Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Ida M. Darden Collection:

An Inventory of Her Papers at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Darden, Ida M.
Title: Ida M. Darden Collection
Dates: 1950-1961
Abstract: Mrs. Ida M. Darden edited and owned the newspaper she founded in 1949, The Southern Conservative. A Fort Worth based newspaper, The Southern Conservative was a right-wing anti-Communist publication, centering topically on national issues. The paper ran from 1950 until 1961. Mrs. Darden ceased publication of The Southern Conservative in 1961 due to the affect of the death of her daughter. The Ida M. Darden Collection contains a complete file of The Southern Conservative, except for four early issues. Also included in the collection are volumes by Mrs. Darden and various clippings and correspondence pertaining to The Southern Conservative.
Collection Number MSS 0072
Extent 3.5 linear feet; 7 document boxes
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Ida Mercedes Muse was born on March 9, 1886, in Bosque County, Texas, and moved with her family at an early age to Moran. She briefly attended the Unviersity of Texas, and married Bert Darden in 1904. Her daughter, Helen, was born in 1905. In 1906 her husband died. Over the years she was employed by financier J. A. Arnold. She also worked as a publicist, fund-raiser, and lobbyist for various conservative organizations, including the Texas Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage. In 1920 she married Fort Worth businessman Walter Myrick.

In 1949 Darden founded The Southern Conservative, an extreme right-wing publication whose foremost crusade was anti-Communsim. Darden was opposed to United States membership in the United Nations; one headline of The Southern Conservative read "The United Nations is the Devil's Workshop". She was opposed to the Ku Klux Klan, yet also opposed the Civil Rights movement.

Darden ceased publication of The Southern Conservative in 1961. She died in 1980.


Scope and Contents

The Ida M. Darden Collection is arranged according to types of materials. The first box contains volumes and other miscellaneous materials. The second box contains issues of The Southern Conservative from 1950-1961.


Restrictions

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Ida M. Darden Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.


Index Terms

Personal Names:
Darden, Ida M.
Subjects:
Conservatism--Texas--Newspapers
Texas--Politics and government
Titles:
Southern Conservative

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ida M. Darden Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisitions Information

Acquired from the Texas Gulf Coast Historical Society in December 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Speck, April 1979.


Detailed Description

 

I. Manuscripts

Bound Volumes
box volume
1 1 The Desire to Own, by J. A. Arnold. Anti-Federal Income Tax.
2 Lobby Investigation. Hearings before a United States Senate subcommittee on the Judiciary regarding a resolution to investigate the activities of lobbying associations and lobbyists in and around Washington, D. C. Volume I: October 15 - November 15, 1927.
3 Gentlemen of the House, by Ida M. Darden
4 My Night, by Ida M. Darden
5 The Best of the Southern Conservative, by Ida M. Darden.
Foldered Items
box folder
1 1 The Southern Conservative: By-laws and legal documents
2 Correspondence: Incoming and Outgoing, 1949-1955
3 Clippings: The Southern Conservative
4 Essays
5 Ronald Reagan dinner brochure



 

II. The Southern Conservative

box folder
2 1 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 1, # 1-9, 11-12: 1950
2 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 2, #1-10: 1951
3 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 3, #1, 3-12: 1952
4 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 4, #1-12: 1953
5 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 5, #1-12: 1954
6 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 6, #1-12: 1955
7 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 7, #1-12: 1956
8 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 8, #1-12: 1957
9 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 9, #1-12: 1958
10 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 10, #1-12: 1959
11 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 11, #1-12: 1960
12 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 12, #1-12: 1961
box folder
3 1 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 3, #5, 7-8, 10: 1952
2 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 4, #1, 10: 1953
3 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 5, #1-3, 5-10: 1954
4 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 6, #1-12: 1955
5 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 7, #1-12: 1956
6 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 8, #1-12: 1957
7 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 9, #1-12: 1958
8 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 10, #1-12: 1959
9 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 11, #1-5, 7-12: 1960
10 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 12, #1-12: 1961
box folder
4 1 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 5, #1, 3-12: 1954
2 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 6, #1-6, 9-12: 1955
3 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 7, #1-4, 6-12: 1956
4 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 8, #1-12: 1957
5 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 9, #1-12: 1958
6 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 10, #1-12: 1959
7 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 11, #2, 4, 5, 7-12: 1960
8 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 12, #1-12: 1961
box folder
5 1 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 5, #3-5, 7-12: 1958
2 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 6, #1-6, 9-12: 1959
3 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 7, #1-3, 6-12: 1960
4 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 8, #1-12: 1961
5 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 9, #1-12: 1962
6 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 10, #2-4, 6-12: 1963
7 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 11, #2, 5, 7-12: 1964
8 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 12, #1-12: 1965
box folder
6 1 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 5, #3-5, 7-12: 1958
2 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 6, #3-5, 7-12: 1959
3 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 7, #1, 2, 6-8, 10-12: 1960
4 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 8, #1-12: 1961
5 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 9, #1-12: 1962
6 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 10, #2-4, 6-12: 1963
7 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 11, #2, 5, 7-12: 1964
8 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 12, #3, 5, 7-8, 10-12: 1965
box folder
7 1 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 5, #3-5, 7-12: 1958
2 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 6, #1, 3-5, 9: 1959
3 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 7, #1-2, 7-8, 10-12: 1960
4 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 8, #1-3, 5-12: 1961
5 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 9, #1-12: 1962
6 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 10, #2-4, 6-12: 1963
7 The Southern Conservative, Vol. 11, #5, 7-12: 1964