Kelton, Elmer 1975-04-06

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In a telephone conversation with David Murrah, Elmer Kelton describes his use of the Southwest Collection in his work as a writer and journalist and also discusses his novels.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Elmer Kelton

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: April 6, 1975

Location: San Angelo, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Autobiographical data, Childhood in West Texas, Acquaintance with Paul Patterson, Graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism (1948), Worked as a farm reporter for San Angelo Standard-Times, Currently employed as associate editor of West Texas Livestock Weekly, Pioneer News Observer discussed, Use of Southwest Collection resources, Uses of Southwest Collection for research in other areas, Plans to donate more oral history tapes to Southwest Collection, Books by Elmer Kelton partially listed, Most based on historical situations, Writer Robert Weddle discussed, Basis of stories in novels, Influence of personal experiences on novels, New book described.

Tape 1, Side 2: Plans for future, Attitude toward historical writing, Description of writing a novel, Situations used for basis of novels, Importance of Southwest Collection, Character of West Texas residents, Molded by adversity, Awards for books, Three Spur Awards, Western Heritage Award from National Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Range Dates: 1948-1975

Bulk Dates: 1948-1975

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