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The Burton Wilson Collection, [ca. 1920-2000], contains photographs of musicians, primarily at Vulcan Gas Company and Armadillo World Headquarters -- Wilson's extensive personal collection of early jazz and blues records forms the bulk of the collection. Furthermore, the collection includes examples of Wilson's writings, such as his newsletter, which recounts his reminiscences and documents all aspects of his daily life and career. These newsletters often contain clippings and photographs.
Burton Wilson graduated in 1941 from the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied sculpture -- While a student, one of his sculptures was accepted and displayed at the 1940 World's Fair in New York City. Following World War II, Wilson returned to the Rhode Island School of Design to take some ceramics classes. During 1965-1967 Wilson studied photography at the University of Texas under famous documentary photographer, Russell Lee. His personal interest in jazz and blues music led Wilson to music photography. Wilson was house photographer for the Vulcan Gas Company concert venue between 1967 and 1970. He then became house photographer for the legendary Armadillo World Headquarters. As a house and freelance photographer, Wilson has photographed such notable musicians as Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Zappa, Doug Sahm, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Muddy Waters, and many others.
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Burton Wilson Collection, circa 1920-2000, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.