Baylor University Poage Library

Scope and Content

The Kirkpatrick Papers comprise about ten linear feet of framed awards, certificates, photographs, unframed certificates and photographs, subject files, loose news clippings, two standard news clipping scrapbooks, and one extremely large scrapbook.

Most of the materials are from the mid 1940s to the early 1950s when Kirkpatrick was a member of the Texas House of Representatives. There are a few items from his World War II Army service, 1943-1945, and some items from his years on the State Insurance Board, c. 1972-1985.

Kirkpatrick was from the same area around Bonham as Sam Rayburn, so his papers contain an autographed photograph of Rayburn as well as articles about him.

The subject files are mostly personal in nature dealing with Kirkpatrick's involvement in the Acacia Fraternity, Baylor Alumni Association, the Coin Club, the State Board of Insurance, the National Guard, the Texas Civil War Centennial Commission, and the Texas Legislature.