A Guide to the Bo Byers Oral History Collection, 1992
William Bowling "Bo" Byers was born in 1920 in Miami, Missouri. After moving to Austin to live with an aunt and uncle, Byers graduated from Austin High School in 1936 and the University of Texas at Austin in 1941, where he received a Bachelor of Journalism degree. His first news story appeared in the Austin American-Statesman in December 1932.
Byers volunteered for the Army Air Corps and was inducted in September 1942. He flew 30 missions as a B-17 navigator in the 351st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, England, and was separated from service in September 1945. He worked for the Marshall News-Messenger and received a fellowship to teach journalism at UT, but left the fellowship after one semester to join the Associated Press Capitol Bureau in Austin, for whom he worked for 10 years. He joined the Houston Chronicle's Austin Bureau in 1957, became bureau chief in 1961, and continued reporting, writing, and directing the bureau until his retirement in 1983. He then went on to report at the state government level, and also served as a deacon and elder in Central Presbyterian Church as well as five years on the City of Austin Parks and Recreation board.
Kathie Anderson interviewed Byers for a Qualitative Measures course at the University of Texas at Austin and produced a paper, "Bo Knows: Fifty Years of Texas Journalism."
The Bo Byers Oral History Collection, 1992, includes six tapes of oral history interviews with Bo Byers conducted by Kathie Anderson, transcript summaries of the tapes, biographical background information written by Byers, Anderson’s paper, "Bo Knows: Fifty Years of Texas Journalism" and her introduction to the project, and a computer disc of the introduction and summaries. The collection pertains to Byers’s life and career as a journalist and bureau chief.
The collection is open for research.
Donor retains copyright for the interview transcripts and tapes.
Bo Byers Oral History Collection, 1992, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Deborah Bloys, October 1993.
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.
Detailed Description of the Papers