Austin History Center

Capital City Scribes Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Capital City Scribes
Title: Capital City Scribes Records
Inclusive Dates: 1985-2004
Abstract: Capital City Scribes
Identification: AR.2004.017
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

Administrative History

Capital City Scribes was formed in early 1983 after Thelma Matthews, manager of the art department of the University Co-op East which was the only source of calligraphic supplies in Austin at the time, brought together a group of seven calligraphic customers. Paula Webb served as the first president with Carol Sims, Anne Boykin, Joan Kilpatrick and Barbara Whitehead serving on the first board. Anne Boykin designed the guild's logo, a quill with an ink bottle in the shape of the capitol dome.

Over the years Capital City Scribes has sponsored workshops by both local and internationally known calligraphers. They also host events that feature a wide variety of topics from lettering forms to papermaking, watercolor, design layout and book arts. In an effort to bolster lagging membership the guild changed the organization's format to a team structure. Each team of four hosts one meeting a year, plans the program, prepares refreshments, and creates and mails an invitation and a brief Communiqué that took the place of the more formal newsletter the Capital Letter.

Scope and Contents

The Capital City Scribes collection consists of documents related to the membership of the organization and events hosted by the organization. Included are event flyers, organizational charts, guild yearbooks and directories.


Arranged by material type.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Allen, Phoebe.
Capital City Scribes.
Austin (Tex.)

Separated Material

Copies of the guild newsletter Capital Letter and its successor Communiqué were transferred to the Periodicals Collection.

Copies of out-of-state calligraphy guild newsletters were removed from the collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by a guild member.

Preferred Citation

Capital City Scribes Records (AR.2004.017). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2001/128

Donation Date: 2004

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Capital City Scribes Records, 1988-2004

Box Folder
1 1 Event flyers, 2002-2004, undated
2 Logo, templates, stationary, 1989, undated
3 Organizational charts, 2000-2003
4 Yearbooks and directories, 1988-2003