Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Ratliff, C. W.:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1905-1971 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Ratliff, C. W.
Title: C. W. Ratliff Papers,
Dates: 1905-1971 and undated
Abstract: The collection consists of material collected by C. W. Ratliff relating to his personal life and career as a newsman in Lubbock, Texas.
Collection # S822.2
Quantity: 3 Boxes (3.0 Linear Feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

C. W. Ratliff was a member of the first graduating class of Texas Technological College in 1927. He also was a member of Tech's first football team. He began working for the Lubbock Avalanche in 1925 as a reporter. The Lubbock Avalanche and Lubbock Journal consolidated in 1926. Ratliff specialized in political and city hall reporting while with Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. In 1961 he became the first News Director for KCBD Radio and Television. Ratliff died in 1972.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains many published materials concerning Lubbock and Texas, as well as reference materials pertaining to journalism. Other materials include personal correspondence and materials relating to the early years of Texas Technological College, as well as magazines and multiple newspaper and magazine clippings.



The collection is organized into the following series:
Nieman Fellowship
35th Anniversary at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Employment at KCBD Radio and Television Station
Sigma Delta Chi "Newsman of the Year"
Published Materials
Scrapbook Material
Legal Documents


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)
Ratliff, C. W., 1905-1972
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Subjects (Organizations)
KCBD Radio and Television Station
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Texas Tech University
Journalism--Lubbock (Tex.)

Related Material

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

  • C. W. Ratliff, Papers, 1909-1963 and undated
  • C. W. Ratliff Photograph Collection, 1930s-1950s and undated SWCPC #695 E1-2
  • C. W. Ratliff Photograph Collection, 1940s SWCPC #648
  • C. W. Ratliff Photograph Collection, 1938-1940 SWCPC #57 (various envelopes)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

C. W. Ratliff Papers, 1905-1971 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
97-0317-B; 1999-0210-B

Gifts, 1997-1999.

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, 2001.

Collection Inventory


Correspondence, 1948-1971

box folder
1 1 "Thank You" letters and notes, 1948-1957
2 "Thank You" letters and notes, 1959-1962
3 Democratic National Committee, 1953-1960
4 Members of United States Congress, 1948-1962
5 Members of Texas Congress and Other State Officials, 1951-1971
6 Texas Governors, 1949-1971
7 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1951-1962


Nieman Fellowship, 1938 and undated

box folder
1 8 Personal Essay, undated
9 Letters of Reference, 1938


35th Anniversary at Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 1960-1961 and undated

box folder
1 10 Well-Wishes - Letters, notes, and cards, 1960
11 Well-Wishes - letters, notes, and cards, 1960-1961
12 Telegrams, 1960 and undated
13 Magazines and Newsletters, 1960


Employment at KCBD Television, Lubbock, Texas, 1961

box folder
1 14 Well-Wishes, 1961


Sigma Delta Chi "Newsman of the Year" Award, 1968

box folder
1 15 Well-Wishes, 1968
16 Well-Wishes, 1968
17 Photographs, 1968
18 Black and White slides, undated
19 Sigma Delta Chi - Miscellaneous, circa 1968


Published Materials, 1928-1961 and undated

Reports and Proceedings - Lubbock
box folder
1 20 "Lubbock: Facts and Figures", Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and Board of City Development, 1928
20 "Lubbock, Texas: Comparative Climatological Data with Supporting and Additional Information", 1941
20 "Lubbock, Texas: Standard Market Survey", Merchandising Department, Lubbock Avalanche Journal, circa 1944
20 City of Lubbock, Texas: Waterworks System Revenue Bonds and General Obligation Bonds, Series 1953, Texas, 1953
20 "Functions of Citizen Boards and Commissions", City of Lubbock, 1956
20 "Industrial Survey of Lubbock, Texas", 1958
20 "Economic Statistics of the Lubbock Trade Area", Department of Planning, City of Lubbock, 1959
20 "The Lubbock Comprehensive Plan Population Report" (2), 1959
20 "Water Distribution System Analysis, City of Lubbock, Texas", Parkhill, Smith and Cooper, 1960
20 "Lubbock and its Water Supply", City of Lubbock, Texas, 1961
20 "A Comprehensive Plan for Lubbock", undated
Reports and Proceedings - Texas, 1929-1956
box folder
1 21 "Farm Life on the South Plains of Texas", circa 1929
21 "Estimates of Civilian Population of Counties in Texas", 1944
21 "Preliminary Announcement of Number of Farms and Land in Farms, Lubbock County, State of Texas", Census of Agriculture, 1945
21 "Texas Farms Add More than 5.5 Million Acres", Bureau of the Census, circa 1945
21 "Proceedings of the Second Annual Conference on Water for Texas", 1956
Handbooks, Manuals, and Stylebooks - Journalism, 1936-1960 and undated
box folder
2 1 "Copy Desk and Reporters' Manual", The Daily Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times, 1936
1 "Stylebook of The Dallas Morning News", 1938
1 "The Associated Press Style Book", 1953
1 "Law and Courts in the News: A Layman's Handbook of Court Procedures", American Bar Association, 1960
1 "Handbook for Correspondents", Associated Press, undated
1 "Style Book for Teletypesetter Circuits", Associated Press, undated
1 Freedom's Advocate: Excerpts from Speeches by the Honorable John Ben Shepperd, Attorney General of Texas, Texas Heritage Foundation, Inc., undated
1 "Libel Construed for Texas Newspaperme", Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association, undated
1 "Touch Typewriting Self-Taught", undated
2 Journalism Publications, 1936-1959 and undated
3 Miscellaneous Booklets and Manuals, 1933-1960
4 Grand Lodge of Texas A. F. and A. M., 1929 and undated
5 "The South Plains of Texas: Historical Sketches", 1936


Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, undated

box folder
2 6 Magazine Clippings - Poems, undated
7 Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, undated
8 Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, undated
9 Newspaper Clippings, undated
10 Newspaper Clippings, photocopied - Lubbock, 1960-1961
11 Newspaper Clippings Scrapbook, 1930 and undated
Magazines, 1924-1951 and undated
box folder
2 12 The Cattleman, volume 37 number 12, May 1951
13 INS, 1945-1946
14 The Longhorn (The University of Texas), 1924-1925
15 Newsweek, 1945
16 Texas Ranger, The University of Texas, 1924-1926
17 Time, 1945
box folder
3 1 U. P. Play, 1942
2 U.P. Play, 1943
3 U. P. Play, 1944
4 U. P. Play, 1945
5 U. P. Play, 1946
6 U. P. Election Play, 1946
7 U. P. Sports Play, 1941
8 Newsletters - The South Plains Press, 1948


Scrapbook Material, 1905-1961 and undated

box folder
3 9 Birth Certificate, 1905
10 Calendar Pages, 1931
11 Certificates, 1928-1957 and undated
12 Clarendon College, 1923-1961 and undated
13 Currency, 1956-1957 and undated
14 Diploma - Clarendon High School, 1922
15 Event Programs, 1924-1970 and undated
16 Grade Report - Texas Technological College, 1925-1944
17 Humor, 1952-1961 and undated
18 Stickers - NRA, undated
19 Texas Technological College, 1926-1945 and undated
20 Telegrams - Advertisements, undated
21 Travel, 1949-1960


Legal Documents, 1933-1955

box folder
3 22 Legal Documents, 1933-1955


Miscellaneous, 1920-1966 and undated

box folder
3 23 Miscellaneous, 1920-1966 and undated


Photographs, 1947-1959 and undated

box folder
3 24 John Deere, 1947
25 Miscellaneous Photographs, 1959 and undated
26 Photographic Negatives, undated


Artifacts, 1936 and undated

box folder
3 27 Artifacts, 1936 and undated
28 The Complete Book of Press Photography, 1950