Austin History Center

Ruth Harris Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Harris, Ruth
Title: Ruth Harris Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1912-1973
Bulk Dates: 1944, 1961-1973
Abstract: Ruth Harris, born in 1901, was a lifelong resident of Austin, Texas. Her small collection of papers include patient records for Governor Ferguson, meeting minutes for the Heart of Texas Grandmothers' Club, a history of the Travis County Council of Women, and a couple of photos of early Austin.
Identification: AR.2011.001
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

Ruth Wheeler was born on November 19, 1901 in Austin, Texas to William and Maggie Wheeler. Ruth Wheeler Eastman Woody married for the third time on July 21, 1944 to Robert L. Harris. Just prior to her marriage to Harris she worked as a nurse caring for Governor James E. Ferguson.

Robert, a chef, and Ruth owned and operated the Harris' Wayside Inn at 1502 Barton Springs during the 1940s and 50s as well as the Harris Restaurant on Riverside Drive in the 1960s. Once she retired Ruth became active in the Heart of Texas Grandmothers' Club, holding several offices throughout the years of that organization. She was also an active member of the First Methodist Church in Austin.

Ruth Harris died on January 7, 2000 and was buried at the Oakwood Cemetery Annex in Austin.

Source: adapted from a biography provided from the donor.


Scope and Contents

The Ruth Harris Papers are a small collection (.2 linear feet) that include a patient record book for Governor Ferguson from February of 1944, meeting minutes for the Heart of Texas Grandmothers' Club spanning the years 1961-1973, a history of the Travis County Council of Women written in 1966, and a couple of photos of early Austin.


 

Arrangement

Arranged by materials type.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Ferguson, James Edward, 1871-1944.
Harris, Ruth.
Organizations:
Heart of Texas Grandmothers' Club, #641.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was donated by the step-granddaughter of Ruth Harris.

Preferred Citation

Ruth Harris Papers (AR.2011.001). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2011/004

Donation Date: 2011

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Ruth Harris Papers, 1912, 1944, 1961-1973, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Patient record, 1944
2 Heart of Texas Grandmothers' Club meeting minutes, 1961-1973
3 Travis County Council of Women history, 1966
4 Photographs, 1912, undated