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Ruby Allmond Collection

Identifier: 2009.06

Scope and Contents

This collection is divided into ten series.

Series I, Awards, contains music awards and recognitions awarded to Ruby over her musical career.

Series II, Books and Publications, contains books, magazines, and various clippings pertaining to Ruby's career. Included in this series is a copy of Today I'll Think About the Rain, a complete anthology of Ruby's works.

Series III, Clothing, includes Ruby's performance attire such as belts, boots, belt buckles, jewelry, and complete outfits worn onstage.

Series IV, Correspondence, includes general correspondence and printed copies of electronic mail. Of particular interest is the correspondence with fellow singer/songwriter Joe Shelton.

Series V, Instruments and other 3-D Objects, includes Ruby's guitar, fiddles, and a gold chair she used in the recording studio.

Series VI, Music and Lyrics, contains handwritten and printed lyrics, scores, lead sheets, and song books.

Series VII, Paperwork and Legal Information, contains information pertaining to the copyright and licensing of all Ruby's original works. This series also contains vital documents.

Series VIII, Photographs and Posters, includes copies of original photographs from her career and posters from concerts and events in which she performed.

Series IX, Presentations and Education, includes information related to various presentations related to Ruby and her contributions to country music. Also included in this series is a set of Ruby Allmond themed lesson plans for school children.

Series X, Recordings, contains sound recordings of Ruby's original compositions.


  • 1923-2006, inclusive
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1970,


Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ruby Allmond was born in Fannin County, Texas in 1923. She grew up on a blackland cotton and corn farm during the Great Depression and World War II years. Music was the chief source of entertainment for the Allmond family and Ruby developed an early interest in the art. In 1947, at the Municipal Auditorium in Greenvillle, Texas, Ruby was awarded the title of "National Champion Lady Fiddler". This was a significant accomplishment as women were previously banned from entering fiddling competitions. From this point she began playing shows all around Northeast Texas as trio fiddle with two of America’s best fiddlers, Georgia Slim Rutland and Howdy Forrester. During this period the band consisted of her two brothers, Roy and Raymond Allmond on guitars and Harold Carder playing bass. Ruby went on to form a band of her own, Texas Jamboree, consisting of Guy Bryant, Joyce Bryant, Gene Bryant and Clay Harvey. The Honorable Mr. Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives, took Ruby’s band on his campaign tours to entertain the crowds.

Throughout her career, Ruby was a prolific songwriter. Cindy Walker, a fellow Texas songwriter, sent Ruby’s songs to a publisher at RCA in Nashville. Chet Atkins took notice and made several outstanding recordings from her works. "Reno," performed by Dottie West and produced by Chet Atkins, became a top-ten national hit song.


13.38 Linear Feet

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This collection was substantially arranged by Audra Brock, the donor. The arrangement was respected by the archivist with very minor modifications.

Ruby Allmond Collection
H.A. Stevens; Andrea Weddle
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, Waters Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository