Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Frank Reeves:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1910-1972 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Reeves, Frank, Sr.
Title: Frank Reeves Papers,
Dates: 1910-1972 and undated
Abstract: The papers of Frank Reeves, a well-known livestock reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the American Hereford Journal, and the Cattleman.
Collection # S 832.1
Quantity: 2 boxes (2.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Frank Reeves was a well-known livestock reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the American Hereford Journal, and the Cattleman. Born in Kentucky, Frank Reeves grew up on his family's livestock farm in Young County, Texas, and attended Grayson College. Though hoping to study law, Reeves instead accepted a position at the Swenson Land and Cattle Company (SMS Ranch). He remained there for 14 years and took photographs which were reproduced in the ranch's catalog. For $50, the Stetson Hat Company bought Reeves' photo of an SMS cowboy drinking from his hat and used the caption, "Stetson hat beats sanitary drinking cup any old time."

His work captured the working cowboy in each decade along with a little of the romance of ranch life and he did this on every major ranch in Texas. Scenes that include all aspects of cow work, ranch architecture, horses, breeds of cattle, stock shows, cattle sales, rodeos, and the people who were involved make his photograph collection a well-rounded view of 20th century ranching in the American Southwest and northern Mexico. Many of his images have the quality of movie stills- a lone cowboy working the cattle at dusk, a chuckwagon cook moving the dutch oven of sourdough biscuits to the center of the coals, a cowboy and horse drinking from the stream side-by-side. Others emphasize Reeves' specialty of action photography. In a 1969 interview Reeves said, "I've always tried to make my pictures authentic instead of spectacular. I wanted them (the subjects) working, not standing around looking at the camera. A lot of times I'd make the picture and say, `thank ya,' then they'd get busy and I'd get busy shooting."

After leaving the SMS Ranch, Reeves took on other ranch jobs and eventually ended up in California, where he wrote a series of articles for the Dallas News. Returning to Texas in 1929, he landed a job with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Reeves remained a reporter with this newspaper until his death.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Reeve's articles for his Fort Worth Star-Telegram column and his free lance work for the Hereford Journal, correspondence, bibliographical material, financial material, photographs, printed material, and scrapbook material.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

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)
Reeves, Frank, Sr.
Reeves, Frank, Sr.--Knowledge and learning
Reeves, Frank, Sr.--Career in journalism
Reeves, Frank, Sr.--Career in photography
Reynolds family
Matthews family
Subjects (Organizations)
Swenson Land and Cattle Company
6666 Ranch (Tex.)
King Ranch (Tex.)
SMS Ranch (Tex.)
Spur Ranch (Tex.)
Cattle breeds--Texas, West
Cattle--Government policy--United States
Fort Worth star-telegram
Journalists--Texas--Fort Worth
Ranches--Texas, West

Related Material

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

  • Frank Reeves Sr. oral history interview [sound recording], 1969
  • Mr. and Mrs. Carl Henry Peterson oral history interview [sound recording], 1975

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frank Reeves Papers, 1910-1972 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gift, 1982

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, 2000

Collection Inventory


Correspondence, 1923-1972 and undated

box folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1947-1972
2 Correspondence, 1949-1967 and undated
3 Correspondence, undated
4 1952 Cornbelt, 1952
5 American Hereford Journal, 1963-1967
6 Country Gentleman, 1950-1951
7 Freelance Projects, 1962-1972
8 The Hereford Journal, 1953-1967 and undated
9 Highland Hereford Association, 1936
10 Norma Patterson, 1923
11 The Stockman, 1946 and undated
12 West Texas Association of Sheriff Posses and Riding Clubs, 1954 and undated
13 Western Livestock Journal, 1950-1967 and undated

box folder
1 14 Biography, 1953-1964


Financial Material, 1947-1972 and undated

box folder
1 15 Financial Material, 1947-1961
16 Financial Material, 1962-1972 and undated


Literary Productions, 1946-1972 and undated

box folder
1 17 Atotonilco Ranch, undated
18 Bridwell, J. S., undated
19 Brite Ranch, 1962 and undated
20 Cattle Industry, 1961-1967 and undated
21 Cauble Ranch, 1968 and undated
22 Chapman Ranch, undated
23 Cross, Clarence, 1961
24 Detering, Mr. and Mrs. Carl, undated
25 4-H Club, 1963-1965 and undated
26 Flat Top Ranch, undated
27 Four Sixes Ranch, 1965-1966
28 Gourley, W. J., 1961
29 Hall-Nance Ranch, undated
30 Happy Hereford Ranch, 1962
31 Healey Brothers, undated
32 Hereford Hills Ranch, undated
33 Hollenbeck Farms, 1963 and undated
34 Horses, 1961-1966
35 Jef Ranch, 1964
36 Jones, George Ranch, 1962
37 Kimball Ranch, undated
38 King Ranch, 1946-1968
39 Lane, Joe T., Ranch, undated
40 Largent, Roy R., undated
41 League Ranch, undated
42 Manuscripts of News Columns, 1947-1968
43 Manuscripts of News Columns, 1947-1968
44 Mescalero Indian Cattle Growers Association, 1964 and undated
45 Mitchell, Joe C., undated
46 National Commission of Food Marketing Session of 1965, 1965
47 New Mexico, 1967
48 Nine Bar Ranch, 1963-1968 and undated
49 Notes, undated
50 Pitchfork Ranch, 1958-1967 and undated
51 Rainbow Trout Lodge, 1972 and undated
52 Reynolds Cattle Company, 1968 and undated
53 Slocum Ranch, 1969 and undated
54 Smith, Bob, Ranches, undated
55 SMS Ranch, 1963-1966 and undated
56 Spade Ranch, 1968 and undated
57 Springer Cattle Company, 1966 and undated
58 Straus Medina Ranch, 1962
59 T-Bone Ranch, 1952-1966
60 Texas Cowboy Reunion, undated
box folder
2 1 Union Feed Yards, 1964
2 Waggoner Ranch, 1967 and undated
3 Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn, 1962
4 Welch, Ken, undated
5 Windsor Hotel, undated


Newspaper Clippings, 1927-1971 and undated

box folder
2 6 Newspaper Clippings, 1927-1971 and undated
7 Newspaper Clippings, 1947-1966
8 Star-Telegram Junior, 1944-1963
9 Star-Telegram, 1954-1963


Photographs, 1947-1967 and undated

box folder
2 10 Glass Negatives, undated
11 People, undated
12 "Rainbow Trout Lodges," 1947-1967
13 Ranch Scenes, undated
14 Scenery, undated


Photography Materials, 1940-1972 and undated

box folder
2 15 Camera Equipment and Film, 1940-1972 and undated
16 General Information, undated
17 Photo Descriptions, 1961-1966 and undated


Printed Material, 1935-1971 and undated

box folder
2 18 Brochure: Coronado and Cortez Oats, 1969
19 Cattle Feeding Reports, 1962-1963
20 The Cattleman, 1935-1966 and undated
21 Diamond L Ranch, 1945
22 Frank Reeves Appreciation Program, 1953
23 "Gulf Coast Cattleman," Articles, 1962-1963
24 Miscellaneous Articles and Brochures, 1966-1968 and undated
25 Press Kit, TSCRA Convention, 1971
26 Press Release, 1963
27 Santa Rosa Roundup and Livestock Exposition, 1953
28 State Ranking for Cattle, 1964
29 Texas Hereford Directory, 1943
30 US Department of Agriculture, Packet, 1953


Scrapbook Material, 1924-1963 and undated

box folder
2 31 Calendars and Envelopes, 1924 and undated
32 Miscellaneous, 1947-1963
33 Miscellaneous, 1953-1963 and undated
34 Miscellaneous, undated


Correspondence, 1910-1972 and undated

box folder
2 35 Jargo Brothers, 1963
36 Jim White Ranch, 1963
37 Lightning Ranch, 1962
38 Phillips Ranch, 1972
39 Spade Ranch, 1910-1963 and undated
40 Winrock Farms, 1963-1964
41 Winston Brothers, 1962


Financial Material, 1955-1967

box folder
2 42 Jack Turner and Sons, 1963
43 Mill Iron Hereford Ranch, 1955
44 R. Turner Ranch, 1962
45 7-11 Ranch, 1967
46 Trinity Valley Ranch Company, 1966