Frederick Byron and Helen Jeanne Plummer Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
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 (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpl07), accessed September 10, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
"The Frederick Byron Plummer Memorial Resolutions," available at http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/2000-2001/memorials/SCANNED/plummer.pdf (accessed on Sept. 10, 2014).
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.
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.
Originally donated to the Briscoe Center for American History in March 2014. Transferred to the Austin History Center in June 2014.
Frederick Byron and Helen Jeanne Plummer Papers (AR.2014.030). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1960/018
Donation Date: June 2014
Processing, finding aid, and encoding by Roger Simon, September 2014.
Detailed Description of the Collection