A Guide to the T. A. Hickey Papers, 1917, 1920, 1924-1925
Born in Dublin, Ireland, journalist and oilman Thomas Aloysius "Red Tom" Hickey (1869-1925) immigrated to the United States in 1892 and settled in Hallettsville, Texas, in 1907. Four years later, he instituted the newspaper, The Rebel, to represent the Socialist Party of Texas. In 1917, the U.S. government filed criminal charges against the organization for using the U.S. Post Office to distribute the newspaper. Following the end of World War I, Hickey re-established The Rebel in Dallas, became advertising manager of the Desedemona Oil News, and wrote for fourteen other papers. He and other socialist organizers founded the National Workers Drilling and Production Company in 1919, although Hickey left the next year. In 1925, he published Tom Hickey’s Magazine in Fort Worth.
Hunt, William R. "Hickey, Thomas Aloysius."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed January 18, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhi55.
Photocopies of two 1917 letters, a 1920 program, and articles from 1924 to 1925 comprise the T. A. Hickey Papers, 1917, 1920, 1924-1925. The papers concern Hickey’s opinions on socialism, opposition to British landowners, taxation, the Ku Klux Klan, Prohibition, and the National Nonpartisan League. One of Hickey’s newspaper articles, "Frontier Smashers," consists of short sketches on persons making contributions to Texas’ development and Calliham Oil.
This collection is open for research use.
T. A. Hickey Papers, 1917, 1920, 1924-1925, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by W. H. Richter, August 1967.
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