University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Nightmare on Grayson Scrapbook, 1996-2001

Collection Summary

Creator Wise, Gordon
Title Nightmare on Grayson Scrapbook
Dates: 1996-2001
Content Abstract Collection consists of one scrapbook which features photographs and detailed descriptions of the Nightmare on Grayson haunted house, Screamscapes, and other business ventures by Gordon Wise.
Identification MS 465
Quantity 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language English
Repository University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

Nightmare on Grayson was San Antonio's largest annual haunted house, running from 1989 to 2012. Located in the old Double Cola building on 201 E. Grayson, Nightmare on Grayson claimed to be a true haunted house with histories of a mad soda chemist and murder. The attraction saw over 30,000 visitors a season, and was a Halloween staple in San Antonio.

Scope and Contents Note

The scrapbook was created by Gordon Wise, Director of Operations at Nightmare on Grayson for fifteen years. It features detailed photographs and descriptions of displays, signs, 3-D murals, costume make-up, soft sculptures, animated props and sketches done by Gordon Wise at Nightmare on Grayson, Screamscapes, and various restaurants where he worked. Also featured is Wise's account of the 1998 San Antonio flood and its damage to the attraction.


Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Wise, Gordon
Subjects (Organizations)
Great West Curiosities
Nightmare on Grayson Scrapbook
Haunted houses (Amusements).
Haunted houses--Texas.
Dallas (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Local Subjects
San Antonio History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Nightmare on Grayson Scrapbook, MS 465, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Jacob Sherman in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Amber Harmon, Library Assistant II, November 2016.

Detailed Description of the Collection


OM1 Nightmare on Grayson scrapbook, 1996-2001.