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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Papers

Photographs

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Ernest Othmer Thompson Papers, 1907-1967



Descriptive Summary

Creator Thompson, Ernest Othmer, 1892-1966
Title Thompson (Ernest Othmer) Papers,
Dates: 1907-1967
Abstract Correspondence, printed materials, speeches, memoranda, scrapbooks, maps, and photographs comprise the Ernest Othmer Thompson Papers, 1907-1967, documenting Thompson's career, political activities, and his military career.
OCLC Record No. 23285446
Extent 41 ft.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository The University of Texas at Austin Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Attorney and politician Ernest Othmer Thompson (1892-1966) was born in Alvord, Texas, the son of Lewis Oliver and Flora Lee Agnes (Murray) Thompson. After graduating from the University of Texas Law School in 1917, Thompson served in World War I, and then managed the Amarillo Hotel in Amarillo, Texas. He married May Peterson in 1923 and was elected mayor of Amarillo, Texas five years later. In 1932, Thompson was appointed to the Texas Railroad Commission in which he served from 1932 to 1965. Also a member and chairman of the Interstate Oil Compact Commission (1935-1965), Thompson ran unsuccessfully for the governorship of Texas in 1938 and 1940.

Source:

Green, George N. “Thompson, Ernest Othmer.” Handbook of Texs Online. Published by the Texas State Historical Association. Accessed October 14, 2011.http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fth18.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, printed materials, speeches, memoranda, scrapbooks, maps, and photographs comprise the Ernest Othmer Thompson Papers, 1907-1967, documenting Thompson's career, political activities, and his military career in World War I and World War II as well as to his service in the Texas National Guard. Printed materials include newspaper clippings, campaign literature, official reports and certificates. The collection also includes memorabilia related to Thompson's first wife, May Peterson, a Metropolitan Opera singer, and a series of 39 bound volumes with an index that chronicles Thompson's professional activities from 1930 to 1957.

Photographs shed light on Thompson’s career as mayor of Amarillo (1929-1932), as railroad commissioner (1932-1965), as a member and chairman of the Interstate Oil Compact Commission (1935-1965), and as a candidate for governor against Wilbert Lee O'Daniel in 1938 and 1940. Photographs of Thompson's family include his two wives May Peterson and Myda Bivins and also consist of many friends and well-known personalities such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Sam Rayburn.

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Organization

The papers are arranged chronologically into 14 series:
  • 1. Mayoral records, Amarillo.
  • 2. Texas Railroad Commission Records.
  • 3. Gubernatorial campaign records.
  • 4. Military records.
  • 5. Personal papers.
  • 6. Miscellaneous scrapbooks.
  • 7. Picture history portfolio.
  • 8. Printed material.
  • 9. Maps. 10. Blueprints.
  • 11. Sound recordings.
  • 12. Memorabilia of May Peterson Thompson.
  • 13. Photographs.
  • 14. Paintings.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions apply. Consult archivist.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons) - Papers
Blundell, James H.
O'Daniel, Wilbert Lee, 1890-1969.
Thompson, Ernest Othmer, 1892-1966.
Thompson, May Esther.
Thompson family.
Subjects (Persons) - Photographs
Culberson, Olin
Garner, John Nance
Jones, Jesse Holman
Shivers, Allan
Thompson, Ernest Othmer
Thompson, May Peterson
Thompson, Myda Bivins
Thompson Family.
Subjects (Organizations) - Papers
Democratic Party (Tex.)
Railroad Commission of Texas.
Interstate Oil Compact Commission.
Texas. National Guard.
Subjects - Papers
Droughts--Texas.
Elections--Texas.
Gasoline--Pipe lines
Petroleum--Pipe lines
Politicians--Texas.
Subjects - Photographs
Blackwell Ranch
Dust Bowl (region)
Elections
Hunting and fishing
Music and musicians
Oil and gas
Politics and politicians
Texas National Guard
Texas Railroad Commission
U. S. Army Air Force
U. S. Army - Supplies and stores
Places - Papers
Amarillo (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Austin (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Places - Photographs
Amarillo, Texas
Austin, Texas
DeWitt County, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Arizona
California
Colorado
New York
Oregon
Washington, D. C.
Wyoming
Yosemite National Park
California
Canada
Europe

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Separated Material

Some material separated to the James H. Blundell, Jr., Papers.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ernest Othmer Thompson papers, 1907-1967, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Papers

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4Ze134 Mayoral records, Amarillo:
Actions of City Commission,
Vol. 1-3, 1929-1931
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4Ze135 Vol. 4-5, 1931-1932
Amarillo, 1932
Amarillo miscellany, 1929-1948 and undated.
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4Ze136 Texas Railroad Commission records:
Correspondence,
1932-1939
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4Ze137 1940-July 1957
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4Ze138 August 1957-1965 and undated
Speeches, 1949-1961 and undated
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4Ze139 Reports, statements, testimonies, press releases,
miscellany, 1936-1965 and undated
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4Ze140 Fourth World Petroleum Congress, Rome, Italy,
June 6-15, 1965
Certificates and awards,
1932-1961
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2.325/V18 1937-1964
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2.116/OD1223A Certificate of Appreciation, April 1964
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4Ze141 Printed material:
Hearings, briefs, testimonies, etc.,
1932-1939
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4Ze142 1939-1945
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4Ze143 1946-1957
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4Ze144 1957-1959
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4Ze145 Undated
Reports, statistics, rules and regulations, etc.,
1929-1937
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4Ze146 1938-1939
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4Ze147 1940
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4Ze148 1941-1945
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4Ze149 1945-1947
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4Ze150 1947-1948
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4Ze151 1948-1949
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4Ze152 1950-1960
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4Ze153 Undated
Campaign material, banquets, programs, miscellany,
1935-1964
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4Ze154 Albums of professional activities,
1930-1935
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4Ze155 1934-1945
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4Ze156 1938-1945
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4Ze157 1939-1940
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4Ze158 1940-1943
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4Ze159 1944-1947
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4Ze160 1948-1951
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4Ze161 1951-1955
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4Ze162 1957 and undated
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4Ze163 Scrapbooks:
Vol. 1-2, February 7, 1938 - July 30, 1939
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4Ze164 Vol. 3-4, news history of the oil field shutdown and aftermath August 1939,
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4Ze165 Vol. 5-7, September - October 1939
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4Ze166 Vol. 8-10, November - December 1939
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4Ze167 Vol. 11-13, January - February 1940
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4Ze168 Vol. 14-15, March 1940
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4Ze169 Vol. 16-17, April 1940
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4Ze170 Vol. 18-19, May 1940
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4Ze171 Second World Petroleum Congress, Paris, France, June 14-19, 1937
The Engineers Club of Tulsa, 1/25/1954
"An Oil and Gas Administrators Views on Conservation," 10/10/1957
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4Ze172 1936 Re-election campaign
Opening of Shell's Research Center, Houston, Texas, December 1947
The Engineers Club of Tulsa, 1/25/1954
Oil Progress Week, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 10/10/1957
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4N467d 1933-1956
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4N48k 1934-1935
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4N48l October 12-27, 1935
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4N48m November, 1951 - February, 1952
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4N48n 1955-1965
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4N48o 10/21/59
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4Ze173 Printed material:
Newspaper clippings,
1934-1939
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4Ze174 1939-1964 and undated
Three Stars for the Colonel, by James A. Clark, 1954
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2.325/V18 Panhandle Field, Texas:
Gas Oil Ratio Test Data...., March 1 - April 1, 1958
Index of Average Day Volumes..., 1950-1958
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4Ze175 Interstate Oil Compact Commission Records:
Minutes, by-laws, resolutions, reports, 1935-1956.
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4Ze176 Gubernatorial Campaign records:
1932-1940
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2.325/V18 Poster: Ernest O. Thompson for Governor.
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4Ze178 Military records:
1929 - June, 1942
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4Ze179 July, 1941 - August 15, 1942
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4Ze180 August 16, 1942 - 1943
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4Ze181 1944-1961 and undated
Certificates and awards, 1917-1957
Speeches, 1939-1957
George C. Marshall Research Foundation, 1953-1958
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2.325/V18 Certificates and awards, 1936-1940
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4Ze182 Printed material:
1931-1940
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4Ze183 1940-1941
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4Ze184 1941-1961 and undated
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4N24e Scrapbooks:
1918-1919
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4N48p 1919-1941
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4N48q 10/1/1935; 1941-1945
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OD1286 Blueprint: Armory building, Amarillo, Texas.
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4Ze185 Personal papers:
Family correspondence, 6/19/1917; 1922-1966 and undated
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4L851 Thompson family Bible
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4Ze186 Financial and legal records, 1920-1965
Resolutions, 1932-1967
Certificates and awards, 1952-1966 and undated
Amarillo and Herring Hotel miscellany, undated
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2.325/V18 Misc. certificates and awards, 1921-1955 and undated
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4Ze187 Speeches
Address book
General correspondence, 1923-1965 and undated
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4Ze188 Programs, testimonial dinners, miscellany, 1927-1955 and undated
Guest book, 1924-1952
Scrapbook, trip to Australia and New Zealand, 1956
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4Ze189 Scrapbooks
Tribute to Mrs. Lewis Oliver Thompson, 1941.
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4Ze190 Miscellaneous Scrapbooks:
1934-1938
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4Ze191 1938-1940
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4Ze192 1941-1943
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4Ze193 1943-1945
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4Ze194 1945-1947
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4N48r 1932-1943
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4N456a 2/6/1951
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4N456b Legal miscellany, undated.
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4N456c Picture History Portfolio, undated.
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4Ze195 Printed Material:
Newspaper clippings,
1926-1965
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4Ze196 1927-1966
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4Ze197 1939-1965.
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2.325/ Maps:
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OD31 World Atlas, 1943
Miscellaneous maps
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OD1286 Oil and gas map, Railroad Commission District Four
Browning's map of the city of Amarillo, 1962.
Blueprints:
Amarillo Park
Herring Hotel
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2.325/V18 Amarillo office building
Vernon Hotel - Texas.
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2.325/R1-7 Sound Recordings (list available).
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4Ze198 Memorabilia of May Esther Peterson Thompson:
Personal correspondence, 1914-1952 and undated
General correspondence, 1907-1951 and undated
Fan letters, 1921-1929 and undated
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4Ze199 Bride's gift book, 1923-1924
Notes, calling cards, miscellany, 1916-1948
Speeches and miscellany, 1948 and undated
Notes and miscellany, undated
Certificate, and Resolution, 12/17/1918, 1/12/1924
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4Ze200 Financial and legal records, 1912-1950 and undated
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4Ze201 Publicity, 1923-1928 and undated
Broadsides and miscellany
Programs, 1913-1952 and undated
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2.325/V18 Broadsides
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4Ze202 Programs, miscellany
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4Ze203 Engagement books, notebooks, address books, 1916-1931 and undated
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4Ze204 Scrapbooks, 1912-1927
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4Ze205 Music: Manuscript, printed, miscellany
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4Ze206-4Ze212 Printed Material:
Miscellany
Newspaper clippings.

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Photographs
8 feet, four inches:
4436 photographic prints, color, sepia, black and white.
24 photo albums.
1725 negatives.
22 color slides.

Photographs document the career of Thompson (1892-1966) as mayor of Amarillo (1929-1932), as railroad commissioner (1932-1965), as a member and chairman of the Interstate Oil Compact Commission (1935-1965), and candidate for governor against Wilbert Lee O'Daniel in 193[UNK] and 1940, and pertain also to his military career in World War... and World War I... as well as his service in the Texas National Guard.
Collection also contains photographs of Thompson's family including his two wives May Peterson and Myda Bivins and many friends and of well-known personalities such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Sam Rayburn.
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3Y401 Ernest Othmer Thompson, May Peterson Thompson, 1907-1919 and undated
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3Y402 May Peterson, 1915-1956 and undated
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3Y403 Thompson, May Peterson, including campaign and Texas National Guard photos 1917-1956 and undated,
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3Y404 Thompson with family, undated
Places and events, [Click for images] 1917-1959
Petroleum survey, [Click for images] March-June 1945
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3Y405 Thompson, May Peterson, 1924-1950
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3Y406 Thompson and Thompson/Peterson families, including Thompson giving speech on oil 1935 and undated,
Politicians and other personalities, 1926-1956
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3Y407 Photo album on miscellaneous topics, [Click for images] 1932-1946
Tanker Rhea when loaded with first cargo of export oil, Corpus Christi, Texas, [Click for images] 1936
"Old Faithful Inn, Haynes, St. Paul"
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3Y408 Thompson, Myda Bivins, 1933-1962 and undated
May Peterson, including publicity photos undated,
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3Y409 Campaign photos: Thompson for Governor, and for Railroad Commissioner, 1938 and undated
Thompson, May Peterson, and places, 1947-1949
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3Y410 Thompson, May Peterson, and places, 1949-1956 and undated
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3Y411 Thompson, May Peterson, and places, 1950 and 1952
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3Y412 Thompson, May Peterson, 1917-1959 and undated
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3Y413 May Peterson, undated
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3Y414 May Peterson, publicity photos, undated
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3Y415 Hunting parties, 1954 and 1955
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3Y416 Hunting parties, undated
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3S221 Thompson, May Peterson, 1913-1934
Lucas Gusher, Spindletop, January 10, 1901
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3S222.1 Hunting parties, December 1951 and undated
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3S223 Prints and drawings, 1926, 1933, and undated
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0D1313 Panoramic Views:
Dedication of the Liberty Memorial during the Convention of the American Legion, at Kansas City, Mo., November 1, 1921
Kiwanis International 9th Annual Convention, St. Paul, Minn., June 22 to 25, 1925
344th Machine Gun Battalion, National Army, Major Ernest O. Thompson Commanding, undated
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3Y417 Negatives
Color slides
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3Y418 Photo Albums:
"Arranged in Paris," 1907-1912
Europe, 1912-1914
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3Y419 Hon. E. O. Thompson, Mayor, Amarillo, Texas, 1931
Texas Railroad Association dinner honoring members Texas Railroad Commission, Austin Club, Austin, Texas, December 13
Texas Railroad Commissioners dinner, Austin Club, Austin, Texas, December 19, 1953
"A Fishing Job," undated
United States Army Air Force, undated
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3Y420 Thompson, May Peterson, 1937-1938 and 1947
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3Y421 Hunting parties, Blackwell and Hamilton ranches, others, 1949-1960 and undated
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3Y422 Texas Railroad Association Honoring Railroad Commission of Texas, Austin Club, Austin, Texas, June 3, 1952
"In appreciation to Lt. Gen. Ernest O. Thompson for his Visit to the Sixty-third Fighter Wing, San Marcos Air Force Base" August 20, 1949,
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3S224 Paintings:
22" × 18" painting pf Longhorns by H. D. Bugbee. Because of its fragile condition, this item is restricted. Permission from the Director is needed.
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3.325/V 48" × 33" painting of Ernest Othmer Thompson in World War I uniform, artist unknown. Framed.

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