Wilkins, Maurice, 1916-2004

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Frederick Wilkins was born in 1916 in Dallas. He attended Southern Methodist University where he majored in history. After college he spent twenty-five years in the Army as a public relations officer.

Wilkins was married to Frances Semaan who had a career in Oriental carpet and art objects. The couple shared an interest in Near Eastern and Islamic art, amassing a large collection through their travels. This 300-plus-piece collection was donated to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Willkins was interested in the Texas Rangers writing extensively on the subject, including: The highly irregular irregulars : Texas Rangers in the Mexican War ; The legend begins : the Texas Rangers, 1823-1845 ; Defending the borders : the Texas Rangers, 1848-1861 ; and The law comes to Texas : the Texas Rangers, 1870-1901 .

Wilkins died in 2004.

Source: "A neighborhood treat," San Antonio Express-News, November 16, 2004

Source: Obituary, San Antonio Express-News, December 17, 2004.

From the guide to the Frederick Wilkins papers MS 283., 1989-2004, (University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Crick, Francis, 1916-2004. Francis Crick personal papers, 1938-2007. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Cohen, Jack Sidney, 1938-. Interviews conducted by Jack S. Cohen and Franklin H. Portugal for book, A Century of DNA, 1972-1974. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Horace Freeland Judson Collection, 1968-1978 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Frederick Wilkins papers MS 283., 1989-2004 The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries . Special Collections
referencedIn Papers of Guido Pellegrino Arrigo Pontecorvo, career and appointments, 1939-1975 Glasgow University Archive Service
Role Title Holding Repository
Place Name Admin Code Country
Frontier and pioneer life
Texas history
Texas History 1846-1950
Texas History, Military 19th century
Texas Rangers History 19th century


Birth 1916-12-15

Death 2004-10-05


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