Baylor University, the Texas Collection

BU Records: Baylor Historical Society, Inclusive: 1883-1982, Bulk: 1883-1981



Records Summary

Creator Baylor Historical Society
Title BU Records: Baylor Historical Society
Dates: Inclusive: 1883-1982, Bulk: 1883-1981
Abstract The Baylor Historical Society Records consist of manuscripts generated by the society and a few people outside the society. The records contain correspondence, financial papers, literary productions, and legal materials.
Language of the Material English
Repository Baylor University, The Texas Collection

Biography/Profile

The Baylor Historical Society, formed to “stimulate interest in the history of Baylor University,” began in February 1941. Membership was open to anyone interested, and it only cost $1 to join the society.

Though the society was interested in Baylor history in general, members were especially interested in the Texas Collection and Independence, Texas. Since the Texas Collection was the designated repository for Texas history-related items, members directed donations there of original trustee minutes from Baylor’s early history, four dresses from Baylor presidents’ wives, and the collection of William Carey Crane, a former Baylor president. Baylor University started originally in Independence, Texas, and the society was very interested in preserving Baylor’s history there. Members raised money to stabilize the iconic Baylor columns, drew up plans to reconstruct a dorm and operate it as an inn, and lobbied the Texas Legislature to adopt part of Independence as a state park.

Through the 1950s and 1960s, the group raised money to do what they could. Members also helped the Texas State Garden Club landscape around Independence. The society also held regular meetings and luncheons on the Baylor campus, and usually heard a historical paper given at each meeting. The collection contains all known papers read at the yearly meetings.

Though technically not attached to the university in any way, so many employees from Baylor were members of the society that the group enjoyed semi-official status on campus. State luminaries such as Price Daniel and Pat Neff read historical papers to the group, longtime staff members P.D. Browne, Robert L. Reid, Lilly Russell, and E. Bruce Thompson served as officers, and many ancestors of early Baylor-associated families were members.

The Society’s contributions to Baylor and Texas history are many. The time that they operated in Independence is especially significant, since it had been thought Baylor was not active in Independence in the 1940s-1960s. Instead, this society was very active at raising money for the columns at Independence and bringing donations to the Texas Collection.

It is not known when or why the society disbanded. In 1957 the society spent most of their annual meeting taking suggestions from members on how they could improve their organization, indicating that they were not as focused as they had been in the past. Though the society had been formed as a research institution, many members were in favor of reforming the society around other goals. By 1964, the society only had 21 members at their annual meeting, and many of the people who had taken the lead in forming and running the organization had passed away. Longtime member P.D. Browne donated the society’s records to the Texas Collection in 1975, even though some financial papers in the collection have a 1982 date.


Scope and Content

The Baylor Historical Society Records were acquired in one gift from longtime Baylor staff member P.D. Browne in 1975. The collection begins in 1883 with copies of Baylor Trustee minutes, and goes to 1982 with budget statements. The bulk of the collection is between 1940 and 1960, when the society was most active trying to raise money to restore the Baylor columns in Independence, among other projects. Documents include a large amount of correspondence, legal documents, financial papers, and literary productions. The correspondence series is by far the largest series in the collection.


Arrangement

About half of the Baylor Historical Society Records were organized very loosely by year, with the rest completely unorganized. Currently the records are arranged in four series: I. Correspondence, II. Legal Documents, III. Financial Documents, and IV. Literary Productions.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

All requests for copying of materials must be submitted to The Texas Collection in writing. Please use the Request Form for Copying Materials sheet. Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator (s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Physical Description

General condition: Good.


Index Terms

Education, Higher -- Texas -- History
Baylor University -- History.
Baylor University (Independence, Tex.) -- History.
Baylor University -- Alumni and alumnae.
Baylor University -- Presidents.
Independence (Tex.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

B.U. Records: Baylor Historical Society Records, Accession #BU/0028, Box #, Folder #, The Texas Collection, Baylor University.

Acquisition Information

Accession No. BU/28. Acquired 1975-07-10

Processing Information

Described by Paul T. Fisher. Released on 2013-06-17.

Archivist's Notes: This collection has a significant amount of information on Baylor’s activities both official and unofficial in Independence during the 1940s to 1960s. This period was once considered to be a time when Baylor “abandoned” Independence, but there was in fact activity by many Baylor people in Independence during that time, as proved by these records.

The Essays and Speeches distinctions in the literary series were made because the speeches were in fact spoken to the members of the society during their meetings. The speeches were known to have been spoken during societal functions. The essays

have not been proven to have been spoken, and some were probably written only to answer specific questions members had, not to be scholarly papers like the speeches. The speeches are organized by the last name of the author.

Membership mailing lists differ from membership lists in that the names on both do not match exactly. Perhaps the mailing lists were for members who were farther away than the majority of the members on the membership lists.

“Luncheon” references refer to the annual lunches that the society held, usually in the Bill Daniel Student Center. A scholarly historical paper was

usually presented at these lunches, with some connection to an important Baylor figure or event. These are the speeches mentioned above.

The research cards at the end of the literary series were Professor P.D. Browne’s notes about collections the Texas Collection had acquired on important Baylor figures.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence 1938-1969, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Good.
Arrangement
Acquisition Information
Accession No. BU/28. Acquired 1975-07-10
box folder
1 1 Correspondence 1938-February 1941
2 Correspondence March 1941-January 16, 1942
3 Correspondence January 19-29, 1942
4 Correspondence February-April 1942
5 Correspondence May 1942-1943
6 Correspondence 1944-January 5, 1945
7 Correspondence January 6-22, 1945
8 Correspondence January 23-28, 1945
9 Correspondence February 4-15, 1945
10 Correspondence February 17-April 1945
11 Correspondence June-November 1945
12 Correspondence January 7-17, 1946
13 Correspondence January 22-27, 1946
14 Correspondence February 4-7, 1946
15 Correspondence February 8-March 1946
16 Correspondence June-September 23, 1946
17 Correspondence September 24-December 1946
18 Correspondence January 1947
19 Correspondence February-May 1947
20 Correspondence September-October 13, 1947
21 Correspondence October 21-31, 1947
22 Correspondence November 1-22, 1947
23 Correspondence November 25-December 20, 1947
24 Correspondence January 9-16, 1948
25 Correspondence January 17-23, 1948
26 Correspondence January 24-28, 1948
27 Correspondence January 29-February 16, 1948
28 Correspondence February 19-April 1948
29 Correspondence May 1-19, 1948
30 Correspondence May 21-26, 1948
31 Correspondence June-July 1948
32 Correspondence August 1948
box folder
2 1 Correspondence September 1948
2 Correspondence January 11-24, 1949
3 Correspondence January 12-28, 1949
4 Correspondence January 29-February 14, 1949
5 Correspondence February 15-March, 1949
6 Correspondence May 1949
7 Correspondence June-December 1949
8 Correspondence February-June 1950
9 Correspondence July-December 1950
10 Correspondence 1951
11 Correspondence April-May 7, 1952
12 Correspondence May 8, 1952
13 Correspondence May 9, 1952
14 Correspondence May 17-June 1952
15 Correspondence July-October 1952
16 Correspondence January-June 2, 1953
17 Correspondence June 12-30, 1953
18 Correspondence July 1953
19 Correspondence January-June 1954
20 Correspondence July-November 1954
21 Correspondence January-February 1955
22 Correspondence April-May 12, 1955
23 Correspondence May 13-20, 1955
24 Correspondence May 24-June 8, 1955
25 Correspondence June 10-November 8, 1955
26 Correspondence November 16, 1955-June 20, 1956
27 Correspondence June 30-November 1956
28 Correspondence January-May 19, 1957
29 Correspondence May 20-31, 1957
30 Correspondence June 1957-March 1958
31 Correspondence April 1958
32 Correspondence October 1958-March 20, 1959
33 Correspondence March 21-April 1959
34 Correspondence 1960-1961
35 Correspondence 1962-1964
36 Correspondence 1967-1969
37 Correspondence undated



Legal Documents 1947, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Good.
Arrangement
Acquisition Information
Accession No. BU/28. Acquired 1975-07-10
box folder
2 38 Legal: General 1947, undated
39 Legal: Articles of Incorporation undated



Financial Documents 1941-1982, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Good.
Arrangement
Acquisition Information
Accession No. BU/28. Acquired 1975-07-10
box folder
2 40 Financial: General 1942-1969
41 Financial: General undated
box folder
3 1 Financial: Luncheons 1946-1953
2 Financial: Reports 1941-1949
3 Financial: Reports 1950-1962
4 Financial: Reports 1963-1972
5 Financial: Dues 1941-1945
6 Financial: Dues 1946-1955
7 Financial: Dues 1956-1967
8 Financial: Dues undated
9 Financial: Bills, Receipts, Statements 1942-1948
10 Financial: Bills, Receipts, Statements 1950-1954
11 Financial: Bills, Receipts, Statements 1955
12 Financial: Bills, Receipts, Statements 1957-1959
13 Financial: Bills, Receipts, Statements 1962-1966
14 Financial: Bills, Receipts, Statements 1967-1968
15 Financial: Bills, Receipts, Statements June 1969
16 Financial: Bills, Receipts, Statements July 1969-1980, undated
17 Financial: Budget Statements 1962-1963
18 Financial: Budget Statements 1964-1965
19 Financial: Budget Statements 1966-May 1972
20 Financial: Budget Statements June-October 1972
21 Financial: Budget Statements 1979-1980
22 Financial: Budget Statements 1981-1982



Literary Productions 1883-1971

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Good.
Arrangement
Acquisition Information
Accession No. BU/28. Acquired 1975-07-10
box folder
3 23 Literary: General 1938-1946
24 Literary: General 1948-1955
25 Literary: General: Folder 1 of 2 undated
26 Literary: General: Folder 2 of 2 undated
27 Literary: Reports 1946-1956
28 Literary: Reports undated
29 Literary: Research 1883-1888
30 Literary: Research 1890
31 Literary: Programs 1945-1955
32 Literary: Programs 1961-1969
33 Literary: Memorial Tributes 1954-1963, undated
34 Literary: Membership Lists: Folder 1 of 2 1941-1942
35 Literary: Membership Lists: Folder 2 of 2 1941-1942
36 Literary: Membership Lists 1945-1946
37 Literary: Membership Lists: Folder 1 of 2 1947-1948
38 Literary: Membership Lists: Folder 2 of 3 1947-1948
39 Literary: Membership Lists: Folder 3 of 3 1947-1948
40 Literary: Membership Lists 1949
41 Literary: Membership Lists 1950-1953
42 Literary: Membership Lists 1954-1956
43 Literary: Membership Lists 1958-1965
44 Literary: Membership Lists 1966-1970, undated
box folder
4 1 Literary: Membership Mailing Lists: Folder 1 of 3 1956
2 Literary: Membership Mailing Lists: Folder 2 of 3 1956
3 Literary: Membership Mailing Lists: Folder 3 of 3 1956
4 Literary: Membership Mailing Lists Undated
5 Literary: Clippings 1942-1949
6 Literary: Clippings 1950-1957
7 Literary: Clippings 1958-1960
8 Literary: Clippings 1961-1963
9 Literary: Clippings 1964-1968, undated
10 Literary: Society Record Forms 1940-1952
11 Literary: Society Record Forms 1953-1962, undated
12 Literary: Luncheon Reservations 1946-1949
13 Literary: Luncheon Reservations 1953-1963, undated
14 Literary: Luncheon Reservations undated
15 Literary: Essays: General undated
16 Literary: Essays: General undated
17 Literary: Essays: General undated
18 Literary: Essays: Carroll Essay 1949
19 Literary: Speeches 1954
20 Literary: Speeches: Price Daniel 1959
21 Literary: Speeches: Price Daniel: Notes 1959
22 Literary: Speeches: Joseph M. Dawson 1958
23 Literary: Speeches: Herbert Gambrell: Folder 1 of 2 1947
24 Literary: Speeches: Herbert Gambrell: Folder 2 of 2 1947
25 Literary: Speeches: Guy Nelson Jr.: Folder 1 of 2 1961
26 Literary: Speeches: Guy Nelson Jr.: Folder 2 of 2 1961
27 Literary: Minutes 1941
28 Literary: Minutes 1945-1946
29 Literary: Minutes 1947
30 Literary: Minutes 1948
31 Literary: Minutes 1949
32 Literary: Minutes 1950
33 Literary: Minutes 1951-1953
34 Literary: Minutes 1954-1957
35 Literary: Minutes 1958-1960
36 Literary: Minutes 1961-1963
37 Literary: Minutes 1964-1971
38 Literary: Membership Cards: Single-Sided: Folder 1 of 3 1947-1948
39 Literary: Membership Cards: Single-Sided: Folder 2 of 3 1947-1948
40 Literary: Membership Cards: Single-Sided: Folder 3 of 3 1947-1948
box folder
5 1 Literary: Membership Cards: Double-Sided: Folder 1 of 2 1947-1948
2 Literary: Membership Cards: Double-Sided: Folder 2 of 2 1947-1948
3 Literary: Research Cards: Folder 1 of 2 undated
4 Literary: Research Cards: Folder 2 of 2 undated