Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Cleo Dawson:

An Inventory of her Papers, 1972-1979, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Dawson, Cleo
Title: Cleo Dawson Papers,
Dates: 1972-1979
Abstract: The collection consists of manuscripts by Cleo Dawson, a Texas author.
Collection # S1527.1
Quantity: 2 boxes (2.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Cleo Dawson is the well-known author of She Came to the Valley, which was published in 1943. It was later made into a movie. Born in 1902 in Oklahoma City, she moved to Texas and attended school in Mission, Texas, a small town close to McAllen. During her college years, she attended Baylor College, Southern Methodist University (1922), and University of Kentucky. Miss Dawson taught Spanish at the Mission High School. In 1926 she married and moved to Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to writing, she worked as a guest psychologist for a number of years appearing on the Merv Griffith Show.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains manuscripts of Cleo Dawson's works. They include two screenplays, nine original manuscripts for four different novels and their revisions and a thesis. Her thesis was on women prisoners in Kentucky (1927).



The material is organized as Literary Productions.


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)
Dawson, Cleo, 1902-
Frontier and pioneer life--Texas--Fiction

Related Material

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

  • Clay Reynolds Papers, 1895-2002 and undated
  • Max Crawford Papers, 1938-2000 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cleo Dawson Papers, 1927-1979, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):

Purchase, 2000

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, 2000

Collection Inventory


Literary Productions

box folder
1 1 "She Came to the Valley," Screenplay Manuscript with associated correspondence, 1973-1975
2 "The Yaqui," Screenplay manuscript, undated
3 "The Jeweled Cross: A Legend of Mexico," manuscript, undated
4 "Mount Up With Wings," manuscript, undated
5 "Wings of the Morning," manuscript, undated
6 "The Naranjal," manuscript, undated
7 "An He Came Home," manuscript, undated
box folder
2 1 "And He Came Home," manuscript, undated
2 "The Kingdom of the Sun," manuscript, undated
3 "The Kingdom of the Sun," manuscript wiht penciled notes, undated
4 Untitled manuscript, probably "The Kingdom of the Sun," undated


M. A. Thesis

box folder
2 5 "Women Prisoners in Kentucky," 1927


Scrapbook Materials

box folder
2 6 News clippings, 1979