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George Banks collection

Identifier: MS 0745
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 contains Liberty Hall photographs, sketches, calendars, tickets, fliers, and posters, as well as material related to other Houston music venues.


  • 1964 - 2014

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

The Woodson Research Center use policy is that researchers assume sole responsibility for any infringement of privacy, literary rights, copyrights, or other rights arising from their use of the archival materials. In addition to any restrictions placed by donors, certain kinds of archival materials are restricted for the life of the creator plus 50 years. These materials include, but are not limited to, student grades, transcripts, and any job applications or recommendations.

Biographical / Historical

In 1968, George Banks began leasing an old two story church at the corner of Bagby and McGowan in Houston, TX. After forming friendships with Mike Condray and Lynda Herrera, he let them convert the upstairs of the church into a music venue, which featured local and regional talent. Local musician John David Bartlett named it Jubilee Hall. The trio added an eating establishment neary named The Family Hand Restaurant.

Around 1971, they stopped holding concerts at Jubilee Hall and shifted them to The Family Hand, while also looking for a larger music venue. The Family Hand's cook, Thera Neumann, discovered an old VFW Hall for lease located on Chenevert Street and proposed it as the new venue, later named Liberty Hall.

At this time, George Banks turned his attention away from managing the new venue, and instead designed and erected the Liberty Hall sign with James "Ham" Hamblin. Along with Hamblin, he created and printed the early posters, postcards, and tickets. In addition, he designed the venue's back patio.

In the mid-70s, he moved away from Houston with his wife to Humble, TX. Eventually, Banks founded the architectural firm George Banks + Associates in Humble, where he designs residential, multi-family, and light commercial buildings.


1.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

0.002 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0745aip_001 (0.002 GB))

Language of Materials



This collection consists of fliers, posters, and photographs, mainly focused on Liberty Hall.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by George Banks in 2018.


No additional materials are expected for this collection.

Related Materials

Please see the Liberty Hall collection, MS 658.
Guide to the George Banks collection, 1964-2014
Norie Guthrie
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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