Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Humphries Family:

An Inventory of Their Papers 1876-1955, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Humphries family
Title: Humphries Family Papers,
Dates: 1876-1955
Abstract: Records of the Humphries family, most of which of focuses on siblings Jessie and Kyle who had careers in education in the early decades of the twentieth century.
ID S 1530.1
Quantity: 3 boxes (2.3 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

William Humphries brought his family to Texas after the Civil War. Settling in Milburn, Texas, in Central Texas, he and his wife, Maggie Hollifield Humphries, had three children, Jessie, Lillian and L. Kyle. Although the entire family is represented, the papers of Jessie and Kyle dominate the collection. Jessie Humphries was the first female graduate of Howard Payne College and later served as Dean of Students at the College of Industrial Arts, which later became Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas. She never married. Sister Lillian was also an educator and served as the Director of the Extension Department at the College of Industrial Arts. Kyle attended Baylor University and became a teacher in New York City.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains personal papers, publications, news clippings, diaries, and journals from the Humphries family of Milburn, Texas. Much of the material focuses on Jessie and Kyle Humphries who were siblings and had careers in education in the early decades of the twentieth century. This collection also has numerous miniature books, an assortment of interesting artifacts, and the circa 1880s family Bible.


The collection has been organized into eleven series representing the papers of different individuals or groups. These are Humphries Family trips; Jessie and Lillian Humphries; Lillian Humphries; L. Kyle Humphries; Katie E. Boyce; L. Kyle Humphries and Katie E. Boyce; Jessie H. Humphries; William Humphries; Genealogy; Miscellaneous; and Texas State College for Women.
The photographs, which include photo albums and a daguerreotype, were transferred to Photographs. The large genealogical chart was transferred to Oversize materials.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Boyce, Katie E.
Humphries, Jessie H.
Humphries, Lillian
Humphrey family
Humphries, L. Kyle
Humphries, Maggie Hollifield
Humphries, William
Subjects (Organizations)
College of Industrial Arts (Denton, Tex.)
Howard Payne College (Brownwood, Tex.)
Texas State College for Women

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Humphries Family Papers, 1876-1955, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 1988

Processed by

A. Ramirez, June 20, 2000

Collection Inventory


Manuscript Files

box folder
1 1 Humphries family trips of Diaries and Letters, 1938-1942
2 Jessie and Lillian Humphries, Letter from A. and E.J. Edwards, 1916
Lillian Humphries
box folder
1 3 Biographical information, undated
4 Writings and copies, 1903 and undated
5 An Account of Jessie's Operation, 1943
6 Recommendations, 1902-20
7 Correspondence, 1941
8 Correspondence between Lillian and G. Sidney Cluck (photographer) (regarding Photographs in Box 2, Folder 6)
9 Newspaper clippings, 1952 & undated
10 Miscellaneous, (`Little Joe' Speech), 1896
L. Kyle Humphries
box folder
1 11 Teaching Contract, 1905
12 Teaching Certificates, 1901, 1905
13 Membership cards, 1911-12, 1928-29
14 Recommendations, 1905-12
15 Receipts and guarantees, 1927-29 and undated
16 Obituaries, 1950
17 Miscellaneous, 1914, 1937
18 Katie E. Boyce: Correspondence and Receipts, 1920-27 and undated
19 L. Kyle Humphries and Katie Boyce: Newspaper Articles, 1927 and undated
Jessie Humphries
box folder
1 20 Memoranda and Finances, 1932-43
21 Presentation of Portrait, 1940
22 Retirement Paperwork, 1896-1947
23 Correspondence, 1930-41 and undated
24 Birth Certificate Copies, 1876
25 Newspaper Articles, 1938-44 and undated
26 Copies of articles, poems and stories, 1905-1926 and undated
William Humphries
box folder
1 27 Obituaries, 1907
28 Civil War biographical information, 1906
box folder
1 29 Hollifield, undated
30 Story of Dead Room at Hollifield Place, undated
31 Humphries family, undated
32 Christmas List with Humphries' Addresses, 1942
33 Family Tree, (torn up) undated
34 Family Charts, undated
35 Articles from Family Bible, ca. 1900
36 Family Letters, 1905
box folder
1 37 Stationary, songs, undated
38 Stories and articles, 1925-30 and undated
39 Newspapr clippings, 1950-51
40 Souvenirs, 1929-30 and undated
41 Unknown manuscripts, 1932 and undated
42 Teachers' Roast, 1902
43 Publications, 1935-36 and undated
44 College Yearbooks and Brochures, 1897-1911
45 Letter to Teacher's College Cafeteria from Miss Myrtle Head, 1923
46 Texas State College for Women, 1903-1955
Printed Material
box folder
2 1 Books Inscribed to Family Members, 1964, 1945
2 The Hour Has Struck, by Angela Morgan, undated
2 Epictetus, miniature, 1908
2 As Thy Day, miniature 1912,
2 “The Life of Christ”, Bible Study Publishing Company, 1904
2 Sword and Blossom, undated
2 The Sonnets of William Wordsworth, 1902
2 Prayers, by Robert L. Stevenson, 1904
2 A Letter to My Son, 1942
2 Book of Common Prayer, 1907
2 Episcopal Hymnbook, 1889
2 Short Stories, by DeMaupassant, miniature undated,
2 A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, miniature undated,
2 In Flanders Fields, miniature undated,
2 Holy Bible, miniature undated,
2 Hymns, A and M, miniature undated,
2 The Story of Queen Mary, A.H. Millar, miniature undated,
2 Friendship, miniature undated,
2 King Lear, Shakespeare, miniature undated, undated,
2 The Lady of the Lake, Scott, miniature undated,
Evangeline, Longfellow, miniature undated,
2 Undine: A Romance, by De La Motte Fouque, undated
The Vampire, Kipling, miniature undated,
2 Precious Old Copy of Sonnets from the Portuguese, miniature undated,
3 Scrapbook material, undated
Notebooks, loose papers, Blueprint,
box folder
2 4 Artifacts, undated
Signature stamp
Leather book cover (Bible)
Spectacles in cases (5)
Tin box, "Made at the Hotel McAlpin, New York"
3 William Humphries, Family Bible, (poor condition) ca. 1880s,