University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Bo Byers Oral History Collection, 1992

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Anderson, Kathie
Creator: Byers, William Bowling (Bo)
Title: Byers, Bo, Oral History Collection
Dates: 1992
Abstract: Tapes and transcripts of an oral interview with Bo Byers performed by Kathie Anderson in preparation for her paper entitled "Bo Knows: Fifty Years of Texas Journalism."
Accession No.: 92-230
Extent: 14 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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."

Scope and Contents

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.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Donor retains copyright for the interview transcripts and tapes.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Byers, William Bowling, 1920-
Anderson, Kathie
Subjects (Organizations)
Associated Press
University of Texas. School of Journalism
Houston Chronicle (Houston, Tex.)
Journalism--Texas--History--20th century
Oral history
Austin (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bo Byers Oral History Collection, 1992, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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



2.325/A109b "Bo Knows: Fifty Years of Texas Journalism"paper and supporting materials
2X49b Tapes and transcripts, 1992