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Jody Fischer Collection of Willie Nelson

Identifier: SWWC-103

Scope and Contents

The Jody Fischer Collection of Willie Nelson spans from 1976-2003, with the bulk of the materials covering 1983-1988. The collection is comprised of photographs, audio cassette tapes and video tapes collected by Jody Fischer that relate to Willie Nelson. The arrangement of the collection is entirely artificial as the materials were not organized when received. Titles in quotation marks were written by Jody Fischer.

The collection is arranged into the following six series: Personal Papers, Ephemera, Photographs, Audio Cassette Tapes, VHS Tapes, and T-Shirts and Hats.


  • 1976-2003


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials from the Wittliff Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user assumes responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish, and abiding by U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical Notes

There is not a lot of information available about Jody Fischer. She was born December 21, 1949. During the 1970’s she lived in New York City where she was active with the music scene. She was a musician and writer herself. According to a 1991 Texas Monthly article, she started following Willie Nelson in the early 1970’s helping wherever she could. When he purchased the Pedernales Country Club in 1979, she was hired on as his personal secretary. Her job was to schedule studio time for Willie and his musician friends, assist Lana Nelson with charitable work, and generally assist in managing the property. She also had a small part in his movie, the Red-Headed Stranger, which was filmed on the property.

When Willie Nelson began the Farm Aid movement, Jody took calls coming in from famers and their families, and is often quoted as being a compassionate listener.  She was very close to the extended Nelson family, as well as involved in diverse causes such as Farm Aid and Native American civil rights.

Jody passed away on December 25, 2003, at the Christopher House hospice for cancer patients, in the Willie Nelson room.


14 Linear Feet

22 boxes

Language of Materials


Metadata Rights Declarations

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Jody Fischer’s collection of photographs, audio cassette tapes and VHS tapes relating to Willie Nelson.  The materials are arranged into the following six series: Personal Papers, Ephemera, Photographs, Audio Cassette Tapes, VHS Tapes, and T-Shirts and Hats.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use:

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jody Fischer.

Related Materials

Some previous material related to Willie Nelson donated by Fischer is located in the SWWC Collection 021, The Willie Nelson Collection.

Guide to the Jody Fischer Collection of Willie Nelson
Christine Moscardini-Hall, Phylicia Reyes, and Wendy Thompson
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Revised for ArchivesSpace by Susannah Broyles.

Repository Details

Part of the The Wittliff Collections Repository

601 University Drive
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA