Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Ruth Carter Slack family papers, 1873-1990 MS 430

creator Slack, Ruth Carter
Title: Ruth Carter Slack family papers
Dates: 1873-1990
Abstract: This collection consists of the personal and family papers of Houstonian Ruth Carter Slack, including diaries, correspondence, personal travel memorabilia, and memorabilia from her personal life, such as inventories, lists and address books. Also in the collection are her photo collections, hospital records, course notes, and documentation of the Carter and Slack family history.
Identification: MS 430
Quantity: 2 Linear Feet4 boxes
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Ruth Carter Slack was born into Houston's prominent Carter family. Her father, Clarence L. Carter (1869-1936), was a second generation partner at Baker Botts Law firm. After graduating from University of Texas Law School in 1891, he began working as an attorney in Livingston, TX, then moved to Houston in 1902 and engaged in general individual practice. C.L. Carter joined Baker Botts in 1907 and became partner in 1909. He stayed with the firm, mainly working as a specialist in Railroad Law, until his death in 1936. During his career, he was Vice President and director of the Groveton, Lufkin, and Northern Railway Co. and was director of the Union National Bank. Carter was also elected President of the Harris County Bar Association in 1908. On January 11, 1893, Carter married Alice Lyle Winston, and they had five children, including Ruth, the youngest. Ruth was born, raised, and educated in Houston, and was married to Samuel Morris Slack. She spent time traveling and kept diaries, photos and correspondence to chronicle her trips to Ireland, Europe, and the Middle East. Ruth Carter Slack continued her education into her adulthood, and enjoyed gardening, philanthropy and spending time with her family.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two diaries and correspondence, such as cards, letters and postcards, as well as travel memorabilia from her trips to Europe, Ireland and the Middle East. Extensive documentation of the Carter, Slack, and Casperson family histories, including correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and family history books, is also present. Memorabilia from Ruth Carter Slack's personal life, such as lists, inventories, address books, and items from her early life and included, as well as a record of her hospital visit in 1990.


Restrictions on Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the Slack papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Index Terms

Travelers' writings
Slack, Ruth Carter
Slack, Samuel Morris
Slack, Wood
Carter, Ernest T.
Carter, Clarence Leon
Carter, Winston
Carter, John W.
Caspersen, Clare Carter

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ruth Carter Slack family papers, 1961-1990, MS 430, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Ameritrust via trust officer Mark Farrell in 1993.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Personal Memorabilia, 1961-1990

1 Diary, 1961
Diary, Ireland, 1965
Correspondence, Europe and Mid-East, 1955
Early memorabilia
Course Notes, 1967-1972
Course Notes, 1977-1983
Religious Books
Address Books and Lists
Daily Hospital Record, 1990
Party Lists, Inventories
Calling Cards
"RCS" Stationery die
Jewelry inventory
Souvenir Postcards, Blank
Samuel Morris Slack: Schooling
Samuel Morris Slack: Military Memorabilia
Memorial Book: Ernest T. Carter
Memorial Book: John W. Carter
Memorial Book: Clare Carter Caspersen
Memorial Book: Samuel Morris Slack

Series II: Family History, 1873-1987

2 Slack Family History Book, 1979
Slack, Wood, 1873-1946
Carter, Winston, 1929-1987
Family Real Estate, 1910-1973
Casperson Estate- Broadacres Home, 1914-1973
Carter-Capersen Wedding

Series III: Photographs, 1889-1988

3 Early Family, 1918-1955
Early Family, 1919
Early Family, n.d.
John Winston Carter, 1952-1963
Carter Girls
Clare Carter, 1917
Ruth Carter Slack, 1955-1982
Samuel Morris Slack. 1918-1926
Vacations, 1889-1968
Italian Trip, 1962
Snapshots, 1983-1985
Individuals, 1965-1972
Groups, 1955-1986
Groups, 1899
Groups, n.d.
Rice University Archi-Arts Ball, 1930
Early Family
Clarence Leon Carter, 1919-?
Andrew J. Caspersen
Wood Family
Sisters and brother-in-law
S. Morris Slack’s mother, 1931
Houses, 1929-1988
4 Ruth Carter Slack
Clarence Leon Carter
Andrew J. Caspersen
Bride and attendants, unidentified
Carter sister
Oversize: Girl’s Basketball Team, unidentified
Oversize: Dinner Party with C.L. Carter at center of table
Oversize: Ruth Carter Slack
Oversize: Bride [possibly Ruth Carter Slack]
Samuel Morris Slack’s Rice Institute diploma, June 9, 1930