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Royal Dixon Papers


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Biographical and Autobiographical Materials


Teaching and Leadership of Organization Materials

Research Notes

Writings by Other Authors

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Royal Dixon Papers, 1914-1962 | University of Houston Libraries

By Elizabeth Barnes

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Collection Overview

Title: Royal Dixon Papers, 1914-1962

Predominant Dates:1920-1962

ID: 03/2015-007

Primary Creator: Dixon, Royal (1885-1962)

Other Creators: Snowden, Chester (1900-1984)

Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 02/06/2015. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Creative writing, Education, Emigration and immigration, Naturalism, Naturalists, Sexual minorities - Southern States

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Typescripts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes writings by Royal Dixon as well as other authors close to Dixon, biographical material, materials related to his teaching and his leadership of organizational  activity, correspondence, research notes from his writings, and newspaper clippings the author collected. The collection is arranged to the folder level preserving the original arrangement as much as possible.

Biographical Note

Royal Dixon was a well-regarded naturalist in the early twentieth century. He was born in Huntsville, Texas to Elijah and Francis Elizabeth Dixon. The date of his birth has been contested and ranges anywhere from 1880 to 1885. He began his academic career at Sam Houston State Teachers College then on to the Morgan Park Academy, Chicago. Later, he was a special student at Chicago University and Columbia University. He served as the N.Y. Curator for the Department of Botany, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (1905-1910) and as a columnist for the Houston Chronicle (1910-1927). He also began the Dixon School Creative Writing which were primarily classes taught in his home. He was the founder of the First Church for Animal Rights. Dixon was active in working to increase rights for immigrants in the United States and wrote several essays asking for increased rights for the immigrant community. He lived much of his adult life with his partner Chester Snowden, a well-regarded local artist. Snowden worked with Dixon frequently by contributing work for his writing. After a debilitating car accident, Snowden took over as Dixon’s power of attorney and handled all of Dixon’s affairs.

He published several works on the role of nature in society including The Human Side of Plants, The Human Side of Animals, The Human Side of Birds and The Human Side of Trees. Dixon also wrote several short stories.

Subject/Index Terms

Creative writing
Emigration and immigration
Sexual minorities - Southern States

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Accruals: Second accession March 16, 2015; Third accession May 11, 2015.

Access Restrictions: Open for research

Use Restrictions:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.

Acquisition Source: Purchased from Ron Lerner

Related Materials:

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections also holds the Royal Dixon and Schester Snowden Papers, acquired after the Royal Dixon Papers, and currently cataloged separately.

See also the Chester D. Snowden Papers, 1922-1982 in the Archives of American Art (http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/chester-d-snowden-papers-10557).

Preferred Citation: Royal Dixon Papers. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Writing],
[Series 2: Biographical and Autobiographical Materials],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Teaching and Leadership of Organization Materials],
[Series 5: Research Notes],
[Series 6: Writings by Other Authors],
[Series 7: Newspaper Clippings],

Series 1: Writing
Sub-Series 1: Full-length works
Box 1
Item 1: Bird Personalities - boxed unbound typescript, undated
Item 2: The Ape of Heaven - bound typescript, undated
Item 3: The Lost Angel - bound typescript, undated
Item 4: Earth Hunger, Part First - bound typescript, 1945
Item 5: Earth Hunger, Part Second - bound typescript, undated
Box 3
Item 1: Earth Hunger Illustrations by Chester Snowden, undated
Sub-Series 2: Short stories
Box 2
Folder 1: “Cultural Renaissance of the New South”, “Nature’s Creatures Well Prepared for Battle”, undated
Folder 2: “The White Hope of Raccoon Country”, 1958
Folder 3: “Miss Emily’s Hope”, “The Conductor’s Story”, “None Knows the Day”, undated
Folder 4: “The Miracle”, “The Old Sherriff’s Story”, undated
Folder 5: “Buber Licks His Pa before Breakfast”, undated
Folder 6: “Were Adam and Eve Black?”, “The Swamp Woman”, “Miss Lucy’s Farm”, “The Old Pine Tree”, “Scandal at Shiloh Church”, undated
Folder 7: “The Three Angelinas”, undated
Sub-Series 3: Other writings
Box 2
Folder 8: Syndicate and Fracture Articles; Houston Press, 1961-1962
Folder 9: “Miracles of Science” - essays, undated
Folder 10: “My Invisible Advisor” - typescript, undated
Folder 11: Half Dark Moon - typescript and materials, 1939-1947, undated

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[Series 7: Newspaper Clippings],

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