Dan E. Kilgore collection
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In 1956, Dan married Carol Isensee of Clarkwood, Texas. They resided there and raised their three children: Nancy, Daniel, Jr., and Christopher.
A few years after moving to Corpus Christi, Dan began collecting books on Corpus Christi and Texas hsitory. Simultaneously, he began to pursue history as an avocation, becoming a founding member of the Nueces County Historical Society and the Nueces County Historical Commission. He also joined the Texas State Historical Association and served as their president from 1976-1977.
He not only collected Texas history literature but also produced it, authoring books, articles, and reviews as well as presenting to many local audiences. Through his literary efforts, he became a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas and an honorary member of the Former Texas Rangers Association.
Dan Kilgore passed away in 1995.
Alternate Bio: Daniel Edmond Kilgore was a South Texas lay-historian, author, and certified public account born in Dallas on May 16, 1921. Raised in Texas, he received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas in 1943. In the mid-1950s, Kilgore’s lifelong love of history began when he found two local history books at a Corpus Christi warehouse sale of unwanted items. Over the next three decades, he collected roughly 10,000 books and manuscripts on South Texas history and became the preeminent local history expert until his death on December 23, 1995, in Corpus Christi. In 1984, Kilgore transferred his vast collection of books, documents, maps, and postcards to Corpus Christi State University, now Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Mr. Kilgore was past-president of the Texas State Historical Association, past-president of the South Texas Historical Association, and a founding member of the Nueces County Historical Commission. His most famous publication, How Did Davy Die?, released in 1978, garnered national attention and a healthy bit of notoriety from those who lionized David Crockett. He also authored A Ranger Legacy in 1973 (for which the Rangers granted him an honorary membership in the Former Texas Rangers Association) and published numerous articles and book reviews in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Arizona and the West, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, and the Cattleman.
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Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository
6300 Ocean Dr.
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States