Margaret Sherman Papers, 1860-2007Add to your cart.

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Collection Overview

Title: Margaret Sherman Papers, 1860-2007Add to your cart.
ID: 02/19/ AR0310
Primary Creator: Sherman, Margaret Ellen Nelson (1919-2007)
Extent: 31.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged in four series: Personal Papers, Manuscripts, Audio Visual, and Artifacts.
Date Acquired: 00/00/2003. More info below under Accruals.
Forms of Material: Audiotapes
Letters (correspondence)
Manuscripts (documents)
Languages: English


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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

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

Physical Access Note:

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

Technical Access Note:

Books from this collection are housed with Rare Books.

Reading Room or Duplication Requests

Depending on any access restrictions noted above, you may be able to request items be delivered to our reading room, or that we make reproductions for you. Just click on either the or icons in the listings below to be routed to our request form.

Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections

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

No further accruals are expected

Acquisition Source: Margaret Sherman and Victor Marshall
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Margaret Sherman Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections
Processing Information: This collection is minimally processed with description at the box level.


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