41 copy prints : b&w.
22 copy negatives : b&w.
Consists of photographs of Bob Wills in various bands (1928-1937; 1969). Also, includes a photograph of Texas Governor W. Lee O'Daniel.
Bob Wills, who grew up in the Texas Panhandle, came from a family of fiddle players. He formed a band in 1931 and landed a job on KFJZ radio in Fort Worth sponsored by Burrus Mills. His band became known as the Light Crust Doughboys. After Wills was fired he took his band to Tulsa, OK, where they became Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. He is recognized as the creator of western swing.
Cite as: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Photograph Collection, 1928-1969, Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University.