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Big Thicket Collection, 1951-2014

By Deanna Rainey

Collection Overview

Title: Big Thicket Collection, 1951-2014

Extent: 2.0

Arrangement: The Big Thicket Collection contains correspondence, tourist information, programs, plans, meeting minutes, invitations, essays, term papers, publications, and newspapers.  It is housed in two archival boxes and located on the Special Collections manuscript shelves.  The collection is comprised of one series.

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Big Thicket lies within Hardin, Liberty, Tyler, San Jacinto, and Polk Counties in Southeast Texas, between the San Jacinto River, Neches River, and Pine Island Bayou.  In October 1974, President Gerald R. Ford signed a bill that created the Big Thicket National Preserve.

The Big Thicket is home to many rare and protected plants and creatures.  For example, the yellow lady’s-slipper orchid and the Texas red wolf.

For more information on the Big Thicket see The Big Thicket: An Ecological Reevaluation by Pete A. Y. Gunter, call number F392.H37G82 1993.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions:

The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

Please contact the Newton Gresham Library's Special Collections and University Archives department to request permissions to reproduce materials for any other purpose, or to obtain information regarding the copyright status of a particular digital image, text, audio or video recording.

Preferred Citation: The Big Thicket Collection. SHSU Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1978 September 27-1992 February 12Add to your cart.
Correspondence concerning plans and the Big Thicket Task Force.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1992 March 2-1996 May 1Add to your cart.
Correspondence concerning plans and the Big Thicket Task Force.
Folder 3: Georgia Pacific Information Packet, 1986Add to your cart.
An overview of information concerning the Big Thicket, generally expected to be from a tour.
Folder 4: Maps, 1974-2004; undatedAdd to your cart.
A variety of maps of the Big Thicket.
Folder 5: Brochures, 1976-2004; undatedAdd to your cart.
A variety of brochures concerning the Big Thicket.
Folder 6: Programs, 2006 October 14-2009 October 10; undatedAdd to your cart.
Various programs detailing information on the Big Thicket.
Folder 7: Tour Guide Information, 2009 October; undatedAdd to your cart.
Tour guides depicting information about the Big Thicket, including what types of plants and animals one can expect to find along the hiking trails.
Folder 8: Invitations, 1997 September 10-1999 October 22Add to your cart.
Three invitations to discuss and view plans concerning the future of Big Thicket.
Folder 9: Plans/Minutes, 1979-2006; undatedAdd to your cart.
Information concerning the plans and meetings scheduled to discuss the future of Big Thicket.
Folder 10: A History of the Jayhawkers of the Big Thicket, 1979 AprilAdd to your cart.
A term paper titled "A History of the Jayhawkers of the Big Thicket" by Mary Cathleen Rhoades.
Folder 11: Finding the Big Thicket: A Cartographic Approach, 2014 September 5Add to your cart.
An essay titled "Find the Big Thicket: A Cartographic Approach", possibly by Pete A. Y. Gunter.
Folder 12: Big Thicket Preservation - The Cast of Characters, circa 2004Add to your cart.
A paper titled "Big Thicket Preservation - The Cast of Characters", by "Maxine".
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "A Fable" & "A Rationale for Fire Management in the Big Thicket National Preserve", 1991 AprilAdd to your cart.
Contains a copy of "A Fable" and "A Rationale for Fire Management in the Big Thicket National Preserve", with a photocopy of the mailing address on the envelope the documents were housed in.
Folder 2: Informational Papers, 1970 June-2003 October, undatedAdd to your cart.
Documents containing information about the Big Thicket, its history and its future.
Folder 3: Publications, 1971-1999; undatedAdd to your cart.
Contains "The Big Thicket Forest of East Texas" by Claude A. McLeod", "Big Thicket National Biological Reserve Environmental Statement", "Southwestern Limit of Fagus Grandifolia EHRH" by Claud McLeod, "Rare II", "Horizons" volume 11 number 3, "Horizons" volume 12 number 3, "Summary of the Final Environmental Impact Statement", "Horizons" volume 14, number 1, "Conservation Progress" no. 160, no. 174, a single page from an unknown publication, "Clearance Card" vol. 36 no. 4, two pages torn from an unknown publication with an attached bio about Bob Gray.
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings, 1951 November-2006 April, undatedAdd to your cart.
Contains clippings from various newspapers concerning the Big Thicket.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Big Thicket Association Minutes, 1964-1968Add to your cart.
This folder contains minutes for the Big Thicket Association from the years 1964 to 1968.
Folder 2: Big Thicket Association Minutes, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
This folder contains minutes for the Big Thicket Associaton for years 1969 to 1970.
Folder 3: Big Thicket Association Minutes, 1971Add to your cart.
This folder contains minutes for the Big Thicket Association for the year 1971.
Folder 4: Big Thicket Assocation Minutes, 1972Add to your cart.
This folder contains minutes for the Big Thicket Association for the year 1972.
Folder 5: Big Thicket Association Minutes, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
This folder contains minutes for the Big Thicket Association for the years 1973 to 1974.
Folder 6: Big Thicket Association Minutes, 1975Add to your cart.
This folder contains minutes for the Big Thicket Association for the year 1975.
Folder 7: Big Thicket Association Minutes, 1976Add to your cart.
This folder contains minutes for the Big Thicket Association for the year 1976.
Folder 8: Big Thicket Association Minutes, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
This folder contains minutes for the Big Thicket Association for the years 1977 to 1978.
Folder 9: Big Thicket Association Minutes, 1978Add to your cart.
This folder contains minutes for the Big Thicket Association for the year 1978.