University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lois Sager Foxhall Collection, 1917-2011 (bulk 1936-1976)

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Foxhall, Lois Sager, 1917-1989
Title: Foxhall, Lois Sager, Collection
Dates: 1917-2011 (bulk 1936-1976)
Abstract: Comprising correspondence, newspapers and newspaper clippings, manuscript drafts of essays and features, printed materials, notes, notebooks, research materials, literary productions, scrapbooks, publications, military reports and orders, financial documents, photographs, and miscellaneous materials, the Lois Sager Foxhall Collection, 1917-2011 (bulk 1936-1976), chronicles Foxhall’s career as a journalist for the Dallas Morning News.
Accession No.: 2011-406
Extent: 7 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English and German.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to Emory H. Sager and Irene Kelly Sager in Memphis, Texas, Lois Sager Foxhall (1917-1989) was a Dallas Morning News journalist and served as one of the first female war correspondents during World War II. After graduating from Childress High School, Foxhall attended Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman’s University), before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Communications in 1939 and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Following her graduation, she worked in UT Austin’s Department of Public Relations.

Foxhall began her career as a journalist in the mid-1930s, initially writing for her hometown newspaper, the Childress Daily Index. In 1943, she was hired as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. She gained a great deal of acclaim after authoring a series of articles on juvenile delinquency during wartime, which were later reprinted as a pamphlet by UT Austin’s Hogg Foundation. During World War II, she became the first foreign female war correspondent from the Southwest U.S. after the Dallas Morning News sent her on assignment to Europe. Foxhall wrote on a wide range of economic and social issues, including rehabilitation and reconstruction in Germany as well as the response of the United Nations and the Nuremberg Trials. Headquartered in Weisbaden, Germany, she traveled throughout East Germany and other European countries, interviewing refugees, the displaced, and American soldiers.

Following the war, Foxhall received the prestigious Nieman Foundation Fellowship journalism award from Harvard University in 1947. Studying modern history and international relations for two years, Foxhall returned to the Dallas Morning News as a writer for the Austin Bureau a year later.

On October 31, 1949, she married Lewis Foxhall, with whom she had three children: Nene, Carol, and Lewis. Foxhall settled with her family in Memphis, Texas, and continued to write for the Dallas Morning News as a free-lance journalist until the mid-1970s. Her articles from this period concern family life, women’s issues, politics, and other social commentary. Following her death in 1989, her daughter Nene E. Foxhall established the Lois Sager Foxhall Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Journalism at UT Austin.


"Former Journalist Lois Foxhall dies at 72."Houston Chronicle. Last modified July 6, 1989.

"Lois Sager Foxhall Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Journalism." University of Texas at Austin Development Office. Accessed March 30, 2012.

Scope and Contents

Comprising correspondence, newspapers and newspaper clippings, manuscript drafts of essays and features, printed materials, notes, notebooks, research materials, literary productions, scrapbooks, publications, military reports and orders, financial documents, photographs, and miscellaneous materials, the Lois Sager Foxhall Collection, 1917-2011 (bulk 1936-1976), chronicles Foxhall’s career as a journalist for the Dallas Morning News. Newspapers, clippings, scrapbooks, and manuscript drafts consist of Foxhall’s essays and features primarily published in the Dallas Morning News and the Childress Daily Index, documenting her writing process and work as a journalist. Such topics addressed in her articles include life as a student, the reconstruction of Europe, especially Germany following World War II, women’s issues and political involvement, child rearing, fashion, and social and educational topics.

Correspondence concerns the war, family life, her career as a journalist, her Nieman Foundation Fellowship, and her relationship with fellow journalist Nora Waln. Printed materials consist of brochures, programs, and pamphlets relating to journalism; research materials including clippings, correspondence, among other items, and notes pertain to individuals impacted by World War II, child development, psychology, the Nuremberg Trials, and the United Nations; World War II military orders and reports relate to the statuses of refugees, displaced persons, reparations and restitution in Germany, and Foxhall’s travel throughout Europe; and notebooks and literary productions illustrate Foxhall’s creative endeavors and her writing process.

Additionally, the collection includes financial documents such as receipts; photographs of Foxhall and her family members; miscellaneous materials relating to travel, Europe in World War II, and journalism standards; and course notes and assignments as well as other educational-related materials concerning Foxhall’s attendance at Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman’s University), UT Austin, and Harvard University during her Nieman Foundation Fellowship.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Foxhall, Lewis Lyles, 1916-2004.
Foxhall, Lois Sager, 1917-1989 -- Archives.
Foxhall, Nene.
Waln, Nora.
Subjects (Organizations)
Childress Daily Index.
Dallas Morning News.
Harvard University. Nieman Foundation for Journalism.
Texas State College for Women.
University of Texas at Austin -- Students.
Women journalists -- Texas.
Women war correspondents -- Texas.
World War, 1939-1945.
Austin (Tex.).
Childress (Tex.).
Dallas (Tex.).
Memphis (Tex.).

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifact Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lois Sager Foxhall Collection, 1917-2011 (bulk 1936-1976), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Bethany Anderson, March 2012.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2AA58 Oversize newspapers and illustrations, [ca. 1930-1950]
4Ad129 Personal documents:
Immunization register and birth certificate, 1917 and 1945
Wedding invitation, 1949
Wedding announcement, Dallas Morning New, 1949
Educational materials:
Childress High School:
Diploma and commencement materials, 1935
Childress High School Yearbook, 1934
Biology class notes, [ca. 1932]
Photographs of yearbook, 1934
Texas State College for Women:
Class materials and programs, 1935-1936
Class notes and assignments, 1936
University of Texas:
Journalism class outline on "Texas Courts," 1934
Journalism class scrapbook, 1937
Journalism class notebooks and assignments, [ca. 1938]
Journalism class notes and assignments, 1939
English class assignments, 1935-1936
English class notes, handouts, and quiz, 1938-1939
English class notes and materials, 1939
Philosophy class textbook and assignment, 1936, 1938
Journalism class notes and outlines, [ca. 1935-1939]
Chemistry, French, and Government class notebooks, [ca. 1935-1939]
Miscellaneous class materials, 1937 and undated
Engagement calendar, map, correspondence, and programs, 1932-1939
Commencement materials and grade reports, 1938-1939
[ca. 1957]
Yosemite Park, undated
4Ad130 World War II materials:
I.D. cards, 1945-1947
Correspondence, 1945
Newspaper clippings, [ca. 1945]
Newspapers, 1945
Orders, U.S. Forces European Theater, 1945
Invitational Travel Orders, U.S. War Department, 1945
International Military Tribunal, 1945
U.S. Army Reports, 1945
Monthly Report of Military Governor:
September 1945
October 1945
November 1945
Printed materials, 1939-1945 and undated
Publications, 1944-1945
Dayton Moses:
Correspondence, 1944
Article clippings, 1944 and undated
Legal documents, 1923
Photographs, [ca. 1939]
Drafts of articles, [ca. 1940s]
Newspaper clippings relating to foreign trade, the atomic bomb, the Franco dispute, and Iran-Turkey-Arabia, 1946
Historical and biographical sketches and notes, 1945 and undated
Notes, [ca. 1945]
Notebooks, [ca. 1946]
Photographs, [ca. 1945]
Miscellaneous materials, [ca. 1945]
4Ad131 Dallas Morning News:
Letterhead and envelopes
Features and Essays:
Manuscript drafts of features and essays, undated
Research notes, undated
Prairie Dog Gazette, 1991
Childress Index:
"Through College" column, 1936
1935, 1938
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings:
1861, 1935-1952
1963-1975, 1989
4Ad132 Nieman Foundation Fellowship, Harvard University:
Correspondence, 1947, 1976
Registers and reports, 1947-1948
Course materials on Russia, 1947
Course materials on Far East, [ca. 1947]
Notebook for course on History of Diplomacy, United States and World Politics, [ca. 1946]
Notebook for European History course, 1947-1948
Course materials and reading lists, 1947-1948, 1975-1976
Newspaper clippings, 1947
Printed materials, 1947
Manuscript drafts of articles:
"The Human Problem of Peace," undated
"Folk Songs Pioneer," undated
Articles by Harry Ferguson, undated
Miscellaneous articles, undated
Literary productions, 1948 and undated
Negro Folk Songs, 1936
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings:
Child development, 1973 and undated
4Ad133 Research files:
Wolko Wladyslaw:
Certificate, clippings, and manuscripts, 1945 and undated
Family life:
Manuscript draft of article, printed materials, and correspondence, undated
Mental health:
Correspondence and notes, 1969-1978
National Psychology:
Printed materials and notes, 1946-1947
Newspaper clippings, 1947
Child development:
Newspaper clippings, 1973 and undated
Animal Issues:
Newspaper clippings, undated
United Nations Security Council:
Memos, agendas, and press releases, 1946
Memberships and Trusteeships newspaper clippings, 1946
Notebook, [ca. 1946]
United Nations and International Relations:
Newspaper clippings, 1946
American Foreign Policy Speeches:
Newspaper clippings, 1946
General Assembly Background:
Printed materials, correspondence, and clippings, 1946
South and Central America and Mexico:
Newspaper clippings, 1946
Russia and British for Policy Declarations:
Newspaper clippings, 1946
China and India:
Newspaper clippings, 1946
Palestine Conflict:
Newspaper clippings, 1946
Greece Dispute:
Newspaper clippings, 1946
Yugoslavia Dispute:
1946 Newspaper clippings,
Paris Peace Conference:
United Nation Report, 1946
Newspaper clippings, 1946
Miscellaneous reports and research materials, undated
Poetry, undated
Magazine clippings, 1936-1973, 1995, and undated
Introductory Music, 1929
The Daedalian Quarterly, 1935-1936
Story, 1936-1937
Sparks, 1945
Harper’s Magazine, 1937
Preventing Wartime Delinquency, 1943
Financial documents, 1946-1956, and undated
Miscellaneous printed materials, 1949 and undated
Miscellaneous items, 1935-2006
Miscellaneous items, undated
4Ad134 Correspondence:
Hogg Foundation, 1964-1977
Postcards, 1938
Nora Waln:
Correspondence and newspaper clippings, 1951-1960, and undated
Personal papers:
Church School and Kindergarten, 1957-1960
Address book and notes, undated
Notes, undated
Notebooks, undated
Trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, 1939
Printed materials:
Award, undated
4M699p Scrapbooks:
Newspaper clippings
Newspaper clippings
Childress Daily Index newspaper clippings
World War II newspaper clippings
World War II newspaper clippings and materials
United Nations and International Relations newspaper clippings and materials