Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Max Tidmore:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1872-1972 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Tidmore, Max
Title: Max Tidmore Papers,
Dates: 1872-1972 and undated
Abstract: The collection consists of material accumulated by Max Tidmore during his term as Mayor of Lubbock, Texas, and through his research.
Collection # S1684.1
Quantity: 5 boxes (4.5 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Max Tidmore was born in Mt. Pleasant, Texas in 1916, grew up in the area of Albany, Texas and came to Lubbock, Texas in 1933 as a student at Texas Technological College where he studied engineering. Tidmore remained in Lubbock where he owned and operated a construction company. In addition to serving as Mayor of Lubbock from 1964-1966, he held office as President of the West Texas Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America, President of the South Plains Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and President of the South Plains Council of Boys Scouts of America. Tidmore engaged in research on the Mackenzie Trail and wrote two books: Yesterday, an autobiography, and Kinfolks and Ancestors: Tabb, Tidmore, and Hanes Families, a genealogical study. He died on May 3, 2001.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the material in the collection is associated with Max Tidmore's term as Mayor of Lubbock and includes reports on various municipal concerns and interests such as budgets and funding, the city Charter, infrastructure and utilities, and citizen boards and commissions. Files on Lubbock City Council meetings include minutes of meetings, correspondence, and maps and citizen input regarding zoning change requests. The collection also includes research material Tidmore accumulated in his study of and search for the Mackenzie Trail, the route traveled across the Llano Estacado by United States troops led by R. S. Mackenzie in pursuit of hostile Native Americans.



The material is organized by the following series:
  • City of Lubbock, Texas
  • League of Women Voters of Lubbock
  • Literary Production
  • Lubbock City Council
  • Mackenzie Trail Research
  • Mayor of Lubbock, Texas
  • Printed 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)
Tidmore, Max (1916-2001)
Politics and government--Lubbock (Tex.)
Politics and government--Texas, West
Mackenzie Trail
Red River Wars

Related Material

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

  • Carolyn Jordan Papers, 1957-1985 and undated
  • Carolyn Jordan Papers, 1964-1983 and undated
  • M. J. "Bud" Aderton Papers, 1927-1994 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Max Tidmore Papers, 1872-1972 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
89-0300-B; 94-0205-B

Gifts, 1989 and 1994

Processed by

Karen Hicks, 2005


Tidmore, Max Tabb. Yesterday. Lubbock, Texas, Duncan Press, 1984.

Collection Inventory


City of Lubbock, Texas, 1961-1966

box folder
1 1 Annual Report of the Police Department, 1963
2 Auditor's Monthly Report - May, June, and July, 1964
3 Bond Sales, 1965-1966
box folder
1 4 1963-1964 Annual Budget, 1963
5 1964-1965 Annual Budget, 1964
6 Preliminary Budget, 1964-1965, 1964
7 Preliminary Budget, 1965-1966, 1965
8 Summary Information 1965-1966 Annual Budget Public Hearing, 1965
9 Charter, with Amendments thereto through November 7, 1961, 1962
10 Citizen Boards and Commissions, 1963-1964
11 Economic Facts and Figures about Lubbock, Texas, circa 1964
12 Financial, Economic and Administrative Information about Lubbock, Texas, 1965
box folder
2 1 Financial Reports, Quarterly and Annual, 1964-1965
2 Helicopter Ordinance, 1964
3 Housing Study re: Relocation of persons displaced by Coronado Urban Renewal Project, Lubbock, Texas, 1961-1963
4 Operations Manual - Civil Defense, 1964
5 Proposed Capital Improvements, 1963-1965
6 A Report to Lubbock Power and Light Lubbock, Texas on Electrical Power System, Brown and Root, Inc., 1965
7 Supplemental Information for Consideration of Municipal Depository Contract, 1965
8 Tax Equalization Program - Agreement with Erik Ehrenborg Appraisal Company for Appraisal Survey, 1964
9 Traffic, circa 1964
10 Urban Transportation Plan, 1964
11 Water Supply, 1961-1965


League of Women Voters of Lubbock, 1964-1965

box folder
2 12 City Planning, 1964-1965


Literary Production, circa 1964

box folder
2 13 Speech given at groundbreaking ceremony for new airport, circa 1964


Lubbock City Council, 1964-1966

box folder
2 14 Informal Work Session, 1965
15 Meetings, May, 1964
16 Meetings, June, 1964
17 Meetings, July, 1964
18 Meetings, August, 1964
19 Meetings, September, 1964
20 Meetings, October, 1964
21 Meetings, November, 1964
box folder
3 1 Meetings, December, 1964
2 Meetings, January, 1965
3 Meetings, February, 1965
4 Meetings, March, 1965
5 Meetings, April, 1965
6 Special Meeting, April 14, 1965
7 Special Meeting, April 22, 1965
8 Meetings, May, 1965
9 Meetings, June, 1965
10 Meetings, July, 1965
11 Meetings, August, 1965
12 Meetings, September, 1965
13 Meetings, October, 1965
box folder
4 1 Meetings, November, 1965
2 Meetings, December, 1965
3 Meetings, January, 1966
4 Meetings, February, 1966
5 Meetings, March, 1966


Mackenzie Trail Research, 1872-1972 and undated

box folder
4 6 Correspondence from Katherine McCurdy King, 1957
7 Correspondence, Manuscript Material, News clippings, etc., 1957-1958 and undated
8 Literary Production - Presentations, 1958-1972 and undated
9 Ranald S. Mackenzie, Biographical Information, 1889 and undated
10 Reports on U. S. Military movements and actions in Texas and Oklahoma (Indian Territory), Copies from the United States National Archives, 1872-1874
11 Texas County Maps (Counties along research route), Texas State Highway Department, 1951-1955
12 Texas County Maps (Crosby, Dickens, Kent, Stonewall, Haskell, and Shackelford) with research notations, 1954-1956
13 Miscellaneous notes, undated


Mayor of Lubbock, Texas, 1964

box folder
4 14 Orientation, 1964


Printed Material, 1958-1966

box folder
4 15 3rd Biennial Institute for Mayors, Councilmen, City Commissioners, 1964
16 An Analysis of the Property Tax Laws of Texas, Texas Commission on State and Local Tax Policy, 1962-1965
17 Budget of the United States, Fiscal Year 1967, 1966
18 City Problems of 1965: The Annual Proceedings of the United States Conference of Mayors, 1965
19 Community Relations Service, U. S. Conference of Mayors Education Series, 1964
20 Federal Aid to State and Local Governments, 1964-1966
21 Handbook for Councilmen in Council-Manager Cities, International City Association, 1958
22 Integrity in Office, by Eliot H. Lumbard, 1964
23 Miscellaneous Lubbock Brochures, undated
box folder
4 24 Re: Cities, 1964
25 F.B.I. Law Enforcement Bulletin, June, 1964
26 Texas Parade, September and October, 1964
box folder
5 1 Texas Town and City, September, 1964
2 Traffic Quarterly, July and October, 1964; January 1965, 1964-1965
3 Report to the President and the President's Response: White House Conference on Natural Beauty, 1965
4 The Role of Equalization in Federal Grants, Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, 1964
5 Scanning the Horizon: A View of City Government, League of Women Voters of Lubbock, 1966
6 State Legislative Program of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, 1964-1965
7 The Supreme Court of the United States: a Review of the 1964 Term, Virginia Commission on Constitutional Government, circa 1965
8 Urban Research Under Federal Auspices, 1964
8 The View from Watts: A Series of Articles Reprinted from the Los Angeles Times, 1965