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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence, 1874-1988 and undated

Education Material- Music Class Notes and Assignment, 1938-1950

Financial Material, 1917-1973 and undated

Literary Production, 1880-1985 and undated

McMurry College, 1927-1953 and undated

Peace Corps Papers, 1966-1986 and undated

Phillips Lions Club, 1960-1966

Phillips School, 1946-1977 and undated

Photographs, late 1930s-1975 and undated

Printed Material, 1910-1988 and undated

Teaching, 1936-1976 and undated

Scrapbook Material, 1896-1975 and undated

Miscellaneous, 1934 and undated

Scrapbook- Empty, undated

Printed Material- Music Books and Sheet Music, 1886-1927 and undated

Printed Material- Music Books and Sheet Music, 1881-1946 and undated

Printed Material- Music Books and Sheet Music, 1890-1945 and undated

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Helen Madora Bisbee:

An Inventory of Her Papers, 1874-1988 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Bisbee, Helen Madora
Title: Helen Madora Bisbee Papers,
Dates: 1874-1988 and undated
Abstract: Correspondence and personal papers of Helen Madora Bisbee and Bisbee family members from 1874-1988 and undated.
Collection # S86.1
Quantity: 13 Boxes (11.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Helen Bisbee, a native of Benjamin, Texas, was born in 1904. She taught school in Benjamin, Trent, Wink, and Phillips, Texas. During World War II, Bisbee served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACS) and was stationed for a time in New Guinea and the Philippines. After retiring from the Phillips school district in 1966, she joined the Peace Corps and helped to train teachers in British Honduras (now Belize). She returned to Texas in 1968, but soon left to teach Navajo children at Fort Defiance, Arizona for two years. She returned to Borger, Texas and participated in community activities until she moved to John Knox Retirement Village (now Carillon Senior Living Community) in Lubbock.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials pertaining to Helen Bisbee's family, her experiences in World War II, the Peace Corps, and her career as a teacher. Autobiographical and genealogical accounts are complimented by extensive correspondence between family members. In addition to letters exchanged between Helen and her mother Myrtle are letters from her brothers and sister. There is correspondence also between her father, William Ferris Bisbee, Sr., and his family that lived in Nebraska dating. This correspondence dates to the late 19th century. Other materials in the collection relate to Madora Alexander, Helen's maternal grandmother and a pioneer of Benjamin. Of special interest are family letters exchanged during World War II between Helen and two of her brothers that served in the Armed Forces. She also wrote another brother who worked in an Oregon shipyard. The collection also includes numerous pieces of sheet music and music books, many of which date to the early 20th century.

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Organization

The collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence (Boxes 1-7); Financial Material (Boxes 7-8); Legal Material (Box 8); Literary Production (Box 8); Peace Corps Papers (Box 9); Phillips School (Box 9); Photographs (Box 9); Printed Material (Box 10); and Scrapbook Material (Box 10).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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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)
Bisbee, Helen Madora
Alexander, Madora
Bisbee, Myrtle
Bisbee, William Ferris, Sr.
Geographical Locations
Benjamin (Tex.)--History
Knox County (Tex.)--History
Phillips (Tex.)
Wink (Tex.)
Subjects
Peace Corps
Women's Army Auxiliary Corps
Teaching--Texas

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Related Material

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

  • Knox County Texas Photograph Collection, SWCPC #70, 1883-1920

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Helen Madora Bisbee Papers, 1874-1988 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
87-8885-B, 88-0178-B, 88-0256-B

Gifts, 1986-1988

Processed by

Karen Hicks, 2004

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Collection Inventory

 

Correspondence, 1874-1988 and undated

To Bisbee, Helen M.
box folder
1 1 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1921-1937
2 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1938
3 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1939
4 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1940
5 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1941
6 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1942
7 From Myrtle Bisbee, January 4, 1943-June 14, 1943
8 From Myrtle Bisbee, July 5, 1943-December 27, 1943
9 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1944
10 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1945
11 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1946
box folder
2 1 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1947
2 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1948
3 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1948
4 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1949
5 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1950
6 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1951
7 From Myrtle Bisbee, 1952
8 From Myrtle Bisbee, undated
9 From Charles Bisbee, 1924-1966 and undated
box folder
3 1 From James Robert Bisbee, 1934-1942 and undated
2 From James Robert Bisbee, 1943-1977 and undated
3 From Lula B. Blakey (fellow WAAC), 1945-1981 and undated
4 From Richard S. Brannin Jr., 1932-1973
5 From Daughters of the American Revolution, 1928-1932
6 From various WAAC Comrades, 1945-1946 and undated
7 From Wink Independent School District, 1938-1946
8 General, 1912-1926
9 General, 1927
10 General, 1928-1929
11 General, 1930-1933
box folder
4 1 General, 1934
2 General, 1935
3 General, 1936
4 General, 1937
5 General, 1938
6 General, 1939
7 General, 1940
8 General, 1941
9 General, 1942
10 General, 1943
11 General, 1944
12 General, 1945-1954
13 General, 1955-1959
box folder
5 1 General, 1960-1986
2 General, undated
From Bisbee, Helen M.
box folder
5 3 To Myrtle Bisbee, 1921-1940
4 To Myrtle Bisbee, 1942-1943
5 To Myrtle Bisbee, 1944
6 To Myrtle Bisbee, 1945
7 To Myrtle Bisbee, 1946-1948
8 To Myrtle Bisbee, 1950-1952
9 Bisbee Family Round Robin Letters, 1928-1953 and undated
10 Sibling Round Robin Letters, 1953-1958 and undated
11 Miscellaneous, 1964 and undated
Family Members
box folder
5 12 To Madora Alexander (Helen's Maternal Grandmother)- General, 1907-1933 and undated
13 C. G. Bisbee to His Wife (W. F. Bisbee Sr.'s parents), 1907
14 To Charles A. Bisbee- General, 1915-1939 and undated
15 To Grace Bisbee- General, 1920-1964 and undated
16 To James Robert Bisbee- General, 1921-1950
17 From James Robert Bisbee- Bisbee Family Round Robin Letters, 1945
18 To LeRoy Bisbee- General, 1927-1950
19 LeRoy Bisbee to his Sister Grace (W. F. Bisbee Sr.'s siblings), 1905
To Myrtle Bisbee
box folder
5 20 From Charles A. Bisbee, 1928-1952 and undated
box folder
6 1 From James Robert Bisbee, 1933-1943
2 From James Robert Bisbee, 1944
3 From James Robert Bisbee, 1945
4 From James Robert Bisbee, 1946-1952
5 From William Ferris (W. F.) Bisbee Sr., 1912
6 From Mrs. Hamilton, circa 1910
7 General, 1899-1909
8 General, 1910-1919
9 General, 1921-1926
10 General, 1927-1929
11 General, 1930-1939
12 General, 1940-1949
13 General, 1950-1952
14 General, undated
15 Bisbee Family Round Robin Letters from Myrtle Bisbee
16 To William Ferris Bisbee Sr. from Myrtle Bisbee, 1912-1913
17 To William Ferris Bisbee Sr.- General, 1874-1900
box folder
7 1 To William Ferris Bisbee Sr.- General, 1901-1910
2 To William Ferris Bisbee Sr.- General, 1911-1922 and undated
3 From William Ferris Bisbee Sr., Bisbee Family Round Robin Letters, 1921
4 From William Ferris Bisbee Sr.- General, 1894-1904 and undated
5 To William Ferris Bisbee Jr. (Bill), 1931-1937
6 Miscellaneous, 1896-1940 and undated

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box folder
7 7 Education Material- Music Class Notes and Assignment, 1938-1950

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Financial Material, 1917-1973 and undated

Helen M. Bisbee
box folder
7 8 Bank Deposit Slips, 1930-1941
9 Bank Deposit Slips, 1950-1954
10 Bank Statements, 1924-1925
11 Bank Statements, 1926
12 Bank Statements, 1927
13 Bank Statements, 1928
14 Bank Statements, 1929
15 Bank Statements, 1930
16 Bank Statements, 1931
17 Bank Statements, 1932
18 Bank Statements, 1933
19 Bank Statements, 1934
20 Bank Statements, 1935
21 Bank Statements, 1936
22 Bank Statements, 1937
23 Bank Statements, 1938
box folder
8 1 Bank Statements, 1939
2 Bank Statements, 1940
3 Bank Statements, 1941
4 Bank Statements, 1942-1949
5 Bank Statements, 1965
6 Bank Statements, 1966
7 Bank Statements- Arizona, 1970-1971
8 Bank Statements- Texas, 1971-1972
9 Income Tax- Copy of 1963 Return, 1964
10 Insurance- Automobile, 1951-1973
11 Insurance- Home Owners, 1954-1956
12 Insurance, Life, Premium Receipts, 1931-1942
13 Insurance, Mortgage, 1957-1961 and undated
14 Mortgage, 1954-1965
15 Notes, 1927-1931
16 Property Tax, 1967
17 Receipts, 1930-1955 and undated
18 Records of Bonds Cashed- for Income Tax Report, circa 1954-1955
Family Members
box folder
8 19 Charles A. Bisbee- Bank Statement, 1928
20 Charles A. Bisbee- Life Insurance Receipt, 1938
21 LeRoy Bisbee- Bank Statement, 1931
22 Myrtle Bisbee- Bank Statements, 1926-1927
23 William Ferris Bisbee Sr.- Accounts Book, undated
24 William Ferris Bisbee Sr.- Passbook, First National Bank, Benjamin, Texas, 1917-1920
25 Mattie White- Bank Statement, 1928
26 Fort Defiance Elementary School, 1969-1970
Legal Material, 1924-1965
box folder
8 27 Contract of Sale- Borger House, 1953
28 Division Order (Oil Royalty Interest), 1958
29 Lease with Option to Buy (Draft) for Benjamin Post, 1928
30 Teacher's Contract, 1925-1965
31 Texas Teacher Certificate, 1924-1955

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Literary Production, 1880-1985 and undated

Helen Madora Bisbee
box folder
8 32 Character Sketches of Students, by Helen M. Bisbee, undated
33 Diaries, 1924-1939
34 "Duke of Sully"- Student Composition by Helen M. Bisbee, 1919
35 "Fads"- Composition by Helen M. Bisbee, undated
36 "Helen Madora Bisbee"- Brief Autobiographical Account by Helen Bisbee, 1985
37 "My Story", by Helen M. Bisbee, 1977
38 Protestantism in Latin America by Helen M. Bisbee, undated
39 Reflections on Love and Loss by Helen Bisbee, undated
40 "Sunday Afternoon Blues", by Helen M. Bisbee, circa 1937
41 "Thoughts on Teaching", by Helen M. Bisbee, 1930s
42 "The Way it Was: 1942-1945"- WAAC Experiences, by Helen M. Bisbee, undated
43 Wink, Texas, by Helen M. Bisbee, undated
44 "Mistress of the C-80", a play by Helen Bisbee, Dorothy House, and Mabel Moorhouse, circa 1918
45 Myrtle Bisbee- Book Review of Vain Shadow by Hatzell Spence, undated
46 William Ferris Sr Bisbee.- "Fable", 1880
47 William Ferris Sr Bisbee.- Draft Eulogy/Obituary for Mrs. Coffman, undated
48 William Ferris Bisbee Sr.- Miscellaneous, undated
49 "The Name and Family of Bisbee", 1985
50 "Our Alexander Ancestry", 1985
51 Student Compositions, 1930-1946 and undated
52 Student Compositions- Who's Who and Class Prophecy, 1931
53 "When Women Know Their Rights", hand-written manuscript of play, undated

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box folder
8 54 McMurry College, 1927-1953 and undated

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Peace Corps Papers, 1966-1986 and undated

box folder
9 1 Lincoln University Training, 1966 and undated
2 Orange Walk, British Honduras, 1966 and undated
3 Orange Walk, British Honduras, 1967 and undated
4 Orange Walk, British Honduras, 1968 and undated
Post Peace Corps
box folder
9 5 Post Peace Corps- Correspondence, 1969
6 Correspondence, 1970-1978
7 Correspondence, 1981-1987 and undated
8 Reminiscences, 1984 and undated
9 Printed Material, 1961-1967 and undated
10 Printed Material- Newsclippings, 1969-1986 and undated
11 Trinidad Training, 1968 and undated

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box folder
9 12 Phillips Lions Club, 1960-1966

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Phillips School, 1946-1977 and undated

box folder
9 13 Bisbee Darlings Presented Program- "Take a Sentimental Journey with the Bisbee Darlings", 1966
14 Class Rosters, 1946-1956 and undated
15 Correspondence, 1949-1986 and undated
16 Correspondence- From Students, 1947
17 Literary Production- Tribute to Retiring Teachers, undated
18 Photograph- 5th Grade Music Presentation, 1947
Printed Material
box folder
9 19 High School Handbook, 1952
20 Newsclippings, 1948-1946 and undated
21 "Wee Hawks"- Yearbook, 1963
22 Memorabilia- Guest Register, 1966
23 P. T. A., Christmas Program Presentations, 1960-1965
24 Miscellaneous, 1946-1977 and undated

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Photographs, late 1930s-1975 and undated

box folder
9 25 Students and Colleagues "School Pictures", undated
26 Wink, Texas, in the Late 1930s, 1930s
27 Miscellaneous, 1951-1975 and undated

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Printed Material, 1910-1988 and undated

box folder
10 1 "A Bit of Cheer", 1922
2 Child's Cloth Book, undated
3 "The Incas" by Raul Braun, The Rosicrucian Digest, March and May,1967
4 Lebanese and Syrian Costumes, Portfolio of watercolor prints by Georges Cyr undated
5 "Life-Care Retirement Living", John Knox Village of West Texas, Lubbock, Texas, by Christian Services International, circa 1978
6 Magazine Clippings- Home Plans/Home Decorating, undated
7 "The Mayan Civilization" by Raul Braun, of The Rosicrucian Digest, January, 1968
8 Music Books and Sheet Music, 1918-1975 and undated
9 Music Books- Religious, 1910-1922 and undated
Newsclippings
box folder
10 10 Helen Bisbee, 1952-1978 and undated
11 Family and Friends, 1935-1984 and undated
12 Music Programs, circa 1969 and undated
13 Ring Lardner, undated
14 Will Rogers, 1935
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1943
box folder
10 16 Trent School, undated
17 Miscellaneous, 1933-1985 and undated
18 Newsletter- Ex-Student Association: Benjamin, Texas, 1975-1988
19 Newsletter- Teacher Retirement Systerm, 1982
20 The Reader's Digest, November, 1945
21 Residential Retirement Center- Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene, Texas, undated
22 Santa Barbara County Courthouse, undated
23 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", undated
24 "The Story of St. Andrew United Methodist Church", Borger, Texas, 1983
25 United Methodist Women, 1978
26 "Welcome, San Francisco Port of Embarkation" (Camp Stoneman), by Post War Information Center, undated
27 The Wink Wildcat- Yearbook, 1939

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Teaching, 1936-1976 and undated

box folder
10 28 Delta Kappa Gamma National Honor Society for Women Teachers, 1936-1976
29 Delta Kappa Gamma- Plaque for Founder's Banquet, Beta Kappa Chapter, 1937
30 "Planting a Garden: The Development and Portrayal of a Unit of Work in Elementary Science- Third Grade" by Margaret Logsdon, undated
31 Printed Material- "Music Questions and Answers for Public School Use", by Glen Smith, undated
32 Schedule, Benjamin School, undated

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Scrapbook Material, 1896-1975 and undated

box folder
10 33 Myrtle Bisbee, 1933 and undated
34 William Ferris Bisbee Sr., 1896 and undated
35 Certificate of Honor- Best Teacher Nomination, 1948
34 Memorabilia, undated
37 Music, Drama, Commencement Programs, 1922-1975 and undated
38 Poems, Various Authors, undated
39 Recipes, undated
40 Scrapbook, undated
41 Weight and Fortune Cards from Scale, 1926-1927
43 Miscellaneous, undated

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box folder
10 43 Miscellaneous, 1934 and undated

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box folder
11 1 Scrapbook- Empty, undated

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box folder
11 2 Printed Material- Music Books and Sheet Music, 1886-1927 and undated

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box folder
12 1 Printed Material- Music Books and Sheet Music, 1881-1946 and undated

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box folder
13 1 Printed Material- Music Books and Sheet Music, 1890-1945 and undated

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