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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Description of Series

Correspondence

Literary Production

Printed Material

Scrapbook Material

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Don Hampton Biggers:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1863-1961 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Biggers, Don Hampton, 1868-1957
Title: Don Hampton Biggers Papers,
Dates: 1863-1961 and undated
Abstract: These are the papers of journalist, author, and politician, Don Hampton Biggers.
Collection # S84.1
Quantity: 3 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

A journalist, author, and politician, Biggers was born September 27, 1868, in Meridian, Texas, and grew up in a ranching environment. He edited and wrote for several West Texas newspapers, served in the Texas Legislature, and was active in land promotion in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. He authored several books, including History That Will Never Be Repeated (1901), Pictures Of The Past (1902) [both under the pen name Lan Franks], Cattle Range To Cotton Patch (1905), Shackelford County Sketches (1908), and Our Sacred Monkeys (1933). Don Hampton Biggers died at a rest home in Stephenville on December 11, 1957, a month after his wife's death, Nettie.

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Scope and Contents

The collection is in two parts, with the main papers consisting of correspondence between Don Hampton Biggers with prominent political figures, personal scrapbooks of news clippings and miscellaneous materials concerning Biggers’ career and interests, and several articles and newspapers unavailable elsewhere. Also includes personal correspondence to Nettie his wife. The second portion includes research notes, correspondence, drafts, galley proofs and page proofs for Seymour V. Connor's A Biggers Chronicle.

Note that the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library digital collections host 13 issues of newspapers such as The Josher, The Texas Cleaver, The Coyote, The Lone Coyote, and The Billy Goat, which were removed from the primary manuscript collection for cataloging and conservation.

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Organization

The collection is organized into the following series:
Correspondence
Literary Production,
Printed Material
Scrapbook Material.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Because not all collections materials have been digitized, please contact the Reference Archivist at least 10 days prior to arrival in order to coordinate digitization. Though we can digitize much of our holdings within two weeks, some media may be fragile and require specialized digitization outsourcing, which can take up to three months for completion.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by either the archives or the creators and authors of items in this collection, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Copy requests are restricted based on departmental policies. Please contact our Reference Department for further information.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Biggers, Don Hampton, 1868-1957
Subjects
Journalism--Texas.
Journalists--Texas.
Texas--Politics and government.
Civic leaders--Texas.

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Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:
  • Don Hampton Biggers Photograph Collection
  • Don Hampton Biggers Microfilm Collection
  • Mary C. Jones Collection, 1881-1940
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Oral History Collection:
  • Bryan B. Dillard oral history interview [sound recording], 1987
  • C. E. Biggers oral history interview [sound recording], 1960
  • Many more oral histories may be found among our oral history abstracts as well as among our oral history transcripts.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Don Hampton Biggers Papers, 1863-1961 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
n/a

Gifts, 1960-1982

Processing Information

Processed by: Abel Ramirez, March 2004.

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Bibliography

Baker, Jacqueline. "Don Hampton Biggers : a study in style and regional vocabulary." Thesis (M.A.)--Texas Technological College, 1963.

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 Personal, to Nettie (Mrs. Don Hampton Biggers), 1928-1944
2 Professional, to and from Don Hampton Biggers, A-H, 1919-1957
3 Professional, to and from Don Hampton Biggers, J-Z, 1919-1957
4 Research concerning Don H. Biggers, A-F, by Seymour V. Connor, 1960-1961
5 Research concerning Don H. Biggers, G-Z, by Seymour V. Connor, 1960-1961

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Literary Production

Box Folder
1 6 “A Bigger Chronicle” page and galley proofs, 1961
7 “A Bigger Chronicle” draft copies by Seymour V. Connor, 1961
8 “A Bigger Chronicle” galley proofs and printers copy, ca. 1960s
9 Poems by Don Hampton Biggers, undated

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Printed Material

Box Folder
1 10 Books: The Humming Top (1890) and The Silver Buckle (1899), 1890-1899
11 Frontier Times, 1945
12 In Fact, 1942-1944
13 History That Will Never Be Repeated by Lan Franks (pseudonym), undated
14 News clippings and broadsides, 1889-1958

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Scrapbook Material

Box Folder
1 15 Art and Exhibitions, with correspondence, scrapbook, 1923-1953
16 Bathing People scrapbook, 1885-1940
Box Folder
2 1 People Over Age 70 scrapbook, 1939
2 Scrapbook, Reverend E. L. Shettles’ Recollections, Pontotoc, Mississippi, 1935
3 Miscellaneous, binder covers, 1916
4 Scrapbook with news clippings, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials, 1863-1957
Box Folder
3 1 Scrapbook with news clippings and magazine clippings concerning the writings and interests of Don H. Biggers, 1899-1923
2 Scrapbook with news clippings and magazine clippings concerning the writings and interests of Don H. Biggers, 1922-1928
3 Scrapbook with news clippings and magazine clippings concerning the writings and interests of Don H. Biggers, 1928-1940

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