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Edwin W. Gaston, Jr. Papers

Identifier: A-0048
This collection consists of correspondence with publishers, biographical material, reviews, newspaper clippings, and galley proofs relating to Gaston's books: The Early Novel of the Southwest (1961), Conrad Richter (1965), and Eugene Manlove Rhodes: Cowboy Chronicler (1967).


  • 1946-1977
  • Event: Donated in 1977

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


1.70 Cubic Feet

Biographical or Historical Information

Born February 22, 1925 in Nacogdoches, Edwin Willmer Gaston, Jr. was an author, scholar, teacher, and former newspaper editor and publisher. With a B. S. (1947) and M. A. (1951) from Stephen F. Austin State University and Ph. D. from Texas Technological University (1959), he first joined the staff at SFA as Assistant Director of College Information (1950-53). He successively became Assistant Professor of English (1955-1959); Associate Professor (1959-1963), and Professor (1963-2007). From 1964 to 1965 he was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He served as Head of the English Department at SFA from 1965 to 1969 and became Dean of the Graduate School there in 1976. Gaston died in October 2007 at the age of 82.

Gaston was a vice-president (1962-1963) and president (1963-1964) of the Texas Folklore Society; secretary-treasurer of the American Studies Association of Texas (1962-1965); and National Councilor of Alpha Chi honor society (1963-1966).


The bulk of this collection is described in 24 folders and housed in three clamshell boxes. There is also a single oversize bundle containing one item.
Guide to the Edwin W. Gaston, Jr. Papers

Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository