Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Texian Chapter Scrapbooks
An Inventory of the Collection
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) was formed in 1891, making it the oldest patriotic women's organization in Texas. Betty Ballinger and Hally Bryan conceived of the idea of perpetuating the memory of the men and women who established the Republic of Texas by creating an organization of women of their direct descendants. To perpetuate he memory and spirit of those who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas the DRT provides educational programing, encourages research into early Texas records, preserves historic documents, encourages the publication of historic records, and secures and memorializes historic sites. The DRT maintains a Republic of Texas Museum, the French Legation Museum in Austin and the Alamo and DRT Library in San Antonio, as well as other historic properties overseen by DRT chapters across the state.
The Texian chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas was organized in 1957 in Austin, Texas as the third Austin DRT chapter. The chapter was chartered with nineteen members with Mrs. Richard M. Morehead as its first president. The Texian chapter wrote research papers on early Texas history, went on field trips to historic sites, served on the DRT French Legation Committee, assisted with cataloging the DRT Museum Library, participated in the Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration in Austin, and worked to memorialize people and places in Austin that played a role in Texas history. The Texian chapter disbanded in July of 2010.
Mrs. Grady Rash, Jr., "Daughters of the Republic of Texas", Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 20, 2013.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas website. Accessed May 20, 2013.
The collection consists of eleven scrapbooks, dating from 1957 to 1998, that document the history and activities of the Texian chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The scrapbooks include newspaper clippings about club business and events, yearbooks, invitations, correspondence, conference programs, membership lists, chapter reports, award certificates, newsletters, photographs of events and meetings, materials related to the Children of the Republic of Texas, historical marker dedication information, and research papers.
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Donated by a former president and active member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Texian chapter.
Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Texian Chapter Records (AR.2013.013). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1983/076
Donation Date: 2001.
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2013.
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