Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Rollie Clyde Burns:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1842-1958 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Burns, Rollie Clyde, 1857-
Title: Rollie Clyde Burns Papers,
Dates: 1842-1958 and undated
Abstract: Records of Rollie Clyde (R. C.) Burns, a rancher in the Lubbock, Texas area.
Collection # S 143.1
Quantity: 1 box (1.0 linear foot)
Language English.
Repository Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

A rancher and civic leader, Burns was born in 1857 in Missouri and came to Texas with his parents at age four. He was a ranch manager for the Llano Cattle Company, Nave-McCord Cattle Company, and the Western Land and Livestock Company prior to purchasing his own ranch, Idlewild. Active in the founding of Lubbock, Texas, Burns operated an automobile stageline from 1907-1909, and served as Lubbock County tax assessor for 14 years. He died in 1945.

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, legal and financial materials, printed material, diary, photographs, and literary productions pertaining to Rollie C. Burns and family. The collection bulks with literary productions and reminiscences of ranching activities, including a manuscript compiled by William Curry Holden.


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)
Burns, Rollie C., 1857-1945
Burns, Rollie C., 1857-1945--Family
Burns family
Holden, William Curry, 1896-
Lubbock (Tex.)--History
Ranch managers--Texas

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Holden, William Curry and Frances Mayhugh Papers, 1836-1989 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rollie C. Burns Papers, 1842-1958 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gift, 1966

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, August 2002

Additional Sources

Holden, William Curry. Rollie Burns: or An Account of the Ranching History on the South Plains.Dallas, Texas, Southwest Press, 1932.

Collection Inventory


Burns, C. S.

box folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1848-1888
2 Financial Documents, 1842-1860
3 Legal Documents, 1848-1849
Printed Materials
box folder
1 4 News Clippings, undated


Burns, Rowland (Rollie) C.

box folder
1 5 Letters Sent, 1890-1931
6 Letters Received, "A-D", 1880-1936
7 Letters Received, "H-L", 1880-1936
8 Letters Received, "M-R", 1880-1936
9 Letters Received, "S-Z", 1880-1932
10 Financial Documents, 1885-1912 and undated
11 Cancelled Checks, 1893-1898
12 Legal Documents, 1873-1928 and undated
Literary Productions
box folder
1 13 Burns Hand Notes, undated
Holden, W. C.
box box
1 14 Manuscript - Preface-Chapter 7, undated
15 Manuscript - Chapters 8-9, Miscellaneous Notes, undated
16 Manuscript - "Reminiscences of 56 Years", undated
17 Manuscript - "Reminiscences of 56 Years", undated
18 Manuscript - (completed) "Reminiscences of 56 Years" by Rollie C. Burns, undated
19 Notes on Burns' Manuscript, undated
20 Miscellaneous Documents, 1881-1893 and undated
21 Charts, Diagrams, Lists, 1931 and undated
22 Photographs, 1907-1929 and undated
Printed Materials
box folder
1 23 News Clippings, 1923-1958 and undated
24 News Clippings - Miscellaneous, undated


Burns, Mrs. R. C.

box folder
1 25 Diary, 1889