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Rackett, Elisha M.
Papers, 1889-1892
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

      This collection consists of fifteen small diaries written possibly by Elisha M. Rackett from 1889-1892.  It is unclear as to whether he is the writer.  The diary writer records his efforts as a farmer raising all kinds of vegetables and grains, doing odd jobs such as fishnet   weaving, participating in social interactions, town service such as school board meetings, building of a new schoolhouse, religious attendances, and day-trips and recreational activities.
      Elisha M. Rackett was born in 1847 and lived in Suffock County, Long Island, New York while he was a farmer, grocer, school board member, and active Methodist.  His diaries record numerous activities, which he did during the four-year period.  He kept details on the kinds of crops he raised, the various other jobs he performed, and the diversions that kept him entertained.

Railsback, Bernice
Papers, undated
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

   Items are song lyrics and a musical score for “The Ballad of Charlie Ratliff”.  Bernice Railsback was a prominent educator from Levelland, Texas.  The song is about one of Charles Goodnight’s cowboys who died after falling into a canyon.  Charles Goodnight was a rancher and partner of John G. Adair who help found the JA Ranch in the Texas Panhandle region.

Ralls Study Club (Texas)
Records, 1961-1970
151 leaves

    Consists of yearbooks and other printed material concerning the Study Club of Ralls, Texas. Bulks (1961-1970) with yearbooks.
    Organized in 1918 and federated in 1942, the club was established to promote literary culture and community interests, and to cooperate with other philanthropic organizations.

Ralls-Watkins Family
Papers, 1894-2008 and undated
7 boxes (7 linear feet)

The Papers contains files, printed material, and other items relating to the Ralls and Watkins families from Ralls, Texas. Some of the most significant materials are genealogical research and records of the Ralls and Watkins families, and the personal account books of Percy Ralls, the family founder. Also includes the collected travel plans, records, and news clippings of the Watkins family world tour circa 1958. There are also collected files from a Ralls missionary society, usually dealing with efforts that took place in East Asia.
The Ralls and later Watkins Families helped found, establish, and contribute financially to both the town of Ralls, Texas, as well as the Methodist Church of Ralls. The founding of the town came about primarily through the children of Percy Ralls, the patriarch of the family from Georgia.

Ramirez, Jose
Papers, 1987-1997
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

    Contains a biography of Ramirez, Jose, eulogy for Ramirez, Jose, photocopy of a news clipping honoring Ramirez, Jose, photocopy of the dedication program for Jose S. Ramirez Elementary School, 1987, and a Spanish poem, Mi Razon, 1994.
   Jose Ramirez was a prominent Lubbock businessman, LULAC member, civic leader, and school board member.  He passed away in the mid 1990s.

Ranching Heritage Association
Records, 1983-1990
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

   Collection includes guidebooks, note cards, letters, and papers of the Ranching Heritage Association of Lubbock, Texas that were collected by Mrs. H. Allen Anderson who was a member.  She volunteered as a guide at the Ranching Heritage Center.  The Ranching Heritage Association collects artifacts that describe the ranching and pioneers days of the South Plains in Texas.
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Ranching in Texas
Collection, 1944 and undated
498 leaves

    Includes a bound account book containing a handwritten manuscript relating brief histories and biographies of ranches and their founders throughout Texas. The author is unknown.

Ransom Canyon, Texas
Papers, 1987-1996
1 wallet (0.1 linear ft.)

    The collection contains invitations, newsletters, programs, and correspondence concerning the Texas Historical Marker dedication at Ransom Canyon, Texas on Sept. 24, 1994.  Ransom Canyon is southeast of Lubbock and part of the Yellow House Canyon.  It sports a lake for recreational activities and is also into real estate development.

Rash, Randall
Collection, 1883-1954
1 microfilm reel (40 ft.) : negative

    Contains letters, Rash family genealogical material, an Acton Methodist-Episcopal Church register, and Acton Telephone Company records.
    Randall Rash is descended from S. A. Rash, an early pioneer of Hood County, Texas.

Rassman, Emil C.
Papers, 1946-1975
23,944 leaves

Contains correspondence, financial information, and legal and legislative material. The collection bulks (1946-1969) with papers concerning the Pecos River Compact Commission. Of special interest are Rassman's activities for the Texas Chamber of Commerce and the West Texas Chamber of Commerce.
A Midland, Texas, lawyer and civic leader, Rassman was born in 1919 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received a B.A. from Washington and Lee University (1941) and his L.L.D. from University of Texas (1947). He is a member of Rassman, Gunter, and Boldrick law firm in Midland, Texas, and a member of various professional organizations. His professional activities include: Director (1972-75) and Chairman of the Board (1974-75) of the State Bar of Texas, and president of West Texas Chamber of Commerce and Texas State Chamber of Commerce (1973-74). He was also active in the Texas State Chamber of Commerce.

Ratliff, C. W.
Papers, 1909-1963 and undated
2 boxes and 1 wallet (2.1 linear feet)

    Bulks with mostly assorted printed material and scrapbook items collected by Lubbock newspaperman C. W. Ratliff.  It includes a calendar from 1914 and minutes of the Lubbock City Council in 1909.

Ratliff, C. W.
Papers, 1922-1971 and undated
3 boxes (3 linear feet)

The collection concerns the life of C. W. (Charles Wesley) Ratliff, a Texas Technological College graduate and prominent Lubbock journalist.  The boxes contain many published materials concerning Lubbock and Texas, as well as reference materials pertaining to journalism.  Other materials include personal correspondence, Texas Tech history, and various magazine and newspaper clippings.  For further details, click here:  CWRatliff.
    C. W. Ratliff was a member of the first graduating class of Texas Tech in 1927.  He was also a member of Tech’s first football team.  He began working for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in 1925 as a reporter and specialized in political and city hall reporting.  In 1961 he became the first News Director for KCBD Radio and Television, a Lubbock broadcasting network.  Ratliff died in 1972.

Ratliff, O. B.
Papers, 1946
25 leaves

Contains newsclippings and a speech written, and given, by O.B. Ratliff to the Texas Technological College graduating class of 1946. Also includes a biographical sketch of Ratliff's brother, Dennis Pace Ratliff.
A Dickens County, Texas, lawyer and newspaper publisher, Ratliff attended Texas Technological College from 1929-1931. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ratliff was admitted to the Texas bar in 1936. He is the owner and publisher of the Texas Spur and Dickens County Times newspapers. Ratliff was appointed to the Texas Technological College Board of Directors by Governor Coke Stevenson in 1943--the youngest man ever to serve in this capacity.
Rattan, John, 1718-1792
Family papers, ca. 1946
59 leaves

Consists of a typed genealogical manuscript about the Thomas Rattan family, descendants of John Rattan.
A soldier in the American Revolutionary War, John Rattan was born in 1718 and died in 1792. His descendant, Thomas Rattan, was born in South Carolina in 1789, and was a civic leader and landowner. Among the first settlers in Illinois, Rattan owned land in Greene County. He moved to Texas in the 1840s, settling in the Collin County area. He and his wife, Gilliam Hill Rattan, had 14 children. Their daughter, Anna, married James Webb Throckmorton, who was governor of Texas from 1866 to 1867. Thomas Rattan died in 1854.
Ray, John S.
John S. and Mary B. Ray papers, 1859-1972
369 leaves

Contains family correspondence, financial and legal documents, a map, photographs, and printed material. The collection bulks (1947-1972) with printed material consisting of farmers' almanacs. Also includes a 1918 map of France.
Early West Texas settlers, John Ray's family settled in Foard County, Texas, in 1884. His wife, Mary, settled in Crowell, Texas (1917), and taught school. The Rays were farmers.
Rayner, Whitfield Elizah
Papers, 1886-1907
1 microfilm reel (60 ft.) : negative

Contains record books of the Rayner Cattle Company (1886-1890) and Rayner Land Company (1904-1907).
A rancher, partial owner of Rayner Cattle Company, and the owner of ranches in Stonewall and King counties, Rayner also owned the Rayner Land Company at Stamford, Texas. He was instrumental in the founding of Lubbock.
Raysor, Peter Andrew
Papers, 1879-1918
57 leaves

Contains correspondence, legal and financial documents, a map, and genealogical material. The collection bulks (1880-1893) with correspondence concerning land in Chappell Hill, Texas. Of special interest is genealogical information on the Thomas Raysor family.
Raysor was a land owner near Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas.

Reaugh, Frank
Collection, 1902-1960
1 small box (0.2 linear feet)

       Collection contains three photographs, some penciled sketches, some ephemera, a portrait of Reaugh by Knott (1953), an article by J. Evetts Haley (1960), two books and one booklet, art club pamphlets, all concerning Frank Reaugh the artist and his works.  For further details, click here:  FReaugh.
       Frank (Charles Franklin) Reaugh was the son of George Washington and Clarinda Spilman Reaugh, born on December 6, 1860 near Jacksonville, Illinois.  In 1876 his family moved to Texas living on a small ranch near Terrell, Texas.  Inspired by his mother and the landscape where he grew up with its natural environs, young Reaugh began drawing wildlife and scenic views.  Ranch scenes with cattle grazing and longhorns seem to draw his attention the most.  He received his training from the School of Fine Arts in St. Louis during 1884-1885 but he also did some studies in Paris, France in 1888.  By 1889 he was back in Texas teaching and painting mostly in pastel and oils, images, which gave him the honor and praise his art works have delivered to the public.  Some of his works are stored at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas and the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library in Lubbock, Texas.  Frank Reaugh who never married died in Dallas on May 6, 1945 at the age of 84 years.

Red Bluff Water Control District (Texas)

Records, 1928-1975
2 microfilm reels : negative

    Contains four minute books from February 17, 1928 to January 13, 1975.  Organized on February 17, 1928, to develop irrigation and other projects, the district covers the counties of Loving, Reeves, Ward, and Pecos, Texas.

Redbluff Water Control District (Texas)
Records, 1935
1 box (0.3 linear feet)

    Documents and legal records of the Redbluff Water Power District.  It includes land transactions, bills, ballots and other legislative material of the State of Texas.  The aim of the legislation is the erection of a large storage reservoir, hydro-electric generating plant, distribution system and irrigation systems.
   Prior to the mid-1930s, due to the “deplorable” conditions existing in areas of Loving, Reeves, Ward, and Pecos, counties, plans were enacted to rectify and improve water conditions within these parts of Texas.  The documents within the collection state the aim of the Red Bluff Water Power District as the following:  To “...purchase funds to construct a large storage reservoir on the Pecos River for the purpose of impounding flood waters, to provide for the irrigation of the lands within   such District and the construction and operation of a hydro-electric plant and distribution system,...”.

Reed, Beth
Papers, 1840-1967
387 leaves

     Includes correspondence, financial material, legal material, a literary production, and scrapbook material. The collection bulks (1903-1950) with financial material relating to Field's Grocery and Field's Battery and Electric Shop, operated by W. W. Field in Shallowater, Texas, during the Great Depression.  

Reed, Elsie Brashears
Papers, 1902-1942
390 leaves

     Bulks with sheet music from the early twentieth century. Part of the collection relates to World War I and the Mexican Revolution.

Reed Family
Papers, 1948-1990 and undated
1 box (.25 linear feet)

     The Reed Family Papers consist of artifacts, newspapers, printed material, and a large number of periodicals such as AAM newsletters and related publications. All of these items relate to the Reed family’s involvement with the AAM from the late 1970s until the late 1980s.  Issues of the American Agriculture News are available among the on the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library digital collections.
     The Reed family, including E. G. and Barbara Reed, were members of the American Agricultural Movement for many years. They attended an organization reunion in the summer of 2013 in Lubbock, Texas.

Reed, Malcom Hiram
Papers, 1928-1940
900 leaves

     Contains personal, financial, and legal documents, including vouchers, invoices, and contracts pertaining to the building of the Reed home in Austin, Texas (1928-1929). Also includes tax returns and papers of Mrs. Margaret B. Reed (1940).
     A Texas businessman with interests in cotton, land, banking, and oil production, Reed was born in 1876 in Williamson County, Texas. He was influential in the settlement of West Texas through purchase of Littlefield Lands and operation of Yellow House Land Company. An active Mason, Reed was also prominent in civic and social activities in Austin, Texas. He died in 1945 in Austin, Texas.

Reese Air Force Base
Records, 1940-1997 and undated
19 boxes (21 linear feet)

    Inlcudes publications and books, files from the Public Affairs office and Historian’s office and scrapbook material from the Officers Wives’ Club pertaining to Reese Air Force Base as a military base in Lubbock, Texas for 56 years. The bulk of the collection consists of wing histories and public affairs materials.  For further details, click here:  RAFB.
    Reese Air Force Base situated on 2000 acres and located 10 miles west of Lubbock, Texas was named after 1st Lt Augustus F. Reese, Jr., a pilot from Shallowater, Texas who was killed in a bombing raid in Italy on May 14, 1943. It was previously known as the Air Corps Advanced Flying School and the Lubbock Army Air Field until its’ current name changed on September 1, 1949. Its history extends from 1941-1997. After 56 years of training pilots the base was forced to close due to federal budget cuts on military expenses.

Reese Air Force Base
Audio/Visual Records, 1991-1997 and undated
162 items (6 linear feet)

     Situated on 2000 acres and located 10 miles west of Lubbock, Texas, Reese Air Force Base was named after 1st Lt. Augustus F. Reese, Jr., a pilot from Shallowater, Texas, who was killed in a bombing raid in Italy on May 14, 1943. It was previously known as the Air Corps Advanced Flying School and the Lubbock Army Air Field. On September 1, 1949, the name was changed to Reese Air Force Base. The base's history extends from 1941-1997 and after 56 years of training pilots the base was forced to close due to federal budget cuts on military expenses.
     The Audio/Visual Materials of Reese Air Force Base consist of 160 VHS video cassettes and 2 umatic tapes. The itemized inventory below notates any recording that is not VHS format. The materials cover several years of broadcasts by the Air Force Television News (AFTN), as well as productions created by the air force intended to train, educate, and entertain person el. Local news broadcasts from Lubbock and the region are also present, detailing not only news regarding Reese AFB, but also events concerning the military at large at the local, statewide, and international level.

Reese, James V.
Papers, 1956-1977
2,898 leaves

     Consists of newsclippings, scrapbook material, committee reports, minutes of meetings, American Association of University Professors newsletters, Texas Tech Faculty Council search committee letters, bulletins of various organizations, and information and reports of the history department, graduate school, College of Arts and Sciences, and Texas Tech University.
     A former history professor and graduate school administrator at Texas Tech University, Reese served on many academic, scholastic, and administrative committees, and was an advisor for several social organizations. He was also involved in a Peace Corps training course at Texas Tech University. Reese left Texas Tech University to become Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Reese, Shirley
Papers, 1967-1978
1,655 leaves

Includes correspondence, minutes, financial and insurance material, newsclippings, notes, public notices, and miscellaneous items pertaining to various civic activities and organizations.
Reese was involved in various civic organizations in Lubbock, Texas.

Reeves, C. C.
Papers, 1969
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

   Includes water reports concerning nitrate contamination in the Ballinger area of Runnels County, Texas in 1969.  Reeves is a Texas Tech professor of Geology.  His specialty is in the study of ground water systems especially the Ogallala Aquifer.

Reeves, Frank
Papers, 1927-1972
2,224 leaves

    Includes correspondence, literary productions, photographs, and financial, legal, and printed material dealing with the life and activities of Frank Reeves. Bulks (1952-1967) with drafts of articles concerning ranches and the Texas cattle industry.
A journalist, Reeves was born in Kentucky. He wrote articles for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Hereford Journal dealing mainly with the Texas cattle industry.  For further details, click here:  FReeves.

Reeves, Wintson
Papers, undated
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

    Collection of business letterheads, envelopes, business cards, receipts, price sheets, and brochure on the Reeves Photography Studio in Lubbock, Texas. Winston Reeves was a long-time photographer of Lubbock, Texas who owned and operated his own photography and camera store.  His images have captured the history of Lubbock from the 1940s-1960s.

Religious Music
Collection, 1877-1952
5,488 leaves

Includes bound hymnals, choral music, and religious sheet music.   The collection originated from old hymnals and sheet music from the First Baptist and First Methodist Churches in Ralls, Texas. Other materials, some of which date back to the late 19th century, have been added to create a collection of religious music.
Renfro, Bob

Papers, 1878-1976
1wallet (0.1 linear feet)

Collection bulks with abstracts of title for 2119 23rd Street, Lubbock, Texas from 1879-1976.
Renfro Drug Company
Records, 1893-1969
ca. 19,635 leaves

Contains correspondence, financial material, narcotic drug records, product catalogs, employee information, legal documents, photographs, and prescription records. The collection bulks (1925-1967) with prescription ledgers. Also includes employee W-4 forms, address books and lists, payment books, and general journals.
The drug store was founded in Brownwood, Texas, in 1893. The owners ultimately owned a chain of stores located in Wichita Falls and Austin. All of the stores, except the Brownwood store, were later sold to another chain. The Brownwood store was retained and operated by Fred A. Carpenter, son-in-law of J. F. Renfro, president of the company, until its closing in 1969.
Republic of the Rio Grande
Collection, 1838-1844
40 leaves

The collection contains newspapers and public announcements, printed in Spanish, regarding an attempt to establish a confederation of the northern states of Mexico.
A short-lived republic encompassing the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas. Formed in Northern Mexico at about the same time as the Republic of Texas, the Republic of the Rio Grande unsuccessfully sought aid from the Republic of Texas. Informally organized on November 3, 1838, the republic was formally established in January 1840; however, the republic was strongly opposed by the Mexican government and was officially dissolved in November 1840, although attempts to revive it continued into 1844.

Republic of Texas
Collection, 1996-1997
1 wallet (0.1  linear feet)

    Collection contains printouts from the Republic of Texas web site and a Texas Tech Law Review (vol. 28, no. 3, 1997) detailing activities and the constitutionality of the Republic of Texas supporters.
   The Republic of Texas is a small group in Texas that supports the return of Texas as a nation (republic) rather than stay as a state of the United States.  They claim a rebirth of the republic on December 13, 1995 after legal proceedings begin in Jeff Davis County in 1985.

Retired Officers Association (U.S.)

Records, 1970-1984
1,264 leaves

Contains correspondence, bulletins, notices, minutes, newsletters, and miscellaneous materials pertaining to the activities of the Greater Lubbock Chapter, the Texas Council of TROA, and the national TROA, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Retired Officers Association is a national non-profit organization made up of retired officers from all branches of the Armed Forces. The Greater Lubbock Chapter of TROA meets monthly at Reese Air Force Base.
Reynolds, Charles William
Papers, 1900-1977
359 leaves

Includes photograph albums, postcard albums, scrapbooks, and manuscripts concerning the life and activities of Charles William Reynolds. Bulks (1900-1977) with photograph albums.
A farmer, Reynolds was born in 1879 in Alburnett, Iowa, and migrated to Lamb County, Texas, in 1908 on an excursion train. He purchased land from the Soash Land Company in Lamb County where he farmed until 1950. Reynolds died in 1977 in Brownwood, Texas.

Reynolds, Clay
Papers, 1895-2002 and undated
29 boxes (29.0 linear feet)

      The collection contains mostly manuscripts of Clay Reynolds’ written works, some in draft format and galley proofs with corrections.  There are also research files and printed materials used for his works.  The business correspondence deals with book publishers and associates.  Dissertation notes and drafts and other materials related to his professional ties with universities make up a small portion of this collection as well.  For further details, click here:  CReynolds.
      Clay Reynolds is the author of The Vigil, Rage, Agatite, Monuments, and Franklin’s Crossing.  He taught at Lamar University of Beamont, Texas and University of North Texas of Denton.  He is a native Texan, freelance writer, and book critic where some of his opinions have appeared in the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  His novels are usually about small town life, western drama, crime or mystery.

Reynolds, Oscar
Papers, 1927-1947
52 leaves

Consists of material pertaining to the establishment and growth of Crane, Texas. Contains legal material, one map, and one photograph of Oscar Reynolds with the first truck-load of soda (Coca-Cola) shipped into Crane from Post, Texas, 1927. The collection bulks (1939) with the Abstract of Title for land in Crane, Texas, for M.S. Weed.
Reynolds was an early settler and county commissioner in Crane, Texas.
Reynolds, Phin W. (Phineas Watkins)
Papers, 1936-1938
39 leaves

Contains a photocopied manuscript of Phin Reynolds' experiences on the frontier as related to J.R. Webb. Webb published this manuscript in the West Texas Historical Association Year Book XXI (1945), pp.110-143.
A rancher, Reynolds was born in 1855 in Shelby County, Texas. He was a member of a pioneer ranching family of Shackelford County, and the brother of George T. Reynolds and Sallie Reynolds Matthews. During his early years, Reynolds worked as a cowboy and helped trail herds from Texas to Kansas, North Dakota, and Montana.
Reynolds, William David
Papers, 1953-1967
40,092 leaves

Includes sale tickets, trust files, and vouchers, many of them undated, regarding transactions and legal agreements between W.B. Reynolds and various companies and purchases.
A rancher, Reynolds was a member of a famous pioneer ranching family of Albany, Texas--the son of B. W. Reynolds and brother of George T. Reynolds and Sallie Reynolds. He died in Fort Worth on January 4, 1929.
Reynolds Land and Cattle Company
Records, 1856-1959
ca. 35,753 leaves

    Contains correspondence, legal and financial documents, and general office files. The collection bulks (1919-1956) with financial documents, specifically the records of cattle sales and tallies. Of special interest are the records of companies run by the Reynolds Family such as the Cisco Oil Mill, Monroe Cattle Company, Ralls County Cattle Company, Reynolds Brothers and Conrad, and the Rock Pile Ranch.  For further details, click here:  Reynolds.
    A ranching corporation of a pioneer West Texas family dating back to the 1850s, its operations were conducted from Fort Worth, Texas, but properties were located in Shackelford, Haskell, Borden, Scurry, Dallam, Hartley, Jeff Davis, and Culberson counties of West Texas, with leased operations in Montana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Cattle, sheep, horse raising, general farming, oil lease activities, and horse racing have been among the company's operations, although land acquisition and development are its primary concerns.
Rhoads, Harvey

Papers, 1919-1945 and undated
2 wallets (0.2 linear feet)

Consists of literary production written by Harvey Rhoads. Some of the text documents his World War II service. Rhoads used the material during his 1995 taped oral history interviews. Harvey Rhoads is a long-time Midland, Texas resident and oil operator. He is married to Sharleen Formby, former spouse to the late Marshall Formby.   Click here for further details.

Rhoads, Sharleen Formby
Papers, 1988-2001 and undated
9 boxes (9 linear feet)

    Collection of Sharleen Rhoads' newsclipping files on several subjects such as George Bush, Plainview, Texas, Texas Tech University, Southwest Collection, Al Gore, Weather, World War II, J. Evetts Haley, Lubbock Christian University, Wayland Baptist University, Education, Texas A&M, People in West Texas, National Politics, Medicine, Oil, Midland, Texas, and Rotary Club files.
   Sharleen Formby Rhoads was the wife of the late Marshall Formby who was a Texas politician, farmer, attorney, and former member of the Texas Tech Board of Directors/Regents.  Sharleen Rhoads married Marshall in Seale, Alabama in 1946.  She graduated from Montevallo University as an English major in 1940.  In August 1947, the Formby Family moved to Plainview, Texas.  They owned several radio stations in the West Texas region, such as KFLD in Floydada and KPAN in Hereford.  In 1984, Marshall Formby passed away.

Richards, Frank "Buck" McDonald
Papers, 1869-1929
583 leaves

    Includes correspondence, financial material, and legal material. Bulks (1869-1921) with land titles from McCulloch County.
A rancher, banker, and philanthropist, Richards was born in 1855 in Sherman, Texas. He moved to McCulloch County, Texas, in 1876 and settled on a ranch near Corn Creek. He served a term and a half as Mayor of Brady, Texas, and was elected as the first president of the Brady National Bank when it was chartered in 1905, a position he held until his death in 1943.
Richardson, Charles Bruce
Papers, 1852-1885
1 microfilm reel (25 ft.) : negative

Includes Richardson's diary and day book, plus typed explanatory sheets by J. N. Thorton.
A Virginian by birth, Richardson as a young man established a plantation in Northern Louisiana on Bayou Macon, but in 1863 he was forced to abandon it when the Confederate government flooded that area to try to impede General Ulysses S. Grant's forces. After staying briefly with his brother in Monroe, Louisiana, Richardson, his wife Sarah Bosworth, and their five children and slaves moved to Henderson, Texas, where he purchased a farm just east of town. There he lived until his death in 1886. His descendants still own the ante-bellum, two-story house on East Main Street.
Richardson, Rupert Norval
Papers, 1935-1939
65 leaves

Contains newsclippings pertaining to the history of Texas Technological College, especially the appointment of Clifford B. Jones as college president.
A teacher, researcher, author, university administrator, churchman, and civic servant, Richardson was born in 1891 in Stephens County, Texas. He was associated with Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, Tex.) as either a student, faculty member, or administrator from 1907-1988. He served as university president from 1943-1953. Richardson founded (1924), and served as long-time editor-in-chief of, the West Texas Historical Association. He authored Texas: The Lone Star State, first published in 1943; the fourth edition was published in 1981. He also wrote The Comanche Barrier, the first full history of an Indian tribute. Richardson died in 1988 in Abilene, Texas.
Richardson, Wayne

Papers, 1980-1989 and undated
2 boxes and 1 wallet (2.1 linear feet)

     Collection is comprised of material from the POWER organization between the years 1984-1988. Contents include correspondence, statements, petitions, studies, and research from government organizations, seed companies, opposition groups, and study groups. Most of the cataloged books come from the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management. Included in the collection are materials concerning the designation of Deaf Smith County, Texas as a nuclear waste dumpsite.
     A farmer, Richardson was president of Richardson Seed Farms, the only farm in the United States that produces varieties of high quality foundation seeds. He was also vice-president of POWER (People Opposed to Waste Energy Repositories), an organization in which citizens of Deaf Smith County, Texas, were involved in the nuclear waste issue.  

Richardson, Wayne
Papers 1984-1985
27 leaves

     Contains printed material on Richardson Seed Farms and sorghum seed production, and how the same would be effected by the proposed nuclear waste repository in Deaf Smith County, Texas.
     A farmer, Richardson was president of Richardson Seed Farms, the only farm in the United States that produces varieties of high quality foundation seeds. He was also vice-president of POWER (People Opposed to Waste Energy Repositories), an organization in which citizens of Deaf Smith County, Texas, were involved in the nuclear waste issue.  

Ricketts, Carl E.
Papers, ca. 1970-1974
313 leaves

     Consists of the original typed manuscript for El Lobo and Spanish Gold: A Texas Maverick in Mexico and the book jacket. Published by Madrona Press, Austin, Texas, the book is based on stories Richard Thompson told concerning mining and the lifestyle, traditions, and legends of the Yaqui Indians.
     An author, mining geologist, mine operator, and assayer, Ricketts was born in Rockford, Ohio. He moved to Oregon and prospected from Canada to Nicaragua. An ex-cavalryman and cowboy, he made saddles in Fort Worth, San Angelo, and other Texas towns. His Book, El Lobo and Spanish Gold, concerns the life and adventures of his friend, Richard "El Lobo" Thompson of Texas.  

Ridgway, Joseph C., Colonel
Papers, 1968-1988
25 leaves

     Includes correspondence, literary productions, photographs, and scrapbook material. The collection deals primarily with Colonel Ridgway's efforts to correct a historical marker commemorating the 1943 liberating of Panay, Philippines. It also includes stories authored by Ridgway.

Ridgway, Dr. Richard L.
Papers, 1865-2015 and undated
3 boxes (2.5 linear feet)

     The Dr. Richard L. Ridgway Papers consists of materials documenting his education, career, and service to various organizations. Educational documentation includes newspaper articles and clippings, excerpts from periodicals, awards and diplomas, and assorted dissertations and theses related to his research interests in agriculture and pest management. The collection bulks with documents pertaining to his involvement as a researcher. Prominent among these are his work with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Texas A&M University, and the USDA. Insect and pest management, particularly relating to the boll weevil, are the topics of the majority of the research materials and publications. A similarly large volume of material pertains to his work with the estate of Charles Valentine Riley and Cathryn Vidalia Riley, including his many years of service with the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation (RMF.) These include legal documents, financial material, and pamphlets, schedules, and memos concerning lectures and special events. Chapters from Dr. Ridgway's memoir, A Rich and Rewarding Journey, are also included.
Richard L. Ridgway was raised on a stock farm near Brownfield, Texas. After receiving a BS degree from Texas Tech University and MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University, he served on the faculty of Texas A&M University and in research and leadership positions for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Texas and Maryland. As a research scientist specializing in entomology, he made significant contributions to biological insect controls, regulation of pesticides and pest management, and has published extensively. Ridgway has been honored as the recipient of the Geigy Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to Agriculture, the USDA Science and Education Award for Special Achievement, the USDA Superior Service Unit Award, and the American Registry of Professional Entomologists Outstanding Award for Pest Management. He is also a recipient of the Outstanding Agriculturist for Public Service Award presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University.
Ridgway is President Emeritus of the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation (RMF), a non-profit corporation. In his role with RMF, he initiated collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the World Food Prize Foundation to promote a broader and more complete understanding of agriculture and to demonstrate the importance of scientific knowledge. As a part of his continuing interest in the South Plains of Texas, he coordinated the design, fund raising, and construction of Hamilton Park in Brownfield on land that belonged to his grandparents who came to Terry County in 1902. This educational park is built around the theme of “A Rich Heritage and Promising Future.” In addition, Ridgway and his wife Donna are involved in the management of family farms in Terry County, where cotton, peanuts, and grain sorghum are grown.

Riera, Juan L.
Papers, 1980-2002
1 small box (0.3 linear feet)

    This collection has class papers compiled by students from Juan Riera’s Latin American courses taught during the Fall 2001 and Spring 2002 period at Texas Tech University.  Topics concentrate on Hispanics and their influences in culture such as higher education, rural schools, Dia de los Muertos, and collected materials at the National Ranching Heritage Center and Texas Tech University Museum.  Other topics included are Barry Lopez, LaSalle’s ship, LaBelle, Nuestra Senora de Atocha, and Juanita’s Diary.  Also includes a South Plains Mall ten dollar coin promoted by the mall and redeemable at any store in the mall during the early 1980s.
   Juan L. Riera is a doctoral student in the History Department at Texas Tech University.  He is originally from Miami, Florida, where his parents currently reside.  Riera is of Cuban descent and his historical specialty is Spanish Colonial history.

Rigby, Fred
Papers, 1955-1984 and undated
2 boxes (2.0 linear feet)

      The collection bulks with literary productions and printed material authored by Fred Rigby concerning his mathematical interests such as computing, planning and logistics, and game theory.  Additional material relates to his career at Texas Tech University and includes his involvement in an Institutional Self-Study and mathematical analysis of topics such as grading trends and funding.  For further details, click here:  FRigby.
      Fred Rigby was born in Montana in 1914.  He studied mathematics at Reed College in Oregon and State University of Iowa where he received a Ph. D. in 1940.  During World War II, Rigby served in the United States Navy and afterwards joined the Office of Research and Inventions (later the Office of Naval Research) as a civilian.  Within the Office of Naval Research he served as Head of Logistics Branch (1946-1958), Director of Mathematical Services Division (1958-1962), and Deputy Research Director (1962-1963) and was the founding editor of Naval Research Logistics Quarterly.  In 1963, Rigby accepted the position of Dean of the Graduate School at Texas Technological College in Lubbock, Texas.  He continued his career at Texas Tech until his retirement after holding additional office as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of Institutional Study and Research.

Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows
Collection, 1973-1979
1,016 leaves

Includes correspondence, press kits, advertising kits, performer biographies, news releases, employee policy guidelines, programs, photographs, trivia, and literary productions pertaining to the history of the circus. The collection bulks (1976-1977) with press kits for the Bicentennial Tour of the circus. Of particular interest are the policy guidelines of the circus which pertain to public relations and boosterism, and papers dealing with the business and logistic aspects.
This is a major international circus also known as "The Greatest Show on Earth". Originally competitors, Ringling Brothers purchased Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1907, and as a result of World War I locomotive fuel shortages, the two combined in 1919, giving the circus its present title.
Rio Blanco Heritage Foundation (Crosbyton, Texas)
Records, 1985-1988
119 leaves

Contains a scrapbook relating to the activities of the Rio Blanco Heritage Foundation.
The foundation was established at Crosbyton, Texas, in 1985, to finance the annual summer production of the outdoor play, "God's Country," which depicts the area's early settlement.
Riordan, Jeremiah E.
Family papers, 1834-1965
17,391 leaves

Includes correspondence, financial and legal material, school records, newsclippings, diaries, periodicals, photographs, and literary productions pertaining to the Riordan family and the Presbyterian Church. The collection bulks (1842-1965) with material pertaining to Nellie Riordan and the Riordan family.
Jeremiah Riordan was a banker, financier, and railroad promoter who moved his family to Colorado City, Texas, in 1881. He died in 1882. His wife Josie, his daughters Nellie, Mary, and Frances, and his son, Jerold, were prominent in the Presbyterian Church of Colorado City. The last Riordan, Nellie, died in 1965.
Ripley Townsite Company

Records, 1909-1965
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

Collection contains legal and financial documents and miscellaneous material concerning the Ripley Townsite Company. The Ripley Townsite located in Titus County, Texas was originally started in 1912 by four business men from Titus County. It was built along the Paris and Mount Pleasant Railway. However the town declined in population soon after World War I and by 1984 Ripley became a ghost town.
Risien, E. Guy
Papers, 1879-1973
29,687 leaves

Includes personal papers (1901-1973) consisting of correspondence, financial and legal documents, printed material, literary productions, photographs, and scrapbook material. Business papers (1905-1973) consist of printed material, financial documents, and correspondence regarding the Risien pecan business, general pecan business, and water rights. Risien family papers (1879-1973) consist of correspondence, biographical information, literary productions, financial and legal documents, property notices, and livestock transactions.
Born in 1885 in San Saba, Texas, E. Guy Risien was the son of E.E. Risien, an early San Saba County settler, who emigrated from Dover, England. E. E. Risien developed early water works in San Saba, and pioneered the growth and development of the pecan industry by starting a nursery and pecan orchard. E. Guy Risien continued the business of raising and marketing pecans, engaged in general farming and livestock raising, and also operated a swimming pool, dance hall, and golf course. He also handled the family estate, was active in the Texas Pecan Growers' Association, and wrote letters to editors of various newspapers and magazines expressing his political beliefs and viewpoints.
Rister, Carl Coke
Papers, 1834-1963 and undated
35 boxes (34.0 linear feet)

    Includes correspondence, research material, manuscripts, printed material, scrapbook material, diaries, photographs, maps, and legal and financial material pertaining to Dr. Rister's work, life, and academic career. The collection bulks (1946-1949) with correspondence, research material, printed material, and literary productions pertaining to his work Oil! Titan of the Southwest.  For further details, click here:  Rister.
    An historian, author, and professor, Rister was born in 1889 in Hayrick, Coke County, Texas. He was awarded a B.A. (1915) by Simmons College in Abilene, Texas, and an M.A. (1919) and Ph.D. (1925) by George Washington University. He served on the faculty of Simmons University (now Hardin-Simmons University) from 1920-1929, University of Oklahoma from 1929-1951, and Texas Technological College from 1951-1955. He also served as president of the Mississippi Valley Historical Society, and was a member of numerous academic and historical organizations. Rister was the author and co-author of eleven books and numerous articles, all pertaining to the Southwestern and Western United States. He died in 1955 in Rotan, Texas.

Rister Family
Collection, 1863
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

    Item is a CD with three scanned images of Camp Nelson and a poem entitled “The Brakeing Up of Camp Nelson,” written by S. T. Rister, ca. 1863.  Hardcopies of the poem and one image accompanies the CD.  S. T. Rister and W. C. Rister fought in the Civil War serving their time in the Army of Texas.  The poem describes a time when Camp Nelson was set up by a creek and the spirit of bravery among the troops waiting to fight against the Union Army.  W. C. presented the poem to Martha Dovy Bass on April 12, 1863.  Carl Coke Rister the historian is from the same family, so Martha Bass is related to C. C. Rister.

Ritchie, Cornelia "Ninia" W.
Papers, 1990s-2000
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

    Collection of genealogy materials tracing the ancestry of Cornelia "Ninia" Ritchie.  The materials include information on the Ritchie, Wadsworth, Rodney, and Otis Families and was conducted by some of Ninia's relatives.  The collection also includes a bound research project entitled "Cornelia's Worlds: A History of Geneseo, 1850-1900" by David W. Parish. Mr. Parish is the town historian of Geneseo Village in New York.
    Cornelia "Ninia" W. Ritchie is the daughter of Montgomery Wadsworth Ritchie, granddaughter of Jack Ritchie and Daisy Muriel Hoare Ritchie, great-granddaughter of Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie, and great-great-granddaughter of Andrew Ritchie and Sophia Otis Ritchie. After the death of Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie's first husband, Montgomery, she married John G. Adair, the founder of the JA Ranch in the Palo Duro country of the Texas Panhandle.  Ninia has been collecting genealogy material tracing the Ritchie and Wadsworth family from the U.S. to Europe.

Rittenhouse, Jack D.
Papers, 1949-1988 and undated
1 small box (0.3 linear feet)

     Collection contains printed ephemera from Jack Rittenhouse’s estate.  They are mostly samples of materials produced from the Jack Rittenhouse Advertising Agency and Stagecoach Press.  Such items include letterheads, envelopes, annoucements and invitations, prospectuses, catalogues and booklists, business cards, typographic proof sheets, Christmas cards, order forms and invoices, certificates, broadsides, and dust jackets.  Some hand notes are included.  For further details, click here:  JRittenhouse.
      Jack DeVere Rittenhouse began printing in 1946 from Los Angeles before relocating to Sierra Madre, California in 1949, then Houston, Texas (1951-1962), and finally Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1962.  He retired in 1978.  His private press was originally known as the Jack Rittenhouse Advertising Agency before he changed the name to the Stagecoach Press in 1949.  His first successful publication was a book entitled, The Man Who Owned Too Much (1958).  Rittenhouse is deceased.

Ritz, Rodolfo Victor
Family papers, 1892-1957
20 leaves

Includes photocopies of correspondence, a marriage certificate, citizenship certificates, and military appointments concerning the Ritz family.
Ritz was born May 13, 1897, in Mexico to Rodolfo R. and Antonia (Rezas) Ritz who were married at Eagle Pass, Texas, in June, 1892. He became a U.S. citizen in 1957 after moving to Meadow, Texas. His father fought in Mexico's 1910 Revolution.
River Valley Hereford Farms
Records, 1923-1929
206 leaves

Contains correspondence, legal and financial documents, tax receipts, bank notes, checks, and bills of lading on shipments of sheep. Also includes correspondence with the Internal Revenue Service regarding income taxes.
This livestock-raising operation, concentrating on sheep, in Brown County, Texas, was formed by F.S. Abney and R. L. Mauldin.
Robb, John Donald
Papers, 1957-1970
458 leaves

Consists of compositions and lists of compositions by Robb. Also contains literary productions by Robb about folk songs and composing. The collection bulks (1962-1965) with programs of musical events attended and/or participated in by Robb. Some of these programs are in Spanish. Of special interest is the copy of Robb's opera called "Little Joe."
A lawyer, composer, conductor, and writer, Robb was born in 1892 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his law degree from Harvard in 1922, and his M.A. in music from Mills College in 1950. Robb practiced law in New York City for 20 years, and served as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque from 1946-1957. Robb's musical interests centered around folk music and electronic music.

Robbins, John
Papers, 1910-1936 and undated
1 Boxes, 1 Flat file (1 linear foot)

     The papers of John Robbins contain correspondence, postcards, photographs, and other printed material relating primary to the Mexican Border war (1910-1919). Much of the material pertains to the 4th Field Artillery of the United States Army.
This collection represents the Archive of John Robbins concerning the 4th Field Artillery, U.S. Army, in Texas, Wyoming, and Colorado, during the Mexican Border war.

Roberts, Lou Ellen Young
Papers, 1898-1974
ca. 1,000 leaves

Includes correspondence, photographs, and newsclippings pertaining to Crowell and Foard County, Texas (1904-1969). The collection bulks (1917-1919) with literary productions on topics pertaining to the World War I era, such as food conservation, patriotic programs, and post-war propaganda pamphlets. Of particular interest are photographs of the first courthouses in Hardeman and Foard counties, and newsclippings concerning the 1942 tornado in Foard County, Indian wars, World War I, and the women's suffrage movement.
A homemaker, school teacher, civic leader, and women's suffrage activist, Lou Ellen Roberts was born in 1882 in Denton County, Texas. She settled in Crowell, Foard County, Texas, in 1892, and taught school at Diantha, Texas, from 1901-1902. She married N.J. Roberts in 1906. Lou Ellen served as Foard County Chairperson of the following events: National League for Women's Service (1917-1919), George Washington Bicentennial Celebration (1932), and the Texas Centennial (1936). A member of the Order of Eastern Star and National Youth Administration Advisory Board, Lou Ellen also served as a delegate to State Democratic Convention in 1948.
Roberts, N. J.

Papers, 1941-1952 and undated
1 scrapbook (1 linear foot)

Contains a scrapbook of newsclippings and photos of Crowell, Texas kept by N. J. Roberts.
N. J. Roberts owned a real estate and abstract company in Crowell, Texas. His father, J.C. Roberts, a confederate veteran, served as the first county judge of Foard County. The Elder Roberts and his sons also owner and edited the Foard County News.

Roberts, Rupert Tracy
Papers, 1923-1980
26,035 leaves

Bulks (1947-1980) with general business files (including codes, catalogues, and reports), project files, certificates, a ledger book, and several printed booklets and pamphlets.
Roberts is a consulting engineer for the South Plains area in and around Lubbock, Texas.
Robertson, Mrs. G. N.
Papers, 1939-1945
2,683 leaves

Includes newsclippings pertaining to World War II. The collection bulks (December, 1941 to December, 1945) with a day by day account of the war as depicted in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Also includes a scrapbook containing articles pertaining to pre-American participation (1939-1941) in the war.
Robertson is a homemaker and farm wife in Paducah, Texas.
Robertson, William J. T.
Papers, 1952-1966
34 leaves

Includes correspondence with, and reports from, the United States Department of Labor and its various supervisors. The collection bulks with correspondence concerning the bracero program.
Robertson is a former Texas Ranger and United States Department of Labor official who worked with the bracero program from 1952-1966.

Robinson, Hal
Papers, 1998
1 wallets (0.1 linear feet)

   Items are printed material related to the Silent Wings Museum and efforts to relocate the institution to Lubbock, Texas.  Mr. Robinson is a veteran of the South Plains Army Glider training program.

Robinson, W. I.
Papers, 1915-1955
270 leaves

Includes a scrapbook consisting of one letter, postcards, and photographs of Robinson's home, Texas Technological College, Blanco Canyon, and various trips. The collection bulks with literary productions (1915-1923) and printed material (1936-1955). Also includes copies of geology and paleontology articles by Robinson and others.
A geology professor at Texas Technological College during the 1950s, Robinson was born in 1890. The author of scientific articles on paleontology, Robinson was one of three Texas Technological College professors to see the Lubbock Lights UFO on August 25, 1951. He died in 1977.
Robinson, Willard Betherum
Papers, ca. 1981
642 leaves

Consists of the manuscript for the book, Gone From Texas: Our Lost Architectural Heritage, published in 1981. The book documents important works of Texas architecture which have been demolished. It creates a complete history of Texas architecture by examining past and present buildings.
An architectural historian, architect, and author, Robinson was an authority on Texas architectural history. Born in 1935 in Sheridan, Wyoming, he received his B. Arch from Montana State University (1958) and his M. Arch from Rice University (1960). Robinson is a member of the Architecture faculty at Texas Tech University (1963-1991), and was instrumental in the establishment of the Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University. He is the author of four books that include Gone From Texas: Our Lost Architectural Heritage and The People's Architecture: Texas Courthouses, Jails and Municipal Buildings. Robinson has served on numerous boards and commissions and was the recipient of various awards which include: Society of Architectural Historians (Board of Directors, 1971-1981); Texas Society of Architectural Historians (Vice-President, 1971-1972); member, Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars (1988); listing in Who's Who in Texas (1987); and being named a "living cultural and historical resource" by the House of Representatives of the state of Texas (1990). He was named the Paul W. Horn Professor of Architecture (1987). Robinson has also served as Interim Dean of the College of Architecture, and as Director of the Land-Use, Planning, Management, and Design Ph.D. program at Texas Tech University. He died of leukemia in June 1991.

Robison, Polk
Collection, 1956-1961
1 small box (0.2 linear feet)

     The item is a scrapbook of news clippings concerning Texas Tech’s basketball coach Polk Robison, mostly from the year 1961.  Polk Robison was a Texas Tech men’s basketball coach from 1942-1961.  In 1960, he was able to guide the basketball team to Tech’s first Southwest Conference championship.  They placed third in the NCAA regional tournament.  In November 1960, Polk was named athletic director for Texas Tech where he stayed until 1969; he officially retired from active coaching in 1961 and retired from the department in 1977.  During his earlier years he coached football on both the high school and college level.  He also coached tennis during Texas Tech’s Border Conference days and was assistant athletic director under football coach Weaver for five years.  Robison was born on May 1912 in Springfield, Tennessee and later moved to Ranger, Texas and then Lubbock, where he attended Texas Technological College in the early 1930s.  He graduated in 1934.


Rocky Mountain Churches
Collection, 1908
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

       Item is a binder entitled "History of the Rocky Mountain Churches and the Home Board, 1908".  The Rocky Mountain records list important data of Presbytery Churches in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana.  Such data include date of organization, number of charter members, number of years aided by the Home Board, total amount of aid received, date self-support was attained, and total amount received by the board from church offerings since their organization.
      The binder was once the property of Robert M. Donaldson, field secretary of Home Missions of the Rocky Mountain District in Denver, Colorado.  The data has information from 1870-1908 of established Presbytery Churches along the Rocky Mountain region.

Roddy, Mary Lee
Papers, 1900-1965
524 leaves

Contains correspondence, legal, printed, and financial material, photographs, survey logs, and reports concerning oil lease agreements, and Graham family material. The collection bulks (1952-1965) with financial documents concerning oil well expenses and returns. Of special interest are the Graham family photographs, many of which were taken in or near Taylor County, Texas, ca. 1900-1935.
A longtime resident of Lubbock, Texas, Roddy is a member of the Edenborough and Graham families of Texas. She served on the State Board of Directors, Texas Association for Mental Health, and was active in civic affairs in Lubbock, Texas, for many years. Mary Roddy is the widow of oil lease operator, P.E. Roddy.

Rodgers Family
Papers, undated
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

    This is an incomplete untitled manuscript from an unknown source.  The story contains journeys and events in the Rodgers family in Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas from 1889-1914.

Rodgers, Irene VanLeer
Papers, 1900-1970
126 leaves

Includes correspondence, financial and legal material, photographs, newsclippings, and literary productions pertaining to ranch life, cattle, cowboys, the Rodgers family, school experiences, and political offices and events of Kent, Garza, and Dickens counties. The collection bulks (1902-1970) with related newsclippings. Of particular interest are photos of the Spur Inn, Stamford, Texas (ca. 1910), the school house and students of Dickens, Texas (ca. 1910), and other photos of early residents and structures of Garza, Kent, and Dickens counties of Texas.
A homemaker, and County Treasurer of Garza County, Texas, Irene Rodgers was educated in a one-room school house in Dickens County, Texas. She married Norman Nonnie Rodgers, a rancher in Kent County, Texas, in 1906; the couple moved to Post, Texas, in 1922. Mr. Rodgers died in 1936. Irene Rodgers was appointed Deputy County Clerk of Garza County in 1939, and elected County Treasurer in 1941.

Rogers, Bobby G.
Papers, 1957-1993 and undated
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

    Biographical information, information on Rogers’ career as a court reporter, 1950-1995.  Includes personal correspondence and anecdotal information on prominent judges and lawyers of Lubbock and surrounding areas.  Bobby G. Rogers is a native of Hale County and served as a court reporter in various courts in the Lubbock area from 1950-1995.

Rogers, Del Marie
Papers, 1959-1982
1,054 leaves

    Includes some correspondence, scrapbook materials, and documents relating to the National Endowment for the Arts from which she received a grant in poetry (1974-1975). Bulks with the poetry of Del Rogers and other poets, and materials relating to Cafe Solo, which Rogers edited.
    An author and educator, Del Rogers is a native of Dallas, Texas. She received her Ph.D. in English in 1970, and taught in several southern colleges and universities where she lectured on creative writing. Del Rogers has published several books of poetry, pertaining mainly to the Southwest.
Rogers, Jerry L.
Papers, 1964-1966
41 leaves

    Includes three academic papers pertaining to Walter Prescott Webb, cattle brands of the Davis Mountains, and Alsatian and Wendish colonies in Texas.
    A writer, Rogers received his M.A. in History from Texas Tech University. A former park ranger at Fort Davis National Park (1964-1965), Rogers was appointed Director of the Ranching Heritage Center and Assistant Director of the West Texas Museum in 1969. He has also served with the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.

Rogers, Les
Papers, 1881-1950
ca. 1,458 leaves

    Contains a school notebook, printed material, and photographs. The collection bulks (1881-1911) with printed material, including seven dime novels and ladies' almanacs. Of special interest is the large photo collection (1890-1926) of the Rogers family. Also includes Rogers' childhood diary (1906-1915) describing his boyhood experiences and school days.
Born in 1897, Rogers is a native of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He held an interest in a clothing store.

Rogers, Pattiann
Papers, 1965-2010 and undated
11 boxes (11 linear feet)

    The collection has a variety of materials detailing the literary works of Pattiann Rogers. It includes manuscripts copies of published and unpublished works, final copies and revisions of poems and essays, research material, workshop, conference and project materials, business, literary and personal correspondence, teaching materials, reviews, audio and video recordings, photographs, and computer disks. Correspondents include Rick Bass, Barry Lopez, Robert Michael Pyle, Annick Smith, David James Duncan, and many other writers. Literary works in this collection include: Wayfare, The Grand Array, Summer’s Company and Generations, as well as Rogers’ entries in Home Ground, a dictionary of landscape terms edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney. The collection is part of the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World. For further details, click here: Pattiann Rogers
    Pattiann Rogers was born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1940. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 1961 and from the University of Houston, with a M.A. in creative writing, in 1981. Her first book, The Expectations of Light, was published in 1981. Since then she has published 18 additional books of poetry and prose. Rogers has received numerous literary awards, including NEA fellowships, Pushcart Prizes, awards from the Texas Institute of Letters and the Lannan Foundation. She lives in Colorado with her husband.

Rogers, W. D. "Dub"
Papers, 1949-1990 and undated
71 boxes (74 linear feet)

    Collection of Dub Rogers Mayoral Papers, consisting of City of Lubbock General Files, election, conferences, and correspondence files, minutes of meetings, Mayor’s committees, broadcast files, speech files, newspapers, photographs, plaques and awards, and other memorabilia.  For further details, click here:  DubRogers.
    W. D. "Dub" Rogers was a local businessman and television station owner in Lubbock. He owned and operated KDUB-TV, now KLBK-TV, which was the first television station to operate in a medium-sized market. Rogers also served as Mayor of Lubbock from 1966 to 1970.

Rogers, Willie Mae Hawthorne
Papers, undated
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

   The collection contains an acceptance speech by Mrs. Rogers upon receiving the Distinguished Graduate of the English Department award, as well as photocopies from La Ventana yearbook.
   Willie Mae Hawthorne Rogers transferred credit hours from West Texas State College to Texas Tech in 1925, and she graduated with the first class at Tech two years later.  She has been involved in many different pursuits, from her childhood experiences growing up on one of C.W. Post’s experimental farms to her work with her husband, manufacturing government contracted munitions and materials during World War II.

Rollins, Tom
Papers, 1875-1997 and undated
5 boxes and 1 chest and cushion (9 linear feet)

    Collection of 5 boxes and 1 sea chest and 1 cushion which contains the personal papers of Tom Rollins such correspondence, financial material, military records from his experience in the U.S. Navy during World War II, printed material, and family scrapbook material. Also contains some files on Grace Inez Edgar, Tom’s sister, who was a teacher at Idalou (Texas) Elementary.  For further details, click here:  Rollins.
    Thomas (Tom) J. Rollins a native of Witharral, Texas is a graduate of Texas Technological College. He was born in July 28, 1924. Rollins’s family was originally from Hollis, Oklahoma. They moved to Witharral in 1932. During World War II, he served his duty in the Navy for 35 months. After the war he return to Texas Tech where he graduated. He entered the insurance field in Lubbock, Texas in 1948. For a while he was assistant purchasing agent at Texas Tech, then he became associated with Citizens National Life Insurance Company. The Company later merged with Central American Life in 1953. Rollins served as vice president later president of Central American Life Insurance Company. He retired in 1993. Tom and his wife Nelda have no children. They are very active in various civic and university support groups in Lubbock and Texas Tech.
Roosevelt County (New Mexico)
Records, 1931-1932
80 leaves

Contains the notary record book for Roosevelt County (1931-1932).
A New Mexico county organized in 1906, with Portales as the county seat, the county was named for President Theodore Roosevelt.
Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway Company
Records, 1906-1977
ca. 2,956 leaves

Chartered on October 1, 1908, the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railroad ran the 50 miles between Roscoe and Fluvanna, Texas, connecting the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway with the Texas and Pacific Railway. Headquartered in Roscoe, Texas, the railroad carried passengers until 1954, but was most noted for carrying freight between the two railroads it connected. The line was abandoned in 1985.
Roscoe Times

Collection, 1938
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

Bulks with copies of the Roscoe Times, Roscoe, Texas, dated 1938.
Rose, Embree R.
Papers, 1950-1965
24 leaves

Contains newsclippings and correspondence dealing with the dedication of the Len and Harriett McClellan Memorial Infirmary. The collection bulks with newsclippings (1950-1965) about the infirmary and student health service at Texas Technological College.
An educator and physician, Rose was born in 1893 in Linton, Indiana. He received his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1941. Appointed as the first full-time Director of Student Health Services at Texas Technological College in 1948, Rose retired from Texas Technological College in 1965 after 17 years.
Rosier Players (Michigan)
Records, 1987-1988
37 leaves

Contains a list of scripts, several programs, and a playbill.
The Rosier Players, a drama troupe based in Michigan, recreates old tent show plays.
Roswell, New Mexico Weather Bureau
Records, 1905-1976
18 boxes (18.0 linear feet)

     This collection consists of 71 volumes with each representing a year of weather log books from the Roswell, New Mexico station with recorded information such as temperature, barometer, wind speeds, precipitation, etc.  From 1905-1976, they represent surface weather observations compiled for the U. S. Department of Commerce Weather Bureau for 71 years.
     For many years Cleve Hallenbeck was in charge of the weather records from their Roswell station.  He kept meticulous records filing hourly and daily weather accounts for future comparisons.  The Roswell weather records will make a great addition to the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library and compliment the Lubbock, Texas weather records.

Rotary Club International (Lubbock, Texas)
Records, 1922-1981
24,566 leaves

Contains correspondence, financial material, general business files, and printed material. Bulks (1922-1974) with directories and manuals.
Organized through the efforts of Walter Myrick, Jr. in 1920, the club's founding committee also included Myrick, Roscoe Wilson, Neil Wright, A. B. Conley, and Jed Rix. It became affiliated with the International Association of Rotary Clubs in 1928, and is one of the first men's service clubs organized in Lubbock. The club's service activities include the Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center, educational loans and scholarships, and international exchange programs.

Rotary Club International
Records, 1971-1997
1 box (1 linear foot)

Collection has printed materials, newsletters, bulletins, and annual reports from the Rotary Club International at the local, district, and national levels.  The International Rotary Club was organized through the efforts of Walter Myrick, Jr. in 1920.  It became affiliated with the International Association of Rotary Clubs in 1928, and is one of first men’s service clubs organized in Lubbock, Texas.

Rotary Club International (Texas)
Collection, 1922-1999
5 boxes (5 linear feet)

        This collection contains the records of Rotary Clubs International, District 5730, which consists of towns and cities in the West Texas region.  Records that document the activities of local Rotary Clubs are included, among which are membership lists, club activity reports, and newsletters published by each club.  The papers of District Governors are also included as well as records relating to the District 5730’s relationship with the state and national organization.  National membership records, district directories and programs of annual meetings are also contained in the collection.  For further details, click here:  Rotary.
   Rotary International is an international service organization founded in Chicago in 1905.  It is composed mostly of business and professional men.  The first Rotary Club in the West Texas region was Amarillo’s established in 1917.  In 1998 there were 53 local Rotaries in the West Texas region of District 5730.  They operate within their communities in a variety of activities that provide needed services with the aim of improving the community’s quality of life.    J. B. Roberts was the District 5730 Governor in 1997-1998.

Rotary Club (Floydada, Texas)

Records, 1929-1969
1 microfilm reel (25 ft.) : negative

Contains correspondence and printed material related to various plans and programs sponsored by the Floydada Rotary chapter.
The rotary club originated in 1905 as a philanthropic service organization for businessmen. Formed by Paul Harris, a Chicago, Illinois attorney, the club's name was taken from the early practice of rotating meetings among the businesses of various members. The first chapter in West Texas began at Amarillo in 1917, and the chapter at Floydada began on December 10, 1928.
Rotary Club (Lubbock, Texas)
Records, 1931-1971
1 microfilm reel (70 ft.) : negative

Contains correspondence, financial material, programs, committee reports, by-laws and constitutions of Rotary Clubs, and membership lists. Also includes issues of the Lubbock Rotary magazines, variously titled The Hub, The Rotary Landslide, and The Rotary Eye, and a 1955 resolution issued by the Texas House of Representatives on the death of Overton W. Ribble, past president of the Lubbock Rotary Club.
The Lubbock Rotary Club was chartered in February 1921, with 25 charter members.

Royal Theatre Company (Tulia, Texas)
Papers, 1954-1958
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

    Collection includes financial statements of the Royal Theatre Company of Tulia, Texas.  The statements reveal profits and loss from the dates 1954-1958.Richard Griffith was born on January 30th, 1930 in Tulia, Texas.  His father owned the family general store.  Richard was educated at Baylor University and Texas Tech University.  He now lives in Lubbock, semi-retired.  The Royal Theatre was a drive-in theatre in Tulia, Texas.

Ruffini, Oscar
Papers, 1883-1942
10 microfilm reels : negative

Includes personal and business correspondence, architectural specifications, and volunteer firefighters' records.
An architect in San Angelo, Texas, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ruffini also had interests in mines and a theater.
Rumpel, Helenn

Papers, 1947-1998 and undated
8 boxes and 1 wallet (11.1 linear feet)

    Includes correspondence memorabilia, notebooks, photographs, printed material, scrapbooks, and newsclippings, pertaining to Helenn Rumpel’s artistic career. Included in the donation were several of Rumpel’s works of fine art fiber. Collection also contains two scrapbooks. One documents Rumpel’s Wasserman Stalls design; the other, her trip to the Spaso House at the American Embassy in Moscow, Soviet Union.  For further details, click here:  Rumpel.
    Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1937, Helenn Rumpel is an internationally renowned fine art and multi-media artist, lecturer, and teacher based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The artisan has held many workshops, including an annual retreat to Hermit’s Peak, located thirty miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM, now in its twenty-sixth year. Additionally, Rumpel is a member of Artist Equity, the Embroiderers’ Guild of America - Fiber Forum, and the National Standards Council of American embroiderers.  Helenn has held many solo gallery and museum exhibits.  Helenn Rumpel is considered a transitional artist who has transcended needle crafts, from which fine art fiber grew, to establish "a true medium of creative expression like painting or sculpture." The artist has two grown sons and several grandchildren.

Rumpel, Helenn
Papers, 1989-1999
1 box (0.5 linear feet)

    Collection includes a 1999 Fine Arts desk calendar designed by Rumpel and a 1997-1998 annual archive scrapbook.  Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1937, Helenn Rumpel is an internationally renowned fine art and multi-media artist, lecturer, and teacher based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The artisan has held many workshops, including an annual retreat to Hermit’s Peak, located thirty miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM, now in its twenty-sixth year. Additionally, Rumpel is a member of Artist Equity, the Embroiderers’ Guild of America - Fiber Forum, and the National Standards Council of American embroiderers. Helenn Rumpel is considered a transitional artist who has transcended needle crafts, from which fine art fiber grew, to establish "a true medium of creative expression like painting or sculpture." The artist has two grown sons and several grandchildren

Rumpel, Helenn
Collection, 2000
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

    Collection includes two Year 2000 Fine Art desk calendars "Helenn" (#84 of 100) (7 1/2" x 8 1/2") and "Helenn's Book of Days" (#38 of 200) (7 1/2" x 8 1/2") with artwork by the Ms. Rumpel.  Also includes two postcards with "Mirrors of Soul" image on the cover (6" x 8 1/2").   The calendars are sign by the artist.
   Helenn Rumpel is an internationally renowned fine art and multi-media artist, lecturer, and teacher based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She is a member of Embroiderer's Guild of America - Fiber Forum.  The Southwest Collection archives her personal materials.

Rundell, Walter Jr.
Papers, 1901-2000 and undated
41 boxes (41 linear feet)

     This collection is comprised of personal correspondence, literary productions by Walter Rundell, research material for Rundell’s books and articles, course files for classes that he took as a graduate student at The American University and also course files for classes that he taught.  A large portion of the collection is Office Files which includes business correspondence, his activities in several associations, and other miscellaneous work related topics.  The Literary Production section holds the writings of Rundell, but it also houses the pictures used in several of his books.  His Personal Material includes biographies, photographs, correspondence and his notes and work on the Walter Prescott Webb Biography.
    Walter Rundell, Jr. was born in Austin, Texas on November 2, 1928.  He was raised in Baytown, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in music literature.  During service in the Finance Department of the U.S. Army, he enrolled in The American University in Washington D.C to study history.  His Ph. D. dissertation was “The U.S. Army’s Currency Management in World War II;” a subject he would return to twice more, first in 1964 with his book Black Market Money, and again in 1980 with Military Money, his fourth book.  After receiving his doctorate, Rundell returned to Texas and found a job first at Del Mar College and then at Texas Women’s University.  It was at TWU that Rundell met his future wife, Deanna Boyd.  In 1961, Rundell left TWU to become Assistant Executive Secretary of the American Historical Association, and his work there culminated in his second book, In Pursuit of American History: Research and Training in the United States.  Following this he returned to the classroom at the University of Oklahoma but he left there soon after to accept the chair of history at Iowa State University in 1969.  In 1971, Rundell left Iowa State to serve as chair of history at the University of Maryland in College Park, a role he held from 1971-1976.  He remained at UM for the rest of his life.  As a scholar, Rundell was widely recognized as an expert on the history of the western United States.  He was a founding member of the Western History Association in 1961 and he was serving as president of that association when he died.  He also served as the president of the Society of American Archivist, the first non-archivist to fill that position.  Along with western history, Rundell was an expert in the history of oil, especially concerning Texas.  His books Early Texas Oil and Oil in West Texas and New Mexico were both widely popular and important, along with his corresponding lectures on the history of Texas oil.  A long time fan of the Texas historian Walter Prescott Webb, Rundell was working on a biography of Webb when he died in his sleep on October 25, 1982.  He was survived by his wife Deanna and his children.  A daughter, Shelley, died in 2005.

Runge, J. Forrest
Papers, 1876-1970
1 microfilm reel (55 ft.) : negative

Includes correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, printed material, miscellaneous material, and photographs pertaining primarily to the Las Moras Ranch. Other subjects include ranches and ranch brands in Texas, soil conservation, the 65th Field Artillery, and Texas A&M University.
A rancher and conservationist, Runge was born in 1892 in Galveston, Texas, and spent his first eight years living at the Las Moras Ranch in Menard County, Texas. He served as a second Lieutenant in the 65th Field Artillery during World War I. Runge owned ranches in Menard and Schleicher counties, and was very interested in water and soil conservation. In 1941, he founded the Eldorado Divide Soil Conservation District and served as its president until his death. He also served as Vice-President of the Tom Green Historical Society. Runge wrote and published articles on West Texas ranches and ranching. He died in 1963 at Cristoval, Texas.
Rushing, Jane Gilmore
Papers, 1964-
4,217 leaves

Includes correspondence (one letter), manuscript drafts, and galley proofs of Rushing's first four novels: Walnut Grove (1964), Against the Moon (1968), Tamzen (1972), and Mary Dove (1974).The collection bulks (1964-1974) with drafts and proofs of the four novels.
A teacher, reporter, and novelist, Rushing was born in 1925 in Pyron, Texas. She received her B.A.(1945) in journalism from Texas Technological College and her M.A. (1957) and Ph.D. (1974) in English from Texas Tech University. She married James Rushing in 1956. Jane Rushing taught in public schools and worked briefly as a reporter for the Abilene Reporter-News. Her published works include: Walnut Grove (1964), Against the Moon (1968), Tamzen (1972), Mary Dove (1974), Raincrow (1977), Convenant of Grace (1982), and Winds of Blame (1983). Also co-authored, with Kline Nall, Evolution of a University: Tech's First Fifty Years (1975), and contributed to Early Ranching in West Texas (1986). She has garnered several literary awards.
Rushing, W. B. (Dub)
Papers, 1986-1989
20 leaves

Includes photographs, memorabilia and copies of the Spring 1986 Impressions and the July 25, 1989 Transmitter of Lubbock General Hospital. All contain articles describing Rushing's role in donating a small moon rock to the Tech Campus.
Dub Rushing, a former Texas Technological College student and tennis enthusiast, became the only distinguished Tech alumni who never completed a degree. In 1940 he established the Varsity Bookstore on campus. Later, he served as director of the Tech University Foundation Board and on the President's Council.
Russell, Harvey N.
Papers, 1921-1972
1 microfilm reel (30 ft.) : negative

Includes correspondence, photographs, newsclippings, cards, invitations, magazine clippings, and other scrapbook memorabilia relating to Harvey Russell's career and family.
Harvey N. (Rusty) Russell had a distinguished football coaching career at the Masonic Home and School at Fort Worth and at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Doak Walker and Bobby Layne were among the football legends he coached.
Russell, M. I. L.
Papers, 1862-1873
Diary, 129 leaves

Contains a typed copy of Russell's diary, dating from 1862 to 1873.  Russell was a pioneer farmer and school teacher in northeast Texas during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Married with a family, he raised corn, cotton, vegetables, and some livestock in addition to teaching school. Russell came to Texas from Kentucky.

Russell, Richard Joel
Papers, 1926-1968
83 leaves

Contains field notes from ecological studies of counties surrounding Lubbock, Texas. Some notes are in a code and have hand drawn maps; the key to some codes used is included.
A geographer, geologist, and educator, Russell was born in 1895. He was a professor of Geography at Texas Technological College (1926-1928), and later at Louisiana State University where he also served as Director of the Coastal Studies Institute. Russell was a member of the National Academy of Science. He died in 1971.

Russell, W. S. L.
Papers, 1859
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

The item is a diary of 32 pages handwritten by W. S. L. Russell from March to December 1859 detailing his experience as a teacher in the frontier.  W. S. L. Russell was a teacher living probably near Pittsburg around 1859 but the handwriting is uncertain.  It is uncertain which state he lived in during 1859.  He has a wife, a son (three years old) and a daughter (one year old).  He keeps a log of his expenses, some general information of the weather, an accident involving his kids, and his efforts to teach.  He mentions Wright, Ford and Company as a mercantile, Dr. W. A. Harrison a physician, and his efforts to establish a writing school in the area.

Rutherford, Blanche Scott
Papers, 1963
420 leaves

The collection consists of a typed manuscript copy, One Corner of Heaven, and a brochure about the book and its author.
A schoolteacher and author, Rutherford was a retired schoolteacher in Plainview, Texas. She wrote One Corner of Heaven, a history of West Texas and its pioneers, based on her diary and that of her mother, May Scott.

Rutledge Store Builders
circa 1950
184 flat folders (approximately 15 linear feet)

The donation consists of architectural and interior design drawings and blueprints produced by L. C. Rutledge and Rutledge Store Builders.
L. C. Rutledge, the owner of Rutledge Store Builders, was born on April 21, 1926 in Tahoka. He moved to Lubbock in 1947. He married Joan Taylor on Sept. 8, 1947, in Henryetta, Okla. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran of World War II, and was later a member of American Legion Post 575, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 44, and a life member of the American Business Club. He also attended Lubbock's Memorial Baptist Church. He died in December, 2000.

Rylander, Dorothy
Papers, 1854-1988
12,170 leaves

    Includes scrapbook material, and printed material. The collection bulks (1938-1988) with material about West Texas and the Lubbock area in the form of newspaper clippings and scrapbook material. Of particular interest is Rylander's political scrapbook material concerning Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, George Mahon, and Sam Rayburn. Also contains scrapbook material pertaining to the Texas Centennial (1936).  For further details, click here:  Rylander.
    A former assistant to Congressman George H. Mahon, historian, and genealogist, Rylander was born in 1909 in Belton, Texas, and moved to Lubbock, Texas, in 1918. She received her B.A. in history from Texas Technological College in 1930 and her M.A. in 1931. From 1932 to 1946, she worked as a faculty secretary in the College of Engineering at Texas Technological College. Rylander also served as an assistant to Congressman George H. Mahon from 1946 to 1953, and as an administrative assistant to William C. Holden at the West Texas Museum from 1953 until retiring in 1971. Rylander was also involved in the South Plains Genealogical Society, Lubbock County Historical Survey Committee, Lubbock Cultural Affairs Council, Lubbock Heritage Society, Friends of the Lubbock Library, and Pathfinders, an organization that recognizes the contribution of women in early Lubbock history.

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