02/19/AR0310 Guide to the Margaret Sherman Papers Sherman, Margaret Finding Aid Authors: Ashley Rankin.

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Guide to the Margaret Sherman Papers University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Margaret Sherman Papers 1860-2007 02/19/AR0310 Sherman, Margaret Ellen Nelson, 1919-2007 31.00 English University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Willis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, URL: https://library.unt.edu/special-collections/
This collection contains personal papers including documentation, letters, literary productions, and scrapbooks, manuscripts, and audio visual content. This collection documents Margaret Sherman's personal life as well as her many achievements such as writing books and newspaper articles, having a short television spot, creating the Roanoke Public Library, and investigating her son, Champ's, mysterious death.
Biographical Information:

Margaret Ellen Nelson Sherman was born in San Saba, Texas to John Byron and Madge Marie Nelson on May 30, 1919. She attended Abilene Christian College, Texas Christian College, and North Texas State Teachers College. She married R.H. Marshall and had two sons Victor and Allen Champ Marshall. After they were divorced, she married Lawrence Farish Sherman on March 21, 1957. From there she went by the name Margaret, not Ellen. Margaret Sherman died on November 14, 2007. Before her death, she wrote for several small newspapers in the Denton area, had a local TV series, and wrote a book entitled Who in the World is Margaret Sherman? She tried to get her manuscript, Texas Unofficial Ambassador in France, published but ended up publishing many articles in the newspapers of the content contained in her manuscript. Her brother, John Byron Jr., was one of the best golfers of the 1930s and 1940s with his 1945 season identified as the best season ever for a male golfer by most. Her younger brother, Charles Wade Nelson, is a musician and author of the memoir, As I Remember. Her son Champ had a mysterious death in Mexico; his bones were brought to the University of North Texas' Human Identification Department where a UNT professor, using DNA testing, found that the bones were not Champ's.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material: Audiotapes Letters (correspondence) Manuscripts (documents) Scrapbooks Videotapes Personal Name: Marshall, Allen "Champ," 1947-1977. Sherman, Margaret Ellen Nelson, 1919-2007. Topical Term: Women authors
Administrative Information Acquisition Information:



Accession numbers: 2003-019, 2003-020, 2003-021, 2003-022, 2004-018, 2005-015, 2014-07

No further accruals are expected

Processing Information:

This collection is minimally processed with description at the box level.

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Margaret Sherman Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

Books from this collection are housed with Rare Books.

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged in four series: Personal Papers, Manuscripts, Audio Visual, and Artifacts.

Scope and Contents

The documents in this collection reflect the life and work of Margaret Sherman which includes clippings, a diary, legal documents, correspondence, scrapbooks, examples of her writtings, audio and VHS tapes, and a variety of artifacts

Detailed List of Contents id68602 Personal Papers id68605 1 50454 Scope and Contents

This box contains address books, autograph books, appraisals, bills, book plates, brides book, brochures, cards, citation, clippings, contact sheet, correspondence, awards, diary, documentation, financial documents, getting to know Margaret Sherman, guestbook for John Byron Nelson Jr., journals, legal documents, and letters.

id68613 2 Calendars 1975-1998 50453 Scope and Contents

This box contains calendars.

id69101 3 Champ 50452 Scope and Contents

This box contains material from Champ Marshall including awards, cards, correspondence, grade reports, homework, information of Champ Marshall, documentation from the investigation of Champ Marshall's death, clippings, measuring tools, handbooks, pamphlets, photos, poem, schoolwork, and tickets.

id69925 4 Literary Productions 50451 id69152 5 Letters 1860-2003 50450 Scope and Contents

This box contains letters.

id69312 6 Notes and Notebooks 50449 id69310 7 50448 Scope and Contents

This box contains literary productions, magazine, Margaret Sherman's Television experience, memorandums, menus, mock tombstones for Margaret Sherman, maps, musical score, newspaper clippings, notes, oral history material, order forms, pamphlets, publications, radio information, recipes, remembrance book for Margaret Sherman, prayer rock, sheet music, stories, telephone and address book, test results, 'twe' dollar bill, and writing to sell non-fiction course.

id69659 8 Scrapbooks 50447 Scope and Contents

This box contains two scrapbooks.

id69153 9 Items 50446 Scope and Contents

This box contains items including a Bible holder, a clipboard with Margaret Sherman on it, an empty picture frame, Champ Marshall's aviation aircraft audio set, a bracelet that belonged to Champ Marshall, toys, an aviation award for Champ Marshall, measuring tools, a graduation tassel, and an address book.

id69163 10 Framed Photo 713397

The old barcode was 5000729020. Please use 713397 when requesting.

Scope and Contents

This item is a framed photo of a woman.

id160556 11 Yearbook and Guestbook 642129 id160559 11 1 Yearbook 1939 Scope and Contents

"The Prickly Pear," the yearbook for Abilene Christian College that belonged to Margaret Ellen Nelson Sherman, the sister of Byron Sherman.

id160560 11 2 Guestbook Scope and Contents

A guest book with a note inside that says, "This book is the property of Larry and Margaret Sherman."

id68603 Manuscripts id68614 11 50445 Scope and Contents

This box contains manuscripts including: "Buried Treasure," "Buttons," "Cancer! Oh No!," and "Dear Grandmother."

id68915 12 50444 Scope and Contents

This box contains manuscripts including "Land of Opportunity," "Friends and Acquaintances," "Margaret's Memories," "My Family and How We Grew," "Nelson Folklore," "Off the Beaten Track," "Texas Unofficial Ambassador in France," "Wired for Sound," and "Who in the World is Margaret Sherman."

id68604 Audio Visual id68880 13 Audio Tapes 50443 Scope and Contents

This box contains audio tapes.

id68612 14 VHS 50442 Scope and Contents

This box contains VHS tapes.

id68615 15 VHS 50441 Scope and Contents

This box contains U-matic VHS tapes.

id68861 16 VHS 50440 Scope and Contents

This box contains VHS tapes.

id87799 Artifacts id87800 102326 Two Plates 628223 id87801 100645 Artifacts box 100645 and 100657 628237 Scope and Contents

Contains banner; box made of two match boxes; bridal veil with information sheet; five buttons; poodle charm in box; coral; decoration; figurine; fossil with information sheet; knife; metal plate; music box with information sheet; Orleans Jeanne d'Hic patch; McMillin ribbon; Scrimshaw necklace (image of home); weaving remnant with information sheet; angel figurine; mug; pair of baby booties; and table cloth.

id87802 100659 Framed Handkerchief 628258 Scope and Contents

Also contains artifacts from William Fritz Humphreys Collection (box 100710).

id87803 100692 Green Knitted Afghan 628246 id88170 102337 Clock id89291 100730 Two Quilts And 100731 624086 id89292 100748 Four Prints 100749; 100750; 100751 624088 id89293 100754 Needlework and Two Prints 100757; 100758 624089 id89287 100756 Needlework 5001109777 id89289 100752 Print 5001109771 id89288 100755 Needlework 5001109774 id89290 100753 Printed Fabric 5001109770 id108251 1 Framed Seagull Pictures 5001932786 id108315 100660 Basket With Note

Located in cabinet at Annex.