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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Book Projects, 1963-1997

Articles and Short Stories, 1946-2000,

Notes, no dates

Address Books and Calendars, 1973-2000,

Photographic Materials, 1964-1998

Incoming Correspondence, 1957-2001,

Scrapbooks, 1948,

Leon Hale Columns, 1948-2002

Awards and Artifacts, 1972-1992,

Collected Materials, 1923-2001

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Leon Hale Papers



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hale, Leon, 1921-
Title: Leon Hale Papers
Dates: 1923-2002
Abstract: Documentation of the career of Texas journalist and prose writer, Leon Hale. Central to this career, since 1956, is his work as a regular "roving Texas" columnist and chronicler for the Houston Post and Houston Chronicle.
Identification: 2001-004
Quantity: 16 boxes, 17 linear feet
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Biographical Note

Leon Hale is a widely read and longtime columnist for the Houston Chronicle. He makes his home in Houston but spends much time at Winedale (near Round Top, TX) and Santa Fe, NM. Hale is a master at recounting tales of and reflections upon life and times in rural 20th Century Texas. He conveys all his subject's charm in the colloquial language, salty wit, and country humor that he uses so well. He is the father of Mark and Rebecca and the husband of Babette Fraser Hale.

Born May 30, 1921, at Stephenville, Texas, Leon Hale was reared in 22 different houses in nine different West Texas towns, from Fort Worth to Lubbock. His father was a store clerk and traveling salesman, but most of his relatives were farmers and his early background is entirely rural. Hale graduated from Eastland, Texas High School in 1939, entered Texas Tech at Lubbock and served 3 years in the U.S Army Air Forces before returning to "Tech" to take a journalism degree in 1946.

Hale began his journalism career as assistant editor for the Texas A&M University Extension Service, 1946-47, and progressed as follows: farm and ranch editor for the Houston Post, 1948-52; magazine editor for Humble Oil & Refining Co., 1953-55; "roving Texas columnist" for the Houston Post, 1956-1983; and since 1983, columnist for the Houston Chronicle. In addition, he has served as part-time instructor at Sam Houston State University, contributed to Texas Parade magazine, written free-lance articles, authored ten books and contributed to many others. Mr. Hale's awards include recognition by the Headliners Foundation of Texas and AP and UPI wire services. He also received the Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters for one of his two novels.

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Scope and Contents

This set of papers documents Leon Hale's long and prolific writing career that began in 1946. It is divided into ten major categories with the bulk of the material being comprised of Mr. Hale's book projects, daily columns, letters from readers, and miscellaneous articles. The materials are housed in sixteen boxes, including fourteen record cartons and two oversized boxes. Each of the categories is prefaced by a detailed description.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. 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. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.
Subjects (Persons)
Hale, Leon
Formats
Correspondence
Typescript drafts
Galley Proofs

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Leon Hale Papers, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Acquisition:

Donated by creator, 2001

Processed by

Dick Dickerson, 2002

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Detailed Description

 
Box
1-3 Book Projects, 1963-1997
The materials in this section are housed in three cartons and represent eight different volumes published by Leon Hale. The materials include correspondence with editors/publishers, business/legal documents, notes, outlines, manuscripts, typescripts, proof copies, reviews, promotions, letters from readers and even screenplays. The bulk of the material represents Hale's work on two novels, Bonney's Place and Addison.
Box Folder
1 1-16 Turn South at the Second Bridge - 1965
1 Doubleday letters & statements. 1963-1973
2 Hale letters to Doubleday. 1963-1967
3 Doubleday business documents. 1963-1973
4 Character list and other notes. 1965
5 Chapters outline. 1965
6 Chapters III & IV - typescript w/corrections. no date
7 Answer to queries from editor. 1965
8-13 Typescript - chapters I - XII. 1965
14 Reviews and Promotions. 1965
15 Letters regarding - miscellaneous. 1963-2001
16 Texas A & M reprint project. 1980
17-31 Bonney's Place - 1972
17 Letters from Doubleday. 1969-1974
18 Hale letters to Doubleday. 1969-1974
19 Doubleday business documents. 1972-1975
20 Outline. no date
21 Early typescript fragment. no date
22 Final galley proof. 1971
23 Foundry proof. 1972
24 Reviews and Promotions. 1972
25 Letters from readers. 1972-1977
26 Alternative dust jacket drawing from reader. 1978
27 Correspondence regarding film rights. 1975-1979
28 Film rights business documents. 1977
29-30 Screenplay based on novel. 1986
31 Popular library letters about paper edition. 1973-1974
Box
1-2 Addison - 1979
Box Folder
1 32 Initial proposal by Leon Hale. no date
33 Sample pages initially submitted. no date
34 Letters from Doubleday. 1976-1980
35 Hale letters to Doubleday. 1976-1978
36 Doubleday business documents. 1976-1979
37 Correspondence with Philip Spitzer. 1976-1979
38 Outline. 1978
39-43 Manuscript draft fragments. no date
44 Editing Notes. no date
45-48 Early typescript w/corrections. no date
Box Folder
2 1-4 Later typescript w/corrections. no date
5-8 An original typescript of final draft. no date
9 Final galley proof. 1979
10 Foundry proof. 1979
11 Dust jackets. 1979
12 Letters from readers. 1978-1980
13 Reviews and Promotions. 1979
14 Texas Institute of Letter's award announcement letter. 1980
15-17 Screenplay Based on Novel. 1982
18-37 A Smile from Katie Hattan & Other Natural Wonders - 1982
18 Tentative outline. no date
19-34 Columns chosen for chapters I - XVI. 1982
35-37 Galley proof w/corrections. 1982
38-49 Easy Going - 1983
38-49 Columns chosen for sections I - XIII. 1983
Box Folder
3 1-12 Paper Hero - 1986
1 Notes and Revisions. 1986
2-5 Early draft - typescript. 1986
6-9 Later draft - typescript. 1986
10-12 Galley proof w/corrections. 1986
13-26 Texas Chronicles - 1989
13-19 Galley proof. 1989
20-26 Uncorrected proof copy. 1989
27-37 Home Spun - 1997
27 Working notes. 1997
28 Winedale Press documents. 1997
29 Final Manuscript - second draft. 1997
30-34 Corrected proof copy - sections I - III. 1997
35 First uncorrected proof copy w/print wrappers. 1997
36 Second uncorrected proof copy w/print wrappers. 1997
37 Dust jacket proofs. 1997

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Box Folder
4 1-42 Articles and Short Stories, 1946-2000,
Extent 92 items
This section includes articles and short stories, other than his regular column, authored or edited by Mr. Hale from 1946-2000. Included are manuscripts, typescripts and printed items.
1-19 Manuscript
1-19 Miscellaneous manuscripts. 48 items. 1960-2000
20-42 Printed
20 Southern Living. 1 item. 1983
21 Vision. 1 item. 1978
22-23 Vista. 3 items. 1967-1970
24-32 Texas Parade. 14 items. 1966-1973
33 Texas Living, Houston Post. 1 item. 1952
34-41 Humble Farm Family. 22 items. 1948-1959
42 Annual Report, A&M Extension Service. 1 item. 1946

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Box Folder
4 43-51 Notes, no dates
These folders hold pages from nine different legal pads that were filled with manuscript notations by Leon Hale. The content appears to be random, varied, and without date or formal arrangement.
43-51 Miscellaneous Manuscript Notes
43-51 Working notes on ruled paper. no dates

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Box
4, OVS 1-OVS 2 Address Books and Calendars, 1973-2000,
Extent 25 items
Includes 3 different address books and 22 calendars. Only one of the address books is dated, 1976. The calendars span the years 1973-1981 and 1988-2000. The two varieties of wall calendars typically note column subjects, appointments and appearances for each day.
Box Folder
4 52-54 Address Books
52-54 Address books. 3 items. 1976-?
Box
OVS 1-OVS 2 Calendars
Box Folder
OVS 1 1-9 Houston Post wall calendars. 9 items. 1973-1981
Box
OVS 2 Year-at-a-Glance, laminated calendars. 13 items. 1988-2000

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Box Folder
5 1-26 Photographic Materials, 1964-1998
This set of photographs falls roughly into two categories: file or publicity shots of Mr. Hale and shots of people, places, things, and events that interested or inspired him in his work. The bulk of the photos are black and white. Those photos not of Hale appear to have been shot by him.
1-25 Prints
1 Animals, rural. [black & white]. 1973
2 Artwork. [black & white]. no dates
3 Buildings, rural. [black & white]. 1973-1977
4 Contact sheet, misc. images. [black & white]. no dates
5 Folks, identified. [black & white]. 1964-1977
6-9 Folks, unidentified. [black & white]. 1973-1977
10-13 Leon Hale, file photos. [black & white]. no dates
14-19 Leon Hale, file photos. [color]. 1966-1998
20 Leon Hale and other folks. [black & white]. 1966-1973
21 "Houston Post" shots, Al Shire. [black & white]. 1998
22 Landscapes, rural. [black & white]. 1972-1974
23 Miscellaneous snapshots. [color]. no dates
24 Scheller's Place. [black & white]. no dates
25 Leon Hale, candid. 1973
25-26 Negatives
25 Black & white. no dates
26 Color. No dates

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Box Folder
6 1-55 Incoming Correspondence, 1957-2001,
Extent 426 items
These are letters sent to Leon Hale over more than forty years. Most of them are laudatory but a few are critical. Many of them are one-time missives from loyal readers but there are as many as 145 from the most prolific of the correspondents. Some also appear to be from friends or acquaintances. Among them are letters from John Henry Faulk and Louie Welch.
1 Letters from Twiss Butler. 4 items. 1975-1978
2 Letter from "Colleen's Books." 1 item. 1975
3 Letter from John Henry Faulk. 1 item. 1977
4 Letter from Pinky Hull. 1 item. 1986
5 Letters from Pud Joines. 7 items. 1975-1978
6 Letter from Brad Justice. 1 item. 1975
7 Letters from Jim McMahon. 5 items. 1966
8 Letters from O. F. Morgan. 4 items. 1990s
9 Letters from Bill Puckett. 7 items. 1976-1977
10 Letters from Spradlin Family. 4 items. 1970
11 Letters from R. R. Riley. 5 items. 1959
12-23 Letters from Robert C. Roach. 145 items. 1974-1994
24 Letter from Louie Welch. 1 item. 1976
25-31 Miscellaneous letters. 30 items. No Dates
32-55 Miscellaneous letters. 210 items. 1957-2001

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Box
7 Scrapbooks, 1948,
Extent 2 items
These two scrapbooks were carefully constructed from the clipped articles authored by Leon Hale during his 1948 tenure as Houston Post, Farm and Ranch Editor.
Houston Post Farm & Ranch Editor Articles
Volume I. 1948
Volume II. 1948

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Box
8-11 Leon Hale Columns, Houston Post, 1948-2002
The bulk of Leon Hale's columns, printed over 54 years, will be found in this group. The acidic and crumbling newsprint clippings have been photocopied for the sake of preservation, and arranged chronologically by year. Six binders are filled with typescripts of various columns that have been thematically grouped by the author.
Box
8-10 Photocopies of Columns [clipped, sorted by month and year]
Box Folder
8 1-32 Photocopies of printed columns. 1948-1969
Box Folder
9 1-27 Photocopies of printed columns. 1970-1976
Box Folder
10 1-41 Photocopies of printed columns. 1977-2002
Box Folder
11 1-6 Binders of Selected Columns [grouped by Leon Hale]
1-3 Typescripts of columns [binders 1-3]. No Dates
4-6 Typescripts of columns [binders 4-6]. 1964-1995

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Box Folder
12 1-10 Awards and Artifacts, 1972-1992,
Extent 10 items
There are eight wall-plaque type awards presented to Leon Hale, together with two small wooden carvings crafted by him.
1-8 Awards
1-8 Wall-plaque awards. 8 items. 1972-1992
9-10 Artifacts
9-10 Wood carvings by Leon Hale. 2 items. 1942

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Box
4, 7, 13-14, OVS 1 Collected Materials, 1923-2001
This large group of materials is composed of items collected but not created by Leon Hale. It includes books, articles, subject files, newspaper sections, posters, work created by others, audio and video recordings. These materials were collected on the basis of their importance as information, ephemeral memorabilia or project documentation.
Box Folder
4 55 Books
55 Books donated - catalog records. 26 items. 1972-2000
56-57 Printed Articles
56-57 Articles about Leon Hale. 12 items. 1947-2000
Box Folder
13 1-47 Subject Files
1-13 Files Including Letters from Leon Hale. 1965-1980
1 "Bits & Pieces - Jokes & Quotes" [notes]. no dates
2 Camp Creek property. 1966-1974
3 "Jokes and Yarns" [notes]. no dates
4 Mark & Joanne [Hale]. 1970-1974
5 C. E. Morgan's "witches" project. 1966-1973
6 Jack Sander's book project. 1965-1967
7 Buck Schiwetz and Sharon Steen [miscellaneous]. 1976-1979
8 Buck Schiwetz interview and Hale article. 1975
9 Buck Schiwetz Memories project. 1977-1978
10 Philip Spitzer file [literary agent]. 1973-1974
11 Talking with Texas Writers: Twelve Interviews project. 1979-1980
12 Texas Out Back project. 1974
13 "War Stories" column conflict. 1978
14-47 Files. 1941-1990
14 Bozo Texina and other railroad information. 1974
15 George Bush Presidential Library [UH proposal]. 1990
16 Jimmy Carter articles [clipped]. 1970s
17 Cartoons, original by Bud Bentley, (B.B.) No Dates
18 Clippings, miscellaneous. 1956-1990
19 England and France, [trip]. 1994
20 Hale family mineral rights business. 1973-1974
21 Leon Hale's favorite columns [from his office wall]. 1976-1984
22 Houston Post employment business. 1968-1974
23 Hurricane tracking chart. 1977
24 Industry, Texas, first-day-of-issue envelope. 1976
25 Mailing Lists, miscellaneous. do dates
26 Joe Marlarney's "Texas Living" columns and illustrations. 1952
27 "James Foster McSwill" [farce]. 1965-1970
28 Mimi's songs no dates
29 The Old House Journal. 1978
30 Promotions, advertisements and clippings. 1969-?
31 Real estate, reply to inquiry. 1979
32 Recipes. no dates
33 Reprints, miscellaneous. 1973
34 Shearer Publishing royalty statements. 1996-1997
35 Southern Living's"Southern Journal" articles [clipped]. 1982
36 Taping for the blind. 1970-1973
37 Texas A & M versus UH program. 1961
38 Texas Books in Review, Vol. 1, No. 1. 1977
39 Texas Community Improvement Program Newsletter. 1973
40 Texas Folk Life Festival. 1973
41 Texas Institute of Letters. 1955-1974
42 Texas Writer's Roundup. 1972
43 Tex-Mex Cookbook. 1971
44 Val Verde Goatskin Corset Works. 1951-1972
45 Victoria, Texas API speakers list. 1969
46 World War II flying lessons I. 1941-1943
47 World War II flying lessons II. 1941-1943
Box Folder
OVS 1 1-26 Newspapers, Special Editions and Sections
1-12 Houston Post, 70th anniversary edition. 1955
13-17 Houston Post, Golden Crescent edition. 1956
18-24 Houston Press, 50th anniversary edition. 1961
25 Houston Press, "Pictorial History of Hurricane Carla." 1961
26 Houston Chronicle, "D-Day, 50 Years Later." 1994
27-33 Posters
27-33 Events and publications involving Leon Hale. 7 items. 1982-2001
Box
7, 13 Manuscript Materials by Others
Box Folder
13 48-67 Miscellaneous manuscripts. 23 items. 1923-1984
Box
7 Binder 1. Ralph Robertson's "Memories." 1995
Binder 2. Ralph Robertson's "Old Tales from the Kitchen Table." 1997
Box Folder
14 1-32 Audio Recordings
1-20 Spoken Word
1 "Endangered Species: Old Time Consensus. no date
2 "Hell Sermon". 1987
3 "Alonso Hinson Funeral." no date
4 Home Spun read by Leon Hale. 1997
5 "I Saw Heaven." no date
6 "Marvin's World," A & B. no dates
7 From Mimi. no date
8 Aunt Minnie. no date
9 Wyatt Moore, A - E. 1981-1982
10 Bettie Olney. 1963
11 "David Owen: the Shooting." no date
12 Plain Talk read by Leon Hale. 1991
13 Wylie Price, A & B. no date
14 Martha Riggs Rogers. no date
15 "Rural Chat." no date
16 Aunt Ruth & Aunt Arda. no date
17 Don Swaim - "Book Beat." 1983
18 Pauline Wharton. no date
19 Vernon Marie Fitzgerald Schuder. 1975
20 "Texas Bound" - short stories. no date
21-32 Musical
21 Elbert Brown, piano. 2002
22 Cowboy music. no date
23 Cowboy song. no date
24 Gabby's Cowboy Corral. no date
25 Jim Hutcheson, original songs. 1991
26 Ima Ruth, A - C. 1974-1988
27 Ima Ruth, Tape B, duplicate. 1974
28 Oscar Peterson. 1986
29 Scheller's Place, A - B. 1976
30 Rare songs from 78 rpms. 1999
31 "Saloon." no date
32 "Dr. Stumm's Theme." no date
#1-#3 Video Recordings
#1 E. M. Schiwetz. no date
#2 Steam locomotives. no date
#3 Where the River Flows North. no date

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