University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Emil H. Marks LH7 Ranch Collection, [circa 1880s]-2003



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Marks, Emil Henry, 1881-1969
Title: Marks, Emil H., Collection
Dates: [circa 1880s]-2003
Abstract: The Emil H. Marks LH7 Ranch Collection, [circa 1880s]-2003, is comprised of collected research materials for Deborah Lightfoot Sizemore’s book The LH7 Ranch: In Houston’s Shadow, and consists of notated drafts, correspondence, periodicals, article clippings, interview transcripts, research notes, reviews of Sizemore’s book, paperwork regarding the declaration of the LH7 Ranch as a landmark, and photographs, some of which are annotated.
Accession No.: 2016-179
OCLC No.: 957129648
Extent: 1.5 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Emil Henry Marks (1881-1969) was orphaned before the age of ten and subsequently raised by an uncle who taught him the ins and outs of ranching. In 1907, Marks married Maud May Smith, and in 1917 he established the LH7 Ranch in western Harris County. One of Marks' main interests was importing Brahman bulls from India, and breeding them with the Texas Longhorn cattle. In the 1920s, after the Longhorn breed fell out of favor and found its numbers dwindling, Marks handpicked the strongest of his cattle to keep alive, building a substantial and lively herd of authentic Longhorns, protecting them from extinction. Later, the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America dubbed the Marks family as one of the “Seven Families” of the Longhorn cattle, referring to a group of ranchers who sought to preserve this particular breed.

At its largest, the LH7 Ranch was 58,000 acres. With its substantial size and reputation, tourists often came to visit the ranch and Marks entertained them with rodeos and barbecues. Unfortunately, the rancher was hit hard by the Great Depression and World War II, which diminished the LH7 Ranch acreage greatly, although Marks continued to work into his eighties. In 1985 the Texas Historical Commission designated the remaining acreage of the LH7 Ranch a landmark.

Sources:

Sizemore, Deborah Lightfoot, “LH7 Ranch,” Handbook of Texas Online. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/aplts Accessed July 1, 2016.


Scope and Contents

The Emil H. Marks LH7 Ranch Collection, [circa 1880s]-2003, is comprised of collected research materials for Deborah Lightfoot Sizemore’s book The LH7 Ranch: In Houston’s Shadow, and consists of notated drafts, correspondence, periodicals, article clippings, interview transcripts, research notes, reviews of Sizemore’s book, paperwork regarding the declaration of the LH7 Ranch as a landmark, and photographs, some of which are annotated.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Marks, Emil Henry, 1881-1969 -- Archives.
Marks family.
Sizemore, Deborah Lightfoot.
Subjects (Organizations)
LH7 Ranch (Tex.) -- History.
Subjects
Ranching.
Texas Longhorn cattle.
Places
Harris County (Tex.)

Related Material

See also George W. Saunders Collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Emil H. Marks Collection, [circa 1880s]-2003, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, July 2016.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2E1020 State Archaeological Landmark (SAL), 1991-1998
LoC [Library of Congress] Bicentennial, 1999
Marks family photos
LH7, 1912, 1929-1936, [circa 1960s], and undated
Snapshots, [circa 1960s]
Photos [photocopies], [circa 1880s]-1988
Miscellaneous magazine references, 1942-2003 (bulk 1983-1986)
LH7 Ranch
Article draft, “The LH7 Ranch: Remembering How It Was With Jeanne and Travis Marks,” December 1982
Final printing in The Longhorn Scene, Vol. 2, No. 3, March-April 1983
Emil Marks profile, 1982-1983 and undated
“No Pampered Cows,” Simbrah World, March 1985
Marks 1, Maudeen’s scrapbooks, 1951-1964
Marks 2, scrapbooks, 1955-1958
Marks 3, scrapbooks, 1959-1962, 1973 and undated
E.H. and Maud poems, Pesthouse notes, Ranger article, Hugh Berry, September 9, 1987, and Sancho, January 1962
Schulz Family History, 1958 and undated
Early Marks documents
Marks II scrapbooks, 1930-1942
Marks III scrapbooks, 1942-1947
Marks IV scrapbooks, 1948, 1963
Travis Fannin interview, September 20, 1982
Emory Kerrville, December 3-4, 1984
“Ranch Poetry and Stories,” E.H. Marks, December 1968
Marks 16, Atha’s scrapbooks
Marks 17, Atha’s scrapbooks
Atha Barber, May 30-June 2, 1985
Endnotes
Maudeen interview, July 25, 1984
Correction chapters 1-12, Maudeen, July 14, 1987
My early notes
Writings by Maudeen Marks, 1987
Cowboy Songs and Frontier Ballad [photocopies]
Texas Longhorns, miscellaneous
Texas University writings and promotional postcards
Order forms/press materials
Editorial correspondence
Synopsis
Texas Longhorn Trails, Judith Rigler, October 1991
Books of the Southwest, November 1991
Brazos Port facts, November 24, 1991
Dallas Morning News, Elmer Kelton, December 1, 1991
Autograph Extravaganza, December 5, 1991
Texas Longhorn Journal, Winter 1991-1992
Handbook of Texas Hotline newsletter, Winter 1992
Estes Trails, February 1992
Texas Longhorn Trails, February 1992
American Agri-Woman, February 1992
Lufkin Daily News, February 16, 1992
San Antonio Light, Western History Quarterly, Western Horseman, University Press Book News, Spring 1992
Farm Journal, June-July 1992
Karl Snyder: Information Station, Fall 1992
Southwestern Historical Quarterly, October 1992
Texas Aggie, October 1992
Los Angeles Westerners, Winter 1992
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 28, 1993
Texas Crossword, 1993
Journal of the West, April 1994
Critical Praise for…
In the City’s Shadows: E.H. Marks and His LH7 Ranch, Harris County, Texas, draft, March 12, 1991
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2E1021 Notes on index cards
Emil H. Marks oral history transcript
In the City’s Shadows: E.H. Marks and His LH7 Ranch, Harris County, Texas, draft materials
Maudeen Marks transcripts, 1a-12a, undated
Draft of chapters 3-12, undated
Completed draft, undated