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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Biographical Information,

Series 2: The Lawrenceville Academy and Princeton University, 1927-1933; 1968

Series 3: World War II, 1942-1945

Series 4: Albany, Texas, 1934-1968

Robert E. Nail, Jr. Historical Archives at Old Jail Art Center

Guide to the Robert E. Nail, Jr. Papers



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Nail, Robert E., Jr., (1908-1968)
Title: Robert E. Nail, Jr. Papers
Dates: 1927-1968
Abstract: Chiefly literary works and printed material about those works and the author.
Identification: AR.2003.003
Quantity: 20 containers. 7.2 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English with one item in German.
Repository: Robert E. Nail, Jr. Archives Old Jail Art Center,  201 S. 2nd St.,  Albany, TX 76430

Biographical Note

Robert Edward Nail, Jr. was born in Wolfe City, Texas on September 13, 1908. In 1909, his family moved to Albany, Texas. After high school, Robert attended the Lawrenceville Academy (1927-1929) where he published a number of short stories for the school literary magazine, The Lit. Following Lawrenceville, Nail attended and graduated from Princeton University (September 1929-June 1933). At Princeton, Nail published short stories in Princeton's The Nassau Lit. He also wrote and produced plays at Princeton including Time of their Lives, a popular play about life at Princeton. After graduation, Nail moved to New York City to begin a career in the theatre. Nail's father had passed on the previous year and at the urging of his family, Robert decided to move back home to Albany in 1934. In Albany, Nail continued to write plays and short stories his entire life. When there was an opening for an English teacher at the high school, Nail took the position. He wrote plays for the high school theatre department. Several of his one-act plays were published and are still performed world wide. It was during his tenure at the high school that Nail wrote the play, Dr. Shackelford's Paradise that later became known as the Fort Griffin Fandangle. First performed in 1938, the Fort Griffin Fandangle quickly went on hiatus when the US entered World War II. Nail was commissioned as a lieutenant and eventually became a captain as part of the War Bond division in Fort Worth. For his service, Nail received the Legion of Merit medal. After the war, Fort Griffin Fandangle resumed and is still put on every year by the Albany community during the last two weekends in June. In addition, Nail also penned the first Nativity in 1938. As its title suggests, the Nativity is about Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ. The community production of the Nativity is still performed by Albany residents. Robert E. Nail, Jr. died suddenly of a heart attack on November 11, 1968. For a much more detailed history of Robert Nail's immediate and extended family, see Per Stirpes: The John M. Nail Family in Texas 1839-1995 by Reilly Nail.

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Scope and Contents

Literary works by Robert E. Nail, Jr. make up the bulk of this collection. Published works as well as many unpublished works exist in numerous drafts and contain notes, edits, and criticism. The works consist largely of plays and short stories but also contain screen plays and one novel called Jack. This collection is arranged into 4 series:

Biographical Information, The Lawrenceville Academy and Princeton, World War II, and Albany, Texas. Biographical Information contains printed biographical material published after Nail's death in 1968.

Lawrenceville Academy and Princeton contains plays, short stories, essays, and poems both in manuscript and published form arranged chronologically.

World War II contains correspondence, printed material, literary works, and artifacts relating to Nail's wartime efforts.

Albany, Texas contains literary works arranged by form and sub-arranged alphabetically by title. Following literary works are assorted correspondence, printed material, ephemera, and untitled manuscripts.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to the Public

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Nail, Robert E., Jr. (1908-1968)
Places:
Albany, Texas
Subjects:
Fort Griffin Fandangle
Princeton University Alumni
Lawrenceville Academy Alumni
World War II

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Acquisitions within this collection: AR.2004.009

Alternative Form Available

Robert E. Nail, Jr. Papers - Raw XML

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1: Biographical Information,

Box Folder
1 1 Ex-student commemoration of Nail
1 Articles about Nail plays
2 Articles about Nail plays
Box Folder
19 1 Resolution on Nail's death by the Texas House of Representatives

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Series 2: The Lawrenceville Academy and Princeton University, 1927-1933; 1968

Literary Works, 1927-1933
Published Works
The Lit., The Lawrenceville Academy, Lawrenceville, NJ.
Short Story
Box Folder
17 3 Earl of the Oil People, 2/1927
Box Folder
16 5 A tragedy in blue, 3/1927
5 The last party, 6/1927
Box Folder
17 3 Madman, 2 copies, 10/1927
3 The boy who thought too much, 3 copies, 10/1927
Box Folder
16 5 The Chaparral, 1/1928
5 Fashions in Proms, 3/1928
5 Finale, 5/1928
5 The Songs of the Black Children, 6/1928
5 The Truckers Wife, 12/1928
3 A Cowboy Lover, 11/1928
3 On the Lone Prairie, 12/1928
3 Caesar's Last Night, 12/1928
3 Tears for Selina, 2/1929
Box Folder
15 5 The Princess: A Fragment, 2/1929
Essay
Box Folder
16 5 The Brooks-Bruce Essay, 5/1929
Short Story
Box Folder
16 5 Early Morning, 6/1929
5 The Sky-Mender, 6/1929
Poem
Box Folder
16 5 No Miracles Today, 6/1929
5 Winter Song of the Widow Woman, 6/1929
Essay
Box Folder
16 5 On the Blowing of a Wind, 7/1929
5 A Gentleman of the Old School, 7/1929
The Nassau Lit., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
Short Story
Box Folder
7 2 Cards are Dangerous Things, 3/1931
Box Folder
15 6 Mr. Burney and the Smile, 11/1931
Box Folder
17 3 Spotlight, 12/1932
Box Folder
14 4 The Afternoon of a Fawn, 4/1933
Play
Box Folder
2 1 Time of their lives, 5/1933
Poem
Box Folder
17 3 Class Poem 1933, 6/1933
Manuscripts
Short Story
Box Folder
14 4 The Afternoon of a Fawn, undated
4 The Afternoon of a Fawn, His Secret, Mr. Farling, undated
Box Folder
7 2 Cards are Dangerous Things, undated
Box Folder
15 6 Couples I, The lone woman, undated
Box Folder
16 3 A Cowboy Lover, handwritten, undated
Box Folder
17 3 Early Morning, The Less Valiant,untitled, handwritten, undated
1 Fashions in Selling, 1st Draft, handwritten, undated
3 Finale, handwritten, undated
Box Folder
14 5 His Secret, undated
Box Folder
15 6 In a hotel room, undated
Box Folder
14 4 Man Who Bought a Hot Water Bottle, undated
Princeton University Senior Thesis
Box Folder
19 2 Moby Dick: An Isolato, 1st draft plus notes undated
Box Folder
2 2 Moby Dick: An Isolato, 2nd draft undated
2 Moby Dick: An Isolato, Final draft undated
Short Story
Box Folder
7 2 Mr. Burney and the Smile, undated
Box Folder
16 3 The Old Clown, undated
Box Folder
14 6 The Sisters, undated
Box Folder
16 4 Stanislas Amandery, Agony, Mother's Mirror, The Good Idea, 1932-1933
Box Folder
17 1 The Thing a Man Loves, 1st Draft, 7/19/1932
Plays
Box Folder
14 6 Time of their lives, handwritten undated
6 Untitled notes on a play "about college" undated
Short Story
Box Folder
17 3 The Tired Master, handwritten, undated
Box Folder
16 5 The Trucker's Wife, handwritten, undated
Box Folder
1 3 "Valedictor's Speech," Lawrenceville Academy, 1929
6 Short stories from Princeton , 1932-1933
3 First drafts of compositions from Lawrenceville, undated
3 First drafts from Lawrenceville, undated
4 Stories, notes, essays from Lawrenceville and Princeton, undated
5 Stories, notes, essays from Lawrenceville and Princeton, undated
Printed Material,
Box Folder
2 1 Program for Time of Their Lives, 6/1933
1 Literary Landmarks of Princeton, pg.42, 1968
Works by Others,
Manuscript,
Box Folder
15 5 Under the Undercurrent, by Seymour Morris, 10/1932

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Series 3: World War II, 1942-1945

Artifacts
Box Folder
2 3 Dog Tags
4 Legion of Merit Medal, 1945
Literary Works
Manuscripts
Box Folder
2 5 War Bond Script, undated
Correspondence,
Box Folder
3 1 Letters from the Front, 1942-1945
2 Letters from the Front, 1942-1945
3 Letters from the Front, 1942-1945
4 Letters responding to the radio show "What's your name soldier?", 1942-1945
5 Letters responding to the radio show "What's your name soldier?", 1942-1945
Box Folder
4 1 Letters responding to the radio show "Fighting Words," 1942-1945
2 Letters responding to the radio show "Fighting Words," 1942-1945
3 Letters responding to the radio show "Fighting Words," 1942-1945
4 Letters responding to the radio show "Fighting Words," 1942-1945
Printed Material,
Box Folder
2 3 General Orders, Army Instructions, undated
3 Insignia of the U.S.A.F. undated
6 WWII Telephone Directory undated
Box Folder
3 6 WWII Staff Directory undated
Box Folder
19 3 Articles about WWII 1942-1945
Box Folder
18 2 German Concentration camps discovered by the British and American Forces, in German, 4/1945
Artifacts
Box Folder
20 Nazi Armband, 1945

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Series 4: Albany, Texas, 1934-1968

Literary Works
Plays
Manuscripts
Box Folder
16 3 2000 nights in the theatre, 5/8/1942
Box Folder
6 2 Antic Spring, 1st and 2nd drafts, 3/1939
2 Antic Spring, 3rd and 4th drafts, 6-7/1939
3 Antic Spring, 5th draft, 7/1939
Published Works
Box Folder
6 3 Antic Spring, 1939
Manuscripts
Box Folder
11 5 Black is the Color , Prompt Copy, undated
6 Black is the Color , 5th draft, undated
7 Black is the Color , 5th draft, undated
Box Folder
12 1 Black is the Color , 5th draft, undated
2 Black is the Color , 1st draft, undated
Printed Material
Box Folder
19 4 Black is the Color , Flyer, 1948
4 Black is the Color , Program, 1948
Literary Works
Plays
Manuscripts
Box Folder
5 4 Fairy Tale, 5th draft, 1946; 1951
4 Fairy Tale, 6th draft, 7/5/1951
* Love and Wishes was renamed Fairy Tale which was renamed Touch of Fancy.
Printed Material
Box Folder
5 1 Article on The Fort Griffin Fandangle in The Atlantic 1941
Box Folder
19 6 Press release for The Fort Griffin Fandangle 1955
Correspondence
Box Folder
5 1 Letters to Donald Hardaway re: Fort Griffin Fandangle, 1965
1 Costume Co. re: Fort Griffin Fandangle, 1939
Notes
Box Folder
18 1 Fort Griffin Fandangle, undated
Literary Works
Plays
Manuscripts
Box Folder
13 1 Joe (renamed Say Uncle), 2nd and 3rd drafts, 2/1940; 8/1946
1 Joe (renamed Say Uncle), 2nd draft directing notes, 2/1940
1 Joe (renamed Say Uncle), 1st draft, 2/16/1940
5 Little feet, be careful, 3rd draft, 9/12/1951
6 Little feet, be careful, 3rd draft, 9/12/1951
Box Folder
14 1 Little feet, be careful, 3rd draft, 9/12/1951
2 Little feet, be careful, 2nd draft, 2/1950
2 Little feet, be careful, 1st draft, 1950
2 Little feet, be careful, 3rd draft composition notes, 1950
Box Folder
5 3 Love and Wishes, 3rd draft, 12/31/1939
3 Love and Wishes, 1st and 2nd drafts, 1938
* Love and Wishes was renamed Fairy Tale which was renamed Touch of Fancy.
Box Folder
6 6 Love Errant, 1st draft, 2/1952
6 Love Errant, 3rd draft, 4/1954
Box Folder
7 1 Love Errant, 4th draft, undated
Box Folder
6 6 Love Errant, 3rd draft, 1953
Published Works
Box Folder
6 6 Love Errant, 1954
Manuscripts
Box Folder
7 5 The Lunger's Wife, 2nd draft, copy 2, 1930
6 The Lunger's Wife, 2nd draft, 1930
6 The Lunger's Wife, 1st draft, 1/5/1930
Box Folder
5 2 Nativity, 3rd version, 1950
2 Christmas Pageant (early version of Nativity), 1933
Box Folder
12 5 Our Last Run, 2nd draft, 3 copies, 1930-1931
5 Our Last Run, 1st draft, 10/24/1930
Box Folder
6 4 Pioneer Wedding, 1st draft, 1939
4 Pioneer Wedding, 2nd draft, 2-3/1939
4 Pioneer Wedding, 2nd draft, 1939
Box Folder
11 2 A Pleasant Shade, 2nd draft, undated
3 A Pleasant Shade, 11/1960
3 A Pleasant Shade, 2nd draft, undated
4 A Pleasant Shade, 1st draft, 1960
Box Folder
6 5 Portrait of a Cowboy, 1st and 2nd drafts, undated
5 Portrait of a Cowboy, undated
5 Portrait of a Cowboy, undated
Box Folder
5 5 A Portrait of Nelson Holiday, 1st draft, 3/1942
5 A Portrait of Nelson Holiday, 7/30/1946
5 A Portrait of Nelson Holiday, 5th draft, 7/1951
Box Folder
17 1 A Portrait of Nelson Holiday, Working script plus director's notes, undated
Published Works
Box Folder
6 1 A Portrait of Nelson Holiday Jr., 1952
Manuscripts
Box Folder
15 3 The Real Princess , 1st draft, handwritten, 1940
4 The Real Princess , 1st draft, 1940
4 The Real Princess , 1st draft, 1940
Box Folder
12 4 Rehearsal, 1st draft, undated
4 Rehearsal, 2nd draft, 8/30/1930
Box Folder
19 5 Rehearsal, 3rd draft, 2 copies, undated
Box Folder
12 3 Remember the Alamo!, undated
3 Remember the Alamo! Project, 1962
Box Folder
13 2 Say Uncle, 3rd draft, 3 copies, 7/5/1951
Box Folder
4 5 Soldier's Joy, 1st draft, 1/1/1946
5 Soldier's Joy, 2nd draft, 1946
5 Soldier's Joy or The Natural Thing, 2nd draft, 1946
Box Folder
10 1 Strength of Ten, 1st draft, 11/16/1949
2 Strength of Ten, 2nd draft, 1/21/1950
3 Strength of Ten, 3rd draft, undated
4 Strength of Ten, 4th draft, 1/21/1952
5 Strength of Ten, 4th draft, copy 2, 1/21/1952
6 Strength of Ten, notes,
Correspondence
Box Folder
17 1 Strength of Ten, notes by Margot Jones, Dallas Theatre, 12/29/1952
Literary Works
Plays
Published Works
Box Folder
5 4 Touch of Fancy, 6 copies, 1952
* Love and Wishes was renamed Fairy Tale which was renamed Touch of Fancy.
Manuscripts
Box Folder
9 5 Tribunal, 2nd draft, 1931
Box Folder
15 2 The Unprincess like Princess, 2nd draft, 1/1935
2 The Unprincess like Princess, 2nd draft, 1/1935
2 The Unprincess like Princess, 1st draft, undated
Box Folder
13 3 Untitled musical about Lottie Deno, 1961
3 Pages from Untitled musical about Lottie Deno, undated
4 Untitled musical about Lottie Deno, 2/20/1960
4 Untitled musical about Lottie Deno, 1961
Box Folder
8 1 The Young and Miserable, 1st draft, undated
Box Folder
17 1 The Young and Miserable, 1st draft, Act III, handwritten, undated
Box Folder
8 2 The Young and Miserable, 2nd draft, undated
2 The Young and Miserable, 1934
Box Folder
16 1 The young who sin, 1959
Short Story
Manuscripts
Box Folder
7 3 The First Time, 1st - 4th drafts, 1961-1962
4 The First Time, 1962
Box Folder
16 2 Summer School, 1st draft, 11/4/1953
2 Summer School, 2nd draft, 11/16/1953
2 Summer School, 3rd draft, 10/30/1957
2 Summer School, 4th draft, 11/1957
2 Summer School, 5th draft, undated
Box Folder
17 4 TAR fight, early 1960s
Box Folder
15 5 Troubled Lord, 1st draft, 1/17/1952
5 Troubled Lord, 2nd draft, 10/25/1953
5 Troubled Lord, 3rd draft, undated
5 Troubled Lord, 4th draft, 4 copies, 12/4/1953
Film Scripts
Manuscripts
Box Folder
18 6 Camp Sweeney Project, 4/1955
Box Folder
15 6 Film Seaside, undated
Box Folder
11 1 Hellas in Texas, 1st draft, 9/1956
Box Folder
17 4 Hellas in Texas, undated
4 Texas Cowboy Reunion Film, 6/23/1938
4 Untitled, incomplete movie script, undated
Novel
Manuscripts
Box Folder
8 3 Jack, Chapter 1-2, undated
4 Jack, Chapter 3, undated
5 Jack, undated
Box Folder
9 1 Jack, undated
2 Jack, undated
3 Jack, undated
4 Jack, undated
Notes
Box Folder
17 3 Jack, undated
Assorted
Manuscripts
Box Folder
17 1 R.E. Nail Speech, Ft. Worth Art Association, 10/1945
1 Unknown, undated
Box Folder
18 6 Untitled, 10/30/1939
6 Untitled, undated
6 Untitled, undated
6 Untitled, undated
Printed Material
Box Folder
17 5 Publicity for Nail plays undated
Ephemera
Box Folder
1 1 Train ticket to Princeton, NJ 12/29/1930
1 2 valentines undated
Box Folder
19 1 Texas Fine Arts Commission 7/15/1966
Scrapbooks
Box Folder
20 3 Journals undated
Artifacts
Box Folder
20 Luther Gulick Award undated
Drawing Book, undated
Hardin-Simmons University Doctorate, 1968
Gold watch, "Outstanding Citizen 1947," undated
Correspondence
Box Folder
18 3 Assorted, undated
Works by Others
Manuscripts
Box Folder
18 5 25 Years a Parson in the Wild West, by Ralph Riley, 1896

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