Ed Ward Accessions
Scope and Contents
Archival material pertaining to the life and career of writier and rock historian, Ed Ward (1948-2021). Materials dating 1962-2019 include interview transcripts (musicians, bands, music industry icons), memorabilia and ephemera pertaining to Ward’s staff positions with Rolling Stone and the Austin American-Statesman, early writings, copies of the Antioch College McDowell Weakly, research materials (including reporter’s notebooks, notepads and index cards) pertaining to music, art, food and travel writing assignments, extensive research material on the R&B group, the “5” Royales, personal and professional correspondence, fan and hate mail, datebooks, book proposals, newspaper and magazine clippings of published articles and reviews by Ed Ward including articles for Creem, Rolling Stone magazines, the Austin American-Statesman, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal Europe and the Financial Times Deutschland and edited drafts of published and unpublished articles as well as edited chapter and manuscript draft copies for Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll and advance reading copies of Ward’s History of Rock and Roll, Volumes I & Volume II. Also included in this collection are personal ephemera including Ward’s tape recorder and photographic light meter, school yearbooks, Antioch College transcript black & white photographs, 35mm slides, 35mm negatives, original drawings and posters, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, audio CDs and rare reel-to-reel tapes including Bob Dylan masters and Asleep at the Wheel. NOTE: SOME FILES ARE RESTRICTED UNTIL VETTED BY THE ESTATE OF ED WARD.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research with the exception of Ward 2021-112 Unprocessed Box 3690. Materials within this box are restricted until vetted by the estate of Ed Ward as per Jennifer Milbauer.
Biographical / Historical
Materials in this collection follow the life and writing career of music, art, food and travel writer, Ed Ward (1948-2021) Best known for his seminal role as a rock critic and music historian, Ed Ward began his writing career as a student at Antioch College in 1965 as a co-contributor to the Antioch College underground newspaper, the McDowell Weakly and the folk music magazine Broadside. During and after college, Ward began writing for the early rock magazine, Crawdaddy and became the reviews editor of Rolling Stone magazine in 1970. Throughout the 1970s, he wrote for the rock magazine, Creem. Ed Ward moved to Austin, Texas in the early 1980s becoming the music critic at the Austin American-Statesman and later a food writer for the Austin Chronicle. In 1987, Ward co-authored Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll with Geoffrey Stokes and Ken Tucker, became the official rock historian for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air as well as one of the founders of South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Ward moved to Berlin, Germany then to Montpellier, France during the mid-1990s continuing his freelance writing. After his return to Austin in 2013, he wrote The History of Rock and Roll, Volume I: 1920-1963 (2016) and The History of Rock and Roll, Volume II: 1964-1977 (2019). Ed Ward passed away in May 2021.
15 Linear Feet
16 boxes (Audio files on cassette, VHS and reel tapes, photographs, negatives, drawings, paintings, posters)
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Archival material pertaining to the life and career of writier and rock historian, Ed Ward (1948-2021). Spanning the years 1962-2019, materials in this collection include interview transcrpts with rock and blues musicians, research notes, articles, columns and reviews written by Ward and edited manuscripts of Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll co-written by Ed Ward, Geoffrey Stokes and Ken Tucker, 1987 as well as research for Ward's History of Rock and Roll Vol. 1 and 2 published in 2016 and 2019 and audio formats including rare reel-to-reel tapes of Bob Dylan and Asleep at the Wheel.
Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use: https://www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu/research/makearesearchappointment.html.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The following FILES ARE RESTRICTED UNTIL VETTED BY THE ESTATE OF ED WARD:
BOX FOLDER 3675 1 RESTRICTED. File removed to Ward 2021-112 Unprocessed Box 3690/1 3675 2 RESTRICTED. File removed to Ward 2021-112 Unprocessed Box 3690/2 3675 3 RESTRICTED. File removed to Ward 2021-112 Unprocessed Box 3690/3 3675 4 RESTRICTED. File removed to Ward 2021-112 Unprocessed Box 3690/4 3675 17 RESTRICTED: File removed to Ward 2021-112 Unprocessed Box 3690/17 3675 18 RESTRICTED: File removed to Ward 2021-112 Unprocessed Box 3690/18 3675 19 RESTRICTED: File removed to Ward 2021-112 Unprocessed Box 3690/19 3675 20 RESTRICTED: File removed to Ward 2021-112 Unprocessed Box 3690/20 3675 21 RESTRICTED: File removed to Ward 2021-112 Unprocessed Box 3690/21 3676 8 RESTRICTED: File removed to Ward 2021-112 Unprocessed Box 3690/8
FILES ARE RESTRICTED UNTIL VETTED BY THE ESTATE OF ED WARD.
- Guide to the Ed Ward Accessions
- Sherri Turner-Herrmann
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- 2022: Revised for ArchiveSpace by Sherri Turner-Herrmann.
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