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Gary Cartwright Addition

Photograph of Gary Cartwright by Bill Wittliff, 1988.

Acclaimed Texas journalist and author Gary Cartwright began donating his papers to the Southwestern Writers Collection/The Wittliff Collections in 1989.

The following is an inventory for the Gary Cartwright Addition, acquired from the Austin History Center in 2009. The inventory is also available as a PDF. The inventory for the Gary Cartwright Papers and additional accessions are available here.

Descriptive Summary
Creator:    Gary Cartwright
Title:    Gary Cartwright Addition
Dates:    1963 - 1984
Abstract:    The Gary Cartwright Addition spans 1969 - 1984 and includes materials related to two of Cartwright’s books, Blood Will Tell (1979), a chronicle of the murder trials of Fort Worth businessman Cullen Davis, and Dirty Dealing (1984), an account of drug smuggling, criminal trials, and the assassination of a federal judge in El Paso.  Materials associated with Cartwright’s other literary productions include articles, manuscripts, research notes and subject files as well as various pieces of fiction, most of them unpublished.  Included in the collection are some of Cartwright’s personal materials such as correspondence, printed material, and unlabeled photographs.
Identification:    Collection 001A
Extent:    28 boxes (16 linear feet)
Language:    English
Repository:    Southwestern Writers Collection, The Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos
 
Biographical Sketch/Historical Sketch

Gary Cartwright was born August 10, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, and raised in nearby Arlington.  He received a B.A. in journalism and government from Texas Christian University in 1957.  Cartwright reported the police beat for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1956 until he was hired away in 1958 to the Fort Worth Press, where he joined Dan Jenkins and Bud Shrake in the sports department under legendary Texas sportswriter Blackie Sherrod.  In 1960, Cartwright moved to the Dallas Times Herald as a sports reporter and in 1963 he joined the Dallas Morning News to write his own sports column.  Cartwright's first book, a football novel entitled The Hundred Yard War, was published in 1967 at which point he left newspaper work to become a freelance writer.  His work has appeared in The Texas Observer, Esquire, Saturday Review, Rolling Stone and Texas Monthly.
 
Cartwright has been associated with Texas Monthly magazine since its inception in 1973.  His articles range over various topics--crime, notable Texans, Texas culture, travel, sports and international travel.  A collection of his Texas Monthly articles can be found in Confessions of a Washed-up Sportswriter.  The true-crime books Blood Will Tell and Dirty Dealing began as articles for Texas Monthly. In 1988, Cartwright had a heart attack that required quintuple-bypass surgery. A suggestion by Governor Ann Richards to document changes in his life since the injury led to his latest book, HeartWiseGuy.
 
Among the many honors Cartwright has received for his writing are the Texas Institute of Letters' Stanley Walker Award for Journalism for "The Endless Odyssey of Patrick Henry Polk" (Texas Monthly, May 1977) and the Press Club of Dallas Katie Award for Best Magazine News Story for "The Work of the Devil" (Texas Monthly, June 1989).  Cartwright has written screenplays in collaboration with Edwin (Bud) Shrake, including J. W. Coop  (1972) and Another Pair of Aces (CBS-TV, 1990).   

Scope and Content Note
Manuscripts, published newspaper and magazine articles, and research materials such as clippings, research notes, legal documents, other printed items, and audio tape make up this addition to the Gary Cartwright Collection.  The addition covers his career from 1963 to 1984, concentrating on his work on various projects from 1976 to 1984.  The materials are divided into four series:  1.)  Blood Will Tell, 2.) Dirty Dealing, 3.) Other Literary Productions, and 4.) Personal Materials.

The most detailed and comprehensive portion of the research material for Blood Will Tell  consists of clippings from several major Texas newspapers, chronicling the murder trials of Fort Worth business man Cullen Davis. Cartwright’s research notes are also extensive, but are not labeled and have not been sorted. Other research materials cover scattered subjects, and are not extensive. Several versions of the manuscript of the book are included, documenting revisions made during its production.

Material relating to Dirty Dealing is varied with a depth of the documentation. The series maintains one hundred and sixteen (116) subject files and file titles created by Cartwright, in their original order, each folder containing several types of material related to people and incidents covered in the book. Unfiled research materials have been filed according to subject. Several manuscript drafts of the book are included – some complete, but most undated and incomplete.

The third series consists of material relating to Cartwright’s other literary productions – both non-fiction newspaper and magazine and various pieces of primarily unpublished fiction, including short stories, novels, and screenplays. Subject files created and titled by Cartwright have been maintained, each containing a variety of materials. Some additional subject files have been created for journalistic work, arranged chronologically. Manuscripts included in this series are undated and frequently unidentified, and may be incomplete. Manuscripts are differentiated according to title or subject matter. Most of Cartwright’s notes are also unlabeled and unsorted.

The fourth series consists of a small amount of personal material including correspondence, printed materials, and unlabeled photographs.  

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None

Preferred Citation
Gary Cartwright Addition, Southwestern Writers Collection, Texas State University-San Marcos

Acquisition Information
Transferred from the Austin History Center in 2009.

Processing Information
Originally processed by Margaret Tufts and Warren Stricker for the Austin History Center (1980); Inventory revised by Alan Schaefer (2010).

Notes to Researchers
A large collection of Gary Cartwright’s papers form Southwestern Writers Collection 001.  

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Blood Will Tell

Box    Folder

Clippings

1    1    1976
    2    April - August 1977
    3    September - October 1977
    4    November - December 1977
    5    February - August 13, 1978
    6    August 21 - 31, 1978
    7    September - October 1978
    8    November 1978    
    9    December 1978
    10    January 1979
    11    February - March 1979
    12    Undated

        Notes (undated)

2    1    Unsorted notes
    2    Unsorted notes
    3    Unsorted notes
    4    Unsorted notes
    5    Unsorted notes
    6    Unsorted notes
    7    Unsorted notes
    8    Unsorted notes
    9    Unsorted notes
    10    Unsorted notes

        Legal Documents

3    1    Kenneth Davis, Sr. Will 1967, 1970
    2    Wilborn Divorce, 1968
    3    Davis Divorce, 1974, 1976, and undated
    4    McCrory Affidavits, 1977
    5    Nagra Tape Transcripts, 1978
    6    Davis vs. Davis Lawsuit, 1974
   
        Research Material

3    7    Ft. Worth (undated)
    8    Ore Reserve Evaluation, Kendavis Inc., 1974
        
        Photographs

3    9    Research photos (undated)

Correspondence

3    10    1977 – 1979

        Publicity

3    11    Book Publicity, 1979
    
        Editorial Notes

3    12    Notes (undated)

        Manuscripts (undated)

3    13    Texas Monthly Articles
    14    Part I pages 1-112
    15    Part I pages 113 -207
    16    Part II pages 1-133
4    1    Part II pages 134-253
    2    Part II pages 1-133
    3    Part II pages 134-253
    4    Part II pages 200-299
    5    Part II pages 300-421
    6    Part II pages 200-299
    7    Part II pages 300-421
5    1    Part III pages 422-525
    2    Part III pages 526-652
    3    Part III pages 1-125
    4    Part III pages 126-218
    5    Pages 1-84
    6    Pages 85-192
    7    Pages 193-279
6    1    Pages 1-72
    2    Pages 73- 199
    3    Pages 200- 275
    4    Pages 276- 374
    5    Pages 375- 453
    6    Pages 454- 542
    7    Pages 543- 652
    8    Fragments
7    1    Galleys
    2    Unbound book

Series II:  Dirty Dealing

        Author’s Subject Files (undated)

7    3    Ardmore
    4    Steve Peter’s DEA File
    5    “Agency of Fear” Notes, Ross Perot
    6    Riojas – Alan Brown
    7     Kenny Croucher (George Taylor, etc.) and Columbus Air Force bust
    8    Merchiondo / Mafia
    9    Chagra Murder - Wallace / White Trials, Pena - Gisbson, Weiser, Rodriguez
    10    Bandido Angle
8    1    Drug Abuse Act of 1970
    2    Wallace / White Murder Trial
3          Caballero, Gordy and Dihora, Estrada Contempt, Judge Wood / Goldstein file
    4    Renteria Case, JoAnn Wardy Interview
    5    Peter Brock File - “A”
    6    George Hough
    7    The Mob, Rackets, Dope, etc.
    8    Smuggling / El Paso Smuggling Investigation
    9    More Smuggling, Drugs, Gambling, Mafia, etc.
    10    Unlabeled file
    11    Malcolm and Miscellaneous Info and Chit Chat
    12    High Times Story
    13    Detective Files - Kerr    
    14    Historical - Syrian-Lebanese, El Paso and Mexico
    15    Joe Chagra
    16    Jimmy Chagra “A” File
    17    Sandy and Patty
    18    Lee’s Proposed Lawsuit - Oteri and Weinberg - also American Lawyer, Killings     
            of Dope Lawyers
    19    JoAnne Chagra
    20    Vivian Chagra
    21    Patsy de la Torre
9    1    Jim Salome
    2    Doris Sipes
    3    Jack Stricklin
    4    Donna Johnson
    5    Mama Chagra
    6    D. Clark Hughes (Judge)
    7    The Frenchman
    8    Vic Apodaca
    9    Rick de la Torre
    10    Peter Krutshewski (Blake)
    11    Don Fertel
    12    Sib Abraham
    13    Dee Ann Croucher
    14    Judge Bean – Court of Inquiry into Lee’s Murder
    15    Clarence Moyers
    16    Marty Houltin
    17    Wayne Wendell (Windle)
    18    Liz
    19    Jimmy’s Letter from Levenworth
    20    Lee Chagra
    21    El Paso Police Inquiry into Lee’s Murder
    22    Jimmy Chagra Trial (file 1)    
    23    Jimmy Chagra Trial (file 2)
    24    Jimmy Chagra Trial (file 3)
    25    Henry Wallace’s Testimony – Jimmy Chagra Trial
10    1    Cross Examination of Henry Wallace
    2    Jimmy Chagra Trial, Chagra Defense
    3    Defense Lawyer interviews
    4    Jimmy Chagra’s Jacksonville Trial
    5    Oscar Goodman
    6    Tom Sharp, Harrelson Profile, etc
    7    #1 Wood Trial, September - October
    8    #2 Wood Trial, Harrelson, Jo Ann, Liz, November
    9    # San Antonio Trial, Defense
    10    FBI Notes / Summaries
    11    Affadavit for Search, Tapes
    12    Joe Chagra 1982
    13    Chagra 1982
    14    El Paso 1982
    15    Wood Indictment and Follow-up 1982
    16    Pretrial
11    1    Wood Investigation 1982
    2    Work Notes / Part II / Riojas - Grand Jury
    3    Jahn’s
    4    Tapes / Defense Strategy
    5    Wood Murder - Second Anniversary with Calendar of Events
    6    Harreslon - Profiles, etc.
    7    Chagra 1981
    8    Chagra - Bates
    9    Grand Jury
    10    Grand Jury - Harrelson, January – May 1981
    11    Grand Jury, May - Decmber 1981
    12    1980 Special Federal Grand Jury, I, Wood – Kerr
    13    Grand Jury 1980, II, Harrelson
    14    Sante Barrio - DEA
    15    Tape Transcripts, part 1
12    1    Tape Transcripts, part 2
    2    DEA Agents, J.T. Robinson
    3    Jamie Boyd
    4    Judge Woods (Jolidon)
    5    Judge Woods
    6    Peter Brock “B”
    7    Boston
    8    Joe Renteria Trial I (also see Joe Chagra file)
    9    Joe Renteria Trial II
    10    Stricklin Case and Judge Wood
13    1    IRS Clips
    2    EP Law Day Speech
    3    Miscellaneous Drug Busts
    4    John Pickney III
    5    James Kerr
    6    Jimmy Chagra 1981
    7    Wood - Godde Lawsuit
    8    Mrs. Wood
    9    Ruby Rheinhardt Letter - Tom Slick - Wood Case
    10    Chagra Publicity    
    11    Unlabelled Manuscript
    12    Jimmy’s Austin Trial – Manuscript
    13    Jerry Ray James
    14    Maps
    15    Chagra – Story Draft
    16    Guiberson
    17    Documents to Lawyers
14    1    Wood Murder Follow – up 1979 – 1980
    2    Jimmy Chagra Trial – Austin
    3    Niel Nichols Case I
    4    Niel Nichols Case II    
    
        Research Material

14    5    Federal Committee on Government Operations:  June 1975 Hearings /  Federal  
Drug Enforcement
15    1    Federal Committee on Government Operations:  July 1976 Interim Report /
Federal Narcotics Enforcement
2    Committee on Government Operations:  January 1977 Illicit Traffic in
Weapons and Drugs across the U.S./Mexico Border
    3    Court and Legal Documents, Wood Investigation 1980-1981
    4    Court and Legal Documents, Wood Investigation 1982-1983
    5    FBI Documents, 1979-1981
    6    Wood Assassination Evidence (notebook photocopy)
    7    Clippings/Chagra
    8    Clippings/Rockport    
    9    Jury List

        Notes

15    10    Chronology
    11    Unlabelled

        Manuscripts (undated)

16    1    Pages 1-104
    2    Pages 105-191, afterword
    3    Pages 1-104
    4    Pages 105-191, afterword
    5    Pages 1-31
    6    Pages 85-204
    7    Pages 205-331
17    1    Pages 332-407
    2    Pages 408-472    
    3    Pages 473-548, 551-565
    4    Pages 1-107
    5    Pages 1-72
    6    Pages 1-31
    7    Pages 1-55
    8    Pages 1-32
18    1    Part II, Pages -147 (missing pages)
    2    Pages 1-21, 1-45, 36-56, 60-67, 173-179, 22-39, and inserts
    3    Pages 11-43
    4    Pages 230-271
    5    Pages 36-45, 60-99, 107-117
    6    Pages 270-271, 309-310, 258-280
    7    Pages 428-548 (missing pages)
    8    Pages 1-105
    9    Pages 106 - 196
19     1    Pages 197-269
    2    Pages 272-344
    3    Pages 345-449
    4    Pages 450-518
    5    Pages 519-590
    6    Pages 591-696
    7    Pages 1-105
    8    Pages 106-190
    9    Pages 191-269
    10    Pages 272-344
20     1    Pages 345-424
    2    Pages 425-491
    3    Pages 492-570
    4    Pages 571-696
    5    Original manuscript, pages 1-72
    6    Original manuscript, pages 73-142A
    7    Original manuscript, pages 142B-219
    8    Original manuscript, pages 220-298A
    9    Original manuscript, pages 299-382
    10    Original manuscript, pages 383-466
21    1    Original manuscript, pages 467 -532
    2    Original manuscript, pages 533-608
    3    Original manuscript, pages 609-696A
    4    Unedited manuscript, pages 1-91
    5    Unedited manuscript, pages 92-161
    6    Unedited manuscript, pages 162-228
    7    Unedited manuscript, pages 229-296
    8    Unedited manuscript, pages 297-370
    9     Unedited manuscript, pages 371-447
    10    Unedited manuscript, pages 448-516
    11    Unedited manuscript, pages 517-578

Series III:  Other Literary Productions

Box    Folder

        Author’s Subject Files (undated)

22    1    Candy
    2    Chronology, Dirty Dealing
    3    Adventures in Moving
    4    Jay J. Armes
    5    Cullen Davis
    6    Racehorse Haynes
    7    Priscilla Davis
    8    OU/Texas Inside Sports
    9    Delbert McClinton
    10     Epilogue – Blood Will Tell
    11    Ranger Story
    12    Darrell Royal
    13    Welfare Story
    14    TV Guide Story (Local TV, San Antonio)
    15    Texas/OU Weekend
    16     Colonial (Golf Tournament)
23    1    Private Investigation File
    2    Outward Bound
    3    Border Towns
    4    Houston Police                
    5    Truckin’
    
        Research Materials (undated)

23    6    Jack Favor
    7    JFK assassination
24    1    Pit Dogs
    2     Southwestern Bell
    3    Fort Worth Press
    4    Austin-Drug Dealers
    5    Marijuana Smuggling (Court Document)
    6    Clippings
    
        Published Articles

24    7    1963-1967
    8    1968-1969
    9    1970-1974 and undated

        Manuscripts (undated) - Non-fiction

24    10    Newspaper columns
    11    Fort Worth Press
    12    Jack Ruby
    13    Craig Morton
    14    Texas Governor’s Race
    15    Pit Dogs        
    16    Busted
    17    Untitled

        Manuscripts (undated) - Fiction

24    18    “They Are Tearing Down All the Old Houses”
    19    “This Is A Recording”
    20    “Outlaws” pages 1-50
25    1    “Outlaws” pages 50A-118
    2    “Outlaws” pages 119-171
    3    “Outlaws” pages 172-239
    4    “Outlaws” pages 240-267
    5    Untitled “Diggs” 1 of 6
    6    Untitled “Diggs” 2 of 6
    7    Untitled “Diggs” 3 of 6
    8    Untitled “Diggs” 4 of 6
    9     Untitled “Diggs” 5 of 6
26    1    Untitled “Diggs” 6/6
    2    Untitled (Paul Syler)
    3    “The Scammer”
    4    Untitled (Austin Drug Dealers-Script), 1 of 2
    5    Untitled (Austin Drug Dealers-Script), 2 of 2    
     6    Untitled (Dark Pearls), 1 of 3
    7    Untitled (Dark Pearls), 2 of 3
    8    Untitled (Dark Pearls), 3 of 3
27    1    Untitled (Billy Roy Ford)
    2    Untitled (New Dynamo City)
    3    Untitled (Black Jack Spain)
    4     Untitled (Ansel Gregg-Script)
    5     Unidentified manuscripts

        Poetry

27    6    Poems

        Essays

27     7    On Playwrighting
    
        Notes (undated)

27    8    Unidentified notes, 1 of 2
    9    Unidentified notes, 2 of 2
    10    Kennedy Assassination / Jack Ruby
        
        Correspondence

27    11    1968-1969, 1974-1975, 1983 and undated

        Legal Documents

27    12    Contracts 1968, 1975

        Book Reviews

27    13    The Hundred Yard War and Thin Ice

Series IV:  Personal Materials

Box     Folder

        Correspondence

28    1    1964, 1971, 1973-1975, 1978 and undated

        Financial Documents

28    2    Check from Columbia

        Printed Material

28    3    BMI Application
    4    Cards

        Photographs (undated)

28    5    Prints (unlabelled)
    6    Slides (unlabelled)

        Scrapbook Material

28    7    Undated material

        Audio Recordings (undated)

28    8    Tapes (3 cassettes, 1 reel)

        Separated Material

28    9    Texas Monthly, March 1977 and March 1978; Atlantic Monthly, March 1975;
Book Digest, October 1979; Poster - Texas Ranger (Allee 1930 - 1970)