MS 001

MS 001
AUTHOR : McCombs, Holland.
TITLE : Holland McCombs papers.
DATES : 1853-1991
SIZE : 200 linear ft. - 321 boxes; 12 1/2 x 101/2 x 5 in.
57 boxes ; 12 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
8 boxes ; 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.
4 boxes ; 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
3 boxes ; 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 5 in.
2 boxes ; 25 x 19 x 2 1/2 in.
2 boxes ; 24 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 3 in.
ARRANGEMENT : Correspondence and records, in series, organized into thirty-six subseries. Arranged by subject, surname and date by author. Inventory available online.
CONTENTS : This collection consists of Holland McCombs' extensive personal and subject files which contain six decades of research materials and correspondence. The collection contains book and article drafts, interview notes, photographs, artifacts and various items related to the life and work of Holland McCombs. The significant items in the collection are: the John F. Kennedy assassination records, the trial and hearing notes of Jack Ruby's incarceration, the research notes and drafts to Tom Lea's "King Ranch" and Diane Smith's "Armstrong Chronicle", historical information relating to Texas and ranching, the stories of his youth in Martin, Tennessee, and reports issued by McCombs while he was a reporter in Central and South America in the 1930's and 1940's. Included in the collection are the letters and photographs of the McCombs, Holland, and Freeman families dating back to the 1850's.
HISTORY NOTE : Journalist. Holland McCombs was born in Martin, Tennessee in 1901. McCombs early years found him on the family farm in Weakley County, which would eventually become part of the University of Tennessee at Martin. During the early 1920's, he wrote for the local weekly paper that his mother managed. He later attended the journalism school at the University of Missouri, but dropped out after only a year. He did not return to writing until 1935 when he became a string correspondent for Time magazine. During the Second World War he was in charge of Time's South American division, where he covered the Peron Revolution in Argentina and the bloody revolt in Bolivia. In the 1950's, McCombs and western writer Tom Lea collaborated on the book "King Ranch". The most memorable of McCombs' achievements was his coverage of the John F. Kennedy assassination and the events and trials which followed. In retirement he assisted in writing the organizational histories of The Texas Cavaliers, Kappa Sigma, and the Santa Gertrudis Association.
SUBJECT : McCombs, Holland.
Lea, Tom, 1907-
Ruby, Jack.
Johnson, Lyndon Baines, 1908-1973.
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-
Kleberg family.
Connally, John Bowden, 1912-
Smith, Diane Solether.
Slick Airways.
Texas Instruments Incorporated.
Time, Inc.
Goals for Dallas (Association)
Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Texas Cavaliers.
Santa Gertrudis Association.
Dallas (Tex.)
Martin (Tenn.)
Wheelock (Tex.)
Weakley County (Tenn.)
Ranches -- Texas.
Mexico -- History -- 1910-1946.
King Ranch (Tex.)
Tennessee -- History.
Texas -- History -- 1951-
South America -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald, 1917-1963 --Assassination.
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