Don Sanders has been a part of the Houston folk scene since the 1960s, and we are quite honored to preserve his materials. His collection is mainly comprised of photographs, lyrics, and correspondence.
Behind Wheatfield, Don Sanders has the most surviving recordings from the KTRU Radio records with a total of five. We have already digitized two reels, which you can listen to in our reading room.
A couple of months ago we posted about the proposal to drill oil in Memorial Park. When city council took on the issue, Don Sanders wrote and performed the protest song “In Memoriam.” Here he is speaking about the song during his “Arbuckle Flat” appearance from January 8, 1977. You can find the lyrical score in his collection.
Don Sanders still performs, most recently at Anderson Fair in January.
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Images from the Don Sanders collection, 1960s-2015, MS 648, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University