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Lucile Edna Frazier L. C. Anderson High School Photograph Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Frazier, Lucile Edna
Title: Lucile Edna Frazier L. C. Anderson High School Photograph Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1948-1974
Bulk Dates: circa 1950s
Abstract: Photograph collection of L. C. Anderson High School students, faculty, and sport and social events from the 1950s and 1960s assembled by Lucile Edna Frazier, a teacher at Anderson High School from 1947 to 1969.
Identification: AR.2011.043
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

L.C. Anderson High School (originally called E.H. Anderson High School) opened in East Austin in 1907 as a high school for African American students. Anderson High School would educate Austin's African American students for sixty-four years until its forced closure in the early 1970s. Anderson High had four locations in East Austin before a federal judge ordered the Thompson Street iteration of Anderson High School to close in 1971 because it was still racially segregated years after Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The closing of the school was not a popular decision among some of the former students and community members because they felt that the school was integral part of the East Austin African American community. The Austin Independent School District (AISD) opened a new high school campus in Northwest Austin and named the school L. C. Anderson High School in honor of the East Austin High School. Today the former East Austin locations of the High School are often referred to as the "Original L. C. Anderson High School."

Lucile Edna Frazier was born in Travis County, Texas to Daniel and Treater Frazier. She received her B.A. degree in English from Samuel Huston College (now Huston-Tillotson College) in 1938 and a M.A. in English from Prairie View A& M College in 1956. She continued with post-graduate study at Northwestern University, the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin. Frazier started teaching English at Anderson High School in 1947 after transferring from Blackshear Elementary School. She also served as the Faculty Advisor for the Anderson High School Yellow Jacket Yearbook. Frazier retired in 1969 after thirty years as a teacher in Austin Schools. She died on September 19, 1983.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photographs of students and faculty taken at Anderson High School in the 1950s and 1960s and are most likely photographs taken for inclusion in the school yearbook. Very few of the photographs were identified so they have been loosely arranged into the following categories: classroom & school clubs; dances & other events; parades; sports & band; students; teachers, faculty & other AISD employees. The classroom & school clubs category includes photos of students in classes such as architectural and mechanical drawing, typing and other office skills, sewing, cooking, cosmetology, retail laboratory, surveying, driver's education, biology, social sciences, science laboratory, literature, physical education and wood shop. Clubs include the New Homemakers of America, Choral Club, Girls Ensemble, Boys Ensemble, Student Council, Science Club, Guides and National Honor Society. The dances & other events file contains photographs of students at what appears to be homecoming dances, as well as theater and other cultural events, choir groups and band, student government campaigning, graduation, tree planting and parades. The majority of the photographs in the sports & band folders are of the football team and the Anderson High School band, however, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, baton twirling, baseball, track and field teams are also present. The students file includes headshots (some identified) as well as group photographs. Many of the photographs in the teachers, faculty & other AISD employees folder are headshots that are identified with the name of the person. Lastly there is a photograph of an artistic rendering of a Kuehne, Brooks & architectural drawing of Anderson High School circa 1950s.

In addition to the photographs there is a single folder of textual materials that includes the names and images of the 1948 candidates for graduation; several 1950s and 1960s commencement programs; minutes from the 1964 Anderson High P.T.A; a 1953 letter to the Austin Public School Board and Superintendent thanking them for the new buildings and facility; and a 1974 letter from the Austin Chief of Police congratulating Anderson High School principal William Pigford on his retirement.


Photographs are loosely arranged topically.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Frazier, Lucile Edna.
Pigford, William.
Anderson High School (Austin, Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)
African Americans--Education (Secondary)--Texas--Austin.
High schools--Texas--Austin.

Related Material

General Collection

  • A 373.76431 FI First Original L.C. Anderson Alumni Association All-School Reunion 1907-1971, June 28-30, 1991, Austin, Texas
  • A 373.76431 AL The History And Memory Of Old Anderson High School: 1907-1970
  • A 373.05 YE The Yellow Jacket (Anderson High yearbook)

Periodicals Collection

  • The Yellow Jacket (student newspaper)

Archives and Manuscripts

  • AR.2007.012 Florence Hawkins Temple Original L.C. Anderson High School Reunion Papers
  • AR.K.005 Anderson High School Records
  • AR.2005.048 Neal Douglas Photograph Collection (many of these photographs are available for viewing on the Portal to Texas History

Austin Files

  • Public Schools - High Schools - Anderson P8620
  • Biography - Frazier, Lucile Edna

Separated Material

Several issues (scattered 1940s and 1950s) of The Yellow Jacket were separated to the Periodical Collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from a family member of Lucile Edna Frazier in 2011.

Preferred Citation

Lucile Edna Frazier L.C. Anderson High School Photograph Collection (AR.2011.043). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1-2 Classrooms & school clubs, 1954, undated
3-4 Dances & other events, 1954-1967, undated
5 Parades, undated
6-8 Sports & band, 1954, undated
9 Students, circa 1950s
10 Teachers, faculty & other AISD employees, 1954, undated
11 Architectural rendering, circa 1950
12 Textual materials, 1948-1974