Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Thomas J. Rollins:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1875-1997 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Rollins, Thomas J.
Title: Thomas J. Rollins Papers,
Dates: 1875-1997 and undated
Abstract: The personal papers of Thomas J. Rollins from 1875-1997 and undated.
Collection # S 1261.1
Quantity: 5 boxes, 1 sea chest and cushion (9 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Born July 28, 1924, Thomas (Tom) J. Rollins was a native of Whitharral, Texas, and a graduate of Texas Technological College. Rollins's family was originally from Hollis, Oklahoma, and moved to Whitharral, Texas, in 1932. During World War II, he served in the Navy for 35 months. After the war, he entered the insurance field in Lubbock, Texas, in 1948. For a while he was assistant purchasing agent at Texas Tech, then he became associated with Citizens National Life Insurance Company. The Company later merged with Central American Life in 1953. Rollins served as vice president of Central American Life Insurance Company then as president. He retired in 1993. Tom and his wife Nelda had no children. They were active in various civic and university support groups in Lubbock and Texas Tech.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains the personal papers of Tom Rollins such as correspondence, financial material, military records from his experience in the U.S. Navy during the Second World War, printed material, and family scrapbook material. Also included are some files on Grace Inez Edgar, Tom's sister, who was a teacher at Idalou (Texas) Elementary. The memorabilia items in the gold sea chest were placed within oversized shelves along with the red cushion.


 

Organization

The materials are arranged by series: business records correspondence, military records, financial material, legal material, literary production, printed material, scrapbook material, and memorabilia.

Restrictions

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)
Edgar, Grace Inez
Rollins, Thomas J.
Rollins, Thomas J.--Archives
Rollins, Thomas J.--Correspondence
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Navy
Subjects
Insurance companies--Texas--Lubbock
Insurance agents--Texas--Lubbock
World War, 1939-1945

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Jack Davis oral history interview [sound recording], 1982

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas J. Rollins Papers, 1875-1997 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
97-0030-B, 97-0047-B, 97-0053-B

Gifts, 1997

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, 2000


Collection Inventory

 

Business Records

Mercantile Security Life Insurance Company
box folder
1 1 Convention, 1968-1970
2 Letters, 1968-1969
3 Quarterly Reports, 1969-1970
Republic National Life Insurance Company
box folder
1 4 Letter, 1971



 

Correspondence

box folder
1 5 Christmas Photo Card, undated
Edgar, Grace Inez
box folder
1 6 Acknowledgement Letters to Tom, 1969
7 Letters to Tom, 1962-1969
8 Sympathy Acknowledgements, 1969
9 Postcards to Tom, 1965 and undated
10 Invitations, 1937-1973 and undated
11 From Mrs. Catherine Earnent, 1943-1945
12 From Tom Rollins to His Family During World War II, 1945-1946 and undated
13 Telegram, 1945
14 Postcards to Tom Rollins, 1941-1969
15 Telegrams, 1943-1969 and undated
16 To Ethel Rollins, 1938-1969 and undated
17 To Ida Lee Rollins from Tom Rollins, 1931-1937
18 To Mr, and Mrs. T. J. Rollins from Louie F. Moore (Mayor of Lubbock), 1945
19 To Tom Rollins, 1931-1949
20 To Tom Rollins, 1951-1961
21 To Tom Rollins, 1962-1979
22 To Tom Rollins, undated
23 To Tom Rollins from Alex K. Miller, 1965
24 To Tom Rollins from Allie Ticer Martin (Aunt), 1961-1964
25 To Tom Rollins from Anna Savage Dunn (Aunt), 1945-1965
26 To Tom Rollins from Clifford B. Jones, 1941
27 To Tom Rollins from Clifton H. Cummings, 1963
28 To Tom Rollins from D.M. Wiggins, 1949
29 To Tom Rollins from Grace Edgar and husband Verlon, 1945 and undated
30 To Tom Rollins from Hardy Clemons, 1974
31 To Tom Rollins from Ida Lee Cummins, 1945 and undated
32 To Tom Rollins from Lubbock Auditorium-Coliseum Board, 1965
33 To Tom Rollins from Max Tidmore (Mayor of Lubbock), 1965
34 To Tom Rollins from Mildred Sullins (Sister), 1965 and undated
35 To Tom Rollins from Mother, 1945-1965 and undated
36 To Tom Rollins from Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Kent, 1945-1946
37 To Tom Rollins from Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Brown, 1958-1969 and undated
38 To Tom Rollins from Mr. and Mrs. Ward G. Dixon, 1972-1983 and undated
39 To Tom Rollins from Ned P. King, 1965
40 To Tom Rollins from Nelda Rollins (wife), 1965 and undated
41 To Tom Rollins from Nieces and Nephew, 1963-1965 and undated
42 To Tom Rollins from Preston Smith, 1963-1969
43 To Tom Rollins from Ralph A. Dungan (White House), 1961
44 To Tom Rollins from Robert J. Hearn (Second Baptist Church), 1962-1965
45 To Tom Rollins from Rod (Friend in the Navy), 1944-1945 and undated
46 To Tom Rollins from Troy R. Marshall, 1965 and undated
47 Unknown Letter Addressed to Mother, 1927
48 From Tom Rollins to Nelda Jobe (Wife), 1963-1965



 

Financial Material

box folder
1 49 Bank Statements, 1943-1945
50 Bill from Raquest Club Hotel, Puerto Rico, undated
51 Checks, 1940-1963
52 Deposit Slips, 1945
53 Edgar, Grace Inez, Financial Reciepts, 1967-1968
54 Edgar, Grace Inez, Income Tax, 1968
55 Edgar, Grace Inez, Tax Reciepts, 1967-1968
56 Ledger, Expense Record, undated
57 Loan Forms, 1959-1961
58 Tire Rationing Cards, 1944-1945



 

Legal Material

box folder
1 59 Life Insurance Policy for Tom Rollins, 1941
60 License for Insurance Practice, 1973
61 Vendor's Lien Notes, 1925-1927
62 Wedding License, 1911



 

Literary Productions

box folder
1 63 Biography of Ethel Mae Rollins, undated
64 Cookbook/Spelling Book, undated
65 Hand Notes, 1997
66 Light Genealogy of Rollins/Savage Family, undated
67 United Way Annual Meeting, 1984



 

Military Records

box folder
2 1 Emergency Leave Orders, 1946
2 Financial Records, 1945-1946
3 General, 1944-1946
4 Naval Change of Duty Records, 1945-1946
5 Naval/Military Correspondence, 1945-1946
6 Photographs, undated
7 Telegrams, 1945
8 Training and Physical Records, 1943-1946
9 U.S. Navy Service Record, 1945-1955



 

Newsclipping File

box folder
2 10 Miscellaneous Topics, 1944-1974 and undated
11 Inserts, 1945 and undated
12 Edgar, Grace Inez (Sister), undated



 

Photographs

box folder
2 13 Photocopies, 1941 and undated
14 Edgar, Grace Inez (Sister), 1965-1966 and undated



 

Printed Material

box folder
2 15 Central American Life, 1963
16 Church Programs, 1945-1979 and undated
17 Harvard and the Service Schools Book with Two Japanese Leaflets, 1944
18 High School and College Announcements, 1947-1963
19 Insurance, 1968-1970 and undated
20 Lena Rivers Play, 1936
21 Magazines, 1938-1991
22 Naval/Military and College Pamphlets, 1944-1971 and undated
23 Naval/Military Magazines, 1944 and undated
24 Naval Graduation Ceremony
25 New Testament Bible, undated
26 Plays, 1926-1963
27 YMCA Pamphlet and Church Election Pamphlet, 1960-1963
28 Scrapbooks, 1936-1959



 

Scrapbook Material

box folder
3 1 Blank Postcards, undated
2 Certificates, 1935-1938 and undated
3 Commencement Exercise Programs, 1941-1963
4 Edgar, Grace Inez, Memorial Programs, 1969
5 Funeral Guestbooks, 1969
6 Funeral of Ethel Mae Rollins, 1974
7 Early Report Cards and Gas Ration Coupons, 1939-1945
8 Edgar, Grace Inez, Church Pamphlets, 1968-1969
9 Edgar, Grace Inez, General Materials, 1974 and undated
10 Edgar, Grace Inez, Mercantile Daily Calendar and Address Book, 1969
11 Edgar, Grace Inez, Texas Tech Graduation Booklet, 1937
12 General Items, 1940-1950 and undated
13 Greeting Cards, Anniversary Cards to Tom Rollins, undated
14 Greeting Cards, Birthday Cards to Tom Rollins, 1957-1967 and undated
15 Greeting Cards to Ethel Rollins and T. J. Rollins, 1943-1960 and undated
16 Greeting Cards, Christmas Cards to Tom Rollins, 1944-1974 and undated
17 Greeting Cards, Get Well Cards to Tom Rollins, 1944 and undated
18 Greeting Cards, Miscellaneous Cards to Tom Rollins, 1941-1965 and undated
box folder
4 1 Greeting Cards, Sympathy Cards to Tom Rollins, 1945 and undated
2 Greeting Cards to Tom Rollins from Nelda Rollins (Wife), undated
3 Greeting Cards, Valentine Cards to Tom Rollins, undated
4 Greeting Cards, Wedding Cards to Tom and Nelda Rollins, undated
5 High School Diploma, 1941
6 Invitations, Inaugural Festivities, 1941-1971
7 Invitations, Social Clubs, 1942-1947 and undated
8 Name Cards and Identification Cards, 1941-1966 and undated
9 Naval Military Experience, 1945-1946 and undated
10 Remembrance Pamphlets and Leaflets, 1943-1978
11 Ribbons, 1940 and undated
12 Restaurant Menu and Placement, undated
13 Tom Rollins' Sister's Business Letter, 1943
14 Tie, Shaving Brush, and Rose with Nina R. Mann Correspondence, 1969



 

Memorabilia

box folder
4 15 Borden Milk Bottle, undated



 

Books

box folder
4 16 Introduction to Naval History, 1944
17 The United States Navy, 1943



 

Newspapers

box
5 Boston Traveler, 1945
(3 issues)
Amarillo Sunday News-Globe, 1956
(1 issue)
Hockley County Herald, 1954
(1 issue)
Gazette-Telegraph, 1969
(1 issue)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1956-1963
(3 issues)
Dallas Times Herald, 1968
(1 issues)
Lubbock Morning Journal, 1945
(1 issue)
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 1960-1991
(13 issues)
Toreador (Texas Tech), 1942
(1 issue)
Boston Herald, 1945
(2 issues)



 
box
6 Memorabilia: Navy Sea Chest and Red Cushion
Towel
(1 item)
Peach Colored Coin Purse
(1 item)
Knives
(2 items)
Empty Razor Box
(1 item)
Razor Hone
(1 item)
Belts
(2 items)
Red Metal Container
(1 item)
Pair of Eyeglasses with Cases
(4 items)
Yellow-Blue Shirt
(1 item)
Green (Velvet) Pillowcase
(1 item)
Navy Bags
(2 items)
Cream Colored Army Blanket
(1 item)
Box with Blue Ribbon
(1 item)
Flashlight
(1 item)
Pair of Eyeglasses
(1 item)
Yellow Wallet
(1 item)
Yellow Beach Bag
(1 item)
Bishop National Bank of Hawaii Bag
(1 item)
Mackenzie Lodge Leather/Cloth Id
(1 item)
Black Skirt
(1 item)
Black Net Hat
(1 item)
Green Long Wooden Paddle
(1 item)
Black Sea Cap
(1 item)
Silver Bracelet
(1 item)
Empty Tube for Girdle
(1 item)
Red Cushion
(1 item)