A Guide to the George Hardy Papers, 1924-1925, 1972, 1984-1989, undated
Born in Hico, Texas, George Hardy (1903-1984) aspired to become a poet. During the 1920s he attended the University of Texas, during which he served as a staff member for the Longhorn magazine, the literary publication of the university. He lived in Dallas following UT, and was an office worker for Willy-Overland, an automotive company. Eventually, Hardy made his way to San Diego before World War II. While serving in the Navy during the Second World War, he suffered a fractured skull and broken leg while driving a jeep drunk. Following the war, Hardy attended college in San Francisco and gained a reputation as an up-and-coming writer, though it is unclear where and what he had published.
Comprised of letters, a photograph, yearbook page, and manuscript poetry, the George Hardy Papers, 1924-1925, 1972, 1984-1989, undated, provides a glimpse into the life of the former University of Texas student and poet while he lived in Dallas. Correspondence from Hardy to Luciel Decker concerns personal matters and his literary career during the 1920s. Most letters also have poetry manuscripts attached. Additionally, a yearbook page from the Cactus documents Hardy’s role with the Longhorn magazine at UT. Letters written by Luciel Decker to the assistant director of the Barker Texas History Center (now the Briscoe Center) provide biographical information about Hardy.
This collection is open for research use.
George Hardy Papers, 1924-1925, 1972, 1984-1989, undated, 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