Austin History Center

Frank Rundell Papers and Drawings

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Rundell, Frank
Title: Frank Rundell Papers and Drawings
Inclusive Dates: 1914-1969
Abstract: Frank Rundell, born September 29, 1895, was an Austin, Texas building contractor for over sixty years. The collection consists of materials dating from 1914 to 1969 and includes over one hundred sets of architectural drawings, correspondence between Rundell and his future wife Verona Turner and materials related to Rundell's involvement in the organization of the Jefferson County Guaranty Bank & Trust Company of Beaumont, Texas.
Identification: AR.2012.025
Quantity: .8 linear feet (2 boxes) and 1 flat file drawer (323 drawings)
Location: Archives stacks, Architectural Archives
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Frank Roscoe Rundell was born in Austin, Texas on September 29, 1895 to John Lyman Rundell and Cleo Pearl Ainsworth Rundell. Rundell started working with his uncle L. M. Ainsworth, who was a general contractor, at age twelve. After graduating from high school in 1914 he went to work for Graber Construction Company in Dallas, Texas. He returned to Austin in 1915, and returned to work for Mr. Ainsworth until 1916 and he went into business for himself as a general contractor starting the Frank R. Rundell Company. Rundell married Verona Turner, daughter of Newton and Belle Turner, in 1917. The couple had three children: Nona, Allen and Addie (who died at age five). Other than the two years he worked for Beaumont Ship Building and Dry Dock Co. and was in the Army in 1917-1918, Rundell operated the construction company in Austin, Texas until his retirement in the 1970s. Rundell was involved in a variety of community organizations such as the Austin Kiwanis Club, Texas Society for Crippled Children, Austin Cerebral Palsy Center, Odd Fellow, Easter Seals and was one of the founding members of the Austin Evaluation Center.

Verona (Nona) died in 1983 and Frank followed in 1986.

Scope and Contents

The Frank Rundell collection is arranged into three series: I. Personal Papers, II. Jefferson County Guaranty Bank & Trust Company of Beaumont, Texas Records and III. Architectural Drawings.

The majority of the Personal Papers series (1914-1920) consists of personal correspondence between Frank Rundell (sometime referred to as Roscoe) and his wife Verona Turner Rundell (Nona). The correspondence begins in 1914 before the couple was married and Frank was working for Graber Construction in Dallas, Texas. The correspondence continues after their marriage while Frank was working for the Beaumont Ship Building and Dry Dock Co. and when he was drafted into the Army during World War I. Of interest is his discussion with his wife about Beaumont Ship Building encouraging all its draft age workers to fill out an exemption form to allow them continue working because they were so desperate for workers. There is also discussion about the "Spanish flu" epidemic at Army bases and Nona warning Frank to talk all the necessary precautions while he was stationed at Camp Travis in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, there is a limited amount of correspondence from family members to Frank and Nona. The remaining personal papers consist of materials related to his correspondence classes in Architecture and Structural Design from the International Correspondence Schools, a Notice of Classification for World War I and a few financial documents.

The Jefferson County Guaranty Bank & Trust Company of Beaumont, Texas Records series (1919-1920) contains correspondence, legal documents, financial records, subscription and account books regarding the organization and incorporation of the bank. Rundell was a promoter of the bank (sold subscriptions) and the records include letters of introduction and correspondence regarding his membership in the International Longshoreman's Association and the Union's official endorsement of the bank.

The Architectural Drawings series (1937-1969, undated) contains over one hundred sets of architectural drawings for buildings constructed by the Frank Rundell Company. The majority of the drawings are for new or remodeled residential buildings in Austin, Texas and are undated. In addition there are a few commercial and ecclesiastical buildings.


Arranged into three series:
I. Personal Papers
II. The Jefferson County Guaranty Bank & Trust Company of Beaumont, Texas Records
III. Architectural Drawings


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Rundell, Frank R.
Rundell, Verona Turner.
Beaumont Ship Building and Dry Dock Co.
Frank R. Rundell Company.
Jefferson County Guaranty Bank & Trust Company of Beaumont, Texas.
Austin (Tex.)
Camp Travis (Tex.)
Ships--Beaumont (Tex.)
Army life--Reminiscences--Texas.

Related Material

Austin Files: Biography--Frank R. Rundell

Separated Material

United States Army. Infantry Drill Regulation, 1911 was deaccessioned.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The correspondence and the Jefferson County Guaranty Bank & Trust Company materials were found in the attic of a house on West Avenue, Austin, Texas and donated to the Austin History Center in 2012. The architectural drawings were donated by Frank Rundell's son in 1999.

Preferred Citation

Frank Rundell Papers and Drawings (AR.2012.025). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1999/057, DO/2012/051

Donation Date: 1999, 2012

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Personal Papers, 1914-1920

Box Folder
1 1-2 Correspondence-from Frank to Nona, 1914-1918
3-5 Correspondence-from Nona to Frank, 1916-1918
6 Correspondence-from family and friends, 1916-1920, undated
7 International Correspondence Schools, 1920
8 Personal documents, 1918-1920, undated

II. Jefferson County Guaranty Bank & Trust Company of Beaumont, Texas Records, 1919-1920

Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence and legal documents, 1919-1920
2 Account and subscription books, 1919-1920
3 Labor union, 1919, undated

III. Architectural Drawings, 1937-1969, undated

Located in the Architectural Archives flat files. See the Architectural Archives database or card catalog for access to specific drawings. View a spreadsheet of the drawings here