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A. C. Greene Papers

Identifier: SWWC-017

Scope and Contents

Seven folders of works, published materials, photographs, correspondence, cards, and programs highlight the work of A.C. Greene. The collection has been divided into three series: Works (1967, 1969, 1973, undated), Photographs (1968), and Cards and Programs (1969, undated). The bulk of the collection consists of manuscripts collected by Bill Wittliff. Multiple drafts of the essay "Paisano" are included in one folder, following the work from annotated typewritten draft to television script to published work. Also of note are screenplays that Greene adapted from his books The Last Captive and The Santa Claus Bank Robbery. The collection includes published magazine articles, photographs, and cards and programs relating to Greene.


  • 1967-1969, 1973


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may not be photocopied without the permission of The University of Texas at Arlington.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials from the Wittliff Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user assumes responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish, and abiding by U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical Notes

Alvin Carl Greene (1923-2002) was born and raised in Abilene, Texas. He left Texas during World War II and served in the U.S. Navy and Marines. After a four-year stint in the military, Greene received a B.A. from Abilene Christian College in 1948 and began working as a reporter for the Abilene Reporter-News. He remained on the staff for 12 years and also ran a bookstore in Abilene from 1952 to 1957.

In 1960, Greene joined The Dallas Morning News as book editor and editorial columnist.  Eight years later he left to concentrate on writing and received a Dobie-Paisano fellowship which allowed him to finish his acclaimed book, A Personal Country, in 1969. Greene went on to publish many books and articles in the 1970s and 1980s.  The range of Greene's writing has been very broad, although he is closely tied to the subject of Texas. His books cover cities in Texas, historical events in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, personal reminiscences, and literary criticism. He also worked at KERA-TV in Dallas as news commentator from 1970 through 1977 and has reviewed books for the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour. Greene taught journalism at Hardin-Simmons University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Southern Methodist University, and served as Coordinating Director of the Center for Texas Studies at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Health problems in the late 1980s kept him from writing, but after receiving a heart transplant Greene recovered and published a book, Taking Heart, about his illness. Greene was a member of PEN International, the Writers Guild of America, and the Texas Institute of Letters. He passed away in 2002.


1 boxes

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Seven folders of works, published materials, photographs, correspondence, cards, and programs highlight the work of A.C. Greene.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation from Bill Wittliff and A.C. Greene from 1988 to 1993.

Guide to the A. C. Greene Papers
Jennifer B. Patterson
June 1994
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2005: Inventory revised by Brandy Harris.
  • 2021: Revised for ArchivesSpace by Susannah Broyles.

Repository Details

Part of the The Wittliff Collections Repository

601 University Drive
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA