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Billy Dee Shults Papers

Identifier: G 2016.005

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents, records, correspondence, reports, photographs, clippings, xeroxes, and other material that were created and/or collected by Billy Dee Shults during his research into his family history. The Billy Dee Shults papers are housed in two manuscript boxes, one half-manuscript box and one small non-standard box totaling 1.3 linear ft.

The collection arrived in good condition but was not arranged in any discernible order. The archivist identified three series: Correspondence, Genealogical Information, and Printed Material. Series 1. Consists of written correspondence between Bill Shults and others covering his family’s history. Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Series 2. contains genealogical research materials that are either not attached to correspondence or are compilations of information compiled by Bill Shults. This section includes index cards and other cards listing the names of family members (1700-1850).

Series 3. Covers a series of genealogical printed material on the history of the Shults family and others in the local area.


  • 1942 - 1998


Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections Department of the Denton Public Library.

Biographical Sketch

Billy Dee Shults (1932-2008) was born January 13, 1932 in Prairie Point, Texas to Dee H. (1907-1967) and Louise M. Shults (1913-1995). He graduated form Forestburg High School and Brantley Draughn Business College. He married Virginia M. Sharp on February 11, 1954 in El Monte, CA. 

Bill was in the U.S. Navy Reserves during the Korean War. He was a Master Mason in Lewisville No. 201 for over 50 years. He also was president of the Lewisville Board of Realtors and served on the Planning and Zoning Commission in Lewisville for two terms. 

He was married to Virginia Shults of Denton with whom he had two children, daughter Debbie Brod and son, Wayne Shults. Bill also has two grandchildren, Joshua and Jordan Brod. 

Billy D. Shults was very interested in tracking his family’s history from the first German immigrates in the 18th century through the year 1998 and this collection contains research and reference material related to those efforts.

Billy Dee Shults.


1.4 Linear Feet (Two manuscript boxes, one half-manuscript box and one non-standard box (5.75 x 5 x 4.75).)

Language of Materials



Bill Shults began collecting information on his family history from 1942 to 1998. This collection covers the genealogical history of the Shults' and related families going back to the 18th century. This collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, copies, books and booklets.

Series Description

The Bill Shults Papers are arranged in three series:

Series I. Correspondence .6 Linear ft. (1.5 manuscript boxes), 1942-1998.

Arranged chronologically.

Series II. Genealogical Information .6 Linear ft. (one Manuscript box), 1942-1998.

No specific order.

Series III. News Letter and Booklets .2 Linear ft. (one manuscript box), 1991-1994.

Arranged chronologically.

Provenance Statement

The Billy Dee Shults Papers, were donated to the Genealogy Collection, Special Collections, Denton Public Library, by Virginia M. Shults on 2016-08-01.

Additional Sources

For genealogical information concerning York County Pennsylviania see For information on genealogical resources see Denton Public Library Special Collections or Denton County Genealogical Society at


The books in this collection have been separated from the main collection and incorporated into the Special Collections Stacks.

Three books were removed from the collection and placed in library collection: Early Families of York County Pennsylvania, Volume 1, York County Church Records, Volume 2 and York County Church Records, Volume 3.


It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection may be identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, series, box, folder and image numbers. If one exists please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Note to Researcher

The materials for this collection are mainly in good condition. Researcher should not have to use protective devices when dealing with this collection.

Materials Removed List

Items removed from this collection are: one green three ring binder, two white page separators, and one metal index card holder.


Guide to the Bill Shults Paper, 1942 - 1998
Kay DeMeritt
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First revision by Kay DeMeritt 2019-5-29

Revision Statements

  • 2019-5-29: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace

Repository Details

Part of the Genealogy Repository

Emily Fowler Central Library
502 Oakland St.
Denton TX 76201 USA