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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Virginia C. McNeal Conkle Scrapbook, 1954-1955


Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Virginia C. McNeal Conkle Scrapbook, 1954-1955

Relating in part to the Veterans' Land Board Scandal



Overview

Creator: Conkle, Virginia C. McNeal, 1912-1995
Title: Virginia C. McNeal Conkle Scrapbook
Inclusive Dates: 1954-1955
Abstract: Virginia C. McNeal Conkle Scrapbook documents the indictments against former Land Commissioner Bascom Giles and others who participated in the Veteran's Land Board Scandal as covered through the Austin print media. Conkle served on the Travis County grand jury that served the indictments.
Identification: CSB
Quantity: 3.6 Linear feet, (2 oversized boxes)
Location: File Vault
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Biographical Note

Virginia C. McNeal Conkle was born in Watson, Missouri April 19, 1912. She was married to Ellsworth P. Conkle, a playwright and professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. She was one of a group of five women who were the first to serve on a Grand Jury in Travis County. She was a member of the Travis County Grand Jury that indicted former Land Commissioner Bascom Giles and others who participated in the Veteran's Land Board Scandal.

Mrs. Conkle died August 3, 1995 at the age of 83.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Virginia C. McNeal Conkle Scrapbook contains newspaper articles, correspondence, memos and personal remembrances of Conkle. The scrapbook documents the first grand jury in Travis County to include women as well as indictments by that grand jury. Indictments secured by that grant jury included charges against former Land Commissioner Bascom Giles and others who participated in the Veteran's Land Board Scandal.

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Arrangement

The scrapbook is probably arranged chronologically. However, there are no dates attached to the articles in the scrapbook.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Materials may be under copyright protection. US copyright law does allow for reproduction of materials under copyright for uses such as critique, criticism, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form.

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Index Terms

Giles, Bascom, Land Commissioner, 1900-1993
Texas. General Land Office.
Towery, Ken, 1923-
Austin (Tex.)
Texas. Veteran's Land Board
Veterans Land Board Scandal

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Related Material

The Ken Towery Papers contain newspapers, clippings, magazines, and moving images documenting Towery's investigation of the Veteran’s Land Board Scandal in 1954-1955.

Ken Towery Papers (KT.AR.272). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Virginia C. McNeal Conkle Scrapbook (CSB). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Virginia C. McNeal Conkle Scrapbook, 1954-1955

Oversized Box
OS 102 Scrapbook, 1954-1955
Oversized Box
OS 103 Newspaper articles, 1954-1955

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