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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Accession Number

Description of Series

78 RPM sound discs, circa 1920-circa 1930

1/4 inch sound-tape reel (7 inch diameter)

Distinctive Insignia of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 1924-1947,

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Joseph M. Massaro Collection, circa 1920-circa 1930, 2000



Creator Massaro, Joseph M. (Joseph Mason), 1931-
Title: Joseph M. Massaro collection
Dates: circa 1920-circa 1930, 2000
Abstract: The Joseph M. Massaro Collection is comprised of three country music 78 RPMs recorded between 1920-1930, three sound reels consisting of recordings of Bob Wills dating from 1932 and 1935, as well as an undated reel, and recordings from Vietnam titled "In Country," as well as a 2000 printing of Massaro's book Distinctive Insignia of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 1924-1947, which includes a supplement pamphlet that was first published in 1991.
Identification: camh-arc-004045
Extent: 4 inches (78 RPMs, 1 bound volume, 3 7-inch sound reels)
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Born on January 22, 1931, in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Joseph Mason "Jay" Massaro was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, a writer and an avid collector of music and military insignia. Born into a military family, Massaro was relocated constantly with his family to different parts of the South. By the time he was in high school, Massaro had formed an avid interest in military insignias. He was also writing for his school paper. After graduation, he attended West Point with the Class of 1953, and he worked as a humor editor for their Pointer View magazine. Enlistment in the military allowed Massaro to travel around the world, and he was stationed in places such as Germany, Italy and Korea. When Massaro retired, he enrolled in Southwest Texas State University, graduating with an MBA in 1976. Massaro is also a published author. His book Distinctive Insignia of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 1924-1947 was first published in 1987. Massaro's own insignia collection consists of over 11,000 pieces and was donated to the Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin, Texas.

Massaro and his first wife, Jean Patterson, had three sons. He died in Austin, Texas in 2004.

Source:

"Joseph M. Massaro," United States Military Academy: Class of 1954, accessed March 28, 2018

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Scope and Contents

The Joseph M. Massaro Collection is comprised of three country music 78 RPMs recorded between 1920-1930, three sound reels consisting of recordings of Bob Wills dating from 1932 and 1935, as well as an undated reel, and recordings from Vietnam titled "In Country," as well as a 2000 printing of Massaro's book Distinctive Insignia of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 1924-1947, which includes a supplement pamphlet that was first published in 1991.

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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.

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Index Terms

Corporate Names
Texas Playboys
Subjects
Armed Forces
Country music
Insignia

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph M. Massaro Collection, circa 1920-circa 1930, 2000, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, November 2018.

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Accession Number

2018-067

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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2.325/R74 78 RPM sound discs, circa 1920-circa 1930
East Texas Serenaders
A: Deacon Jones / B: Adeline Waltz
Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
A: Jolie Bland Likes the Boogie / B: Pastime Blues
A: Frank Luther, My Carolina Sunshine Gone / B: Frankie Wallace and Guitar: She's Old and Bent but Just Keeps Hoofin' Along

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2.325/R74 1/4 inch sound-tape reel (7 inch diameter)
Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
"Early Bob Wills, 1932, 1935, and 1936, and the rare 1971 Vocalion LP"
"From LPs and 78s"
"Vietnam: In Country"

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2.325/R74 Distinctive Insignia of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 1924-1947, by Joseph M. Massaro, includes 1991 supplement, print book, 2000

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