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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Additional Sources

Description of Series

Papers, 1948-1985

Papers, 1952-1976 and undated

Papers, 1964-1997 and undated

Papers, 1968-1981 and undated

Papers, 1971-1987 and undated

Papers, 1973-1993

Papers, 1977-1980 and undated

Papers, 1980-1981 and undated

Papers, 1981-1984 and undated

Papers, 1984 and undated

Papers, 1985

Papers, 1988

Papers, 1989

Papers, 1993

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Elmer Kelton:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1948-1985, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Kelton, Elmer
Title: Elmer Kelton Papers,
Dates: 1948-1985
Abstract: The papers of Elmer Kelton, a prolific western writer, from 1948-1985.
Collection # S 524.1
Quantity: 23 boxes and 3 wallets (23.3 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

A prolific western writer, Elmer Kelton was born on April 29, 1926 at Horse Camp, east of Andrews, Texas. He wrote numerous western novels including The Good Ole Boys, Honor at Daybreak, and Man Who Rode Midnight. In addition to his western novels, Kelton wrote numerous articles for The Farmer-Stockman since 1964. He has also been a writer for the San Angelo Times and served as editor for the West Texas Livestock and the Sheep and Goat Raisers Association. Since 1955, Kelton has been a member of the Western Writers of America.

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Scope and Content

The collection, donated by Kelton over the past thirty years, is arranged in thirteen series:

Series I: Papers, 1948-1985, consists of literary productions and an inventory of short stories. The items are housed within 2 wallets.

Series II: Papers, 1952-1976 and undated, consists of literary correspondence to literary agencies, abstracts, magazine articles, manuscripts, and six cowboy photographs. The items are housed within 9 boxes.

Series III: Papers, 1964-1997 and undated, consists of manuscripts, magazine articles, printed and scrapbook materials. The items are housed within 6 boxes.

Series IV: Papers, 1968-1981 and undated, consists of correspondence and manuscripts. The items are housed within 1 box.

Series V: Papers, 1971-1987 and undated, consists of manuscripts. The items are housed within 1 box.

Series VI: Papers, 1973-1993, consists of manuscript proofs and correspondence regarding The Art of James Bama, as well as correspondence, convention materials, and financial material on the Western Writers of America association. The items are housed within 1 box.

Series VII: Papers, 1977-1980 and undated, consists of manuscripts and manuscript proofs. The items are housed within 2 boxes.

Series VIII: Papers, 1980-1981 and undated, consists of correspondence and manuscripts. The items are housed within 1 box.

Series IX: Papers, 1984 and undated, consists of manuscripts. The items are housed within 1 box.

Series X: Papers, 1985, consists of correspondence and manuscript proofs. The items are housed within 1 wallet.

Series XI: Papers, 1988, consists of speeches. The items are housed within 1 wallet.

Series XII: Papers, 1989, consists of speeches. The items are housed within 1 wallet.

Series XIII: Papers, 1993, consists of manuscripts proofs, the bulk of which deal with the manuscript of Elmer Kelton Country: The Short Nonfiction of a Texas Novelist. The items are housed within 1 box.

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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)
Kelton, Elmer
Kelton, Elmer--Awards
Kelton, Elmer--Correspondence
Kelton, Elmer--Family
Kelton, Elmer--Interviews
Kelton, Elmer--Manuscripts
Kelton, Elmer--Sources
Subjects (Organizations)
National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center--Awards
Western Writers of America--Awards
Subjects
Authors, American--Texas
Spur Awards
Western stories--Awards
Newspapers
San Angelo standard-times
West Texas livestock weekly

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Related Material

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

  • Paul Patterson Papers, 1931-1975
  • Elmer Kelton oral history interview [sound recording], 1975

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elmer Kelton Papers, 1948-1985 , Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Collection accession #(s):
95-0007-B, 90-0289-X, 91-0255-B, 92-0187-B, 92-0254-B, 95-0129-B, 97-0190-B

Gifts, 1968-1997 and undated

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, August 2000

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Additional Sources

Connor, Seymour V., ed. Builders of the Southwest. Lubbock: Southwest Collection, Texas Technological College, 1959.

Clayton, Lawrence. Elmer Kelton. Idaho: Boise State University, 1986.

Alter, Judy. Elmer Kelton and West Texas: a Literary Relationship. Denton.: University of North Texas Press, 1989, c1988.

Blanton, Ira Yates. The Triumph of Tradition in Six Novels of Elmer Kelton, 1971-1998. Thesis (Ph.D.)--Texas Tech University, 1999.

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Collection Inventory

 

Papers, 1948-1985

List of Literary Productions, 1985
othertype folder
Wallet 1 1 List of Short Stories
Literary Productions
othertype folder
Wallet 1 2 There's Always Another Chance, 1948
3 Lonesome Ride, 1949
4 Sheepman on the Devil's River, 1949
5 Colt Size, 1949
6 Sellout, 1950
7 North of the Big River, 1950
8 She Wolf of the Brush Country, 1950
9 The Lord Sent an Outlaw, 1950
10 Wet Weather, 1951
11 The Unsilent Partner, 1951
12 No Music for Fiddle Feet, 1951
13 A Heck of a Promise, 1951
14 One Son, 1951
15 The Bells of San Juan, 1951
16 The Fleeing Sixty, 1952
17 Showdown at Horse Well, 1952
18 Apache Patrol, 1952
19 When Happy Lost His Laughter, 1952
20 He Headed Them West, 1952
21 No Epitaph for Me, 1952
22 Yellow Devil, 1952
23 Sheep on the River, 1952
24 Sidesaddle Sweetheart, 1952
25 Climb the Big Ram, 1952
26 Sense of Duty, 1952
27 Rodeo Clown, 1953
28 Long Ride, Hard Ride, 1953
29 Dry Winter, 1953
othertype folder
Wallet 2 1 The Way of the Wolf, 1953
2 Blind Canyon, 1953
3 Coward, 1954
4 Die By the Gun, 1954
5 The Moocher, 1954
6 Ride a Straight Road, 1954
7 My Gun Is the Law, 1955
8 Jail Break, 1954
9 Fighting for the Brand, 1956
10 The Duster, 1956
11 O'Malley's Wife, 1957
12 Land With No Law, 1957
13 The Black Sheep, 1957
14 Deadly Homecoming, 1957
15 Tough Reputation, 1959
16 The Debt of Hardy Buckelew, 1959
17 The 7X Bull, 1961
18 Man on the Wagon Tongue, 1962
19 Uncle Jeff and the Gunfighter, 1963
20 In the Line of Duty, 1967
21 Railroad Tragedies in the Old West, 1975
22 Relics, 1978
23 Steamboats on Texas Rivers, 1978
24 The Last Indian Fight in Kerr County, 1982

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Papers, 1952-1976 and undated

Correspondence
box folder
Box 1 1 Literary Agencies, 1952-1963 and undated
2 Literary Agencies, 1964-1976 and undated
Literary Productions
Manuscripts
box folder
Box 1 3 Abstracts, undated
4 Farm Articles, 1952-1953
5 Farm Articles, 1954
6 Farm Articles, 1955
7 Farm Articles, 1956
8 Farm Articles, 1957
9 Farm Articles, 1958
10 Farm Articles, 1959
11 Farm Articles, 1960
12 Farm Articles, 1961
13 Farm Articles, 1962
14 Farm Articles, 1963
Manuscripts: Magazine Article
box folder
Box 1 15 The Bracero -- Our Good-Will Messenger in Mexico, 1958
Manuscripts: Novels: Dunn, Kelly, pseud. for Kelton
box folder
Box 1 16 Man with a Shotgun, [1] undated
17 Man with a Shotgun, [2] undated
Manuscripts: Novels
box folder
Box 2 1 After the Bugles, [1] undated
2 After the Bugles, [2] undated
3 Bowie's Mine, [1] undated
4 Bowie's Mine, [2] undated
5 Buffalo Wagons, undated
6 Bugles at Galiad, Notes and Typed Draft, undated
box folder
Box 3 1 Bugles at Galiad, Typed Draft, undated
2 Captain's Rangers, Typed Draft, undated
3 Chacho, Typed Draft, undated
4 The Day the Cowboys Quit, Typed Draft and Galley Proofs, 1971 and undated
box folder
Box 4 1 The Day the Cowboys Quit, Typed Drafts, [1] undated
2 The Day the Cowboys Quit, Typed Drafts, [2] undated
3 The Day the Cowboys Quit, Typed Drafts, [3] undated
4 Horsehead Crossing, Typed Draft, 1962
box folder
Box 5 1 Hot Iron, Typed Draft, undated
2 Llano River, Typed Draft, undated
3 Retreat to Texas, Typed Draft, undated
4 Shadow of the Star, Typed Drafts, Uncorrected Proof and Galley Proofs, 1959
5 The Texas Rifles, Typed Draft, undated
box folder
Box 6 1 This Bitter Dust, Typed Draft, undated
2 This Dry and Dusty Land, Notes, Final Copy, Typed Draft, undated
3 This Dry and Dusty Land, Typed Drafts, [1] undated
4 This Dry and Dusty Land, Typed Drafts, [2] undated
5 This Dry and Dusty Land, Typed Drafts, [3] undated
box folder
Box 7 1 This Dry and Dusty Land, Typed Drafts, [4] undated
2 The Time It Never Rained, Galley Proofs and Typed Drafts, 1973 and undated
3 The Time It Never Rained, Typed Drafts, [1] undated
4 The Time It Never Rained, Typed Drafts, [2] undated
box folder
Box 8 1 Trail to Matamoros, Typed Draft, undated
2 The Tumbleweed Wagon, Typed Drafts, [1] undated
3 The Tumbleweed Wagon, Typed Drafts, [2] undated
4 Wagontongue, Galley Proof and Typed Drafts, 1972 and undated
5 Wagontongue, Final Copy and Typed Drafts, 1972
Manuscripts: Novels: McElroy, Lee, pseud. for Kelton
box folder
Box 8 6 Joe Pepper, Typed Drafts, undated
box folder
Box 9 1 Joe Pepper, Galley Proof, 1975
Manuscripts: Novels
box folder
Box 9 2 Long Way to Texas, Galley Proofs, 1976
3 Long Way to Texas, Typed Drafts, undated
4 Sheep and Goat Raiser, Typed Drafts, 1957-1963
Manuscripts: Short Stories
box folder
Box 9 5 The Black Sheep, Typed Draft, undated
6 Coward, Typed Draft, undated
7 No Music for Fiddle Feet, Typed Draft, 1964
Photographs
box folder
Box 9 8 Cowboy Pictures, 1958
(6 leaves)

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Papers, 1964-1997 and undated

Correspondence
box folder
Box 1 1 Bantam Books, 1980-1989
2 Doubleday, 1970-1988
3 Gordon, A. Rust, 1967
4 Jeier, Thomas, 1981-1990
5 John R. Payne Literacy Agency, 1986-1990
6 Nelson, Barry, 1977
7 Lenniger Literary Agency, Inc., 1978-1986
8 McKellar, Robert, 1975
9 Rowland, Damaris, 1987
10 Spray, Norman, 1975
11 Taylor, Charles, 1966-1986
12 Walker, Glen, 1973
Literary Productions
Manuscripts
box folder
Box 2 1 Caprock (Honor At Daybreak) Final Version, 1990
2 The Far Canyon, (Draft), 1994
3 Farm Articles, 1964-1970
4 Farm Articles, 1971-1975
5 Farm Articles, 1975-1986
box folder
Box 3 1 Farm Articles, 1987-1991
2 The Flag of Mexico, undated
3 Frank McCarthy's Book (Review Request), 1991
4 The Good Old Boys, (Proof), 1994
5 Honor At Daybreak, (Caprock) (Final Version?), 1991
box folder
Box 4 1 Honor At Daybreak, (Draft Copy I), 1990
2 Honor At Daybreak, (Draft Copy II), 1990
3 Honor At Daybreak, (Draft Copy III), 1990
4 Honor At Daybreak, (Galley Proof), 1990
5 Honor At Daybreak, (Ragtown Slim), Early Version, 1991
6 Howard Terpning's Book, (Review Request) [1], 1991-1992
box folder
Box 5 1 Howard Terpning's Book, (Review Request) [2], 1991-1992
2 Man Who Rode Midnight, (Original Text), undated
3 Slaughter, (Final Version), 1992
4 Sons of Texas, First Book, (Carbons), 1987
box folder
Box 6 1 Sons of Texas, Third Book, 1987
2 Unidentified, undated
Printed Materials
box folder
Box 6 3 Farm Articles, 1965-1975
4 Farm Articles, 1975-1985
5 Farm Articles, 1987-1991
Scrapbook Material
box folder
Box 6 6 Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Cards, 1997
7 West Texas Historical Association Membership Brochure, undated

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Papers, 1968-1981 and undated

Lenniger Literary Agency, Inc.
box folder
Box 1 1 Correspondence, 1968-1977 and undated
Literary Productions
Manuscripts
box folder
Box 1 2 Eyes of the Hawk, Galley Proofs, undated
3 Eyes of the Hawk, Styled Sheet, undated
4 Eyes of the Hawk, Typed Draft, 1981

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Papers, 1971-1987 and undated

Literary Productions
Manuscripts
box folder
Box 1 1 The Day the Cowboys Quit, Bound Copy with Corrections, 1971
2 The Day the Cowboys Quit, Corrected Copy, undated
3 The Man Who Rode Midnight, Typed Drafts, undated
4 The Man Who Rode Midnight, Revised Version, undated
5 The Time It Never Rained, Sample Book Cover, undated
Manuscripts: The Sons of Texas Series
box folder
Box 1 6 Book I, The Danger, The Daring, Typed Drafts, undated
7 Book I, The Danger, The Glory, Revision, undated
Manuscripts
box folder
Box 1 8 The Wolf and the Buffalo, Uncorrected Proof, undated
9 The Day the Cowboys Quit, Galley Proofs, undated

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Papers, 1973-1993

The Art of James Bama
box folder
Box 1 1 Correspondence, 1991-1993
2 Manuscript Proofs [1], 1992-1993
3 Manuscript Proofs [2], 1992-1993
4 Manuscript Proofs [3], 1992-1993
5 Picture Proofs, 1992-1993
6 Research, 1973-1992
Western Writers of America
box folder
Box 1 7 Convention Materials, 1989-1991
8 Correspondence, 1985-1990
9 Financial Material, 1990
10 Newsclippings, 1990

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Papers, 1977-1980 and undated

Literary Productions
Manuscripts: Edited Work
box folder
Box 1 1 Pierce, V. I., "Yesterday in Ozona and Crockett County," Correspondence, 1980
2 Pierce, V. I., "Yesterday in Ozona and Crockett County," Notes, undated
3 Pierce, V. I., "Yesterday in Ozona and Crockett County," Typed Drafts [1], undated
4 Pierce, V. I., Y"Yesterday in Ozona and Crockett County," Typed Drafts [2], undated
Manuscripts: Novels: The Good Old Boys
box folder
Box 1 5 Correspondence, 1977-1978
6 Galleys and Proofs, undated
7 Styled Sheet, undated
8 Typed Drafts [1], undated
9 Typed Drafts [2], undated
box folder
Box 2 1 Typed Drafts [3], undated
Manuscripts: Novels: The Wolf and the Buffalo
box folder
Box 2 2 Correspondence, 1980
3 Typed Drafts [1], undated
4 Typed Drafts [2], undated

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Papers, 1980-1981 and undated

Correspondence
box folder
Box 1 1 Professional Letter, 1981
Literary Productions
Manuscripts
box folder
Box 1 2 Eyes of the Hawk, Typed Drafts, undated
3 The Wolf and the Buffalo, Proofs, 1980
4 The Wolf and the Buffalo, Styled Sheets, undated
5 The Wolf and the Buffalo, Typed Draft, 1980

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Papers, 1981-1984 and undated

Correspondence
box folder
Box 1 1 Literary Agencies, 1981-1984
Literary Productions
Manuscripts: Non-Fiction
box folder
Box 1 2 Frank C. McCarthy: The Old West, Galley Prints, undated
3 Frank C. McCarthy: The Old West, Galley Proofs, undated
4 Frank C. McCarthy: The Old West, Notes, undated
5 Frank C. McCarthy: The Old West, Prepublication Brochure, 1981
6 Frank C. McCarthy: The Old West, Typed Drafts, undated
Manuscripts: Novels
box folder
Box 1 7 Dark Thicket, Typed Draft, undated
8 Medicine Hill, Typed Draft, undated
9 Ride For the Thicket, Typed Draft, undated
10 Run For the Thicket, Typed Draft, undated
11 Stand Proud, Galley Proof, 1984
12 Stand Proud, Typed Draft, undated

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Papers, 1984 and undated

Literary Productions
Manuscripts: Novels
box folder
Box 1 1 Stand Proud, Typed Drafts, 1984
2 Medicine Hill, Typed Drafts, undated
3 Point of Rocks, Typed Drafts, undated

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Papers, 1985

Correspondence
box folder
Wallet 1 1 Doubleday, 1985
2 Dark Thicket, Galley Proof and Draft Copy, 1985

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Papers, 1988

Literary Productions
Speech to Texas Folklore Society
box folder
Wallet 1 1 Fiction Writers are Liars and Theives, April 1, 1988

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Papers, 1989

Literary Productions
Speech, 1989
box folder
Wallet 1 1 To West Texas Historical Association, April 14, 1989

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Papers, 1993

Literary Productions
Manuscripts
box folder
Box 1 1 Elmer Kelton Country, Draft Copy, 1993
2 Elmer Kelton Country, Galley Proof, 1993
3 Elmer Kelton Country, Rough Draft, 1993
4 Elmer Kelton Country, Unorganized Rough Draft, 1993
Printed Materials
box folder
Box 1 5 Newsclipping on Kelton, 1993

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