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Lynn Langham collection

Identifier: MS 0707
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of digital images, hard copies of lyrics, news clippings, photographs, business records, and other items chronicling Lynn Langhams 1970s to early 1980s career.


  • Majority of material found within 1975 - 1981
  • 2017

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Stored offsite at the Library Service Center and require 24-hour notice for retrieval. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 or for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from Lynn Langham.

Biographical / Historical

Lynn Langham grew up in Texas and spent her teen years in Freeport, Texas. At an early age, she gravitated to music learning first the piano and then the guitar. When she began college at the University of Texas, she started playing clubs in Austin and moved on to playing in Houston, Dallas, and Denton.

While in Houston, she became a part of the music community at Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant. On a daily basis, songwriters shared their work and motivated and challenged each other to improve as writers, players, and performers. She appears on the 12" LP "Through the Dark Nightly," which featured players from the venue.

At the request of a friend, she spent time in New York. She played at the famed Bitter End and other clubs in the area. Before ultimately relocating to Los Angeles, she briefly returned to Houston to continue her career.

After a long break from the music business and performing, she began recording again in Los Angeles. Moving to Nashville in 1989, she received a recording contract with Capital Nashville and began writing songs for a publishing company, Hayes Street Music. Although the album deal eventually fell through, she continued working for Hayes Street. While the writing scene has changed in Nashville, she continues to write and tours with her partner Doug Gill.

Her work has been recorded by Wynona Judd, Trisha Yearwood, and Carolyn Hester. The song "Old Yellow Moon," which she co-wrote with Hank DeVito, is the title cut of the Grammy winning 2014 Americana Album of the Year by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

12.1 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0707aip_001 (12.1 GB))

2.46 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0707aip_002 (2.46 GB))

0.641 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0707aip_001 (0.641 GB))

Language of Materials



This collection consists of digital images and hard copies of lyrics, news clippings, photographs, and other materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Lynn Langham in August 2017.

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Guide to the Lynn Langham collection, 1975-2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA