Austin History Center

David McHam Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: McHam, David
Title: David McHam Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1971-2003
Abstract: David McHam is a journalism professor in Texas and was friends with John Henry Faulk. The collection contains materials McHam collected in preparation to write a book about Faulk.
Identification: AR.2004.025
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

David McHam was born in South Carolina and was brought up in North Carolina. He received an associate of arts degree at Gardner-Webb College, a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He also attended New York University.

David McHam has been teaching journalism at Texas colleges since 1961. He was at Baylor (1961-1974), Southern Methodist University (1974-1997), the University of Texas at Arlington (1998-2001) and since the fall of 2001 at the University of Houston.

McHam began his journalism career at the age of 17 at The Spartanburg Herald. He later worked for The Waco News-Tribune and The Houston Post. While teaching he also worked at The Waco News-Tribune, the Dallas Times Herald, the Associated Press and Parkway, a Dallas magazine.

SOURCE: David McHam's Communication Law Center website.

Accessed June 2010.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of documents dating from 1962-2004 that David McHam collected in preparation to write a book about John Henry Faulk. Textual materials include correspondence from John Henry Faulk and Liz Faulk to McHam, flyers and programs for Faulk appearances, papers written about Faulk by McHam's students, and newspaper and magazine clippings about Faulk's life. The newspaper and magazine clippings cover a broad range of topics such as Faulk's libel suit against Aware, Inc., his bid for a congressional seat, "The Man That Beat the Blacklist" and "Fear on Trial" (two television programs about Faulk), the Freedom of Information Foundation, Louis Nizer, Roy Cohn, and J. R. Parten. Also included is what was supposed to be the first in a series of video taped interviews between McHam and Faulk that was conducted in Houston on June 11, 1988. Because of Faulk's illness the additional interviews did not take place but the original interview contains information about Faulk's early life, his time at the University of Texas and his friendship with J. Frank Dobie. In addition there are audio recordings of an interview between Faulk and McHam in 1975, Faulk speaking at the Dallas/Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association meeting in 1984 as well as an interview of Faulk by Linda Dailey (one of McHam's students) also in 1984.


Arranged in 3 series:
I. Textual Materials
II. Video Recording
III. Audio Recordings


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Faulk, John Henry.
McHam, David.
Austin (Tex.)
Blacklisting of entertainers--United States.
Trials (Libel)--New York (N.Y.)

Related Material

General Collection

  • A 343.1 NI Nizer, Louis. The Jury Returns, 1966.
  • A 818.5409 FA AA Faulk, John Henry. The Uncensored John Henry Faulk, 1985.
  • A AC 811.5408 KE AA Kellam, Jack B. Johnny 'n Me : The Musical [sound recording], 1996.
  • 818.5409 F233B Burton, Michael C. John Henry Faulk: The Making of a Liberated Mind, 1993.
  • A VHS 345.0246 F2631M PBS. The Man Who Beat the Blacklist-- John Henry Faulk [videorecording, 1991.
  • A 921 F272F Faulk, John Henry. Fear on Trial, 1964.

AF Biography File - Faulk, John Henry.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David McHam Papers (AR.2004.025). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1996/086

Donation Date: 2004

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

Original order and folder headings maintained. Clarification of folder headings has been added in parenthesis in some instances.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Textual Materials, 1962-2004

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1971-1994
2 Various appearances, 1975-1976, undated
3-4 Various clippings, 1971-1990
5 Magazine articles, 1975-1992
6 Congressional race, 1980-1983
7 Freedom of Information Foundation, 1988-2003
8 J. R. Parten, 1981, 1992
9 Legacies, 1985
10 Louis Nizer, 1994
11 Roy Cohn, 1985
12 "The Man Who Beat the Blacklist" and "Fear on Trial", 1975, 1990
13 The trail, 1962-1963, 1983, 1994, undated
14 Obituaries, 1990
15 Incidentals, 1981-2003
Location BoxItem
qAR 049/088 Oversized, 1996
Box Folder
1 16 Student work, 1977-1997, undated
17 The tape (interview with Faulk), 1988-2004

II. Video Recording, 1988

Box Folder
1 18 Faulk/McHam interview, 1988

III. Audio Recordings, 1975, 1984, undated

Location TapeNumbers
Oral History Collection 2579, 2580 McHam/Faulk interview, 1975
3114 Dallas/Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association meeting, 1984
3113 Linda Dailey/Faulk interview, 1984
3112 KWBU John Henry Faulk report and "Insight", undated