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Barbara and Fred Whitehead Collection

Identifier: SWWC-024

Scope and Contents

The collection contains posters, woodblocks and woodblock prints all by Barbara Whitehead. The prints include illustrations of works such as The Good Old Boys by Elmer Kelton, Clem Maverick by R. G. Vliet and The Grands by Carolyn Osborn. See also the Jan Reid papers, Accession number 92-136 for the bookjacket from Redneck Rock designed by Barbara Whitehead, and Accession No. 93-029 and 93-190 for the files on The Grands illustrated by Barbara Whitehead. For further information on the Whiteheads, see The Grands by Carolyn Osborn especially the introduction by Richard Holland and William D. Wittliff and the Encino Press, a bibliography compiled by Gould Whaley.


  • circa 1970 - 1992


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 Note

Fred and Barbara Whitehead's Whitehead and Whitehead Publishing Services provided artwork for book and poster illustrations as well as consultation on book production and design.  Barbara Whitehead executed the designs while Fred Whitehead, also an artist, tended to the business end of the enterprise.  Barbara Whitehead began her career as an illustrator in 1969 for Bill Wittliff's Encino Press after graduating from the University of Texas with a Master of Book Arts.  The Whiteheads together also provided services for other Austin fine book printers David Lindsey, Thomas W. Taylor, and David Holman.  Their designs have been used by the university presses of the University of Texas, Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University.  The Texas Institute of Letters granted Whitehead and Whitehead design awards twice: in 1982 for Journey to Pleasant Hill and in 1983 for Barbara Whitehead's book illustrations of R. G. Vliet's Clem Maverick.   Fred Whitehead passed away July 1993 but Barbara Whitehead continues the business.


4 boxes (19 woodblocks, 18 prints)

4 Linear Feet (1 document box; 3 small newspaper boxes; individual posters in mapcases and framed artifact storage)

Language of Materials


Metadata Rights Declarations

  • The descriptive data created for this finding aid is licensed under the CC0 Creative Commons license and is free for use without restriction.


The collection contains several woodcuts and posters from Whitehead and Whitehead Publishing Services.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Barbara and Fred Whitehead and Bill and Sally Wittliff, 1989-1991

Processing Information

Processed by Gwynedd Cannan, May 1995.

Guide to the Barbara and Fred Whitehead Collection
Gwynedd Cannan
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2005: Finding aid revised by Amy Ruthrauff as part of the Wittliff's Collection Numbering Project
  • 2021: Revised by Katie Salzmann to incorporate oversized boxes
  • 2021: Revised for ArchivesSpace by Katie Salzmann

Repository Details

Part of the The Wittliff Collections Repository

601 University Drive
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA