Awards 1970-1979

1970 

Carr P. Collins Award for Best Nonfiction Book ($1,000): No Quittin’ Sense (University of Texas Press, 1969) by C. C. White, as told to Ada Morehead Holland. 

Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Fiction Book ($1,000): Beachhead in Bohemia: Short Stories (LSU Press, 1969) by Willard Marsh. 

Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award for Book Offering Most Significant Contribution to Knowledge ($500): Country Music, USA (University of Texas Press, 1969) by Bill C. Malone. 

Amon G. Carter Award for Best Southwest History ($500): The Franco-Texan Land Company (University of Texas Press, 1969), by Virginia H. Taylor. 

Stanley Walker Award for Best Work of Journalism ($250): “McCrocklin Series” (Texas Observer, 1969) by Greg Olds. 

Cokesbury Bookstore Award for Best Juvenile Book ($100): Pebbles from a Broken Jar: Fables and Hero Stories from Old China (Bobbs-Merrill, 1969) by Frances Alexander. 

Wilson Bookshop Award for Best Book Design ($100): A Thomason Sketchbook: Drawings by John W. Thomason (University of Texas Press, 1969), edited by Arnold Rosenfeld. Design by Jo Alys Downs. 

Voertman Poetry Award ($200): NO AWARD GIVEN (Judges decision: No entry worthy of award

1971 

Carr P. Collins Award for Best Nonfiction Book ($1,000): The Third Face of War (Pemberton Press/Jenkins Publishing Co., 1970), by Gene Schulze. 

Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Fiction Book ($1,000): Whitewater (Farrar, Straus, 1970) by Paul Horgan. 

Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award for Book Offering Most Significant Contribution to Knowledge ($500): Maury Maverick (University of Texas Press, 1970), by Richard B. Henderson 

Amon G. Carter Award for Best Southwest History ($500):The Espuela Land and Cattle Company (Texas State Historical Association, 1970), by William C. Holden. 

Stanley Walker Award for Best Work of Journalism ($250): “Requiem for a WASP School” (Texas Observer, June, 1970), by Elroy Bode. 

Voertman Poetry Award ($200): The Man With the Black Mouth (Santa Cruz: Kayak, 1970), by R. G. Vliet 

Cokesbury Bookstore Award for Best Juvenile Book ($100): Indians Who Lived in Texas (Steck-Vaughn, 1970), by Betsy Warren. 

Wilson Bookshop Award for Best Book Design ($100): Hidden Wholeness: The Visual World of Thomas Merton (Houghton Mifflin, 1970) by John Howard Griffin. 

1972 

Carr P. Collins Award for Best Nonfiction Book ($1,000): Organizing to Beat the Devil (Doubleday, 1971) by Charles W. Ferguson 

Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Fiction Book ($1,000): A Way of Knowing (Harper’s Magazine Press, 1971), by Nolan Porterfield. 

Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award for Book Offering Most Significant Contribution to Knowledge ($500): Elmer Sperry (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1971), by Thomas Parke Hughes. 

Amon G. Carter Award for Best Southwest History ($500): Dream of Empire: A Human History of the Republic of Texas (Simon & Schuster, 1971), by John Edward Weems. 

Stanley Walker Award for Best Work of Journalism ($250): “The Howard Hughes Series,” by Charles Evans. 

Voertman Poetry Award ($200): Selected Poems (North Texas State University Press, 1971), by Arthur M. Sampley. 

R Steck-Vaughn Award for Best Children’s Book ($200): Good Old Boy (Harper & Row, 1971), by Willie Morris 

Wilson Bookshop Award for Best Book Design ($100): Paul Kane’s Frontier (University of Texas Press, 1971), edited by J. Russell Harper. Designed by Jo Alys Downs. 

1973 

Carr P. Collins Award for Best Nonfiction Book ($1,000): The Superlawyers (Weybright & Talley) by Joe Goulden 

Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Fiction Book ($1,000): Augustus (Viking, 1972), by John Williams. 

Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award for Book Offering Most Significant Contribution to Knowledge ($500): The Last Captive (Encino Press, 1972), by A. C. Greene 

S Stanley Walker Award for Best Work of Journalism ($500): “The Last Frontier,” by Larry L King. 

T Short Story Award (Anonymous Donor) $250: “The Antichrist” (Southwest Review) by Marshall Terry. 

Voertman Poetry Award ($200): Selected Poems (North Texas State University Press, 1972), by Gene Shuford 

Steck-Vaughn Award for Best Children’s Book ($200): When the Clay Sings (Scribner’s, 1972), by Byrd Baylor 

U Texas Collectors Institute Award for Best Book Design ($250): This Bitterly Beautiful Land: A Texas Commonplace Book Roger Beacham, 1972), compiled and edited by Al Lowman. Designed by William R. Holman 

1974 

Carr P. Collins Award for Best Nonfiction Book ($1,000): Progressives and Prohibitionists: Texas Democrats in the Wilson Era (University of Texas Press, 1973) by Lewis L. Gould 

Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Fiction Book ($1,000)CO-WINNERS 

  • The Second Dune (Alfred A. Knopf, 1973) by Shelby Reed Hearon 
  • Alligator Gar (Crown, 1973), by Chester L. Sullivan. 

Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award for Book Offering Most Significant Contribution to Knowledge ($500):: Land of the Underground Rain: Irrigation on the Texas High Pains, 1920-1970) (University of Texas Press, 1973) by Donald E. Green. 

Stanley Walker Award for Best Work of Journalism ($500) “The Making of a Legend” (Texas Observer, March 30, 1973) by Elroy Bode. 

Short Story Award (Anonymous Donor) $250: ” The Golden Shadows Old West Museum,” by Michael Blackman. 

Voertman Poetry Award ($200): Selected Poems (American Universal Artforms Corporation, 1973) by Fania Kruger. 

Steck-Vaughn Award for Best Children’s Book ($200): A Bluebird Will Do (Dodd-Mead, 1973), by Loula Grace Erdman 

Texas Collectors Institute Award for Best Book Design ($250): Co-winners

  • A Christmas Tree (Encino Press, 1973), by A. C. Greene, illustrated by Ancell Nunn. Designed by William D. Wittliff 
  • Dallas, the Deciding Years _ A Historical Portrait (Encino Press, 1973), by A. C. Greene. Designed by William D. Wittliff. 
  • The Saga of Texas Cookery _ An Historical Guide of More Than One-Hundred-Twenty Recipes Illustrating the French Influence on Texas Cuisine. . . .Right Down to the Present (Encino Press, 1973), by Sarah Morgan. Designed by William D. Wittliff 

1975 

Carr P. Collins Award for Best Nonfiction Book ($1,000): Hard Scrabble (Alfred A. Knopf, 1974) by John Graves. 

Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Fiction Book ($1,000): Thin Men of Haddam (Grossman/Viking, 1974), by C. W. Smith 

Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award for Book Offering Most Significant Contribution to Knowledge ($500): The Bird Life of Texas (University of Texas Press, 1974) edited, with maps and additional material by Edgar B. Kincaid Jr. 

Stanley Walker Award for Best Work Journalism ($500): “Forgotten Places” (Texas Monthly, July 1974), by Griffin Smith Jr. 

Short Story Award ($250): “Frontier Vigil” (Southwest Review, Winter 1974), by J.Y. Bryan 

Voertman Poetry Award ($200): Threats Instead of Trees (Yale University Press, 1974) by Michael Ryan. 

Steck-Vaughn Award for Best Children’s Book ($200): The Alligator Under the Bed (Putnam’s, 1974) by Joan Lowry Nixon 

Texas Collectors Institute Award for Best Book Design ($250): Letters of Hard Times in Texas, 1840-1890 (Roger Beacham, 1974). Compiled and designed by David Holman, with an introduction by Joe B. Frantz. 

1976 

Carr P. Collins Award for Best Nonfiction Book ($1,000): Lamy of Santa Fe (Farrar, Straus, 1975), by Paul Horgan 

Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Fiction Book ($1,000): The Dead Father (Farrar, Straus, 1975), by Donald Barthelme 

Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award for Book Offering Most Significant Contribution to Knowledge ($500): Storms Brewed in Other Men’s Worlds: The Confrontation of Indians, Spanish, and French in the Southwest, 1540-1795 (Texas A&M University Press, 1975) by Elizabeth A. H. John. 

Stanley Walker Award for Best Work Journalism ($500): A Country Editor’s View of Life, edited by Roy Hamric (Heidelberg Publishers, 1975), by Archer Fullingim. 

Short Story Award ($250): “Beautiful My Mane in the Wind” by Catherine Petroski. 

Voertman Poetry Award ($200): The Promise Kept (Encino Press,1975), by Kurth Sprague. 

Steck-Vaughn Award for Best Children’s Book ($200): The Desert Is Theirs (Scribner’s), by Byrd Baylor. 

Texas Collectors Institute Award for Best Book Design ($250): Printin Arts in Texas (Roger Beacham/Jenkins Publishing Co., 1975), by Al Lowman. Designed by William R. Holman 

SPECIAL CITATIONS:

  • The Promise Kept (Encino Press), by Kurth Sprague, with drawings by John Groth
  • Texas Heartland: A Hill Country Year ‘ (Encino Press, 1975); Photographs at Paisano Ranch by Jim Bones with text by John Graves. Designed by William D. Wittliff. 

1977 

Carr P. Collins Award for Best Nonfiction Book ($1,000): Blood and Money (Doubleday, 1976), by Thomas Thompson 

Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Fiction Book ($1,000): The Oranging of America (Viking, 1976), by Max Apple 

Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award for Book Offering Most Significant Contribution to Knowledge ($500): Democratic Promise: The Populist Movement in America (Oxford University Press, 1976) by Lawrence Goodwyn. 

Stanley Walker Award for Best Work Journalism ($500): “Why Does Dolph Briscoe Want to be Governor?” (Texas Monthly, Februay, 1976) by Griffin Smith Jr. 

Short Story Award ($250): “The Track” (Sam Houston Literary Review, April, 1976) by Walter McDonald. 

Voertman Poetry Award ($200): Caliban in Blue (Texas Tech University Press, 1976), by Walter McDonald 

Texas Collectors Institute Award for Best Book Design ($250): Baudelaire to Beckett: A Century of French Art and Literature (Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, 1976) Selected and described by Carlton Lake. Designed by William R. Holman. 

1978 

Carr P. Collins Award for Best Nonfiction Books ($1,000): Farther Off From Heaven (Alfred A. Knopf, 1977), by William Humphrey. 

Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction ($1,000): Solitudes (Harcourt Brace, 1977 ), by R. G. Vliet. 

Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award for Scholarly Book Making the Most Important Contribution to Knowledge ($500): Blackjack: The Life and Times of John J. Pershing (Texas A&M University Press, 1977), by Frank Vandiver. 

Stanley Walker Award for Best Work Journalism ($500):”The Endless Odyssey of Patrick Henry Polk,” (Texas Monthly, May 1977), by Gary Cartwright. 

Voertman Poetry Award ($200): (CO-WINNERS)

  • The Family War (L’Epervier Press, 1977), by Jack Myers
  • Giants (Lucille Press, 1977), by Glenn Hardin. 

Short Story Award ($250): “Indian Burial,” from The Women in the Mirror (University of Iowa Press, 1977), by Pat Carr. 

Steck-Vaughn Award for Best Children’s Book ($200): Guess Who My Favorite Person Is (Scribner, 1977) by Byrd Baylor. 

Texas Collectors Institute Award for Best Book Design ($250): Hill Country Revisited (Bilingual Review Press, 1977) by J. Roy White. Designed by William D. Wittliff. 

Fellows of the Institute: (Presented by Lon Tinkle): 

  • John Graves, Glen Rose 
  • Frank Wardlaw, College Station 

Joining Previous Fellows

  • Lon Tinkle 
  • J. Frank Dobie 
  • Walter Prescott Webb 
  • Karle Wilson Baker 
  • Fred Gipson 
  • Joseph M. Dawson 

1979 

Carr P. Collins Award for Best Work of Nonfiction ($1,000): An American Original: The Life of J. Frank Dobie (Little, Brown, 1978), by Lon Tinkle. 

Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction ($1,000): A Prince of a Fellow (Doubleday, 1978), by Shelby Hearon 

Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award for Scholarly Book Making the Most Important Contribution to Human Knowledge ($500): The World Economy: History and Prospect (Macmillan, 1978), by Walt W. Rostow. 

Stanley Walker Journalism Award: “To a Novelist Dying Young” (Washington Post) by Ronnie Dugger 

Short Story Award ($250): CO-WINNERS

  • “The Accidental Trip to Jamaica,” by Carolyn Osborn
  • “Campbell Oakley’s Gospel Sun Shines on Singing Grass,” by Allen Wier. 

Steck-Vaughn Award for Best Children’s Book: NO AWARD 

Voertman Poetry Award for Best Book of Poetry ($200): CO-WINNERS — 

  • Under Stars (Graywolf, 1978), by Tess Gallagher 
  • The Difference Between Day and Night (Yale University Press, 1978), by Bin Ramke 

Collectors’ Institute Award for Best Book Design ($250): David Novros: Fresco Drawings (University of Texas Health Science Center, 1978). Designed by William D. Wittliff. 

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