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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Vernie Alston Gouger Papers, 1946-1952

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Vernie Alston Gouger Papers, 1946-1952



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gouger, Vernie Alston, 1875-1951
Title: Vernie Alston Gouger Papers
Dates: 1946-1952
Creator Abstract: A resident of Wilson County and San Antonio, Texas, Vernie Alston Gouger (1875-1951) was active in civic affairs and organizations. As chairman of the Library Wing Committee of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, she led the effort to construct a library on the grounds of the Alamo.
Content Abstract: The collection consists primarily of records accumulated during Vernie Alston Gouger's chairmanship of the Library Wing Committee of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The papers include correspondence with committee members, other DRT officials, legislators, and others involved in the project. Minutes of some of the committee's meetings, reports to the DRT and others, and some financial records are also part of the papers. Mrs. Gouger's brief speech for the dedication of the library, the invitation and program for the dedication, some clippings, and a single architectural drawing are also related to the project. In addition, there is a small amount of general DRT material in the papers. Significant correspondents include Thelma B. Maresh, Clyde Chalk Sierk, Marshall O. Bell, and Thelma Crook Johnson.
Identification: Col 938
Extent: 1.83 linear feet (1 box, 1 oversize item)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Lucy Vernor “Vernie” Alston was born in Gonzales County, Texas, in 1875 and spent most of her youth on a Wilson County farm. She married Gratz Brown Gouger (1871-1933) in 1893 and lived in the town of Stockdale, Texas, assisting her husband in his business ventures and raising their three children.

The Gougers moved to San Antonio in 1910 and Mrs. Gouger remained there after her husband’s death. Active in civic affairs, she was one of two women to serve on the first city planning commission. She was also a member of many organizations, including the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT). In 1947 she was asked to chair the Library Wing Committee, which successfully oversaw the construction of the DRT Library on the grounds of the Alamo. Mrs. Gouger continued to work on behalf of the library until her death in 1951 December.

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Scope and Content Note

The Vernie Alston Gouger papers consist primarily of records accumulated during her chairmanship of the Library Wing Committee of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The committee was formed in 1947 and worked to obtain state funding for the construction of a library on the grounds of the Alamo, raise private funds for the library, and supervise the planning and construction of the new building.

The papers include correspondence with committee members, other DRT officials, legislators, and others involved in the project. Minutes of some of the committees meetings, reports to the DRT and others, and some financial records are also part of the papers. Mrs. Gouger’s brief speech for the dedication of the library, the invitation and program for the dedication, some clippings, and a single architectural drawing are also related to the project.

In addition, there is a small amount of general DRT material in the papers.

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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
Gouger, Vernie Alston.
Bell, Marshall Odom.
Johnson, Thelma Crook.
Maresh, Thelma Burnett.
Sierk, Clyde Chalk.
Organizations
Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Library.
Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Library Wing Committee.
Subjects
Libraries--Texas--San Antonio--Design and construction.
Locations
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Administrative records.
Correspondence.
Financial records.
Printed ephemera.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Vernie Alston Gouger Papers, 1946-1952, Col 938, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Clyde Chalk Sierk, 1960.

The Gouger papers were given to another DRT member, Clyde Chalk Sierk, shortly before Mrs. Gouger’s death. Mrs. Sierk sorted and listed the material and presented it to the library in 1960; some items may have been added to the papers at that time.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 2002 August.

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

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Vernie Alston Gouger Papers, 1946-1952

Box Folder
1 Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Library Wing Committee
Correspondence, 1947-1952
1 1947-1948
2 1949
3 1950-1952
Minutes, 1947-1950
4 Notebook with attachments, 1947-1949
5 1948-1950
6 Reports, 1948-1951
7 Speeches, 1949-1950
Financial records, 1947-1951
8 General, 1948-1951
9 Bank account records, 1948-1950
10-11 Ledger books, 1947-1950
12 Notes
13 Invitations and programs
14 Pamphlets
15 Clippings
Box Folder
Oversize 1 Architectural drawing
Box Folder
1 Daughters of the Republic of Texas, general material
16 Reports
17 Notes

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