Austin History Center

Agnes Spence Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Spence, Agnes, 1907-
Title: Agnes Spence Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1873-1944
Abstract: The papers document the family of life of Agnes Spence through photographs and biographical materials.
Identification: AR.2009.071
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Agnes Spence was a longtime resident of Austin, Texas. She was a descendent of Thomas Spence. Thomas Spence and his wife Agnes Telfer moved to Austin, Texas in the 1870s from Scotland. Thomas was following his two brothers James Hall and Robert. Thomas and Agnes had four children that lived to adulthood; John, Fannie, Esther and Hugh. Hugh married Henrietta Speegle on June 14, 1904 at the First Presbyterian Church. Henrietta's family first moved to Austin in 1839. Hugh and Henrietta lived on East Avenue and then in Hyde Park and Hugh worked for the City of Austin. They had 2 children, Agnes Telfer and Thomas Jackson.

Agnes Telfer was baptized in June of 1907. She graduated from Austin High School in 1922 and from the University of Texas in 1926. Agnes was accepted to medical school but her father and doctor advised against it because they felt the physical demands of medical school might be detrimental to her health. She became a teacher and held a variety of positions both in Austin and in Galveston. In 1995 she moved back to Austin.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of a family history with a family tree and photographs. There are 18 photographs of Agnes in both childhood and adulthood. Other family members represented are William Telfer, Thomas Spence (1837-1919), Agnes Telfer (1851-1923), John Spence (1873-1955), Hugh Spence (1879-1951), Esther Spence (1877-1948), James Spence (1841-1922), Thomas Jackson Spence (1913-1971), and Florence Rundell Pendergrast Spence (1876-1917).

Also represented are educational materials of Agnes and her brother Thomas that include Agnes' report card from 6th grade as well as the Honor List of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Texas that lists Agnes as Cum Laude Ampla Et Magna

Among the materials is Esther Spence's (Agnes' aunt) autograph book from 1889 as well as a remembrance card for Agnes Johnstone, wife of William Telfer and a letter from William Telfer.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Spence, Agnes Telfer, 1851-1923.
Spence, Agnes, 1907-.
Spence, Esther, 1877-1948.
Spence, Florence Rundell Pendergrast
Spence, James, 1841-1922.
Spence, John, 1873-1955.
Spence, Thomas, 1837-1919.
Spence, Thomas Jackson, 1913-1971.
Telfer, William.
Austin (Tex.)
Document Types:
Textual materials.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Agnes Spence Papers (AR.2009.071). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2001/075

Donation Date: 2001

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2009.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Agnes Spence Papers, 1873-1944

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical materials, undated
2 Education, 1918-1926, undated
3 Photographs, 1899-1926, 1942-1944, undated
4 Autograph book, 1899
5 Assorted, 1873, 1894, undated