -129, -118, -133; 94-103
Processed by Gwynedd Cannan, May 1995.
Detailed Description of the Collection