University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Vincent Family Papers, 1852-1959

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Vincent Family
Title: Vincent Family Papers
Dates: 1852-1959
Abstract: Papers of James Upshur Vincent, Jr., a prominent journalist in Texas from 1905 to 1961, and James Upshur Vincent, Sr., a prominent attorney, teacher, and journalist in Texas from 1882 to 1911, include correspondence, newsletters, agricultural reports, economic and financial bulletins, press releases, magazines and pamphlets, and other personal, business, and legal materials relating to both father and son's careers.
Accession No.: 1934; 1935; 1965; 73-160
Extent: 73 ft., 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

James Upshur Vincent, Jr. was a prominent journalist in Texas from 1905 to 1961. He worked as market editor, financial editor, and farm editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. A champion of wildlife preservation, Vincent was also active in government and politics.

James Upshur Vincent, Sr. was a prominent attorney, teacher, and journalist in Texas from 1882 to 1911, and he established and managed several newspapers in Texas. In 1875 he married Louella Styles (1853-1924), author, composer, and daughter of Carey Wentworth and Fannie Jean (Evans) Styles. The Vincents and their two sons moved to Texas in 1881. After living in Galveston, Jonesboro, and Glen Rose, the family settled in Meridian in 1886. Louella and James founded a private school in Meridian, where he served as principal and she taught music. In 1890 the family moved once more, to Stephenville, where James purchased the Stephenville Empire, and Louella gave private music lessons.

Louella and James Vincent separated in the late 1890s, but never officially divorced. Louella published poems in regional magazines and toured Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, and Colorado as a lecturer. Her son, James Upshur Vincent, Jr., acted as her manager. In 1905 she began The Southerner, a literary journal of which James Upshur Vincent, Jr. acted as publisher and manager. This journal was shortlived, however, and from there he went on to become editor and publisher of the Dallas Jeffersonian and then moved to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Louella Styles Vincent, " (accessed June 1, 2010).

Scope and Contents

The Vincent Family Papers, 1852-1959, include letters, press releases, reports, newsletters, pamphlets, magazines, books, photographs, bulletins, and clippings concerning the careers of James Upshur Vincent, Jr., journalist, and James Upshurt Vincent, Sr. The papers relate to Vincent, Jr.’s activities as market editor, financial editor, and farm editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and include articles by Vincent. In addition, the papers include material pertaining to agriculture and business during the early years of the Great Depression; information sent out for publication by industry, marketers, financiers, agriculturalist and governmental agencies; and economic surveys.

The portion of the collection concerning the law career of James Upshur Vincent, Sr., includes account books, correspondence, legal briefs, legal casebook, and notes. These papers specifically pertain to Vincent, Sr.’s law practice in Cherokee County, Georgia.

Furthermore, the collection contains bills, receipts, invitations, programs, literary productions, newspaper clippings, family and sports photos, scrapbooks, textbooks, and circulars. These materials pertain to Vincent High School, family affairs, and business ventures.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Vincent, Louella Styles
Vincent, James Upshur, Sr.--Archives
Vincent, James Upshur, Jr.--Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Vincent High School
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
United States. Dept. of Agriculture
United States. Bureau of Agricultural Economics
Newspapers--History--19th century
Newspapers--History--20th century
Newspaper editors--Texas
Economic surveys--Texas
Washington (D.C.)
College Station (Tex.)
Cherokee County (Ga.)
Meridian (Tex.)
Dallas (Tex.)
Fort Worth (Tex.)
Texas--Politics and government

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Newspaper Collection, the Ephemera Collection, and the Library Unit.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vincent Family Papers, 1852-1959, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Processing Information

Later addition to this collection was processed by Ralph L. Elder, April 1979.

Detailed Description of the Papers



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