University of Texas Arlington

John Avery Lomax and John William Rogers Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rogers, John William, 1894-1965, and Lomax, John Avery, 1867-1948.
Title: John Avery Lomax and John William Rogers Papers
Dates: 1944-1947
Abstract: Papers are comprised of letters and postcards between John Avery Lomax, a nationally known collector of western folk ballads, and John William Rogers, a well-known Texas journalist, playwright, author and editor. The topic of their correspondence relates primarily to their mutual interest in promoting literature in Texas, both through their own works and through those of other Texas writers. Also included are two letters from Roy Bedichek wherein he describes the people and literature that most influenced his life.
Identification: GA47
Extent: 1 folder (20 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

John Avery Lomax, (1867-1948), was a nationally known collector of western folk ballads. He worked periodically at The University of Texas at Austin and also in the field of banking. During his extensive travels, he recorded such songs as "The Old Chisolm Trail, ""Git Along, Little Dogies " and "Home on the Range. " Lomax edited many ballad collections, such as Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp. He was also the author of his autobiographical work, Adventures of a Ballad Hunter.

John William Rogers, (1894-1965), was a well-known Texas journalist, playwright, author and editor. He was associated for many years with The Dallas Times-Herald as a music and drama critic, feature writer and columnist. Some of his works include The Lusty Texans of Dallas, Finding Literature on the Texas Plains and "Judge Lynch," a one-act play.


Scope and Contents

Papers are comprised of letters and postcards between John William Rogers and John Avery Lomax concerning their mutual interest in promoting literature in Texas, both through their own works and through those of other Texas writers. Also included are two letters from Roy Bedichek which describe the people and literature that most influenced his life.


Organization

Papers are arranged in chronological order.

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
Rogers, John William, 1894-1965--Archives.
Lomax, John Avery, 1867-1948--Archives.
Bedichek, Roy, 1878-1959--Archives.
Subjects
Authors--Biography--Sources.
American literature--Texas--Biography--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information

Citation

John Avery Lomax and John William Rogers Papers, GA47, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1974.


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

Also known as: The John Avery Lomax letters.

Abbreviations


  • ALS - Autograph letter signed.
  • APS - Autograph postcard signed.
  • Tc - Typed copy.
  • Tcc - Typed carbon copy.
  • TL - Typed letter (with typed signature).
  • TLS - Typed letter signed.

Container List

Folder Item
1 1 Letter. John A. Lomax, The House in the Woods, [Dallas, Texas], to John William Rogers. May 24, 1944.
ALS. 1 pp. Note accompanying enclosures.
2 Letter. [John William Rogers] to Prvt. Alan Lomax [son and collaborator of John Avery Lomax], Camp Crowder, Mississippi. July 10, 1944.
Tcc. 1 pp. Request that Alan Lomax write a book review for The Dallas Times-Herald.
3 Letter. John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas, to John William Rogers. August 14, 1944.
ALS. 1 pp. Lomax mentions two men who deserve attention for contributions in the area of western ballads.
4 Letter. John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas, to [John William Rogers]. August 17, 1944.
ALS. 1 pp. Lomax makes suggestions on how Rogers can improve his writing and editing.
5 Letter. [John William Rogers] to John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas, August 22, 1944.
Tcc. 1 pp. Rogers mentions a possible visit to Lomax's home by himself and Allen Merriam, the editor of The Dallas Times-Herald.
6 Letter. John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas, to [John William] Rogers. September 12, 1944.
ALS. 1 pp. Lomax praises Rogers for his work as the book editor of The Dallas Times-Herald.
7 Letter. [John William Rogers] to John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas. September 2], 1944.
Tcc. 1 pp. Note of thanks.
8 Letter. Tom C. Gooch, Dallas, Texas, to John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas. December 19, 1944.
TLS. 1 pp. Gooch praises the work of both Lomax and Rogers.
9 Letter. John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas, to John William Rogers. December 29, 1944.
ALS. 1 pp. Note of encouragement which accompanies enclosure from Gooch.
10 Letter. [John William Rogers] to John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas. January 8, 1945.
Tcc. 1 pp. Rogers encloses a proof of the article for The Dallas Times-Herald, which was written by Lomax's friend, Roy Bedichek.
11 Letter. John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas, to [John William] Rogers. [?] 11, 1945.
ALS. 1 pp. Note mentioning enclosure.
12 Postcard. [?] to John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas. Postmarked August 21, 1945.
APS. Note of appreciation for one of Lomax's reviews.
13 Postcard. [John Avery] Lomax, [Dallas, Texas], to [John William] Rogers. undated
APS. Lomax sends postcard as an example of the positive response he received concerning his review.
14 Letter. Bedi [Roy Bedichek] to [John Avery) Lomax. September 4, 1945.
TL. 4 pp. Bedichek describes the people and literature that most influenced him as a young man.
15 Letter. D. F. Strickland, Mission, Texas, to John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas. September 6, 1945.
TLS. 3 pp. Strickland describes his upbringing and discusses literature that influenced him.
16 Letter. [John Avery] Lomax to [John William] Rogers. September 7, 1945.
ALS. 1 pp. Lomax encloses a letter written by Bedichek and suggests that Rogers publish parts of it.
17 Letter. John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas, to [John William] Rogers. September 11, 1945.
ALS. 1 pp. Lomax describes the background of D. F. Strickland, whose letter he encloses.
18 Letter. Bedi [Roy Bedichek] to [John Avery] Lomax. September 17, 1945.
Tc. 3 pp. Copy of letter by Bedichek, dated September 4, 1945.
19 Letter. [John William Rogers] to John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas. September 26, 1945.
Tcc. 1 pp. Rogers encloses a check and explains the method of payment to contributors used by The Dallas Times-Herald.
20 Letter. John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas, to John William Rogers, Dallas, Texas. October 3, 1945.
TLS. 1 pp. Lomax thanks Rogers and pledges his friendship and continued support of the Book Page in The Dallas Times-Herald.
21 Letter. John A. Lomax, Dallas, Texas, to Anne Calhoun. February 25, 1947.
ALS. 1 pp. Lomax expresses appreciation for a favorable book review written by Calhoun.