Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

John A. Hulen:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1908-1971 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Hulen, John A., 1871-1957
Title: John A. Hulen Papers,
Dates: 1908-1971 and undated
Abstract: The collection concerns John A. Hulen as a railroad executive and military officer.
Collection # S471.1
Quantity: 3 small boxes (0.7 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Hulen was a military officer and railroad executive, and a member of Texas Technological College Board of Directors from 1931- 1937. Born in 1871 in Centralia, Missouri, Hulen moved to Texas with his parents in 1873, and attended public school in Gainesville, Texas. He also attended military academies in Virginia and Missouri, graduating in 1891. He joined the Texas Volunteer Cavalry in 1889, and served in the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, and World War I. Both before and after World War I, Hulen pursued a career as a railroad executive with various lines, including the Frisco Lines, the Rhode Island-Frisco Lines and the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway Company. He became vice-president of both the Fort Worth and Denver City and the Wichita Valley railway companies in 1930. Hulen later served as vice-president and chairman of the board of the Burlington- Rock Island Railroad Company, holding the latter position until his death in 1957 in Palacios, Texas.

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, literary productions, printed material, photographs, scrapbook material and memorabilia. The collection bulks (1936-1971) with correspondence and scrapbook materials pertaining to Hulen and his railroad career. There are lesser amounts of printed material, newsclippings and other scrapbook material dealing with his military and railroad career.



The collection is organized by types of materials from correspondence, literary production, printed material, photographs, scrapbook material and artifacts.


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)
Armstrong, R. Wright (Robert Wright), 1892-1966
Hulen, John A., 1871-1957
Hulen, John A., 1871-1957--Military leadership
Jones, Clifford Bartlett, 1885-1972
Subjects (Organizations)
36th Infantry Division Association
Burlington-Rock Island Railroad Company
Fort and Denver City Railway Company
Texas. National Guard
Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway Company
Railroad companies--Texas--History

Related Material

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

  • Roy Ayers Papers, 1968-1973 and undated
  • Fred E. Young Papers, 1917-1965
  • R. Wright Armstrong Papers, 1868-1966

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John A. Hulen Papers, 1908-1971 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
None for the record.

Gifts, 1966-1974

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, Spring 2005

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 Memoriam for John A. Hulen, 1957
2 Personal, 1940-1953
3 Personal, 1936-1966
4 Personal, 1936-1957
5 Schmidt, Otto H., 1957-1971


Literary Production

box folder
1 6 General Hulen’s Life, 1966 and undated
7 “Log of the 72nd Infantry Brigade, 36th Division,” typescript, 1918
8 “My Favorite Story,” undated
9 Poker Poem, 1935
10 “The Railroad Situation of Today,” 1908
11 Yellowstone steamship, 1933-1960 and undated


Printed Material

box folder
1 12 Army Manual for Medical Department, 1916
box folder
2 1 Booklet on General John J. Pershing, 1958
2 Miscellaneous, 1913-1954
3 News clippings – Military Career, 1934-1936
4 News clippings – Retirement, 1951-1958
box folder
3 1 News clippings – Railroad Career, 1940-1941
2 Programs, 1930-1961



box folder
3 3 Hulen’s Railroad Career, 1954 and undated


Scrapbook Material

box folder
3 4 List of Personal Effects, 1957
5 Miscellaneous, 1957-1971



box folder
3 6 Dog tags, Name tag, and Fez hat, 1932 and undated