The Briscoe Center has long emphasized music as part of its mission to document the historical experience of the American people. The center’s music collections and resources embrace many different types of folk and popular music cultivated in Texas, the greater South and Southwest, and beyond. They also help document the development of the music industry and some of the forces that shape how music is created, discovered, performed, and broadcast.
Greatest Hits featured unique treasures and highlights from the Briscoe Center’s extensive collections of musical primary sources, from early folk songs to stadium rock, in displays of photographs, posters, artifacts, sheet music, original correspondence and music industry records, and a variety of recording formats. These resources provide access to many of the diverse traditions, creative processes, performances, and recordings that comprise the history of American music.