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

Guide to the Bob Green Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Green, James Robert (Bob) (1926- )
Title: Bob Green Papers
Dates: 1861-1983
Abstract: The collection of papers include 11 master broadcast videotapes that chronicle the history of Albany and Shackelford County produced by Bob Green, his writings, the writings of Robert E. Nail, Jr., and business/legal records relating to Fort Griffin.
Identification: AR.2003.029; AR.2005.016
Quantity: 7 containers; 2.8 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Robert E. Nail, Jr. Archives  Old Jail Art Center,  201 S. 2nd St.,  Albany, TX 76430

Biographical Note

Bob Green was born and raised on the Green Ranch, northeast of Albany, Texas where his pioneer father first settled in 1881. With the exception of his military service in Okinawa during WWII, Green has lived and worked on the Green Ranch all his life. Besides ranching and raising cattle, Green has a consuming interest in Native American lore, military history, history of the American West and local Shackelford County history. His passions extend to wildlife and ecology conservation, as well as music, including playing organ and accordion. Green co-narrated the Fort Griffin Fandangle and played its calliope for 27 years. He was an original Fort Griffin Fandangle cast member and was friends with Robert E. Nail, Jr.

--portions of this sketch were taken from Green's book, Okinawa Odyssey

Scope and Contents

4" Videotapes, correspondence, written works, business/legal records, and a daybook make up this collection. The papers can be separated into 3 series groups: The Bob Green series contains 4" videotapes, written works, subject files, and business/legal records produced by Green or relating to the Green Ranch. The Robert E. Nail, Jr. Writings series contains written works by Nail given to Green. In this series Nails writings consist of short stories, and local news items recorded by Nail. The Fort Griffin Group contains original legal records from the Kirkland and Stripling business relating to the lease of the land where Fort Griffin operated, a daybook from 1875-1876 by an unknown author, and an oral history interview of J.R. Gilbert who lived at Fort Griffin.



The collection is separated into 3 series: Series 1: Bob Green, Series 2: Fort Griffin, Series 3: Robert E. Nail, Jr. Writings


Restrictions on Access

Open to the Public

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Gilbert, J.R.
Green, James Robert (Bob,)(1926- )
Herron, Henry
Larn, John
Nail, Robert E., Jr., (1909-1968)
First National Bank of Albany
Fort Griffin
Kirkland and Stripling
Family Names:
Princeton, New Jersey
Albany, Shackelford County, Texas
Fort Griffin, Texas
Tarrant County, Texas
Parker County, Texas
Albany News
Fort Griffin
John Larn Inquest
Reynolds Cattle Company
Document Types:
Business Records
Legal Records
Subject Files
Written Works

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

AR.2003.029; AR.2005.016

Alternative Form Available

Bob Green Papers - Raw XML

Detailed Description of the Collection


Series 1: Bob Green, 1861- 1979; [1976-1979]; undated

Box Folder
1 6 four inch master videotapes for the History of Shackelford County Courthouse and First National Bank, 1983
Box Folder
2 4 four inch master videotapes for the History of Shackelford County Courthouse and First National Bank, 1983
Box Folder
3 1 Notes on for narration of the History of Shackelford County Courthouse and First National Bank, undated
2 Notes on for narration of the History of Shackelford County Courthouse and First National Bank, undated
3 Assorted biographical information on the Green Family and Green Ranch including writings by Bob Green, maps, and business/legal records pertaining to the Green Ranch., mostly undated
Printed Material/Written Works
Box Folder
4 1 "Back at the Ranch" articles by Bob Green, 1976-1979
2 Assorted transcribed Albany News articles, 9/1910-6/1911
3 Assorted transcribed Albany News articles, 9/1902-3/1909
3 Assorted transcribed Albany News articles, 9/1898-9/1902
5 Maps, undated
6 Speeches/Narration, undated
Subject Files
Box Folder
3 4 Ebersole Family, undated
4 Herron, Henry, see also Personage Research Files, undated
4 Civil War Recollections, by James Lemuel Clark, undated
4 History of Tarrant and Parker Counties, undated
5 Fort Griffin, Texas, undated
5 Shackelford County History, undated
5 Reynolds Cattle Company, undated
5 John Larn Inquest, undated
Box Folder
4 7 Two State of Texas Treasury Warrants, 1861-1862


Series 2: Fort Griffin, Texas, 1875-1942

Box Folder
4 8 Special Report on Fort Griffin, National Park Service, 4/16/1938
Box Folder
3 6 J.R. Gilbert (lived at Fort Griffin), 1942
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3 7 Contains weather data, financial data, personal information. Author unknown, 1875-1876
Kirkland and Stripling (given by John Bennetts)
Box Folder
4 9 Correspondence, 1875
9 Legal Records (some pertaining to Fort Griffin), 1875


Robert E. Nail, Jr. Writings, 1924-1960s

Box Folder
3 8 Robert E. Nail, Jr., 1946-1950
8 Robert E. Nail, Sr., 1923-1926
Box Folder
5 1 Personal Writings, Albany, undated, 1930s-1960s
1 Personal Writings, Albany, undated, 1930s-1960s
1 Personal Writings, Princeton, undated, 1930s-1960s
Box Folder
6-7 Plays (Manuscripts), see Robert E. Nail, Jr. Papers AR.2003.003 for other versions of the plays stored here
Box Folder
5 4 Speech, 1/22/1947
5 Poetry, 1933-1966
6 Notes, undated
Box Folder
5 7 Painting, undated
7 Princeton University brochure, 1924