Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

C. B. Stubblefield Memorial:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1993-2008, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Lubbock Arts Alliance
Title: C. B. Stubblefield Memorial Records,
Dates: 1993-2008
Abstract: This collection describes the creation of the memorial, including a Terry Allen statue, erected for C. B. Stubblefield on the site of the original Stubb's Bar-B-Que restaurant on Broadway in Lubbock, Texas.
Collection # AV 0136
Quantity: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

C. B. Stubblefield, known to all as "Stubb", was born in Navasota, Texas, on March 7, 1931. He came to Lubbock as a young man to pick cotton and served as a gunner in the 96th Field Artillery Battalion (Colored) of the U.S. Army during the Korea Conflict, earning a pair of Purple Hearts. During his final year of service he was trained as a mess sergeant and found his life's calling.

In 1968, across from the South Plains Fairground in Lubbock, he opened his first barbecue restaurant at 110 East Broadway, often napping on a cot in the rear so he could tend the wood fires overnight. One fateful evening he picked up a hitchhiking Jesse "Guitar" Taylor, who visited the restaurant and asked if he could stage music events there. The first Sunday jam session sold out, and they became legendary. Terry Allen, the Flatlanders, Maines Brothers and Stevie Ray Vaughan played regularly. Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt and John Lee Hooker dropped by. Tom T. Hall recorded a song about shooting pool against Joe Ely on Stubb's table with an onion for a cue ball.

The Broadway location folded and was demolished in 1984, but Stubb went on the road, cooking for U.S. presidents, Nashville giants, David Letterman's Late Show audience and the 1993 U.S. Open tennis tournament. He opened other restaurants briefly in Lubbock and Dallas, settling in Austin in 1986. He was planning a larger place at 801 Red River in Austin at his death from heart failure March 27, 1995. That venue survives as a mecca for fine food and music, along with his bottled sauces, rubs and marinades, sold worldwide with his smiling portrait on the label.

In 1999 the Lubbock Arts Alliance, Inc., under direction of Deborah Milosevich and on land donated by Martin Outdoor Advertising, opened a memorial park on the original Broadway site, retaining the original foundation slab and commissioning a monumental portrait bronze of Stubb, created by Terry Allen. The sculpture, like the man, is slightly larger than life, even though he stood six-foot, four-inches. Since the debut, the Lubbock Arts Alliance has hosted memorial concerts at the site in 2005, 2006, and on September 8, 2007, and October 4, 2008.

Scope and Content

This manuscript-only collection includes design documents by the artist Terry Allen, correspondence between Lubbock Arts Alliance, its oversight committee and local government bodies. Also represented are construction documents, fundraising materials and press reports about the memorial effort. Extensive photographic documentation of production and unveiling of the Allen sculpture are included.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (People)
Allen, Terry, 1943-
Ely, Joe.
Milosevich, Deborah.
Milosevich, Paul.
Stubblefield, C. B., 1931 -
Taylor, Jesse.
Turner, Loyd L.
Subjects (Organizations)
Lubbock Power and Light.
Martin Outdoor Advertising.
Stubb's Bar-B-Que.
Subjects (Places)
Austin (Tex.)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Blues music.
Public art spaces.
Texas music.

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

C. B. Stubblefield Memorial Records, 1993-2008, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Accession number(s):

Gifts, 2016

Processed by

Jon Holmes

Collection Inventory

Biographical Statements

box folder
1 1 Terry Allen (see also press kits in box), 1993-1999 and undated
2 Paul Milosevich, 2004
3 C. B. "Stubb" Stubblefield, 1995-1998

Business Records

box folder
1 4 Business plan drafts, 1997
5 Proposal drafts, 1997-1999
6 Stubb's site plans, 1997 and undated
7 Foundry bids, 1995-1996
8 Construction documents, 1999
9 Stubb storage, 1999-2000
10 Donor correspondence, 1999-2000
11 Brick orders, Brick orders
12 Donor correspondence, 2007


box folder
1 13 Terry Allen, 1996-1999 and undated
14 City of Lubbock, 1995-1999
15 Lubbock Power and Light, 1999
16 Task Force minutes, 1996-1997 and undated
17 Loyd L. Turner, 1996-2001
18 Various, 1996-1999

Event Records

box folder
1 19 Benefit Jam at Fair Park Coliseum, 1997
20 Austin benefit, October 25, 1997
21 Stubb Jam, Dallas, March 23, 1999
22 Memorial dedication, August 29, 1999
23 Stubb's Statue Party, September 8, 2007
24 Stubb's Statue Party, October 4, 2008

Legal Materials

box folder
1 25 Martin and MacFarlane deed conveyance to Lubbock Arts Alliance, July 28, 1998
26 Terry Allen transfer of Stubb statue to Lubbock Arts Alliance, 1999
27 City of Lubbock resolution, 1999
28 Lubbock County contract, 1999

Literary Works

box folder
1 29 Gene Brock poem "Lubbock", 1993


box folder
1 30 Newspaper Clippings, 1994-1998
31 Magazines, 1998-2000


box folder
1 32 Photographs #1, 1999
33 Photographs #2, 1999

Publicity Materials

box folder
1 34 Press release originals, 1999


box folder
1 35 Public outdoor sculpture, 1990-1996