Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Leona Banister Bruce:

An Inventory of Her Papers, 1864-1982 and undated, in the Southwest Collection, Special Collections Libraries

Descriptive Summary

Creator Bruce, Leona Banister
Title: Leona Banister Bruce Papers,
Dates: 1864-1982 and undated
Abstract: Personal papers relating to Leona Bannister Bruce's life in Coleman County in Central Texas, including manuscripts of her books.
Collection # S 123.1
Quantity: 2 boxes and 1 scrapbook (3.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Leona was the daughter of pioneer rancher, John R. Banister, and was born near Santa Anna, Texas in 1899. She later came to own most of the land around the West Santa Anna Peak. She was also known as Mrs. C. D. Bruce. Bruce published several books on the history of Santa Anna, Texas. Books included Banister Was There, Into the Setting Sun, Trickham, Texas and Four Years in the Coleman Jail.

Scope and Contents

Includes manuscripts of Leona Banister Bruce's books, some photographs, scrapbook material, a family Bible, and other miscellaneous materials. Also includes correspondence, brand books, legal items, reports, and other memorabilia relating to her father, who was an inspector for the Texas Cattle Raisers' Association. Other items of interest concern the Texas Rangers.


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)
Bruce, Leona Banister
Banister, John R.
Millard, L. S.
Subjects (Organizations
TExas Rangers
Santa Anna (Tex.)--History
Coleman County (Tex.)--History
Law enforcement--Texas

Related Material

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

  • Roy D. Holt Papers, 1870-1987 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Leona Banister Bruce Papers, 1864-1982 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gifts, 1969-1983

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, June 2003


Hunter, Glady Nevins. Historically Speaking: Coleman County, Texas.San Angelo, Texas: Anchor Publishing Company, 1977.

Bruce, Leona Banister. Banister Was There.Fort Worth, Texas: Branch-Smith, 1968.

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 L. S. Millard Related, 1891-1919
2 Personal - unknown author, undated
3 Research Efforts, undated


Banister, John R.

box folder
1 4 Correspondence, 1894-1915 and undated
5 Brand Books, 1887-1914 and undated
6 Financial Records, 1910-1922
7 Legal Material, 1895-1937
8 Reports - Cattle Investigations, 1910-1913
9 Scrapbook Material - Miscellaneous, 1889-1936 and undated
10 Memorabilia - Ribbons and Badges, 1903-1911 and undated


Literary Production

box folder
1 11 "Banister Was There" and other stories, undated
12 "Banister Was There" by Leona Banister Bruce, typescript, 1962-1964 and undated
13 "Banister Was There" by Leona Banister Bruce, typescript, 1962-1964 and undated
14 "Banister Was There" by Leona Banister Bruce, typescript, 1962-1964 and undated
15 "Banister Was There" by Leona Banister Bruce, typescript, 1962-1964 and undated
16 "Four Years in the Coleman Jail: Daughter of Two Sheriffs" by Leona Banister Bruce, manuscript, 1982
17 Into the Setting Sun" by Leona Banister Bruce, original hand written manuscript, undated
18 Research Notes, 1883-1973 and undated
19 "Trickham, Texas" by Leona Banister Bruce, typescript, undated
box folder
2 1 "Trickham, Texas" by Leona Banister Bruce, typescript, undated


Printed Material

box folder
2 2 Cattle and Horse Articles, 1948-1960
3 Family Bible, 1864
4 Leona (Mrs. C. D.) Banister Bruce news clippings, 1969-1982
5 Miscellaneous Clippings, 1946-1949 and undated
6 Miscellaneous Publications, 1901-1946
7 News Clippings, 1906-1966
8 Quarter Horse Sales Catalogs, 1955-1960 and undated



box folder
2 9 Politicians and Texas Rangers, 1904-1949 and undated
10 Texas Ex-Rangers Memorial Building and Mexico Trip, 1942 and undated


Scrapbook Material

box folder
2 11 "Brown County Pioneers Form Organization" news clipping scrapbook, 1930-1956 and undated
12 L. S. Millard Related, 1905-1909 and undated
13 "Law West of the Pecos: The Story of Judge Roy Bean" news clipping scrapbook, 1930s
14 Scrapbook of News Clippings, 1930s
15 Scrapbook of Notable People and Historic Scenes, 1930s
16 Texas Courthouse Prints, undated
17 Miscellaneous, 1943-1969 and undated


Scrapbook Material

Item 1 Scrapbook relating to L. S. Millard, 1887-1938 and undated