W.H. Halliburton was born June 16, 1887, at Reydel, Arkansas, to John and Betty Halliburton. He moved to Arkadelphia in 1904 where he attended Ouachita Academy and Ouachita Baptist College. He developed close ties with the institution and in 1954 the official yearbook, the Ouachitonian, was dedicated to him. Halliburton became a journalist, most noted for his sports coverage of events at Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University. From 1920-1943 he served as editor of the Daily Siftings Herald, then joined the staff of the Southern Standard. He also was a correspondent for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Arkansas Gazette, and Arkansas Democrat. In addition to the many awards he received as a journalist, Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University both honored him for his expert coverage of their university’s sporting events. Halliburton died in 1976 and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas.
This collection includes two scrapbooks and typescripts of many of Halliburton's articles, covering topics such as the Ouachita River, railroads, natural beauty of Arkansas, Ouachita Baptist University, sports events, and local history. Several of these articles have been transcribed by Halliburton's daughter, Caryl Halliburton Linton, and the transcripts are included in the collection.
W.H. Halliburton Papers. Riley-Hickingbotham Library Archives and Special Collections, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.