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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Working Papers

Series 2: Ruiz Research

Series 3: Handbook Articles

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Bernice Strong Research Papers, 1804-1991



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bernice Strong, 1924-1991
Title: Bernice Strong Research Papers
Dates: 1804-1991
Creator Abstract: Bernice R. Strong was the historian archivist at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library from 1980 until she retired in 1990.
Content Abstract: This collection contains working papers, research, and correspondence related to several articles that Bernice Strong researched and wrote for the revised edition of the Handbook of Texas, published in 1996 as the New Handbook of Texas.
Identification: Col 15152
Extent: .5 linear feet (1 5 in. document box)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Bernice Alene Rhoades Strong was born in 1924 in Lampasas County. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Library Tech from San Antonio College followed by a B.A. in history from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to her work at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, she worked at San Antonio College, with the Texas Parks and Wild Life Department, and at Mission San Jose. In her early career, she was a commercial artist for Slick Airways, but her favorite subjects were historical in nature. Hired in 1980 as part of a significant turnover in Library staff, Strong was the historian archivist at the DRTL until 1990. She achieved the designation of Certified Archivist from the Academy of Certified Archivists in 1990. She was a member in numerous archival, library, and historical societies. She became known as an authority on the history of the Southwest borderlands after she earned her MA in the subject at UTSA in 1987. She began working on several biographical articles for the New Handbook of Texas while an employee of the DRTL and continued after her retirement in1990. Due to illness, she was unable to complete the last of the articles which her colleague, Martha Utterback, finished and submitted. Bernice Strong passed away in 1991 in San Antonio. She is buried in Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio. Her articles have been digitized for the Handbook of Texas Online.

References:

Proceedings of the Ninetieth Annual Convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas. 1981.

VF - BIOGRAPHY-- STRONG, BERNICE ALENE RHOADES, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

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Scope and Content Note

The Bernice Strong Research Papers contain correspondence, notes, working papers, drafts, and research materials related to several articles that Bernice Strong produced at the end of her tenure as the historian archivist at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library.

The bulk of the papers include photocopied research materials of the Ruiz family of early San Antonio de Bexar. In particular, Strong researched heavily for a biographical sketch of Jose Francisco Ruiz, a prominent figure in early Bexar who would go on to become on the two Tejano signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, along with his relative, Jose Antonio Navarro. Her research includes genealogical information as well as Ruiz’s role in San Antonio de Bexar military and political life.

Strong corresponded fairly regularly with the editors of the New Handbook of Texas for whom she undertook these biographical articles. Some of that correspondence appears throughout the collection. Strong filed these letters with the items or under the topic referred to in the correspondence.

Finally, there are drafts of each of the several articles that Bernice Strong wrote for the Handbook as well as drafts of articles that the Handbook editors asked that she critique in her capacity as expert historian.

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Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into 3 series. Generally, the arrangement of this collection attempts to preserve the original order and organizations created by Bernice Strong. Original folder titles are designated with quotation marks. The collection is organized into three series. The series reflect the natural divisions that appear within Strong’s arrangement.
Series 1. Working Papers
Series 2. Ruiz Research
Series 3. Handbook Articles

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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
Strong, Bernice.
Ruíz, José Francisco, 1783-1840.
Teja, Jesús F. de la, 1956.-
Barnett, Douglas E., 1954-.
Ruíz, Francisco Antonio, ca. 1804-1876
Herrera, Blas, 1802-1878.
Menchaca, Antonio, 1800-1879.
Esparza, Enrique, 1828-1917.
James, John, 1819-1877.
James, John H. (John Herndon), 1852-1912.
Cassiano, José, 1791-1862.
Dielmann, Leo M. J. (Leo Maria Joseph), 1881-1969.
Subjects
Historians--Texas--San Antonio.
Genealogy--Texas--San Antonio.
Handbook of Texas.
Ruíz, José Francisco, 1783-1840.
San Fernando Cathedral (San Antonio, Tex.)
Locations
San Antonio, Texas.
San Antonio de Bexar (San Antonio, Tex.).
Genres/Formats
Research notes.
Genealogies.
Correspondence.

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Related Material

Documents collection, 1519-1979, DRT 9, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Adolph C. Herrera collection, 1836-circa 1890, 1993, undated, Col 11546, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Cassiano-Pérez family papers, 1741-1976, Col 880, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Reynaldo J. Esparza research papers, 1802-1995, Col 8827, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

John Herndon James papers, 1812-1938, Col 4569, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas. Finding aid available at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library.

Leo M. J. Dielmann papers, drawings, and photographs, 1847-1961, Col 883, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bernice Strong Research Papers, 1804-1991, Col 15152, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Bernice Strong was a long time staff member of the the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Jaime Espensen-Sturges, 2013 November.

Finding aid encoded by Jaime Espensen-Sturges, 2013 November.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1: Working Papers

The first series encompasses Bernice Strong’s handwritten notes, corrected drafts, and some correspondence regarding the article on José Francisco Ruiz for the Handbook of Texas.
Box Folder
1 1 "Working Papers"
2 José Francisco Ruiz- “General Biography”
Legal notepad
Legal notepad

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Series 2: Ruiz Research

This series is comprised of photocopies from journals, manuscript publications, books, Adolph Herrera’s personal document collection, records of San Fernando Church, and items from the Texas State Archives, among other pieces. The information pertains to the Ruiz family genealogy, José Francisco Ruiz’s military and political service, the Texas Declaration of Independence, and Ruiz’s son, Francisco Antonio Ruiz.
Box Folder
1 3 "Vital Statistics"
"Handbook- Ruiz"
Box Folder
1 4 Bernice Strong correspondence with Douglas E. Barnett
5 Draft of article "José Francisco Ruiz"
6 Genealogy
7 Translations and Transcriptions
8 Published Biographical Sources
9 "Republic"
10 "Declaration of Independence"
11 "Military- Spanish Era"
"Military- Mexican Era"
Box Folder
1 12 Photocopies, Transcriptions, and Translations
13 The Indians of Texas in 1830 by Jean Louis Berlandier [photocopy]
14 "Ruiz House"
15 John Wayne's The Alamo
16 Navarro Family and Herrera Family
18 Bibliography and Gloassary of Spanish Legal Terms
19 Translations and Transcriptions
20 Memoirs of Antonio Menchaca [photocopy]

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Series 3: Handbook Articles

This series is the most topically varied in the collection. Bernice Strong and the Revised Handbook of Texas editorial staff communicated regularly regarding the assignments she had accepted. The series also contains letters and corrected typescripts regarding those articles for which the editorial staff requested Ms. Strong’s expert opinion on historical fact. The articles that Ms. Strong submitted include Leo M. J. Dielmann, John James, John Herndon James, José Cassiano, and José Francisco Ruiz. Ms. Strong consulted on an article about Enrique Esparza.
Box Folder
1 21 "General"
22 Enrique Esparza
23 John Herndon James
24 John James
25 José Francisco Ruiz
26 Leo M. J. Dielmann
27 José Cassiano
Correspondence
Box Folder
1 28 Correspodence 1980s
29 Correspodence 1989-1991

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