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Byron C. Utecht Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Utecht, Byron C..
Title: Byron C. Utecht Papers
Dates: 1914-1949
1914-1946
Abstract: Byron C. Utecht (1880-1959) was a journalist at the turn of the 20th century. He began his career working for the Denver Post and the Rock Island [Illinois] Register. After moving to Texas, Utecht became a free-lance writer in Austin and completed a study of Texas taxes and a Texas government textbook. He was the Austin correspondent for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1910 to 1946, and a newspaper correspondent for the New York World. On October 30, 1945, he married Mabel Gouldy Stevenson in Fort Worth. Mabel also worked on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram staff as a reporter. Utecht was known best for his work in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. He traveled with the U.S. Army across the Chihuahuan desert in search of Pancho Villa. He was also the only American with Villa during the march into Saltillo in 1914, and the only American to enter the city after its fall. Utecht also reported on Camp Bowie during World War I. The collection is primarily comprised of three scrapbooks containing materials collected by Byron C. Utecht over the course of his professional career as a newspaper correspondent. The bulk of the material documents the Mexican Revolution through articles and photographs. In addition, Utecht reported on Camp Bowie, World War I, and Texas politics in the 1940s, the subjects of many of his articles in the scrapbooks.
Identification: AR458, OS395-OS396
Extent: 2 oversize boxes (0.50 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Byron C. Utecht, born in 1880 in Ottumwa, Iowa, was a journalist at the turn of the 20th century. He began his career working for the Denver Post and the Rock Island [llinois] Register. After moving to Texas, Utecht became a free-lance writer in Austin and completed a study of Texas taxes and a Texas government textbook. He was the Austin correspondent for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1910 to 1946, and a newspaper correspondent for the New York World. On October 30, 1945, he married Mabel Gouldy Stevenson in Fort Worth. Mabel also worked on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram staff as a reporter. Utecht was known best for his work in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. He traveled with the U.S. Army across the Chihuahuan desert in search of Pancho Villa. He was also the only American with Villa during the march into Saltillo in 1914, and the only American to enter the city after its fall. Utecht also reported on Camp Bowie during World War I. Byron Utecht died on January 19, 1959.

Sources:


  • Byron C. Utecht Papers, AR458, OS396, Scrapbook 3, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.
  • “Byron Utecht, Texas Press Veteran Dies.” Dallas Morning News. January 21, 1959: p. 12.
  • “Newspaperman’s Burial Tomorrow.” Fort Worth Star Telegram. January 20, 1959.

Scope and Contents

The collection, in two oversize boxes, is comprised of material collected by Byron C. Utecht over the course of his professional career as a newspaper correspondent. The bulk of the material documents the Mexican Revolution through articles and photographs. In addition, Utecht reported on Camp Bowie, World War I, and Texas politics in the 1940s, the subjects of many of his articles in the scrapbooks.

The collection is organized into three series. Series I, Photographs, is comprised of personal photographs belonging to Mabel Gouldy Utecht, taken during her career as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as well as photographs and postcards collected by Byron Utecht during the Mexican Revolution and World War I. The photographs and postcards are especially revealing, some which are many famous images from that time period including photos of Pancho Villa, Saltillo, Venustiano Carranza, General Obregon, and the Pershing Punitive Expedition. Also included are numerous photographs of soldiers from Texas and Oklahoma at Camp Bowie. Series II, Scrapbook Inserts, is comprised of clippings, correspondent passes, and other miscellaneous loose materials found inside the scrapbooks. Researchers might be especially interested to see the reception invitation and tricolor menu band honoring Venustiano Carranza. Series III, Scrapbooks, contains newspaper clippings written by or about Byron C. Utecht, photographs, postcards, telegrams, and letters.

The bulk of photographs found in Series I was removed from Scrapbooks 1 and 2. The photos from Scrapbook 1 are commercial photographs and postcards sold in Mexico during the revolution. They are primarily the work of W. H. Horne, but many are the work of unknown photographers. Notations on the back of the photographs are not always accurate.

The material contained in the Byron C. Utecht collection is of value to researchers interested in the Mexican Revolution, Pershing’s Punitive Expedition, Camp Bowie, World War I, or Texas political history.


Organization

The Byron C. Utecht Papers are organized into three series:
Series I. Photographs, 1914-1949, undated, 0.14 linear ft. (6 folders)
Series II. Scrapbook Inserts, 1914-1918, undated, 0.04 linear ft. (5 folders)
Series III. Scrapbooks, 1914-1946, undated, 0.32 linear ft. (2 oversize boxes)

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Horne, Walter H.,--1883-1921--Photographs.
Utecht, Byron C.--Archives.
Utecht, Mabel Gouldy--Archives.
Utecht, Mabel Gouldy--Photographs.
Richardson, Skeet--Photographs.
Organizations
United States.--Army.-- History-- Punitive Expedition into Mexico, 1916.
Subjects
Foreign correspondents--United States--Archives.
Foreign correspondents--United States--Biography.
Journalists--Texas--Fort Worth--Archives.
Journalists--Texas--Fort Worth--Biography.
Military bases--Texas.
Reporters and reporting--Texas--Biography.
Places
Camp Bowie (Fort Worth, Tex.)
Mexico--History--Revolution, 1910-1920 Sources.
Mexico--History--20th century.
Texas--Photographs.
Texas--Politics and government, 1865-1950-- Sources.
Formats
Scrapbooks.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information

Provenance

Three acquisitions from Al Peters: two purchases and one gift, 1988-1989.

Citation

Byron C. Utecht Papers, 1914-1949, AR458, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Purchases and gift, 1988-1989.

Accessioned as numbers 89-2, 89-6, and 89-22.

Processing Information

The Byron C. Utecht Papers were processed and finding aid written and encoded by Tara Kirk in February 2005. The finding aid and encoding were updated by Brenda S. McClurkin in December 2012.


Note to the Researcher

There is also a Byron Utecht Collection at the Texas Memorial Museum at the University of Texas at Austin.


Container List

Series I. Photographs, 1914-1949, undated
0.14 linear ft. (6 folders)

Photographs collected by Mabel Gouldy, wife of Byron Utecht. These 8x10 photographs were taken in various locations in Texas and Mexico by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and a U.S. Navy photographer, Skeet Richardson. Also included in the series are commercial photographs and postcards removed from scrapbooks compiled by Byron C. Utecht. These subjects of these photographs are Mexico during the Revolution and soldiers during World War I.
Box Folder
OS395 1 Mabel Gouldy Utecht, 1944-1949, undated
Photographs of Mabel Gouldy Utecht taken in cities around Texas and in Mexico by Skeet Richardson, a U.S. Navy photographer and a photographer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
2 Photographs [1-20] from Scrapbook 1, 1914, undated
Includes commercial photographs and postcards of places and people in Mexico during the revolution such as Saltillo welcoming Pancho Villa; Mexican women on the Nacional de México railroad; Mexican and American guards at the border bridge in Laredo; Pershing expedition; Yaqui Indians; black U.S. troops.
3 Photographs [21-40] from Scrapbook 1, 1916, undated
Pancho Villa with one of three wives; Andres Garcia and General Alvaro Obregon; Venustiano Carranza at his residence; Pershing expedition; Saltillo waits for Carranza; Francisco Modero, his wife, and Maximo Castillo.
4 Photographs [41-60] from Scrapbook 1, 1915-1916
Carranza; triple execution at Juarez firing squad; monuments in Mexico; Monterey.
5 Photographs [61-80] from Scrapbook 1, 1914-1916, undated
General Pablo Garza; General Obregon; Mexican prisoners.
6 Photographs [1-10] from Scrapbook 2, undated
Photos reflect activities of soldiers recruited from Oklahoma and Texas during World War I.



Series II. Scrapbook Inserts, 1914-1918, undated
0.04 linear ft. (5 folders)

Arranged by document type. Clippings, letter, correspondent passes, Carranza material. This material relates to Utecht’s work in Mexico and at Camp Bowie.
Box Folder
OS395 7 Carranza material, 1914
Invitation to a foreign press reception honoring Venustiano Carranza and tricolor band (previously attached to a menu) remembering Saltillo and celebrating Carranza. (Found inserted at the front of Scrapbook 1.)
8 Clippings, 1918, undated
Newspaper clippings by and about Byron C. Utecht.
9 Correspondent passes, 1916
Passes for Byron Utecht to travel with the military in Mexico as a correspondent; found with photographs from Scrapbook 1.
10 Printed material, undated
The Master Race written by Byron C. Utecht.
11 Written material, 1918, undated
Letter from General Greble to Byron Utecht about the 36th Division; notes to Buck from Mrs. Mabel Utecht.



Series III. Scrapbooks, 1914-1946, undated
0.32 linear ft. (2 oversize boxes)

Three scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, postcards, telegrams, and letters. The bulk of this series is made up of articles written by Byron Utecht that have been cut out and pasted into the scrapbooks. The other material relates to his travels as a correspondent for the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Box
OS395 Scrapbook 1, 1914-1916
Includes telegrams, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs concerning the Mexican Revolution, and the Punitive Expedition into Mexico led by General Pershing.
Box
OS396 Scrapbook 2, 1916-1935, undated
Includes correspondence, photographs, and Utecht newspaper articles concerning Camp Bowie and other World War I military establishments in Texas.
Scrapbook 3, 1935-1946, undated
Includes personal correspondence to Byron C. Utecht, newspaper articles concerning Utecht’s work as a correspondent, Utecht family information, and clippings pertaining to the political affairs of Texas during the 1940s.