Mike Cox Newspaper and Texana Collection, 1800-2010Add to your cart.

By Nicole Yatsonsky and A. Montgomery

Collection Overview

Title: Mike Cox Newspaper and Texana Collection, 1800-2010Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1848-1963
ID: 01/ AR0901
Primary Creator: Cox, Mike (1948-)
Extent: 30.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Items are arranged by series: 1. Texas, 2. Non-Texas 3. Accretion 2019, 4. Accretion 2019.057, 5. Accretion 2020.007, and 6. Accretion 2020.030.
Date Acquired: 09/00/2017. More info below under Accruals.
Forms of Material: Newspapers
Languages: English


A collection of historical newspapers from Texas, the greater United States, and internationally.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Nearly 400 copies of historical newspapers from the early 19th century to the 2000s. Over 200 are based locally in Texas, while the remainder are from various cities throughout the United States and abroad, such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and London. They mostly commemorate major events and stories, with particular emphasis on happenings in or related to Texas, and some are the final edition of their particular paper or may be the only remaining copies of short-lived newspapers. A few items are fascimiles or antique photostats of the original printing.The collection include book advertisements, magazines and journals, pamphlets, and broadsides. It also includes photographs and a scrapbook about the Eagle Pass Newspaper and Joseph O. Boehmer.

Biographical Note

A native of Amarillo, Mike Cox grew up in Austin and moved between various newspaper jobs while attending Angelo State University, Texas Tech, and the University of Texas. He also later attended Texas State University. Cox is the author of 31 nonfiction books and was elected to the Texas Institute of Letters in 1993. He has also written hundreds of articles and essays for a variety of publications as a freelancer over the last five decades. He currently edits the internationally circulated Wild West History Association Journal since 2015.

In September 2011, Mike received the A.C. Greene Lifetime Achievement Award and two of his books were included in the recently published 101 Essential Texas Books. Cox’s bestseller is his 2008 history of the Texas Rangers and his book with Dean Smith, Cowboy Stuntman: From Olympic Gold to the Silver Screen, won three national awards, including the Will Rogers Medallion in 2014.

A former award-winning newspaper reporter, Cox served as chief of media relations for the Texas Department of Public Safety and later as communications manager for the Texas Department of Transportation, before retiring in 2007. He came out of retirement in 2010 to work for the state as a spokesperson for Texas Parks and Wildlife. He retired from regular day jobs again in February 2015 in order to write full time.

[Adapted from Mike Cox's website bio]

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 hours notice prior to use.

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
Accruals: 2018-010; 2019.057; 2020.007; 2020.030
Acquisition Source: Mike Cox
Acquisition Method: Purchase
Separated Materials: Copy of the American Newspaper Directory, 1898 - now part of Rare Books catalog
Related Materials:

Denton County (TX) Newspaper Collection

Eagle Pass Guide (TX) Collection

Preferred Citation: Mike Cox Newspaper and Texana Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections


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