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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Ben Hogan

Family papers

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Ben Hogan Family papers, ca. 1900-2009



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hogan family
Title: Hogan, Ben, Family Papers
Dates: ca. 1900-2009
Abstract: The Ben Hogan Family papers (ca. 1900-2009) consist of articles and clippings documenting Ben Hogan's golfing career, as well as publicity, posters and photos of Hogan. The collection also includes photos and information about various members of Ben Hogan's extended family.
Accession No.: 2014-239
OCLC No.: 90008327
Extent: 3 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Ben Hogan (1912-1997) was born in Stephenville, Texas to Chester and Clara Hogan. In 1921 the family moved to Forth Worth Texas, where his father, a blacksmith, committed suicide in 1922. His father's suicide led to financial difficulties for the family and as a result Ben Hogan had to work from a young age. He began by selling newspapers before becoming a caddy at the nearby Glen Garden Country Club at the age of 11. Hogan registered as a professional golfer in 1930, but wouldn't win his first tournament until 1938. However, from 1938 through the 1950s Hogan was nearly unbeatable. In 1935, Hogan married Valerie Fox, and he credited her faith in him as key to his later success. Hogan was drafted during WWII and was eventually promoted to the status of Captain. He left the service in 1945 and returned to golf.

Hogan was widely regarded by his peers as driven, inexhaustible and somewhat misanthropic, but despite his cold persona, he popularized the game of golf in the U.S. with his strings of victories at home and abroad. He focused relentlessly on technique and worked tirelessly on perfecting his swing. In 1953 Hogan leveraged his reputation into a successful golf equipment company, the Ben Hogan Company. He also wrote two books on golf, Power Golf and Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. Hogan officially retired from golf in 1971 and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Later in life he suffered from colon cancer and Alzheimer's disease, before passing away on July 25, 1997. In all, Hogan amassed 63 career victories and won nine major tournaments, placing him third in career wins.

Source:

Martin Donell Kohout, "HOGAN, WILLIAM BENJAMIN," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhoak), accessed February 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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Scope and Contents

The Ben Hogan Family papers (ca. 1900-2009) consist of articles and clippings documenting Ben Hogan's golfing career, as well as publicity, posters and photos of Hogan. The collection also includes photos and information about various members of Ben Hogan's extended family.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hogan, Ben, 1912-1997.
Hogan, Royal, 1909-1996.
Hogan family--Archives.
Subjects
Golfers.
Golf.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ben Hogan Family Papers, ca. 1900-2009, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Esther Kirchner, March 2015.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Ben Hogan

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4Jc49a Articles and photographs
Articles and clippings
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2W27 Oversize photos, publicity and clippings
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2.325/D10r Commemorative posters
Rolled items

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Family papers

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4Jc49a Hogan family photos
Hogan family photos and clippings
Hogan family genealogy
Ancestry
Royal Hogan business
Chester Princess Hogan
Jacque Hogan Towery
Royal Dean Hogan Jr.
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4C326 Vi White
Harry and Myrtle Duncan
Clare "Mama" Hogan
Vi White
Mayben family (Vi Rogers White)
Biggers family
Bradshaw family (John R. Hogins)
Coke family
Assorted family photos

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