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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Albert Sidney and Adele Steiner Burleson Papers, 1856-1947

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Albert Sidney and Adele Steiner Burleson Papers, 1856-1947



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Burleson, Albert Sidney, 1863-1937, and Burleson, Adele Steiner, 1863-1948
Title: Albert Sidney and Adele Steiner Burleson Papers
Dates: 1856-1947
Creator Abstract: A Democratic party leader, Albert Sidney Burleson (1863-1937) represented Texas in the U.S. Congress (1899–1913) and served as Postmaster General in President Woodrow Wilson’s cabinet (1913-1921). His wife Adele Lubbock Steiner Burleson (1863-1948) was a noted author, playwright, and poet.
Content Abstract: The collection contains letters and ephemera related to the activities of Burleson and his wife, Adele Steiner Burleson. It includes letters to Burleson from his wife-to-be, letters to Mrs. Burleson on family genealogy, and badges from the 1898 Texas Democratic Convention and the 1915 convention of the Texas Postmasters League and the Texas Postmasters Association.
Identification: Doc 6883
Extent: 17 items (17 folders)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Albert Sidney Burleson was born in San Marcos, Texas, on 1863 June 7, the son of Edward Burleson, Jr. and Lucy Emma Kyle Burleson. He attended the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) and received a B.A. degree from Baylor University in 1881 and an LL.B. degree from the University of Texas in 1884.

After briefly practicing law, Burleson served as assistant city attorney of Austin, Texas (1885-1890), and in 1891 was appointed attorney of the Twenty-sixth Judicial District. A leader in the Democratic party, he represented Texas in the U.S. Congress (1899–1913) and served as Postmaster General in President Woodrow Wilson’s cabinet (1913-1921), the first native Texan to serve in a presidential cabinet.

Burleson retired from public life in 1921 and returned to Austin, where he engaged in banking, pursued agricultural interests, and raised livestock. He died there on 1937 November 24.

Adele Lubbock Steiner was born in Austin, Texas, on 1863 July 8, the daughter of Josephus Murray and Laura June Fisher Steiner. A noted author, playwright, and poet, she was the author of the plays The Congressman's Secretary and The Lobbyist and the books Every Politician and His Wife, The Gift I'd Ask, and Toughey, Childhood Adventures on a Texas Ranch. She died in Austin on 1948 January 8 and was buried with her husband in Oakwood Cemetery.

Albert Sidney Burleson and Adele Lubbock Steiner were married on 1889 December 22. The couple had five children: Laura Schley Burleson Negley (1890-1973), Steiner Burleson (1892-1899), Lucy Kyle Burleson Grimes (1894-1967), Adele Sidney Burleson Smith (1897-1995), and an infant son (1901-1901).

References

Connor, Seymour V. "Albert Sidney Burleson." Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbu38.

"Albert Sidney Burleson (1863-1937)." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B001110.

"Albert S. Burleson (1913–1921): Postmaster General." American President, An Online Resource: Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924). Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. http://millercenter.org/president/wilson/essays/cabinet/458.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains letters and ephemera related to the activities of Burleson and his wife, Adele Steiner Burleson. It includes letters to Burleson from his wife-to-be, letters to Mrs. Burleson on family genealogy, and badges from the 1898 Texas Democratic Convention and the 1915 convention of the Texas Postmasters League and the Texas Postmasters Association.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Burleson, Albert Sidney, 1863-1937.
Burleson, Adele Steiner, 1863-1948.
Organizations
Democratic Party (Tex.). State Convention (1898 : Galveston, Tex.)--Collectibles.
Texas Postmasters League--Collectibles.
Texas Postmasters Association--Collectibles.
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Badges.
Correspondence.

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Related Material

Albert Sidney Burleson Papers, 1841-1946, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Albert Sidney Burleson Papers, 1845-1943 (bulk 1902-1943), Library of Congress Manuscript Division, Washington, D.C.

Adele Steiner Burleson Papers, 1858-1944, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Laura Burleson Negley Family Papers, 1880-1973 (bulk 1912-1947), MS 84, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Texas Cotton Seed Crushers' Association Records, 1903-1908, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Woodrow Wilson Letters, 1912-1920, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Additional collections containing Burleson materials, primarily correspondence, are listed in a Guide to Research Collections, available through the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Albert Sidney and Adele Steiner Burleson Papers, 1856-1947, Doc 6883, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Richard G. Castle, 1993 July.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 December.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Albert Sidney and Adele Steiner Burleson Papers, 1856-1947

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1 Letter: R[obert?] Toombs, Washington, D.C., to unknown recipient, 1856 May 13.
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2 Letter: Adele L. Steiner, Athens, Greece, to Albert Sidney Burleson, Austin, Texas, 1888 April 15.
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3 Letter: Adele L. Steiner, Paris, France, to Albert Sidney Burleson, Austin, Texas, 1888 August 17.
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4 Letter: Adele L. Steiner, London, England, to Albert Sidney Burleson, Austin, Texas, 1888 October 9.
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5 Telegram: Adele Steiner, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Albert Sidney Burleson, Austin, Texas, 1888 December 22.
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6 Telegram: Adele Steiner, Iron Mountain, Missouri, to Albert Sidney Burleson, Austin, Texas, 1888 December 23.
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7 Letter: Lydia A. Lee, Port Kennedy, Pennsylvania, to Adele Burleson, 1900 June 29.
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8 Letter: Lydia A. Lee, Port Kennedy, Pennsylvania, to Adele Burleson, 1900 August 21.
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9 Letter: H. C. De Mille, New York, to John M. Kirby, Washington, D.C., 1912 June 11.
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10 Letter: James M. Reese, Westminister, Maryland, to unknown recipient, 1913 November 6.
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11 Letter: Raiford Shearer, Okeechobee, Florida, to Adele S. Burleson, Washington, D.C., 1915 November 24.
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12 Letter: D. K. Este Fisher, Baltimore, Maryland, to Adele Burleson, Austin, Texas, 1930 January 26.
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13 Letter: Mrs. Robert L. Rescor, Cincinnati, Ohio, to Mrs. Albert S. Burleson, Austin, Texas, 1947 October 20.
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14 Letter: L. J. Meader to Adele Burleson, May 13.
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15 Letter: unknown sender to Adele Burleson [incomplete], undated.
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16 Ribbon: Democratic State Convention, Galveston, Texas, 1898 August 2.
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17 Ribbon: Texas Postmasters League, Annual Convention, Waco, Texas, 1915.

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