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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

General Files, 1970 and undated

Tarbox Family, 1941-1951 and undated

Memorabilia, undated

Athletic Career, 1938-1972 and undated

Business Affairs, 1949-1975 and undated

Legislative Career, 1939-1978 and undated

Military Service, 1937-1976 and undated

Personal Papers, 1863-1976 and undated

Legislative Career, 1939-1978 and undated

Athletic Career, 1938-1972 and undated

Business Affairs, 1949-1975 and undated

Military Service, 1937-1976 and undated

General Files, 1965-1976 and undated

Legislative Career, 1939-1978 and undated

Scrapbooks, 1937-1976 and undated

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Elmer Lois Tarbox:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1863-1978 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Tarbox, Elmer L.
Title: Elmer L. Tarbox Papers,
Dates: 1863-1978 and undated
Abstract: The papers of former Texas legislator Elmer Lois Tarbox.
Collection # S 1006.1
Quantity: 12 boxes and 13 scrapbooks (15.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Elmer Lois Tarbox was a Texas legislator, World War II veteran, businessman, inventor, and philanthropist. Born in 1916 in Bishop, Oklahoma, he received a B.B.A. degree from Texas Technological College in 1939. He was active in football, basketball, and track programs, and set three NCAA records while attending Texas Technological College. Tarbox also participated in the 1939 Cotton Bowl game. During World War II, he served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps in the China-Burma-India theater with the famed "Flying Tiger" Squadron. He was awarded the Air Medal, Silver Star, Purple Heart, and the Golden Eagle of China.

After his military service, Tarbox developed, patented, and marketed "Elmer's Weights", used primarily for athletic conditioning and physical rehabilitation. He served as State Representative of West Texas' Seventy-Sixth District, Place Two, from 1966-1976 and helped establish the Schools of Law and Medicine at Texas Tech University. Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, he founded the Tarbox Parkinson's Disease Institute in 1972 at the Texas Tech Medical School. Tarbox and his wife, Maxine Barnett, reared four children prior to her death in 1978. Tarbox died in 1987 in Lubbock, Texas.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, printed and scrapbook material, financial and legal material, literary productions, legislative material, and memorabilia pertaining to Tarbox's legislative career, military service, business affairs, athletic career, and personal interests. It bulks (1937-1978) with materials relating to his legislative career and Texas politics. Also included is a genealogy of the Tarbox family and a literary production (ca. 1863) concerning a soldier's account of the home front during the Civil War.

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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)
Tarbox, Elmer L.
Tarbox, Elmer L.--Family
Tarbox family--Genealogy
Subjects (Organizations)
Canadian River Project (U.S.)
Democratic Party (Tex.)--History
Elmer's Weights, Inc. (Lubbock, Tex.)
Texas. State Rural Medical Education Board
Tarbox Parkinson's Disease Institute
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives
Texas. Legislature. Legislative Council
Texas. Parks and Wildlife Dept.
Texas Technological College--Sports
Texas Tech University. School of Law
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
Texas Technological College. School of Business Administration
Texas Technological College--Alumni and alumnae
United States. Army Air Forces. China Air Task Force
Places
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Texas, West--History
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Subjects
College sports--Texas
Parkinson's disease
Weight training--Equipment and supplies
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Burma
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American

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Related Material

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

  • Elmer L. Tarbox oral history interview [sound recording], 1973
  • Preston Smith Photograph collection, 1969

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elmer Lois Tarbox Papers, 1863-1978 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Gifts, 1973-1978

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, August 2000

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

General Files, 1970 and undated

box folder
1 1 Bank Account Materials, undated
2 Elmer's Weights, Inc., 1970 and undated
3 Miscellaneous, undated

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Tarbox Family, 1941-1951 and undated

box folder
1 4 Baby/Bridal Books, 1941-1946 and undated
5 Baby/Bridal Books, 1950-1951 and undated
6 Photographs, undated
7 Texas House of Representatives, Elmer Tarbox Letterhead, undated

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Memorabilia, undated

box folder
1 8 Miscellaneous Items, undated
box folder
2 1 Miscellaneous Items, undated

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Athletic Career, 1938-1972 and undated

box folder
3 1 Football and Track Programs, 1938-1939
2 Texas Tech Football, 1938-1953 and undated

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Business Affairs, 1949-1975 and undated

box folder
3 3 Correspondence, 1974-1975
4 Elmer's Weights, Inc., 1971-1976 and undated
5 Ford Merchandising School, 1949-1952
6 Lubbock Auto Company, Inc., 1951
7 Moxley-Tarbox Real Estate, 1973 and undated
8 National Air Terminal Service, 1953-1957 and undated
9 Oil, 1971-1975
10 Pecans, 1969-1970
11 Stocks, 1958-1971 and undated
12 Tidmore Construction Company, 1951 and undated

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Legislative Career, 1939-1978 and undated

box folder
3 13 Alcoholism, 1975
14 Appropriations for Higher Education, 1967
15 Athletic Trainers, 1970-1976 and undated
16 Austin, 1973-1974 and undated
17 Ben Barnes, 1967
18 Biography and Legislative History of Elmer Tarbox, 1970 and undated
Campaign Related Material, 1966-1975 and undated
box folder
3 19 Campaign Addresses, 1966-1967 and undated
20 Campaign Funds, 1974-1975
box folder
4 1 Campaign Helpers, 1968 and undated
2 Campaign Printed Material, undated
3 Constitutional Revision, 1973-1974 and undated
4 Constitutional Revision, 1973-1975
5 Coordinating Board, Texas College and University System, 1966-1967
6 Correspondence, 1973-1975
7 Correspondence, 1973-1975 and undated
8 Elmer Tarbox's Legislative Letter, undated
9 Energy Institute, 1974
10 Highway Safety Amendment, undated
11 Hockley County, 1965-1968 and undated
House Bills, 1965-1975 and undated
box folder
4 12 New Bills, 1965-1969 and undated
13 House Bill 423: Regulate Outdoor Music Festivals, undated
14 House Bill 602: Athletic Trainer, undated
15 House Bill 819: Public Utility Regulation, 1975
16 House Bill 833: Terry County D. A., 1971 and undated
17 House Bill 883: State Preference Purchasing, undated
18 House Bill 1126: Education Finance, 1975 and undated
19 House Bill 1304: Occupation Tax on Motor Carriers, 1967 and undated
20 House Bill 1327: Imperfect Safety Glass Labeled, undated
21 House Bill 1386: Employees Retirement System, undated
22 House Bill 2136: Medical School Admissions, 1975
23 Miscellaneous, 1967-1975 and undated
24 Shirley Lane, 1967-1968
25 Lubbock County Agricultural Demonstrations, 1973-1975
26 Lubbock Transportation Plan, 1974-1976
27 Mailing Addresses, 1975 and undated
28 Medical, 1973-1974 and undated
29 Memorabilia, 1974 and undated
Municipal Bonds, 1961-1975 and undated
box folder
5 1 Bank of America, 1970
2 Chapman and Cutler, 1970
3 Dawson, Nagel, Sherman, and Howard, 1961-1970
4 Issuance of Municipal Bonds, 1975 and undated
5 Orrick, Herrington, Rowley, and Sutcliffe, 1970
6 Wood, King, Dawson, Love, and Sabatine, 1970
7 Weigand, Curfman, Brainerd, Harris, and Kaufman, 1970
8 Gus Mutscher, 1967-1968
9 Notes, 1957-1974 and undated
10 Office and Secretarial Expenses, 1967
11 Politics, 1966
12 Printed Material, 1940-1975 and undated
13 Printed Material, 1966-1975 and undated
14 Rocky Mountain Legal Digest, 1959
15 Sample Speeches on Proposed Constitution, undated
Senate Bills, 1975 and undated
box folder
5 16 Senate Bill 41: Law Examination, undated
17 Senate Bill 52: General Appropriations, 1975
18 Senate Bill 240: Parole Commissioners, 1975
19 Senate Bill 616: Pesticides, 1975
20 Senate Bill 635: Patients' Compensation Act, 1975
21 Senate Bill 965: Child Care, 1975
22 Senate Resolution 109, 1975
box folder
6 1 Senate Subcommittees, 1973
2 Smith, Preston, 1967-1968 and undated
3 Speeches, 1959-1967 and undated
4 Tarbox Parkinson's Disease Symposium, 1974-1978
5 Telephone Utility Regulation, 1975
6 Terry County, 1967-1968
7 Texas in Action Report, 1973
8 Texas Agency Network, 1973
9 Texas Board of Cosmetology, 1963-1968
10 Texas Business, 1971-1972
11 Texas Constitutional Convention, 1973-1975
12 Texas Department of Community Affairs, 1975
13 Texas State Personnel Statutes, 1974
14 Texas Tech, 1967 and undated
Texas Tech, 1966-1976 and undated
box folder
6 15 Budget, 1966-1968 and undated
16 Health Sciences Center Hospital, 1976 and undated
17 Medical School Faculty Council, 1975
18 Thompson, Sandra, undated
19 Tuition Increase Bill, 1975 and undated
box folder
7 1 University Land Fund, 1967-1968 and undated
2 West Texas Water Institute, 1976 and undated

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Military Service, 1937-1976 and undated

box folder
7 3 Flying, 1940-1943
4 Newspaper Clippings, 1943 and undated
5 Printed Material, 1937-1944 and undated
6 Veterans' Administration, 1944-1976 and undated

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Personal Papers, 1863-1976 and undated

box folder
7 7 Boy Scouts of America, 1928-1935
8 Correspondence, 1934-1957 and undated
9 Family Tree, undated
10 Farm Account, 1973-1974 and undated
11 Financial Material, 1939-1975
12 Insurance, 1973-1975 and undated
13 Legal Material, 1942-1957
box folder
8 1 Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous, 1941-1954 and undated
2 Phi Delta Theta, 1953
3 Printed Material, 1927-1950 and undated
4 Scrapbook Material, 1935-1972 and undated
5 Memorabilia, 1935-1938 and undated
6 Tarbox, Bill, 1971-1973
7 Tarbox, Mary, 1863
8 Tarbox, Max, 1972-1976 and undated
9 Tarbox, Nelson, 1863
10 Texas Tech Class Material, 1937-1952 and undated
box folder
9 1 Correspondence, 1935-1972 and undated
2 Genealogical and Biographical Material, 1970 and undated
3 Printed Material, 1931-1973 and undated
4 Scrapbook Material, 1933-1973 and undated
5 Scrapbook Material, 1933-1973 and undated
6 Scrapbook Material, 1933-1973 and undated

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Legislative Career, 1939-1978 and undated

box folder
9 7 Campaign Related Printed Material, 1966-1972 and undated
8 Correspondence, 1966-1973 and undated
9 Correspondence, 1966-1973 and undated
10 Diaries, 1966-1971
11 General Printed Material, 1966-1973 and undated

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Athletic Career, 1938-1972 and undated

box folder
9 12 Printed Material: Programs, 1938-1972 and undated
13 Printed Material, 1938-1972 and undated

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Business Affairs, 1949-1975 and undated

box folder
9 14 Correspondence, 1959-1971
15 Financial Documents, 1959-1972
16 Printed Material, 1952-1967 and undated

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Military Service, 1937-1976 and undated

box folder
9 17 Miscellaneous, 1944-1945 and undated

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General Files, 1965-1976 and undated

box folder
10 1 Correspondence, 1973
2 Correspondence, 1974
3 Correspondence, 1975
4 Correspondence, 1976
5 Correspondence, undated
6 Administrative Staff and Program Directors, 1973
7 Agricultural and Livestock, Sub-Committee, 1976
8 Applications for Public Information, 1973
9 Assorted Bills on Insurance and Malpractice, 1975
10 Austin File, 1973-1975
11 Austin File, 1973-1976
12 Church School Bill, 1975
13 Bill Clayton File, 1975-1976
14 Constituents Requests, 1971-1973 and undated
15 Constitutional Revision Committee, 1975
16 Consumer Law, undated
17 Election Code, Reporting Procedure, 1975-1976
18 Financial Report Letter, from Common Cause, 1974
19 Flag, How to Order, 1973
20 Food and Fiber, Budget Proposal, 1975-1976
House Bills, 1965-1975 and undated
box folder
10 21 House Bill 240: Education, undated
22 House Bill 381: Credit Disclosure Act, 1975 and undated
23 House Bill 432: Architects Bill, 1975
24 House Bill 668: Rehabilitation Districts for Handicapped Persons, undated
25 House Bill 1334: Dentists Bill, and Others, undated
26 House Bill 1665: Denton Family Farm Act of 1975, 1975
27 House of Representatives, Members' Accounts, 1974-1975
28 Impeachment, 1975
29 Impeachment, Inquiry, 1975
30 Legislative Property Tax Committee, 1974
31 Major Bills of the 64th Legislature, undated
32 Maps of District, 1971 and undated
box folder
11 1 Austin File, 1976
2 House Bill 214: Special License Plates for Disabled Veterans, undated
3 News Releases, 1975 and undated
4 Office Expense in Austin, 1975-1976
5 Persons Requesting a Change in the Constitution or a Bill, 1973
6 Printed Material, 1972-1975
7 Proclamations, 1973 and undated
8 Proposed New Constitution, 1975
9 Prospective Committee Appointees, 1973
10 Remarks of Craig A. Washington, 1972
11 Sample Legislative Wrap-up Speech, sent by Bill Clayton, undated
12 Scrapbook Material, 1973-1975 and undated
Senate Bills, 1975 and undated
box folder
11 13 Senate Bill 234: Texas Women's University Medical School, undated
14 Senate Bill 635: on Malpractice, Voting Record, 1975
15 Senate Bill 761: Mass Transportation, undated
16 Senate Bill 762: Mass Transportation, undated
17 Senate Concurrent Resolution: Texas Tech 50th Anniversary Commendation, undated
18 Social Security Act, 1975
19 Southwest Collection, 1976
20 Tarbox Parkinson's Disease Symposium, 1976
21 Texas Aeronautics Commission, 1970-1976
22 Texas Commission for the Arts and Humanities, 1974
23 Texas House Rules, Draft, undated
24 Texas Offshore Terminal Commission, 1974
25 Text Book Committee, undated
26 Transportation Committee Studies, 1975-1976
27 University of Texas, Allen Shivers Letter, 1975

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Legislative Career, 1939-1978 and undated

box folder
12 1 Campaign Related Printed Material, 1974 and undated
2 Correspondence, 1967 and undated
3 General Printed Material, 1972-1974
Framed Memorabilia, 1939-1968
box folder
12 4 Alpha Phi Omega Membership, 1939
5 Election to State Representative, 77th Representative District, 1968
6 Memorabilia: Gavel, Higher Education Committee Chairman, 1971-1972

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Scrapbooks, 1937-1976 and undated

othertype
Scrapbook # 1 Scrapbook, undated
othertype
2 Ledger: Business Affairs: Lubbock Auto Company, Inc., 1951
othertype
3 Scrapbook: Personal Papers, 1973-1975 and undated
othertype
4 Personal Papers: Between Friends/Entre Amis (Canadian Consulate), undated
othertype
5 Scrapbook #1, 1950-1973
Oversized Scrapbooks, undated
othertype
6 Scrapbook, undated
othertype
7 Scrapbook: Tarbox, Elmer Lois, undated
othertype
8 Scrapbook, 1973-1976
othertype
9 Scrapbook, 1973-1976
othertype
10 Campaign Scrapbook, 1937-1976
othertype
11 Scrapbook: Tarbox, Elmer Lois, 1952-1975
othertype
12 Scrapbook, (Missing) undated
othertype
13 Scrapbook, 1952-1975

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