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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of the Papers

Restrictions

Online Catalog Terms

Description of Series

Series 1. Personal correspondence A-Z, 1955 - 1988.

Series 2. Articles and short stories by William Owens, 1926-1987.

Series 3. Drafts of screenplays and unbound typescripts, undated.

Series 4. Notes on undated.

Series 5. Materials and draft for 1946-1988.

Series 6. Information on the Big Thicket area of Texas and the NASA Educational Committee, 1980-1981.

Series 7. Genealogical information and preparation for 1965-1987.

Series 8. Manuscript, drafts, and photocopies of 1902-1959.

Series 9. Tapes and records of songs used in Owen's books, 1982 and undated.

Series 10. Photo albums, press releases, yearbooks, books, and magazines, 1911-1985.

Series 11. Books collected by Owens, 1867-1967.

Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A & M University

Inventory of the William A. Owens Papers (Part Three):

1964-1988



Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator Owens, William A., 1905-
Title Inventory of the William A. Owens Papers (Part Three):
Dates 1964-1988
Abstract 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.
Identification LIT/Owens MSS 00090
Extent 28 linear ft. (18 Boxes)
Language English.
Repository Cushing Memorial Library College Station, TX 77843-5000

Biographical Note

For a brief biographical summary of the career of William A. Owens, please see the Inventory of Part I of the William A. Owens Papers.

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Scope and Content Note

Part Three of the William A. Owens papers consists of eighteen boxes and 30 unboxed books, occupying approximately twenty-eight feet of shelf space. Included in Part III are personal correspondence, from 1964 through 1988, essays, manuscripts, photographs, research for books, and articles. Also included is one shelf of books from William A. Owens' personal collection.

The papers have been divided into the following categories: personal correspondence (1964 - 1988), short stories and articles, This Stubborn Soil, Wildcatter, Look to the River, Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song, Historic Texas, Eye Deep in Hell, work by other authors, Cleaver and Witherspoon family genealogy, Letters of Roy Bedichek, Three Friends, videotapes of Owens's work, photographs, and books from Owens' collection of works on folklore and folk music. The correspondence has been arranged alphabetically by letter of the alphabet and chronologically within each letter.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 11 series:
Series 1. Personal correspondence A-Z, 1955 - 1988.
Series 2. Articles and short stories by William Owens, 1926-1987.
Series 3. Drafts of screenplays and unbound typescripts, undated.
Series 4. Notes on Historic Texas: A Photographic Collection, undated.
Series 5. Materials and draft for Eye Deep in Hell and information concerning the Counter Intelligence Corps Association, 1946-1988.
Series 6. Information on the Big Thicket area of Texas and the NASA Educational Committee, 1980-1981.
Series 7. Genealogical information and preparation for A Fair and Happy Land, 1965-1987.
Series 8. Manuscript, drafts, and photocopies of Letters of Roy Bedichek, 1902-1959.
Series 9. Tapes and records of songs used in Owen's books, 1982 and undated.
Series 10. Photo albums, press releases, yearbooks, books, and magazines 1911-1985.
Series 11. Books collected by Owens, 1867-1967.

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Restrictions

Access

No restrictions.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Online Catalog Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of Cushing Memorial Library. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.
Names
Owens, William A., 1905- .
Boatright, Mody Coggin, 1896-1970--Correspondence.
Bedichek, Roy, 1878-1959--Correspondence.
Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964--Correspondence.
Williams, Annie Laurie--Correspondence.
Organizations
National Humanities Series.
State University of Iowa--Alumni and alumnae.
United States. Army. Counter Intelligence Corps.
Subjects
Educators--Texas--Correspondence.
Folklorists--Texas--Correspondence.
Oral history--History--20th century.
Petroleum engineering--Texas--Archives.
Oil fields--Texas--Archives..
Slave trade in literature.
Mutiny--United States--History--Sources.
Biographers--Texas--Correspondence.
Historians--Texas--Correspondence.
Folklore and education--History--20th century.
Literary agents--Correspondence.
Folk songs--Texas--History--Sources.
Places
Pin Hook (Tex.).
College Station (Tex.).
Titles
Texas folk songs.
Caves of arayat.
Running in place.
Japanese soldiers in World War II.
Not so far away, not so long ago.
This stubborn soil: a frontier boyhood.
Tales from the derrick floor: a people's history of the oil industry.
Oral history of Texas oil pioneers.
Slave mutiny, the revolt on the schooner Amistad.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1. Personal correspondence A-Z, 1955 - 1988.

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1/1 Biographical summary of W. A. Owens. Papers by students of Owens. From Pin Hook to Manhattan, a continued chronicle by Owens. Northeast Texas Resource Conservation and Development Project Plan Handbook.
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1/2 Abstracts of Theses and Masters' Degrees, at the Southern Methodist University and the final examination of William A. Owens at the University of Iowa.
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1/3 Owens's diploma, Ph.D., from Iowa State University.
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1/4 A biography of William A. Owens by William T. Pilkington.
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1/5 William A. Owens Symposium: a collection of essays on his life and works.
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1/6 Experiences with William A. Owens, Author, Folklorist, Teacher: A series of presentations by William A. Owens, Paris Junior College, February 18 - 22 1980,
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1/7 Citation for Legion of Merit.
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1/8 Personal correspondence from Bob Anderson, 1977.
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1/9 Personal correspondence, A, including a decline from Doubleday concerning Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away, 1980.
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1/10 Personal correspondence, A, including Certificates of American Association of Retired Persons Insurance, April - December, 1981.
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1/11 Personal correspondence, A, including letters from, general information about, and articles written by Ben Austin. Austin is an author and former student of W. A. Owens, 1982.
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1/12 Personal correspondence, A, Correspondence referring to Robert Adams's manuscript entitled Jacob's Gold, a novel set in the post Civil War Era. Owens reviewed the manuscript, 1983.
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1/13 Personal correspondence, A, Letters concerning Owens' books and the Amistad Research Center, 1984.
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1/14 Personal correspondence, A, Letters concerning a controversial article in The Atlantic and the reading of a play by Gerald Arrington, "People So Full of Dreams," 1985.
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1/15 Personal correspondence, A, Includes a letter to Ms. Judith Antrobus and a copy of her manuscript, A Private Conversation, January 3, 1985.
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1/16 Personal correspondence, A, Correspondence regarding the city of Amarillo. The Texas Committee for the Humanities Project planned a scholarship workshop with the Amarillo Public Library. Enclosed are articles, agendas, and personal letters. W. A. Owens was a speaker at the event, March - December, 1985.
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1/17 Personal correspondence, A, Letters concerning a lecture series by Texans at the Smithsonian Institute. All correspondence is between W. A. Owens and Raye Virginia Allen, the coordinator of the Smithsonian Institution Texas Series, November 1986 - April 1987.
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1/18 Personal correspondence, A, Included are a letter to the Anderson Candy Company in Blossom, Texas, from W. A. Owens, thanking them for still making the peanut candy he enjoyed as a boy, and a letter of complaint to American Airlines, 1986.
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1/19 Personal correspondence, A, including correspondence with the Texas Christian University Press concerning the reprinting of W. A. Owens' books, March - November, 1987.
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1/20 Personal correspondence, A, Continued correspondence with the Texas Christian University Press, January - April, 1988.
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1/21 Personal correspondence, A, undated.
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1/22 Personal correspondence, B, A letter from the University of Minnesota, 1966.
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1/23 Personal correspondence, B, a letter from Alvin G. Brown, concerning social security and the W. A. Owens grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1974.
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1/24 Personal correspondence, B, Christmas cards, December 1976.
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1/25 Personal correspondence, B, Christmas cards, October - December, 1977.
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1/26 Personal correspondence, B, Christmas cards, 1978.
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1/27 Personal correspondence, B, including a letter concerning songs Owens may have used in his book, Tell Me A Story, Sing Me A Song, 1979.
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1/28 Personal correspondence, B, Enclosed are articles concerning the Rotary 75th Anniversary Dinner in Clarksville. W. A. Owens was the principle speaker. He spoke on "From Pin Hook to Manhattan." Also included are recommendations for scholarship recipients, 1980.
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1/29 Personal correspondence, B, Letters concerning the Big Thicket Association, 1981.
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1/30 Personal correspondence, B, including an article on a Paris, Texas tornado and letters regarding the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Ben and Beulah Brentley, 1982.
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1/31 Personal correspondence, B, Correspondence concerning Ralphana and George Bushong's Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration, 1983.
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1/32 Personal correspondence, B, Included is a list of books donated by W. A. Owens to the Paris Junior College Learning Center. Also enclosed is a letter to writer Bill Brett, 1984.
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1/33 Personal correspondence, B, Letters to Bill Brett and correspondence regarding plans for the Texas Sesquicentennial celebration. Also included is an evaluation report of the manuscript The Quality of Life in Texas Cities by R. Cole, A. C. Smity, and D. Taebel, 1985.
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1/34 Personal correspondence, B, Correspondence regarding plans for an April 1987 trip to Denton, Texas. Enclosed are two papers, one by a white girl and one by a black boy, about W. A. Owens's book This Stubborn Soil. Also, a proposed schedule of activities for East Texas State University Homecoming 1987 is included, 1987.
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1/35 Personal correspondence, B, with Jacques Barzun, a friend of W. A. Owens. Articles by Barzun: "The Aesthetics of Criminous,""What Makes Writing Right?,""Where is History Now?,""Roads to the Heart of Texas,""Le Faux Chic,""William James, Author," and two reviews of Barzun's books.
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1/36 Personal correspondence, B, to and from Robert Blauvelt, 1943 - 1948.
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1/37 Personal correspondence, B, Letters to and from Mary Lou Burkett. Ms. Burkett is an author, playwright, songwriter, and former teacher. She had asked W. A. Owens for reviews and advice about publication and finding an agent. Copies of letters between Ms. Burkett and publishers are included, 1980 - 1987.
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1/38 Personal correspondence, C, A letter from John Cushman Associates, Inc. explaining that the rights in Look to the River have reverted back to Owens is included. 1974.
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1/39 Personal correspondence, C, A letter from Robert Cluett explaining that he is sending a copy of Turner, the first section of The Gold of Troy, 1976.
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1/40 Personal correspondence, C, A letter from Tim Conkling who sought the advice of W. A. Owens about the merits of continued schooling is included, 1978.
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1/41 Personal correspondence, C, Included are articles regarding W. A. Owens's visit to Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas, July - November, 1979.
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1/42 Personal correspondence, C, Included are pictures and slides taken during a recent trip to Paris Junior College. Correspondence concerning a trip to Beaumont, Texas to speak to the Beaumont Heritage Society about early Texas folk songs, a request to President Jimmy Carter asking him to withdraw from the 1980 Presidential Race, and the Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration for J. D. and Bess Cheatham, 1980.
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1/43 Personal correspondence, C, Correspondence with the University of Nebraska regarding Roy Bedichek and letters from the University of Texas Press regarding the format of the Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away manuscript, 1981.
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1/44 Personal correspondence, C, A series of letters regarding publicity for" Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song." Letters regarding the format of the Sing Me a Song cassettes. Index of the tape for Sing Me a Song, including alternates, 1982.
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1/45 Personal correspondence, C, Correspondence with Dr. David Chapman, Associate Archivist, Texas A&M University, Letters regarding Deeds of Gift for J. Frank Dobie's I'll Tell You a Tale and Roy Bedichek's Adventures With a Texas Naturalist, and a copy of Bedichek's commentary on a literary critic, 1982. 1982.
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1/46 Personal correspondence, C, regarding a publicity trip in March, 1983 to Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. Letters concerning Owens's visit to the University of Texas at Austin to give an informal speech on writing. A review by W. A. Owens of Seven Keys to Texas by T. R. Fehrenbach. Correspondence regarding entries for the new Handbook of Texas for Roy Bedichek and Pin Hook, Texas by Owens, 1983.
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1/47 Personal correspondence, C, Letters regarding a visit to the Texas Writer's Lecture at the University of Dallas, 1984.
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1/48 Personal correspondence, C, regarding a trip to Paris Junior College, a gift of two books, Premier World Atlas and The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, to the Jenkins Garrett collection of the University of Texas at Arlington Library, and the confirmation that Letters of Roy Bedichek was to be published on October 28, 1985 by the University of Texas Press, 1985.
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1/49 Personal correspondence, C, including a letter discussing Owens's Legion of Merit Award and the Citation for Legion of Merit, 1986.
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1/50 Personal correspondence, C, including a packet of published poems by Robert Cowser, 1987.
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1/51 Personal correspondence, C, A letter from the Senior Editor of the Southern Methodist University Press explaining a mix-up in captions and photographs, 1988.
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1/52 Personal correspondence, C, letters. A list of possible reviewers for Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song, undated.
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2/1 Personal correspondence, D, An article about Dr. Imogene Dickey, first woman dean of Paris Junior College and Dean of Women at North Texas State University, 1979.
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2/2 Personal correspondence, D, A copy of chapter one of a Lawrence Dodd manuscript, Democracy in Texas: Homeward Reflections of a Native Son, 1980.
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2/3 Personal correspondence, D, A letter from Jack Delaney concerning a biography he is writing of John Steinbeck, March - December, 1981.
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2/4 Personal correspondence, D, A Dictionary of Texas Terminology compiled by Robert J. Duncan. An inquiry about Roy Bedichek's involvement in the development of wildlife conservation in Texas from Robin Doughty, 1982.
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2/5 Personal correspondence, D, A copy of the plot line of "Abiding Love," a screenplay adapted from a short story by John Davis entitled "A Matter of Love," February - December, 1983.
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2/6 Personal correspondence, D, A letter from and copies of newspaper articles by Robert Jack Duncan about Texas folklore, July 1984.
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2/7 Personal correspondence, D, A letter from a reviewer of Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song and a birthday letter, February - November, 1985.
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2/8 Personal correspondence, D, A letter to Senator Alfonse D'Amato asking for help to resolve a claim against the United States Postal Service, February - October, 1986.
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2/9 Personal correspondence, D, Copies of articles by Bill Porterfield and Robert Jack Duncan about Texas folklore. Flyer from the Dearman and Tippit families' Family and Friends Reunion, 1987.
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2/10 Personal correspondence, D, A letter regarding the retirement of Maxine Johnston, the Director of Library Services at Lamar University, April - July, 1988.
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2/11 Personal correspondence, E, Letters regarding W. A. Owens's participation in the Writing and the Careers in Writing Program at theUniversity of Texas at Arlington. Pictures of Kay Kobara Edwards, Duval Edwards, and Bill Brett. Correspondence with the Texas State Historical Association concerning sesquicentennial celebrations and Roy Bedichek. A rough draft of a manuscript by Ranko Estreich and a map to the Estreich house. Synopsis of Mornin' Brother Job by Martha Emmons, 1979 - 1982.
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2/12 Personal correspondence, E, Information on a CIC Reunion and a request from Duval (Val) Edwards for information about the National CIC Association's AB Team. Flyer from the celebration for the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Fred and Linda Ekfelt, 1983 - 1985.
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2/13 Personal correspondence, E, A thank you from the Sterling C. Evans Library for Owens's participation in the Brazos County sesquicentennial celebration, 1986 - 1987.
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2/14 Personal correspondence, E, Christmas cards and an article by Walter Edwards entitled "Something Borrowed: Wedding Cakes as Symbols in Modern Japan," undated.
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2/15 Personal correspondence, F, Flyers and schedules for the country music group Asleep at the Wheel. Correspondence with Julie Fallowfield of McIntosh and Otis, Inc., the agent of William A. Owens. An interview with John Henry Faulk, 1978 - 1983.
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2/16 Personal correspondence, F, Correspondence with Fort Worth Films concerning their interest in developing a screenplay based on Bill Brett's The Stolen Steers, for which William A. Owens wrote the introduction. Owens has agreed to review the screen-play. Continued correspondence with Julie Fallowfield of Mcintosh and Otis, Inc. regarding Owens' books Eye-Deep in Hell, This Stubborn Soil, Walking on Borrowed Land, Look to the River, and the film "Wildcatter," 1984-1987.
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2/17 Personal correspondence, G, Correspondence with Lyman Grant regarding Roy Bedichek. Grant is the co-editor of the letters of Roy Bedichek. 1977 - 1980.
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2/18 Personal correspondence, G, A copy of the picture of the home of Robert Alexander that shows Robert Owens, who Robbye Grove thought might be an ancestor of William A. Owens. Also enclosed is a list of ancestors of Robbye Grove. Continued correspondence with Lyman Grant about the Bedichek letters. Letters regarding a lecture given by W. A. Owens entitled "Folklore in the Field: Recording the Songs of Texas" at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. 1981.
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2/19 Personal correspondence, G, Pictures of Owens's trip to Texas sent by Paul Gunter, a member of the Big Thicket Association and author of River in the Dry Grass. A letter discussing the Writer-in-Residence for the Older Adult Program at Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, Lyman Grant. A list of donors to the Bedichek Letters Project compiled by the University of Texas Press. An essay by Lyman Grant entitled, Winning. A copy of The Texas Observer, editor: Joe Holley, friend of W. A. Owens. Roster for the Headquarters Officers Candidate Course G-2 Training School, June 1942.
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2/20 Personal correspondence, G, Book of new titles from David R. Godine Publishers, Inc. Acknowledgment of gift of Fever in the Earth to the Nyack Library. An article by A. C. Greene entitled "The Texas Literate: Whose Home is the Range, Anyhow?" Correspondence regarding Ann and Bill Owens' trip to Texas for the Sesquicentennial Week. Correspondence regarding the television premier of "Wildcatter: A Story of Texas Oil." W. A. Owens narrated this film and wrote the script, which are both based on Tales From the Derrick Floor and Fever in the Earth."The Life of Old Man Tufftimes," by A. C. Garnes is enclosed. A letter to Pamela Glick who illustrated This Stubborn Soil. A letter from Congressman Benjamin Gilman regarding foreign ownership of United States banks and trade with Japan, 1984-1988.
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2/21 Personal correspondence, G, A flyer for a lecture by W. A. Owens on "Folklore in the Field: Recording the songs of Texas." An article regarding diamonds, sent by John Geddes, undated.
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2/22 Personal correspondence, H, Copies of pages from Contemporary Authors and American Authors and Books including information on William Owens. Letters from Ken Harrison, an independent filmmaker, regarding a possible series of films for public television. The series is to be about short stories on Texas and its people. A copy of a paper by Thomas Meade Hardwell entitled "The South Has Risen Again - A Little." Screenplay by Ken Harrison The Last of the Caddoes, May 1968 - June 1980.
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2/23 Personal correspondence, H, A statement by W. A. Owens for the introduction to The Last of the Caddoes, July - December, 1980.
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2/24 Personal correspondence, H, Take Nirvana If You Choose, But Give Me Heaven, by W. A. Owens with notes. Joe Holley's entry for the Texas Institute of Letters Writers contest. Issues of The Texas Observer, co-editor: Joe Holley, 1981.
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2/25 Personal correspondence, H, Articles on J. Frank Dobie, including his last interview. Letters from Irene B. Hoadley, Director of the Sterling C. Evans Library, Texas A&M University, concerning the purchase of a second group of Owens' papers. South of the Mountain, a book of essays, the Hopper family history, the history of '76 House, and Indian legends. 1982.
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2/26 Personal correspondence, H, Letters and articles regarding U. S. English, a non-profit organization that wants to keep English as the only official language of the United States. Correspondence and articles about the death of Margaret Lohlker Hartley, editor of The Southwest Review and Southern Methodist University Press for 35 years. Correspondence regarding the National Counter Intelligence Corps Association. Notes for Ken Harrison concerning the screenplay of This Stubborn Soil, 1983.
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2/27 Personal correspondence, H, Issues of Imprimis sent by M. B. Hodges, Jr. Letters from Bill Humphrey regarding the Cherokee Indians and his book Hostage to Fortune, 1984.
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2/28 Personal correspondence, H, Articles on Helen Hayes's 85th birthday. Continued correspondence with Ken Harrison regarding screenplays about Texas, 1985.
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2/29 Personal correspondence, H, Correspondence and an article about the death of George Haley, a former teacher from Pin Hook, Texas, 1986 -1988.
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2/30 Personal correspondence, H, Copy of "On the Trail of Tommy Rouse in the United States Army," by Thomas M. Hatfield. Copy of" A Child's Memories of Tommy Rouse," also by Thomas M. Hatfield. A review of A Friend's Comment on Justice Douglas: The Court Years and Independent Journey, by Dagmar Hamilton. Correspondence regarding William Humphrey, undated.
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2/31 Personal Correspondence, I, Correspondence with the Iowa State University regarding memories of graduate school, 1970 - 1987.
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2/32 Personal correspondence, J, Copies of Gilbert J. Jordan's "German Texana,""German Lyrics and Ballads," and "German Culture in Texas." Excerpts from Texas and Texans in Poems and Pictures by Gilbert J. Jordan, 1979 - 1982.
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2/33 Personal correspondence, J, Correspondence regarding the Episcopal Church. Reviews of A Fair and Happy Land, Look to the River, Fever in the Earth, This Stubborn Soil, Slave Mutiny, and Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song, 1983 - 1988.
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2/34 Personal correspondence, J, Essays by Gilbert J. Jordan written for the German Texan Heritage Society Newsletter, undated.
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2/35 Personal correspondence, K, Correspondence concerning Roy Bedichek and his creation of the University Interscholastic League. Correspondence with Ellen Koskoff of the Society of Ethnomusicology regarding the a review of "And Other Neighborly Names" by W. A. Owens. 1978 -1988.
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2/36 Personal correspondence, K, "That Was Randado" by John Houghton Allen and "The Buried Lariat" by J. Frank Dobie, undated.
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2/37 Personal correspondence, L, Contract with the Texas A&M University Press to publish Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away. Notes for Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away, 1972 - 1979.
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2/38 Personal correspondence, L, Squawman, treatment for a screenplay, Squawman, treatment for a screenplay.
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2/39 Personal correspondence, L, A Birthday Salute to Tennessee Williams. Press Release from the State of Louisiana concerning the Folklife Commission, 1981 -1982.
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2/40 Personal correspondence, L, Letters from the State of Louisiana regarding Louisiana Traditional Music. Issue of Nick Lyons Books publication list, 1983 - 1985.
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2/41 Personal correspondence, L, Article on the Sam Rayburn Symposium at East Texas State University. Book jacket for This Stubborn Soil, 1986 -1988.
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2/42 Personal correspondence, L, Correspondence with North Texas State University concerning Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song. Information on Lucent Associates, undated.
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3/1 Personal correspondence, M, Flyer advertising William Owens in "The Southwest Sings." Excerpt from Improving College Teaching. Planned writing notes from Kendall McCook, 1965 -1979.
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3/2 Personal correspondence, M, "Come Hungry, Come Thirsty" a media grant proposal by Sam Houston State University. An appraisal of books Owens gave to Paris Junior College. An article on the death of Lewis Milestone, a Hollywood director, 1980.
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3/3 Personal correspondence, M, ""Be Glad the Milkman Came" by Henry Marksbury. Letter regarding gift from William A. Owens of autographed books (list of books included) to Paris Junior College. Correspondence with McIntosh and Otis, Inc. the agents of William A. Owens, 1981.
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3/4 Personal correspondence, M, Correspondence with McIntosh and Otis, Inc. A copy of "Ever A Bridegroom: Reflections on the Failure of Texas Literature" by Larry McMurtry, sent to W. A. Owens by Kendall McCook. An agreement with the Southern Methodist University Press to include Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song in the third volume of his autobiography. Articles by William McCloskey, Jr., a former student at Columbia. A General Description of " The Texas Folklorists: The Development of a Regional Consciousness" by James McNutt, 1982.
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3/5 Personal correspondence, M, Correspondence with Clinton Machann, an English professor at Texas A&M University. An essay by Conway Majors entitled "Adam Smith and Laissez Faire." A list of Counter Intelligence Corps Veterans. Fee statement for Tales From the Derrick Floor, 1983.
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3/6 Personal correspondence, M, Royalties statement from McIntosh and Otis, Inc. for Tales From the Derrick Floor. Correspondence regarding Black Mutiny, 1984.
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3/7 Personal correspondence, M, An article by Christopher McMillan entitled " Rowing Regatta." Correspondence with McIntosh and Otis concerning Black Mutiny. Correspondence regarding the Sam Rayburn Public Affairs Symposium at East Texas State University. Completed application for a cooperative grant for Come Hungry, Come Thirsty, a documentary for public television on camp meeting, an American Tradition. Letters regarding Come Hungry, Come Thirsty, 1985 - 1988.
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3/8 Personal correspondence, M, Short stories by Henry Marksbury, "Nervous" and "The Naked Runner" and excerpts from his book, For the Love of Books. Correspondence regarding A Season of Weathering, undated.
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3/9 Miscellaneous correspondence, Issues of The Texas Humanist. Royalty statement for Impressions of the Big Thicket. announcements of the death of Mary Katherine Loper, from Lamar County. Correspondence with Amica Mutual Insurance Company concerning an automobile accident. Newspaper clipping on the death of Willie M. Owens, 1955 - 1987.
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3/10 Miscellaneous correspondence," Trendier Than Thou" by Paul Seabury concerning the many temptations of the Episcopal Church. Bibliographic information on Harryette Ehrhard and Dale Rice. An outline of "Should They Dance? - Homosexuality in the Schools" by Ehrhard and , undated.
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3/11 Personal correspondence, N, 1979 - 1984.
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3/12 Personal correspondence, O, Reviews of A Season of Weathering. A letter granting permission for Owens to publish certain letters to Annie Laurie Williams, an agent, from her client, John Steinbeck. Galleon - from Paris Junior College. An article about Texas Folk Songs by William and Jessie Ann Owens. Letters, articles, and a program regarding the opening of the William A. Owens Papers at the Sterling C. Evans Library, Fall 1974 1973 - 1980.
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3/13 Personal correspondence, O, An issue of Suburbia Today containing an article about Leo Tolstoy. An issue of Texas Monthly containing an article about Texas people who grew up in the country and moved to the city. A memo from Jessie Ann Owens about W. A. Owens's visit to the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. W. A. Owens gave an informal talk on his years as a folk song collector in Texas. Information about a birthday salute to Tennessee Williams, 1981.
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3/14 Personal correspondence, O, Early draft of "From Pin Hook to Manhattan: Journeys of a Writer." A photograph of William A. Owens, Kendall McCook, Sue Sullins, and Don Sloan taken at the University of Texas at Arlington. Program from "William A. Owens: A Symposium." Manuscript of A Farm Boy's Progress: The Autobiography of William A. Owens. William A. Owens: Folklorist by James W. Byrd. Proofs for the William A. Owens entry in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. Manuscript of Take Nirvana if You Please, But Give Me Heaven. A review of a A Season of Weathering, undated.
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3/15 Correspondence regarding a trip to Texas in 1982. Articles announcing his arrival in Bryan - College Station. Information about the Southern Methodist University Class of 1932 Fifty Year Reunion.
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3/16 Papers from trip to Texas in 1982. Miscellaneous articles. Certificate recognizing Owens as a Golden Mustang of Southern Methodist University. An issue of The Mustang. Class of 1932 photo taken at the Fifty Year Reunion, circa 1982.
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4/1 Personal correspondence, P, Article on the death of Rev. Jeannette Piccard. Correspondence with the Philosophical Society of Texas regarding the meeting in Austin and the tour of the LBJ Library. Article on Owens's Honorary Degree from Southern Methodist University. He received a Doctor of Humane Letters. An article about and correspondence with Texas millionaire J. R. Parten, who helped finance research on Roy Bedichek. Letters from the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship Program for Journalists regarding an application for a fellowship from Douglas Joe Holley. Imagining Texas: The Literature of the Lone Star State, by William T. Pilkington, given to William Owens, 1964 - 1982.
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4/2 Personal correspondence, P, Information on Phi Beta Kappa at Columbia University. Continued correspondence with J. R. Parten. An issue of Texas Books in Review, Information on Phi Beta Kappa at Columbia University. Continued correspondence with J. R. Parten. An issue of Texas Books in Review.
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4/3 Personal correspondence, P, Program from the Sam Rayburn Public Affairs Symposium at East Texas State University. Information of the Philosophical Society of Texas. Article on South Africa. Royalty statement for Texas Folk Songs, 1988.
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4/4 Personal correspondence, P, A profile of the Texas Historical Foundation. Prospectus of a Texas Historical Foundation project. Press release for Black Mutiny. Article on writer Richard Price, undated.
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4/5 Personal correspondence, R, An issue of the Paris Rotary Club's Spokes, commemorating their 75th year. An article about W. A. Owens in The Paris News, 1979 - 1984.
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4/6 Personal correspondence, R, Correspondence with Peggy Rush on Cleaver Family genealogy. Correspondence with the Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center, 1985 - 1987.
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4/7 Personal correspondence, R, A note from and picture of President Ronald Reagan. Copy of an article about Captain Ronald Reagan as the star of wartime flight training films. Complete listing of films that starred Ronald Reagan. Paper entitled"America's Ingratitude for its Naming: The Tribulations of Signora Vespucci" by Allen Walker Read of Columbia University given at the Annual Meeting of the American Name Society. Essay by Larry J. Reynolds entitled James Kirke Paulding, Forgotten Writer and Critic, undated.
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4/8 Personal correspondence, S, Report on the evaluation of William A. Owens Papers by Dr. Sylvia Grider, TAMU, 1968 - 1979.
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4/9 Personal correspondence, S, Letters from former colleagues wishing Owens a speedy recovery. An issue of Texas A&M Today. Royalty statement for Texas Folk Songs. Program from the inauguration of Michael I. Sovern as President of Columbia University. An issue of the Columbia University Record. Letters from the Texas Institute of Letters, 1980.
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4/10 Personal correspondence, S, Correspondence with Charles Schultz, Texas A&M University Archivist. Royalty statement for Texas Folk Songs. Letter about the death of Theodore Steele, 1981.
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4/11 Personal correspondence, S, An essay by Timothy Stone entitled To Kill a Mockingbird and American Society: Fiction and Social Change in the 60's , January - June, 1982.
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4/12 Personal correspondence, S, Flyer for a lecture series by William A. Owens in Bryan-College Station, Texas. Information on To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, July - December, 1982.
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4/13 Personal correspondence, S, Articles on Pin Hook, Texas. Correspondence with the University of Rochester regarding the Eastman School of Music, 1983.
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4/14 Personal correspondence, S, A letter to the New York Times from W. A. Owens entitled “Of Watermelon and Wolves” regarding Jane E. Brody. Articles about wolves. Letters regarding the Roy Bedichek Papers. Resume of Robert S. Trotti, 1984.
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4/15 Personal correspondence, S, Correspondence with the University of Dallas regarding the donation of ten autographed books to be sold with the proceeds going to the Dallas Fund. Information on a MSC program, A Tribute to J. Wayne Stark. Program from the Sam Rayburn Public Affairs Symposium at East Texas State University. Program from a memorial service for Peter D. Shamonsey at Columbia University, 1985 - 1988.
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4/16 Personal correspondence, S, "A Day's Pay” by Robert Anderson. An excerpt from “There I Was” by Bob Stevens. Short biographical essay on Edward Muegge “Buck” Schiwetz. Articles and notes on the Civil War. Poems by Mary E. Sullivan and her resume, undated.
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4/17 Personal correspondence, T, Pictures of Pin Hook and Blossom, Texas. Letters from the Texas Institute of Letters. “The Power of Women” by Donald Taylor. Program from the Texas State Historical Association's Annual Meeting, 1976 - 1980.
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4/18 Personal correspondence, T, Newsletters from the Texas Institute of Letters. Issues of the Texas National Dispatch, 1981.
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4/19 Personal correspondence, T, An issue of the Texas Humanist focusing on Frank Vandiver. A letter to Frank Vandiver, President of Texas A&M. Proposal for the documentary film “Wildcatter,” 1982.
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4/20 Personal correspondence, T, Program from the Texas Historical Association's Annual Meeting. Membership List of the Texas Institute of Letters. Program from the Texas Folklore Society's Annual Meeting, January - June, 1983.
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4/21 Personal correspondence, T, Issue of The Texas Humanist. Newsletters from the Texas Institute of Letters and the Texas State Historical Association, July - December, 1983.
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4/22 Personal correspondence, T, Newsletters from the Texas Institute of Letters. Issues of the Texas National Dispatch. A copy of an official memorandum by Governor Mark White declaring a Frank H. Wardlaw Day, 1984.
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4/23 Personal correspondence, T, Information about the Texas State Historical Association. An article on a film feature where “Wildcatter: A Story of Texas Oil” was shown, 1985 - 1987.
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4/24 Personal correspondence, T, Correspondence concerning the Texas 1986 Sesquicentennial. Application for a mini-grant from the Texas Committee for the Humanities for a project entitled “William Humphrey and William Owens: Two Products of the Fertile Literary Soil of North Texas.” Application for a Media Development Grant for the project “Wildcatter.” Early draft of “The Old Order,” undated.
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4/25 Personal correspondence, V, Correspondence concerning the Texas Committee for the Humanities, 1980 - 1984.
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4/26 Personal correspondence, W, A photograph of Annie Laurie Williams, John Steinbeck's agent and the person who sold “Gone With the Wind” to Hollywood. Information about Annie Laurie Williams. Correspondence with the University of Dallas regarding This Stubborn Soil, 1973 - 1980.
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4/27 Personal correspondence, W, Poems by Brenda Black White. Program from a birthday salute to Tennessee Williams. An article by John Henry Faulk. An article about Frank Wardlaw that mentions Walter Prescott Webb, Roy Bedichek, and J. Frank Dobie, 1981 - 1982.
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4/28 Personal correspondence, W, An article on the retirement of the President of Paris Junior College. An essay by June R. Welch entitled “A Tale of Not So Long Ago.” Genealogical information on the Cleaver/Clever Family. Second draft of “Pin Hook: Then and Now.” Royalty statement for Texas Folk Songs. Poems by Brenda Black White. A contents list of Texas Field Recordings by William A. Owens. Resume of Charlotte T. Whaley, 1983.
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4/29 Personal correspondence, W, Poems by Brenda Black White. An article about O. Henry's Texas Stories. An issue of the SMU Mustang, 1984 - 1987.
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5/1 Personal correspondence, W, Pamphlet from the June Welch Talks Texas Seminar. Pamphlet from the Grant Wood Art Festival. An article about Frank Wardlaw, undated.
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5/2 Personal correspondence, Y, Manuscript of The Big Thicket: The Timeless Present. A proposal for The Big Thicket. Treatment for The Big Thicket, 1976 - 1983.
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5/3 Personal correspondence, Y, Information on “Journey to the Sky: A History of the Alabama and Coushatta Indians.” Photographs of the Alabama and Coushatta Indians, undated.
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5/4 Personal correspondence, Z, Information on the United States Bicentennial, 1976 - 1987.
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5/5 Correspondence regarding the John Steinbeck and Annie Laurie Williams letters controversy. Article on Owens's visit to East Texas State University.
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5/6 Correspondence regarding a shipment of books lost in the mail. Information on John Steinbeck.
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5/7 Correspondence regarding “Frontier Bay,” a television special based on This Stubborn Soil.
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5/8 Royalty statements for Look to the River, Texas Folk Songs, This Stubborn Soil, Impressions of the Big Thicket, Tell Me A Story, Sing Me A Song, Black Mutiny, Fever in the Earth, and Letters of Roy Bedichek.
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5/9 “Bird Against the Window” by Ann Owens, edited by William Owens. Letter attached.
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5/10 Copyright renewal of Texas Folk Songs, Slave Mutiny, Walking on Borrowed Land, Fever in the Earth, Look to the River, This Stubborn Soil, Three Friends, Tales From the Derrick Floor, A Season of Weathering, and A Fair and Happy Land.
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5/11 Correspondence between William A. Owens and Everett Opie. Ravioli Every Morning and other publications by Everett Opie, cartoonist for the New York Times and a former student of William A. Owens.
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5/12 Copy of a letter to the Semi-Weekly Farm News, first William A. Owens writing to appear in print.
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5/13 Correspondence about album project, a surprise by Jessie Ann Owens for W. A. Owens' 80th birthday. Birthday cards.
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5/14 Two small address and telephone books, one is from 1985.
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5/15 William A. Owens's diary from 1976. The diary was a gift from Everett Opie.
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5/16 William A. Owens's diary from 1985, a gift from Everett Opie.
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5/17 William A. Owens's 1986 diary.
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5/18 William A. Owens's 1987 diary.
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5/19 Book reviews of This Stubborn Soil, A Season of Weathering, Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song, Impressions of the Big Thicket, Historic Texas: A Photographic Portrait, and Letters of Roy Bedichek.
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5/20 Newspaper clippings regarding biographical information, references to William A. Owens' work, announcements of appearances, and awards.
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5/21 Newspaper clippings regarding William A. Owens.
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5/22 Book jackets for Letters of Roy Bedichek, Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song, and This Stubborn soil.
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5/23 Published interviews with William A. Owens on subjects of writing, folklore, books, and life.
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5/24 Publishers' releases regarding Owens' books.
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5/25 Flyers and announcements of appearances and presentations by William A. Owens.
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5/26 Publishers' catalogs with William A. Owens titles.

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Series 2. Articles and short stories by William Owens, 1926-1987.

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6/1 “The Galleon,” a poem by William A. Owens, published in the Paris Junior College, Yearbook, Yearbook included, 1926.
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6/2 “Notes and Documents, Anglo-Texan Spirituals,” excerpted from Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, July, 1982.
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6/3 Book reviews by William A. Owens.
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6/4 An excerpt from This Stubborn Soil in Dallas Life Magazine, January 18, 1987.
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6/5 “To Make a Literature of Our Lives,” by William A. Owens, an article on the art of writing, in The Texas Humanist, April 1980.
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6/6 “Gusher at Spindletop,” American Heritage, Volume IX No. 4, June 1958.
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6/7 “Traveling Texas with Bill Owens,” excerpts from Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song, in The Texas Observer, August 5, 1983.
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6/8 “That Old-Time Religion” by William A. Owens in the Sesquicentennial issue of Texas Monthly, January 1986.
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6/9 Reports on Summer Sessions at Columbia University by William A. Owens, Director, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, and 1966.
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6/10 Book review by William A. Owens of English Times Ultra.
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6/11 “Tankers to Texas” by William A. Owens in DuPont Magazine, August - September, 1959.
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6/12 “He Kept the Peace in Sour Lake” by William A. Owens, from material gathered for “Oral History of Texas Oil” and used in Fever in the Earth, American Petroleum Institute Quarterly, Autumn 1958.
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6/13 “Oil Diviners of the Past” by William A. Owens in First State Gasoline Dealer News, March - April, 1960.
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6/14 “Professional Hazzard” by William A. Owens in Petroleum Today, August 1959.
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6/15 “I Drilled the Lucas Gusher” from “Oral History of Texas Oil” and used in Fever in the Earth. Published in DuPont Magazine, April - May 1959.
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6/16 “Boom in Batson: The Birth of an Oil Field” from “Oral History of Texas Oil” in American Petroleum Institute Quarterly, Spring 1957.
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6/17 “Pin Hook: Then and Now,” Southwest Review, Includes notebook and several typewritten drafts, Autumn 1983.
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6/18 “Trailing the Devil in Louisiana,” Southwest Review, Spring 1987.
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6/19 “Where East and West Have Met,” Sunday Digest, June 24, 1956.
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6/20 “A Free Philippines?” Asia and the America, February 1946.
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6/21 “The Arms of God,” a short story by William A. Owens, published in New Story, A note by William Owens is included, March 1952.
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6/22 “Seer of Corsicana,” a short story by William A. Owens published in the Southwest Review, Spring 1958.
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6/23 “Somebody Touched Me,” a short story by William A. Owens published in Southwest Review, Spring 1950.
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6/24 My Father and Then My Mother” transcribed from tapes by William A. Owens, Southwest Review, WAO says “excerpted from Three Friends,” Autumn 1967.
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6/25 “In Thine Own Blood” an excerpt from Walking on Borrowed Land in the Southwest Review, Spring 1954,and “The Golden Age of Texas Scholarship,” Southwest Review, Winter 1975.
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6/26 “Gusher at Spindletop” in Into Wide Worlds, a fifth grade reader.
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6/27 “The Older Order- Owens, Perry, Brewer,” typescript of article read (possibly at a lecture) but never published. A note from William A. Owens is included.
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6/28 Typescript of presentation given to J. Mason Brewer Folklore Symposium.
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6/29 Draft and copy-edited version of “Images: Texas Places, Texas Faces.”
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6/30 Typescript of “Brethren Betrayed,” submitted to Atlantic Monthly, but not published.
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6/31 Final draft of “article for book from symposium,” note by WAO.
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6/32 Typescript of story “An Evening on Lake McBride.”
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6/33 Typed course outline and lecture notes for a course on writing and careers in writing.
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6/34 Second draft typescript of John Redway, A Novel. There is no evidence that this was published.
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6/35 “Writing with William A. Owens,” a workshop at the University of Texas at Arlington.
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6/36 “Oral History of Texas Oil Pioneers” by William A. Owens.
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6/37 “Oral History of Texas Oil Pioneers” - bound index to transcripts of taped interviews.
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6/38 Book review by William A. Owens.

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Series 3. Drafts of screenplays and unbound typescripts, undated.

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7/1 Publisher's release and introduction for This Stubborn Soil.
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7/2 Partial page proofs of This Stubborn Soil.
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7/3 Screenplay of This Stubborn Soil by Ken Harrison.
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7/4 Correspondence about “Wildcatter.”
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7/5 Draft of “Wildcatter.”
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7/6 Correspondence about “Wildcatter” and a discussion of reels.
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7/7 “Wildcatter,” third draft.
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7/8 Draft of “Wildcatter” and correspondence.
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7/9 Draft of “Wildcatter” and correspondence.
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7/10 Program for play based on Look to the River.
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7/11 Look to the River script.
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7/12 Two fragmentary essays about evaluating writing. One is tentatively entitled “Teacher to Student.”
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7/13 Bound copy of first draft of Look to the River. Screenplay by Millard Lampell based on the novel by William A. Owens.
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7/14 National Humanities Series. First Year Report and notes from William A. Owens.
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7/15 National Humanities Series: “Frontiers: Settling a Nation,” program and bibliography.
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7/16 Papers and correspondence from the Brazos County Sesquicentennial Celebration in which William A. Owens participated.
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7/17 Newspaper articles, papers, and correspondence from the Brazos County Sesquicentennial Celebration.
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7/18 Photocopies of songs from the World War I period which were useful for Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song.
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7/19 Unbound page proofs of Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song.
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7/20 Unbound page proofs of Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song.
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7/21 Working notes and music for Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song.
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7/22 Unbound typescript with typesetter's notes of Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song, p. 1 -50.
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7/23 Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song, p. 51 - 100.
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7/24 Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song, p. 101 - 150.
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7/25 Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song, p. 151 - 200.
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7/26 Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song, p. 201 - 250.
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7/27 Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song, p. 251 - 300.
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7/28 Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song, p. 301 - 350.
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7/29 Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song songs.
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7/30 Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song songs.

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Series 4. Notes on Historic Texas: A Photographic Collection, undated.

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8/1 Early draft of “Images: Texas Places, Texas Faces,” a forward by William A. Owens to Historic Texas: A Photographic Collection.
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8/2 “Images: Texas Places, Texas Faces.” Draft approved by Martha Sandweiss.
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8/3 Notes and reviews on Historic Texas.
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8/4 Photographs. Some were chosen for Historic Texas.
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8/5 Photocopies of photographs. Some were used in Historic Texas.
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8/6 Photocopies of photographs from the Historic Texas selection.
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8/7 Photocopies of photographs from the Historic Texas selection.
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8/8 Photocopies of photographs from the Historic Texas selection.
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8/9 Biography of Mody Coggin Boatright who co-authored Tales from the Derrick Floor by William A. Owens.
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8/10 “Pin Hook: Then and Now.”

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Series 5. Materials and draft for Eye Deep in Hell and information concerning the Counter Intelligence Corps Association, 1946-1988.

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9/1 Bound page proof of Eye Deep in Hell.
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9/2 Correspondence regarding the Philippines presumably used to prepare Eye Deep in Hell, 1946 - 1980.
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9/3 Correspondence regarding the Philippines, 1981 - 1988.
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9/4 “The Danger from Japan” by Theodore H. White. “Support for my hatred of Japan,” says William Owens.
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9/5 “The Fall of Bataan,” presumably used to prepare Eye Deep in Hell.
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9/6 Preliminary material for Eye Deep in Hell. Counter Intelligence Corps Bibliography.
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9/7 Final report to “AB Team” of the Counter Intelligence Corps.
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9/8 Articles regarding Geronima T. Pecson. Liberal party candidates and Keynote Address by Mrs. Pecson. “Let There Be No More War.”
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9/9 Preliminary material for Eye Deep in Hell. Essay tentatively entitled “Running in Place: A War Forgot is a War Destined to be Fought Again.”
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9/10 “Take Nirvana if You Choose, But Give Me Heaven” by William A. Owens.
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9/11 Edited typescripts and notes and a preliminary draft of Eye Deep in Hell.
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9/12 “A Free Philippines,” by William A. Owens, February 1946.
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9/13 “Will the Huks Revolt?” by William A. Owens, July 1946.
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9/14 Mementos from Bataan Day Fortieth Anniversary Celebration in the Philippines.
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9/15 Correspondence with United States Representative Benjamin Gilman regarding Philippine situation, 1988.
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9/16 Typescript of Eye Deep in Hell, p. 1 - 50.
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9/17 Eye Deep in Hell, p. 51 - 100.
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9/18 Eye Deep in Hell, p. 101 - 150.
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9/19 Eye Deep in Hell, p. 151 - 200.
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9/20 Eye Deep in Hell, p. 201 - 250.
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9/21 Eye Deep in Hell, p. 251 - 275.
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9/22 Training Manual for the Army Corps of Intelligence Police with explanatory note by William Owens.
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9/23 Tentative Training Manual for the Army Corps of Intelligence Police.
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9/24 Training Manual for the Army Corps of Intelligence Police.
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9/25 Training Manual for the Army Corps of Intelligence Police, 1941.
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9/26 Army license plate with Counter Intelligence Corps engraving. Possibly belonged to W. A. Owens when in the intelligence unit of the army in the Philippines.
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9/27 Chapters III and IV, possibly from Eye Deep in Hell.
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9/28 Counter Intelligence Corps Association membership documents.
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9/29 Counter Intelligence Corps Identification flag, possibly from World War II era.
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9/30 Counter Intelligence Corps Association Newsletters and convention material.
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9/31 “Behind Japanese Lines,” an article by Bernard Norling, who served in the Philippines. Short biography of Bernard Norling.

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Series 6. Information on the Big Thicket area of Texas and the NASA Educational Committee, 1980-1981.

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10/1 Material on what W. A. Owens called “The Big Thicket Controversy,” 1980 - 1981.
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10/2 Issues of the Big Thicket Bulletin, Big Thicket Association Newsletters, and material on the Big Thicket area.
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10/3 Guide material for members of the NASA Educational Committee, Owens was a member. He was the editor of curriculum and a promoter of science in public schools.
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10/4 Guide material for members of the NASA Educational Committee.
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10/5 Guide material for members of the NASA Educational Committee. -
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10/6 Guide material for members of the NASA Educational Committee.
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10/7 Guide material for members of the NASA Educational Committee.
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10/8 Manuscript of River in Dry Grass by Pete A. Y. Gunter, edited by W. A. Owens, p. 1 - 50.
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10/9 Manuscript of River in Dry Grass, p. 51 - 100.
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10/10 Manuscript of River in Dry Grass, p. 101 - 150.
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10/11 Manuscript of River in Dry Grass, p. 151 - 200.
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10/12 Manuscript of River in Dry Grass, p. 201 - 255.
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10/13 Other authors' work. Included authors are Lyman Grant, Elizabeth A. H. John, Elmer Kelton, and Bonnie Humphrey Maddux.
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10/14 Wrong Side of the River by Ruth Morgan.
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10/15 Newspaper clippings relating to the history of Blossom, Texas.
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10/16 Material by Henry Marksbury, a Columbia student. Short stories, poems, and letters.
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10/17 Material by Kendall McCook, a former student of Owens.
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10/18 Material by Kendall McCook. This Land, a collection of short stories.
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10/19 Material by Kendall McCook. Short stories.
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10/20 Material by William D. Carlson. Draft copy of In Search of a Miracle.
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10/21 Memoirs of Bertha Hutchins, niece of Missouri Ann James, William A. Owens says this is the handwritten original and not to let anyone use commercially without permission, 1888 - 1985.
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10/22 Incomplete autobiography by Dr. John Haley of Pin Hook, Texas, p. 1 - 50.
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10/23 Incomplete autobiography by Dr. Haley, p. 51 - 100.
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10/24 Incomplete autobiography by Dr. Haley, p. 101 - 150.
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10/25 Incomplete autobiography by Dr. Haley, p. 151 - 200.
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10/26 Incomplete autobiography by Dr. Haley, p. 201 - 265.

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Series 7. Genealogical information and preparation for A Fair and Happy Land, 1965-1987.

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11/1 Correspondence regarding the Cleaver Family, Genealogical research for A Fair and Happy Land, 1965 - 1983.
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11/2 Correspondence regarding the Cleaver Family, 1984 - 1987.
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11/3 Cleaver Family genealogy, A - B.
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11/4 Cleaver Family genealogy, C.
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11/5 Cleaver Family genealogy, D - F.
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11/6 Cleaver Family genealogy, G - H.
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11/7 Cleaver Family genealogy, I - O.
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11/8 Cleaver Family genealogy, P.
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11/9 Cleaver Family genealogy, R - T.
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11/10 Cleaver Family genealogy, U - Z.
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11/11 Genealogical correspondence and research of the Witherspoon Family of Lamar County, Texas, A - Q, 1934.
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11/12 Genealogical correspondence and research of the Witherspoon Family, R - Z.
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11/13 Photocopies of letters of a Confederate surgeon. William A. Owens says they were valuable in research for A Fair and Happy Land.

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Series 8. Manuscript, drafts, and photocopies of Letters of Roy Bedichek, 1902-1959.

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12/1 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, miscellaneous pages and notes.
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12/2 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek.
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12/3 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 1 - 50.
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12/4 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 51 - 100.
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12/5 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 101 - 150.
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12/6 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 151 - 200.
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12/7 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 201 - 250.
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12/8 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 251 - 300.
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12/9 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 301 - 350.
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12/10 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 351 - 400.
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12/11 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 401 - 450.
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12/12 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 451 - 500.
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12/13 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 501 - 550.
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12/14 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 551 - 600.
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12/15 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 601 - 650.
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12/16 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 651 - 700.
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12/17 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 701 - 750.
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12/18 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 751 - 800.
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12/19 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 801 - 850.
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12/20 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 851 - 900.
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12/21 Copy-edited manuscript of Letters of Roy Bedichek, p. 901 - 935.
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13/1 Correspondence concerning Bedichek letters, preparation for book, 1981 - 1982.
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13/2 Correspondence regarding Bedichek letters, 1983.
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13/3 Correspondence regarding Bedichek letters, 1984 - 1985 and undated.
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13/4 Bound typescript of biographical sketch of Roy Bedichek and editorial notes.
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13/5 Typescript of final or near final draft of Bedichek essay.
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13/6 Roy Bedichek biography, third draft.
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13/7 Roy Bedichek biography, drafts 3 and 4.
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13/8 Roy Bedichek biography, early draft.
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13/9 Roy Bedichek biography, early draft.
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13/10 Editorial notes by Lyman Grant and William A. Owens.
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13/11 Editorial notes by Lyman Grant and William A. Owens.
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13/12 Transcripts of taped conversations between Roy Bedichek and William A. Owens.
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13/13 Copies of newspaper editorials by Roy Bedichek.
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13/14 Photocopies of Bedichek letters, 1950 - 1953.
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13/15 Photocopies of Bedichek letters to Bachman, 1952 - 1953.
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13/16 Photocopies of Bedichek letters possibly used in book.
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13/17 Photocopies of Bedichek letters possibly used in book.
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13/18 Photocopies of letters from Roy Bedichek to William A. Owens. Owens says the original are at the University of Texas.
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13/19 Photocopies of miscellaneous Bedichek letters.
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13/20 Photocopies of miscellaneous Bedichek letters.
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13/21 Mrs. Bedichek's memoirs, “The Jumping Off Place.”
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13/22 Mrs. Bedichek's memoirs.
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13/23 Mrs. Bedichek's memoirs.
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13/24 Lillian Bedichek's tapes.
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13/25 Roy Bedichek's academic transcript from the University of Texas.
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14/1 Photocopy of book about Harry Peyton Steger, a friend of Bedichek's.
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14/2 Photocopies of letters to Governor James Ferguson from the University of Texas Ex-Students Association. Roy Bedichek was on the Executive Committee.
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14/3 Photocopies of Bedichek letters, A - C.
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14/4 Photocopies of Bedichek letters, D - E.
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14/5 Photocopies of Bedichek letters, F - G.
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14/6 Photocopies of Bedichek letters, with editorial notes, H - K.
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14/7 Photocopies of Bedichek letters, with notes, L.
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14/8 Photocopies of Bedichek letters, M.
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14/9 Photocopies of Bedichek letters, O - P.
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14/10 Photocopies of Bedichek letters, R - S.
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14/11 Photocopies of Bedichek letters, T - W.
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14/12 Photocopies of Bedichek letters, W.
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14/13 Photocopies of Bedichek letters, W.
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15/1 Transcripts of conversations - Bedichek, Dobie, and Webb, grouped by subject matter.
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15/2 Transcripts of conservations - Bedichek, Dobie, and Webb.
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15/3 Transcripts of conservations - Bedichek, Dobie, and Webb.
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15/4 Bound typescript of Three Friends.
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15/5 Typescript and notes by William A. Owens concerning Three Friends.
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15/6 Typescript from tapes, Bedichek, Dobie, and Webb, Reels 1 and 2.
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15/7 Typescript from tapes, Reels 3 -6.
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15/8 Typescript from tapes, Reels 7, 10, 11.
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15/9 Miscellaneous typescript from tapes.
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15/10 Story and notes about “Blowin' Horn.”

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Series 9. Tapes and records of songs used in Owen's books, 1982 and undated.

1 videotape - “Arts Council”
1 videotape - “A Season of Weathering”
Paris Junior College Production, July 1988.
ACTS Broadcast (Channel 27 in Paris)
2 videotapes of first lecture and questions on oil rigging
2 videotapes of lectures on Roy Bedichek
2 videotapes on Bill Owens, October 6, 1982
1 videotape - “Owens - Cutaways”
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16/1 Phonograph needles
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16/2 6 records of songs
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16/3 6 records of songs
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16/4 8 records of songs

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Series 10. Photo albums, press releases, yearbooks, books, and magazines, 1911-1985.

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17/1 Press releases from Columbia University's Summer Sessions and International Book Exhibit, 1960 - 1965.
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17/2 Personal and family pictures.
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17/3 Association of University Summer Sessions pictures.
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17/4 Columbia University Summer Session Writers Conference Pictures.
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17/5 1960 International Book Exhibit pictures Law Library, Columbia University American Booksellers Association.
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17/6 1964 NASA Project pictures.
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17/7 Pamphlets and miscellaneous pictures.
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17/8 Family and friends pictures.
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17/9 Family and friends pictures.
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17/10 Pictures from Columbia University.
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17/11 Pictures of family and friends.
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17/12 Pictures connected with Eye Deep in Hell.
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17/13 Pictures connected with Tales from the Derrick Floor.
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17/14 1927 Galleon, Fall Galleon, Paris Junior College Yearbook, 1974.
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17/15 1949... in General, published by Columbia University.
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17/16 Annie Laurie Williams material - William Owens's literary agent.
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17/17 Grant application.
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17/18 Mementos from Wildflower Planting.
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17/19 Miscellaneous.

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Series 11. Books collected by Owens, 1867-1967.

  • American Literature, May 1947.
  • Rig Nine: Oilfield Short Stories by William Rintoul.
  • Issues of Southwestern American Literature, 1973 and 1975.
  • The Makers of Cajun Music by Barry Jean Ancelet.
  • Contemporary Comparative Socio-Cultural and Literary Research by Gunter Oztuna, a former student of William A. Owens. Letter enclosed.
  • Prelude to Civil War by William W. Freehling.
  • Issues of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, April 1984 and July 1983.
  • John Milton and William Chappell by Donald Lemen Clark.
  • “The Man of Letters and American Culture” by Ludwig Lewisohn, May 1949.
  • James Joyce by Alfred Appel, Jr.
  • A descriptive catalog of Trade and Textbook Publications, including the Scribner Library, July 1966.
  • The Philosophical Society of Texas proceedings, 1971, 1973, 1983, 1985.
  • Issues of the Southwest Review, Spring 1984 and Winter 1985.
  • Lolita: The Springboard of Parody by Alfed Appel, Jr.
  • Nupela Testamen na Ol Sam (the New Testament of the Bible in Pidgeon English)
  • Ways of Thinking by William M. Pena.
  • Pioneers by Amanda M. Ellis.
  • The Passing of the Indian and the Buffalo by J. L. Hill.
  • The Old Dutch Burying Ground of Sleepy Hollow published by the History Research Society of the Tappan Zee, 1926.
  • Johan Bojer by Llewellyn Jones.
  • Louisiana Folklore Miscellany, a publication of the Louisiana Folklore Society, 1973.
  • A Word-List from South Carolina by Lucille Ayers, November, 1950.
  • A Brief Discussion of the History of Cotton, Its Culture, Breeding, Harvesting and Uses by H. B. Brown.
  • Mody Boatright: Secretary and Editor, 1943 - 1964, published by the Texas Folklore Society, 1965.
  • Miracles Out of a `22 Chevy by Leon Hale.
  • Two Six-Shooters and a Bonnet: The Story of Sally Skull by Dan Kilgore.
  • Socialism in Song by Rev. M. A. Smith, 1911.
  • Eyes on Texas: Fifty Years of Folklore in the Southwest by Wayland D. Hand, 1967.
  • 101 Best Stories of Minnesota by Merle Potter, 1931.
  • Issue of the Louisiana Folklife Newsletter, October 1976, March 1977, March 1978, October 1978, March 1980.
  • Well, He Wanted to Know and I Knew, So I Told Him: East Texas Tales by Bill Brett, signed by Bill Brett.
  • At the Rainbow's End by Art Cuelho.
  • Slavery and the Federal Courts: A Paradox of Rules co-sponsored by the Second Circuit Historical Committee and the Federal Bar Council.
  • Pause for Nostalgia: An Anthology of Personal Memories of the 1920's and 1930's, edited by Katherine Staples.
  • Bardstown in Retrospect published by Standard Publishing Co.
  • Painting of the American West from the J. W. Runyon, Jr. Collection.
  • Report of the Fifth Texas Surveyors Short Course, 1952.
  • Your Revolutionary War Ancestor, 1775 - 1783 by the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
  • The Principles and Practice of Genealogy by Joseph Sudweeks.
  • A descriptive list of the special studies and publications, 1945 - 1965, of Allen Walker Read, a colleague at Columbia University.
  • Columbia University Summer Session Catalogs, 1960, 1964 - 1972, 1974, 1976.
  • Issues of the Arkansas Historian.
  • Kentucky Baptist Atlas by Leo Taylor Crismon and George Raleigh Jewell.
  • The American Songbag by Carl Sandburg.
  • Devil's Ditties by Jean Thomas.
  • Ballads and Songs of Indiana, collected and edited by Paul G. Brewster.
  • Folk Song USA by John and Alan Lomax.
  • Folk Song Abecedary by James F. Leisy.
  • The Garden of Memory, compiled by M. A. Elliot.
  • Music in Texas - Frontier to 1900 by Ellen Walker Rienstra and Judith Walker Linsley.
  • Pronunciation of the French Spoken at Brunswick, Maine by William N. Locke.
  • Pronunciation of the French Spoken at Brunswick, Maine by William N. Locke.
  • Washing on the Line by Beauton Riley.
  • Coffee in the Gourd, edited by J. Frank Dobie.
  • And They All Sang Hallelujah by Dickson D. Bruce, Jr.
  • A History of Franklin, West Virginia by Elsie Byrd Boggs.
  • Amsterdam Cantos by Ricardo Sanchez.
  • Living With Ballads by Willa Muir.
  • The Writings of Brann the Iconoclast.
  • History of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Cleveland, Tennessee, 1867 - 1967.
  • Vasconcelos of Mexico by John H. Haddox.
  • English and Scottish Popular Ballads, edited by Helen Child Sargent and George Lyman Kittredge.
  • The Fascinating Oil Business by Max W. Ball.
  • New York Folklore Quarterly, 1948 - 1949.
  • New York Folklore Quarterly, 1948 - 1949.
  • Baptist Hymnal.
  • Oilmen and What They Do by C. W. Harrison.
  • Tales From the Derrick Floor by William A. Owens.
  • Oil by Walter Gilkyson.
  • A Treasury of Folk Songs, edited and compiled by Sylvia and John Kolb.
  • A New Treasury of Folk Songs by Tom Glazer.
  • The Tarot Revealed by Eden Gray.

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