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Overview

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Personal papers, 1913-1966, undated,

Family papers, 1882-1962, undated, bulk 1954-1966,

Photographs, 1895-1965, undated,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

J.R. Hunnicutt:

An Inventory of the J.R. Hunnicutt Collection at the Texas State Archives, 1882-1966, undated, bulk 1913-1966



Overview

Creator: Hunnicutt, J.R., 1894-1973
Title: J.R. Hunnicutt collection
Dates: 1882-1966, undated
Dates: bulk 1913-1966
Abstract: The J.R. Hunnicutt collection primarily documents Hunnicutt's education and career, especially his service as a Texas Ranger, U.S. Customs Service Agent, and in the U.S. Army Medical Administrative Corps. The collection consists of correspondence, personal papers, photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks of Hunnicutt and his family dating 1882-1966 and undated, bulk 1913-1966. The oldest materials are photographs and papers of Hunnicutt's family.
Quantity: 4.45 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Biographical Sketch

J.R. Hunnicutt was born on July 4, 1894, in Marlin, Texas. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1915 and distinguished himself in athletic competition as a member of its baseball, football, and track teams. He was a chainman on the Capitol Lands Resurvey project from 1915 to 1916. In 1917 he joined the Texas Rangers and was stationed for a time in Glenn Springs in west Texas. He was promoted to sergeant in 1919 and after strike duty in Aransas Pass, Texas, he resigned to become the purchasing agent for the France and Canada Oil Transport Company, also in Aransas Pass. He attended Texas A&M University from 1921 to 1923 before transferring to Baylor University for one year. He worked in various capacities, including night supervisor and purchasing agent at hospitals throughout Texas, and later he was a sales representative for medical and surgical supplies. During this time he was an active member of the Shriners.

In the early 1930s he joined the United States Treasury Department Customs Service and became one of its first pilots (the force consisting entirely of impounded aircraft refurbished by customs personnel). In 1937 he transferred to the Alcohol Tax Unit of the Internal Revenue Service and served as an agent and investigator, except for periods of leave for Army Reserve training and active duty, until his retirement from federal service in 1954. He began active duty on March 5, 1941 with the U.S. Army Medical Administrative Corps. He served in Texas, Illinois, and other stations in the U.S., and served with the 103rd General Hospital in England between 1944 and 1945. He was reassigned to Brook Army Hospital in San Antonio in April 1946. In May 1946 he resumed investigatory work for the Alcohol Tax Unit while maintaining reserve status in the Army, eventually attaining the rank of major.

After his retirement in 1954, he concerned himself with family and his ranch while maintaining life-long interests including Masonry and campaigning for a Texas Ranger Pension Act. He died on March 3, 1973 in Waco, Texas.

(Source: the collection itself.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The J.R. Hunnicutt collection primarily documents Hunnicutt's education and career, especially his service as a Texas Ranger, U.S. Customs Service Agent, and in the U.S. Army Medical Administrative Corps. Records consist of personal papers and photographs including correspondence, financial and legal documents, literary productions, printed materials, scrapbook materials, photographs, postcards, greeting cards, and newspaper clippings dating 1882-1966 and undated, bulk 1913-1966. Correspondence and photographs make up the bulk of the collection. Hunnicutt's family is also represented, especially in photographic images and in the papers of his sister, Helen Mar Hunnicutt and materials relating to the administration of her estate. A few documents concerning his brothers, Walter Scott (W.S.) Hunnicutt and Robert Jasper (R.J.) Hunnicutt are also present.

Records include correspondence, financial and legal documents, and various printed materials from each stage of Hunnicutt's career, including his tenures with the Texas Rangers, Boyd-Hunnicutt Company, U.S. Customs Service, IRS Alcohol Tax Unit, and U.S. Army. Hunnicutt typed his letters and maintained file copies so two sides of many conversations are preserved in the records. Correspondents include political figures: U.S. Senator Tom Connally, Arthur C. Perry, Morris Sheppard, Maury Maverick, and Harry M. Wurzbach. A personal friend of Connally and his son, Ben, Hunnicutt frequently corresponded with Connally, seeking his aid and counsel. He also accumulated newspaper clippings and memorabilia documenting the senator's career.

A number of letters of recommendation for Hunnicutt are included. Other correspondence related to Hunnicutt's career and official duties reflects routine administrative matters, details of his duties and investigations, and departmental politics. Investigation diaries and memo books are also included, but these are fragmentary and the legibility is poor.

Snapshot images make up the bulk of the photograph collection, but there are also studio portraits, panoramic photographs, photographic postcards, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, printed material, copy prints, and other formats. Many of the photographs were originally pasted to scrapbook pages. Some of these have been unmounted and are filed separately, but a number remain adhered to black scrapbook paper. Copy prints were made of many photographs to increase their size and to preserve the images. Copy negatives exist for each of these images.

The photograph collection documents many events and individuals from Hunnicutt's life, including a number of his ancestors, friends, and family, his involvement in athletics at Marlin High School, the Capitol Lands Resurvey Project, his service with the Texas Rangers, his education at Texas A&M University, his participation in Shriner and Masonic activities, his aviation training with the Customs Service, and his service in England in World War II.

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Organization of the Records

The collection is organized into three series and 13 sub-series:
Personal papers, 1913-1966, undated, 2.5 cubic ft.
  • Correspondence, 1917-1966, undated, 1.3 cubic ft.
  • Personal data, 1923-1954, undated, 0.1 cubic ft.
  • Reports and publications, 1936-1965, undated, 0.1 cubic ft.
  • Financial documents, 1922-1954, undated, fractional
  • Legal documents, 1924-1946, undated, fractional
  • Minutes and proceedings, 1941-1942, 1952, fractional
  • Lists and tables, 1947-1954, undated, fractional
  • Printed materials, 1913-1965, undated, 0.5 cubic ft.
  • Scrapbook and scrapbook materials, 1922-1965, 0.5 cubic ft.
  • Diaries and notebooks, 1918-1945, undated, fractional
Family papers, 1882-1962, undated, bulk 1954-1966, 0.25 cubic ft.
  • Correspondence, 1915, 1954-1958, undated, fractional
  • Literary productions, 1925, 1955-1962, undated, fractional
  • Diaries, notebooks, and autograph books, 1882, 1885, undated, fractional
Photographs, 1895-1965, undated, 1.7 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected at a minimum through December 31, 2002 or 70 years after the author's death. The term of copyright for published material varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the State Archives when reviewing photographic materials.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Connally, Tom, 1877-1963
Hunnicutt, Helen Mar
Maverick, Maury, 1895-1954
Sheppard, Morris, 1875-1941
Wurzbach, Harry McLeary, 1874-1931
Corporate Names:
Texas Rangers.
Texas Rangers--Pictorial works.
Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America--Texas.
United States. Army.
United States. Army. Medical Corps.--Pictorial works.
United States. Customs Court.
United States. Internal Revenue Service.
Subject Terms:
Freemasonry--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--1917-1958, undated.
Financial Records--Texas--1922-1954, undated.
Legal Documents--Texas--1924-1946, undated.
Clippings (information artifacts)--1910-1949, undated.
Postcards--1918-1945, undated.
Photographs--1892-1965, undated.
Scrapbooks--Texas--1922-1965, undated.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas 3rd Court of Appeals records, 1891-1998, 1157.48 cubic ft. (Case files, J.R. Hunnicutt v. Thomas D. Moorman, no. 10386, re: Helen Mar Hunnicutt's estate (1956)) [Restricted]

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1968/029

These papers and photographs were donated to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Martha Jean Stevens on September 29, 1967.

Processing Information

Collection processed and a draft finding aid created by John Anderson, 1985

EAD, DACS elements, and XML coding by student volunteer Russell Holley-Hurt, University of Texas School of Information, June 2012

Appraisal Information

State Archives staff completed an appraisal of the J.R. Hunnicutt collection at accession. The papers and photographs were determined to be archival.

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Personal papers, 1913-1966, undated,
2.5 cubic ft.

Records consist of personal papers of J.R. Hunnicutt including correspondence, financial and legal documents, literary productions, printed materials, and scrapbook materials dating 1913-1966 and undated. Correspondence makes up the bulk of this series.
Records include correspondence, financial and legal documents, and various printed materials from each stage of Mr. Hunnicutt's career, including his tenures with the Texas Rangers, Boyd-Hunnicutt Company, Customs Service, Alcohol Tax Unit, and Army. Hunnicutt typed his letters and maintained file copies so two sides of many conversations are preserved in the records. Correspondents include political figures: U.S. Senator Tom Connally, Arthur C. Perry, Morris Sheppard, Maury Maverick, and Harry M. Wurzbach. A personal friend of Connally and his son Ben, Hunnicutt frequently corresponded with Connally, seeking his aid and counsel. He also accumulated newspaper clippings and memorabilia documenting the senator's career.
A number of letters of recommendation for Hunnicutt are included. Other correspondence related to Hunnicutt's career and official duties reflects routine administrative matters, details of his duties and investigations, and departmental politics. Investigation diaries and memo books are also included, but these are fragmentary and the legibility is poor.
Organization
Records are organized into ten subseries by type of material, and arranged within each subseries by topic and date:
Correspondence, 1917-1966, undated, 1.3 cubic ft.
Personal data, 1923-1954, undated, 0.1 cubic ft.
Reports and publications, 1936-1965, undated, 0.1 cubic ft.
Financial documents, 1922-1954, undated, fractional
Legal documents, 1924-1946, undated, fractional
Minutes and proceedings, 1941-1942, 1952, fractional
Lists and tables, 1947-1954, undated, fractional
Printed materials, 1913-1965, undated, 0.5 cubic ft.
Scrapbook and scrapbook materials, 1922-1965, 0.5 cubic ft.
Diaries and notebooks, 1918-1945, undated, fractional
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the subseries), Personal papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Correspondence, 1917-1966, undated,
1.3 cubic ft.
Records include correspondence from J.R. Hunnicutt's personal life and career dating from 1917 to 1966 and undated. All periods of Hunnicutt's career are represented including his tenures with the Texas Rangers, Boyd-Hunnicutt Company, Customs Service, Alcohol Tax Unit, and Army. Correspondents include political figures: Tom Connally, Arthur C. Perry, Morris Sheppard, Maury Maverick, and Harry M. Wurzbach.
Arrangement
Records are arranged by topic and date.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence, Personal papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2-22/673 Personal, 1919-1966
Adjutant General-Ranger, 1917-1929, undated
Boyd-Hunnicutt Co., 1925-1926, undated
U.S. Treasury-Customs Service, 1930-1937
Box
2-22/674 IRS Alcohol Tax Unit, 1937-1954, undated
Box
2-22/675 U.S. Army, 1926, 1941-1946, 1962, undated
Personal data, 1923-1954, undated,
0.1 cubic ft.
Records include transcripts, certificates, applications and reports relating to Hunnicutt's education, career, and health, dating from 1923 to 1954 and undated.
Arrangement
Records are arranged by topic and date.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Personal data, Personal papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2-22/675 Education, service, and work records, 1923-1954
Medical records, 1941-1945, undated
Reports and publications, 1936-1965, undated,
0.1 cubic ft.
Records are literary items produced or collected by J.R. Hunnicutt, including handwritten memoirs, reports on Alcohol Tax Unit investigations, U.S. Army duty and leave notes, and other publications. Records date from 1936 to 1965 and undated.
Arrangement
Records are arranged by topic.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Reports and publications, Personal papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2-22/675
J.R. Hunnicutt memoirs, 1962, 1965
IRS Alcohol Tax Unit, 1953
U.S. Army, 1936-1945
Assorted, undated
Financial documents, 1922-1954, undated,
fractional
Records include receipts, deposit slips, pay statements, and expense vouchers related to J.R. Hunnicutt's personal life, business with the Boyd-Hunnicutt Company, and service with the IRS Alcohol Tax Unit and U.S. Army dating from 1922 to 1954 and undated.
Arrangement
Records are arranged by topic and date.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Financial documents, Personal papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2-22/675 J.R. Hunnicutt personal, 1922-1951, undated
Boyd-Hunnicutt Co., 1924
IRS Alcohol Tax Unit, 1946-1949
U.S. Army, 1941-1954
Legal documents, 1924-1946, undated,
fractional
Records include applications, contracts, and affidavits related to J.R. Hunnicutt's personal life, business with the Boyd-Hunnicutt Company, and service with the U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Army, dating from 1924 to 1946 and undated.
Arrangement
Records are arranged by topic and date.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Legal documents, Personal papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2-22/675 J.R. Hunnicutt personal, 1935, 1941-1942, undated
Boyd-Hunnicutt Co., 1924
U.S. Treasury-Customs Service, 1934, 1936
U.S. Army, 1944-1946
Minutes and proceedings, 1941-1942, 1952,
fractional
Records include minutes and proceedings from meetings of the National Sojourners and the Federal Safety Council, dating 1941-1942, 1952.
Arrangement
Records are arranged by topic and date.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Minutes and proceedings, Personal papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2-22/675 National Sojourners, 1941-1942
Federal Safety Council, 1952
Lists and tables, 1947-1954, undated,
fractional
Records include rosters, reports, and investigational data in table and list form relating to J.R. Hunnicutt's service in the IRS Alcohol Tax Unit and U.S. Army and involvement with the National Sojourners and Federal Safety Council. Materials date from 1947 to 1954 and undated.
Arrangement
Materials are arranged by topic and by type.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Lists and tables, Personal papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2-22/675 IRS Alcohol Tax Unit, 1951, 1954
U.S. Army, 1948
Rosters, 1947, undated
Printed materials, 1913-1965, undated,
0.5 cubic ft.
Records include publications, awards, and certificates collected by J.R. Hunnicutt relating to his high school, university, and Masonic activities in addition to his roles with the Texas Rangers, Customs Service, IRS Alcohol Tax Unit, and U.S. Army. Materials date from 1913 to 1965.
Arrangement
Records are arranged by topic, type, and date.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Printed materials, Personal papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2-22/676 J.R. Hunnicutt personal, 1913-1965, undated
Adjutant General-Ranger, 1917, undated
U.S. Treasury-Customs Service and IRS Alcohol Tax Unit, 1934-1950, undated
U.S. Army, 1926-1962, undated
Scrapbook and scrapbook material, 1922-1965,
0.5 cubic ft.
Records include clippings and memorabilia dating from 1922 to 1965, some loose, but mostly adhered to scrapbook pages pertaining to J.R. Hunnicutt and his family, Texas politicians, and legislation. One scrapbook is intact and contains clippings documenting Senator Tom Connally's career.
Arrangement
Materials are arranged in no particular order as received from the donor.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Scrapbook and scrapbook materials, Personal papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2-22/677 Scrapbook and scrapbook material, 1922-1965
Diaries and notebooks, 1918-1945, undated,
fractional
Records include diaries and notebooks from J.R. Hunnicutt's service in the Texas Rangers, IRS Alcohol Tax Unit, and U.S. Army dating from 1918 to 1945 and undated.
Arrangement
Materials are arranged by topic.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Diaries and notebooks, Personal papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2-22/678 Texas Rangers, 1918-1920
IRS Alcohol Tax Unit, 1936
U.S. Army, 1943-1945

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Family papers, 1882-1962, undated, bulk 1954-1966,
0.25 cubic ft.

Records include correspondence, notes, literary documents, diaries, and autograph books dating from 1882 to 1962 and undated, bulk 1954-1966, that were found with the papers of J.R. Hunnicutt but that relate to his family members. Much of the material deals with the administration of the estate of his sister, Helen Mar Hunnicutt, including correspondence and notes handwritten by J.R. Hunnicutt. Also included are Helen Mar Hunnicutt's master's thesis from 1925, notebooks from her college courses, handwritten memoir pages probably written by her brother Robert Jasper (R.J.) Hunnicutt, and her brother Walter Scott (W.S.) Hunnicutt's autograph books.
Organization
The records are organized into three subseries by type:
Correspondence, 1915, 1954-1958, undated, fractional
Literary productions, 1925, 1955-1962, undated, fractional
Diaries, notebooks, and autograph books, 1882, 1885, undated, fractional
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and subseries), Family papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Correspondence, 1915, 1954-1958, undated,
fractional
Records include correspondence mostly relating to the administration of Helen Mar Hunnicutt's estate dating from 1954 to 1958. One item from 1915 is a letter from Alice Colquitt, wife of Oscar Branch Colquitt, governor of Texas from 1911 to 1915.
Arrangement
Records are arranged by recipient and topic.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence, Family papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2-22/678 Mrs. Hicklin P. Hunnicutt, 1915
Helen Mar Hunnicutt estate, 1954-1958
Literary productions, 1925, 1955-1962, undated,
fractional
Records include Helen Mar Hunnicutt's 1925 master's thesis from the University of Texas at Austin, notes regarding the administration of Helen Mar Hunnicutt's estate handwritten by J.R. Hunnicutt dating from 1955 to 1962, and undated handwritten memoir pages probably written by R.J. Hunnicutt.
Arrangement
Records are arranged by topic.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Literary productions, Family papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2-22/678 Helen Mar Hunnicutt, 1925, 1955-1962
R.J. Hunnicutt manuscript, undated
Diaries, notebooks, and autograph books, 1882, 1885, undated,
fractional
Records include undated diaries and notebooks containing college notes created by Helen Mar Hunnicutt and Mrs. Hicklin P. Hunnicutt and W.S. Hunnicutt's autograph books from 1882 and 1885 containing signatures and notes from classmates.
Arrangement
Records are arranged by creator.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Diaries, notebooks, and autograph books, Family papers, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2-22/678 Helen Mar Hunnicutt and Mrs. Hicklin P. Hunnicutt, undated
W.S. Hunnicutt, 1882, 1885

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Photographs, 1895-1965, undated,
1.7 cubic ft.

Snapshot images make up the bulk of the records, but there are also studio portraits, panoramic photographs, photographic postcards, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, printed material, copy prints, and other formats. Records date from 1895 to 1965 and undated. Many of the photographs were originally pasted to scrapbook pages. Some of these have been unmounted and are filed separately, but a number remain adhered to black scrapbook paper. Copy prints were made of many images to increase their size and to preserve them. Copy negatives exist for each of these images.
Photographs document many events and individuals from J.R. Hunnicutt's life, including a number of his ancestors, friends, and family, his involvement in athletics at Marlin High School, the Capitol Lands Resurvey Project, his service with the Texas Rangers, his education at Texas A&M University, his participation in Shriner and Masonic activities, his aviation training with the Customs Service, and his service in England in World War II.
Arrangement
Photographs 0001 through 0114 are of identified people, ordered alphabetically by name. Next, photos 0115 through 0287 are of identified places ordered alphabetically by name. Last, photos 0288 through 0549 are of unidentified people and places.
For a detailed listing of item descriptions, dates, and subjects see the Prints and Photographs Database, which will soon be available on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission website. Until the database is available, contact the Archives for further information about the photographs.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Photographs, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Technical Requirements
Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the State Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
Box
PP0146 Photographs of identified people 0001-0075
Box
PP0147 Photographs of identified people 0076-0114
Photographs of identified places 0115-0134, 0136-0160
Box
PP0148 Photographs of identified places 0161-0242, 0244-0248, 0250
Box
PP0149 Photographs of identified places 0251-0252, 0254-0255, 0257-0265, 0267-0287
Photographs of unidentified people and places 0288-0315
Box
PP0150 Photographs of unidentified people and places 0316-0409
Box
PP0151 Photographs of unidentified people and places 0410-0547, 0549
Box
PPB014 (16x20 print box) Photographs of identified places 0135, 0243, 0249, 0253
Photograph of unidentified people and places 0550
Box
PPH007 (20x24 print box) Photographs of unidentified people and places 0548, 0551
Drawer
Flat file drawer E-127 Photographs of identified places 0256, 0266 (panoramas)

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