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Hilton Ross Greer and John P. Sjolander Collection

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Title: Hilton Ross Greer and John P. Sjolander Collection, 1916-2004Add to your cart.

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection consists of a thesis, correspondence, newspaper articles, documents, and poetry.  The materials in this collection are arranged by document type.

Subjects: Greer, Hilton Ross, 1878-, Poetry, Sjolander, John Peter, 1851-1939

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Hilton Ross Greer and John P. Sjolander collection (1916-2004; one box) contains a thesis, correspondence, newspaper articles, documents, and poetry concerning the Texas poet and journalist Hilton Ross Greer and his friend, poet John P. Sjolander.  The collection includes several handwritten poems and original correspondence between John P. Sjolander and Hilton Ross Greer.  The Hilton Ross Greer and John P. Sjolander poetry collection also contains a thesis on Sjolander and a copy of his poetry book, Salt of the Earth and Sea.

Collection Historical Note

Hilton Ross Greer and John P. Sjolander were colleagues and friends that shared a love for southwestern literature.  The two writers corresponded frequently and even collaborated on several occasions.  Hilton Ross Greer was born in Hawkins, Texas on December 10, 1879.  Greer was a journalist at the age of twenty working for the Pittsburg Gazette in Pittsburg, Texas.  He then moved to Louisiana and was a reporter for the Shreveport Times until 1901 when he returned to Texas.  Greer spent two years in Washington, D.C. working for Congressman Choice Boswell Randall.  He returned to Austin to continue journalism and attend the University of Texas in 1908.  Greer later worked as a clerk in the General Land Office of the State of Texas and as a journalist in San Antonio.  He then worked in Dallas for twenty-four years as a journalist.  Hilton Ross Greer was significant in promoting southwestern literature and he was a founding member of the Poetry Society of Texas, in which he served as president from 1921 through 1940.  Greer was a member of the Texas Folklore Society, the Texas Institute of Letters, the Texas Geographic Society, and the Poetry Society of America.  Hilton Ross Greer died in Dallas on November 26, 1949.

John Peter Sjolander was born March 25, 1851 in Hudiksville, Sweden.  He was a published poet and song writer in Sweden and England but his best known works came after he moved to America.  From Sweden, Sjolander traveled to Galveston, Texas.  At the age of 20, he worked at a brickyard in Cedar Bayou about sixty miles from Galveston.  By 1878, Sjolander had married and started a family in Cedar Bayou.  He became a farmer and in his spare time he wrote poetry that went on to appear in many national publications.  Sjolander became known as the “Sage of Cedar Bayou” and “The Dean of Texas Poets” with his most fruitful era of writing between 1876 and 1910.  He died June 15, 1939 and is buried at Cedar Bayou.  John P. Sjolander is considered to be one of the greatest pioneer poets of the Southwest.  There is a historical marker on John P. Sjolander at the old Sjolander home site northeast of Baytown, Texas.

Subject/Index Terms

Greer, Hilton Ross, 1878-
Poetry
Sjolander, John Peter, 1851-1939

Administrative Information

Repository: SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

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Preferred Citation: Hilton Ross Greer and John P. Sjolander Collection. Thomason Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: John P. Sjolander Biographical Information, 1952, 2004Add to your cart.
The Handbook of Texas online article printout, newspaper articles, Library of Southern Literature article on Sjolander, and various copies of documents relating to the Sjolander collection
Originals or Copies Note: Original and Copy
Folder 2: Hilton Ross Greer Biographical Information, 1952; undatedAdd to your cart.
The Handbook of Texas article and Southern Literature article
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Folder 3: Newspaper articles concerning Hilton Ross Greer and John P. Sjolander, 1952, 1958; undatedAdd to your cart.
Three newspaper articles
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Folder 4: John P. Sjolander Correspondence, 1899 May 4 - 1936 June 29Add to your cart.
Handwritten and typed correspondence from John P. Sjolander
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Folder 5: "John Sjolander - Poet of Cedar Bayou" Thesis by Martha Wood Thompson, 1950 MayAdd to your cart.
Bound thesis located on Thomason Room main shelving
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Folder 6: "A Scarecrow" by John P. Sjolander, no dateAdd to your cart.
Handwritten poem by John P. Sjolander
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Folder 7: "The Song Primitive" by John P. Sjolander, no dateAdd to your cart.
Handwritten poem by John P. Sjolander for Florence Sterling Prize
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Folder 8: "At the Grave of Burns" by John P. Sjolander, 1869 JuneAdd to your cart.
Handwritten poem by John P. Sjolander. Written at the grave of Burns, Dumfries, Scotland, in June 1869
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Folder 9: "His Sunlit Road" by John P. Sjolander, 1917 November 10Add to your cart.
Handwritten poem by John P. Sjolander. Note: Sent to Holland's Magazine
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Folder 10: "Song of the Winter Rain" by John P. Sjolander, 1916 November 22Add to your cart.
Handwritten poem by John P. Sjolander
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Folder 11: "Ami" by John P. Sjolander, 1916 November 25Add to your cart.
Handwritten poem by John P. Sjolander
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Folder 12: "Memories" by John P. Sjolander, 1916 December 31Add to your cart.
Handwritten poem by John P. Sjolander. Cedar Bayou, Texas.  Poem written to Mr. and Mrs. Greer for the New Year
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Folder 13: "Limitations" by John P. Sjolander, 1918Add to your cart.
Handwritten poem by John P. Sjolander. Cedar Bayou, Texas
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Folder 14: "Salt of the Earth and Sea" by John P. Sjolander, 1928Add to your cart.
Book of John P. Sjolander's original poems
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Folder 15: "An Introduction to Texas Literature" by Hilton R. Greer, 1941Add to your cart.
Small book by Hilton Ross Greer
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Folder 16: Sketch on John P. Sjolander by Hilton Ross Greer, circa 1907Add to your cart.
A type-written manuscript of the sketch on John P. Sjolander by Hilton Ross Greer, printed in Library of Southern Literature, vol. 11, pp. 4833-4835.  Very fragile.  Includes envelope addressed to the Estill Library SHSTC with handwritten notes concerning the sketch on Sjolander.  Includes photocopy of sketch.
Originals or Copies Note: Original and Copy


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