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William Boswell "Bosh" Rigsby papers

Identifier: AC-907

Content Description

The William Boswell "Bosh" Rigsby papers contain family papers, photographs, and a collection of gags, or jokes, written by Rigsby for comic strip illustrators. There is correspondence of Boswell-Rigsby family members, as well as correspondence from Rigsby's naval career and his professional correspondence as a gag writer. Among the photographs are images of members of the Boswell-Rigsby family, as well as ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, and a tintype. There is also a portrait drawing that may be of William B. Rigsby, signed by Katharine Boswell Rigsby. A Royal typewriter in a case is also part of the collection.


  • Majority of material found in 1893-1964


Conditions Governing Access

The materials from Appalachian State University Libraries' Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The nature of these collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. As a result, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Conditions Governing Use

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Appalachian State University assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

William Boswell "Bosh" Rigsby (1899-1963) was the son of William Allen Rigsby and Katharine Boswell Rigsby. He served in the U.S. Navy after attending the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received his nickname "Bosh." He was married to Louise Dyess. As a gag writer, Rigsby wrote jokes for cartoonists. Rigsby lived in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and Georgia.


4.5 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

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This collection is arranged in four series, which are alphabetized: Naval Papers, Personal Papers, Photographs, and Professional Papers. Within each series, the files and items are organized alphabetically by name or subject, and then arranged in chronological order. Series I: Naval Papers contains naval correspondence and a 1923 United States Naval Academy reunion booklet. Series II: Personal Papers contains correspondence of Boswell-Rigsby family members, ephemera, William B. Rigsby's valedictorian speech, newspaper clippings, and wills. Series III: Photographs contains photo albums, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, and Boswell-Rigsby family photographs. Series IV: Professional Papers contains Rigsby's professional correspondence as a gag writer along with his gag ideas on notecards and his Royal typewriter.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Maurice D. Ewing on September 6, 2017.

Anna Smith
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository