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Woodson Expands Houston Folk Music Archive

Richard Dobson collection reveals formative years of ‘Hemingway of Texas music’ - July 15, 2016

Jeff Falk - Rice University News & Media

From the What's In Woodson blog post, 'Richard J. Dobson collection' :

The Houston Folk Music Archive is proud to announce that the Richard J. Dobson collection is ready for research. The collection contains business files, correspondence, journals/notebooks, records/CDs, and more.



Historic Records of Jesse Jones Archived in Woodson

The historic records of Jesse Jones (1874-1956), one of the nation's most powerful appointed officials during the Great Depression and World War II and one of Houston's pre-eminent developers during the first half of the 20th century, are now archived at Rice University's Fondren Library.

Houston Endowment, a philanthropic foundation established in 1937 by Jones and his wife, Mary Gibbs Jones, donated the historic records produced by its founders and their families. The records provide access to people interested in discovering more about Jones, who served as U.S. secretary of commerce from 1940 to 1945. The archive will be open to the public by request in the library’s Woodson Research Center, which is considered one of the leading archival repositories in Texas.

The archive comprises several collections and consists of more than 225 boxes filled with private letters, rare photographs, revealing contracts and copies of nationally broadcast speeches. The collections span corporate and property records as well as the family and personal papers.

Jesse H. Jones Family & Personal Papers - Archive Finding Aid

Francis Poulenc Archive Arrives at Fondren

Fondren Library announces the acquisition of the Rose Lambiotte Family Francis Poulenc Archive, consisting of original autograph musical manuscripts, signed and inscribed printed scores, autograph letters and related material. Francis Poulenc (1899–1963) was a French composer and a member of the group Les Six. He has come to be considered the greatest composer of French mélodies of the period from the 1920s until the early 1960s. The collection originates with the Lambiotte family, who were longtime personal friends of the composer. Rose’s husband, Auguste, was a wealthy Belgian industrialist and noted book collector. The Lambiottes became Poulenc’s “adopted” Belgian family in the mid-1940s, and he frequently stayed with them at their rue Saint-Bernard mansion in Brussels. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming issues of News From Fondren.

For more information, check out the Woodson Research Center's Poulenc Finding Aid

Read the Rice News article about the collection.