University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the C. Richard King Papers, 1881, 1914-1982

Descriptive Summary

Creator: King, Clyde Richard, 1924-2007
Title: King, C. Richard, papers
Dates: 1881, 1914-1982
Abstract: C. Richard King (1924-2007) was a Journalism Professor at the University of Texas at Austin from 1956 to 1983. He wrote a number of books and articles on Texas history and collected materials pertaining to the UT School of Journalism and Stephenville and Texas history. The papers include personal and professional correspondence, a variety of historical materials pertaining to the School of Journalism at UT, newspaper clippings, programs and printed material, articles, manuscript and research notes, maps, a diary, certificates, and a photograph album.
Accession No.: 80-94; 81-114; 82-233; 82-295; 99-222
OCLC No.: 961215385
Extent: ca. 27 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Clyde Richard King was born in Gorman, Texas, on January 14, 1924, and became a resident of Stephenville, Texas, in 1929. He earned an AS degree from John Tarleton State College in 1943, a bachelor's degree (1948) and an MA degree (1949) from the University of Oklahoma, and his PhD from Baylor University in 1962. He taught at Mary Hardin-Baylor, East Texas State Teachers College, and John Tarleton Agricultural College before joining the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin as a Professor of Journalism in 1956. Additionally, Dr. King had served during World War II in the U.S. Army in Europe.

During his 26-year tenure at UT, C. Richard King, as he was known, served as Professor of Journalism, member of the editorial board of The Quill, and the first faculty consultant for UTMost student magazine, which began in 1978. He served on a variety of faculty committees and collected material pertaining to the history of the School of Journalism at UT.

Dr. King was the author of 18 books and countless articles, mainly pertaining to Stephenville and Texas history. He was a life member of the West Texas State Historical Association and the Texas State Historical Association, and served as chairman of the national historical sites committee of Sigma Delta Chi journalism fraternity. He also held the position of master of Stephenville Masonic Lodge, was named a Knights Commander of the Court of Honor by the Dallas Scottish Rite, and served as president of the Cross Timbers Scottish Rite Club.

A collector of Texas history, Dr. King has donated important historical collections to a variety of institutions. Along with this collection of papers, maps, and articles at the Briscoe Center for American History, his Texas books now reside at the Tarleton State University Library, a collection of his World War II items is housed in the American Legion Post, and a collection of papers and newspapers can be found at the Texas Tech University Library.

C. Richard King retired from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. He died in Stephenville, Texas, on August 3, 2007.

Sources: C. Richard King Clyde Richard King

The Alcalde, March 1979

"A journalist, who made a difference", Stephenville Empire-Tribune, August 7, 2007, accessed September 27, 2016

Scope and Contents

The C. Richard King Papers, 1881, 1914-1982, are comprised of personal and professional correspondence, a variety of historical materials pertaining to the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, newspaper clippings, programs and printed material, articles, manuscript and research notes, maps, a diary, and certificates. King's service record and photograph album from his time during World War II can also be found. The collection documents King's life and career and also showcases a wealth of UT, Stephenville, and Texas history. Additional materials pertain to King's work on faculty committees and with professional organizations. Students' manuscripts and grade books, along with UT Regents files and papers of UT Journalism professor Paul J. Thompson, can also be found.


Access Restrictions

Student grade books are restricted for 75 years from the date of creation.

Use Restrictions

The bulk of these papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
King, Clyde Richard, 1924-2007
Thompson, Paul Jennings, 1890-1964
Hornaday, William Deming, 1868-1942
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. School of Journalism
University of Texas at Austin. School of Communication
American Society of Magazine Editors
Austin (Tex.)
Stephenville (Tex.)

Related Material

See also the Paul J. Thompson Papers, 1919-1963 and the William Deming Hornaday Papers, ca. 1900-1935.

See also the C. Richard King Papers at the Texas Tech University Libraries in Lubbock, Texas.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Unit and the Artifacts Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

C. Richard King Papers, 1881, 1914-1982, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, 1981.

Subsequent revisions were made by Evan Hocker, January 2011, and Jessi Fishman, September 2016.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3V42 School of Communications catalogue, 1971-1973
Will Mayes, photograph and biography
Journalism building, photographs
Magazine articles, "Texas Historical Marker is Placed at Newsprint Mill" and "News-People"
Paul J. Thompson:
Report of the Special Paul Jennings Thompson Resolution Committee, December 8, 1964
Program from Paul J. Thompson Appreciation Dinner, March 31, 1949
Clipping, Dallas News, "Thompson's Vision Should be Rewarded", December 9, 1958
Biography, 1956
Program from "Forty Years on the Forty Acres: A Tribute to Mr. Paul J. Thompson," December 6, 1958
The University of Missouri Bulletin, "The Missouri Honor Awards for Distinguished Service in Journalism," 1953
The Daily Texan, Celebrating issue, Thompson section, December 5, 1958
History of School of Journalism:
Historical material on School of Journalism:
Bulletin announcing the formation of the School of Journalism, January 4, 1934
Graduates in Journalism, The University of Texas, 1915-1940
Letter telling history of the Department of Journalism, December 29, 1933
Clipping, Austin American, "Senate Race will be Big Show Itself," May 7, 1942
Clipping, Austin American-Statesman, "Pioneer Editor Suggested it, Now University's Journalism Department Turns Out Newspapermen for the Nation's City Rooms and World's News Beats," May 25, 1941
Clipping, The Daily Texan, "Ralph Faegin was Editor of First Texan Extra," March 31, 1944
List of women graduates of UT employed in journalism, January 4, 1934
Page from San Antonio Express with article, "Texas University Pays Tribute to Memory of W. D. Hornaday," February 21, 1943
Biography of William Deming Hornaday
Associated Press Foreign Service Editors and Reporters, undated
Resolution passed by the Texas Press Association, June 14-16, 1934
Clipping, Dallas News, "Teacher Training," October 2, 1944
Statement, May 31, 1936
Theses presented for Master of Journalism degree since 1935, undated
Number of students and graduated of schools and departments of journalism, undated
Number of students that took one or more journalism courses as of June 1939
Clipping, "First Building Era Results Disappear"
Clipping, Dallas News, "Journalism Day, " May 7, 1942
Clipping, Austin Statesman, "Town Talk, " March 10, 1942
Degrees conferred October 26, 1943, College of Arts and Sciences
Number of individuals who received degrees in journalism between 1914-1915 and 1938-1939
Handwritten note
Employment of UT journalism graduates, based on survey conducted between February 1 and May 1, 1941
Fall enrollment survey, November 1937
The School's Equipment for Teaching, undated
Correspondence on history and information of Journalism Department, June 14, 1929
Speech by Will H. Mayes to Texas Press Association Convention on Department of Journalism, June 20, 1914
News release from UT News Service announcing death of William Harding Mayes, June 26, 1939
Library catalog card for Bulletin Announcing Inauguration of School of Journalism
Typescript of article, "The Texas University and Department of Journalism," May 11, 1881
Handwritten note on first journalism degree
Correspondence to Paul J. Thompson from Stuart McGregor of Dallas Morning News, October 7, 1938
Students granted Masters of Journalism degrees, 1915-1942
Clipping, Interscholastic Leaguer, "UIL Press Conference has Served 2,700 High School Paper Editors," April 1950
Correspondence on history and information of UT Department of Journalism, January 7, 1938
Pamphlets and brochures, Department of Journalism, 1949-1967
School of Journalism:
Photographs and negatives, 1929-1962
Business card
Clipping, Austin American-Statesman, "Pioneer Editor Suggested it, Now University's Journalism Department Turns Out Newspapermen for Nation's City Rooms and World's News Beats," May 25, 1941
Typed and handwritten notes on professors and history of UT Department of Journalism
Dallas Morning News, Education section, June 7, 1953
"Communication: UT Launches Challenging Endeavor," September 26, 1965
Austin American-Statesman, UT 75th Anniversary Section, April 13, 1958
Communication Week, Special Dedication Section of The Daily Texan, March 10, 1975
Newspaper section on Dewitt C. Reddick, undated
Obituary of Paul J. Thompson, Austin American-Statesman, May 23, 1964
"Big D," February 9, 1961
"That Almanac Man Starts Many Arguments in Texas," August 1947
50th Anniversary Journalism School Edition, The Daily Texan, April 23, 1965
"Miss Wynn Honored," October 2, 1965
Programs from meetings, conferences, and conventions, 1952-1964
News notes for Journalism Quarterly, March 22, 1951
Article from Editor and Publisher, "In 50 Years: From 'J' Shack to School of Communication," January 23, 1956
Main University newsletter, October 12, 1965
Journalism Faculty Facts, May 1959
Announcement of Gail Borden Scholarship in Journalism, undated
Ticket and minutes of journalism day brunch, March 9, 1975
List of W. H. Mayes collection of journalism books
News notes, Journalism Quarterly, March 13, 1952
Picture and caption about Texas Exes, undated
Correspondence and article on UT School of Journalism, April 24, 1959
2.325/A121 Correspondence, 1941-1982
Certificates, 1941-1972
Diary, 1936-1939
Clippings, articles, and other printed material, 1949-1980
Manuscript and research notes on early Texas history, undated
2.325/A148 Correspondence, 1975-1980
Library Committee, 1974
Mother's speeches, 1941-1964, undated
Kappa Tau Alpha certificate, 1963
Journalism Department, correspondence, printed material, invitations, certificates, 1941-1975
Coin collections, 1964
Manuscripts, research notes on early Texas, undated
Certificate of progress, 4th grade, Stephenville Public Schools, 1934
Clippings, articles, printed material, 1941-1981
Books by Exes, 1979-1980
2.325/M1 Personal correspondence to Mr. and Mrs. C. S. King, 1943-1946
Personal correspondence to Mr. and Mrs. C. S. King and Billie Jean King, 1944-1945
2.325/M2 Personal correspondence to Mr. and Mrs. C. S. King and Billie Jean King, 1944-1945
Personal correspondence to Billie Jean King, 1943-1945
Personal correspondence to Dick King, 1944-1949
Correspondence to Dick King, 1943
2.325/M3 Personal correspondence to Mrs. King, 1963, 1978-1981
Personal correspondence to Mrs. King and Billie Jean King, 1978-1981
2.325/M4 Correspondence to Dick King, 1946-1982
Thesis and dissertation correspondence to Dick King, 1979-1981
Personal correspondence to Dick King, 1968-1982
Birthday and Valentine cards to Dick King, 1981
Christmas cards to Dick King, 1980
Financial records, 1943-1949, 1971, 1980-1982
Personal notes, 1950-1982
Personal papers, 1952, 1957, 1982
2.325/M5 Article, "Stephenville Methodist Church, 1854-1940"
Article, "Stephenville Methodist Church, 1854-1940" notes, 1978-1980
2.325/M6 Microprints of 1860 United States Census, 1980
Notes on 1860 United States Census, 1980
Texas History notes on Angelina Eberly
"Angelina Belle Eberly"
"The Camels are Coming," 1963
"The Fight That Became an International Incident," 1974
"Carey Wentworth Styles: The Texas Years, 1881-1897," 1974
"Thurber, Texas," 1973-1979
"Sell the Alamo?", 1975
"Susie Hyman," 1977>
"Postal Card"
"Plate Collection"
"Robert John Walker"
"George C. Childress"
"When Whiskey Fell on Texas"
"Southern Living"
"Kenneth Wyatt"
"Language, Literature, and the Press"
"Seven Who Served"
Written articles, 1950-1982
2.325/M7 American Society of Magazine Editors, 1975
Budget Council, 1979-1982
Chairman Selection Committee, Journalism, 1976
Communication Library Committee, 1974-1975, 1977-1979
Dean's Evaluation Committee, 1975
Graduate Studies Committee, 1979-1982
Journal Committee, 1977-1978
TSP Magazine Committee, 1979-1982
UT Press Faculty Advisory Committee, 1977-1979
Journalism class assignments, 1979-1982
Journalism exams, 1981
Journalism class papers, 1980-1982
Journalism Department annual reports, 1956-1982
2.325/M8 Journalism Department papers, 1976-1977, 1980-1982
Notes for a speech to the Twentieth Century Club
Note cards, 1980
John A. Neill papers
Newspaper clippings, 1950-1982
Printed material, 1960-1982
Programs, 1966, 1970-1982
Stephenville Historical House Museum, 1979-1982
Stephenville Wassail, 1979
2.325/M9a Texas history notes, Republic
Cassette tape and ephemera
Note pad
Article, "We Sing Their Harvest Songs," 1952
Article, "Society Pages in School Newspapers," 1955
Article, "Stephenville Methodist Church, 1854-1940," 1978-1980
OD1199 Personal correspondence to Mr. and Mrs. C. S. King and Billie Jean King, July 26, 1944
2.325/M19 Correspondence files:
1972-1973, 1975-1976
2.325/M20 1971-1972, 1976-1977
2.325/M21 1970-1971, 1976-1977
2.325/M22 1977-1978
The Neills (manuscript)
2.325/M23 UT Regents files
Manuscript files
Texas Press Association file
2.325/M24 Correspondence files:
2.325/M25 January 1974, 1978-1979
2.325/M26 1967-1968, 1980
2.325/M27 1966-1967
Manuscripts (C. R. King' students)
2.325/M28 Correspondence files, 1961-1966
Manuscripts by students
2.325/M29 Correspondence files:
1943-1961, 1968-1969
2.325/M30 1969-1970, 1974
2.325/M31 1974-1975
Subject titled files
2.325/M32 Subject titled files
99-222/1 Grade Books, 1933-1934
Grade Books (RESTRICTED), 1956-1982
Letters, 1943-1944
Printed Materials, 1944-1945
Service Record, 1942-1945
Photograph Album, 1942-1944
2.325/D39a Oversize maps, 1944