A Guide to the Fred Gipson Papers, 1963-1967
Author Frederick (Fred) Benjamin Gipson (1908-1973), born in Mason, Texas, graduated from Mason High School in 1926 and entered the University of Texas in 1933 after working as a rancher. He wrote for the Daily Texan and the Ranger, but left the university before graduating due to a lack of money. By 1940, he had worked for several newspapers, including the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the San Angelo Standard-Times, and the Denver Post. After quitting journalism, he began selling short stories to pulp Western magazines. Gipson published his first book, entitled The Fabulous Empire: Colonel Zack Miller’s Story, in 1946. It performed moderately well, but his second book, Hound-Dog Man (1949), sold over 250,000 copies in its first year. He wrote many books, including The Home Place (1950), Big Bend: A Homesteader’s Story (1952), Cowhand: The Story of a Working Cowboy (1953), The Trail-Driving Rooster (1955), and Recollection Creek (1955). He also wrote the children’s classic, Old Yeller, in 1956, which received a Newbery Honor in 1957, and its sequel, Savage Sam, in 1962.
Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. “Gipson, Frederick Benjamin,” http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/GG/fgi32.html (accessed August 13, 2010).
Correspondence, manuscripts, published articles, printed material, and interview transcripts compose the Fred Gipson Papers, 1963-1967, and relate to Gipson’s writing and health. Gipson sent these materials to his friend Mrs. R. A. (Jane) Allison from 1963 to 1965. His letters to her discuss his health, personal life, and writing. The manuscripts include “One Dull Day” and “The Troubles of Little Arliss.” “Papa’s Straw Hat” and “A Visit with Peter Hurt” comprise the published articles. Additionally, the interviews discuss Gipson’s childhood in Mason, Texas, and the influence his upbringing had on his writing.
The collection is open for research use.
Fred Gipson Papers, 1963-1967, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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