University of Texas Arlington

Lesbia Word Roberts Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Roberts, Lillian Lesbia Word.
Title: Lesbia Word Roberts Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1825-2004
Bulk Dates: 1987-1994
Abstract: Lesbia Word Roberts (1912-2007) was a genealogist and historian from Fort Worth, Texas. A graduate of Texas Christian University, she published books on genealogy as well as articles in national magazines on genealogical and historical topics. Roberts taught at Paschal High School, was a member of the Tarrant County Historical Commission, and worked for several Texas oilmen in various capacities from accountant to executive assistant. The Lesbia Word Roberts Papers are comprised of three accessions which include research materials related to her co-authorship of the book Oil Legends of Fort Worth, with Jack C. Tunstill and members of the Historical Committee of the Fort Worth Petroleum Club; genealogical research on her own Cooper, Bain, and Word families; and client research on the Bass and Richardson families.
Identification: Unprocessed Manuscripts 98-31; 2006-25; 2007-20
Extent: 26 boxes (26.0 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Lesbia Word Roberts (1912-2007) was a genealogist and historian from Fort Worth, Texas. A graduate of Texas Christian University, she published books on genealogy as well as articles in national magazines on genealogical and historical topics. Roberts taught at Paschal High School, was a member of the Tarrant County Historical Commission, and worked for several Texas oilmen in various capacities from accountant to executive assistant. She married William E. (Bill) Roberts on February 19, 1949.


Scope and Contents

Unprocessed Manuscript 98-31, 1902-1997: 4 boxes (4.0 linear ft.) This accession is comprised of correspondence, manuscripts, galley sheets, photographs, research files, oral history tapes, computer disks, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous printed material. The materials relate to Lesbia Roberts' research and co-writing of the book Oil Legends of Fort Worth, with Jack C. Tunstill and members of the Historical Committee of the Fort Worth Petroleum Club, published by Taylor Publishing Company of Dallas. Correspondence is with the publisher and members of the committee. Plans for the book's format and biographies of Texas oilmen are contained in notebooks. Photographs of scenes and people related to the petroleum industry and corrected galley sheets that did not appear in the publication are included.

Unprocessed Manuscript 2006-25, 1825-2004: 22 boxes (22.0 linear ft.) This accession is comprised of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, research files, computer disks, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous printed material. The materials relate to Lesbia Roberts' genealogical research on her own Cooper, Bain, and Word families, including original family letters; and client research on the Richardson and Bass families. Materials relating to the Fort Worth Woman's Club and Tarrant County Historical Commission are also included.

Unprocessed Manuscript 2007-20: undated, 4 envelopes (0.2 linear ft.): Two envelopes of McGaughey family research; one envelope of Fort Worth Round Table and Fort Worth Woman's Club publications; one envelope of photographs. This accession is stored in Unprocessed Manuscript 2006-25, Box 22, and is therefore not counted in the overall physical extent.


Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Roberts, Lillian Lesbia Word--Archives.
Bain family.
Bass family.
Cooper family.
Richardson family.
Word family.
Places
Tennessee--Genealogy.
Subjects
Businessmen--Texas--Fort Worth--Biography.
Petroleum industry and trade--Texas-- Fort Worth--History.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information

Provenance

Unprocessed Manuscripts 98-31 and 2006-25 were gifts of Lesbia Word Roberts. Unprocessed Manuscript 2007-20 was donated by Nancy Bennett who found the materials from Mrs. Roberts' estate among items offered to the Arlington AAUW for its book sale. 1998-2007.

Citation

Lesbia Word Roberts Papers, Unprocessed Manuscripts, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gifts, 1998-2007.

Accessioned as numbers 98-31; 2006-25; and 2007-20.

Processing Information

Although the various accessions comprising the Lesbia Word Roberts Papers remain unprocessed, inventories are available for Unprocessed Manuscripts 2006-25 and 2007-20.