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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Books Published

Description of Series

Series 1: Short Stories (1957, n.d.)

Series 2: Screenplays and scripts (1957, n.d.)

Series 3: Nonfiction (1948)

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A Guide to the Fred Gipson Papers, 1948-1957



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gipson, Fred, 1908-1973.
Title: Fred Gipson Papers
Dates: 1948-1957
Abstract: These papers represent drafts of several of Gipson’s short stories, screenplays, and one nonfiction autobiographical piece, arranged by genre and in chronological order, with dates ranging from 1948-1957, and many items having no date.
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Southwestern Writers Collection, Special Collections, Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos

Biographical Note

Texas novelist and journalist Frederick Benjamin Gipson was born February 7, 1908, in Mason, TX, and is best known for his novel, Old Yeller. He graduated from high school in 1926, worked various jobs until he attended the University of Texas from 1933-37. Although he did not complete his degree, he found work as a reporter for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times from 1938-40. He began working as a freelance writer in 1940, publishing many short stories, especially in the Southwest Review. His first non-fiction book, Fabulous Empire : Colonel Zack Miller’s Story, was published in 1946, and his first fictional work, Hound-Dog Man in 1949.

Gipson went on to publish many more fiction and non-fiction works, winning numerous awards, and garnering special recognition for Old Yeller, which was pronounced a classic almost immediately after its publication in 1956. Although many of his fictional works were written for young audiences, “Fred Gipson’s tales of the Texas hill country have charmed young and old, in print and film, for more than three decades… (He) was a top-notch storyteller, he had a good ear for dialect and a light hand in transcribing it. He handled well, if not very originally, that most familiar them in American fiction: initiation,” (William T. Pilkington, Twentieth Century Western Writers). Old Yeller, Savage Sam, and Hound Dog Man (as Return of the Texan) were all produced as films, working from scripts by Gipson. The author died at his home near Mason, in 1973.

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Scope and Content Note

These papers represent drafts of several of Gipson’s short stories, screenplays, and one nonfiction autobiographical piece, arranged by genre and in chronological order, with dates ranging from 1948-1957, and many items having no date. For each item there is typically one annotated typescript and one final draft typescript, along with a custom made folding box for the items related to each title. Of particular note is the 1957 shooting script for the Walt Disney film production of Gipson’s Old Yeller, which also includes a letter from Gipson to Joe Small.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

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Index Terms

Gipson, Fred, 1908-1973 Archives.
Authors, American--Texas--20th century--Sources.
Drafts.
Screenplays.
Wittliff, Bill and Sally donor

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Gifts donated by Bill and Sally Wittliff, 1994.

Processing Information

Processed by Amanda York, 2002.

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 Books Published 

Non-Fiction

Fabulous Empire : Colonel Zack Miller’s Story. Boston: Houghton, 1946; Big Bend : A Homesteader’s Story. Austin: UT Press, 1952; Cowhand : The Story of a Working Cowboy. New York: Harper, 1953; The Cow Killers : With the Aftosa Commission in Mexico. Austin: UT Press, 1956; An Acceptance Speech. New York: Harper, 1960.

Fiction

Hound-Dog Man. New York: Harper, 1949; The Home Place. New York: Harper, 1950; Recollection Creek. New York: Harper, 1955; The Trail-Driving Rooster. New York: Harper, 1955; Old Yeller. New York: Harper, 1956; Old Yeller screenplay for Walt Disney, 1957; Hound-Dog Man screenplay with William Tunberg for 20th Century Fox, 1959; Savage Sam. New York: Harper, 1960; Savage Sam, screenplay with William Tunberg for Walt Disney, 1963; Little Arliss. New York: Harper, 1978; Curly and the Wild Boar. New York: Harper, 1980.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1: Short Stories (1957, n.d.)

Box Folder
822 Natural Born Hunter (1957, n.d.)
1 Original annotated typescript, 1957?
2 Final draft typescript, n.d.
3 Tan cloth folding box with gold stamped label on spine
Wolf Eater (n.d.)
4 Annotated typescript, n.d.
5 Brown cloth folding box with gold stamped label on spine

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Series 2: Screenplays and scripts (1957, n.d.)

Box Folder
822 Old Yeller
6 shooting script, 1957, with 2/22/1958 letter to Joe Small
7 Brown half morocco folding box with gold stamped label on spine
Old Man Lepley’s Hound screenplay, n.d.
8 Outline, n.d.
9 “Brief”, Annotated typescript, n.d.
10 Tan cloth folding box with gold stamped label on spine

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Series 3: Nonfiction (1948)

Box Folder
822 Autobiography of a Texas Writer
11 Annotated typescript, 1948
12 Russet half morocco folding box on marbleized paper over boards, gold stamped label on spine

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