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Stevie Ray Vaughan Accessions

Identifier: UPWC-22008

Scope and Contents

Archival materials pertaining to the life of Texas blues rock guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990) who died tragically in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990. Materials dating 1975-1990 include Stevie Ray Vaughan’s handwritten song lyrics, chord progressions, items of SRV’s clothing including the black felt hat and silver concho worn at his 1984 Carnegie Hall performance, his fringed suede boots and other personal artifacts, photographs and posters, handwritten show and recording critiques for the Live Alive Tour, 1987 tour and the Family Style LP with brother Jimmie Vaughan, tour itineraries, set lists, framed items, personal notes on sobriety, VHS tapes of shows and a few of his books.


  • 1975 - 1990


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 / Historical

Stevie Ray Vaughan(1954-1990) was a Dallas, Texas born and raised blues rock guitar virtuouso who began playing the Austin, Texas, music scene during the 1970s with Paul Ray and The Cobras followed by Triple Threat with Lou Ann Barton then with Double Trouble. Vaughan and Double Trouble rose to international fame after the 1983 release of their debut album, Texas Flood. Stevie Ray Vaughan died tragically in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990.


8 Linear Feet

7 boxes (Photographs, posters, 45 rpm records, VHS tapes, artifacts)

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Stevie Ray Vaugan's personal items including handwritten song lyrics, chord progressions, personal journal entries, show and recording critiques, tour itineraries clothing, artifacts, ephemera and concerts recorded on VHS.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2021.

Related Materials

The Wittliff Collection also holds the Stevie Ray Vaughan Research Collection, SWWC-028 and the Joe Nick Patoski Papers, SWWC 029 with materials relating to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Guide to the Stevie Ray Vaughan Accessions
Sherri Turner-Herrmann
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2022: Revised for ArchiveSpace by Sherri Turner-Herrmann

Repository Details

Part of the The Wittliff Collections Repository

601 University Drive
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA