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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization and Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Accession Numbers

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

T. R. Fehrenbach Papers, 1925-2002



Creator Fehrenbach, T.R.
Title: T. R. Fehrenbach papers
Dates: 1925-2002
Abstract: The papers of Texas author and historian Theodore Reed Fehrenbach include creative works, research notes, printed materials, correspondence, photographs, royalty statements, and audiovisual material.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01658
Extent: 10 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Texas author and historian Theodore Reed Fehrenbach (1925-2013) was born in San Benito, Texas. His family relocated to Brownsville, Texas, when he was five. They later moved to California, where he graduated from Hollywood High School at the age of 16. Fehrenbach entered Princeton University in 1941. After serving in WWII, he returned to Princeton to graduate magna cum laude in 1947.

A brief career as a cotton farmer was interrupted when Fehrenbach returned to active military duty during the Korean War as a platoon leader, company commander, and Intelligence Officer. He later served as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission. After military service he started the Royal Poinciana Insurance Company in San Antonio, Texas, and began his writing career in earnest. Fehrenbach's experience provided the material for This Kind of War, his account of the Korean conflict, which was published in 1963. This work is held in high esteem by the military and a portion of it is included in the U.S. Military Academy text Introduction to the Military Profession. This Kind of War is required reading for all soldiers stationed in Korea.

Lone Star, a history of Texas published in 1968, is Fehrenbach's best-known work. It has been used as a text in college history courses and has been included as a Book of the Month Club selection. In 1986, PBS produced a mini-series adaptation of Lone Star. Because of Fehrenbach's knowledge of Texana, he often consulted with journalists on Texas history, politics, and current affairs.

Fehrenbach's complete list of works reflects wide-ranging and diverse historical interests. Comanches traces the rise and fall of that tribe, while Fire and Blood recounts the history of Mexico. Swiss Banks delves into the mysterious and secretive world of the Swiss banking system and This Kind of Peace explores the development of the United Nations. Fehrenbach's writings are not without controversy, however. Swiss Banks raised the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice, which censored part of the text. In addition, characterizations of an American businessman and an Iranian sheik provoked threats of libel suits.

Fehrenbach published articles in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Elk, American Legion, and internationally in Zurich Woche, L'Express and the London Sunday Times. He also served as Secretary for the San Antonio Publishing Corporation, started in 1981, which published the magazine San Antonio Monthly.

Fehrenbach served on or chaired numerous commissions and committees including the Texas 2000 Commission, the Texas Historical Commission, the Capitol Centennial Committee and the Texas Antiquities Protection Committee. Awards from associations ranging from the Knights of Mark Twain, Sons of the Texas Revolution, and the U.S. Army have been bestowed upon Fehrenbach. His many speaking engagements included an invitation by Governor William Hobby to speak to a joint session of the Texas legislature on March 2, 1977, regarding the celebration of Texas Independence. In 1986 the Texas Historical Commission established the T.R. Fehrenbach Publications Award in his honor.

Fehrenbach died in San Antonio on December 1, 2013. He was a regular columnist for the San Antonio Express-News until shortly before his death.

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Scope and Contents

The T.R. Fehrenbach Papers, 1925-2002, include creative works, research notes, printed materials, correspondence, photographs, royalty statements, and audiovisual material, the bulk of which date from 1962-1995. The papers, created and gathered by Fehrenbach, document his activity as an author and a historian. Pre-publication typescripts, galley proofs, work notes, camera-ready maps, post-publication reviews, materials pertaining to the PBS adaptation of Lone Star, and publicity ads illustrate Fehrenbach's literary career.

The Literary Production series encompasses published works as well as outlines and research notes for unpublished works. Notable published works are FDR's Undeclared War and Comanches, both of which contain two corrected typescripts and two galley proofs, with extensive handwritten comments. The Biographical Clippings subseries contains materials that relate to Fehrenbach as an author, but are not connected to a specific work. Examples include an interview entitled "San Antonio's Most Famous Unknown Author."

The Literary Production series also contains professional correspondence, including letters from well-known Texans such as William Hobby, William Clements, John Tower, Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Ima Hogg. The more routine material includes a letter regarding the use of Fire and Blood as a text in a Mexican history class, correspondence with the reviewer Leon Metz (recipient of the T. R. Fehrenbach Award in 1990), and a group of thank-you notes from a high school history class who attended a lecture given by Fehrenbach at their local library. Also included under the Literary Production series heading are memoranda from agents and publishers, documenting routine communication between the author and publisher.

Another subseries, Historical Commentary, includes photographs covering diverse subjects ranging from Fehrenbach's childhood home to a reunion of Korean War veterans; as well as printed materials including programs of events and news clippings, documenting the many historical, social, and professional groups of which Fehrenbach was a member. The Awards series, mostly separated to the Artifact Collection, includes certificates and plaques regarding awards given for literary and historical work.

Two other, lesser series in the collection relate to information concerning Fehrenbach's involvement in the San Antonio Publishing Company as well as to the 1968 publication of Fehrenbach's wife Lillian Fehrenbach's cookbook, The Pedernales Cookbook.

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Organization and Arrangement

The collection is organized into four series as follows:
I. Literary Production
  • a. Typescripts, Galley Proofs, and work notes
  • b. Biographical Clippings
  • c. Correspondence and Memoranda
  • d. Historical Commentary
II. Awards
III. Lillian Fehrenbach
IV. San Antonio Publishing Corporation

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Access to audiovisual material is restricted. Contact repository for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by T. R. Fehrenbach.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Clements, William P., 1917-2011
Curtis, Richard
Fehrenbach, Lillian
Fehrenbach, T.R.
Hobby, William Pettus, 1878-1964
Hogg, Ima, 1882-1975
Hutchison, Kay Bailey, 1943-
Meredith, Scott
Perry, Rick, 1950-
Tower, John
Corporate Names
American legion
Atlantic monthly press
Elk
Esquire, inc.
San Antonio Express-News
Texas 1986 Sesquicentennial Commission
Texas Historical Commission
United Nations.
Subjects
Authors
Banks and banking, Swiss
Comanche Indians
Journalism
Places
San Antonio
San Benito
Texas

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifact Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

T. R. Fehrenbach Papers, 1925-2002, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sarah Cunningham, Mary Ann Murdock, and Leah Billingsley, November 2003. Subsequent revisions were made by Evan Hocker, July 2007, and A. Posey, August 2007.

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.

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Accession Numbers

94-217; 2002-031

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

Literary Production
Typescripts, galley proofs, and work notes , 1961-1999
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4Jc156 [SRH1230014875] This Kind of War (published 1963)
Bound galley proof (2 folders)
Printed material (2 folders), 1963-1995
Swiss Banks (published 1966)
Research material (3 folders)
Work notes
Printed material, 1965-1967
This Kind of Peace (published 1966)
Work notes
Typescript (4 folders)
Printed material, 1965-1967
American Empire (never published) , 1966
Work notes
Outline
Julius Caesar (never published), circa 1966
Book outline
Crossroads in Korea (published 1966)
Typescript 1
Typescript 2
Article
Printed material – reviews, 1966
Gnomes of Zurich
Printed material, 1966-1967
The United Nations in War and Peace
Printed material, 1967-1968
box
4Jc157 [SRH1230014876] FDR's Undeclared War (published 1967)
Work notes
Typescript 1 (3 folders)
Typescript 2 (2 folders)
Galley proofs, 1966
Printed material, 1967
box
4Jc158 [SRH1230014877] Greatness To Spare and Lone Star
Work notes
Greatness to Spare (published 1968)
Typescript
Printed material, 1968-1969
Lone Star
Research material
Typescript (6 folders)
PBS Adaptation (produced 1986) (2 folders)
Printed material, 1968-1993
box
4Jc159 [SRH1230014878] Comanches (published 1974)
Research material
Work notes
Typescripts
1974 edition (5 folders)
Later edition (4 folders)
Galley proof (1974 edition)
Galley proof (1999 edition) (2 folders)
Printed material (2 folders), 1973-1975
box
4Jc160 [SRH1230014879] Fire & Blood (published 1973)
Work notes
Typescript (8 folders)
Typescript (1998 edition)
Forward and p. 646 – 658
Printed material (2 folders), 1973-1979
box
4Jc161 [SRH1230014880] Seven Keys to Texas
Prepublication folio, 1986
Catalog with ad, 1986-1987
Article (taken from book)
San Antonio Story (published 1978)
Research material
Typescript (2 folders)
Printed material, 1978
Texas: A Salute From Above
Printed material, 1985
Six American Histories (published 1981)
Introduction to the Military Profession, 1982
Alamo CD, 1995
box
4Jc162 [SRH1230014870] Biographical clippings and other work
Columns for the San Antonio Express-News (2 folders)
Work notes for article published in Esquire
Reward (fiction) – typescript
"Catfishing Champion of Atabasca County", 1975
"Long Crisis"
"Mapmaking"
"Land speculation and Development in the 1970's" – American Legion, 1973
"Secrets of Swiss Banks" – Atlantic, 1965
"Elkdom, U.S.A. The Story of The B.P.O.E."
An article in ten parts published in Elk (2 folders)
Bicentennial articles (3 folders), 1976
Newspaper articles, Odessa and Del Rio , 1980, 1984
Texas Sesquicentennial, 1986
"Ten Things That Shaped Texas", 1987
Book reviews, 1964-1988
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4Jc163 [SRH1230014869] Correspondence and memoranda
Memoranda from agents/publishers, 1960s
Professional correspondence (4 folders)
1963-1969
1970-1979
1980-1989
1990-1999
Royalty statements
1965-1969
1970-1992
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4Jc164 [SRH1230014868] Historical commentary
Biographical clippings , 1966-1987
Speaking engagements , 1967-2001
Female candidates , 1972
Sesquicentennial , 1986
Capitol Centennial, 1982
Capitol Centennial reviews, 1982
Texas Historical Commission
Affiliations – printed material
Photos, 1925-2001
Slides for View From Above and Lone Star, 1984-1985
Awards
box
2W28a [SRH1230020263] Awards and diploma
Lillian Fehrenbach
box
4Jc164 [SRH1230014868] Printed material pertaining to The Pedernales Cook Book
San Antonio Publishing Corporation
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4Jc164 [SRH1230014868] Press pack, 1981
Audiovisual material
Conditions Governing Access
Access to audiovisual material is restricted. Please contact repository for more information.
box
2X82a [SRH1230014799] Audiocassette - Henry Guerro - TRF at the Baptist Brotherhood , February 6, 1979
box
3X160 [SRH1230027786] Video tapes (VHS)
Printed material
box
2W28a [SRH1230020263] Above Texas dust jacket
New York Times book review - Comanches
Scrapbook pages: This Kind of War

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