Austin History Center

Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Embassy Chapter Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Embassy Chapter
Title: Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Embassy Chapter Records
Inclusive Dates: 1948-1987
Abstract: The Colonial Dames of XVII Century, Embassy chapter is the Austin chapter of a national hereditary society made up of women that are a lineal descendant of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies in the geographical area of the present United States of America. The meeting minutes, financial records, membership list, correspondence and yearbooks in this collection highlight the activities of the local organization from 1948 to 1987.
Identification: AR.V.020
Quantity: .4 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

Administrative History

The Colonial Dames of XVII Century, Embassy chapter is the Austin chapter of a national patriotic and historical society made up of women that can prove that they are a lineal descendant of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies in the geographical area of the present United States of America. Membership is in the National Society but members join through Chapters. The Embassy chapter was organized by Mrs. Marinda Middleton on September 22, 1941 with 27 charter members. Mrs. Middleton was the president of the Texas Society of Colonial Dames of the XVII Century when she organized the local chapter. The chapter was named for the French Legation that dates from the Republic of Texas and was called (somewhat erroneously) "The Embassy" by the citizens of Austin because it once served as the residence and office of the Dubois de Saligny (who was not the French ambassador to the Republic, but rather a chargé d'affaires which is lower than an ambassador or minister in the diplomatic hierarchy).

The Colonial Dames meet monthly and the meetings generally include a program/presentation by a member or an outside speaker. The organization also donates books (especially historical and genealogical materials) to schools and libraries, establishes and maintains scholarship funds, and conducts genealogical and historical research.


Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection consists of meeting minutes dating from 1953 to 1981. The meeting minute notebooks include the routine organizational activities of the group, description of the programs and the treasurer's report. Also included in the records is a chapter history, a limited amount of correspondence and club yearbooks dating from 1948-1987.


 

Arrangement

Arranged by material 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.
Organizations:
Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Embassy Chapter.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Embassy Chapter Records (AR.V.020). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1984/133

Donation Date: 1984

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Embassy Chapter Records, 1953-1987, undated

Box Folder
1 1-7 Meeting minutes, 1953-1981
8 Treasurer's reports, 1975-1976
Note: Additional treasurer's reports are interfiled with the meeting minutes.
9 Meeting minutes (state and national), 1967-1977
10 Chapter history and charter member list, undated
11 Bylaws, 1975
12 Correspondence, 1964-1977
13 Yearbooks, 1948-1987