University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Coke H. Dilworth Photograph Collection, 1972-1977

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dilworth, Coke H., 1936-
Title: Coke H. Dilworth photograph collection
Dates: 1972-1977
Abstract: The Coke H. Dilworth Photograph Collection, 1972-1977, consist of contact sheets and negatives documenting the Austin, Texas, music scene of the mid-1970s, focusing primarily on performances at Armadillo World Headquarters.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01096
Extent: 4 inches
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in 1936, Coke H. Dilworth is a fourth-generation Austinite who graduated from the University of Texas School of Architecture. In 1972, he established a business called The Darkroom that offered film processing to photographers who did not have their own. He was also the "default" photographer for the Armadillo World Headquarters from 1972 to 1978. The "AWHQ" music hall was opened in 1970 by Eddie Wilson, manager of the psychedelic rock band Shiva's Headband, on the site of a former National Guard armory in south Austin. The hall held about 1,500 people. The venue became iconic of Austin's unique hippie-bohemian music scene.

Scope and Contents

Approximately 50 contact sheets and negatives document the Austin, Texas, music scene of the mid-1970s. Negatives are primarily 35 mm black and white, although there are some color negatives and a few medium format negatives. Photographs depict performances at Armadillo World Headquarters, as well as the AWHQ staff and some informal events. All contact sheets have corresponding negatives. All performances and events listed are at the AWHQ unless otherwise noted. Items are separated by format and arranged chronologically. Also included is a project that Dilworth did in 1976, photographing the location and audience of Willie Nelson's July 4th picnic in Gonzales, Texas, before, during, and after the event. This consists of 8 contact sheets and 251 35 mm black and white negatives.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Dilworth, Coke H., 1936-
Corporate Names
Armadillo World Headquarters
Document Types

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coke H. Dilworth Photograph Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1995-235; 2010-148; 2019-007

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Contact Sheets

3S448 Performers and Events
Greezy Wheels, August 1972
Armadillo World Headquarters, candid shots, August 11, 1972
"And the rains come" [flooding at the AWHQ?], October 11, 1973
Freddie King, December 22, 1973
Tom T. Hall, December 1973, and Van Morrison, January 1974
Waylon Jennings and Billy Joe Shaver, January 25, 1974
Commander Cody, February 9, 1974
Greezy Wheels, February 1974
New Riders and Roger McQuinn, March 2, 1974
The Committee, March 8, 1974-March 9, 1974
Bruce Springsteen, March 16, 1974, and Genesis, March 17, 1974
Hoyt Axton, March 29, 1974
Brewer and Shipley, April 3, 1974
Boz Scaggs, April 13, 1974
Buffy St. Marie, April 19, 1974
Loudon Wainwright III, May 4, 1974
Captain Beefheart, May 12, 1974
Greezy Wheels, May 31, 1974
Electro Magnets and Taj Majal, May 1974
Commander Cody, June 1974
Armadillo World Headquarters, acoustical coating application on interior, August 1, 1974
Doug Sahm, August 1974
Cold Blood, September 14, 1974
Loudon Wainwright III, September 21, 1974
The Pointer Sisters, November 10, 1974
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, November 15, 1974
Bill Monroe, November 22, 1974
Ray Charles, December 6, 1974
Linda Ronstadt, December 9, 1974
Tracy Nelson, December 13, 1974
Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia, December 20, 1974
Roy Buchanan, January 24, 1975
Al Stewart, March 21, 1975
Michael Murphy, April 20, 1975
Ruby Starr, May 2, 1975
Armadillo World Headquarters, interior, May 9, 1975
Frank Zappa, May 21, 1975
Full Moon Festival with Balcones Fault, June 1975
Kinky Friedman, June 1975
Chuck Mangione, June 1975
Jose Feliciano, July 25, 1975
Balcones Fault and Anna's Birthday at Zilker Park, August 1975
Roary and Anna, Michael Priest and Ernie, August 1975
Freddie Fender and Doug Sahm, August 1975
Balcones Fault, October 24, 1975
Balcones Fault at Hemisfair Theater, October 28, 1975
Armadillo World Headquarters, interior, October 1975
Jimmy Cliff, November 1975
Greezy Wheels, November 4, 1975
Thanksgiving at the Armadillo World Headquarters, November 1975
Onion Audio and Kitchen, November 1975
Balcones Fault, February 3, 1976
B. B. King, March 15, 1976
Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, and Rusty Weir, March 1976
Loudon Wainwright III, March 1976
Jimmy Buffett, Summer 1976
Firesign Theater at the Paramount (with John Bernadoni), April 30, 1977
Jeff [?], undated
Armadillo World Headquarters Staff, 1974-1975
April 12, 1974
Baseball team, July 1974
October 28, 1974
September 15, 1975
Willie Nelson's picnic, July 3, 1976-July 5, 1976


3S448 Negatives, 1972-1977

3W95d [SRH1230030374] Digital photograph showing the staff of the Armadillo World Headquarters, September 15, 1975