Baylor University, the Texas Collection

[Waco] United Daughters of the Confederacy: Mary West Chapter Records, 1866-1996



Collection Summary

Creator Mary West Chapter #2381, United Daughters of the Confederacy
Title [Waco] United Daughters of the Confederacy: Mary West Chapter Records
Dates: 1866-1996
Abstract The [Waco] United Daughters of the Confederacy: Mary West Chapter Collection consists of manuscripts collected from 1866-1996. These papers contain correspondence, literary productions, financial papers, and scrapbook materials.
Quantity: 2 document boxes, 9 oversized boxes.
Language of the Material English
Repository Baylor University, The Texas Collection

Biography/Profile

Organized in 1896, the Waco chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy is still active in the local community. Originally the organization dedicated monuments, decorated graves, and lobbied for textbooks acceptable to their group in the early 1900s, similar to the activities of the United Confederate Veterans. Though the goals of the Daughters of the Confederacy have changed through the years as different generations have come and gone, they still seek to remember their version of the war through dedicating monuments, decorating graves, raising money, and many other activities.

Like many Daughters of the Confederacy chapters throughout the South, the Mary West Chapter was originally an auxiliary organization to the local Confederate veterans camp, the Pat Cleburne camp. Though the daughters’ group began in 1890, it did not choose to affiliate with the new United Daughters organization until 1896, when they became the third chartered group in the state.

The Waco chapter was named for Mary West, the founder and driving force behind the local group for many years. Despite the organization being re-chartered several times, most recently in 2004, Mary West’s name has always been attached to the group. It is thought that the reorganization of the group under several different charters explains some discrepancies in the chapter’s number through the years, as it has held the numbers 3, 26, and 2381.

The group wrote a constitution, held annual meetings and reunions, and participated in state and national reunions and events. It is not known where they originally met for meetings and socials, but by the 1930s they were meeting in an old log cabin in Cotton Palace Park in Waco. The cabin was moved in 1933 to Harrington Park close to Baylor University, and Baylor bought the property in 1947. The group was left without a place to meet after their cabin burned in 1959.

Though active well into the mid 1900s, at some point the charter for the Mary West group expired. Re-chartered in 2004, the group continues to promote Civil War heritage causes, and often works with the Waco Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter.


Scope and Content

The [Waco] United Daughters of the Confederacy: Mary West Chapter was acquired by gift in three separate transactions from private donors, representing the Mary West Chapter #2381, United Daughters of the Confederacy. The first gift, undated and dated scrapbooks, correspondence, programs, and ledgers, was given on 1982 August 27 by Mrs. John I. Cowell. The second gift, scrapbooks from the late 1970s and early 1980s, also from Mrs. John I. Cowell, was added to the collection on 1985 April 3. The third gift, two scrapbooks from the 1990s, was given by Elizabeth Estes Taylor on 2002 May 29.

The collection begins in 1866 and ends in 1996. Records include correspondence, financial papers, literary productions, scrapbooks and scrapbook material, and other printed materials. An extensive collection of scrapbooks for the years 1972-1984 gives an excellent record for local Civil War heritage activities in the area, including the Waco Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp and the Mexia Confederate Reunion Grounds organization. Clippings throughout the collection give limited but vital information on Civil War remembrance activities in Waco, and the Mary West Daughters chapter in particular.


Arrangement

The [Waco] United Daughters of the Confederacy: Mary West Chapter Collection is arranged in 4 series: I. Correspondence, II. Financial Documents, III. Literary Productions, IV. Scrapbooks and Scrapbook Materials.

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: Unknown.


Index Terms

Literature -- Societies, etc.
Women -- Texas -- Waco -- Societies and clubs.
Confederate States of America -- History -- Societies, etc.
Texas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Societies, etc.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Monuments.

Related Resources

Items in related collections

[Waco] United Daughters of the Confederacy: Mary West Chapter Records

Related references

Dayton Kelley, ed. The Handbook of Waco and McLennan County, Texas (Waco: Texian, 1972): 274.
“Mary West Chapter 26, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Waco, McLennan County, Texas.” http://marywestchapter26.homestead.com/. Accessed 2011 August 12.
Morales, Monica. “Confederate Monument Honors Locals.” The Lariat. 1999 November 12.
Sims, Sterling. “Sims, Sterling [Vertical File] Term Paper.” Texas Collection, Baylor University.
Texas Historical Commission. “The Sims Cabin.” Texas Historic Sites Atlas, 1963. http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/index.asp. Accessed 2011 August 12.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Waco] United Daughters of the Confederacy: Mary West Chapter Collection, Accession #2321, Box #, Folder #, The Texas Collection, Baylor University.

Acquisition Information

Accession No. 2321. Acquired 1982-08-27

Processing Information

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

Archivist's Notes: All loose materials filed in folders from scrapbooks have the page number of the scrapbook that they came from in the upper right-hand corner of the paper.

Materials in box 6, folder 9, Scrapbooks: Scrapbook 5: Loose Materials: Artifacts are a ribbon, flag, and medal. They all came from page 41 of Scrapbook 5.

The scrapbooks in this collection give much information about the early years of the chapter, but most do not have dates or publishing information. The few that do have such information are from the Waco Tribune, so probably most are from that publication.

There are large gaps in the chronological history of this organization as preserved within this collection. It is assumed that many of the missing scrapbooks and documents that fit in those gaps are either still with the group or are housed in the United Daughters of the Confederacy

Collection, Texas Confederate Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

The box numbering system is intended to sort the collection completely by date. Following the collection materials by box number is completely confusing, but the dates were used to sort the collection for easy retrieval of specific years for researchers.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence 1949-1950, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Unknown.
Biography/Profile
The series includes two ledgers and associated loose materials. These papers contain notes on dues and organization expenses.
Acquisition Information
Accession No. 2321. Acquired 1982-08-27
box folder
1 1 General 1949-1950



Financial Documents 1866-1936, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Unknown.
Biography/Profile
The series includes two ledgers and associated loose materials. These papers contain notes on dues and organization expenses.
Acquisition Information
Accession No. 2321. Acquired 1982-08-27
box folder
1 2 Ledger 1 1909-1912
3 Ledger 1: Loose Materials 1866-1909, undated
4 Ledger 2 1935-1936
5 Loose Materials 1936



Literary Productions 1906-1980, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Unknown.
Biography/Profile
The series includes pamphlets, essays, programs, reports, and clippings. Most of the pamphlets were produced by the Mary West Chapter, while most of the programs were produced by the National United Daughters of the Confederacy organization. Clippings include both local and national news on the organization.
Acquisition Information
Accession No. 2321. Acquired 1982-08-27
box folder
1 6 Essays 1923, undated
7 Milady’s Own Book undated
8 Pamphlets: General 1914-1927, undated
9 Pamphlets: West Camp 1972-1974
10 Pamphlets: West Camp 1974-1976
11 Pamphlets: West Camp 1976-1978
12 Programs: General 1933-1980, undated
13 Programs: National Convention 1935-1936
14 Programs: National Convention 1938
15 Programs: State Convention 1906-1941
16 Reports: National 1928-1935
17 Reports: National 1936
18 Clippings 1946-1960, undated



Scrapbooks and Scrapbook Material 1892-1996, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Unknown.
Biography/Profile
This series includes scrapbooks and loose material from scrapbooks. These scrapbooks seem to be in complete runs during the years 1931-1944, 1972-1984, and then 1994-1996. The early and undated scrapbooks contain much information of the time period not related directly to the Daughters, or even to the Civil War. Most of the dated scrapbooks after 1940 are exclusively about the local chapter, and contain many photographs and unique items for their specific year.
Acquisition Information
Accession No. 2321. Acquired 1982-08-27
box folder
3 OVZ 1 Scrapbook 1 1892-1905
box folder
1 19 Scrapbook 1: Loose Materials 1892-1905
box folder
3 OVZ 2 Scrapbook 2 1931-1932
box folder
1 20 Scrapbook 2: Loose Materials 1931-1932
box folder
2 1 Scrapbook 3 1932-1934
2 Scrapbook 3: Loose Materials: Folder 1 of 2 1932-1934
3 Scrapbook 3: Loose Materials: Folder 2 of 2 1932-1934
box folder
5 OVZ 1 Scrapbook 4 1938
box folder
2 4 Scrapbook 4: Loose Materials undated
box folder
5 OVZ 2 Scrapbook 5 1934-1944
box folder
2 5 Scrapbook 5: Loose Materials: Folder 1 of 9 1934-1944
6 Scrapbook 5: Loose Materials: Folder 2 of 9 1934-1944
7 Scrapbook 5: Loose Materials: Folder 3 of 9 1934-1944
8 Scrapbook 5: Loose Materials: Folder 4 of 9 1934-1944
9 Scrapbook 5: Loose Materials: Folder 5 of 9 1934-1944
10 Scrapbook 5: Loose Materials: Folder 6 of 9 1934-1944
11 Scrapbook 5: Loose Materials: Folder 7 of 9 1934-1944
12 Scrapbook 5: Loose Materials: Folder 8 of 9 1934-1944
13 Scrapbook 5: Loose Materials: Folder 9 of 9 1934-1944
14 Scrapbook 5: Loose Materials: Artifacts 1940, undated
box folder
7 OVZ 21 Scrapbook 6 1972-1973
22 Scrapbook 7 1973-1974
box folder
4 OVZ 3 Scrapbook 8 1974-1975
box folder
2 15 Scrapbook 8: Loose Materials 1974-1975
box folder
8 OVZ 1 Scrapbook 9 1975-1976
box folder
2 16 Scrapbook 9: Loose Materials 1975-1976
box folder
8 OVZ 2 Scrapbook 10 1976-1977
box folder
2 17 Scrapbook 10: Loose Materials 1976-1977
box folder
9 OVZ 1 Scrapbook 11 1977-1978
2 Scrapbook 12 1978-1979
box folder
10 OVZ 1 Scrapbook 13 1979-1980
box folder
2 18 Scrapbook 13: Loose Materials 1979-1980
box folder
10 OVZ 2 Scrapbook 14 1980-1981
box folder
11 OVZ 1 Scrapbook 15 1981-1982
2 Scrapbook 16 1983-1984
box folder
4 OVZ 1 Scrapbook 17 1990-1991
box folder
12 OVZ 1 Scrapbook 18 1994-1996
box folder
13 OVZ 1 Scrapbook 18: Loose Materials 1994-1996
box folder
4 OVZ 3 Scrapbook 19 undated
box folder
13 OVZ 2 Scrapbook 19: Loose Materials: Folder 1 of 2 undated
3 Scrapbook 19: Loose Materials: Folder 2 of 2 undated
4 Scrapbook 20: Folder 1 of 3 undated
5 Scrapbook 20: Folder 1 of 3 undated
6 Scrapbook 20: Folder 1 of 3 undated