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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Additional Sources

Description of Series

Correspondence

Financial Material

Flag Ranch

Kilgore and Kilgore

Personal Papers

Legal Documents

Committees

Literary Production

Live Stock Records

Maps and Charts

Memoranda

Printed Material

Scrapbook Material

Financial Material

Legal Material

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1837-1983 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company
Title: Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company Records,
Dates: 1837-1983 and undated
Abstract: The records pertain to the Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company, which was incorporated in 1883 and headquartered near Guthrie, Texas.
Collection # S 803.1
Quantity: 27 boxes and 9 ledgers (30.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Organized in 1881 by D.B. Gardner and Eugene F. Williams, it was incorporated in 1883 as the Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company. The ranch is headquartered near Guthrie, Texas, and also operated divisions near Laramie, Wyoming, and Eskridge, Kansas.

The ranch used a three-pronged symbol that looked like a pitchfork. The succession of general managers for the ranch was as follows: D. B. Gardner served from 1883 until his death in 1928; from 1928-1930, A. Lambert managed the ranch; Virgil V. Parr ran the ranch from 1930-1940; Rudolph Swenson served a short term from 1940-1942; and the well-known D. Burns was ranch manager for the Pitchfork Ranch from 1942-1965. Burns received a lifetime award in 1960 from the Texas Hereford Association

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, legal documents, financial material, maps and charts, diaries, scrapbook material, printed material, news releases, speeches, minutes and agenda, literary production, news clippings, and photographs. A portion of the collection (1,170 leaves) is available on microfilm. Also included are Virgil V. Parr's papers concerning his tenure on the Wichita School Board from 1931-1933.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Burns, D. (Douglas R.), 1895-1977
Burns family
Humphreys, Jim
Subjects (Organizations)
Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company
Places
6666 Ranch (Tex.)
Eskridge (Kan.)
Guthrie (Tex.)--History
J.A. Ranch (Tex.)
Laramie (Wyo.)
Pitchfork Ranch (Tex.)
Pitchfork Ranch (Tex.)--Social life and customs
Saint Louis (Mo.)
SMS Ranch (Tex.)
Spur Ranch (Tex.)
XIT Ranch (Tex.)
Subjects
Animals--Texas--Pitchfork Ranch
Cattle--Marking--Texas--Pitchfork Ranch
Cattle--Texas
Cattle--Texas, West
Cattle--Breeding
Cattle--Breeding--Texas--Pitchfork Ranch.
Cattle--Feeding and feeds--Texas--Pitchfork Ranch
Cattle trade
Cattle trade--Texas
Cowboys--Texas, West
Cutting horses
Horse trading
Horses
Horses--Breeding
Horses--Texas--Pitchfork Ranch
Livestock--Texas--Pitchfork Ranch
Ranch life--Texas--Pitchfork Ranch
Ranch managers--Texas--History
Ranches--Kansas
Ranches--Texas
Ranches--Wyoming
Ranching--Texas, West

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Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • R.J. and Rita Bell and Belinda Sursa oral history interview [sound recording], 1970s
  • Douglas R. Burns oral history interview [sound recording], 1969-1970
  • D. (Douglas R.) Burns Papers, 1850-1980
  • D. (Douglas R.)Burns Papers, 1940-1976
  • Mrs. Walter Chalk oral history interview [sound recording], 1969
  • >Gardner, Dan, Papers, 1897
  • Virgil V. Parr Papers, 1921-1935
  • Elmer Petty oral history interview [sound recording], 1981
  • Belinda Sursa and Dave Kinney oral history interview [sound recording], 1970

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company Records, 1837-1983 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Gifts, 1969-1977

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, 2000

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Additional Sources

Murrah, David J. "The Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company: the First Century. "Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1983.

Burns, Mamie Sypert. "This I Can Leave You: A Woman's Day on the Pitchfork Ranch. "College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1986.

Cox, James. "Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry. "2 vols., St. Louis: Woodward and Tiernan Printing, 1894, 1895.

Elliott, Margaret A. History of D. B. Gardner's Pitchfork."Panhandle-Plains Historical Review, "vol. 18, 1945.

Hendrix, John M. The Forks."The Cattleman, "March 1939.

The Handbook of Texas has published a more in-depth online biography of the Pitchfork Ranch at http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/search.html

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Collection Inventory

 

Correspondence

box folder
1 1 General, 1877-1900
2 General, 1901-1939
3 General, 1916-1917
4 General, 1918
5 General, January-June 1919
6 General, July-December 1919
7 General, 1920
8 General, 1921
9 General, January-July 1922
10 General, August-December 1922
box folder
2 1 General, January-June 1923
2 General, July-December 1923
3 General, January-May 1924
4 General, June-December 1924
5 General, 1925
6 General, January-June 1926
7 General, July-December 1926
8 General, January-June 1927
9 General, July-December 1927
10 General, 1928-1929
11 General, 1930
12 General, 1931
13 General, 1932-1936
14 General, 1937-1938
box folder
3 1 General, January-April 1940
2 General, May-September 1940
3 General, October-December 1940
4 General, January-March 1941
5 General, April-June 1941
6 General, July-September 1941
7 General, October-December 1941
8 General, undated
9 General, 1942
box folder
4 1 General, 1924-1946
2 General, 1946-1948
3 General, 1949-1950
4 General, 1950-1951
box folder
5 1 General, 1951
2 General, 1952
3 General, 1952-1953
4 General, 1953-1954
box folder
6 1 General, 1954-1955
2 General, 1955-1956
3 General, 1956-1957
4 General, 1957-1958
box folder
7 1 General, 1958-1959
2 General, 1959-1960
3 General, 1963-1967 and undated
4 General, 1967-1968
box folder
8 1 General, 1960-1961
2 General, 1962
3 General, 1962
4 General, 1964-1965
box folder
9 1 General, 1961
Specific
box folder
9 2 Accounting Department (Ranch), 1929-1931
3 Acreage Allowances, 1957-1962
4 Ad Layouts, undated
5 Agriculture Conservation Program, 1945-1958
6 Animal Health Records, 1946-1965 and undated
7 Associations, 1945-1965 and undated
8 Associations, 1945-1965 and undated
9 Bookkeeping Department, St. Louis, 1942-1952
box folder
10 1 Bookkeeping Department, St. Louis, 1953-1957
2 Bookkeeping Department, St. Louis, 1958-1960
3 Bookkeeping Department, St. Louis, 1961-1962
4 Bookkeeping Department, St. Louis, 1962-1964
box folder
11 1 Braceros Program, 1958-1962 and undated
2 Breeding Records, 1963
3 D. Burns, 1947
4 D. Burns, 1942-1943
5 D. Burns, 1944
box folder
12 1 D. Burns, 1944-1947
2 D. Burns, 1948-1965 and undated
3 D. Burns, 1942-1949
4 D. Burns, 1962-1968
5 Cattle Shipping Records, 1953
6 Cattle Sales, 1934
7 Cattle Tallies and Counts, 1930
8 Claims, 1930-1933
9 Crop Dusting Records, 1950
10 Daily Cattle Killing Records, 1955-1961
11 Employer's Reports of Injury, 1940-1942
12 Eradication of Predatory Animals and Obnoxious Weeds, 1920-1936
13 Farm Machinery, 1933
14 Farm Operation, 1931
15 Freight Rates, 1930-1931
16 Gasoline Memoranda, 1937-1939
17 Highway #24, 1933
18 Land Improvement, 1937
19 Land Sales Farms, 1923-1938
20 Leases, 1931
21 Legal Affairs (W. D. Wilson), 1930-1931
22 Livestock, undated
23 Lumber and Construction, 1938
24 Meat Curing, 1930
25 Miscellaneous, 1883-1962
26 Officers, 1935-1936
27 Publications, 1930-1931
28 Publicity, 1931
29 Ranches, etc. for sale, 1930
30 Registered Herd, 1931-1932
31 St. Louis Union Trust Company, 1954-1976 and undated
32 Sales, 1930-1931
33 Shipping, 1931
34 Texas Cattle Raisers Association, 1930-1931
35 Texas Experiment Station, 1930
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13 1 E. F. Williams, Sr., 1942-1944
2 E. F. Williams, Sr., 1944-1947
3 E. F. Williams, Sr., 1948-1953
4 E. F. Williams, Sr., 1953-1954 and undated
5 E. F. Sr., E. F. Jr., and Gates Williams, 1954-1957
box folder
14 1 E. F. Sr., E. F. Jr., and Gates Williams, 1957-1960 and undated
2 Williams, Eugene F. Jr., and Jim Humphrey, 1965-1976 and undated
3 Williams, Eugene F. Jr., and Jim Humphrey, 1964-1973 and undated
4 Williams, Gates, 1942
5 Williams, Eugene, Jr., 1953-1965
6 Williams, Gates, 1942-1951
7 Williams, Gates, 1951-1954 and undated

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Financial Material

box folder
15 1 Braceros Program, 1958-1962 and undated
2 Cattle Records: Inventories, 1964-1970
3 Cattle Records: Inventories and Sales, 1881-1931
4 Cattle Records: Statements of Sale, 1963-1975
5 Expense Accounts, 1952-1962
6 Expense Accounts, 1962-1965
7 Expense Accounts, 1941-1951
8 Expenditures, 1929-1965 and undated
9 Expenditures, 1963-1973
10 Expenses and Depreciation Schedule, 1960-1964
11 Employee Data, 1959
12 Expenditures, 1915-1919
13 Expenditures, 1920-1929
14 Expenditures, 1930-1931
15 Expenditures, 1932
box folder
16 1 Expenditures, 1933
2 Expenditures, 1934
3 Expenditures, 1935
4 Expenditures, 1938
5 Expenditures, 1950-1956
6 Expenditures, 1960-1969
7 Expenditures, 1970-1979
8 Expenditures - Account list, Freight Bills, Statements, 1909-1942 and undated
9 Expense Account of Virgil V. Parr, 1930-1931
10 Feed Records, 1956
11 Feedlot Records, 1969-1973
12 Flag Ranch Conditions, 1975
13 Flag Ranch and Pitchfork Ranch Employees, 1965-1982 and undated
14 Freight Bills, 1944-1958
15 General, 1946-1963 and undated
16 General, 1963-1969 and undated
17 Hog Records/Sales, 1963-1972
18 Income Statements, 1962-1972
19 Insurance, 1960-1963
20 Insurance, 1944-1964 and undated
21 Insurance: Injury Reports, 1945-1954 and undated
22 Insurance: Premiums, 1944-1956
box folder
17 1 Insurance: General American Life, 1960-1964
2 Inventories: Hog Records, 1963-1972
3 Land Appraisal, 1965
4 Late Tax Renditions and Assessments, 1939
5 Miscellaneous items, 1884
6 Miscellaneous Tax Renditions and Assessments, 1929-1932
7 Mississippi Valley Trust, Treasury Certificate and Miscellaneous, 1918-1926 and undated
8 Payroll Notes, undated
9 Payrolls, 1939-1957
10 Payrolls, 1958-1965
box folder
18 1 Payrolls: Indian Payrolls and Expenses, 1954-1957
2 Payrolls: Indian Payrolls and Expenses, 1957-1959
3 Payrolls: Indian Payrolls and Expenses, 1959-1962
4 Payrolls: Mexican, 1958-1959
box folder
19 1 Payrolls: Mexican, 1960-1961
2 Petty Cash, 1933
3 Petty Cash Distribution, 1942-1944
4 Purchases, Orders, and Receipts, 1964-1976
5 Receipt Note, 1898-1901
6 Records of Sales, 1939-1954
7 Sales and Expenditures, 1932-1937
8 Sales, 1939-1944
9 Sales, 1945-1949
10 Sales, 1950-1953
box folder
20 1 Sales, 1954-1956
2 Sales, 1957-1959
3 Stockholders, Attempted Purchase, 1983
4 Stockholders Meetings, 1969-1980
5 Statements of Sales, 1940-1959 and undated
6 Tax Notices, 1946 and undated
7 Uniform Straight Bill of Lading, 1942-1962 and undated
8 Daybook, 1903-1910
9 Daybook, 1910-1916
10 Land Deeds Record Book, 1899
11 Robert M. Ellison Estate Records, 1905-1907
box folder
21 1 General Ledgers, 1910-1929
2 General Ledgers, 1924-1927
3 General Ledgers, 1928
4 General Ledgers, 1929-1930

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Flag Ranch

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22 1 Correspondence, 1952-1959
2 Correspondence, 1960-1964 and undated
3 Specific, 1965-1976 and undated
4 Correspondence on Financial Matters, 1952-1964 and undated
5 Legal Material, 1964 and undated
6 General: Floor Plans, 1931-1938 and undated
7 General: Grain Inspection Certification, 1956
8 General: Inventories, 1947-1961

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Kilgore and Kilgore

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22 9 Correspondence, 1947-1959 and undated
box folder
23 1 Correspondence, 1947-1959 and undated
General
box folder
23 2 Lespendeza Acreage, 1945
3 List, 1953-1954 and undated
4 Plato, 1976 and undated
5 Stock Shows, Conventions, and Seminars, 1946-1962 and undated
6 Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, 1947-1959
7 Unemployment Claims, 1946-1958
8 United States Department of Agriculture, 1944-1956

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Personal Papers

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23 9 Chalk, Walker A., Correspondence, 1918-1927
10 Gardner, Daniel B., 1917-1920
11 Gardner, Daniel B., 1921-1923
12 Gardner, Daniel B.: Correspondence, 1924-1927 and undated
13 Gardner, Daniel B.: Financial Material, 1915-1926
14 Unidentified Correspondence, 1917-1927

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Legal Documents

Warranty Deeds
box folder
23 15 King County, Texas, 1837-1883
16 King County, Texas, 1884-1886
17 King County, Texas, 1887-1894
18 King County, Texas, 1897-1902
19 King County, Texas, 1903-1931
20 Dickens County, Texas, 1847-1887
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24 1 Dickens County, Texas, 1884-1893
2 Dickens County, Texas, 1894-1900
3 Dickens County, Texas, 1901-1902
4 Dickens County, Texas, 1903-1905
5 Dickens County, Texas, 1910-1937
Patents
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24 6 King County, Texas, January-March 1876
7 King County, Texas, 1875-1883
8 King County, Texas, 1876
9 King County, Texas, 1878-1892
10 King County, Texas, 1902-1931
11 Dickens County, Texas, 1876-1877
12 Dickens County, Texas, 1877-1878
13 Dickens County, Texas, 1880-1883
14 Dickens County, Texas, 1883
15 Dickens County, Texas, 1892-1925
Abstracts
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24 16 King County, Texas, 1895-1922
17 King County, Texas, 1924
18 King County, Texas, 1927
19 King County, Texas, 1927
box folder
25 1 King County, Texas, 1928
2 King County, Texas, 1929
3 King County, Texas, 1929-1931
4 Dickens County, Texas, 1898-1910
5 Dickens County, Texas, 1924-1927
6 Dickens County, Texas, 1927
7 Dickens County, Texas, 1928-1929
Tax Receipts
box folder
25 8 Dickens County, Texas, 1883-1893
9 Dickens County, Texas, 1895-1907
10 King County, Texas, 1877-1890
11 King County, Texas, 1891-1924
12 Quit Claims: Dickens County, Texas, 1883-1897
13 Quit Claims: King County, Texas, 1886-1918
14 Leases: Dickens County, Texas, 1888-1902
15 Releases: Dickens County, Texas, 1901-1902
16 Releases: King County, Texas, 1891-1934
17 Field Notes: Dickens County, Texas, 1914-1934
18 Field Notes: King County, Texas, undated
19 Affidavits and Statements, 1875-1903
20 Affidavits and Statements, 1905-1931
21 Certificates of Registration, 1945-1953
box folder
26 1 Braceros Program, 1958-1962 and undated
2 Contracts, 1940-1964
3 Deed Envelopes and Notes, 1880-1914 and undated
4 General, 1945-1952
Law Suits
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26 5 General, 1892-1929
6 J. A. Keith v. Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company, 1901-1905
7 J. A. Keith v. Pitchfork Land and Cattle Compant, 1909-1916
8 J. A. Keith v. Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company, 1917
9 Aerial Sprayers, Inc., et. al., v. Raymond Ring et. al., undated
10 Dickens School Case, 1933-1936
11 Pitchfork Land and Cattle Co. et. al. v. Raymond King et. al., 1959-1962
12 O. P. Leonard, Trustee, et. al. v. G. R. Abbot et. al., 1962
13 Lazarus Deed to Pitchfork Ranch, 1884
14 Lease Contracts, 1967-1969
15 Letter of Patents, 1940
16 Miscellaneous Legal, 1857-1880
17 Miscellaneous Legal, 1881-1918
18 Parents Agreements, 1941-1943
19 Releases, 1940-1945

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Committees

box folder
26 20 List, 1966-1968
21 Reports, undated

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Literary Production

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26 22 Miscellaneous Articles, undated
23 Ranch Diary, 1957-1964
24 Ranch Diaries (2 items), 1953-1957

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Live Stock Records

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26 25 Feed and Cattle Notes, 1946-1963 and undated
26 Horse Records, 1938-1939
27 Inventories, 1964-1971
28 List of Stockholders, 1965
29 Miscellaneous, 1950-1959
30 Ultrasonic Measurement, 1966 and undated

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Maps and Charts

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26 31 Lands of the Pitchfork Ranch, undated
32 Lands of the Pitchfork Ranch, undated

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Memoranda

box folder
26 33 Flag Ranch Conditions, 1965-1976
box folder
27 1 Minute and Agendas, 1966-1968
2 News Clipping, 1966-1974
3 News Releases, 1967 and undated
4 Printed Material, undated
5 Speeches, 1966-1967
6 Aerial Sprayers, Court Appeal Case, undated

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Printed Material

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27 7 Commercial Publications, 1942-1960
8 Leaflets, Miscellaneous, 1946-1963
9 Livestock and Agriculture, 1909-1939
10 Pitchfork Ranch Article, 1939
11 SMS Ranch Newsclipping, 1968

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Scrapbook Material

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27 12 Letterheads, undated
13 Miscellaneous, 1946-1963 and undated
14 Photographs,unidentified, undated

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Financial Material

box ledger
27 Ledger 1 General Ledger, 1913-1923
ledger
Ledger 2 Day Book, 1916-1927
ledger
Ledger 3 Day Book, 1921-1923
ledger
Ledger 4 Day Book, 1924-1928

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Legal Material

ledger
Ledger 5 Transcribed Deeds, King County, Texas, 1887-1901
ledger
Ledger 6 Transcribed Deeds, King County, Texas, 1877-1886
ledger
Ledger 7 Transcribed Deeds, King County, Texas, 1881-1913
ledger
Ledger 8 Transcribed Deeds, King County, Texas, 1896-1908
ledger
Ledger 9 Transcribed Deeds of Trust, King County, Texas, 1887-1914
ledger
Ledger 10 General Index to Transcribed Deeds, 1877-1914

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