University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Frederick Wilkins Papers, 1989-2004

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wilkins, Frederick, 1916-2004
Title: Frederick Wilkins papers
Dates: 1989-2004
Creator Abstract: Frederick Wilkins wrote extensively on the Texas Rangers.
Content Abstract: The bulk of the material is manuscript drafts, but also includes some maps, a speech, photos, slides, and a book review.
Identification: MS 283
Extent: 2.3 linear feet (4 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Frederick Wilkins was born in 1916 in Dallas. He attended Southern Methodist University where he majored in history. After college he spent twenty-five years in the Army as a public relations officer.

Wilkins was married to Frances Semaan who had a career in Oriental carpet and art objects. The couple shared an interest in Near Eastern and Islamic art, amassing a large collection through their travels. This 300-plus-piece collection was donated to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Willkins was interested in the Texas Rangers writing extensively on the subject, including: The highly irregular irregulars : Texas Rangers in the Mexican War; The legend begins : the Texas Rangers, 1823-1845; Defending the borders : the Texas Rangers, 1848-1861; and The law comes to Texas : the Texas Rangers, 1870-1901.

Wilkins died in 2004.

Source: "A neighborhood treat," San Antonio Express-News, November 16, 2004

Source: Obituary, San Antonio Express-News, December 17, 2004.

Scope and Content Note

The Frederick Wilkins papers are collected into one series, Writings. The series is further divided into manuscripts, speaking engagements, articles, research material, and assorted material. These sub-series are comprised of book manuscripts, speeches and interviews, an article, The Legendary Texas Rangers , appearing in the magazine Wild West, photographs, slides, negatives, contact sheets, research notes, a book interview and articles giving writing tips and techniques.

Organization of Collection

1. Writings
2. Research and assorted materials


Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Wilkins, Frederick, 1916-2004
Texas Rangers History 19th century.
Frontier and pioneer life Texas.
Texas History 1846-1950.
Texas History, Military 19th century.
Contact sheets.
Local Subjects
Texas History

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Frederick Wilkins at the date of accessioning.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frederick Wilkins Papers, MS 283, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received from Freda Semaan in July 2008 (Acc. 2008-036).

Processing Information

The collection is in one accession, 2008-036. More detailed processing is not anticipated at this time.

Detailed Description of the Frederick Wilkins Papers


Box Folder
1 1-3 "The Greatest Game,"1991
4-6 "The Greatest Game,"1993
7 Revision of "Irregulars,"1993-1994 and undated
8-9 "Tomaso's Women, "1996
10-12 "Love Is A Sword, Tomaso's Women," undated
13-14 "Defending The Frontiers - The Texas Rangers, 1848-1861," undated
15-16 "Empire" (revised), undated
Box Folder
2 1-2 "The Old Spy and The Establishment - The Magruder File," undated
3-4 "The Old Spy and The Establishment, " undated
5-7 "Return of the Assassins - A Magruder Adventure, " undated
8-9 "The Sassanian Treasure," undated
10-11 "The Sassanian Treasure, " undated
12-13 "The Year Oil Ended" draft, undated
14 "The Year The Oil Ended," undated
Box Folder
3 1 "The Year The Oil Ended, " undated
Speaking Engagements
2 Texas State Historical Association meeting, 1996
3 Starz Encore Group 11c TV - Western interview release, 2000
4 Speech, undated
5 Wild West magazine article The Legendary Texas Rangers, 1997
6 Early Rangers - correspondence regarding the article The Texas Rangers: Birth and Legend, published in Wild West magazine, 1998
7 Book reviews, 2003-2004
8 Writing tips and techniques, undated

Research and assorted material

Box Folder
3 Research Material
9 Topic guide to the general subjects for the N.H. Rose Collection located in The University of Oklahoma's Western History Collection, 1989
10 Material on Mr. J. Truitt, 1955, photocopied 1993
11 East Texas Historical Association, February 20-21, 1998
12 Sam Walker material (possible use in revision of death) 1997-1998 and undated
13 How Colt Revolvers came to Texas, 2000
14 Jefferson Tinnin, undated
15 Papers written by James Worsham, undated
16 Rangers deaths, undated
17 The Texas Postal History Society Journal, undated
18 Notes, undated
4 Photographic material
1 Photographs (1823-1845), 1990-1994
2 Sam Walter photographs, 1998
3 Last Indian Fight slides, undated
4 Ranger Illustrations, contact sheet, undated
5 Military map of the Rio Grande frontier, undated
6 World Road Maps series 1304 W. Middle East, sheets 1-6, undated
Assorted material
7 Correspondence, 1991