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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Camille Waggaman Photos and Memorabilia, 1890-1971, n.d.

Series II: Military Life, Photographs, 1914-1932, n.d.

Series III: Camille Waggaman Brown, Radio Career, 1945-1974, n.d.

Series IV: Waggaman Sisters Social and Philanthropic Activities, 1959-1975, n.d.

Series V: Waggaman Family Photographs and Memorabilia, 17th Century-1960, n.d.

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Waggaman Family Collection, 1841-1977, bulk 1932-1963



Descriptive Summary

Title: Waggaman Family Collection
Dates: 1841-1977, bulk 1932-63
Abstract: The Camille Waggaman/Waggaman Family Collection consists largely of photographs and newspaper articles but also includes some personal correspondence and memorabilia. The bulk of the material regards Camille Waggaman and focuses upon her radio career (1932-1963) and upon the years after her retirement. Regional or local historians may find these of interest since the Waggamans were among the most prominent plantation families of Louisiana.
Identification: MS 394
Extent: 1 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

Camille Waggaman was born in Houston, Texas in 1895 and was the youngest of five children. Along with her sister, Adele, she attended and was one of the first graduates of Rice Institute (est. 1912) in 1917. Two years after completing her education, she married Major Roy Stuart Brown of the U.S. Army Air Force who immediately took her off to the Phillippines where he had been posted on a two-year tour of duty. Camille was content to follow the major on his military wanderings until his retirement at the height of the depression (1932) forced her to seek additional income in the work-a-day world.

She reported the news for the Alabama Journal for a brief time until she successfully competed for a job as the hostess of a local radio talk show. "Around the Town with Camille Brown" became the longest running sponsored program of its day lasting exactly thirty-one years. By virtue of her radio popularity and active social life, she was regarded as among the most respected citizens of Montgomery.

That same respect was accorded her in Houston, where her family had been long time residents. Originating in Louisiana of French-Canadian and Spanish stock, the Waggamans were wealthy plantation owners. The family home, Avondale, was built in 1840, thirty years after Camille's great great-grandfather had arrived in New Orleans. Her great-grandfather came to Texas with the army. He was decorated for gallantry and meritorious conduct at the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma in 1846 and retired from active service in 1861. Camille Brown died in 1974.

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Scope and Contents

The Camille Waggaman/Waggaman Family Collection consists largely of photographs and newspaper articles but also includes some personal correspondence and memorabilia. The bulk of the material regards Camille Waggaman and focuses upon her radio career (1932-1963) and upon the years after her retirement.

The collection also includes a number of family photographs and portrait reproductions dating from the seventeenth century. Regional or local historians may find these of interest since the Waggamans were among the most prominent plantation families of Louisiana.

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Arrangement

Folders are divided according to subject area. Materials within each folder are arranged chronologically as far as was possible with undated and unidentified items of the same general subject filed at the back of the appropriate folder.
Series I: Camille Waggaman Photographs and Memorabilia, 1890-1971, n.d.
Series II: Military Life, Photographs, 1914-1932, n.d.
Series III: Camille Waggaman Brown Radio Career, Letters and Memorabilia, 1945-1974, n.d.
Series IV: Waggaman Sisters Social and Philanthropic Activities, Letters and Memorabilia, 1959-1975, n.d.
Series V: Waggaman Family Photographs and Memorabilia, 17th Century-1960, n.d.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Waggaman, Camille - 1895-1974.
Waggaman family - Texas.
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University - Alumna and alumnae - sources.
Subjects
Radio personalities - Alabama.
Philanthropists - Texas.
Formats
Correspondence.
Photographs.
Daguerreotypes.
Clippings.
Tintypes.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Waggaman Family Collection, 1841-1977, bulk 1932-63, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mark Edwin Andrews, via Alumni Archives Committee, 1985 and 1987.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 
Box Folder
1 1 Series I: Camille Waggaman Photos and Memorabilia, 1890-1971, n.d.
1 Portrait, Camille Waggaman. Ca. 1890
1 Newspaper article, Camille Waggaman engagement announcement. 1919
1 Photograph, Phillippines. [1919-1921]
1 Portrait, Camille waggaman Brown in the Phillippines. [1919-1921]
1 Portrait, Camille Waggaman Brown in the Phillippines. [1919-1921]
1 Portrait, Camille Waggaman Brown in the Phillippines. [1919-1921]
1 Portrait, Camille Waggaman Brown in the Phillippines. [1919-1921]
1 Portrait, Camille Waggaman Brown in the Phillippines. [1919-1921]
1 Portrait, Camille Waggaman Brown in the Phillippines. [1919-1921]
1 Portrait, Camille Waggaman Brown in the Phillippines. [1919-1921]
1 Portrait, Camille Waggaman Brown in the Phillippines. [1919-1921]
1 Portrait, Camille Waggaman Brown in the Phillippines. [1919-1921]
1 Photograph, Camille Waggaman Brown in French Peasant's Costume. 1927
1 Newspaper article, Visit of Charles and Mrs. Lindbergh. 1929+
1 Supplement to the Christian Science Monitor, Coronation of King George VI. April 22, 1937.
1 Newspaper article, Twentieth anniversary wedding announcement. 1939
1 Program of visit by Marquess of Linlithgow and Marchioness of Linlithgow. October 19-20, 1943.
1 Typescript letter, Description of coronation party at Maxwell Field honoring Queen Elizabeth II. 1952
1 Typescript letter, Christmas greetings from friends, Larry and Ethel Kuter. 1956
1 Typescript letter, Christmas greetings from friends, Larry and Ethel Kuter. 1960
1 Typescript letter, From Lt. Gen. Ira C. Baker, U.S.A.F. to Camille Waggaman Brown. November 16, 1962.
1 Typescript letter, Christmas greetings from friends, Larry and Ethel Kuter. 1964
1 Group portrait, Camille Waggaman Brown with three unidentified persons. Atlanta, Georgia. June 21, 1969.
1 Newspaper article, "Her Favorite Things." February 5, 1971.
1 Photograph identified as "Roy, Iris and Lydia (aged six). n.d.
1 Photograph identified as "Negro christening in pond at the gravel pit." n.d.
1 Photograph identified as "The Dreysprings House-Antebellum." n.d.
1 Photograph identified as "Camille's new car." n.d.
1 Typescript letter, From Camille waggaman to Louise Waggaman. n.d.
1 Five poems, typescript and manuscript, by Camille Waggaman Brown. n.d.
1 Twenty-six photographs of Camille Waggaman. n.d.
1 Eighteen unidentified photographs. n.d.

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Box Folder
1 2 Series II: Military Life, Photographs, 1914-1932, n.d.
2 Photograph, World War I, Houston, Texas. [1914-1918]
2 Photograph, World War I, Houston, Texas. [1914-1918]
2 Photograph, World War I, Houston, Texas. 1914-1918
2 Photograph, World War I, Houston, Texas. 1914-1918
2 Photograph, Camp Logan, Houston, Texas. 1918
2 Photograph, Ruins of Old Church, Porto Bello, Panama. 1919
2 Photograph, Ruins of Old Fort Porto Bello, Panama. 1919
2 Photograph, Native Cyucas, Panama. 1919?
2 Photograph, A Birdseye View of Panama. 1919
2 Photograph, Old Fort Porto Bello, Panama. 1919
2 Photograph, Old Fort Porto Bello, Panama. 1919
2 Photograph, Roy Stuart Brown en route to the Phillippines. 1919
2 Photograph, Aerial View of Manila, Phillippines. 1919
2 Photograph, Aerial view of Manila, Phillippines. 1919
2 Photograph, New Zealand Transport, Gatun, Canal Zone. 1919
2 Photograph, Camille Waggaman Brown, Phillippines. [1919-1921]
2 Photograph, Abe, Ella, and George, Phillippines. [1919-1921]
2 Photograph, Camille Waggaman Brown and three unidentified persons. [1919-1921]
2 Photograph, Roy Stuart Brown and unidentified U.S. Army Air Force Aviators. [1919-1932]
2 Photograph, Roy Stuart Brown. [1921-1932]
2 Scrapbook belonging to Camille Waggaman Brown. 1919-1932
2 Three photographs of Roy Stuart Brown. n.d.
2 Five photographs of Camille Waggaman Brown. n.d.
2 Photograph of Liberty plane bearing Lewis gun and insignia of 168 Aero Squadron. n.d.
2 Photograph, Jim Black? n.d.
2 Photograph identified as "The trench." n.d.
2 Photograph, Major and Mrs. J.V. C. Schauffer. n.d.
2 Two photographs taken by the 4th Photo Section, U.S. Army Air Service. n.d.
2 Thirty-three unidentified photographs. n.d.

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Box Folder
1 3 Series III: Camille Waggaman Brown, Radio Career, 1945-1974, n.d.
3 WSFA Radio Yearbook, Fifteenth Anniversary Edition. 1945
3 Caricature, Camille Waggaman Brown. June 1945
3 Typescript letter, From William W. Hunt to Camille Waggaman Brown. October 14, 1957.
3 Newspaper article, Montgomery Advertiser-Journal, "Around the Town with Mute the Clown." January 2, 1958.
3 Typescript letter of introduction from Bob Robinson, General Manager of radio station WHHY. 1958
3 Telex printout nominating "Around the Town with Camille Brown" as longest running sponsered radio program. 1959
3 Newspaper article announcing twenty-eighth anniversary of Camille Brown radio show. 1960
3 West Point Christmas Bulletin. 1962
3 Typescript letter from Hugh M. Smith, Executive Vice-President of WCOV to CBS Television Network. March 2, 1963.
3 Typescript letter of introduction from George C. Wallace, Governor of the state of Alabama. March 7, 1963.
3 Newspaper article, Montgomery Advertiser, "Station Identification." December 4, 1963.
3 Newspaper article, Alabama Journal, "December 13th Marks Another Milestone in Career of a Charming, Gracious Lady." December 4, 1963.
3 Newspaper article, "Local Radio Personality Retires." December 4, 1963.
3 Group photograph, Camille Waggaman Brown with Stephens E. Maxwell, Hugh M. Smith and Harry C. Shann. 1963
3 Newspaper article, Montgomery Advertiser-Journal, "Under the Marquee." December 8, 1963.
3 Newspaper article, Houston Post, "Veteran of Radio Visits Houston." December 20, 1973.
3 Newspaper article, Alabama Journal, "Ex-Radio Personality Camille Brown Dies." March 14, 1974.
3 Newspaper article, "City Water Board Hears Fluoridation Arguments." n.d.
3 Newspaper article, "Mrs. Brown's Life Makes Radio Work Easy." n.d.
3 Photograph, Camille Waggaman Brown and H.V. Kaltenborn. n.d.
3 Typescript article, "Around the Town with Camille Brown." n.d.

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Box Folder
1 4 Series IV: Waggaman Sisters Social and Philanthropic Activities, 1959-1975, n.d.
4 Newspaper article, Houston Chronicle, "Waggaman Tea is Colorful Holiday Custom." December 28, 1959.
4 Photograph in Alabama-Today and Tomorrow Mrs. Camille Brown with other members of the Alabama Historical Society. April 1960
4 Newspaper article, Montgomery Advertiser- Journal,"Promenader." August 14, 1960.
4 Newspaper article, Houston Chronicle,"Waggaman Sisters' Tea is Time for Yearly Reminiscing." January 3, 1961.
4 Photograph, Birmingham Post Herald. March 11, 1963.
4 Newspaper article, Montgomery Advertiser- Journal,"Helene Boll named Audubon Society President." June 6, 1963.
4 Photograph, Alabama Journal,"Old South Historical Association Gives Reception." October 20, 1964.
4 Typescript letter, From H. Douglas Fontaine, Canon Pastor of Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, to Louise Waggaman. April 7, 1965.
4 Newspaper article, "The Difficult Things She Does Immediately." July 14, 1965.
4 Typescript letter, From the Church Divinity School of the Pacific to Misses Adele and Louise Waggaman. November 9, 1966.
4 Newspaper article, Montgomery Advertiser- Journal,"The Promenader." May 7, 1967.
4 Newspaper article, Montgomery Advertiser-Journal, "Wellhouse in Garden Dedicated to Camille." December 7, 1965.
4 Photograph, Houston Chronicle, "Donated Magazines." n.d.
4 Three newspaper articles regarding the National Society of Arts and Letters. n.d.
4 Newspaper article, "As I See It." n.d.
4 Newspaper article, "Center Plans Discussion on Orient." n.d.
4 Newspaper photograph, "Oriental Philosophy to Be Discussed." n.d.
4 Newspaper article, "Surprising Place Is Bird Sanctuary." n.d.
4 Typescript list of donors to Camille Brown Fund for M.D. Anderson Cancer Foundation. n.d.
4 Article regarding Camille Brown Loan Fund for Women Students at Rice University. n.d.
4 Typescript article, "Camille Brown, 'Amateur Philanthropist." n.d.

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Box Folder
1 5 Series V: Waggaman Family Photographs and Memorabilia, 17th Century-1960, n.d.
5 Portrait reproduction, Teresa Spinola. Ca. 17th Century
5 Portrait reproduction, Countess Maria Camilla Carbona di Spinola. Ca. 17th Century
5 Portrait reproduction, Camille Arnoult Waggaman. Ca. 18th Century
5 Portrait reproduction, John Sandsfield MacDonald. Ca. 1841
5 Portrait reproduction, George G. Waggaman. [1831-1861]
5 Deed to Waggaman family burial plot. July 3, 1851.
5 Portrait, Henry St. John Waggaman II. [1855?]
5 Portrait, Mrs. Henry St. John Waggaman I. [1855?]
5 Portrait, Henry St. John Waggaman II. [1865-1870]
5 Portrait, Henry St. John Waggaman II. 1877
5 Group portrait, Henry St. John Waggaman II and family. 1892
5 Portrait reproduction, Jean Bujac. 1893
5 Portrait reproduction, Jean Bujac. [1893?]
5 Portrait, Adele Waggaman. [1895?]
5 Portrait, Adele Waggaman. [1895?]
5 Portrait, Adele Waggaman. [1920-1930]
5 Portrait, Adele Waggaman. [1920-1930]
5 Portrait, Adele Waggaman. [1920-1930]
5 Portrait, Camille Waggaman Brown. [1921+]
5 Portrait, Camille Waggaman Brown. [1921+]
5 Passport, Adele Waggaman. March 21, 1930.
5 Vacation program from steam ship S.S. Seydlitz. Belonging to Adele Waggaman. June 10, 1930.
5 Photograph, Adele Waggaman aboard the Seydlitz. [June 1930?]
5 Photograph, Adele Waggaman in Rome. [1930?]
5 Portrait, Mark Edwin Andrews. [1941-1945]
5 Photograph, Jesse Andrews. 1949
5 Typescript letter, From Houston Independent School District to Adele Waggaman. March 6, 1952.
5 Portrait, Adele Waggaman. 1960
5 Typescript letter from Adele Waggaman to graduating class of 1917, Rice University. 1973
5 Newspaper article, Adele Waggaman obituary. July 7, 1977.
5 Eleven photographs of Adele Waggaman n.d.
5 Ten photographs of Mrs. Henry St. John Waggaman II. n.d.
5 Photograph of Louise Waggaman. n.d.
5 Photograph of Madame Josephine Langlois. n.d.
5 Nine unidentified family photographs. n.d.
Box Folder
2 1 Genealogy
2 Waggaman coat-of-arms
3 Correspondence, family
4 Correspondence, general
5 Family essays, poems
6 Adele Waggaman-newsclips, misc.
7 Camille Waggaman Brown-newsclips
8 Camille Waggaman Brown-career
9 Roy Stuart Brown-newsclips
10 Obituaries
11 Miscellaneous:
11 Confederate money: 3-$5, 1-$20; newsclips, menu, flyer, postcard
12 Marie Court Waggaman's visa
13 Adele Waggaman's silver mesh purse
14 Army, Marines, Navy pins, insignias
15 The Birthday Book of Beauty
Box Folder
3 1 Memorial record-Henry St. John Waggaman, III
2 Memorial record-Mrs. Henry St. John Waggaman (Marie Aurelie Court)
3 Memorial record-Louise Waggaman
4 Memorial record-Adele Waggaman
5 Memorial record-Camille Waggaman Brown
6 Cased tintype (1), unidentified
7 Cased tintype (1), unidentified
8 Cased tintypes (3), unidentified
9 Cased tintypes (2), unidentified
Box Folder
4 1 Early ancestors
2 H.G. Waggaman
3 George A. Waggaman
4 George Augustus Waggaman
5 Henry St. John Waggaman, Sr.
6 Henry St. John Waggaman, Sr.
7 Henry St. John Waggaman, Jr.
8 Marie Aurelie Court Waggaman (Mrs. H. S. W. Jr.)
9 Adele Waggaman
10 Louise Waggaman
11 Camille Waggaman Brown
12 Camille Waggaman Brown with others
13 Camille Waggaman in play production
14 Roy S. Brown
15 Roy and Camille Brown at Camp Stotsenberg, 1920
16 Waggaman sisters
17 Family scrapbook pages
18 Adele Nichols
19 Waggaman house, Caroline Street, Houston, TX
20 Avondale Plantation, Louisiana
21 Family friends
Extent (2 tintypes)
22 Unidentified

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