University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Earl Vandale Papers, 1897, 1908-1967



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Vandale, Earl, 1882-1952
Creator: Vandale, John James, 1915-2007
Title: Vandale, Earl, Papers
Dates: 1897, 1908-1967
Abstract: Composed of typed manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, and clippings, the Earl Vandale Papers, 1897, 1908-1967, document the lives and careers of Earl Vandale and his son, John James Vandale.
Accession No.: 2011-201; 2014-158
Extent: 14 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to John Andrew Adam and Olive A. (Crislip) Vandale in Roane County, West Virginia, Earl Vandale (1882-1952) attended West Virginia University where he studied law. He then taught in rural schools before entering the oil and gas business in 1908, originally in his home state, then in Ohio and Oklahoma. In 1922, he moved to Texas, settling in Amarillo in 1925. In 1911, Vandale married Grace A. Burke, with whom he had one son before her death in 1920. In 1925, he married Vada Lee Davis. Vandale also maintained one of the largest and most important collections of rare books and documents related to Texas.

His son, John James Vandale (1915-2007), graduated from Washington and Lee University and was also active in the oil and gas industry before joining the Navy during World War II, where he commanded two ships and served in both the Pacific and European theaters. After the war, he participated in Operation Deepfreeze I, an Antarctic exploration mission headed by Admiral Richard E. Byrd. Vandale continued to serve in the Navy until his retirement in 1972 and returned to the oil and gas business.

Sources:

Carroll, Mary Joe. "Vandale, Earl."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed August 19, 2011.

"All Obituaries - Text." Amarillo Globe-News. Accessed August 19, 2011.


Scope and Contents

Composed of typed manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, and clippings, the Earl Vandale Papers, 1897, 1908-1967, document the lives and careers of Earl Vandale and his son, John James Vandale. Typed manuscripts are of John James Vandale’s dissertation on the history of Chaves County, New Mexico, while four notebooks chronicle Earl Vandale’s land dealings in Texas. The bulk of correspondence is from John James to his wife while in the Antarctic on Operation Deepfreeze I. Subjects of the clippings range from Earl Vandale’s Texana collection to his son’s Antarctic Expedition. Also included in the collection are Vandale’s high school certificates, a guest book from the opening of The Earl and Vada Vandale Collection of Western Americana, a ledger book, invitations, newsletters and cookware brochures.

Journalist Laura V. Hammer’s documents contain her correspondence and notes on the Texas Panhandle’s history including personal anecdotes of early settlers.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Vandale, Earl, 1882-1952 -- Archives
Vandale, John James, 1915-2007 -- Archives
Subjects
Operation Deepfreeze
Land tenure -- Texas
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- Texas Panhandle -- Anecdotes
Places
Chaves County (N. M.) -- History -- 19th century

Related Material

See also A Guide to the Earl Vandale Collection Index


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Earl Vandale Papers, 1897, 1908-1967, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ryder Kouba, August 2011. Subsequent revisions were made by Paloma Graciani Picardo, December 2014.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
3K427 Vandale - Chavez County typescript (2)
Vandale - Chavez County tyepscript carbon copy (2)
Notebooks (2)
box
3N149 Notebooks (2)
Correspondence list
Correspondence, 1908-1941
Correspondence, 1948-1954
Correspondence, Feb.-Oct., 1955
Correspondence, Nov.-Dec., 1955
Correspondence, 1956
Correspondence, 1957-1958
Miscellaneous cards and notes
box
3U122b Clippings, 1946-1956, undated.
Clippings (Antarctic Expedition), 1955-1956.
Guest book, September 8, 1967.
High School Certificates, May 28, 1897.
Laura V. Hammer, Amarillo, Documents (Old Timers), 1940-1950.
Miscellanea, 1933-1953.