University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George Hardy Papers, 1924-1925, 1972, 1984-1989, undated



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hardy, George, 1903-1984
Title: Hardy, George, Papers
Dates: 1924-1925, 1972, 1984-1989, undated
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 87-209; 89-165
Extent: 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hardy, George, 1903-1984 -- Archives
Decker, Luciel, 1900-1994
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin -- Periodicals
University of Texas at Austin -- Students
Texas Student Publications, Inc.
Subjects
Longhorn (Austin, Tex.)
American poetry -- Texas -- Austin
Places
Dallas (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Hardy Papers, 1924-1925, 1972, 1984-1989, undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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

 

Inventory

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2.325/E497 George Hardy Papers, 1924-1925, 1972, 1984-1989, undated