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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Austin History Center

Order of the Violet Crown Records

An Inventory to the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Order of the Violet Crown
Title: Order of the Violet Crown Records
Inclusive Dates: 1923-1930
Abstract: The Order of the Violet Crown was organized for the purpose of promoting civic development in 1920. The small collection of meeting minutes, correspondence, event planning materials, membership lists, and ephemera documents the activities of the organization from 1923 to 1930.
Identification: AR.1991.067
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks and qAR
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Order of the Violet Crown was originally a group of local civic leaders that got together to launch a yearly spring festival to be held on San Jacinto Day. In April of 1920 the first Violet Crown San Sam celebration was held, complete with a parade, coronation of a Queen and a royal ball. The name of the festival was the result of contest with the winning entry invoking both San Jacinto and Sam Houston in the festival name. The membership of the Order was limited to 100 peoples and most members were from other civic organizations such as the Austin Lions Club, Rotary, Kiwanis, Young Mens Business League, and Business and Professional Women's Club. In 1923 the Order drew up bylaws and filed Articles of Incorporation and moved the festival to the fall to coincide with the Texas State Exposition. Interest in the organization and the festival waned in the later years of the 1920s.

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Scope and Contents

The small collection of meeting minutes, correspondence, event planning materials, membership lists, and ephemera documents the activities of the organization from 1923 to 1930.

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Arrangement

Arranged by material type.

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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:
Bremond, Walter, Jr.
Brownlee, C. H.
Graham, R. Niles.
Nalle, George.
Weed, Thurlow.
Organizations:
Austin Chamber of Commerce.
San Sam.
Order of the Violet Crown.
Texas State Exposition.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Festivals--Texas--Austin.

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Related Material

Austin Files Subject - Order of the Violet Crown O1800

Archives and Manuscripts - AR.0.015 Mary Banford Brownlee Papers

General Collection - A 394.26 VI The Violet Crown San Sam: Official Program

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by a member of the Order of the Violet Crown that served as Secretary.

Preferred Citation

Order of the Violet Crown Records (AR.1991.067). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1960/059

Donation Date: 1960

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Box Folder
1 1 Bylaws and Articles of Association, 1923
2 Correspondence, 1923-1928
3 Ephemera, 1923-1926, undated
Location BoxItem
qAR 002/053 "Come to Austin's Violet Crown San Sam" poster, 1921
Box Folder
1 4 Membership, 1924-1927, undated
5 Meeting minutes, 1923-1930
6 San Sam event planning, circa 1920
7 Treasurer's report, 1923

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