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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Additional Sources

Description of Series

Correspondence

Burns Family

General Files

Financial Materials

Legal Materials

Organizations

Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company

Real Estate

Scrapbook Materials

Texas Tech University

Memorabilia

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Douglas R. Burns:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1850-1980 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Burns, D. (Douglas R.), 1895-1977
Title: Douglas R. Burns Papers,
Dates: 1850-1980 and undated
Abstract: Personal papers of Douglas "D." Burns, rancher in Dawson County, Texas, and manager of the Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company.
Collection # S 141.1
Quantity: 4 boxes (4.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Born on July 8, 1895 in Cuero, Texas, Douglas R. Burns, also called D. Burns, grew up in a ranching environment. He graduated from Texas A and M with a B. S. in Animal Husbandry, and married Mamie Sypert in 1924. Burns ranched for 13 years in Dawson County, Texas, and later managed the Pitchfork Ranch from 1942 to 1965. He was a member of the Texas Hereford Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, served as director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raiser's Association, and as the first chairman of overseers of the Texas Tech University Ranching Heritage Association. Burns died in 1977 in Lubbock, Texas.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, financial and legal material, letters from organizations, photographs, Pitchfork Ranch documents, real estate ventures, printed items, scrapbook material, and news clippings.

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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
Subjects (Organizations)
Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company
Pitchfork Ranch (Tex.)
Subjects
Ranching--Texas, West
Ranch life--Texas
Ranchers--Texas
Ranches--Texas

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Related Material

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

  • Pitchford Land and Cattle Company Records, 1837-1976
  • Douglas R. Burns oral history interview [sound recording], 1969-1970
  • Douglas R. Burns oral history interview [sound recording], 1976
  • Burns family photograph collection, 1892-1917
  • Jim Humphreys oral history interview [sound recording], 1980
  • Charles Schreiner and Douglas "D." Burns photograph collection, 1976

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Douglas R. Burns Papers, 1850-1980 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gifts, 1979-1982

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, June 2002

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Additional Sources

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

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

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Collection Inventory

 

Correspondence

box folder
1 1 General, 1903-1977 and undated
2 General, 1939-1970 and undated
3 Letters Received, 1921-1971 and undated
4 Letters Received, 1972-1977 and undated
5 Letters Sent, 1969-1977 and undated
6 Pitchfork Ranch Job Application, 1942

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Burns Family

box folder
1 7 Burns, Arthur, 1906-1916 and undated
8 Burns, Columbus, 1868-1904 and undated
9 Burns, D., 1964
10 Burns, Frances Dockray, 1954-1962
11 Burns, Hamilton, 1961-1963
12 Burns, John Cardwell, 1890-1967 and undated
13 Burns Livestock Company, 1942
14 Burns, Mrs. M. E., 1921-1931

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General Files

box folder
1 15 Cotton Bowl Tickets, 1949
box folder
2 7 Gardener, Dan, 1897-1899
8 J. A. Ranch Sale, 1934-1935
box folder
3 4 Literary Materials, undated
5 McGregor Livestock Forage Bid Invitation, 1973-1974
6 Mills, J. C., 1966-1973
7 News Clippings, 1952-1976 and undated
8 News Clippings, 1942-1976 and undated
9 News Clippings, 1964-1976 and undated
15 Photographs, 1910-1975 and undated
box folder
4 4 Prairie Dog Eradication, 1912-1916
5 Printed Materials (4 items), 1919-1967 and undated
6 Printed Materials, 1977
7 Ranches, 1965-1970
8 Reagan, Rocky, Sr., 1975
27 Sypert, Annie, Estate, 1960-1967
28 Texas A and M Class Reunion, 1969-1970
29 Texas Department of Public Safety, 1962-1973
33 Certificates, 1966-1972

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Financial Materials

box folder
1 16 Bank Transactions, 1945-1965
17 Bills and Invoices, 1935
18 Expense Accounts, 1969-1977
19 Internal Revenue Service: Annual Returns, 1937-1958
20 Internal Revenue Service: Burns Grandchildren, 1941-1966
21 Investments: Cuchara, Colorado Property, 1973-1975
22 Investments: Keystone Common Stock Funds, 1961-1976
23 Investments: Keystone Funds, 1977 and undated
24 Investments: Maxwell Investment Company, 1917-1923
25 Investments: Mississippi Valley Trust Company, 1949-1950
26 Investments: San Isabel Electric Association, 1968
27 Investments: Signal Oil and Gas Company, 1963-1969
28 Investments: Western Natural Gas Company, 1964 and undated
29 Loans, 1963-1967
30 Personal Property, 1943-1961
box folder
2 1 Statements and Cancelled Checks, 1946-1965
2 Taxes, 1889-1977 and undated
3 Taxes, 1889-1976 and undated
4 Insurance: Medicaid, 1968-1976
5 Insurance: Missouri State Life Insurance, 1924-1929
6 Insurance: Southwestern Life Insurance, 1924-1927

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Legal Materials

box folder
2 9 Burns Family Estates, 1914-1971
10 Contracts and Agreements, 1886-1977
11 Contracts and Agreements, 1870-1887
12 Contracts and Agreements, 1859-1920
box folder
3 1 Lloyd Sigler vs. J. C. Burns et al., 1926 and undated
2 Oil and Gas Leases, 1919-1923
3 Oil and Gas Leases, 1926-1967

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Organizations

box folder
3 10 American Quarter Horse Association, 1971-1978
11 Fort Griffin Fandangle Association, 1968-1972
12 National Western Stock Show Association, 1970-1973
13 Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, 1977-1978
14 Texas Cowboy Reunion Association, 1969-1977

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Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company

box folder
3 16 Appraisal, 1965
17 Bug Ranch Estate, undated
18 Correspondence: Burns, D., 1942-1965
19 Correspondence: Humphreys, Jim, 1977
20 Financial Materials, 1957-1975
21 Financial Materials, 1964-1977
22 Financial Materials, 1970-1975
23 Goetz Ranch, 1970-1972 and undated
24 Inventories, 1967
25 Land Surveys, 1971-1972
26 Legal Materials, 1965-1975 and undated
27 Management, 1944-1968 and undated
28 Proposed Mill Additions, 1972
29 Quarter Horses: General, 1964 and undated
30 Quarter Horses: Annual Sales Catalogs, 1963-1967
31 Quarter Horses: Home Remedies, undated
32 Renderbrook Ranch, 1963
33 Reunion, 1976
34 Shareholders, 1954-1964
box folder
4 1 Travel Records (9 items), 1969-1974
2 Virginia Lands, 1951
3 Werner, Andrew P., 1973-1974

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Real Estate

box folder
4 9 Borden and Dawson Counties: Land Lease to Grey Brothers, 1912-1916
10 Borden and Dawson Counties: Payment Coupons, 1902-1923
11 Borden and Dawson Counties: Purchases - Burns, Arthur from J. D. Earnest, 1908
12 Borden and Dawson Counties: Purchases - Burns, M. E. from J. M. Christopher, 1914-1915
13 Borden and Dawson Counties: Purchases, Earnest, J. D. and R. C. Ware from Magnolia Land and Cattle Company, 1890-1907
14 Borden and Dawson Counties: Sales - Burns, D. et al. to Dan Whatley, 1926-1855
15 Borden and Dawson Counties: Sales - Burns, D. et al. to Olin Nix, 1942-1955
16 Borden and Dawson Counties: Sales - Burns, M. E. to Robert and Orson, 1928
17 Borden and Dawson Counties: Surveys, 1925-1929
18 Borden and Dawson Counties: Taxes, 1914-1920
19 Borden and Dawson Counties: Trade - M. E. Burns and J. W. Southland, 1917-1924
20 Borden and Dawson Counties: Vendor Lien, 1927
21 Cuchara, Colorado, 1968-1972
22 DeWitt County, Texas, 1957
23 Lubbock, Texas, 1950 and undated

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Scrapbook Materials

box folder
4 24 Clippings, 1939-1975 and undated
25 General, 1930-1980 and undated
26 General, 1969-1978 and undated

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Texas Tech University

box folder
4 30 Library, 1977
31 Museum, 1977
32 Ranching Heritage Association, 1976-1977

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Memorabilia

box folder
4 34 American Royal Livestock Show Plaque, 1959
35 Plaques (2 items), 1956-1969

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