University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the J. O. Langford Reminiscences, [ca. 1950-1954]



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Langford, J. O., b. 1875
Title: Langford, J. O., Reminiscences
Dates: [ca. 1950-1954]
Abstract: Composed of an unpublished manuscript and two copies of a typescript, the J. O. Langford Reminiscences, [ca. 1950-1954], document Langford’s experiences in Mississippi and Texas.
Extent: 2 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Prentiss County, Mississippi, J. O. Langford (b. 1875) traveled with his daughter and pregnant wife Bessie to Big Bend region of Texas, in 1909. After settling in Alpine, Langford and his family were forced to flee to El Paso in 1913 due to unrest near the border with Mexico. In 1927, he returned to Alpine, where purchased five acres to build his homestead. Langford eventually published Big Bend: A Homesteader’s Story (1952), an account of his life in Big Bend.


Scope and Contents

Composed of an unpublished manuscript and two copies of a typescript, the J. O. Langford Reminiscences, [ca. 1950-1954], document Langford’s experiences in Mississippi and Texas. The typescript contains an account of his childhood and life in the Alpine, Texas, while the manuscript consists of a draft of Big Bend: A Homesteader’s Story. The reminiscences describe Big Bend, raising cattle, and relations with Native Americans in the area.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Langford, J. O., b. 1875 -- Archives.
Subjects
Cattle herders -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Indians of North America -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Places
Alpine (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Big Bend National Park (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Prentiss County (Miss.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

J. O. Langford Reminiscences, [ca. 1950-1954], 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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2E312 Manuscripts, [ca. 1950-1954]
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2R75 Reminiscences (2 copies), [ca. 1950-1954]