University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Jerry Tompkins Papers, 1944-1999



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tompkins, Jerry R.
Title: Tompkins, Jerry R., Papers
Dates: 1944-1999
Abstract: The Jerry R. Tompkins Family Papers, 1944-1999, are comprised mainly of family correspondence, reminiscences, printed material such as newspaper clippings, and transcribed material, including an interview with Herschel Waller, a Bataan Death March survivor.
Accession No.: 2000-021; 2011-393; 2012-045; 2013-140>
Extent: 2 ft., 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

Born in 1931, Jerry R. Tompkins is the son of Robert Alva Tompkins (1899-1997) and Hazel Chase Tompkins (1905-1989) and the nephew of Mary Henrietta Chase (1908-1997) and Frances Tompkins Hall. Tompkins earned a B.A. in political science from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and trained as a Presbyterian minister at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. In the 1960s and 1970s, Tompkins worked as a Presbyterian Church minister in Louisiana and Arkansas, returning to Austin in 1974. Additionally, he worked as a reporter for Science News and contributed articles, primarily on evolution, to various newspapers and magazines. In 2015 Tompkins edited The Crossed Hands of God: The World War I Diary and Letters of Eugene William McLaurin.


Scope and Contents

The Jerry R. Tompkins Family Papers, 1944-1999, are comprised mainly of family correspondence, reminiscences, printed material such as newspaper clippings, and transcribed material, including an interview with Herschel Waller, a Bataan Death March survivor.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Tompkins, Jerry R.--Archives.
Subjects
Family--Personal narratives.
Bataan Death March, Philippines, 1942--Personal narratives.
Places
Texas.

Related Material

Related collections at the Dolph Brisco Center for American History:

Newspaper collection: New Orleans Commercial Times, 10/17/1846; Planters’ Banner (Franklin, La.), 9/8/1842, 8/12/1843, 8/24/1844, 2/10/1848, 3/23/1848; Weekly Picayune (New Orleans), 6/29/1846, 9/21/1846, 10/5/1846, 10/12/1846, 10/19/1846, 10/26/1846, 5/17/1847, 10/18/1847, 10/25/1847, 4/1/1848, 4/24/1848

Broadside collection: Two broadsides: 1. Woodall, Samuel, book sale broadside, circa 1846, broadside lists books Samuel Woodall had for sale in his store at 49 Camp Street, New Orleans, including law, medicine, literature, and school books 2. Speech of John Wethered of Maryland on the Tariff, U.S. House of Representatives, April 24, 1844.

Library: Four early almanacs from Louisiana.

The Jerry R. Tompkins Papers: The Scopes Trial and the Epperson Case Records, 1951-1998

See also The Jerry Robert Tompkins Papers, 1951-1993 at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jerry Tompkins Papers, 1944-1999, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, March 2015.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

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3F318 Correspondence:
Jerry Tompkins to Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Tompkins, June 27, 1944-December 18, 1956
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3F319 Jerry Tompkins to Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Tompkins, January 8, 1957-June 12, 1991
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3F320 Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Tompkins to Jerry Tompkins, August 24, 1944-December 12, 1991
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3F321 Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Tompkins to Jerry Tompkins, January 9, 1992-December 13, 1999
Hazel Tompkins to R.A. Tompkins, April 8, 1929-August 25, 1958
R.A. Tompkins to Hazel Tompkins:
February 15, 1949-December 31, 1979
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3F322 January 12, 1980-October 25, 1983
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3F323 February 10, 1984-March 30, 1989
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3F322 R.A. Tompkins to Jerry Tompkins, September 25, 1948-December 15, 1968
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3F323 Shawn Sutherland to R.A. Tompkins July 1, 1995-September 20, 1996
Printed material:
"Robert A. Tompkins Masonic Lodge #1254 A.F. and A.M., Waskom, Texas," December 16, 1977
The Story of Twelve Months, as told by Robert Alva Tompkins to his grandchildren, undated
"Rounding up the century's greatest trials online," October 15, 1999
Newspaper clippings, 1919-1967
Interview transcripts with Herschel Waller, Bataan Death March survivor, October 24, 1988, February 22, 1989
Reminiscence of Robert A. Tompkins, describing growing up in rural north Texas in the early 1900s, written in 1942
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3S183 Newspaper and advertisements