Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Don Hampton Biggers:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1863-1961 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Biggers, Don Hampton, 1868-1957
Title: Don Hampton Biggers Papers,
Dates: 1863-1961 and undated
Abstract: These are the papers of journalist, author, and politician, Don Hampton Biggers.
Collection # S84.1
Quantity: 3 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

A journalist, author, and politician, Biggers was born September 27, 1868, in Meridian, Texas, and grew up in a ranching environment. He edited and wrote for several West Texas newspapers, served in the Texas Legislature, and was active in land promotion in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. He authored several books, including History That Will Never Be Repeated (1901), Pictures Of The Past (1902) [both under the pen name Lan Franks], Cattle Range To Cotton Patch (1905), Shackelford County Sketches (1908), and Our Sacred Monkeys (1933). Don Hampton Biggers died at a rest home in Stephenville on December 11, 1957, a month after his wife's death, Nettie.


Scope and Contents

The collection is in two parts, with the main papers consisting of correspondence between Don Hampton Biggers with prominent political figures, personal scrapbooks of news clippings and miscellaneous materials concerning Biggers’ career and interests, and several articles and newspapers unavailable elsewhere. Also includes personal correspondence to Nettie his wife. The second portion includes research notes, correspondence, drafts, galley proofs and page proofs for Seymour V. Connor's A Biggers Chronicle.


 

Organization

The collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Literary Production, Printed Material and Scrapbook Material.

Restrictions

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)
Biggers, Don Hampton, 1868-1957
Biggers, Don Hampton- --Archives
Biggers, Don Hampton- --Manuscripts
Subjects
Journalism--Texas
Journalists--Texas
Texas--Politics and government
Civic leaders--Texas

Related Material

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

  • Don Hampton Biggers Photograph Collection
  • Don Hampton Biggers Microfilm Collection
  • Bryan B. Dillard oral history interview [sound recording], 1987
  • C. E. Biggers oral history interview [sound recording], 1960
  • Mary C. Jones Collection, 1881-1940

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Don Hampton Biggers Papers, 1863-1961 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
None for the record.

Gifts, 1960-1982

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, March 2004.


Additional Sources

Baker, Jacqueline. "Don Hampton Biggers : a study in style and regional vocabulary. "Thesis (M.A.)--Texas Technological College, 1963.


Collection Inventory

 

Correspondence

box folder
1 1 Personal, to Nettie (Mrs. Don Hampton Biggers), 1928-1944
2 Professional, to and from Don Hampton Biggers, A-H, 1919-1957
3 Professional, to and from Don Hampton Biggers, J-Z, 1919-1957
4 Research concerning Don H. Biggers, A-F, by Seymour V. Connor, 1960-1961
5 Research concerning Don H. Biggers, G-Z, by Seymour V. Connor, 1960-1961



 

Literary Production

box folder
1 6 “A Bigger Chronicle” page and galley proofs, 1961
7 “A Bigger Chronicle” draft copies by Seymour V. Connor, 1961
8 “A Bigger Chronicle” galley proofs and printers copy, ca. 1960s
9 Poems by Don Hampton Biggers, undated



 

Printed Material

box folder
1 10 Books: The Humming Top (1890) and The Silver Buckle (1899), 1890-1899
11 Frontier Times, 1945
12 In Fact, 1942-1944
13 History That Will Never Be Repeated by Lan Franks (pseudonym), undated
14 News clippings and broadsides, 1889-1958



 

Scrapbook Material

box folder
1 15 Art and Exhibitions, with correspondence, scrapbook, 1923-1953
16 Bathing People scrapbook, 1885-1940
box folder
2 1 People Over Age 70 scrapbook, 1939
2 Scrapbook, Reverend E. L. Shettles’ Recollections, Pontotoc, Mississippi, 1935
3 Miscellaneous, binder covers, 1916
4 Scrapbook with news clippings, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials, 1863-1957
box folder
3 1 Scrapbook with news clippings and magazine clippings concerning the writings and interests of Don H. Biggers, 1899-1923
2 Scrapbook with news clippings and magazine clippings concerning the writings and interests of Don H. Biggers, 1922-1928
3 Scrapbook with news clippings and magazine clippings concerning the writings and interests of Don H. Biggers, 1928-1940