University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Chris Strachwitz Collection, circa 1940-circa 1959



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Strachwitz, Chris
Title: Chris Strachwitz collection
Dates: circa 1940-circa 1959
Abstract: Three hundred and thirty-two 78 rpm phonograph records compose the Chris Strachwitz Collection, [ca. 1940s-1950s], documenting Strachwitz's interest in southern Texas Hispanic recordings.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02670
Extent: 332 items (phonograph records)
Quantity: 332 phonograph records
Language: Spanish; Castilian .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Gross-Reichenau, Germany (now Bogaczów, Poland), music producer and folklorist Chris Strachwitz (1931-) emigrated with his family to the United States in 1947. After attending Pomona College in the early 1950s, Strachwitz moved to Los Gatos, California, where he worked as a teacher. An avid collector of 78 rpm recordings of New Orleans jazz and Mexican ranchera music, in 1960 he created his own music label called Arhoolie Records, located in El Cerrito, California.

Source:

Ankeny, Jason. "Chris Strachwitz." Allmusic. Accessed April 29, 2011. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/chris-strachwitz-p129119/biography.


Scope and Contents

Three hundred and thirty-two 78 rpm phonograph records compose the Chris Strachwitz Collection, circa 1940-circa 1959, documenting Strachwitz's interest in southern Texas Hispanic recordings. The collection represents a wide variety of Hispanic-American musicians in the 1940s and 1950s.


Restrictions

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
Strachwitz, Chris
Subjects
Hispanic Americans--Music
Music
Places
South Texas
Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Chris Strachwitz Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1982-084

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

Inventory

box
2.325/R 332 phonograph records, circa 1940-circa 1959
2.325/R93-R94.6 2.325/R93-R94.6