Ben Glusing Collection

Descriptive Summary:

Creator:Ben Glusing
Title:Ben Glusing Collection
Inclusive Dates:1923-2016
Abstract:The Benjamin A. Glusing Collection was donated in parts over thirty years. Ben donated favorite historical books, items of local interest and personal items from his office. The collection chronicles events of his life in Kingsville as a lawyer for the King Ranch and the town. He was involved at the state level as a legislator and the local level in community activities and his church's organizations.
Identification:A1979-006; A1986-027; A2001-013; A2003-008; A2011-014; A2013-027; A2016-031
Extent:3 linear feet
Container:A2013-027: I-9-2, Boxes # 1-2; A2016-031: I-9-2, Boxes # 1-2; Rare Books, Photo Files, and Flat Files 13/1, 25/2, 25/3, 25/4
Repository:South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Historical Notes:

Benjamin A. Glusing was born in Redfield, Kansas on February 3, 1916 to Rudolph and Katherine Glusing. He graduated from Washburn Academy, now Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1937 with a degree in economics. His first position was an on-air broadcaster for KRIS in Corpus Christi. Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941 he served with a military police unit in Brownsville. December 7, 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and Glusing served in the Pacific Theater during the war. He was discharged in 1946 to Washington D.C. where he attended law school at Georgetown University. Upon graduation he moved to Kingsville, Texas where his sister lived. Glusing began practicing law under Kleberg County Attorney Jack Kidd and later had a law partnership with local attorney Nelson Sharpe. The King Ranch was a client of Glusing and he assisted the Ranch in legal matters for twenty-five years. He served for ten years, from 1953 to 1962, as a representative in the Texas Legislature, representing Nueces, Kleberg and Kenedy counties. He married Nell Buchanan Jack on January 19, 1956; they had one son, James Jack "Jim" Glusing. Nell died in 1978. Glusing served on the board of the State Bank of Texas for more than 50 years, was a member of the Kingsville noon Rotary Club for sixty-seven years, held a variety of lay positions in the Church of the Epiphany in Kingsville and was active in the Boy Scouts of America.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains books about Texas and servicemen letters from World War II. Pictures from local rodeo events and shots of Texas A&M University-Kingsville are included. The last accession of materials was donated in Ben Glusing's name by his son Jim Glusing. They include papers from his office and pictures of his life presented at his one hundred year birthday party.


Materials are organized by format and in chronological order. Last Accession, A2016-031, is arranged by Series: I. Photographs II. Personal documents III. Legislative documents IV. Kappa Sigma documents V. Books and Publications


Access:Open for research
Rights Statment:Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A& M University-Kingsville. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

Index Terms:


  • Glusing, Benjamin A., 1916-2016
  • Glusing, Nell Buchanan Jack, 1921-1978
  • Glusing, Rudolph
  • Glusing, Katherine
  • Kidd, Jack
  • Sharpe, Nelson
  • Glusing, James Jack "Jim"
  • Ellen, Vera, 1921-1981


  • State Bank of Texas
  • Washburn College (Topeka, Kan.)
  • Kappa Sigma Nu
  • KRIS Broadcasting
  • United States -- Army
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Georgetown University
  • King Ranch, Inc.
  • Texas -- Legislature
  • Kingsville Rotary Club
  • Church of the Epiphany (Kingsville, Tex.)
  • Boy Scouts of America

Geographical Names

  • Redfield (Kan.)
  • Corpus Christi (Tex.)
  • Kingsville (Tex.)
  • Brownsville (Tex.)
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • King Ranch (Tex.)
  • Kleberg County (Tex.)
  • Nueces County (Tex.)
  • Kleberg County (Tex.)


  • Lawyers
  • Law
  • Servicemen, Military
  • Broadcasters
  • Legislators

Administrative Information:

Preferred Citation

Ben Glusing Collection, A2016-031.XXXX, South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A&M University-Kingsville


A1979-006 – Gift of Ben Glusing A1986-027 – Gift of Ben Glusing A2001-013 – Gift of Ben Glusing A2003-008 – Gift of Ben Glusing A2011-014 – Gift of Ben Glusing A2013-027 – Gift of Ben Glusing A2016-031 – Gift of Jim Glusing on behalf of his father, Ben Glusing

Proccessing Information

A1979-006 – Processed by J.R. Picquet A1986-027 – Processed by unknown A2001-013 – Processed by Lori Atkins in 2016 A2003-008 – Processed by Cecilia Aros Hunter A2011-014 – Processed by Lori Atkins in 2016 A2013-027 – Processed by Sandra Rexroat A2016-031 – Processed by Lori Atkins Finding Aid created by Lori Atkins, digitization done by Juan Duran, EAD document created by Matt Tallant in 2016

2016 Texas A&M University-Kingsville,
James C. Jernigan Library, South Texas Archives,
MSC 197, 700 University Blvd, Kingsville, TX 78336-8202