The Benson Latin American Collection

Rio Record Shop Collection, 1949-1982

Descriptive Summary

Creator Rio Record Shop (San Antonio, Tex.)
Title Rio Record Shop Collection
Dates: 1949-1982
Abstract Sound recordings and music indexes from the San Antonio, Texas, Rio Record Shop founded by Hymie Wolf.
OCLC Record No. 24006037
Extent 10 in. + 51 photoprints; 336 sound discs: analog, 45 rpm, 7 in.; 226 sound discs: analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in.; 22,000 3x5 in. index cards
Language English and Spanish
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

San Antonio business that operated from 1949 to 1982, specializing in Mexican and Mexican American music. Founder Hymie Wolf and his staff maintained various indexes and song lists, including lists of local best-selling recordings and the recording histories of popular songs and musicians.

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of sound recordings of Texas popular music (mostly in Spanish) and various indexes and lists relating to Mexican, Mexican American, and American popular music. Recording company labels represented in the collection include ARV International, Bego, Falcon, Freddie, Joey, Tex-Mex, and many other companies. The dates of the recordings are mostly from the late 1960s through 1981. The musical styles represented vary from traditional NorteƱo music to rock and roll. Lists and indexes in the collection include alphabetical listings of recordings by musician or by song title, some record company catalogues, and lists of top-selling records arranged chronologically. Also included are promotional photos of musicians.

Consists of three series: 1. Sound recordings, 2. Indexes, and 3. Visual materials. Indexes arranged alphabetically. A shelflist of phonographs is available.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

Index Terms

The Rio Record Shop Collection is classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Mexican Americans--Texas--Music
Mexican American musicians--Texas--Photographs
Popular music--Mexico--1961-1970
Popular music--Mexico--1971-1980
Popular music--Texas--1961-1970
Popular music--Texas--1971-1980
Wolf, Hymie

Separated Material

The 45 rpm sound discs have been individually cataloged; local call numbers are PHNDISC LA 299-323 and PHNDISC LA 350-660.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Rio Record Shop Collection, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory

Rio Record Shop Collection, 1949-1982

No complete inventory is currently available. A shelflist of phonographs is available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room.