ARHOOLIE FOUNDATION COLLECTIONS:Photo Galleries
Our archive contains thousands of photos related to historical roots and regional music, including some 25,000 images taken by Chris Strachwitz from the mid-1950s onward. Browse below for artist galleries as well as galleries of concert posters, Mexican movie lobby cards, record company catalogs, 78-rpm record sleeves, and more. Check back for updates as we continue to digitize our physical collections and share them here.
Chris Strachwitz started in the music business as a passionate 78 record collector. Hear him tell the story on how he started Arhoolie Records with the funds earned by wheeling and dealing in old 78rpm records.View the collection
In the summer of 1960 Chris Strachwitz came across a gospel musician and his four sons preaching on the streets of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Listen as Mr. Strachwitz describes meeting and recording Rev. Louis Overstreet and then listen to the interview he recorded with Rev. Overstreet in 1962.View the collection
In 1956 Chris Strachwitz was discharged from the US Army at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. Armed with a camera and the love of New Orleans jazz he took a bus to New Orleans for his first visit to his “city of dreams”. Here is an interview with Mr. Strachwitz talking about that trip and the photos he took.View the collection
In 1962 Chris Strachwitz journeyed on a road trip that took him from California to Texas and all through the South, the East Coast, Midwest, and then back down to the South before heading back to California. While driving from New Orleans back towards Texas, he heard a Cajun radio show on KEUN-AM and drove to Eunice to check it out. Here is an interview with Mr. Strachwitz talking about that visit to Eunice, Louisiana and the photos he took.View the collection