University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Robert P. Pierce Papers, 1969-1987

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pierce, Robert Peter.
Title: Pierce, Robert P., Papers
Dates: 1969-1987
Abstract: Research files created and collected by Robert P. Pierce for his dissertation on the Big Thicket contain correspondence, clippings, printed material, maps, photographs, manuscripts, oral history interviews (transcribed and on tape), and sound recordings. Oral histories of Bill Brett and Archer Randolph Fillingim are also included, as is music and folklore of East Texas and materials on Texas folklorists.
Accession No.: 86-087; 98-158; 98-244; 2007-270; 2010
OCLC No.: 41424909
Extent: 3 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Robert Peter (Bob) Pierce received his Ph.D. in Folklore from the University of Nebraska, where he wrote his dissertation on the Big Thicket in Texas. He worked for the Windham School System of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, for which he helped develop an arts-in-education program for the GED, vocational, and college programs. He taught in Huntsville and was also a member the Huntsville Arts Council.

Scope and Contents

Research files created and collected by Robert P. Pierce for his dissertation on the Big Thicket contain correspondence, clippings, printed material, maps, photographs, manuscripts, oral history interviews (transcribed and on tape), and sound recordings. Oral histories of Bill Brett and Archer Randolph Fillingim are also included, as is music and folklore of East Texas and materials on Texas folklorists.

N.B. There are materials related to Archer Randolph Fillingim and to Archer Jesse Fullingim – note the difference in their middle and last names.


Access Restrictions

Use of audio material by appointment only; please contact sound archivist.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Brett, Bill.
Fillingim, A. Randolph.
Fullingim, Archer.
Pierce, Robert Peter -- Archives.
Folklore--Texas, East.
Folk music--Texas, East.
Big Thicket (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Texas, East--History--Sources.

Related Material

See also John Avery Lomax Family Papers at the Briscoe Center and Dr. Robert P. Pierce Collection: Death Row Files and Assorted Prison Records and Papers at the Texas State Archives

Separated Material

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

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert P. Pierce Papers, 1969-1987, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Revised by Laurel Rozema, May 2010.

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



3E37 Personal:
Letters received:
Archer Randolph Fillingim and Arthur Fullinghim, 1971-1973
Big Thicket Association, 1977
Typescript drafts to chapter 1, the introduction
Typescript draft chapter on crime, with notes and printed material
3F331 Typescript draft of section of razorback hogs, with incorporated published story
Typescript draft chapters, 1-4
Manuscript chapters with incorporated stories and typing instructions, 1-4
Manuscript chapters 1-4
Master bibliographic reference sheets
Notes and printed materials
Copyright permission from A. R. Fillingim for “Buzzard Eggs” story, 1972
Copyright forms, blank
Big Thicket Association, printed materials, 1971-1973
3F331 Big Thicket Association, printed materials, handbook, and speech about Senator Yarborough, 1971-1974
Texas Folklore Society, printed materials and notes, 1970-1971
The Wilderness Society, Big Thicket information, 1970
Financial material on reprint issue of Bill Brett, 1973
Research Materials:
Dr. Don Baird, interview transcript and clippings, 1971
Dr. John Bevil, interview transcript and clipping
Bill Brett, short stories, typescript
Willie Carouthers, interview transcript
John Collier, interview transcript
P. O. Eason, handwritten interview transcript
P. O. Eason, notes and clippings
Archer Randoph Fillingim:
Interview transcript and clippings
Drafts of tales
Draft manuscripts
Wild animal stories
Animal stories, new manuscripts
Manuscripts and clippings
Buzzard Eggs and Other Big Thicket Recollections, typescripts and notes
Goldie Golden, interview transcript
Carter Hart, interview transcript and clippings
Jude Hart, interview transcript, Batson, Texas, August 6, 1972
Tom McCreight, interview transcript
J. D. Starke, interview transcript
Subject files:
Mrs. Ayers
Bear hunting
Dr. J.W. Beecher
Bragg Light
Centennial Pageant, 1958
Courting days
Deer hunts and folklore
Ecology fight
Folk speech
Fox hunts, dogs, folklore
General news stories
Ghost light on Old Bragg Road
Ghost road
Ghost stories
Red Goldman
Ocey Haynes
History, location, and description
Home remedies
Hunting and animal tales
Ivory-billed woodpecker
Keyser burnout
Little Rock
Lost in the Thicket
Major Dark
H. Mewhinney
Mudcat chimney
Nude man in the Thicket
Panther Stories
Racing/panther story
Sapp brothers
Slavery and negroes
Snake Woman
Song meetings
Squirrel dogs and hunts
Williams family
Wolf hunts and folklore
3E111b Resource files, photocopies, and photostats
Frances Abernathy, "The Golden Log: An East Texas Paradise Lost"
Gustav Dresel, excerpts from "Gustav Dresel’s Houston Journal, 1837-1841"
William O. Douglas, chapter 1 of Farewell to Texas
Larry Jene Fisher, assorted
Connie House, "Hardin County," 1963
Mrs. Carl James, "The Big Thicket"
Mrs. F. C. Jordan, clipping
Mary Laswell, "Work and Play in the Piney Woods", from John Henry Kirby: Prince of the Pines
Gordon Lincecum, excerpt from Trip to Texas, 1935
Frances Norvell, The Big Thicket, 1964
Frederick Law Olmsted, Sour Lake and Liberty County, excerpts from A Journey Through Texas, 1857
William Owens, Fever in the Earth
Dr. George Parker, "Oil Field Medico"
H. B. Parks, "The Big Thicket", Texas Geographic Magazine, 1938
Mary Lou Proctor, "A History of Hardin County," thesis, 1950
Houston Thompson, excerpts from "Sandy Creek: An Isolated Community," masters thesis, 1942
Soloman Wright, "The Big Thicket in 1887," excerpts from My Rambles
"A Brief History of Moscow, Texas," excerpt
East Texas folklore, excerpts from assorted books
"The Big Thicket of East Texas" excerpt; 6th grade teaching unit on the Big Thicket
Notes on the Sam Slick book
Magazines with articles on the Big Thicket, 1974-1975
Photocopies of separated magazines
Life in the Big Thicket, typescript article from 1878 Galveston Daily News
Kountze News, clippings, 1969, undated
2.325/U503 Local newspapers:
The Big Thicket Bulletin, 1977, 1980
The Kountze News, 1973, 1975
The Liberty Gazette, August 1972
Texas and national newspapers and clippings:
Clear Creek, 1971
Beaumont Enterprise-Journal, 1975
Dallas Times Herald, October 21, 1987
Houston Chronicle, 1987, 1992
The Houston Post
Texas Magazine, 1973
Texas Illustrated, October 1986 - March 1987
3E111b Assorted clippings, 1975-1977
Jack and the Beanstalk, photocopies
Advertisements for books on the Big Thicket
Assorted pamphlets and brochures
2.325/U503 Maps
3S358 Photographs:
Batson, Texas, 1906
Longhorns and hogs, 1972
Big Thicket flora, 1972
Big Thicket flora from Kountze News, undated
Archer Fillingim (color 4)
Bill Brett
Unidentified individuals
2x68f Oral history cassette tapes:
Alabama-Coushatta Indian Pow-wow, drums and dances, June 5, 1971, 9:10 PM
Judge Leke Bevil, miscellaneous, Kountze, Texas, August 9, 1972; Cordelia Love Sydnes, Big Thicket miscellaneous, Port Arthur, Texas, undated
Dr. John R. Bevil, bear hunting, ghosts, murderers, Beaumont, Texas, June 10, 1971
Bill Brett, undated
Bill Brett, April 21, 1984 (2 copies)
Bill Brett and Bower Taylor, hogs and hunting, August 1972
Willie Carouthers and his wife, June 9, 1971, 8:30 PM
Willie Carouthers, Big Thicket folklore; Singing Texas, undated
John Collier, miscellaneous and life in Saratoga, 1910-1914, undated
Chris Crutcher, Woodlands, Texas, March 5, 1989
Vernon Dalhart, titles on tape, undated; old record cylinders, undated
P. O. Easen, hunting and crime, Votaw, Texas, part 1, undated: Elizabeth Redding Jordan, Batson, Texas, August 4, 1972
P. O. Easen and Amber Easen, Votaw, Texas, parts 2 and 3, undated
Randolph Fillingim, bear story, robbery of doctor, and Red Goldman, Batson, Texas, June 7, 1971
A. R. Fillingim, Big Thicket - why it’s thick, Batson, Texas; Jude Hart, general miscellaneous, Batson, Texas, August 4, 1972; August 6, 1972
Archer Fullingim, Kountze, Texas, June 1, 1971
Archer Fullingim, "All This Green Thicket" and miscellaneous, Kountze, Texas; Don O. Baird, Huntsville, Texas, (2 copies) ; June 1, 1971, June 2, 1971
Goldie Golden, undated
Carter Hart Jr., June 11, 1971
Carter Hart, Jr., bear stories, miscellaneous, Kountze, Texas, June 11, 1971
J. D. Starke and Tom McCreight, Batson, Texas, undated
Brown Taylor, hogs and hunting, with Bill Brett, Daisetta, Texas, August, 1972
3E111b The Cotton Patch Rag, special issue honoring John A. Lomax, Jr., Vol. 10, no. 2, February 1975
3F331 J. Mason Brewer, ca. 1970s
Papers, correspondence, clippings, etc.
3S26 Photographs:
J. Mason Brewer
Texas lethal injection death chamber, Huntsville
Sound Archives 45 sound recordings