Scope and Contents
The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, and royalty and agreement information.
The collection is organized by accession/addendum.
The main publisher correspondents represented in this collection are: Angler, Archery World, Fawcett Publications, Fishing World, Fur-Fish-Game, Lenniger Literary Agency, National Future Farmer, Outdoor Life, Outdoor Photographers League, Progressive Farmer, Southern Outdoors, and True.
The initial donation of 1967 contains manuscripts and correspondence.
Novel-length manuscripts include Hunting Whitetail Deer (including first and final draft), Shooter's Bible Taxidermy Guide (first draft), and Texas Outdoors (unpublished).
Manuscripts of short stories and articles are first separated by topic: fishing, hunting, outdoor, and miscellaneous stories, and then material is arranged alphabetically by title within each topic.
Incoming correspondence (1956-1959) includes general and publisher correspondence, including letters from August Lenniger.
The 1968 addendum contains manuscripts of books on camping and taxidermy, hunting and fishing stories alphabetically arranged by title, and correspondence with publishers from 1967-1968.
The 1969 addendum contains incoming correspondence that is alphabetically arranged, 1957-1969, including publisher correspondence. Outgoing correspondence contains seven outgoing letters.
The 1970 addendum consists of incoming correspondence that is alphabetically arranged, including letters from the Lenniger Literary Agency and other publishers.
The 1972 addendum contains five letters of outgoing correspondence (1970-1972), and incoming correspondence that is alphabetically arranged, including letters from publishers, 1958-1972. This addendum also includes a chapter outline regarding an off-season hunting and fishing book.
The 1973 addendum consists of five letters of outgoing correspondence (1972), and incoming correspondence that is alphabetically arranged, including letters from publishers and 1 fan letter, 1964-1972. Also included is a book proposal for an off-season hunting and fishing book.
The January 1975 addendum contains twenty-four letters of outgoing correspondence (1973-1974), and incoming correspondence that is alphabetically arranged, including letters from publishers, 1970-1974.
The November 1975 addendum consists of ten letters of outgoing correspondence (1974-1975), and incoming correspondence that is alphabetically arranged, including letters from publishers, 1972-1975.
The 1977 addendum contains seventeen letters of outgoing correspondence (1973-1977), and incoming correspondence that is alphabetically arranged, including letters from publishers, 1974-1977.
The 1979 addendum contains twenty-seven letters of outgoing correspondence (1967-1978), and incoming correspondence that is alphabetically arranged, including letters from publishers, 1955-1978. This addendum also contains one fan letter, five third-party letters, outlines of six books on squirrel, whitetail deer, and dove hunting, predator calling, off-season shooting and hunting, and taxidermy.
Also in the 1979 addendum is agreements, royalties and payment information, and one folder of miscellaneous correspondence.
- Creation: 1956-1978
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.
Conditions Governing Use
Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
Russell Tinsley (1932-2005) graduated with a communications degree from the University of Texas and was a member of the Air Force ROTC. He and his wife Marjorie were married for over fifty years. Tinsley became a journalist and editor, photographer, and author of eleven books on hunting, fishing and taxidermy.
"He was the first outdoor editor of the Austin American Statesman newspaper, a position he held for over 30 years. He was the host of an outdoor radio show on KLBJ in Austin and was a contributing editor and founder of the Texas Fish & Game magazine."
According to his obituary, Tinsley was on the board of directors of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and received the organization s lifetime achievement honor, the Ham Brown Award, in 2003. He was one of the charter members of the Texas Outdoor Writers Assn., and was awarded the organization s lifetime achievement award, the L.A. Wilke Award.
[Source: Amazon.com editorial review: http://www.amazon.com/Taxidermy-Guide-Russell-Tinsley/dp/0883171562/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358378472&sr=1-1]
[Source: Obituary: http://boards.ancestry.com/topics.obits/33651/mb.ashx]
2 linear feet (3 containers) : 1 record storage box, 2 manuscript boxes
Language of Materials
Russell Tinsley was a journalist, the first outdoor editor of Austin American Statesman newspaper, a photographer, and author of eleven books on hunting, fishing and taxidermy. The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, and royalty information.
Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.
Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.
Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.
Other Finding Aids
Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.
Collection processed by staff, 1967-1979.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing. Multiple accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each accession is described separately.
Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.
Genre / Form
- Guide to the Russell Tinsley Papers
- Revise Description
- Tanya Parlet and Kira B. Homo.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English
- Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).