Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Robert "Bob" A. Nash:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1852-2005 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Nash, Bob
Title: Robert "Bob" A. Nash Papers,
Dates: 1852-2005 and undated
Abstract: The collection contains material collected by "Bob" Nash relating to his research on Nicholas Nolan and the Buffalo Soldiers.
Collection # S1268.1
Quantity: 2 boxes (2.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Robert “Bob” A. Nash was a Lubbock broadcaster and civic leader. He had an interest in West Texas history and collected materials on Nicholas Nolan and the Buffalo Soldiers. Bob began ` his radio career in 1948 after serving in the military during World War II. He was anchor of KAMC-TV from 1979-1983 and broadcasted Texas Tech basketball games from 1960-1977. He also served as District #4 councilman from 1984-1988. Nash was born in Plainview, Texas in 1924 and passed away in Lubbock, 1993.

Nicholas Merrick Nolan was born in Ireland and later came to America in 1852. He served in the U. S. Army eventually having military duties in Texas, Florida, and Kansas. One of his assignments was as commander of the all-black cavalry divisions, the 9th and 10th. They were nicknamed the Buffalo soldiers. One of his Texas expeditions turned tragic in 1877 when his troops along with some buffalo hunters became lost in the Llano Estacado region of Texas chasing Indians.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains research files from the estate of Robert “Bob” Nash concerning his research into Nicholas M. Nolan. Some files are correspondence inquiring about Nolan plus a few other miscellaneous files generated by Paul H. Carlson for his book The Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877. The Nicholas Nolan files are photocopied materials from the National Archive.



The collection is organized into the following series:
  • Correspondence
  • Microfilm
  • Printed Material
  • Research Material
  • 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)
Nash, Bob
Nolan, Nicholas, d. 1883
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Army. Cavalry, 10th
African American soldiers--Biography
African American soldiers--History--19th century
Comanche Indians--Wars
Texas history--military

Related Material

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

  • Bob Nash Oversized Materials, O8.12
  • Nolan Expedition Marker Dedication, taped recording, 1972
  • Bob Nash Oral history interview [sound recording], 1970
  • Bob Nash Oral history interview [sound recording], 1971
  • Bob Nash Oral history interview [sound recording], 1975

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert "Bob" A. Nash Papers, 1852-2005 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
95-0162-A and 2005-0136-B

Gifts, 1995 and 2005.

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, 2005

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 Book Contract with Bill Neeley, 1986
2 Inquiries concerning Nolan, 1971
3 Inquiries concerning Nolan, 1972-1974
4 Inquiries concerning Nolan, 1973
5 Nicholas Nolan information from Robert R. Truitt, Jr., 2005
6 Publisher and Reviewer, 2002
7 Requesting Information, 1971-1988
8 Researching Nolan, 1974-1986
9 To Bob Nash, ca. 1987



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1 10 Reels on Nicholas Nolan, 6th Cavalry, 2nd Dragoons, and the 4th Artillery, 4 reels from the National Archive, undated


Printed Material

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1 11 Historical Sites Inventory Update, South Plains Association of Governments, 1978
12 Overton South Neighborhood Association, 1938-1971


Research Material

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1 13 B. H. Grierson’s Victorio Campaign, 1959
14 Biography of Benjamin Grierson, undated
15 Biographical list of Nicholas Nolan, undated
16 Bison Hunters and the Forlorn Hope, hand notes by Dr. Paul Carlson, 2000
17 Black Soldiers in the Army, 1968 and undated
18 Black Troops of the Nolan Expedition, 1924-2000
19 Borden County, Texas, 1970-1982
20 Cavalry Organization, 1972-1978
21 Court Martial Material with hand notes, 1982-2002
22 Forrestine C. Hooker’s Army Life, 1963
23 Fort Concho and the military, 1968-1987
24 Fort Concho, Texas, 1946-1974
25 Fort Elliot, Texas, 1947-2005
26 Fort Larned, 1932-1957 and undated
27 Historic Pecan Tree of Bull Creek, undated
28 Historic Forts and Missions Trip and Lubbock Lake Site Delegation, 1966-1973
29 Indian Activities and the lack of water, 1897-2000
30 “Indian Campaign on the Staked Plains, 1874-1875,” 1961
31 Lost Troops and hand notes, undated
32 Letters, photocopied, by Nicholas Nolan, 1863-1879
33 “Nolan Expedition” by Jerry Hall, 1958
34 Old Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1958
35 Rath City, Stonewall County, Texas, 2000
36 Sheridan and Custer, 1967
37 “Ups and Downs of an Army Officer” by George A. Armes, undated
38 WDAGO file 2815, 1874, Panhandle Plains Historical Review, 1962
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2 1 Miscellaneous articles and Texas photocopied maps, 1886-1888
2 Nicholas Nolan and his lost expedition, 1933-1976
3 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1861-1903
4 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1870-1960
5 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1870-1896
6 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1865-1897
7 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1863-1894
8 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1871-1970
9 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1852-1943
10 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1863-1970
11 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1877-1880
12 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1878-1880
13 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1878-1885
14 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1866-1907
15 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1869-1883
16 Nicholas Nolan, photocopied materials, 1870


Scrapbook Material

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2 17 Certificate, Paul Harris Fellow award, undated
18 Image of white bison calf, undated