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George W. Winningham Papers

A description of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Winningham, George W.
Title: George W. Winningham Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1930-1967
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Collection contains clippings regarding George Winningham and several of his writings, including his "Facts and Comments" articles and poetry. In addition, the collection largely contains correspondence between George Winningham, Senator Earle B. Mayfield, Senator Mayfield's son John Mayfield, and various other persons and publishing houses.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

George W. Winningham (1889-unknown) was a Texas legislature (1933-1935), writer, and poet.

Born November 6, 1889, George W. Winningham was elected into the 43rd Texas legislature for the Mexia/Limestone county Jan 10, 1933 - Jan 8, 1935 where he belonged to the Democrat party. He was also a writer for The Groesbeck Journal and The Fredericksburg Radio-Post where he wrote his "Facts and Comments" column. In addition to being a newspaper columnist, Winningham also was a religious poet whose poems were frequently published in local newspapers and Christian bulletins.

George W. Winningham was close friends with former Democrat senator, Earle B. Mayfield (1881-1964) who served in the U.S senate 1923-1929. Senator Mayfield's son John Mayfield was the former curator of the Syracuse University Special Collections in the 1960s.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The George W. Winningham Papers contain writings and clippings related to or belonging to George Winningham, but the bulk of the material is his personal and professional correspondence.

Clippings contain various articles written about George W. Winningham or pertain to events that were related to him, such as political affairs or historical preservation efforts.

Correspondence contains letters written between George W.Winningham, Senator Earle B. Mayfield, John Mayfield, The Houston Press, and various other persons (political supporters, friends, collegues, etc.)

Writings contain his "Facts and Comments" column, poetry, and various other articles regarding local history, his Baptist church, and politics.

Miscellaneous contains small maps, a flyer for a political meeting, and pamphlets and articles related to Texas politics written by or related to several of George W. Winningham's collegues.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Clippings, correspondence, writings, and miscellaneous are all arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Mayfield, Earle Bradford, 1881-1964.
Winningham, George W.


Legislators -- Texas.


Texas -- Politics and government.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

George W. Winningham Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of George W. Winningham, circa 1965.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: CG
Date: 2011
Revision history: May 2011 - converted to EAD (CEG); 13 May 2011 - processed the collection, added material, and updated the finding aid. (CEG)

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Box 1 Newspaper 1933, 1959, 1964-1966 - various articles about George W. Winningham as a poet and legislator, Texas historical figure Leonard Williams, and Fort Parker
Box 1 The Houston Press 1930-1936 (13 letters)
Box 1 Mayfield, Earle B. and Winningham, George W. 1933, 1961-1963 (28 letters)
Box 1 Mayfield, John and Winningham, George W. 1963-1965 (21 letters)
various clippings attached; letter 4/18/63 includes 3 blank postcards and "The Comanche Trail and the Massacre at Parker's Fort" by Gene Fallwell; letter 1/22/1964 includes a pamphlet of his poems, "The Fool," "I Know God Understands," and "God is Not Far Away;" letter 6/26/64 contains an article George W. Winningham wrote regarding Earle B. Mayfield; letters 9/28/65 contains "The Prisoners of Perote" by William Preston Stapp and several letters regarding copyright, one of which was written and signed by Lyndon B. Johnson when he was a senator in 1958; letter 11/2/65 contains 4 political pamphlets by Ben B. Hunt; letter 11/1965 contains 2 photographs of George W. Winningham and his wife and a booklet on the history of Texas governors
Box 1 Mayfield, John and Winningham, George W. 1966-1967 undated - various clippings attached (6 letters)
Box 1 Southern Pacific Lines 1933 - "Tracing of Inter-Locking Directorate" - written in pencil by George W. Winningham is his suggestion that some thought this was the cause of the Great Depression
Box 1 Telegrams 1933, 1938, 1950 (4 telegrams)
Box 1 Miscellaneous 1933-1934, 1959-1965, undated - various letters from political supporters, friends, collegues and publishers (53 letters)
Box 1 "Facts and Comments" 1938, 1965, undated - political in content, one of which details George W. Winningham's views on communism (9 articles)
Box 1 Poems undated - "The Fool," "Am I My Brother's Keeper?,"I Know God Understands,"God Is Not Far Away," "Ole Mule's Totin' A Mighty Queer Load," and "Ole Mule's Plumb Tuckered Out"
Box 1 Miscellaneous 1938, 1949, 1965-1966, undated - views on sales tax, the Texas platform, "Visit with the Poet of Navasota," Praire Grove Baptist church 96th anniversary, letter to the editor on captive John Parker, recognition for best religious editorial of 1948, and story on Limestone county hymn writers
Box 1 Political 1933, 1944, 1955, 1965, undated - small maps, a flyer for a political meeting, and pamphlets and articles related to Texas politics

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