Austin History Center

Frederick Byron and Helen Jeanne Plummer Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Plummer, Frederick Byron and Helen Jeanne
Title: Frederick Byron and Helen Jeanne Plummer Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1885, 1918, 1931-1951
Abstract: Frederick and Helen Plummer worked at the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas during the first half of the twentieth century. The collection consists of some of their personal papers, including a birth certificate and marriage certificate, and documents related to property that they owned in the Speedway Heights area of Austin, TX.
Identification: AR.2014.030
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks, Outer Vault
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Frederick B. Plummer (1886-1947), a geologist who joined the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas in 1928, worked there until his death. While at UT, he helped establish the Department of Petroleum Engineering. Helen Plummer (1891-1951), Frederick's wife, was one of five female micropaleontologists on the Gulf Coast of Texas in the 1920s and early 1930s. In 1933, she became a consulting geologist at UT's Bureau of Economic Geology; after her husband's death, she became a regular member of the bureau.


E. DeGolyer, "Frederick Byron Plummer (obituary)," Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, September 1947 (vol 31, no. 9), pp. 1698-1700.

Keith Young, "Plummer, Helen Jeanne," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed September 10, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

"The Frederick Byron Plummer Memorial Resolutions," available at (accessed on Sept. 10, 2014).

Scope and Contents

This small collection is comprised of two series. The first, Personal (1885, 1918, 1942-1951, undated), includes a copy of Frederick Plummer's birth certificate, a photocopy of Frederick and Helen's marriage certificate, documents regarding an incident in which Frederick accidentally killed a man while driving and the subsequent legal settlement with the man's family, a copy of Frederick's will, and photographs of unidentified people and places.

The second series, Speedway Heights Property (1931-1936, 1950), is made up of documents regarding property on 3109 Walling Drive in Speedway Heights that was owned at one time by Frederick and Helen. Included are documents detailing sales and conveyances of the lots that made up the property, contracts regarding the building of the Plummers' residence on the property, and abstracts of title for the lots.


Arranged into two series:
Speedway Heights Property


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Plummer, Frederick Byron
Plummer, Helen Jeanne
Austin (Tex.).
Austin (Tex.) Speedway Heights.
Austin (Tex.) Walling Drive.
Document Types:
Abstracts of Title.
Birth Certificates.
Legal Documents.
Marriage Certificates.

Related Material

General Collection

  • A 557.64 UN V 1 E.H. Sellards, W.S. Adkins, and F.B. Plummer. The Geology of Texas. 1932.

See also Frederick Byron Plummer Papers, 1914-1946, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Originally donated to the Briscoe Center for American History in March 2014. Transferred to the Austin History Center in June 2014.

Preferred Citation

Frederick Byron and Helen Jeanne Plummer Papers (AR.2014.030). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1960/018

Donation Date: June 2014

Processing Information

Processing, finding aid, and encoding by Roger Simon, September 2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Personal, 1885, 1918, 1942-1951, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Birth certificate (Frederick) and photocopy of marriage certificate, 1885, 1918
2 Legal settlement, 1942-1943
3 Will and inventory, 1947-1951
4 Photographs, undated
Accompanying negatives are located in the Outer Vault, Archives Collection B&W Negatives drawer.

Speedway Heights Property, 1931-1936, 1950, undated

Box Folder
1 5 Conveyances, contracts, quitclaims, and drawings, 1931-1936, 1950
6 Building contracts, 1931, undated
7 Abstracts of title, 1931, 1950