University of Texas Arlington

William Allen Ward Papers:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ward, William Allen, 1893-1959.
Title: William Allen Ward Papers
Dates: 1918-1960
Abstract: Journalist with the Fort Worth Record, 1917-1920; the Dallas Journal, 1920-1938; and the Dallas Morning News, 1938-1959. Published author of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Business and personal papers of William Allen Ward. Correspondence is primarily from publishers about his work and about financial matters. Manuscripts include short stories, children's stories, poetry, and non-fiction. Newspaper clippings are his published poems, historical articles about the settlement of Dallas and Oak Cliff that appeared in the Dallas Journal and the Dallas Morning News, and short stories published under his own name and various pseudonyms. Also included are periodicals containing Ward's short stories and original cartoons by Jack "Herc" Ficklen and Bill McClanahan.
Identification: AR315
Extent: 5 boxes (2.0 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

William Allen Ward was born on September 24, 1893, in Corsicana, Texas. Ward's childhood experiences, which included a trip in a covered wagon, influenced his work. In 1973, Ward took a position as a public school teacher in Fort Worth. By 1917, Ward had given up teaching to be a reporter for The Fort Worth Record. As a correspondent for The Fort Worth Record, Ward accompanied the Seventh Cavalry in the search for Pancho Villa along the border of Mexico. In 1920, Ward joined the staff of The Dallas Journal's Oak Cliff edition. He remained with The Dallas Journal until 1938. From 1929 to 1938 Ward served as editor of The Dallas Journal's Oak Cliff edition. The Dallas Morning News purchased The Dallas Journal in 1938 and Ward joined the staff of The Dallas Morning News. Ward served as Oak Cliff' reporter, military editor, and church editor while working, for The Dallas Morning News.

Ward established a reputation as a writer and pool. He was listed in Volume 24 of Who's Who as a Texas author. Westerns and crime stories: made up the bulk of his fiction. Ward also produced nonfiction, some: of which was published in The Dallas Morning News as articles on the history of the settlement of Dallas and Oak Cliff. Several of Ward's stories for children published. Some of Ward's short verses appeared in The Dallas Journal and The Dallas Morning News. Ward had his fiction and poem published in magazines such as Grit, Ace-High Magazine, The Golden West, Complete Novel Magazine, and American Poet.

Ward married Eula Ellen Byas in 1918. The couple had three sons: Richard Allen Ward, Robert Byas Ward and William Anderson Ward. Besides his writing, Ward was also interested in photography and stamp collecting. Ward died in 1959 of a heart aliment. He was sixty-eight years old.

William Anderson Ward, Ward's son, was also a writer. Special Collections also has a small collection of papers of William Anderson Ward.


  • William Allen Ward Papers, Box 1, Folder 1: Biographical Clippings.

Scope and Contents

The William Allen Ward Papers contain approximately two linear feet of correspondence, manuscript, and printed material produced by or about William Allen Ward. The bulk of the material dates from 1920 through 1936. A lesser amount does cover Ward's life and work up to 1960. The papers consist of manuscripts of stories and poems, printed stories and poems, correspondence to and from editors, personal and business correspondence, and periodicals containing Ward's work. The papers also include stories, poems, and articles by Ward published in The Dallas Journal, The Dallas Morning News, and other newspapers. Ward's ""Military Briefs"" and other articles of local Dallas interest make up many of the unsorted clippings in his papers. Also included are articles written by Ward but published under other names.

The papers are divided into three series: correspondence, literary work, and The Dallas Morning News material. Series I, correspondence, is divided into two categories: correspondence concerning Ward's publishing career and correspondence related to Ward's personal life or work as a newspaperman. Series II, literary work, is the largest of the three series. It is composed of Ward's manuscripts and clippings of his published work. Series III is the smallest of the three and consists of only two folders.


The papers are organized in three series:
Series I. Correspondence, 1918-1960. 0.70 linear ft. (1 document box and 20 folders)
Series II. Literary Work, 1924-1959. 1.2 linear ft. (2 document boxes and 27 folders)
Series III. Dallas Morning News Material, 1955, undated. 0.10 linear ft. (2 folders)



Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

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.
Ward, William Allen, 1893-1959--Archives.
McClanahan, William J., 1907-1981.
Ficklen, Jack, 1911-1980.
Authors, American--Texas--Dallas--Biography.
Journalists--Texas--Fort Worth--Biography.
Dallas (Tex.)--History.
Oak Cliff (Dallas, Tex.)--History.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information


William Allen Ward Papers, AR315, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.


Gift, January 2, 1978.

The William Allen Ward papers were a gift of Mrs. Allen Ward and William Anderson Ward of Dallas, Texas. The donation was negotiated by George Green of the History Department of the University of Texas at Arlington. The papers were taken into the custody of Special Collections by Jan Hart.

Processing Information

The papers were processed by a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Gerald Saxon as a requirement for the course, Archives and Museums II. The papers had originally been received by Special Collections in an unorganized state. The papers were sorted on the basis of correspondence, literary work, and materials related to The Dallas Morning News. All correspondence and literary work that could be dated were placed in chronological order. Ward's titled manuscripts were placed in alphabetical order according to their title. Materials published under different names were arranged in alphabetical order by pseudonyms. Some of Ward's published material was clipped from old newspaper by the processor in order to facilitate their arrangement and storage. Most of the hundreds of other clippings were an original part of the papers and due to their bulk were arranged only by type and could not be placed in any other order.

Note to the Researcher

Much of the material in the collection is on paper produced in the 1920's and 1930's and is very brittle. Researchers should be careful when examining items as they will crumble and break easily.

Container List

Series I. Correspondence 1918-1960
Extent 0.70 linear ft. (1 document box and 20 folders).

Box Folder
1 1 Clippings, 1934, 1935, 1957, and 1959.
Biographical information on Ward's early life and career. Also includes Ward's identification cards and obituary.
2-27 Correspondence, 1918-1933.
Letters to Ward from publishers accepting or rejecting his work. Also includes letters from Ward to publishers requesting payment for accepted work.
Box Folder
2 1-5 Correspondence, 1934-1959.
Letters to Ward from publishers accepting or rejecting his work. Also includes letters from Ward to publishers requesting payment for accepted work.
6 Addresses, 1935.
Typed list of publishers' addresses with whom Ward corresponded.
7-19 Correspondence, 1920-1960.
Letters to Ward regarding his role as a newspaper reporter and editor. Also includes letters concerning Ward's financial matters as well as letters from stamp dealers to Ward.
20 Correspondence, 1957.
Letters, cards, and telegram congratulating Ward for being honored by Sigma Delta Chi.

Series II. Literary Works, 1924-1959
Extent 1.2 linear ft. (2 document boxes and 27 folders).

Box Folder
2 21-24 Clippings, 1933-1936.
Clippings of Ward's poetry published in The Dallas Journal.
25-30 Clippings (unsorted), 1951-1956,
Clippings from The Dallas Morning News titled "Military Briefs".
31 Clippings (unsorted), undated
Articles on the settlement of Dallas and Oak Cliff.
32 Clippings, some dated but unsorted.
Articles on local Oak Cliff leaders. Also includes articles on area schools and topics of local Oak Cliff interest.
33 Notebook, 1927.
Small notebook of handwritten poems.
Box Folder
3 1-19 Manuscripts (92 total), undated
Typed manuscripts of Ward's short stories.
20-21 Manuscripts (10 total), undated
Typed manuscripts of Ward's stories for children.
22 Manuscripts (2 total), undated
Typed manuscripts titled "G.T.T7.: James Bowie" and "The Presidential Campaign of 1920". Nonfiction.
23 Manuscripts, undated
Untitled typed articles. Nonfiction.
24-27 Manuscripts (unsorted), undated
Typed manuscripts of Ward's poetry.
28-34 Clippings, (pen names).
Short stories written by Ward but published under various pseudonyms. Mostly from the Oak Cliff Edition of The Dallas Journal.
Box Folder
4 1-2 Clippings, undated
Short stories by Ward published in various newspapers and periodicals.
3-19 Clippings (unsorted), 1927-1959.
Clippings of Ward's published poetry.
20-30 Clippings (unsorted), undated
Ward's published poetry clipped from newspapers and magazines. Contains duplicates.
Box Folder
5 1-14 Periodicals, 1924-30, 1936-37, 1942, 1947, and 1951-52.
Periodicals containing Ward's short stories.

Series III. Dallas Morning News Material, 1955, undated
Extent 0.10 linear ft. (2 folders).

Box Folder
5 15 Public Relation Booklet, 1955.
Booklet identifying the staff of The Dallas Morning News and describing their duties.
16 Cartoons, undated
Cartoons by The Dallas Morning News_artist and cartoonist, Herb Ficklen.