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Mary Autry Greer Papers:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Greer, Mary Autry (Mary Louise Autry), 1926-2012.
Title: Mary Autry Greer Papers
Dates: 1898-1992
Abstract: Born in 1926 in Amarillo, Texas, Mary Autry Greer attended Texas State College for Women and the University of Texas before her 1948 marriage to Rushton Calhoun Greer. In 1977, she and her brother, George Monroe Autry, Jr. ("King"), edited and published Much Obliged, a collection of the writings of their father, George Monroe Autry, noted West Texas printer and folklorist from the 1930s through the 1950s. Papers are comprised of correspondence, Autry family genealogical materials, literary works, newspaper clippings, legal and financial documents, photographic materials, printed material, and notes. Correspondence, 1920-1980, is between family members and friends, with the bulk, 1945-1965, being between Greer and her mother, Marie Autry. Their letters relate daily activities and provide a social history of homemakers from different generations. Materials pertaining to the private publication of Much Obliged, 1941-1992, include, in addition to letters and literary works of George M. Autry, correspondence, financial records, galleys, negatives, literary reviews, and a copy of the publication. Autry family materials, 1898-1990, include correspondence, genealogical materials, literary productions, and clippings. Of special note are the diary, letters, and essays of Greer's father, George Monroe Autry, particularly letters written during his World War I tour of duty in France. Greer's papers offer a glimpse into the world of Texas writers and artists through her father's work and his friendships with such luminaries as Ben Carleton Mead.
Identification: AR377
Extent: (9.5 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Mary Autry Greer, the oldest child of George Monroe Autry (1899-1960) and Joanne Marie Howe (1902-1972), was born in Amarillo, Texas, on September 18, 1926, and spent her early years there. She attended Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas, Amarillo Junior College, and the University of Texas in Austin before her marriage in 1948 to Rushton Calhoun Greer. After her marriage, she lived first in Port Arthur, Texas, and later in Fort Worth, Texas. The Greers had three children, George Rushton (b. 1950), Molly Louise (b. 1953), and Amy Joanna (b. 1956).

In the 1960s, Mrs. Greer, a descendant of Major Micajah Autry who died at the Alamo, studied at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where in 1966, she won the Southwest Literature Contest. Her essay, entitled "Make the Most of Everything that Comes," was about her father, George Monroe Autry, noted West Texas printer and folklorist during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. This success led her to compile and privately publish in 1977, with her brother, a book of their father's writings entitled Much Obliged. Her father had personal contact with such noted Texas writers and artists as J. Evetts Haley, Ben Carleton Mead, Harold Bugbee, and Carl Hertzog.


Scope and Contents

The Mary Autry Greer Papers contain twenty years of letters between Mrs. Greer and her parents (primarily her mother) and correspondence between Mrs. Greer and other family members and friends. Mrs. Greer's collection of Autry historical information is also included, as well as a record of Mrs. Greer's private publication of Much Obliged, a book of essays, poems, letters, and aphorisms by her father, George Autry. The collection comprises letters, newspaper clippings, original essays, artwork, schoolwork, financial records related to the book, photographs, legal documents, notes, book galleys, print negatives, and the book Much Obliged. Of special note is a file containing a biographical sketch of Major Micajah Autry, an Alamo defender, with excerpts from letters he wrote on his way to Texas, a file containing the Civil War recollections of Mrs. Greer's great grandfather, George Monroe Autry, and a file containing George Autry's letters to his parents during his World War I tour of duty in France with the Ambulance Corps. Extensive genealogical information on the Autry family history dates back to 1898. In addition to the Alamo and World War I letters noted above, there is a letter signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Mary Autry Greer's personal correspondence consist of letters between herself and family and friends. There are additional letters to or from Mrs. Greer's parents and other relatives. Materials relating to the publication of Much Obliged includes Mrs. Greer's records relating to the 1977 private publication of this book of essays, letters, poems and aphorisms written by her father, George Autry. Other items included are financial records, letters, personal notes, receipts, galleys, print negatives, and a copy of the final publication. The Mary Autry Greer Papers reflect a period in the history of the United States when women were expected to remain in the home. Mary Greer was very close to her parents and idolized her accomplished father, George Autry; these papers reflect the family's close relationship. Mrs. Greer's correspondence with her mother relates day-to-day activities and provides a social history of two homemakers from different generations. As Mrs. Greer's children matured, she returned to school and attempted to insure a place for her father's memory with the publication of his writings. The papers related to this publication provide a researcher with a paper trail of the publication process. The papers also offer a glimpse into the world of Texas writers and artists through George Autry's work and his friendships with such luminaries as Ben Carleton Mead.


Organization

The Mary Autry Greer Papers consist of two letter-size boxes, fifteen legal-size boxes, and one oversize box containing primarily personal correspondence by or to Mary Autry Greer. Papers consist of 216 folders arranged in 3 series.
Series I. Family History, 1898 - 1990 (63 folders)
Series II. Correspondence, 1945 - 1980 (79 folders)
Series III. The Publication of Much Obliged, 1941 - 1992 (74 folders)

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Greer, Mary Autry (Mary Louise Autry), 1926-2012--Archives.
Autry, George M. (George Monroe), 1899-1960--Archives.
Autry, Marie, 1902-1972--Archives.
Autry, King (George Monroe, Jr.), 1929-2002--Archives.
Autry family--Archives.
Subjects
Women--Texas--History--20th century--Biography--Sources.
Women college students--Texas--Correspondence.
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American.
Homemakers--Texas--20th century.
Authors, American--Texas--20th century--Biography--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Separated Material

F. Reaugh, Book of his Pastel drawings hanging in the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas.

"Routes Across the Texas Panhandle of Josiah Greg in 1840 and Captain R. B. Marcy in 1849," a map.

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Brochure, Texas History Research Library.

The Pony Express, Stories of Pioneers and Old Trails, Sonora, California, January, 1958. Vol. XXIV, no. 8.

"Forty-Fifth Annual Reunion of Confederate Veterans," Program, September 3 - 6, 1935, Amarillo, Texas.


Administrative Information

Provenance

The Mary Autry Greer Papers were donated to The University of Texas at Arlington, Special Collections Division, by Mary Autry Greer. The papers were received in March 1994.

Citation

Mary Autry Greer Papers, AR377, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Note to the Researcher

The Autry family had a penchant for naming children after each other and for using nicknames. As a result, there are a number of Mary Louises and Georges referred to throughout the collection. Mary Louise Autry Greer was named Mary Louise after her grandmother, Mary Louise Autry. This grandmother is referred to as "Nano" throughout the papers. One of George Autry's sisters is also named Mary Louise. Although Mary Autry Greer was occasionally called Mary Louise as a child, she was simply "Mary" from adulthood on. Mrs. Greer's son was named George Rushton after her father, George, and her husband, Rushton. Mrs. Greer's brother, George Monroe Autry, Jr., was known as "King." Mrs. Greer's mother, Joanne Marie Howe Autry, was known as "Marie." Mrs. Greer's husband, Rushton Greer, was known as "Rusty." One of Mrs. Greer's paternal aunts was called "Toni," but her true name was probably Elizabeth. Also, George Autry's family refers to his wife not as Marie, but as Joanne. Finally, George M. Autry Sr., Mary Greer's father, is the son of J. D. Autry and the grandson of George Monroe Autry, the Civil War veteran.


Container List

Series I. Family History, 1898 - 1990

Box Folder
1 1 Family History, undated
Family tree of Mary Autry Greer, family history dating back to the 1700s by Blair Autry, descendant of Elizabeth Autry Hampton, and Lowther family history. Lowther was the maiden name of J. D. Autry's wife, Mary.
2 Family History, undated
Chart and notes by Henrietta Anderson Greer Holden, descendant of Mary Autry, daughter of Major Micajah Autry (Alamo) and Sybill Goodwin, great, grand-daughter of Elijah Henry Autry. It is noted that movie star Gene Autry is descended from this line.
3 Family History, undated
Typed genealogy of the Autry family from Robert Hardwicke, Jr., includes biography, muster roll and excerpts from letters written by Major Micajah Autry on his way to the Alamo, as well as one confirming his death.
4 Family History, undated
Civil War Record of George Monroe Autry, 1862 - 1865, recorded in his own hand and a typed copy, his funeral notice; and a family genealogy book, published February 1966, that includes his picture and the Autry family crest.
5 Family History, undated
Handwritten notes tracing lineage of Autry descendants, also a handwritten record of J. D. Autry's work associations with West Texas newspapers.
6 Correspondence, 1898 - 1940
From J. D. Autry to his wife Louise ("Nano"). Includes personal letters, early photo-postcards.
7 Newspaper clippings, Identification, 1898 - 1942
Includes death notice of J. D. Autry and Louise's driver's licence, 1936.
8 Birth Certificate of George M. Autry, 1899
9 Newspaper clippings, Collection of J. D. Autry, 1902 - 1939
These clippings include a picture of the ladies of the Seguin Shakespeare Club, 1902 and the article, "A Trip to the Clouds," the train ride from Alamogordo to Cloudcroft, New Mexico, 1902.
10 Writings of J. D. Autry and collected items, 1910 - 1919
Articles by West Texas News Editor J. D. Autry, a collection of aphorisms, western recipes, a photocopy of the Snyder Record, and artwork by Harold Bugbee.
11 Correspondence, 1911
From Eck to "To My Dear Honey," Kenedy, Texas. J. D. worked for the Kenedy newspaper at this time,
12 Greeting Cards, 1911 - c. 1919
A collection of Autry Christmas and Mother's Day cards; they took pride in sometimes designing and printing their own.
13 Boy Scout Certificate, 1912
Membership certificate of George M. Autry, April 19, 1912.
14 Correspondence to George M. Autry, 1916 - 1924
From Walter Michalke, Skidmore, Texas, and others. There is a postcard and letter from Mrs. Autry; George was a reporter in Raton, New Mexico, September 25, 1924.
15 Seagraves Prom Regrets, 1917
Humorous letter kept by George M. Autry to the Seminole Musical Club, Seagraves, Texas.
16 Correspondence to George M. Autry from his father J. D. Autry, 1917 - 1919
World War I letters, written May 15, 1917 - May 19, 1919, from Blythe, Texas, to his son, George, who was serving in the Ambulance Corps No. 7, American Expeditionary Forces in France.
17-18 Correspondence from George to Family, WW I., 1917 - 1919
Letters describe his activities from enlistment in Dallas to arrival in France, and his life in the Ambulance Corps in France and Germany, February 2, 1918 - August 14, 1919.
19 World War I., George M. Autry, 1918 - 1919
George's army ID, discharge, his journal, notes and newspaper clipping from "Nano" that he kept in his wallet, and the wallet.
20 Correspondence from U. S. Government, 1918 - 1949
Letters to J. D. and Mary Louise ("Nano") concerning George's allotment payments and his release from the military.
21 Writings of Joanne Marie Howe Autry, 1921
Amarillo, High School, a collection of writings and notes of Joanne Howe Autry, future wife of George M. Autry and mother of Mary Autry Greer.
22 Membership and business cards of George M. Autry, 1925 - 1949
This is a collection of membership cards from his professional, social, and business associations and an invitation to his fiftieth birthday party.
23 Correspondence to Russell & Cockrell Inc., printers, Amarillo, Texas, later (1931) Russell Stationery, 1929 - 1940.
This is professional correspondence, May 10, 1929 - November 7, 1940, which either concerned George or was addressed to him during the period he managed the printing shop of Russell & Cockrell Inc., later Russell Stationery, also two brochures printed by them.
24 William Russell Clarke, 1931 - 1932
A collection of news articles about Clarke and reviews of his book, "Dogwood and Wild Laurel."
25 J. Frank Dobie, 1931 - 1942
Articles by Dobie and a personal note to George M. Autry.
26 Ivan Borska, 1932
A letter to George from the artist Borska with a portrait in pastels.
27 Harold Bugbee, 1933 - 1972
Personal correspondence to George M. Autry and news articles discussing Bugbee's Western Art.
28 Personal file clippings of George M. Autry, 1934 - 1943
Newspaper clippings, article written by George M. Autry, "The Washington Correspondent Report to the Catalogue Committee," and a copy of "The Panhandler."
Box Folder
2 1-2 Mary Autry Greer Personal History, c. 1934 - 1979
These folders include invitations, correspondence, autographed Dallas Summer Musical Program by Debbie Reynolds, a photo of Mary, King and their mother, newspaper clippings of high school honors, wedding, a personal resume written February 21, 1979, by Mary, newspaper clippings and mementos associated with the Texas Christian University Writing Contest, a copy of her award-winning essay, "Make The Most of Everything That Comes," based on her father's life.
3 Correspondence written by George M. Autry, 1937 - 1948.
Letters written by George to numerous people, some of which were later included in Much Obliged.
4 Bill Autry, 1938 - 1975
Newspaper clippings and articles about Bill, and correspondence to George and other relatives.
5 Will Rogers Range Riders, 1941 - 1946
Newspaper clippings with pictures and magazine articles covering the activities of the Will Rogers Range Riders of Amarillo, Texas. George appears in several of the pictures.
6 Correspondence, Marvin Jones, Judge, United States Court of Claims, Washington, D. C., 1941
Includes a letter to George from Marvin Jones and also a letter to Marvin Jones, from the White House and signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, in which George Autry is mentioned.
7 Correspondence and newspaper clippings, Amarillo Committee to Washington, 1941
Newspaper articles about the development of the Washington committee, their activities, excerpts from official committee report, and an editorial by George M. Autry on securing defense projects, covers period between January 28, 1941 - July 24, 1941.
8 Gene Worley, Congressman 18th District, Texas, 1941, 1955
Correspondence to George in 1941 about the Committee to Washington, correspondence in 1955 is wishing George a speedy recovery from ill health.
9 Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1941, 1955
Correspondence in 1941 is notice of nominations for Directors. George is a nominee and items printed in 1955 for the Chamber by George Autry Printers.
10 Correspondence to George M. Autry and newspaper clippings, 1941 - 1949
Miscellaneous items.
11 Writings by George M. Autry, 1941 - 1953
Includes editorial, Amarillo Globe, September 14, 1941, and newspaper clippings, correspondence and pictures relating to the widely-circulated "Birth of a Colt" story, a copy of the story in the Saturday Evening Post, April 4, 1953, and the birth announcement printed by George Autry Printers.
12 Bror Dahlberg, Industrialist, 1942
Newspaper clipping with pictures of Mr. & Mrs. Bror Dahlberg, a letter to Mr. Dahlberg, Chairman of the Board of Certain-teed Products, which handled production at the Pantex Ordinance Plant, from George Autry, November 7, 1942.
13 Jan Struther, Author, 1942
Letter to George M. Autry from Jan Struther, also Mrs. Anthony Maxtone-Graham, author of the "Mrs. Miniver" books and newspaper clipping about Mrs. Struther.
14 Louise and Maxine Hampton, c. early 1940s
Newspaper clipping with photograph.
15 George M. Autry Buys Loving Printing Co., c. early 1940s
Newspaper clipping stating George started in 1919 at Loving Printing Company, spent 19 years as manager of the printing shop at Russell Stationery and 2 1/2 years; at the Amarillo Times and now is purchasing the Loving Printing Co., the beginning of George Autry Printers
16 J. Evetts Haley, 1947 - 1984
Autographed essay by Haley in The Shamrock, September, 1947, other essays by Haley, newspaper clippings about his writings, "Charles Goodnight, Cowman and Plainsman,""XIT Ranch of Texas," as well as pictures of him at different ages, including one of him at 80 years of age.
17 Zack Miller, 1948
Newspaper clipping about Miller's visit to Amarillo with photograph of Miller and George M. Autry. Miller is known for starting the "101 Wild West Ranch Shows."
18 Mary Louise Haley, c. 1950, 1966
Typed correspondence to George and Marie with personal notes.
19 Elia Shagouri, 1951 - 1955
Newspaper picture with George M. Autry and newspaper clippings about Shagouri's visit to Texas, and some later correspondence. Shagouri was the editor of Al-Bolad, Damascus.
20 Florida House, 1954
Correspondence relating to the Autry Home at 83 Florida, Amarillo, Texas.
21 Ronald Trafton, Trafton & Autry Printers, 1955
Newspaper clipping that refers to Ronald Trafton as principal owner of Trafton-Autry Printers.
22 Hugh and Mildred Doaks. 1957
Mildred's Memoriam, printed by George M. Autry.
23 James Lewis Autry, 1958
Memoriam printed by George M. Autry, family relative.
24 Autry Print Shop Photos, 1960
A collection of nine photos, of the print shop, business office and George's art studio.
25 George M. Autry Obituaries and Memoriams, 1960, 1961
George Autry died January 24, 1960. Includes an impressive collecton of obituaries and memoriams. One year later, to the day, a fire destroyed George's paintings and studio, and these newspaper clippings are included here.
26 Correspondence of Marie Autry, wife of George M. Autry, 1961
Includes a physician's statement and the inventory of what was lost in the fire on January 24, 1961.
27 Radio Broadcast of George M. Autry's Christmas Story, 1962 - 1963
Newspaper clippings about the story being on the radio, WFAA, Dallas-Fort Worth, December 21, 1961, and December 23, 1962, KGNC, the Panhandle, December 25, 1962, correspondence from listeners and the radio script.
28 "The Most Wonderful Person I Have Ever Known," George Rushton Greer, 1965
Essay written by Mary Autry Greer's son, about her father, for his English class, the original with grade and a printed copy.
29 George Autry Printing, King Autry, 418 East 5th, Amarillo, Texas.
Includes King Autry's business card, a "Texas Oh Texas" souvenir program at Palo Duro Canyon with a personal note and signature of Ben Mead, a book of newspaper clippings and reviews of Clara Hammond's Amarillo, published by George Autry.
Box Folder
3 1 Ben Carleton Mead, 1973 -1979
Three slides, with negatives, of George M. Autry and Ben Mead, picture of painting dedicated to George M. Autry, Picture of Ben Mead, drawings, newspaper clippings, personal correspondence.
2 Mary Autry Greer's "Famous" Correspondence, 1973 - 1979
Includes letters from Harding Lawrence, Ladybird Johnson's secretary, Dinah Shore Show, and a LBJ sympathy card acknowledgment.
3 Louise E. Bruce, 1976 - 1977
Newspaper clippings about Louise Bruce, renown woman journalist in Amarillo.
4 Ignatz Sahula - Dycke, 1977 - 1978
Photos of the artist's work, a short biography, and personal correspondence to Mary and Rushton Greer.
5 Carl Hertzog, 1978
Correspondence to Mary regarding book, Much Obliged.
6 Correspondence, Dr. Gerald Saxon, Special Collections, the University of Texas at Arlington, 1989
Letter to Mary thanking her for opportunity to examine her papers.



Sereis II. Correspondence, 1945 - 1980

Box Folder
3 7-9 Correspondence, Mary Autry to her parents, January 1945 - May 1946
Includes Mary Autry's letters home when she attended Texas State College for Women.
10-11 Correspondence, Mary Autry to her parents, January 1947 - March 1948
Includes Mary Autry's letters home when she attended the University of Texas in Austin.
Box Folder
4 1 Correspondence, Mary Autry Greer to her parents, April - December 1948
Includes Mary Autry's letters home during her last semester at the University of Texas and during the period before and immediately after her marriage to Rushton Greer in November 1948.
2-7 Correspondence, Mary Greer's letters to her parents. January 1949 - December 1950
Includes Mary Greer's letters to her parents. In April 1950, Mrs. Greer gave birth to her first child, George Rushton Greer.
Box Folder
5 1-6 Correspondence, Mary Greer to her parents, January 1951 - July 1954
Includes Mary Greer's letters to her parents. In the spring of 1953, Mrs. Greer contracted polio while pregnant with her second child. In October of that year, she gave birth to her first daughter, Molly Louise Greer.
Box Folder
6 1-5 Correspondence, Mary Greer to her parents, September 1954 - December, 1957.
Includes Mary Greer's letters to her parents. In November, 1956, Mrs. Greer gave birth to her third child, a second daughter, Amy Joanna Greer.
Box Folder
7 1-2 Correspondence, Mary Greer to her parents, January 1958 - December, 1959
Includes Mary Greer's letters to her parents.
3-5 Correspondence, Mary Greer to Marie Autry, February 1960 - December 1961
Includes Mary Greer's letters to her mother. Mrs. Greer's father, George Autry, died in January 1960.
Box Folder
8 1-4 Correspondence, Mary Greer to Marie Autry, January 1962 - April 1965
Includes Mary Greer's letters to her mother.
5 Correspondence, Mary Greer to her parents, no date.
Includes undated letters from Mary Greer to her parents.
6 Correspondence, George Autry to Mary Autry Greer, 1937 - 1950s
Includes George Autry's letters to his daughter.
Box Folder
9 1-2 Correspondence, Marie Autry to Mary Autry, c. 1937 - July 1949
Includes Marie Autry's letters to her daughter.
3-8 Correspondence, Marie Autry to Mary Autry Greer, c. 1945 - c. 1951
Includes Marie Autry's letters to her daughter. From this point on, the bulk of Mrs. Autry's letters are undated, but it is possible to approximately date them based on content.
Box Folder
10 1-6 Correspondence, Marie Autry to Mary Greer, c. 1950 - mid-1950s
Includes Marie Autry's letters to her daughter.
Box Folder
11 1-4 Correspondence, Marie Autry to Mary Greer, c. mid 1950s - late 1950s and 1962
Includes Marie Autry's letters to her daughter.
5 Correspondence, George and Marie Autry and Mary Autry Greer to Mr. and/or Mrs. J. D. Autry, 1924 - 1951
Includes letters from George and Marie Autry and Mary Autry Greer to Mr. Autry's parents (Mrs. Greer's grandparents).
6 Correspondence, J. D. Autry to George, Marie and/or Mary Autry Greer, 1920 - 1936
Includes letters from J. D. Autry to his son, George, and wife, Marie, and/or grand-daughter Mary Autry Greer.
7 Correspondence, Mary Autry Greer to King and/or Mantie Autry, 1945 - 1978
Includes Mary Greer's letters to her brother, King, and/or his first wife, Mantie.
7 Correspondence, Mary Autry Greer to King and/or Mantie Autry, 1945 - 1978
Includes Mary Greer's letters to her brother, King, and/or his first wife, Mantie.
Box Folder
12 1 Correspondence, King and/or Mantie Autry to Mary Autry Greer, 1946 - 1960
Includes letters from King and/or Mantie Autry to Mary Autry Greer.
2 Correspondence, Mary Greer to Mantie Autry, September 1980
Includes a letter from Mary Greer to her former sister-in-law, Mantie Autry.
3 Correspondence, George Autry to Marie Autry, 1941, 1950, and n.d.
Includes letters from George Autry to his wife.
4 Correspondence, Rushton Greer to Mary Greer, undated
Includes a letter from Rushton Greer to his wife.
5 Correspondence to the Autrys from Toni Autry, 1949 - 1962
Includes letters to George and Marie Autry and Mary Greer from Mr. Autry's sister, Toni.
6 Correspondence, King or Mantie Autry to George and/or Marie Autry, 1949 - 1954
Includes letters from King or Mantie Autry to George and/or Marie Autry.
7 Correspondence, Mary Greer to George Greer, 1952, 1978 - 1979
Includes Mary Greer's letters to her son.
8 Correspondence, Mary Greer to Molly Greer, 1978 - 1979
Includes Mary Greer's letters to her eldest daughter.
9 Correspondence, Molly Greer to Mary and Rushton Greer, 1977
Includes Molly Greer's letters to her parents.
10 Correspondence, Mary Greer to Amy Greer, 1875 - 1980
Includes Mary Greer's letters to her youngest daughter.
11 Correspondence, Mary Greer to her children, 1977 - 1979
Includes Mary Greer's "group letters" to her children.
12 Correspondence, Mary Greer to her Aunts, 1961
Includes Mary Greer's "group letters" to her maternal aunts.
13 Correspondence, Dorothy Bryan to Mary Greer, 1950s
Includes letters from Dorothy Bryan, a friend of Mrs. Greer's, to Mary Greer.
14 Correspondence, Mary Greer to Dr. Jones, 1962 - 1963
Includes letters from Mary Greer to Dr. Jones of Texas Christian University.
15 Correspondence, Bill Jennings to Jessie Hiester, 1977
Letter describing the birth of Mrs. Greer's grand-niece, Jubilee Jennings. Jubilee's mother was King Autry's daughter, Carolyn.
16 Correspondence between Marie Autry and Mary Meek Greer, c. 1940s - 1960s
Includes letters between Marie Autry and Rushton Greer's mother, Mary Meek Greer.
17 Miscellaneous correspondence to George and/or Marie Autry, 1945 - 1961
Includes letters from various friends or family to George and Marie Autry.
18 Miscellaneous correspondence from Marie Autry, n.d.
Includes letters to various friends or family from Marie Autry.
19 Miscellaneous correspondence to Mary Autry Greer, 1945 - 1978
Includes letters from various friends or family to Mary Greer.
20 Miscellaneous correspondence from Mary Autry Greer, 1945 - 1979
Includes letters to various friends and family from Mary Greer.
21 Correspondence, letters between unidentified correspondents, 1950 and n.d.
Letter writers cannot be identified.
22 Letter fragments, 1954, 1959, and n.d.
Stray pages from letters, various correspondents.
23 Photographs
Photographs found in correspondence, but no reference was made to the photos in the letters.
24 Artifacts
Items found in correspondence, including a greeting card, a train ticket, Christmas gift tags, name tags, and an advertisement.



Series III. The Publication of Much Obliged, 1941 - 1992

Box Folder
13 1 Collection of Aphorisms, undated
A collection of aphorisms by George M. Autry. Some appeared in the book, Much Obliged.
2-4 George M. Autry's Stories, 1941 - 1949
A collection of copies and originals of George's essays, published from 1941 - 1949 in newspapers and magazines. Some stories were published more than once.
5 George M. Autry's letter to Congress, 1943
Includes the letter to Congress, read into the Congressional Record, March 15, 1943, and read by FDR, who noted it in his letter to Marvin Jones; also other correspondence pertaining to WWII.
6-7 George M. Autry's Letters and Poems, 1943 - 1948
Includes George Autry's letters in chronological order by dates, those with no dates or alphabetical by to whom sent, poems are alphabetical by title.
8 Book correspondence from Mary Autry Greer, 1960 - 1979
Letters to family, friends and associates concerning book, Much Obliged, includes letters to J. Evetts Haley, Carl Hertzog.
9 Book correspondence to Mary Autry Greer, 1965 - 1977
Includes handwritten, typed letters, congratulating her on winning the Southwest essay contest at T. C. U. There is a signed letter from Senator John Tower.
10 Possible Book Titles, c. 1976
Drawings of possible book titles.
11 Handwritten Copy of Much Obliged, undated
Complete handwritten copy of Much Obliged.
12 Typed notes, cut and paste, 1976 - 1977
Incomplete copy of Much Obliged, some cut and paste, notes.
13 Written and typed pages, cut and paste, individual pages, undated
Miscellaneous collection of pages with notes and corrections, some cut and paste items.
14 Foreword by Ben C. Mead, Introducton by Mary Autry, 1976 - 1977
Includes correspondence to Mary from Ben Mead, his copy of the Foreword to, Much Obliged, dated November 19, 1976, copies of Mary's Introduction with notes and corrections.
15 Early complete printed copy of Much Obliged, c. 1977
Includes a complete copy of Much Obliged, un-numbered pages and a print negative.
16 Complete Crosby Typesetting copy, January 4, 1977
A complete copy of Much Obliged, typeset, with corrections.
Box Folder
14 1 Paper Samples, undated
Paper samples and cloth samples for the cover of book, Much Obliged, collected by Mary Autry.
2 Selected corrections by Sarah, March 1
Corrections done by Sarah on selected pages, 3 - 38, c. 1977.
3 Book corrections, early cover sketch, March 17, 1977 - April 15, 1977
Includes book corrections by the page, some typed corrections, personal notes, early cover sketch, cover revisions.
4 Complete print copy of Much Obliged with corrections, March 23, 1977
Includes a complete print copy of Much Obliged with written corrections.
5 Selected corrections, editing, and personal note, 1977
Includes selected page corrections, personal note and correspondence to Lorren and Sarah, March 27, 1977.
6 Incomplete early draft, corrections, correspondence May 24, 1977 - June 28, 1977
Includes incomplete copy with handwritten corrections, correspondence to Lorren and Sarah, dated May 24, 1977, and June 28, 1977.
7 Title page, cut and paste, corrections on selected pages, correspondence, 1977
Includes title page, cut and paste items, corrections on selected pages and correspondence to Lorren, May 25, 1977.
8 Complete copy of printed book, Much Obliged, with corrections, correspondence, undated, June 28, 1977
Includes complete copy of book with corrections and correspondence to Lorren and Sarah, June 28, 1977.
9 Title page, cut and paste, blue line corrections, September 3, 1977
Includes corrections to selected pages, cut and paste items, blue-line corrections.
10 Brochure, dust jacket, order form, correspondence, September 1977
Includes a rough copy of the brochure with correspondence to Mary, September 20, 1977, copy of order form and dust jacket, notes to printer, copies of sketches in book and a print negative, correspondence to Lorren and Sarah, September, 1977.
11-12 Metal Plates, logo of George Autry Printers, Christmas card ideas, undated
Two metal printing plates with the logo of George Autry Printers and ideas for Christmas cards.
13 Complete copy of Much Obliged, with corrections by Louise and Mary, undated
Complete copy of the book with handwritten corrections by Louise and Mary.
14 Complete print of Much Obliged, with corrections, c. late 1977
Includes a complete print of book with corrections made in Amarillo, Trafton-Autry Printers, in Amarillo printed the book.
15 Complete copy of Much Obliged with corrections and personal notations undated
Includes a complete copy of the book with handwritten corrections and a personal note.
Box Folder
15 1 Incomplete typed copy of Much Obliged with written corrections, undated
Includes incomplete printed copy with corrections.
2 Selected pages and written corrections, undated
Includes corrections by page number and line, also selected pages with written corrections.
3 Complete copy of Much Obliged, some corrections, undated
Includes complete copy of book with minimal corrections.
4 3rd Proof, undated
Complete copy of the 3rd proof with written corrections.
5-7 Complete copy of Much Obliged, cut and pasted, undated
Includes complete copy of book cut and paste, cover to pg. 139.
8-9 Blue Line Copy of Much Obliged and signatures, undated
Includes blue line copy of the book and some signatures.
10-11 Signatures of Much Obliged, undated
Includes signatures of book, pg 2 - 104.
12 Galleys of Much Obliged, incomplete, undated
Includes many of the book galleys and book cover.
Box Folder
16 1 Much Obliged Galleys with notes, undated
Includes galleys of book with notes.
2 Published Book, Much Obliged, 1977
Includes a copy of the book, Much Obliged, copyright, 1977. (According to Library of Congress form, actual publishing date was December 3, 1977), 3 pictures of George M. Autry, 3 negatives.
3 Brochure negative and printing plate, c. 1977
Includes the negative and printing plate for the brochure and order form for Much Obliged.
4 Brochure, Book cover, drawings, c. 1977
Includes cut and paste of the brochure, cut and pasted for shooting of the negative, cover ready for shooting, cover with color overlays, copies of the sketch of George M. Autry that appears on the book cover.
5 Business-Publishing and Marketing, 1976 - 1979
Includes newspaper clippings, xerox copies relating to basic steps in forming a new business, two brochures; notes, dated November 9, 1977, dealing with the hiring of a typist; other newspaper clippings, xerox copies of articles on publishing, public relations; printing terms, hand-written notes.
6 Copyright Application, and Copyright correspondence, Library of Congress, 1976 - 1978
Includes Claim to Copyright certificate, information sheets and correspondence pertaining to copyright. Publishing date for Much Obliged is listed as December 3, 1977.
7 Receipts for the publication of book, paper, typesetter, binding, April 3, 1976 - December 2, 1978
Includes correspondence, receipts and estimates for printing, paper and typesetting and binding of the book, Much Obliged.
8 Wrap for mailing sample, "Evaluating a fine book," c. 1977
Includes wrap sample, notes, and Collector's Institute form, "Evaluating a fine book," dated December 3, 1977.
9 R. R. Bowker Co., Publisher, 1977 - 1986
Includes advance information for putting book into print, general public information, receipts, correspondence from Mary Autry Greer to Publisher and Publisher to Mary Autry Greer.
10 Mailing list for "flyers," c. 1977
Includes typewritten and handwritten lists of people, bookstores, and companies.
11-12 Notebooks, containing mailing lists, bookstores, sales calls, dealers list, 1971 - 1979
Five notebooks and a few typed notes with names of bookstores, book dealers, individuals and sales calls.
13 Publication celebration, book correspondence to Mary Autry Greer and King, 1977 - 1984
Includes invitation to publication celebration, December 11, 1977, and letters to Mary and King.
Box Folder
17 1 Book Reviews, 1978 - 1979
Includes newspaper clippings, journals with reviews of the book, Much Obliged.
2 Letters of compliment and quotations about book, December 11, 1977 - April 10, 1978
Includes handwritten and typed quotations from individuals about the book and letters of compliment.
3 Correspondence to Mary Autry Greer, 1977 - 1979
Includes letters to Mary about the book, Much Obliged.
4 Book Store orders, resale certificate, December 7, 1978, January 15, 1979
Includes book order and resale certificate.
5 Re-orders and personal notes, February 10. 1977 - December 12, 1979
Includes re-orders for book and miscellaneous personal notes.
6 Personal notes about the cost of the book, 1977 - 1978
Includes handwritten notes about the cost of the book.
7 Record of Sales, kept by Mary, 1977 - 1992
Includes xerox copy of ledger with entries from November 18, 1977, to July 23, 1992.
8 Tax permits and information, 1977 - 1979
Miscellaneous collection of tax permits and information from November 6, 1977, to December 11, 1979.
9 Correspondence to and from Trafton and Autry Printers, November 15, 1977, June 6, 1990
Includes a letter to Trafton about book and a letter from Trafton announcing the dropping of the Autry name from the company.
10 Private notes and comments, 1977 - 1986
Includes handwritten notes to family and friends and comments about the book by others, dated January 1, 1977, to July 15, 1986, and handwritten notes and private comments recorded by Mary about the book and her father. undated
11 Correspondence, King to Mary Autry Greer, January 16, 1978
A very personal letter from King to Mary about the book and their private lives.
12 Correspondence and notes, Mary to King, February 9, 1978
Includes handwritten and typed notes and letter dated February 9, 1978, from Mary to her brother King.
13 Miscellaneous notes and receipts about book sales, June 27, 1978 - December 31, 1979
Includes miscellaneous notes and receipts about book sales.
14 Orders and personal notes, April 11, 1979 - December 12, 1979
Includes orders and personal notes, written by Mary pertaining to the book, Much Obliged.
15 Book sales and Credit memos, March 15, 1980 - July 23, 1992
Includes receipts and credit memos pertaining to the book, Much Obliged.
Box Folder
OS209 1 Photo of painting by Ben Carleton Mead, undated
Includes a photo of a painting by Ben Carleton Mead dedicated to George M. Autry, he was present when the painting was done in September 1959.
2 Paste up for negatives, undated
Includes paste-ups ready for shooting of negatives.
3 Book negative, plate for cover and brochure, undated
Includes a print negative for the book and the plate for the cover and brochure.