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McCullough Collection of Hondo Crouch

 Collection
Identifier: SWWC-138

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of papers and audiovisual materials compiled by McCullough throughout his time researching and writing about Hondo Crouch. The collection contains correspondence with friends and relatives of Crouch discussing Crouch’s life, as well as letters from publishing companies about the book McCullough wrote about Crouch. Articles published in newspapers and magazines about Crouch, and the Terlingua Chili Cook-off are included, as well as multiple clippings of Crouch’s newspaper column, “Cedar Creek Clippings” in The Comfort News. The collection also contains photographs of McCullough, as well as photographs of Crouch throughout his life, and various family members. A large collection of research materials, including notes and interview transcripts is included, along with a series dedicated to Crouch’s swim career. A large part of this collection is an unpublished copy of Thank You, Sir, as well as two boxes of audio cassette tapes with interviews from various people that knew Crouch.

Dates

  • 1938 - 1993
  • Majority of material found within 1965 - 1985

Creator

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. https://www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu/research/visit/policies/publication.html

Biographical Note

Dennis Lee McCullough, a San Antonio native, was a writer, song-writer, and musician. After graduating from Jefferson High School, McCullough sought writing opportunities in California in the late 1960s. After several years, McCullough came back to Texas to pursue a career as a song-writer, started a band, and became a part of the Texas music scene. After a few years, D. Lee McCullough went back to writing and became a columnist for the Fredericksburg Radio-Post Newspaper and wrote weekly columns focused on humor. McCullough would later become a freelance writer for several publications, including Southwest Airlines Magazine writing about various topics. One of the many writing projects that McCullough has undertaken is Thank You, Sir, a biography of John Russell “Hondo” Crouch, mayor of Luckenbach and a well-known figure in the Texas country music scene. McCullough conducted research on Crouch between 1976 and 1977, but Thank You, Sir was never published.

John Russell “Hondo” Crouch (1916-1976), Texas rancher and folklorist, was born in Hondo, Texas in 1916. Crouch became an All-American swimmer at the University of Texas, coached several swimming camps throughout the course of his life. Crouch became president of the Hall of Fame for UT Athletes in 1964 and was influential in the creation of the Texas Swim Center in the 1970s. Hondo Crouch was also a writer and humorist, writing hundreds of “Cedar Creek Clippings” for the Comfort News Newspaper from 1963 through 1975. Under the pen name Peter Cedarstacker, Crouch satirized various topics including government, society, and politics. In 1971, Hondo Crouch would purchase the small community of Luckenbach, Texas and became both owner and mayor. The dance hall in Luckenbach became connected to country music in 1973 when country artist Jerry Jeff Walker recorded the album Viva Terlingua at the dance hall. Luckenbach would garner further fame through country music with a song titled “Luckenbach, Texas,” performed by country artists Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. John Russell “Hondo” Crouch passed away in 1976 at the age of 60.

Extent

6 Linear Feet

9 boxes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection is comprised of papers and audiovisual materials compiled by McCullough throughout his time researching and writing about Hondo Crouch. The collection contains correspondence with friends and relatives of Crouch discussing Crouch’s life, as well as letters from publishing companies about the book McCullough wrote about Crouch. Articles published in newspapers and magazines about Crouch, and the Terlingua Chili Cook-off are included, as well as multiple clippings of Crouch’s newspaper column, “Cedar Creek Clippings” in The Comfort News. The collection also contains photographs of McCullough, as well as photographs of Crouch throughout his life, and various family members. A large collection of research materials, including notes and interview transcripts is included, along with a series dedicated to Crouch’s swim career. A large part of this collection is an unpublished copy of Thank You, Sir, as well as two boxes of audio cassette tapes with interviews from various people that knew Crouch.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use: https://www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu/research/makearesearchappointment.html.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Larry McCullough, 2019

Title
Guide to the McCullough Collection of Hondo Crouch
Author
Emily Duren, Matt Markgraf, and Charlotte Nickles
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Revised for ArchivesSpace by Katie Salzmann

Repository Details

Part of the The Wittliff Collections Repository

Contact:
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San Marcos Texas 78666 USA