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George Ensle collection

Identifier: MS 0680
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 fliers, posters, news clippings, business records, audio and video. It is organized into four series.


  • Creation: 1973 - 2017

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from George Ensle.

Biographical / Historical

Growing up in Houston, George Ensle began taking guitar lessons at the age of 14. A few years later, his guitar teacher introduced him to Houston's folk club scene. He moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas in the fall of 1966. The following summer he began playing at Sand Mountain Coffee House where he befriended Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Carolyn Hester, among others.

In the 1970s, he made Austin his permanent home. He toured the college circuit with Nanci Griffith. He also played in venues across the state of Texas, including Houston's Anderson Fair, the University of Houston Coffee House, and the Old Quarter. Towards the end of the decade, he began teaching music in economically disadvantaged schools as part of a Texas Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts program.

Ensle released his first full length album in 1980 entitled, "Head On." He followed this up with "Heartwood" (1990), "One Gentle Hand: A Collection" (1999), "Live Set" (2006), "Build a Bridge" (2008), and "Small Town Sundown" (2012), and CD and DVD "Live from the Brauntex" (2013).

Ensle continues to play throughout Texas and runs the weekly Songwriters Showcase at Poodie's Roadhouse in Spicewood, TX.


1.75 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

7.14 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0680aip_001 (7.14 GB))

19.9 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0680aip_002 (19.9 GB))

10.2 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0680aip_003 (10.2 GB))

14.3 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0680aip_004 (14.3 GB))

4.13 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0680aip_005 (4.13 GB))

Language of Materials



This collection consists of the fliers, news clippings, photographs, audio, and video chronicling the career of George Ensle.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by George Ensle in February 2017.


Additional materials are expected for this collection.

Guide to the George Ensle collection, 1973-2016
Norie Guthrie
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

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