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Overview of the Collection

Creator Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Weller Family Papers, 1863-1936, undated

Austin History Center

Weller Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Weller Family
Title: Weller Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1863-1936, undated
Abstract: Correspondence, printed material, financial documents, notes, notebooks, photographs and artifacts document the personal and professional lives of Austin physicians C. O. and C. Buford Weller and their families.
Identification: AR.Z.005
Quantity: .5 linear feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library 810 Guadalupe St., PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX, 78768

Creator Note

C. O. (Cyrus Otway) Weller was born in Tennessee in November, 1841. He attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1868-1869. In 1870, he married and by 1881 had relocated to Austin, Texas. He practiced medicine in Austin from approximately 1885 to the time of his death in November, 1911. In addition to seeing patients, he was a druggist and sold toiletries and stationary out of a space located at 2300 Guadalupe St. C.O. and his wife, Florence, had four children--C. (Cyrus) Burford, Clarence, McLeary and Sallie Bell. C. Burford, Clarence and McLeary all went on to study medicine. C. Buford was born April 22, 1881 in Austin where he practiced medicine along with his brother, Clarence, from 1910 to the time of his death on November 26, 1935. From 1927-1934, C. Burford and his family lived in West Austin in a home designed for them by noted Austin architect Hugo Kuehne at 1400 Lorrain St. Following C. Burford's death in 1935, his wife, Lucille Edgar (1890-1987), became very active in the Austin arts community. In the early 1950s, she became Vice President of the Texas Fine Arts Association. It was in that capacity that she organized the first TFAA circuit exhibitions throughout Texas and Mexico in 1953. In 1964, she transitioned to executive secretary of the organization. She was also an active member of the Austin Art League for several decades, served as president of the Medical Auxiliary and was a charter member of the Austin Women's Club. In 1968, she was named Outstanding Women of the Year by the Austin American-Statesman.

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Scope and Contents

The Weller Family Papers (1863-1936) is comprised of correspondence, printed material, financial documents, a diary, notes, notebooks and photographs. The bulk of the material relates to Dr. C.O. Weller's personal life and medical practice. Correspondence relates to both C.O, his son C. Burford and their families. Judging from the time period and the names, several postcards appear to have been written to both men's wives, Florence and Lucille, from their children. Printed Material consists primarily of dilpomas, certificates and several copies of pen and ink drawings depicting scenes from Texas history. Financial/accounting ledgers (1877-1883, 1892-1894, 1896-1920) cover expenses related to C.O.'s medical practice as well as the management of several relative's estates. Of special note is the diary (1863-1865), most likely belonging to C. O., which is somewhat illegible due to fading. It chronicles his travels through Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Louisiana. and Texas during the Civil War period. It also contains notes related to various medical conditions and remedies. Notes and Notebooks (1889, 1909-1936) contain other items of special interest such as C.O.'s notebooks which contain handwritten notes (1868-1869) of lectures and demonstrations he attended as a medical student at Jefferson College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Other material includes prescription ledgers (1912-1915) containing remedies that probably his son, C. Burford, used in his practice for various conditions ranging from syphilis and biliousness (severe indigestion) to pellagra (vitamin B deficiency) and tattoo removal. Patient visiting lists (1909-1936) and notes on the history of syphilis (1889) round out Notes and Notebooks. There are 29 black and white photographic prints (1891-1907, undated), most of which are unidentified. A small number may be of C. Burford during his time in the U.S. Army during World War I. There is also one photograph depicting Clarence Weller among a group of individuals at a La Sociedad Union y Recreo event.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Weller, C.O.
Weller, C. Buford.
Weller, Clarence.
Weller, Lucille E.
Family Names:
Weller.
Organizations:
Jefferson Medical College.
Texas _ Methodist Church.
Places:
Aus. (Tex.).
Philadelphia (Pa.).
Subjects:
Medicine.
Prescriptions.
Occupations:
Physicians.

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Related Material

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Weller, C. Buford (1881-1935)
  • AF Housebuilding - 2300 Guadalupe St.
  • AF Housebuilding - 1400 Lorrain St.

Manuscript Collections


  • AR.2000.008 Austin Women's Club Records
  • AR.Z.004 Texas Fine Arts Association Records

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Weller Family Papers (AR.Z.005). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas

Acquisition Information

Donor #:DO/1973/004

Donation Date: May 2, 1988

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Weller Family Papers, 1863-1936, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1880-1916, undated
2-4 Printed Material, 1866-1922, undated
Location FlatFile
qAR 11/017, 12/002, Diploma, Certificate, 1869
01/09/007 Diploma, 1869
Box Folder
1 5-7 Financial Documents - Ledger Books, 1877-1883, 1892-1894, 1896-1920
8 Diary, 1863-1865
9-12 Notes and Notebooks, 1889, 1909-1936
Location
Outer Vault Photographs, 1891-1907, undated
Location BoxItem
Artifacts 06/014, 012/002 Embosser, Pouch with tools, undated

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