Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

North Bigbee Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bigbee, North
Title: North Bigbee Collection
Accession No.: MA92-4
Quantity: 2 Boxes
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St Dallas, TX 75201

Biographical Note

North Bigbee was a Dallas writer who received degrees in English and Journalism from Southern Methodist University. He worked at the Dallas Morning News as oil editor and as Public Relations Director of the Texas Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association during the 1920s and '30s, but also began to develop a career as a freelance writer. During World War II he was a business editor for the Army publication Yank. Following the war, Bigbee worked primarily as a freelance writer, publishing articles in over 50 magazines including Readers Digest and Esquire. He also wrote plays, sometimes collaborating with Walter Holbrook. Bigbee died in 1979 at the age of 75.


Scope and Contents

By no means an overview of Bigbee's career, this collection does hold examples of his poetry, plays, short stories, lyrics, and non-fiction writing as well as a small amount of correspondence, notes about plot ideas, and outlines covering composition strategy and effective writing techniques.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Bigbee, North
Family Names:
Bigbee
Places:
Dallas (Tex.)
Occupations:
Writer
Journalist
Titles:
North Bigbee Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA92-4 North Bigbee Collection, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Acquisition Information

This collection consist of material deaccessioned by the Dallas Historical Society at an unknown date (after 1983), and some items may be duplicates of the Society's holdings.

Processing Information

Processed by Carol Roark, Archivist


Detailed Description of the Collection

 
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1 1 Register



 
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1 2 Business cards



 
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1 3 Correspondence, 1945-1949



 
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1 4 Agreement with The Petroleum Express



 
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1 5 Anecdotes



 
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1 6 Dallas Theater Center



 
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1 7 Musical Scores



 
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1 8 Poetry



 
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1 9 Publicity materials for Judge Harry N. Graves



 
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1 10 Plot Ideas



 
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1 11 Composition strategies



 
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1 12 Art Work, "Out Yonder by James"



 
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2 1 "Are We Running Out of Oil?' c. 1948



 
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2 2 "Mr. Oil" (biographical profile of Everett L. DeGolyer), c.1951



 
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2 3 "Farewell Summer, A Comedy-Drama in Three Acts by North Bigbee and Walter Holbrook", copyright 1935 under title "Summer Done"



 
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2 4 "Nearly Thirty, A Play in Three Acts by North Bigbee and Walter Holbrook"



 
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2 5 "Next Door, A Comedy in Three Acts by North Bigbee and Walter Holbrook"



 
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2 6 "Silver King" (filmscript about tarpon fishing in Port Aransas, Texas)



 
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2 7 "Transport"



 
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2 8 "Yea Team!"



 
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2 9 Murder Manual, A Handbook for Mystery Story Writers (Bigbee's annotated copy)