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David Donoghue Papers:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Donoghue, David, 1891-
Title: David Donoghue Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1914-1968
Abstract: David Donoghue, born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1891, was educated in engineering and geology at Saint Mary's College and The University of Texas. Though a full time geologist for numerous oil and gas companies, he was actively involved in his community, in book collecting, and in researching the early exploration of Texas. His papers contain correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, manuscripts, maps, periodicals, and photographs reflecting his amateur and professional interests--history and oil. Using his background in geology, his knowledge of West Texas geography, and diaries of early Texas explorers, Donoghue developed new theories about the routes taken by these men, sparking interest (and not a little criticism) in professional and amateur historians alike. His papers reveal a great amount of research and writing going on at this time by Donoghue and contemporaries such as Walter Prescott Webb, Carlos Castaneda, H. B. Carroll, Robert T. Hill, Reverend Paul J. Foik and others. The bulk of his papers consist of Donoghue's writings and research materials and correspondence about Texas history and geography.
Identification: GA204-208
Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

David Patrick Donoghue was born January 19, 1891, in San Antonio, Texas, to Patrick Donoghue and Statia Madeline Fitzgerald Donoghue. He received a Bachelor of Science degree at Saint Mary's College in 1909, and a degree in mining, engineering and geology from the University of Texas in 1912. Donoghue married Agnes Kennedy on June 30, 1914. The couple had two daughters--Margaret Donoghue Watson (some of her correspondence is found in Donoghue's biography file) and Patricia Donoghue McKnight. Donoghue held many positions in numerous companies during his career as a petroleum geologist; one of the most noteworthy of the jobs being a consultant to the Republic of Colombia.

In addition to being a prominent geologist, Donoghue devoted much time and money to historical and local philanthropic causes. Although he saw the study of history as a hobby and himself as a dabbler in that study, he contributed four manuscripts about Texas' early explorations. Utilizing his background in geology and his knowledge of West Texas geography, he looked at diaries left behind by explorers as if they were maps of the terrain they traveled. With this geological perspective, he and other contemporaries opened doors for questioning of previously undisputed beliefs about the explorers' routes.

Donoghue was a member of various historical societies. A resident of Fort Worth, he was active in the Friends of the Fort Worth Library, Tarrant County Historical Society, and served a term as mayor of Westover Hills. Donoghue was Roman Catholic, and therefore also supported the Newmann's Club at the University of Texas and the Knights of Columbus.

Donoghue contributed through his money, time and writings substantially to petroleum engineering and to the theories of Texas' explorations. He was well regarded in geological and historical circles. Donoghue died October 15, 1958, in Mexico City and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth.


  • Biography of David Donoghue file, David Donoghue Papers; Fort Worth Star-Telegram clippings file: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Scope and Contents

The David Donoghue Papers consist of five manuscript boxes containing Donoghue's writings, research materials, and correspondence. This collection of letters, maps, clippings, newspapers, photos, periodicals, and manuscripts date from 1914 to 1968, with the bulk of the materials dated from the late 1920's to the 1950's, the time during which Donoghue published his manuscripts. The writings and research focus on Texas explorers, especially Coronado, and Texas and local history. Two folders, however, include photos and letters from the 1948 Colombian riot, where Donoghue was present as an observer.

This collection is divided into three series: biography and writings, history research materials, and affiliations. The series divisions were determined by the processing archivist and the nature of the collection. These series are then divided into subject or, in the case of affiliations, by individual or group files, each filed alphabetically within its series. The majority of subject divisions are original to Donoghue's method of organization, but a few new divisions were created during processing. Items within each subject file were further divided by the archivist according to type of material and arranged in the following order: correspondence (arranged chronologically); periodicals used for research; magazine and newspaper clippings; published papers, manuscripts and research notes written by Donoghue himself. A few additions were added to the basic arrangement as the need arose: The Colombian subject heading includes a file of photos of the 1948 riot; these are placed before the correspondence. The first series, biography and writings, includes acknowledgments by individuals of receipt of Donoghue's publications--these are placed after Donoghue's notes and writings.

Although an amateur historian, Donoghue was held in high esteem for his philanthropy and research in Texas history. The collection reflects Donoghue's many endeavors--from published papers to research material on topics about which he never had the opportunity to write; from correspondence about historic topics with amateurs and historians to accounts of his generosity with his time and money. An interesting collection of historic information is located in the correspondence between Donoghue and other geologists and historians. These letters explain the theories of numerous men; they also offer corrections, disagreements and other source names to be sought out. Names of well known historians and other scholars are prevalent here: F. W. Hodge, Walter Prescott Webb, Carlos Castañeda, H. B. Carroll, Robert T. Hill, Reverend Paul J. Foik, J. Frank Dobie and Father Gabriel Tous. Many of Robert T. Hill's articles (some with notes of disagreement from Donoghue) from the Dallas Morning News appear in several of Donoghue's files. Numerous maps and photocopies of historic texts are of additional interest.



The David Donoghue Papers are organized in three series:
Series I. Biography and Writings
Series II. History Research Materials
Series III. Affiliations



Open for research.

Literary Rights

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Donoghue, David, 1891--Archives.
Texas--Discovery and exploration.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information


The David Donoghue Papers were a gift to The University of Texas at Arlington by Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm D. McLean on January 23, 1991. Dr. and Mrs. McLean received the papers on May 28, 1974, from William D. Watson, executor of the Agnes M. and David Donoghue Trust. The records were stored until this time in a filing cabinet in office 1319 at the old Fort Worth National Bank Building in Fort Worth, Texas.


David Donoghue Papers, GA204-208, Box Number, Folder Number, The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections.


Gift; 1991.

Processing Information

Some material, in order to obtain a sensible, useable collection order, was moved, creating new subject headings. The Biography of David Donoghue file is a collection of correspondence and biographical sketches removed from the Texas State Historical Association and the Colombia--Correspondence files. Items from the original Texas History, General file were moved to enhance already formed subject files, such as LaSalle, Sam Houston, and San Antonio. Other subject files were created using items from the Texas History, General file and the Texas and New Mexico, Historical file: Forts, Plants/Geography, California/New Mexico, Journey or Opening of a Road, Courts of Texas, Hadji Ali--"Hi Jolly", Refrigeration in Texas, Prehistoric Man in Texas, Texas History--Spanish Control to Independence, Big Bend, Indians, and a miscellaneous file. A general correspondence file was created to place letters that fell into no particular affillation or subject file.

Finding aid prepared by Susan Smith, October 27, 1992.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Series I. Biography and Writings

Box Folder
204 1 Biography of David Donoghue, 1935-1968
Photo of Donoghue, correspondence between Donoghue's daughter (Margaret Watson) and the Texas State Historical Association, biographical sketches of David Donoghue including club affiliations, publications, employment, and personal data. See also: Colombia--Clippings, clipping dated October, 1948, for picture of Donoghue: letter dated 2/11/28 in Entradas into Texas for interest in history.
2 Coronado--Correspondence, 1928-1935
Correspondence (1928-1931, 1934, 1935) between Donoghue and C. R. Wharton, E. C. Barker, F. V. Studer and others discussing Donoghue's paper, map, and other authors' works on Coronado. See also: Bryan, Frank--Maps/Correspondence.
3-5 Coronado--Periodicals, 1940-1944
Periodicals, pamphlet, and photocopy about Coronado's route. 1940 edition of Spain features article mentioning Donoghue and his Coronado theory.
6 Coronado--Clippings and Articles. 1920-1953
Articles and newspaper clippings dealing with archaeological theories/evidence of Coronado's travels and related findings. Reviews of books on this subject, paper by F. V. Studer, print of "The Discoverer."
7 Route of Coronado--Writings of David Donoghue, 1929-1936
Two copies of pamphlet "The Route of the Coronado Expedition in Texas" by Donoghue (1929, 1935), one with hand colored map of route; several typed manuscripts: notes, outline, drafts of paper. See also: Hill, Dr. Robert T.--"Comments on Dr. Hill's Various Interpretations."
8-9 Route of Coronado--Acknowledgments, 1928-1941
Acknowledgments (1928, 1929, 1934-1941) from numerous individuals of receipt of Donoghue's "The Route of the Coronado Expedition in Texas" pamphlet. Letters from Donoghue answering requests for the article. Letter of 6/6/29 remarks on Donoghue's intentions behind the article.
10-11 Coronado, Oñate and Quivira--Correspondence, 1935-1951
Correspondence (1935-1941, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951) about "Coronado, Oñate and Quivira" pamphlet. Letter of 2/8/38 has attached Donoghue's route theory; letter 1/20/36 has map attached; letter dated 1/12/50 has attached paper on Coronado and his expedition by Donoghue for Texas State Historical Association.
12 Coronado, Oñate and Quivira--Writings, 1936
Two copies of "Coronado, Oñate and Quivira" pamphlet by Donoghue--one with notes and corrections. Typed manuscript of same article.
13 Coronado, Oñate and Quivira--Acknowledgments, 1936-1940
Letters (1936, 1937, 1940) from individuals thanking Donoghue for copies of his pamphlet "Coronado, Oñate and Quivira."
Box Folder
205 1 Albert Pike--Correspondence, Writing, Clippings, 1930-1956
Correspondence (1930, 1935) about Albert Pike's poetry, especially "Narrative of a Journey in the Prairie" and Donoghue's paper about Pike. Letter dated 10/7/30 contains information about Pike's journey; letter 6/27/35 has attached draft of Pike article. Magazine clippings/articles about Albert Pike using Donoghue as reference, newspaper reprint and pamphlet of Donoghue's "Explorations of Albert Pike in Texas."
2 Explorations of Albert Pike in Texas--Acknowledgments, 1935
Letters acknowledging receipt of Donoghue's "Explorations of Albert Pike in Texas" pamphlet. Letter dated 11/5/35 by F. W. Hodge makes mention of having met Pike and having seen Pike's original manuscript.
3 Quivira--Correspondence, 1933-1942
Correspondence (1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1941, 1942) between Donoghue and individuals attempting to locate sources and quotes and to procure reprints of Donoghue's "The Location of Quivira." Clippings about Texas' first martyr, Fray Juan de Padilla.
4 Quivira--Writings of Donoghue, 1940
Typed manuscripts including a summary of Donoghue's Quivira argument, notes, sources, and references and draft of "The Location of Quivira" by Donoghue. Pamphlet of same title.
5-6 The Location of Quivira--Acknowledgments, 1940-1954
Acknowledgments (1940, 1941, 1943, 1948, 1954) by numerous individuals of receipt of Donoghue's pamphlet "The Location of Quivira."


Series II. History Research Materials

Box Folder
205 7 Big Bend, 1934
Newspaper articles from The Dallas Morning News about the Big Bend area being one of the last frontiers and a site of Dr. Robert T. Hill's adventures.
8 Book Lists and Orders, 1929-1941
Correspondence (1929-1931, 1937, 1939-1941) pertaining to books and other manuscripts ordered by Donoghue. Book lists.
9 Cabeza de Vaca--Correspondence, 1928-1949
Correspondence (1928, 1930, 1935, 1949) pertaining to Cabeza de Vaca, notes on a translation of "Relacion of Alvor Nunez Cabeza de Vaca," list of Cabeza de Vaca sources.
10-11 Cabeza de Vaca--Clippings, 1933-1956
Magazine (1956) and newspaper clippings by Dr. Hill (1933-1934) pertaining to Cabeza de Vaca's travels and descendants. See also: Miscellaneous.
12 California, New Mexico, undated
Print of map of 1787 California. Typed outline and list of sources for New Mexico history.
13 Colombia--Photos, 1948
Photos of assassination of Gaitan, leader of Social Party, and the ensuing violence of April 9, 1948, in Bogota, Colombia. Notes by Donoghue on some photos relate story of events.
14 Colombia--Correspondence, Periodicals, 1948
Correspondence from Donoghue to his family describing his job, Easter festivities, and after the assassination, the looting and violence occurring. Map, manuscripts recounting the events, Colombian periodicals.
15 Colombia--Clippings, 1948-1950
Magazine and newspaper clippings recounting the assassination and riot in Bogota. Article entitled: "How Revolution is Made;" clipping about oil production citing Donoghue.
16 Communications Between Santa Fe and San Antonio, 1940
Letters from Carlos Castañeda to Donoghue requesting map to accompany paper entitled "Communications Between Santa Fe and San Antonio;" Castañeda's paper of above title.
17 Courts of Texas, undated
Article from Texas Bar Journal discussing beginning of Texas' judicial system.
18 DeSoto and Moscoso, 1929-1941
Correspondence with Albert Woldert about DeSoto and Moscoso (1936, 1941), manuscript entitled "Trailing DeSoto," clippings (1929) about DeSoto. See also letter of 4/26/45 in Texas Maps.
19 Entradas into Texas--Correspondence, 1928-1936
Correspondence (1928-1930, 1933, 1936) between Donoghue and Dr. Albert Woldert about Teran diary and entradas. Letter 4/9/29 has attached notes from Teran diary of the route taken.
Box Folder
206 1 Third Entrada into Texas--Teran Diary, undated
Photocopy of English translation of diary of Teran. See also: Foik, Reverend Paul J., letter dated 1/10/29; Miscellaneous.
2 Entrada into Texas--Diary of Espinosa, undated
Two copies, with slight variations, of English translation of diary of Espinosa. See also: Tous, Father Gabriel--Historian.
3 Forts, 1929-1951
Newspaper clippings (1929, 1933, 1934) about Texas forts, especially Fort Griffin and Fort Tenoxtitlan. Typed tour itinerary of Junior Historians with map and information about local forts.
4 Fort Worth, 1931-1953
Correspondence (1936) about Fort Worth's establishment and history, special edition Fort Worth Star-Telegram (1931), newspaper clippings (1936, 1953) about Fort Worth's growth, prints and bulletin about fort from which Fort Worth derives its name. Copy of The Junior Historian dated March, 1945. See also: Tarrant County Historical Society, letters 10/11/51 and 10/23/51.
5 Hadji Ali--"Hi Jolly", 1955
Newspaper clippings about Hadji Ali, an Arab "camel cowboy," and the attempt to use camels in the deserts of the Southwest. Donoghue is cited in the second of these articles. See also: Texas State Historical Association, postcard dated 11/7/44.
6 Houston, Sam, 1929-1931
Correspondence (1929-1931) about Houston's march to San Jacinto and the location of Talahina Rogers Houston's (Houston's wife) alleged tombstone. Letter 9/13/30 has attached photo of tombstone. Newspaper and magazine clippings about Sam Houston and his wife. See also: The Junior Historian in San Antonio file.
7 Indians, 1930-1954
Correspondence (1933) about Painted Spring rock paintings, periodical (1930) including articles on Indians and on oil history (the Yates oil field), magazine articles about the Tonkawa and Coahuiltecan Indians. Partial clipping on Ioni/Ainai Indians.
8 Journey or Opening of a Road, undated
Typed manuscript entitled "Journey or Opening of a Road for the Capital of New Mexico to that of the Province of Texas by the Corporal of Invalids, Jose Mares."
9 LaSalle, 1928-1929
Correspondence (1928) about possible carving of LaSalle's name, publications about LaSalle's journey. See also: Bryan, Frank--Maps/Correspondence and Miscellaneous.
10 Llano Estacado--Correspondence, 1931-1951
Correspondence (1931, 1951) about the Llano Estacado. Letter 4/16/31 has attached list of explorers who left records about Llano Estacado. Letters 5/28/51 through 7/9/51 show disagreement over names given to river forks on the Llano Estacado. See also: Bryan, Frank--Maps/Correspondence.
11 Miscellaneous, 1931-1954
Typed paper "Notes on Matagorda Bay, Lavaca Bay, San Antonio Bay and Espiritu Santo Bay" (see locations in Texas Maps) mentioning DeLeon, LaSalle, Cabeza de Vaca, and Teran. Propaganda pamphlet about Tidelands, program from Louisiana Historical Society's 1936 meeting, pamphlet about Spanish influence on cowboys entitled "Horsemen are Brothers," book review of Pichardo's Treatise on the Limits of Louisiana and Texas, notes on "Journal of Lieutenant J. W. Abert for Bent's Fort to Saint Louis in 1845." Typed description of Spanish coin found in Marathon, Texas.
12 Newspapers, 1936-1938
Two newspapers containing historic information. The Fort Worth Press (1936) in a special Texas centennial issue with articles by J. Frank Dobie. Donoghue's Albert Pike article is printed in the paper's second section. The Amarillo Sunday News-Globe (8/14/38) celebrating Amarillo's fiftieth anniversary is divided into sections on Native Indians era, early exploration, open range, immigration/settlement, and oil, gas and industrial era. Features articles by H. B. Carroll on the Texas Santa Fe Expedition, J. Frank Dobie on mustangs and Longhorns, and Walter Prescott Webb on Plains historians. These newspapers have been removed and transferred to the Special Collection Division's newspaper collection.
13 Nolan, Phillip, 1929-1951
Correspondence regarding Nolan, his place of burial and several creeks/rivers which bear his name. Letters dated 3/14/29 and 4/1/29 contain excerpts of Musquiz diary; letter of 1/21/32 reveals Donoghue's development of interest in history. Notes on Musquiz diary, excerpt and clippings about Nolan and burial site.
14 Plants/Geography, 1953
Journal articles about plant types, soil, and erosion of the plains. Typed pages about the study of Texas geography.
15 Prehistoric Man in Texas, undated
Periodical article and newspaper clipping by Cyrus N. Ray listing bones, flint tools, and other artifacts found in Texas, providing evidence of prehistoric man. See also: letters from Ray in General Correspondence; Bryan, Frank--Letters.
16 Refrigeration in Texas, undated
Periodical article and newspaper clipping discussing the history of refrigeration and the manufacture of artificial ice in Texas and Louisiana.
17 San Antonio, 1931-1938
Letter (1938) from Donoghue to R.B. Blake about Espinosa-Olivares-Aguirre expedition, map of and information about camps around San Antonio, newspapers (1931) dealing with San Antonio's missions, their history and the Catholic church in San Antonio; clipping (1934) about "Mission de las Cabras." Copy of The Junior Historian periodical dated September 1945.
18 San Jacinto Campaign, 1923-1939
Correspondence (1929, 1930, 1933, 1939) about Santa Anna, Texas army, and San Jacinto campaign. Letter 2/18/30 has attached map of and notes on movements of the Texas army. Notecards of sources, publication and pamphlets of information on Battle of San Jacinto, print of Battle of San Jacinto. See also: The Junior Historian in San Antonio file.
19 Texas--Early Maps, (1915-1956)
Correspondence (1943, 1956), some with Frank Bryan about maps of Texas. Letter dated 4/16/43 has map attached. Maps: DeLeon's route in 1690, Explorations of New Spain, 1535-1706 and 1518-1776; numerous copies of maps of Texas for the years 1807, 1829, 1834, 1837, 1842; maps of tribes of North America.
Box Folder
207 1 Texas History--Spanish Control to Independence, 1928-1944
Two manuscripts from Texas Memorial Museum discussing Texas under Spanish rule and Texas under Mexican rule. Newspaper clippings about Texas' independence and admission to the United States. Photocopies of Texas and United States Declarations of Independence. Copy of Republic of Texas 100 dollar bill.
2 Texas Santa Fe Expedition, 1930-1940
Correspondence (1930, 1934-1935, 1938, 1940) with H. B. Carroll, F. W. Hodge, and others. Letter dated 3/11/34 has attached manuscript by George W. Grover about his experiences on Texas Santa Fe expedition; letter 10/1/30 outlines Donoghue's theory on Texas Santa Fe expedition. Letter 2/21/34 has attached notes about the expedition; letter 3/17/38 has attached newspaper clipping. Lists of sources. See also: H. B. Carroll's article in The Amarillo Sunday News-Globe in Newspapers file.


Series III. Affiliations

Box Folder
207 3 Advisory Board of Texas Historians--Texas Centennial, 1934-1935
Letters (1934, 1935) from the Centennial Commission to Donoghue concerning a meeting of the Texas Legislature to discuss centennial plans and to locate sites for historical markers.
4 American Irish Historical Society, 1930-1932
Correspondence (1930-1931) regarding Irish settlement in Texas and the society's wish to know more about this settlement. Pamphlet about American Irish Historical Society, bulletins from the group, one citing information from Donoghue; clipping about Scotch/Irish in Texas. See also: Foik, Reverend Paul J.
5 Bryan, Frank--Letters, 1929-1958
Letters (1929, 1948, 1954, 1957, 1958) from Frank Bryan to Donoghue outlining Bryan's theories and literary attempts. Two letters, dated 3/18/29 and 3/2/58, deal with the Ice Age and man's appearance on the continent; letter of 3/18/29 has attached Bryan's manuscript of geological descriptions and evidence of early man; letter 3/2/58 carries photocopies of aerial photos of the Florida Everglades and Texas' Midland area.
6 Bryan, Frank--Maps/Correspondence, 1949-1958
Correspondence between Donoghue and Bryan (1949-1951, 1958) about the Llano Estacado and the expeditions of Coronado, Cabeza de Vaca, and LaSalle. Letters 10/20/49 has attached map highlighting Staked Plains, letter 3/26/50 has map of Cabeza de Vaca's, Coronado's, and LaSalle's travels in Texas. Letter 5/8/58 has attached map of Coronado expedition. Single sheet outlines birth/death dates of explorers, priests, monks, and other men. Map of journey of Jean Cavelier (survivor of LaSalle expedition). See also: Llano Estacado, Coronado, Cabeza de Vaca, LaSalle.
7 Dobie, J. Frank--Correspondence, 1928-1942
Correspondence between Donoghue and Dobie (1928-1931, 1933, 1935-1942) discussing Texas Folk Lore Society and Dobie's work on a book about Longhorns. Letter 10/1/28 has attached history and aims of Folk Lore Society; letter 12/10/37 has list of members in metroplex. Programs of 1929, 1936, and 1937 Texas Folk Lore Society meetings; article entitled "Mesquite" by Dobie. Pamphlet listing drawings for Dobie's Apache Gold and Yaqui Silver. See also: Newspapers for Dobie's articles on mustangs and Longhorns.
8 Foik, Reverend Paul J.--Knights of Columbus Historical Commission, 1928-1941
Correspondence (1928-1932, 1936, 1941) between Foik and Donoghue about the first, second, third, and fourth entradas in Texas and about Irish in Texas. Letter dated 11/13/28 mentions Donoghue's principal historic interests. Letters dated 9/2/30 to 5/18/31, discuss a Knights of Columbus essay contest about Irish in Texas; one letter, that of 5/5/31, has attached essay about this subject. Letter of 4/13/31 has attached outline of Solis diary. Telegram 3/1/41 documents Foik's death. Thank you card about Foik's death. See also: Third Entrada into Texas--Teran Diary, Quivira--Correspondence, Texas--Early Maps.
9 Fort Worth Frontier Centennial--Correspondence, 1936
Correspondence between numerous historians and Donoghue, the majority of letters accepting, declining, or thanking Donoghue for an invitation to the Frontier Centennial. Letter of 9/2/36 has attached list of invited guests. Historians and others whose names are found in these letters include: C. E. Castañeda, J. Frank Dobie, Dr. Robert T. Hill, C. R. Wharton, Adina de Zavala, Reverend Paul J. Foik, and Walter Prescott Webb.
10 Fort Worth Library Association--Friends of Fort Worth and Earth Science Library, 1951-1957
Letters to Donoghue (1951, 1955, 1957), then president of Friends of Fort Worth Library, from the Fort Worth librarian discussing appointments to the Friends board and monetary issues. Letter 5/4/51 has attached by-laws for Friends of the Library and sample letters from that association. Letter of 7/31/57 has attached by-laws of the Fort Worth Earth Science Library.
11 Fort Worth-Tarrant County Historical Society, 1941-1953
Correspondence (1941-1942, 1948-1953) between Donoghue and other members of the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Historical Society. Letter dated 3/4/41 has attached list of possible members. Letters dated 5/2/48, 6/8/50, and 12/17/52 note offices held by Donoghue. Manuscript appearing to dictate duties of several offices/office holders of society. List of historical sites already marked.
12 General Correspondence A-R, 1929-1957
Correspondence (1929, 1931, 1936, 1940-1942, 1944, 1947-1948, 1952, 1953, 1955) including letters: thanking Donoghue for gifts, exchanging information, giving personal greetings, and ordering or attempting to find publications. Letter of 12/8/31 has a content list from a collection of Texas historical letters; letter 4/30/52 has attached picture of a Catholic shrine. Letter of 12/26/44 has attached essay entitled "Comment on Words." Letters dated 4/22/31 and 1/3/41 are from Carlos Castañeda.
13 General Correspondence S-Z, 1927-1956
Correspondence (1927, 1929-1930, 1934, 1936, 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1950, 1952, 1955-1956) including personal letters, letters requesting Donoghue to review books, and Donoghue's comments on those books, letters enclosed with gifts to Donoghue and more exchanges of historical questions and answers. Letter of 8/2/34 is from Donoghue about oil production proration in Texas and its history. Personalities appearing in these letters: C. R. Wharton, Walter Prescott Webb (with personal views of World War II during his stay in England), and Adina de Zavala.
14 Hill, Dr. Robert T.--Correspondence, 1926-1946
Correspondence between Donoghue and Hill (1926, 1929, 1930, 1933-1935, 1940) and correspondence regarding Hill (1936, 1941, 1946). Letters document a friendship and constant banter on topics such as Coronado and West Texas geology. Letter of 10/21/41 discusses disposition of Hill's ashes; letter 9/27/46 has attached letter Hill wrote in 1888 to the newly appointed state geologist.
Box Folder
208 1-3 Hill, Dr. Robert T.--Writings/Clippings, 1929-1941
Dr. Hill's articles for the Dallas Morning News (1929, 1931, 1932, 1934-1940) touting his theories about Spanish exploration in Texas, historical sites, geology, and Texas history. Articles dated 6/25/29 and 6/1/31 give background about Dr. Hill. Articles of 10/27/41 discuss Hill's death and memorial service. Photostats and excerpts of Hill's earlier map, chart, and scientific writing. Manuscripts written by Donoghue critiquing/criticizing Hill's theories.
4 Texas Christian University, 1927-1954
Correspondence (1927-1929, 1932, 1937, 1938, 1942-1944, 1947, 1952) thanking Donoghue for many gifts given to the university. Pamphlet, article about Texas Christian University professor.
5-7 Texas State Historical Association, 1927-1956
Correspondence (1927, 1929, 1935, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1943-1956) dealing with Texas State Historical Association business such as new members, fund raising, special events. Much about Donoghue's contribution to this organization. Includes letters from H. B. Carroll, Walter Prescott Webb, Carlos Castañeda, and Olin Culberson. Letter from/about Junior Historians; resolutions from Junior Historians. Programs from Texas State Historical Association meeting. See also: San Antonio and Fort Worth for copies of The Junior Historian publication.
8 Tous, Father Gabriel--Historian, 1929-1930
Correspondence between Tous and Donoghue (1929, 1930) about Tous' translation of the diary of Espinosa, Ramon Entrada, 1716, discussing river and place names. Newspaper clipping speaks of Tous locating site of second oldest mission in Texas. See also: Entrada into Texas--Espinosa Diary.
9-11 University of Texas, 1914-1958
Correspondence (1914, 1915, 1922, 1925-1935, 1937, 1940, 1942-1944, 1947-1955, 1958) regarding donations, speeches, gifts by Donoghue to Newmann Club and other university groups; historic and geological information; and invitations to meetings. Manuscripts include copy of requirements for masters' thesis, J. A. Udden's list of papers and obituary of same, leaflet about Barker History Center, story of Taylor's T. Room, sermon by Carlos Castañeda, and The Alcalde with an article by Donoghue on page 459.