A Guide to the Laura V. Hamner Papers, 1890-1963
Author, radio commentator, and ranch historian, Laura Vernon Hamner (1871-1968) was born to James Henry and Laura Lula (Hendrix) Hamner in Tennessee. After studying at Peabody Normal College in Nashville, she attended several Texas colleges and the University of Chicago. For several years, Hamner taught school while working as postmaster at Claude, Texas, from 1913 to 1921. She then moved to Amarillo and served as the superintendent of Potter County schools from 1922 to 1938. Hamner published The No-Gun Man of Texas (1935), about the life of Charles Goodnight, which she followed with Short Grass and Longhorns (1943), about ranching and the cattle trade in Texas. In 1958, Hamner published Light ‘n Hitch, a collection of narratives and anecdotes on the social customs and history of the High Plains in Texas. For thirty years, she wrote several columns for the Amarillo Globe-News, including "Talk to Teens" and "Panhandle Scrapbook." With her friend Phebe K. Warner, Hamner co-founded the association, Panhandle Pen Women, in the 1920s.
Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Hamner, Laura Vernon,"http://www.tshaonline.org /handbook/online/articles/HH/fhadb.html (accessed October 11, 2010).
The Laura V. Hamner Papers, 1890-1963, contain correspondence, literary productions, financial records, broadsides, scrapbooks, photographic cuts, and newspaper clippings, which document Hamner’s career as an author, teacher, newspaper columnist, and radio announcer. Correspondence, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, printed material, scrapbooks, and other documents pertain to the publication of The No-Gun Man of Texas, Short Grass and Longhorns, and Free Grass as well as the adoption of these books as supplementary reading for schools in Texas. Correspondence concerns her radio broadcasts for Light and Hitch and consists of fan mail, requests for copies of program transcripts, and information sent to Hamner for use on the show. Scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and historical narratives illustrate the production of her newspaper columns, "Talk to Teens" and "Panhandle Scrapbook," as well as articles by Hamner and others for the Works Progress Administration in Texas and for Reader’s Digest. Topics of the narratives, clippings, and scrapbooks include the history of Texas and Texan counties, frontier and pioneer life, farming and ranching, the cattle trade, and biographies of cattlemen and early settlers. Additionally, the papers relate to Hamner’s personal life and various friendships all over the nation, including correspondence with Louis Lenz, and her association with various organizations, such as the Panhandle Pen Women Association, Poetry Society of Texas, and Texas Press Women.
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Laura V. Hamner Papers, 1890-1963, 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.
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.
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