Austin History Center

Laurence E. Ledbetter Scrapbook

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Ledbetter family
Title: Laurence E. Ledbetter Scrapbook
Inclusive Dates: circa 1890-1960
Abstract: The scrapbook is a timeline of the life of Laurence E. Ledbetter, Austin, Texas resident, from birth in 1882 to the celebration of his 50th wedding anniversary in 1960. Ledbetter worked at the Texas State Capitol building for 36 years, retiring from his position as Superintendent of Building and Grounds in 1956.
Identification: AR.2010.020
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Laurence Edwin Ledbetter was born April 6, 1882 to Edwin J and Mary Josephine Ledbetter in Austin, Texas. Ledbetter spent most of his life in Austin with a brief relocation to the Midwest between 1903 and 1906. Once settled back in Austin he married Bess Cunningham on June 29, 1910. Upon returning from military service in France during World War I Ledbetter tried several jobs and eventually went to work as an electrician and general maintenance man at the Texas Capitol in 1920. He retired as the Superintendent of Building and Grounds at the Texas Capitol in 1956. Bess Ledbetter died in March of 1966 and Laurence followed in March of 1968.

Scope and Contents

The scrapbook includes photographs with corresponding text that provides a timeline for Laurence Ledbetter's life from birth to the celebration of his 50th wedding anniversary in 1960. Also included are newspaper clippings, awards and recognitions that celebrate Ledbetter's achievements.


Arranged in chronological order.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Ledbetter, Laurence Edwin.
Texas. State Board of Control.
Austin (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donor inherited the scrapbook from Ledbetter's granddaughter.

Preferred Citation

Laurence E. Ledbetter Scrapbook (AR.2010.020). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2000/080

Donation Date: 2008

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

Because of preservation concerns the scrapbook was dismantled and the photographs were sleeved individually. Photocopies of each of the scrapbook pages were created to preserve the original intent of the creator.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Laurence Ledbetter Scrapbook, circa 1890-1960

Box Folder
1 1 Photocopies of scrapbook pages, circa 1890-1950
2 Photographs removed from scrapbook, circa 1890-1960