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Index Terms

Administrative Information

Accession Number

OCLC Number

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Walter B. Wilson Collection, 1895-1939



Creator Wilson, Walter B., 1869-1939
Title: Walter B. Wilson collection
Dates: 1895-1939
Abstract: Letters, diaries, and scrapbooks of Walter B. Wilson, printer, publisher, and journalist, relate to daily occurrences in McKinney and the surrounding area, including the Methodist Church, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Populist and Prohibition movements in Collin County, Texas.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01596
Extent: 13.25 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Walter B. Wilson (1869-1939), printer, publisher, and journalist, was the owner and editor of the McKinney, Collin County, Texas, newspaper for more than 30 years. Wilson was born in 1869 in Illinois, the son of a Methodist minister and a church and charity worker. He came to Texas at the age of 18 with two brothers and started his business career in printing and publishing.

The weekly Democrat-Gazette, the oldest paper in Collin County, was founded in 1884, and 10 years later Wilson became its editor. He held this position, as well as the position of editor of the daily Courier-Gazette, for 20 years before the two papers merged. Wilson then served as editor of the merged Courier-Gazette for another 13 years until his death in 1939.

Along with publishing and journalism, Wilson was well-known for his civic duties, including holding the positions of President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Collin County Confederate Veterans, Secretary of the county's Red Cross chapter, and member of the school board for more than 30 years. He was a member and former commander of the Henry A. Wiley Camp of Spanish-American War Veterans and a member of the Official Board of the First Methodist Church. Additionally, Wilson was one of the first contributors to Southern Methodist University at Dallas.

Source: Walter B. Wilson Collection, 1895-1939, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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Scope and Contents

The Walter B. Wilson Papers, 1895-1939, include letters, diaries, and scrapbooks, and relate to daily occurrences in McKinney and the surrounding area. The Methodist Church, Rotary Club, and the Chamber of Commerce figure prominently in the papers. In addition, the papers document the Populist and Prohibition movements in Collin County during the early 20th century. Furthermore, the papers include morgue files of the Weekly Democrat and the Daily Courier, which were printed by Wilson. The scrapbooks contain original newspaper clippings and articles from the Standard, the McKinney Messenger, the Weekly Enquirer, the McKinney Gazette, and other papers.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

A portion of this collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Due to the fragility of these manuscripts the microfilm should be used rather than the original manuscript.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law. 

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Horn, Paul W. (Paul Whitfield), 1870-1932
Neff, Pat Morris, 1871-1952
Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961
Wilson, Walter B., 1869-1939
Subjects
Newspaper editors
Newspapers--Ownership
Populism
Prohibition
Places
McKinney
Texas
Document Types
Newspapers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Walter B. Wilson Collection, 1895-1939, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Subsequent revisions by Emma Trent, March 2021.

Alternate Format Available

Microfilm of this collection is available for use.

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Accession Number

1943

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OCLC Number

777680151

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

Stored offsite at LSF:
Letters:
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2H374 [01858250] 1915-1926
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2H375 [01859504] 1927-1930
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2H376 [01859537] 1931-1933
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2H377 [01859560] 1934-1939, undated
Papers:
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2H377 [01859560] 1915-1926
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2H378 [01859581] 1927-1936, undated
Printed materials:
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2H378 [01859581] 1915-1925
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2H379 [04750046] 1926-1936, undated
Diaries:
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2H380 [01859570] Numbers 1-24 1896-1913
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2H381 [01859617] Numbers 25-38 1913-1921
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2H382 [01859606] Numbers 39-47 1921-1932
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2H383 [01859640] Numbers 48-52 1932-1938
Scrapbook 1894-1904
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2H384 [01859628] Clippings
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2H385 [04750035] Unclassified miscellany
Clippings
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2H386 [01859639] Clippings
Personal scrapbooks:
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3L485 [01844700] Number 1 1895-1900
Number 2 1901-1917
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4L371 [02495425] Number 3 1906-1919
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4L370 [02495458] Number 4 1920-1924
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4L376 [02495403] Number 5 1924-1925
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4L375 [02544236] Number 6 1924-1925
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4L372 [02495436] Number 7 1925-1927
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3M28 [02468921] Number 8 1927-1929
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3M29 [02464024] Number 9 1929-1930
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3M30 [02464013] Number 10 1930-1931
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3M31 [02463983] Number 11 1931-1932
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3M32 [02464002] Number 12 1932-1933
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3M33 [02463939] Number 13 1933-1934
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3M34 [02463940] Number 14 1935-1936
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3M35 [02464046] Number 15 1936-1937
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3M36 [02464090] Number 16 1937-1938
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3M37 [02464181] Personal and biographical clippings
Miscellaneous scrapbooks:
Scope and Contents
Number 17 is missing.
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3L485 [01844700] Number 1 1915
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4L349 [02495287] Number 2 1916-1918
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4L350 [02495232] Number 3 1919-1922
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4L351 [02495265] Number 4 1923-1924
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4L428 [02544214] Number 5 1926-1927
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3M16 [02463917] Number 6 1926-1928
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3M17 [02463928] Number 7 1928-1929
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3M18 [02463906] Number 8 1929-1930
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3M19 [02463892] Number 9 1930-1931
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3M20 [02463860] Number 10 1931-1932
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3M21 [02463961] Number 11 1932-1933
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3M22 [02463950] Number 12 1933-1934
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3M23 [02463994] Number 13 1934-1935
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3M24 [02463972] Number 14 1935-1936
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3M25 [02463881] Number 15 1936-1937
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3M26 [02468761] Number 16 1928-1938
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3M27 [02463870] Number 18 1938-1939
Collin County scrapbooks:
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3L486 [01859592] Number 1 1897-1902
Number 2 1889-1897
Number 3 1906-1916
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3L485 [01844700] Number 4 1897-1900
Number 5 1897-1900
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4L151 [03255722] Number 6 1897-1900
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3L486 [01859592] Number 7 1906-1917
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4L384 [02544269] Number 8 1916-1917
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4L385 [02495254] Number 9 1917-1918
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4L377 [02495414] Number 10 1917-1918
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4L378 [02544258] Number 11 1918-1919
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4L379 [02495480] Number 12 1918-1919
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4L380 [02495470] Number 13 1920-1921
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4L381 [02495243] Number 14 1920-1921
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4L382 [02544270] Number 15 1921-1922
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4L383 [02544247] Number 16 1922-1923
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4L384 [02544269] Number 17 1922-1923
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4L385 [02495254] Number 18 1924-1925
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4L284 [02495276] Number 19 1925-1926
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3M38 [02464159] Number 20 1921-1922
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3M39 [02464239] Number 21 1927
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3M40 [02464148] Number 22 1926-1927
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3M41 [02464170] Number 23 1927-1928
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3M42 [02464115] Number 24 1928
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3M43 [02464217] Number 25 1928-1929
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3M44 [02464228] Number 26 1929-1930
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3M45 [02464240] Number 27 1929-1930
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3M46 [02464261] Number 28 1930
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3M47 [02464272] Number 29 1930
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3M48 [02464137] Number 30 1902-1931
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3M49 [02464206] Number 31 1931
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3M50 [02464104] Number 32 1931-1932
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3M51 [02464126] Number 33 1931-1932
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3M52 [02464160] Number 34 1931-1933
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3M53 [02464250] Number 35 1933
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3M54 [02464079] Number 36 1933-1934
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3M55 [02464192] Number 37 1934
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3M56 [02464080] Number 38 1936
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3M57 [02464035] Number 39 1935-1936
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3M58 [02464057] Number 40 1934-1935
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3M59 [02464068] Number 41 1934-1936
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4L432 [02469243] Number 42 1936-1937
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4L431 [02469083] Number 43 1936-1938
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4L430 [02495447] Number 44 1936-1937
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4L429 [02495629] Number 45 1938-1939
Microfilm at Sid Richardson Hall:
Correspondence:
reel reel
Microfilm Collection 839.01 1915
839.01 1918-1923
839.02 1924-1926
839.02 1927
839.03 1928-1929
839.04 1930
839.04 1931-1932
839.05 1932-1933
839.05 1934
839.06 1935-1939
Miscellaneous papers:
reel reel
Microfilm Collection 839.06 1913
839.06 1915-1917
839.06 1919
839.06 1921-1926
839.07 1927-1928
839.07 1929-1937 and undated
839.08 Undated
Printed materials:
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Microfilm Collection 839.08 1915
839.08 1918-1922
839.09 1923-1925
839.09 1926-1932
839.10 1933-1939 and undated
Diaries:
reel reel
Microfilm Collection 839.11 Numbers 1-8 1896-1901
839.12 Numbers 9-12 1901-1905
839.13 Numbers 13-16 1905-1908
839.14 Numbers 17-20 1908-1911
839.15 Numbers 21-24 1911-1913
839.16 Numbers 25-28 1913-1915
839.17 Numbers 29-32 1915-1917
839.18 Numbers 33-37 1917-1920
839.19 Number 38 1920-1921
839.19 Numbers 39-41 1921-1924
839.20 Numbers 42-44 1924-1928
839.21 Numbers 45-47 1928-1932
839.22 Numbers 48-50 1932-1937
839.23 Numbers 51-52 1937-1938
Scrapbooks
reel reel
Microfilm Collection 839.23 1894-1895
839.23 1894-1896
839.23 1901-1904
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings:
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Microfilm Collection 839.24 1903
839.24 1905
839.24 1916
839.24 1918
839.24 1920-1929
839.24 1930-1933
839.25 1934-1939
839.25 1939-1941 and undated
Personal scrapbooks:
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Microfilm Collection 839.26 Number 1 1895-1900
839.26 Number 2 1901-1917
839.26 Number 3 1906-1919
839.26 Number 4 1920-1924
839.26 Number 5 1924-1925
839.26 Number 6 1924-1925
839.26 Number 7 1925-1927
839.26 Number 8 1927-1929
839.27 Number 9 1929-1930
839.27 Number 10 1930-1931
839.27 Number 11 1931-1932
839.27 Number 12 1932-1933
839.27 Number 13 1933-1934
839.27 Number 14 1935-1936
839.27 Number 15 1936-1937
839.27 Number 16 1937-1938
839.27 Personal and biographical scrapbook circa 1924-circa 1939
Miscellaneous scrapbooks:
Scope and Contents
Number 17 is missing.
reel reel
Microfilm Collection 839.28 Number 1 1915
839.28 Number 2 1916-1918
839.28 Number 3 1919-1922
839.28 Number 4 1923-1924
839.28 Number 5 1926-1927
839.28 Number 6 1926-1928
839.28 Number 7 1928-1929
839.28 Number 8 1929-1930
839.29 Number 9 1930-1931
839.29 Number 10 1931-1932
839.29 Number 11 1932-1933
839.29 Number 12 1933-1934
839.29 Number 13 1934-1935
839.29 Number 14 1935-1936
839.29 Number 15 1936-1937
839.29 Number 16 1928-1938
839.29 Number 18 1938-1939
Collin County scrapbooks:
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Microfilm Collection 839.30 Number 1 1897-1902
839.30 Number 2 1889-1897
839.30 Number 3 1906-1916
839.30 Number 4 1897-1900
839.30 Number 5 1897-1900
839.30 Number 6 1897-1900
839.30 Number 7 1906-1917
839.30 Number 8 1916-1917
839.30 Number 9 1917-1918
839.31 Number 10 1917-1918
839.31 Number 11 1918-1919
839.31 Number 12 1918-1919
839.31 Number 13 1920-1921
839.31 Number 14 1920-1921
839.31 Number 15 1921-1922
839.31 Number 16 1922-1923
839.31 Number 17 1922-1923
839.31 Number 18 1924-1925
839.32 Number 19 1925-1926
839.32 Number 20 1921-1922
839.32 Number 21 1927
839.32 Number 22 1926-1927
839.32 Number 23 1927-1928
839.32 Number 24 1928
839.32 Number 25 1928-1929
839.32 Number 26 1929-1930
839.33 Number 27 1929-1930
839.33 Number 28 1930
839.33 Number 29 1930
839.33 Number 30 1902-1931
839.33 Number 31 1931
839.33 Number 32 1931-1932
839.33 Number 33 1931-1932
839.33 Number 34 1931-1933
839.34 Number 35 1933
839.34 Number 36 1933-1934
839.34 Number 37 1934
839.34 Number 38 1936
839.34 Number 39 1935-1936
839.34 Number 40 1934-1935
839.34 Number 41 1934-1936
839.35 Number 42 1936-1937
839.35 Number 43 1936-1938
839.35 Number 44 1936-1937
839.35 Number 45 1938-1939

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