Wittliff Collection at Texas State acquires Tejano music treasures
The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos has acquired one the largest known collections of Tejano music materials and memorabilia from San Antonio collector and musicologist Ramón Hernández.
The treasure trove of Tejano history features vintage photographs and concert posters, rare recordings and instruments, and even performance clothing from the likes of Tejano legends Selena, Little Joe Hernández and Lydia Mendoza.
Ramón Hernández built the collection over 35 years from his work as a writer, photojournalist and publicist covering Tejano and conjunto music.
“It’s been an honor and privilege to work with The Wittliff Collections,” he said in a press release. “Now I know that my materials are in the best of hands, and they will serve as valuable research material for generations..”
In the same press release, Wittliff Collections director David Coleman called Ramón Hernández a legendary figure who has singlehandedly saved and preserved the legacy of numerous iconic musicians, while Texas music curator Hector Saldaña noted the Hernández archive features thousands of items dating back to the beginnings of the Tejano art form.
The Wittliff Collections focus on preserving and showcasing the musical, literary and photographic arts of the Southwest. Hernández’s Tejano collection adds to the Wittliff’s Texas Music Collection, which already features archives from Lone Star legends such as Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker.
The Wittliff Collections are on the seventh floor of the Albert B. Alkek Library at Texas State. Admission is free. For exhibit hours and more information, visit thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu or call 512-245-2313.
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