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William A. Owens Papers, Part One Series English
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Personal Correspondence

Correspondence concerning folksongs, Owens' novel Swing and Turn, lectures, and records, folksongs, Owens' work as Director of Folk Festivals for the University of Texas. Also correspondence concerning short stories by Owens and his work on his books.

Correspondence with Maurice Crain

Correspondence dealing with publication arrangements of Owens' books and short stories, Texas Folk Songs, and Slave Mutiny. Correspondence dealing with Walking on Borrowed Land, Owens' work on the Oral History of Texas Oil Pioneers and Walter B. Sharp's biography, Fever in the Earth, Pocantico Hills, Look to the River, and This Stubborn Soil. Correspondence dealing with Black Mutiny, Three Friends: Bedichek, Dobie, Webb, Tales From the Derrick Floor, A Season of Weathering, and A Fair and Happy Land.

Texas Folk Songs, Research Materials, Manuscripts and Drafts

Papers relating to Texas Folk Songs(1950) including background material and notes, book reviews and promotional material, Owens' doctoral dissertation for the State University of Iowa, galley proofs, lyrics of folksongs and an incomplete manuscript, early drafts of music and lyrics, photocopies of songs of Rod Drake with comments, lyrics, and music staffs, and a ribbon copy and photocopy of Rod Drake's Songs by William A. Owens. Manuscripts of Texas Folk Songs, by William A. Owens, published in 1950 by The Texas Folklore Society. Also first and third drafts, and page proofs of the revised and enlarged edition of Texas Folk Songs, published in 1976, with musical transcriptions by Jessie Ann Owens. Contains a complete unedited copy of Texas Folk Songs (revised and enlarged), dated May 3, 1976.

Slave Mutiny Plagiarism Case

Papers concerning Owens' plagerism case with True magazine. Information relating to the case of Owens vs. Fawcett Publications, Inc. and Holland. Contains comparisons of Owens' Slave Mutiny with edited material and unedited material by Millard of True magazine. Contains court testimony and legal material for the case of Owens vs. Fawcett Publications, Inc. and David Holland including comparisions of Slave Mutiny with Holland's story and records from the trial. Includes the deposition of William A. Owens (July 18, 1960) and plaintiff's exhibits (April 26, 1961).

This Stubborn Soil , Manuscripts, Typescripts, Drafts

Information relating to This Stubborn Soil (1966), including the contract between Owens and Charles Schribner's Sons, advertisements, and book reviews. Also includes "We Had Us Some Christmas", an excerpt published in the Ladies Home Journal - December 1966, and the First draft. Copies of a typescript and early draft, cuttings from the manuscript, a photostatic copy of the typescript, and page proofs.

A Fair and Happy Land Research Materials, Manuscripts and Drafts

Papers relating to A Fair and Happy Land (1975) including background material and Owens' research on the Cleaver and Bragg families, and book reviews. Notes and early typescripts of sections of A Fair and Happy Land. , as well as a first, second and thirddrafts, edited manuscript with layouts, photocopies of manuscripts with revisions. Also includes two books of page proofs.