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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Business (758 items)

Personal (44 items)

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Jesse Edward Grinstead Papers, 1959-1988



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Grinstead, Jesse Edward
Title: Jesse Edward Grinstead Papers,
Dates: 1886-1955
Abstract: Creative works create the bulk of the Jesse Edward Grinstead Papers, documenting his career as an author of western fiction.
Accession No.: 2004-226
Extent: 5 ft., 5 in.
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Jesse Edward Grinstead was born to William and Elizabeth (Priest) Grinstead on October 16, 1866, in Owensboro, Kentucky. When he was one year old, his family moved to Central Missouri, where he attended a district school for three months a year, from the ages of 8 to 14. At the age of 18, Grinstead moved with his family to Indian Territory, where he worked as a printer for a newspaper in Ardmore and then for the Oakland News. In 1899 he moved to Kerrville in the Hill Country in hopes of finding a cure for his wife, who was ill. Although she died shortly thereafter, Grinstead remained in Kerrville, where he became a prominent citizen and promoter of the area, as well as an active member of the Masons. In 1900 he bought the Kerrville Paper, which he renamed the Mountain Sun, and which he edited for the next 17 years. Grinstead served as mayor of Kerrville from 1902 to 1904, and in 1907 was elected to the state legislature, where he authored a bill to construct a state tuberculosis sanatorium at Carlsbad. He served as the chairman of the local draft board during World War I and as a member (and later president) of the local school board for fifteen years. In 1917 he sold the Mountain Sun to the Terrell Publishing Company and dedicated himself to becoming a well-known author of western fiction. His short stories were published in many well-known pulp magazines of the day, including Argosy and Frontier. He authored over thirty western novels, sometimes using the pseudonyms William Crum Rush, Tex Janis, and George Bowles. His story Scourge of the Little C was produced as the movie Tumbling River by William Fox in 1928. From January 1921 to December 1925 Grinstead wrote and published Grinstead's Graphic, a monthly magazine devoted to promoting the merits of Hill Country to area ranchers, who were suffering though a financial recession. Grinstead married at two points in his life. He had a son, who served in the armed forces during World War I. He died in Kerrville on March 8, 1948, at the age of 81.

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Scope and Contents

Creative works, correspondence, printed material, legal and financial documentation, and photographs, 1886-1955 (5 ft., 5 in.), created by Jesse Edward Grinstead, document the Grinstead’s work as an author, newspaper and magazine editor, and Mason, and are arranged into two main series, business and personal. Business records provide the bulk of the collection (758 items) and are subdivided into Grinstead’s work as author, editor, and publisher. Manuscripts of Grinstead’s stories (n.d.; 70 items), arranged alphabetically by title, written primarily for Western-themed magazines, along with copies of the magazines (1926-1937; 77 items), and his correspondence with editors, his agent F.M. Holly, and others (1918-1950, n.d.; 492 items) record his career as a fiction writer. Grinstead’s works are divided into single works and case files. The case files include correspondence associated with the work. Publishers with whom Grinstead corresponded include: Adventure (1923-1928; 8 items), Brief Stories (1928; 9 items), Butterick Publishing Company (1928; 6 items), Dell Publishing Company (1933; 38 items), Double Day, Page & Company (1924-1928; 226 items), Everybody’s Magazine (1928; 11 items), Frank A. Munsey Publishing (1919-1933; 93 items), Fiction House Inc. Publishers (1931-1932; 4 items), and Street and Smith Publishers (1918-1928; 65 items). Magazines represented are: Ace-High Magazine (1934-1935; 6 items), All Western Magazine (1932-1936; 19 items), Argosy (1931-1934; 14 items), Big Book Western (1936; 1 item), Blue Ribbon Western(1937; 1 item), Frontier (1926-1927; 3 items), Frontier Stories (1927-1932; 20 items), Lariat (1930, 1937; 2 items), Real Western (1936; 1 item), Thrilling Ranch Stories (1935, 1937; 2 items), Western Romances (1933-1935; 4 items), Western Short Stories (1936-1937; 3 items), and Wild West Weekly (1928; 1 item). Records reflecting Grinstead’s role as owner and editor of the Kerrville Mountain Sun (1900-1921; 27 items) and editor and publisher of Grinstead's Graphic (1920-1940, n.d.; 71 items), along with financial documentation relating to his work as a publisher for the Oakland News (1897-1899; 3 items) flesh out the remainder of his professional life. Correspondence regarding Grinstead's Graphic documents Grinstead’s relationship with advertisers and subscribers. Grinstead’s personal papers (1886-1955, n.d.; 42 items) include correspondence regarding his relationship with James K. Hackett, a Shakespearean actor, who commended Grinstead’s "skill as a dramatic writer and portrayer of human character,"(1906-1947, n.d.; 24 items), financial documentation (1886-1924; 7 items), a speech and certificate honoring Grinstead’s membership in the Masons (n.d., 1 item), and a certificate acknowledging Grinstead’s work during World War I as chairman of the local draft board (1917, 1 item).

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Restrictions

Use Restrictions

Open for research except items restricted for preservation purposes.

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Index Terms

Grinstead, Jesse Edward-Archives
Kerrville Mountain Sun
Oakland News
Grinstead's Graphic
Mason
Newspaper Publishing-United States-History-20th Century
Western Stories
Texas-Kerrville

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jesse Edward Grinstead Papers, 1886-1955, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Business (758 items)

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2N19 Author (657 items)
Works (154 items)
Single (147 items)
Manuscripts (70 items)
A-G, n.d.
(26 items)
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2N20 G-O, n.d.
(24 items)
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2N21 O-W, n.d.
(20 items)
Magazines
(77 items)
Ace-High Magazine, 1934
(3 items)
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2N22 1934-1935
(3 items)
All Western Magazine, 1932-1934
(6 items)
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2N23 1934-1935
(10 items)
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2N24 1936
(3 items)
Agrosy, 1931-1932
(8 items)
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2N25 1933-1934
( 6 items)
Big Book Western, 1936
(1 item)
Blue Ribbon Western, 1937
(1 item)
Frontier, 1926-1927
( 3 items)
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2N26 Frontier Stories, 1927
(8 items)
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2N27 1928-1931
(11 items)
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2N28 1932
(1 item)
Lariat, 1930, 1937
(2 items)
Real Western, 1936
(1 item)
Thrilling Ranch Stories, 1935, 1937
(2 items)
Western Romances, 1933-1935
(4 items)
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2N29 Western Short Stories, 1936-1937
(3 items)
Wild West Weekly, 1928
(1 item)
Case files
(7 items)
L-W, n.d.
(7 items)
Correspondence
(492 items)
Adventure, 1923-1928
(8 items)
Brief Stories, 1928
(9 items)
Butterick Publishing Company, 1928
(6 items)
Dell Publishing Company, 1928
(38 items)
Double Day, Page & Company, 1924-1927
(164 items)
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2N30 1928, n.d.
(62 items)
Everybody's Magazine, 1928
(11 items)
Frank A. Munsey Publishing, 1919-1933
(93 items)
Fiction House Inc. Publishers, 1931-1932
(4 items)
Street and Smith Publishers
People's Favorite Magazine, 1918-1922
(24 items)
The Popular Magazine, 1918-1922
(22 items)
True Western Stories, 1919-1928
(19 items)
Agent, 1918-1921
(15 items)
Review, 1925
(7 items)
Assorted, 1919-1950
(10 items)
Legal documentation (2 items)
Contracts, 1938
(2 items)
Financial documentation (6 items)
Receipts, 1926-1929
(6 items)
Printed material (3 items)
Newspaper clippings, 1936-1937
(3 items)
Editor (27 items)
Kerrville Mountain Sun (27 items)
Correspondence, 1913-1921
(4 items)
Legal documentation (5 items)
Contracts, 1900-1909
(4 items)
Petition, 1903
(1 item)
Financial documentation (4 items)
Receipts, 1902-1907
(4 items)
Printed material (14 items)
Postcards, n.d.
(12 items)
Letterhead, n.d.
(2 items)
Publisher (74 items)
Grinstead's Graphic (71 items)
Works, 1921-1940
(11 items)
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2N31 Correspondence, 1920-1926, n.d.
(53 items)
Financial documentation (2 items)
Ledger, 1924-1925
(2 items)
Legal documentation (3 items)
Contracts, 1921-1925
(3 items)
Printed material (2 items)
Letterhead, n.d.
(2 items)
Oakland News (3 items)
Financial documentation (2 items)
Job work notebook, 1897-1899
(1 item)
Ledger, 1897-1898
(1 item)
Printed material (1 item)
Business card, n.d.
(1 item)
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3S116 Photographs, n.d.
(26 items)

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Personal (44 items)

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2N31 Correspondence, 1906-1947, n.d. (24 items)
Financial documentation (7 items)
Ledger, 1886-1887 (1 item)
Stocks, 1901-1906 (3 items)
Receipts, 1903-1924 (3 items)
Works (1 item)
Speech, n.d. (1 item)
Printed material (5 items)
Certificates, 1917, 1941 (2 items)
Newspaper clippings, 1955, n.d. (3 items)
Assorted material, n.d. (2 items)
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3S116 Photographs, n.d. (3 items)
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Restricted Glass plate negatives n.d. (2 items)

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