Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Joe Carr Papers:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1922-2001 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Carr, Joe
Title: Joe Carr Papers,
Dates: 1922-2001 and undated
Abstract: Papers consist of materials and drafts related to the preparation of Prairie Nights to Neon Lights.
Collection # S 1623.1
Quantity: 2 boxes (2.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University,

Biographical Sketch

Joe Carr is a well-known and respected musician and teacher. He plays guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. He has been a member of the Commercial Music faculty at South Plains College since 1984. Carr toured nationally with Allan Munde on the bluegrass group Country Gazette and currently performs in a duo with Munde. In addition to his many audio recordings, Carr has produced over twenty music instruction videos for Texas Music and Video. Allan Munde is a world-class five string banjo player and is featured as a major stylist in the book Masters of Five String Banjo. He joined the Commercial Music faculty in 1986. He is a founding member of the Country Gazette and he currently tours with Carr. Munde is on the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. He has recorded more than twenty albums and is a leader in the field of five string banjo instruction.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains research materials and manuscript drafts for Carr and Munde's publication, Prairie Nights to Neon Lights. The book is a history of country music in West Texas spanning the genres from country and western and Texas Swing to rockabilly and even modern rock and roll. Included are correspondence, manuscript notes and drafts, printed material, photographs and an extensive collection of oral history interviews, some with printed transcripts, with local musicians that play heavily in the book. It bulks with printed materials dealing with the local music and various individual artists.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

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 (Persons)
Carr, Joe
Munde, Alan
Texas, West--Anecdotes
Music--Texas, West
Country music--History and criticism
Bluegrass music
Honky-tonk music
Rockabilly music
Western swing (Music)

Related Material

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

  • Joe Carr Audio Collection (1 box), Q43.7A
  • Joe Carr oral history interview [sound recording], 2001
  • Allan Munde oral history interview[sound recording], 2002
  • Andy Wilkinson oral history interview [sound recording], 2000

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joe Carr Papers, 1922-2001 and undated, Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gift, 2002

Processed by

Sandra Torres and Robert Tidwell, December 2002

Additional Sources

Carr, Joe and Allan Munde. Prairie Nights to Neon Lights: the Story of Country Music in West Texas.Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Press, 1995.

Collection Inventory


Correspondence, 1989-2001 and undated

box folder
1 1 From Joe Carr, 1 2 1 3 1990 and undated
2 To Joe Carr, 1990-2001 and undated
Joe Carr
box folder
1 3 Editorial, 1989-1994 and undated
4 To Allan Munde, 1991-1993 and undated
5 Joe Carr and Allan Munde, 1990-1996 and undated
6 Memo - Texas Tech University Press, 1989
7 Miscellaneous, undated


Manuscript Materials, undated

box folder
1 8 Chapter Drafts, undated
9 Chapter Notes, Outlines, undated
10 Chapter Synopsis, Table of Contents, undated
11 Interview Transcripts, undated
12 Introduction, Chapter Drafts, undated
13 Miscellaneous Notes, undated
14 Informant Interview Questionnaire, undated
15 Radio Informant Interview Questionnaire, undated


News Clippings, 1922-1995 and undated

box folder
1 16 Baird Future Farmers of America (FFA), undated
17 Ely, Joe, 1985-1990 and undated
18 Carr, Joe and Allan Munde, 1990-1995 and undated
19 Concert Advertisements, Miscellaneous Artists, 1940-1956 and undated
20 Miscellaneous, 1922-1994 and undated


Printed Material, 1924-1996 and undated

box folder
1 21 Carr, Joe and Allan Munde, undated
22 Concert Fliers Miscellaneous Artists, 1970 and undated
23 Cowboy Symposiums, 1991 and undated
24 Cox, Elijah, undated
25 Fiddle Playing, 1924-1990 and undated
26 General, Miscellaneous, 1936-1991 and undated
27 Holly, Buddy, 1979-1992 and undated
28 KSEL Western Jamboree Program, May-July 1950
29 Logan, Texas, 1969-1993 and undated
box folder
1 30 All Shook Up: Elvis Day-by-Day by Cotton, Lee (photocopied excerpts) 1985
31 Miscellaneous Artists, 1991-1996 and undated
32 Morris, Jess, 1940 and undated
33 Munde, Allan, 1990 and undated
34 Music, Miscellaneous, 1975-1995 and undated
35 Research Formatting, undated
36 Robertson, Alexander "Eck", 1970-1983 and undated
37 Sheet Music, undated
38 Texas Tech University Museum, 1984-1986
39 Walker, Billy, undated
40 "Bob Wills: A Few Reminiscences" by Bob Pinson, 1974
Publications, 1955-1992
box folder
2 1 Country Song Round-Up Number 40, 1955
2 Rockin' 50s 1987-1990
3 Rockin' 50s 1991-1992
4 Rolling Stone January 26, 1989
5 Saturday Evening Post February 12, 1966
6 San Antonio Monthly October, 1986
7 Texas Monthly July, 1991
8 West Texas Sound 1990-1991
9 Unpublished Papers, West Texas Music, 1988 and undated


Photographs, 1935-1992 and undated

box folder
2 10 Chapter 2, undated
11 Chapter 3, 1935-1960s and undated
12 Chapter 4, 1948-circa 1985, and undated
13 Chapter 5, circa 1950-1989, and undated
14 Chapter 6, 1960-1991 and undated
15 Chapter 7, 1950s-1992 and undated
16 Chapter 8, 1967-1986
17 Miscellaneous, color, undated
18 Miscellaneous, black and white, undated
19 Miscellaneous negatives, undated
20 Morris, Jess undated
21 Negatives, Morris, Jess, undated
22 Photocopies, undated
23 Robertson, Alexander, undated