Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

William G. DeLoach:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1911-1964, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator DeLoach, William G. (William Green), 1880-1967
Title: William G. DeLoach Papers,
Dates: 1911-1964
Abstract: A series of diaries chronicling the day-to-day experiences of William G. DeLoach as a West Texas farmer.
Collection # S 253.1
Quantity: 2 boxes (1.3 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

William G. DeLoach was a longtime resident of Crosby County and Lamb County, Texas. His family traveled from southern Oklahoma to settle in a small farmstead in Crosby County. For fifty years, he kept a diary to record his life experiences as a farmer and family man in West Texas. Some of his diary entries have been used to compile the book Plains Farmer: The Diary of William G. DeLoach, 1914-1964. The book was edited by Janet Neugebauer. DeLoach was born in 1880 and he died in 1967.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains twelve diaries arranged in chronological order written by William G. DeLoach between the years 1911-1964. They have daily entries on weather, farming, family, community, financial entries, and other topics.

Portions of the Papers may also be viewed in digital format among the Southwest Collection’s Digital Collections.


The diaries are organized as follows:


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

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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.

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)
DeLoach, William G. (William Green), 1880-1967.
DeLoach, William G. (William Green), 1880-1967--Diaries.
Crosby County (Tex.)--History.
Agriculture--Texas, West.
Farm life--West Texas.
Farmers--Texas--Crosby County.

Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:
  • Mason Family Papers, 1900-2002 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William G. DeLoach Papers, 1911-1964, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 1975

Processing Information

Processed by: Abel Ramirez, July 2002


Neugebauer, Janet M., ed. Plains Farmer: The Diary of William G. DeLoach, 1914-1964. College Station, Texas A and M University Press, 1991.

Collection Inventory


Box Folder
1 1 First Ledger, March 28, 1914 to January 16, 1916
2 Second Ledger, January 17, 1916 to July 25, 1920
3 Third Ledger, May 1, 1911 to July 1, 1922
4 Fourth Ledger, October 19, 1922 to November 20, 1927
5 Fifth Ledger, November 21, 1927 to April 16, 1930
6 Sixth Ledger, April 16, 1930 to September 25, 1930
7 Seventh Ledger, October 3, 1936 to May 10, 1941
8 Eighth Ledger, May 11, 1941 to December 27, 1945
Box Folder
2 1 Ninth Ledger, January 1, 1946 to August 23, 1950
2 Tenth Ledger, July 1, 1952 to February 9, 1959
3 Eleventh Ledger, February 11, 1959 to January 26, 1962
4 Twelfth Ledger, March 1, 1962 to March 27, 1964