University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Grazing Industry Papers, 1935-1940



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Grazing Industry
Title: Grazing Industry Papers
Dates: 1935-1940
Abstract: The Grazing Industry Papers, 1935-1940, 1973, contains the records of the Works Progress Administration’s Historical Records Survey of the history of grazing in Texas.
Accession No.: 73-013
Extent: 6 ft., 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

In 1935, Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a governmental agency devoted to creating jobs for public works projects. Associate Director of the Federal Writers’ Project, Luther Harris Evans, proposed to Harry Hopkins, the director of the WPA, that a project be implemented for a nation-wide survey of historical materials. This resulted in the founding of the Historical Records Survey, a subdivision of the Federal Writers’ Program. The Survey focused on unpublished documents while collecting information on and preparing inventories of historical collections in repositories throughout the country, especially those pertaining to government records.

The Grazing Service of the Department of the Interior requested that the Survey undertake a project to create a compilation of the history of grazing in seventeen states, including Texas. The project incorporated historical records from the western range and livestock industry, including journals, diaries and interviews with ranchers.

Sources:

Nance, Joseph Milton. "Texas Historical Records Survey."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed December 16, 2010. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/nct01.

Sparks, Barbara Elaine Heath. The History of Grazing in Texas: An Analytical Inventory of the Findings of the Historical Records Survey. M.A. Thesis, Southwest Texas State University, 1973.


Scope and Contents

The Grazing Industry Papers, 1935-1940, 1973, contains the records of the Works Progress Administration’s Historical Records Survey of the history of grazing in Texas. Comprised of newspaper clippings and typescripts of reports and essays, the records document the livestock industry, including cattle, horses, and buffalo, as well as cowboy culture, westward expansion, ranching, and the western range from the colonial period to World War I. The collection includes excerpts from the magazines Farm and Ranch, The Cattleman, and Frontier Times; a circular published by the WPA containing suggestions on techniques for compiling data, writing, and editing material for a history of grazing; and Barbara Elaine Heath Sparks’ master’s thesis of an analytical inventory of the collection.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Sparks, Barbara Elaine Heath
Subjects (Organizations)
Historical Records Survey (Tex.)
Subjects
Frontier and pioneer life--Texas--History
Grazing--Texas--History
Historical Records Survey (Tex.)
Ranching--Texas--History
Places
Texas--History--Archival resources

Related Material

See also Works Progress Administration Records.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Grazing Industry Papers, 1935-1940, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by M.J. Ellison, Sr, February 1974.

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

 
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2R329 A circular offering suggestions on a technique for compiling data, writing, and editing material for the History of Grazing



 
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2R329 Bibliography for the History of Grazing



 
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2R329 El Paso area, District 20



 
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2R329 Fort Worth area



 
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2R329 Points of interest



 
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2R330 Cowboys



 
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2R330 Cowboy dictionary



 
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2R330 Cowboy songs



 
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2R330 Westward movement



 
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2R330 An economic study of ranching



 
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2R331 Part VI, Steps Toward Stability and Conservation, volume I



 
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2R331 Steps Toward Stability and Conservation, volume II



 
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2R332 Part VII, The New Era



 
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2R332 Buffalo



 
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2R332 Cattle brands



 
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2R332 Cattle trails



 
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2R333 Horses



 
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2R333 The Horse



 
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2R333 Excerpts from newspapers:
Volume I, 1837-1879
Volume II, 1880-1884
Volume III, 1885-1886
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2R334 Volume IV, 1887-1889
Volume V, 1890-1894
Volume VI, 1895-1899
Volume VII, 1900-1924
Volume VIII, 1925-1927
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2R335 Volume IX, 1928-1929
1930-1940



 
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2R335 Excerpts from magazines:
Volume I
Volume II, The Cattleman, 1917-1927
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2R336 Volume III, The Cattleman, 1928-1940
Volume IV, The Cattleman, 1914-1940
Volume V
Volume VI, Farm and Ranch, undated and 1880-1888
Volume VII, Farm and Ranch, 1889-1930
Volume VIII, Farm and Ranch, 1931-1932
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2R337 Volume IX, Farm and Ranch, 1933-1935
Volume X, Farm and Ranch, 1936-1938
Volume XI, Farm and Ranch, 1939-1940
Volume XII, Frontier Times, 1884-1926
Volume XIII, Frontier Times, June 1924-1934
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2R338 Volume XIV, Frontier Times, 1939-1940, index, undated
Volume XV
Volume XVI
Volume XVII
Volume XVIII
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2R339 Volume XIX
Volume XX
Volume XXI
Volume XXII
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2R340 Volume XXIII
Part II, The Range in Colonial Times



 
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2R340 The Range in Colonial Times, volume I, 1537-1840



 
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2R341 The Range in Colonial Times, volume II, 1537-1840



 
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2R341 The Range Today



 
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2R341 Part IV



 
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2R341 Boom Days on the Western Range, 1866-1886 volume II



 
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2R342 Boom Days on the Western Range, 1866-1886, volume III



 
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2R342 Part V, Growing Crisis on the Range, 1886-World War I, volume I



 
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2R343 Growing Crisis on the Western Range, 1886-World War I, volumes II and III



 
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3F163 "The History of Grazing in Texas: An Analytical Inventory of the Findings of the Historical Records Survey," August 1973