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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence, 1919-1977 and undated

Address Files, undated

Calendars and Date Books, 1940-1977

Cattle Records, 1925-1974 and undated

Farm Records, 1950-1975 and undated

Financial Material, 1917-1977 and undated

General Files, 1930-1975 and undated

Legal Material, 1942-1977 and undated

Notes, 1948-1974 and undated

Photographs, 1945-1954 and undated

Printed Material, 1922-1977 and undated

Scrapbook Material, 1955-1977 and undated

Miscellaneous, 1955-1973 and undated

Scrapbook, 1928

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

George D. Keith Family:

An Inventory of Their Papers, 1912-1977 and undated, in the Southwest Collection, Special Collections Libraries



Descriptive Summary

Creator Keith, George D. Family
Title: George D. Keith Family Papers,
Dates: 1912-1977 and undated
Abstract: Paper relating to the business and personal activities of members of the George D. Keith family in Texas.
Collection # S 521.1
Quantity: 11 Boxes (11.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University,

Biographical Sketch

George D. Keith, Sr. was born 1875 in Falmouth, Tennessee and later became Vice-President and co-founder of the Ben E. Keith Company. He was a rancher and owned the George D. Keith & Sons Ranch near Wichita Falls, Texas. Keith's ranching interests included the breeding of registered Hereford cattle and Palomino horses. He served as the first president of the Texas and Oklahoma Fair Association and was active in civic affairs. In 1897, Keith married Meta Ransom with whom he had two sons, George, Jr. and Calvin. His second wife, Mollie Black, whom he married in 1908, also bore two sons. Ben E. Keith, his brother, operated the Ben E. Keith Company, a fruit and vegetable brokerage, from its Fort Worth headquarters. Mollie Black Keith and her sons, Kenneth and Jim, operated the ranch after George Keith's death in 1955. Mollie Keith died in 1973 and Jim Keith was killed during a robbery at the ranch in 1975. Kenneth later donated some of the antiques from the ranch house to the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains detailed records concerning cattle breeding, cattle sales, property taxes, and the financial operations of a breeding farm. Collection bulks with financial material (1916-1977) and cattle records (1925-1977) consisting mostly of registration certificates and pedigree records. Significant amounts of correspondence (1919-1977) and general files (1914-1977) exist. There are lesser amounts of legal materials (1912-1977), printed material (1922-1977), and scrapbook material (1912-1977). These items reflect both business and personal activities of the Keith family.

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Organization

The collection is organized into the following series:
Correspondence (Box 1)
Cattle Records (Box 2-3)
Address Files (Box 2)
Calendars and Date Books (Box 2)
Farm Records (Box 3)
Financial Material (Box 3-6)
General Files (Box 6-9)
Legal Material (Box 9)
Notes (Box 9)
Photographs (Box 10
Printed Material (Box 10)
Scrapbook Material (Box 10)
Miscellaneous, (Box 10)

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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)
Keith, George D. (George Donathan), 1875-1955
Keith, Mollie Black, 1886-1973
Keith, James Carter, 1908-1973
Keith, Kenneth M., 1910-1977?
Subjects (Organizations)
American Hereford Association
Texas Hereford Association
Texas and Oklahoma Fair Association
Ben E. Keith Company
Places
Clay County (Tex.)--History
Subjects
Hereford cattle--Breeding
Ranches--Texas--History

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Related Material

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

  • Gail Dudley Papers
  • Stanford and Black Family Papers
  • John B. Stribling Papers
  • Swenson Land and Cattle Company Records

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George D. Keith Family Papers, 1912-1977 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gift, 1977

Processed by

Karen Hicks, June 2003

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Collection Inventory

 

Correspondence, 1919-1977 and undated

box folder
1 1 General, 1919-1949 and undated
2 General, 1950-1954
3 General, 1955
4 General, 1956-1959
5 General, 1960-1969
6 General, 1970-1972
7 General, 1973
8 General, 1974
9 General, 1975
10 General, 1976
11 General, 1977

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Address Files, undated

box folder
2 1 Address Files, undated

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Calendars and Date Books, 1940-1977

box folder
2 2 Calendars and Date Books, 1940-1977

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Cattle Records, 1925-1974 and undated

box folder
2 3 Certificates, 1934-1974
4 Ledgers, 1925-1927
5 Ledgers, 1926-1931
6 Ledgers, 1928-1974
7 Ledgers, 1938-1962
box folder
3 1 Ledgers, 1956-1974
2 Ledgers, undated
3 Notes, 1944-1974 and undated
4 Miscellaneous, 1939-1974 and undated

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Farm Records, 1950-1975 and undated

box folder
3 5 Conservation Plan, 1955-1975 and undated
6 Maps, undated
7 Miscellaneous, 1950-1974 and undated

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Financial Material, 1917-1977 and undated

box folder
3 8 Correspondence, 1938-1976 and undated
9 Bank Records, 1948-1976 and undated
Bills and Receipts
box folder
3 10 General, 1928-1940 and undated
11 General, 1940-1949
12 General, 1950-1959
13 General, 1960-1969
14 General, 1970
15 General, 1971
box folder
4 1 General, 1972
2 General, 1973
3 General, 1974
4 General, 1975
5 General, 1976
6 General, 1977
Check Books
box folder
4 7 Check Books, 1937-1971
box folder
5 1 Check Books, 1944-1957
2 Check Books, 1948-1949
3 Check Books, 1955-1959
4 Credit Cards, 1955-1974 and undated
Deposit Slips
box folder
5 5 George D. Keith and Sons, 1946-1974
6 Jim Keith, 1944-1975
7 Kenneth Keith, 1943-1975
8 Dividends, 1955-1977 and undated
Income Tax
box folder
5 9 Income Tax, undated
10 Income Tax, 1917
11 Income Tax, 1919-1929
12 Income Tax, 1925-1926
13 Income Tax, 1927
14 Income Tax, 1928
15 Income Tax, 1929
16 Income Tax, 1931
17 Income Tax, 1932-1933
18 Income Tax, 1935
19 Income Tax, 1936
20 Income Tax, 1935-1938
21 Income Tax, 1937-1938
22 Income Tax, 1939
23 Income Tax, 1939-1940
24 Income Tax, 1940-1941
25 Income Tax, 1942
26 Income Tax, 1943
27 Income Tax, 1944
28 Income Tax, 1945
29 Income Tax, 1946-1947
30 Income Tax, 1947-1948
31 Income Tax, 1948-1949
32 Income Tax, 1949-1950
33 Income Tax, 1950-1951
34 Income Tax, 1951-1952
35 Income Tax, 1952-1953
36 Income Tax, 1953-1954
37 Income Tax, 1954-1955
38 Income Tax, 1955-1956
39 Income Tax, 1956-1957
40 Income Tax, 1957-1958
41 Income Tax, 1958-1959
42 Income Tax, 1959-1960
43 Income Tax, 1960-1961
44 Income Tax, 1961-1962
45 Income Tax, 1962-1963
46 Income Tax, 1963-1964
47 Income Tax, 1964-1965
48 Income Tax, 1965-1966
49 Income Tax, 1966-1967
50 Income Tax, 1967-1968
51 Income Tax, 1968-1969
52 Income Tax, 1969-1970
53 Income Tax, 1970-1971
54 Income Tax, 1971-1972
55 Income Tax, 1972-1973
56 Income Tax, 1973-1974
57 Income Tax, 1974-1975
58 Income Tax, 1976-1977
59 Quarterly Payment Stubs, 1963-1968
box folder
6 1 Insurance, 1925-1976
Ledgers
box folder
6 2 Ledgers, 1916-1939
3 Ledgers, 1929-1930
4 Ledgers, 1933-1947
5 Ledgers, 1939-1955
6 Livestock Deals, 1937-1975 and undated
7 Medical, 1961
8 Notes, 1943-1975 and undated
9 Promissory Notes, 1920-1939
10 Tax Receipts, 1939-1955
11 Worksheets, 1958
12 Miscellaneous, 1944-1976 and undated

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General Files, 1930-1975 and undated

box folder
6 13 American Hereford Association, 1939-1977 and undated
14 Automobile Receipts, 1934-1961 and undated
Ben E. Keith Company
box folder
6 15 General, 1930-1943 and undated
16 General, 1935-1939
17 General, 1936-1937
18 General, 1948-1976
19 General, 1949-1954 and undated
20 General, 1955
21 General, 1960-1976
22 Earnings Statements, 1939-1953
box folder
7 1 Cattle Buyers, 1951-1954 and undated
2 Cattle Deals, 1954-1971 and undated
3 Census of Agriculture, 1969
4 Christmas Lists, 1954-1971 and undated
5 Clay County Taxes, 1947-1975 and undated
6 Correspondence, 1954-1975 and undated
7 Expenses on Stocker Cows, 1958-1959 and undated
8 Farm Program, 1940-1974 and undated
9 Feed Contracts, 1956-1963 and undated
10 Feed Contracts, 1959-1960
11 Feed for Calves, 1954-1958 and undated
12 Feed for Calves and Bull, 1959
13 Ford, 1971 and undated
14 Government Purchases, 1953 and undated
15 Government Programs, 1938-1956 and undated
16 Hackler Land Lease, 1914-1971
17 Highway Rights-of-Way, 1961-1969 and undated
18 Humphrey, Leslie, 1956-1962 and undated
Insurance Records
box folder
7 19 General, 1940-1954 and undated
20 General, 1954-1962 and undated
21 General, 1954-1974
22 General, 1955-1974 and undated
23 General, 1963-1965 and undated
24 General, 1966-1967 and undated
25 General, 1969-1974 and undated
26 General, undated
27 Keith Brothers, 7 28 7 29 8 1 1941-1948 and undated
28 Keith, George D. Estate, 1948-1959 and undated
29 Keith, George D. and Sons: Mineral Lease, 1968 and undated
Keith, Mrs. George D. (Mollie)
box folder
8 1 General, 1939-1974 and undated
Settlement of Estate
box folder
8 2 General, 1963-1967 and undated
3 General, 1966-1968 and undated
Keith, Jim
box folder
8 4 General, 1954-1975 and undated
5 General, undated
Keith, Kenneth
box folder
8 6 General, 1936-1943 and undated
7 General, 1941-1942
8 General, 1941-1951 and undated
9 General, 1958-1975 and undated
10 General, 1960-1962 and undated
11 General, 1965-1972 and undated
12 Income Tax, 1959-1970
13 Lists of Materials, 1942 and undated
14 McClellan, C. H. Estate of, 1965-1975 and undated
15 Oil and Gas Purchase, 1955-1975
16 Old Records, 1922-1931 and undated
17 Orkin, 1975
18 Palominos, 1937-1947 and undated
19 Pipelines: Rights-of-Way, 1958-1972 and undated
20 Purchases and Sales Receipts, 1955-1966
21 Sales, Deposit Slips, 1950-1956
Texas Hereford Association
box folder
8 22 General, 1935-1943 and undated
23 General, 1939-1958 and undated
Texas Livestock Sanitary Commission
box folder
8 24 General, 1946-1953 and undated
25 General, 1944-1973 and udated
26 Texas-Oklahoma Hereford Breeders Association, 1951-1954
27 Texas Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Dealer's Association, 1927
28 Wichita County Taxes, 1947-1974 and undated
box folder
9 1 Wichita Falls Stockyard Company, 1954-1975 and undated
Miscellaneous
box folder
9 2 "B", 1939-1954 and undated
3 "C", 1938-1954 and undated
4 "D", 1946-1953 and undated
5 "E", 1938-1953 and undated
6 "F", 1939-1954 and undated
7 "G", 1946-1954 and undated
8 "H", 1939-1953 and undated
9 "I", 1947-1951 and undated
10 "J", 1939-1952 and undated
11 "K", 1942-1954 and undated
12 "L", 1940-1954 and undated
13 "M", 1939-1954 and undated
14 "N", 1947-1954 and undated
15 "O", 1947-1953 and undated
16 "P", 1939-1954 and undated
17 R", 1945-1954 and undated
18 "S", 1938-1954 and undated
19 "T", 1922-1954 and undated
20 U", 1947-1952
21 "V", 1947-1951 and undated
22 "W", 1929-1954 and undated
23 "X", "Y", 1948
24 "Z", 1947

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Legal Material, 1942-1977 and undated

box folder
9 25 General, 1942-1975 and undated
26 Estate of Keith, James Carter (Jim), 1975-1977 and undated

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Notes, 1948-1974 and undated

box folder
9 27 Notes, 1948-1974 and undated

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Photographs, 1945-1954 and undated

box folder
10 1 Photographs, 1945-1954 and undated

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Printed Material, 1922-1977 and undated

box folder
10 2 News Clippings, 10 3 10 4 10 5 1922-1976 and undated
3 News Clippings, 1923-1977
4 Magazines, 1939-1954 and undated
5 Miscellaneous, 1938-1976 and undated

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Scrapbook Material, 1955-1977 and undated

Funeral Memorabilia
box folder
10 6 General, 1955-1976
7 General, 1955-1973
General
box folder
10 8 General, 1912-1977 and undated
9 General, 1933-1955 and undated
10 Keith Clan, The, 1941-1945 and undated

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Miscellaneous, 1955-1973 and undated

box folder
10 11 Miscellaneous, 1955-1973 and undated

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Scrapbook, 1928

box folder
11 1 Scrapbook 1928

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