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Boyce House Papers

Identifier: P-0036

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials pertaining to Boyce House, author and humorist. It contains books, articles, programs, and clippings related to Boyce House, including his "I Give You Texas" column.


  • 1862-1962

Biographical / Historical

Boyce House was born in Piggott, Arkansas on November 29, 1896. He spent his early boyhood in Texas, but grew up in Tennessee. He was a cub reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal . He returned to Texas in 1920. He became editor of Eastland County's daily newspaper. He wrote about "Old Rip", which was a horned frog, that had been placed in the cornerstone of the Eastland County Courthouse. The horned frog was found alive in 1928 after 31 years when the Courthouse was torn down. He edited newspapers in Cisco, Olney, and Brady; and worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for five years. He was a technical advisor for the movie Boomtown (1940). After returning from Hollywood he began writing humorous columns and books. He was a candidate for lieutenant governor in the Texas Democratic Primary in 1942 and 1946. He was married to Golda Fay Jamison on April 8, 1927. They had no children. He died on December 30, 1961 in Fort Worth.


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Physical Location

Archives: 4A2

Related Materials

The Fort Worth Public Library has several books and bound volumes of articles written by Boyce House in the Local History collection. A larger collection of Boyce House's papers is at the Fort Belknap Archives (Attn: Dorman Holub,
Boyce House Papers
Harry Max Hill
18 March 2003
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Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102