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Michael Burnett Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2018-013

This collection is not yet fully processed. For questions about materials in this collection or to request access, contact curator Mary Manning (

This collection consists of approximately 1 linear foot of photographs, posters, fliers, and magazines that document Houston’s underground music scene in the 80s and nineties. The bulk of the collection is from the early 90s. Mike Burnett took photographs of many local bands, some of which were included in local magazines. Burnett managed bands, and much of the collection consists of photographs of one of these bands, Spunk, as well as photographs of the band’s front man, musician and artist Tod Waters, who moved to Los Angeles and became a clothes and costume designer in the early 2000s. Burnett was on staff for and had his work included in local magazines, some of which are in the collection. The collection well documents activities at the music venue Catal Hatuk. The short lived club, located at 2524 McKinney (formerly The Axiom) opened on November 3, 1992, and was already closed by December 1993. Infernal Bridegroom Productions (now Catastrophic Theatre) produced plays there and many touring and local bands, including Pain Teens, De Schmog, Dry Nod, Rusted Shut, and Mike Gun performed there. The collection also includes fliers and posters for other music venues in town, including Pik-N-Pak, Emo’s, and Rudyard’s.


  • 1980s-1990s
  • Majority of material found within 1990-1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is not yet processed. Contact the curator to request access.

Conditions Governing Use

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


1 linear feet (1 Box and 2 Oversize Folders)

Guide to the Michael Burnett Papers
In Progress
Mary Manning and Joseph Lueck
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA