Inventory of the William A. Owens Papers (Part One) 1922-1979

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Inventory of the William A. Owens Papers (Part One) 1922-1979

William A. Owens, noted folklorist, author, and educator, was born in Pin Hook, Texas on November 2, 1905, the son of Charles and Jessie Ann (Chenault) Owens. He spent his childhood on the small cotton farms around tiny rural communities of Pin Hook, Novice, Faught, and Blossom. In an effort to finance his education, Owens undertook numerous odd jobs as a farmer's hired hand, stock clerk, and for a short time, combination waiter and dishwasher at Dallas University. In 1924 he entered East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce. Owens earned a high school diploma and elementary teaching certificate. After graduation, however, there were few jobs available in country schools and Owens lacked the qualifications to teach in the larger school systems. After two years teaching in country schools, Owens returned to college. He attended Southern Methodist University where he received the BA degree in 1932 and the MA degree in 1933. In 1941, he received his Ph.D. from the State University of Iowa. With the completion of the Master's degree, Owens began his profession in earnest, compiling an enviable record as an academician with legions of grateful former students. While his career as teacher, lecturer, and administrator has been full, he is more widely known as a gifted author. In addition to numerous articles, reviews and short stories, his books serve as monuments to his craft. His works include (1936); (1950, revised in 1976); (1953); (1954); (1958); (1963); (1966); (1969); (with Mody C. Boatright, 1970); (1973); and (1975). The William A. Owens Papers consist of sixty-nine boxes and eight volumes occupying approximately twenty-nine feet of shelf space. The papers are in excellent condition. They have been divided into eight general categories which include: Correspondence (Series, 1-5); Research materials, manuscripts and drafts for books by Owens (Series. 6-19); Other writings by Owens including articles, short stories, book reviews, and speeches (Series. 20); Personal data including newspaper articles and photographs (Series. 21-23); Miscellaneous material written by other authors (Series. 24); Aluminum discs of recordings made by Owens (Series. 25); Owens' books (see list with Inventory of the William A. Owens Papers (Part Two) 1940-1980 - LIT/Owens MSS 00089); and Oversize materials kept in map cases as items separated. The papers document Owens' teaching and writing career from 1928 to 1979. Items of special interest in the collection include lyrics to many folksongs and recordings made by Owens in the 1930's and 1940's of folksingers as well as recorded readings of Robert Frost, interviews of early oil pioneers of Texas, legal papers for concerning magazine's plagerism of and letters of Roy Bedichek, J. Frank Dobie, Walter Prescott Webb, and Mody C. Boatright Swing and Turn: Texas Play-Party Games Texas Folk Songs Slave Mutiny: The Revolt on the Schooner Amistad Walking on Borrowed Land Fever in the Earth Look to the River This Stubborn Soil Three Friends: Bedichek, Dobie, Webb Tales From the Derrick Floor A Season of Weathering A Fair and Happy Land Owens vs. Fawcett Publications, Inc. and David Holland True Slave Mutiny,

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Roy Bedichek

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Helen Hayes

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National Oil Foundation

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Dial School

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Stevens, Lawrence Tenney

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Chambers, Lucille Arcola

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Community Colleges of the University of Hawaii

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Dudley Sharp

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Bascom Giles

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Southern Methodist University Press.

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Southern Methodist University opened for classes in 1915, but it was not until twenty years later when interest in establishing a university publishing group culminated in the creation of SMU Press in 1937. SMU English professor John McGinnis was the driving force behind the initiative, and he directed the Press for its first few years of operation. Donald Day took over as editor for a brief period after him. Along with McGinnis, SMU President Umphrey Lee, Bishop A. Fran...

John Steinbeck

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Walter Rundell, Jr.

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Webb, Walter Prescott, 1888-1963

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Educator. Historian. Author. Born in 1888 on a farm in Panola County, Texas. Attended University of Texas, receiving his B.A. (1915), M.A. (1920) and Ph. D. (1932). Started teaching at the University of Texas in 1918 and remained on the faculty until his death. Authored "The Great Plains" (1931), "The Texas Rangers" (1935) and "The Handbook of Texas" (1952). Served as director of the Texas State Historical Association, president of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (1954-1955) and of...

Thomas Mayo

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Mrs. Samuel W. (Lillian) Webb

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Doubleday Publishing Company

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eace Happiness Prosperity Institute

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Lindley Beckworth

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The Author's Guild

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Donald Leman Clark

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William Cleaver, Sr.

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Boatright, Mody Coggin, 1896-1970

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Ramseys 777 Ranch

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Northwestern State University

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Western History Association.

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New York Public Library

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The New York Pubic Library purchased Arthur A. Schomburg's collection of books, pamphlets, prints and photographs in 1926 with funds from the Carnegie Corporation and housed at the 135th Street Branch Library of The New York Public Library. L. Hollingsworth Wood was appointed in 1925 by the Board of Trustees of The New York Public Library to purchase and provide guidelines for the Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature. Members of the Advisory Committee of the Arthur A. Schomburg Collection, i...

Lamar University

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Rod Drake

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Henry Marksbury

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Alistair Cooke

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East Texas State University

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Walter Bragg

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Wyatt Brown

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Jessie

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Thornton Wilder

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John Lomax

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Army

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Modern Language Association

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British Braodcasting Company

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Doubleday

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Webb, Walter Prescott, 1888-1963

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Educator. Historian. Author. Born in 1888 on a farm in Panola County, Texas. Attended University of Texas, receiving his B.A. (1915), M.A. (1920) and Ph. D. (1932). Started teaching at the University of Texas in 1918 and remained on the faculty until his death. Authored "The Great Plains" (1931), "The Texas Rangers" (1935) and "The Handbook of Texas" (1952). Served as director of the Texas State Historical Association, president of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (1954-1955) and of...

Tardy Publishing Company

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Katope, Christopher G. (Christopher George), 1918-

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Justin Anderson

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William H. Cleaver

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Roger Butterfield

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Dupont

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Atheneum Publishers

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Joseph W. Hendron

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Abner Cleaver

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Carson-Newman College

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War Department

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S. C. Richard

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Lodge, Henry Cabot

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Jay Bailey

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Fiedler, Leslie A.

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Leslie Aaron Fiedler was born on March 8, 1917 in Newark, N.J. He received his B.A. from New York University in 1938, and pursued graduate studies in English at the University of Wisconsin where he received both his M.A. and Ph.D. In 1941 he was hired as an assistant professor at Montana State University, Missoula. In 1963 he transferred to the State University of New York at Buffalo where he remained for the duration of his career. From 1974 to 1977, Fiedler served as chair of the University's ...

Phi beta kappa

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Collegiate scholastic honor society founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va. From the description of Phi Beta Kappa records, 1776-2006 (bulk 1900-2000). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70983375 The national Phi Beta Kappa Society, America's oldest and most prestigious honor society, was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Membership in the national society is a significant achievement, which honors excellen...

Rose Spiegel

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Columbia

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Aluminum Company of America

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Alcoa sponsored various television venues in the 1950's and early 1960's including, The Alcoa hour, Alcoa premiere, Aloca presents, and Alcoa theater. From the description of Collection of television scripts sponsored by Alcoa, 1959-1963. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 40161076 The Aluminum Company of America was founded in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1888 by a group of entrepreneurs, including Capt. Alfred E. Hunt, Charles Martin Hall, Arthur Vining Dav...

Joseph Millard

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Thomas Fenner

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Thomas Gilcrease Foundation

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A. W. Cleaver

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Sharp, Walter B. (Walter Benona), 1870-1912

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Walter Benona Sharp (1870-1912) was an oilman and inventor. He began his career contracting for the drilling of water wells in and around Dallas before working as a driller for Gladys City Oil and Gas Manufacturing Company in its first test for oil on Spindletop Hill. Because of quicksand Sharp was forced to abandon the well at 418 feet only thirty yards from the spot where, eight years later, the first gusher of the Spindletop oilfield came in. Sharp was also a pioneer driller at Sour Lake and ...

Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964

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J. Frank Dobie was a noted Texas author and English professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He was also editor of the Texas Folklore Society's publications during the 1930's and 1940's. From the description of Letter : to W.A. Philpott, 1938 April 12. (University of Texas at Arlington). WorldCat record id: 22699684 Historian, author, folklorist. Born in 1888 on a ranch in Live Oak County, Texas, Dobie was awarded his B.A. by Southwestern University (1910), M.A. by Co...

M. A. Jackson

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William Cleaver, Jr.

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Archives of the University of Texas

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Mrs. Walter B. Sharp

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North Central Conference of Summer Sessions

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Annie Laurie William

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Mrs. David Rockefeller

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Southwest Library Association

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S. E. Asbury

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Norman L. McNeil

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Earl Rudder

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Curt Hamill

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Marraro, Howard Rosario, 1897-

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Marraro (1897-1972) was Professor Emeritus of Italian at Columbia University. From the description of Howard Rosario Marraro Papers, 1932-1971. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 495526631 ...

University Press in Dallas

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American folklore society

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Established in 1888 to further the discipline of folklore, the AFS's primary emphasis is directed toward the publication of a journal and the convening of an annual convention. From the description of American Folklore Society records, 1890-9999. (Utah State University). WorldCat record id: 43959320 Brinton joined the American Folklore Society in 1889 and served as its president. From the description of Correspondence to Daniel Garrison Brinton, 1894. (University...

Meyer, Henry Edwin

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Boatright, Mody C.

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American Heritage Publishers

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Temple Junior College

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Musicraft Records, Inc.

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Musicraft Records was founded in New York in 1937 as part of the Jefferson Travis Radio Corporation. The company initially recorded classical music and earned a good reputation for quality releases in its first four years. During and after the Second World War, Musicraft began recording popular music. Jazz became an important element of their catalog after Albert Marx joined the company as artistic director in 1944 and as a result of the purchase of Guild Records in 1946. Among the ...

Crain, Maurice

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Amistad mutiny

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Robert Cluett

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Texas Institute of Letters

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Thomas Anderson

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Texas Research Foundation

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Al W. Hamill

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