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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Austin Natural Science Center, 1976-1977, 2013

II. Other work, 1976

Austin History Center

CharLeu W. Diercks Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Diercks, CharLeu W.
Title: CharLeu W. Diercks Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1976-1977, 2013
Abstract: CharLeu "Char" Diercks was an exhibit designer at the Austin Natural Science Center in the early 1970s and was a founding member and the first recording secretary of the Austin Natural Science Association Guild which formed in 1968. A disbound scrapbook, notes, and booklets document Diercks' design work for the Center and other local sites.
Identification: AR.2013.019
Quantity: .2 linear feet
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

CharLeu "Char" Diercks was an exhibit designer at the Austin Natural Science Center in the early 1970s when it was located at 401 Deep Eddy Avenue. She was a founding member and the first recording secretary of the Austin Natural Science Association Guild which formed in 1968. The guild disbanded in 2000. After leaving the Science Center in 1976, Diercks worked as a registrar at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum until 2008.

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Scope and Contents

A disbound scrapbook, notes, and booklets document the work of CharLeu Diercks as exhibit designer at the Austin Natural Science Center in the early 1970s. The scrapbook contains 34 color photographs which depict the exhibits she created for the science center using papier mâché, drawings and diagrams, found objects, specimens, and models. Upon her resignation from the Center in 1976, Diercks had Luke Thompson photograph the exhibits that she had designed. She mounted the photographs with captions into a scrapbook to help remember the work she had done for the Center. In 2013 Diercks added some notes to the scrapbook and drew a diagram of the layout of the Science Center as it was in the early 1970s at 401 Deep Eddy Avenue, locating where the photographed exhibit items were within the building; this map is in the folder with the scrapbook pages. Diercks also made brief notes about some of the people associated with the Center at that time, which are in the same folder. At the back of the scrapbook are 5 cards and postcards which reproduce drawings by Diercks of other historical sites in Austin, including Pioneer Farms, the Elisabet Ney Museum, and the O. Henry Museum.

The collection also includes a membership booklet for the Austin Natural Science Association Guild for 1976-1977, the cover of which was drawn by Diercks, and an Austin-area bird guide book with drawings and diagrams by Diercks.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 2 series:
I. Austin Natural Science Center
II. Other work

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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:
Diercks, CharLeu W.
Organizations:
Austin Natural Science Association Guild.
Natural Science Guild of Austin, Inc.
Places:
Austin Nature and Science Center (Austin, Tex.).
Titles:
A Bird Finding and Naturalist's Guide for the Austin, Texas, Area.
Document Types:
Booklets.
Color photographs.

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Related Material

Archives and Manuscripts


  • AR.2003.006 Natural Science Guild of Austin, Inc. Records

AF Subject Files


  • Natural Science Center N0900

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

CharLeu W. Diercks Papers (AR.2013.019). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2013/031

Donation Date: 2013 June 24

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Nicole Davis, 2013

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Austin Natural Science Center, 1976-1977, 2013

Box Folder
1 1 Scrapbook of photographs, notes, and map, 1976, 2013
2 Austin Natural Science Association Guild member booklet, 1976-1977

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II. Other work, 1976

Box Folder
1 3 A Bird Finding and Naturalist's Guide for the Austin, Texas, Area, 1976

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