Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Roy Davis Holt:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1937-1996 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Holt, Roy Davis, 1897-1985
Title: Roy Davis Holt Papers,
Dates: 1937-1996 and undated
Abstract: The collection includes research files and written works of Texas historian, Roy Davis Holt, Sr.
Collection # S 1255.2
Quantity: 2 boxes (2.3 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Roy Davis Holt was born in 1897 in Santa Anna, Texas. As a boy, he listened to stories about the early days of Texas from travelers who stopped at his home. These stories, told by Texas Rangers, Indian fighters, traders, and ranchers, fueled his interest in history.

After graduating from Trinity University with a bachelor's degree in history and economics, he attended the University of Texas, doing graduate work. While there, he was taught by Drs. Eugene Barker, Charles Ramsdell, and Walter Prescott Webb. Fellow students included future Texas historians J. Evetts Haley and William C. Holden.

After graduating from the University of Texas with a master's degree in history, Holt embarked on a career in public education. He taught history at Santa Anna and Brady, eventually becoming the high school principal. Holt also served as school superintendent in Eldorado and in Sanderson. In addition, he taught history in Killeen, and history and economics at the Mary Hardin-Baylor College extension at Fort Hood.

In addition to his teaching career, Mr. Holt was also a writer. He wrote several articles for such publications as The Cattleman, Sheep and Goat Raisers, True West, and Western Horseman. He also wrote four books: So You Don't Like Texas, Heap Many Texas Chiefs, Children Indian Captives, and Schleicher County or Eighty Years of Development in Southwest Texas. He also collected anecdotes and folklore of early Texas. Mr. Holt died in 1985. He married Mildred Pearce of Santa Anna in 1923. Their children are Roy Holt, Jr. (deceased) and Nancy Hughes.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of printed materials and scrapbook files of Roy Davis Holt, Sr. The news clipping files have a variety of topics on the history of Texas and the West. There are some correspondence and research materials. The oversized materials of images, newspapers, and S. J. Stouts' illustrations are in the second box.



The collection is organized into the following Series: Correspondence, Research Material, Printed material, and Scrapbook Material.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

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)
Holt, Roy Davis, 1897-1985
Holt, Roy D.--Archives
Holt, Roy D.--Correspondence
Holt, Roy D.--Manuscripts
Subjects (Places)
Authors--Texas, West
Authors, American
Barbed wire--History
Children's literature
Educators--Texas, West

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Roy Davis Holt Papers, 1937-1996 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection Accession #(s):

Gift, 2001

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, August 2001

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 Byers, Chet, 1937-1940


Literary Production

box folder
1 2 Cattle Trails to Moscow, by Sam Redford, undated


Research Material

box folder
1 3 Miscellaneous Notes, 1964 and undated


Printed Material

box folder
1 4 Pageant Script on Texas History, undated
5 Papers on the Constitution, undated
6 News clippings on Roy D. Holt, 1974-1985
7 News clippings on various topics, 1958-1996
8 Articles by Roy D. Holt, 1973-1979
9 Military Song Books, 1941
10 Miscellaneous, 1940-1954 and undated
11 National Geographic articles on the West, 1940-1976


Scrapbook Material

box folder
1 12 Miscellaneous, 1920-1971
13 Texas Brags Map, undated
14 Holt’s book information, undated
15 Pictorial images of Texas History, undated
16 Miscellaneous illustrations, undated


Oversized Material

box folder
2 1 “Central Texas” article by Dorothy E. Cummins, Lu Ellison, and A. D. Pittman from the Fort Hood Sentinel newspaper, November 22, 1972
2 The Coleman Voice newspaper, December 24, 1909
3 Killeen High School Library Club scrapbook kept by Mrs. Holt, 1954-1956
4 Miscellaneous images and illustrations with 27 items, undated
5 The New York Times newspaper, laminated photocopied, October 29, 1902
6 “Portfolio of Pictures and Historical Sketches of Twelve Immortal Texans” (2 copies), undated
7 S. J. Stouts’ original pen and pencil illustrations used by Roy D. Holt in his books and articles (29 items), undated