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A Guide to the William Deming Hornaday Papers, ca. 1900-1935
William Deming Hornaday, journalist and educator, was born on February 4, 1868, in Plainfield, Indiana. He moved to Texas in 1898, where he worked for the San Antonio Times and the San Antonio Express. He served as city editor for the San Antonio Express from 1899 to 1917. He was known for being an expert on Mexican business and politics, and wrote hundreds of articles on these subjects, as well as on the poor rations received by American soldiers, the possibility of finding oil under university land in West Texas, and the Galveston hurricane of 1900.
In 1917, Hornaday became the Director of Public Lectures and Publicity for the University of Texas, a position that would change in 1921 to the Director of Publicity. He was a lecturer for the UT Department of Journalism from 1917 to 1935, during which time he also founded and managed the Student's Clipping Bureau. Both during his career and after his retirement from UT in 1938, Hornaday published articles with various newspaper outlets and specialized journals. His articles were varied in theme and subject material, but often pertained to international conditions, agriculture, technological or scientific innovation, and commerce. He also traveled throughout the world.
Hornaday married Marjorie Rochow in 1891 and the couple had four children, including Walter C. Hornaday, who was a writer for the Dallas Morning News. He died in Austin on December 6, 1942, after suffering a stroke.
The William Deming Hornaday Papers, ca. 1900-1935, are comprised of subject files that cover a broad spectrum of U.S., Texas, and world history topics and topics of general interest. The materials, which include correspondence, manuscripts of articles, newspaper clippings, and printed material, also document Hornaday’s career as a journalist for the San Antonio Express. Additionally, the collection contains five scrapbooks of clippings and articles written by Hornaday. An index to the subject files, which are arranged alphabetically by topic, can be found in the first box listed in the inventory.
This collection is open for research use.
William Deming Hornaday Papers, ca. 1900-1935, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, 1988.