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Glass Family Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Glass Family.
Title: Glass Family Papers
Dates: 1896-1976
1914-1965
Abstract: Judge Frederick Belo Glass held numerous elected and appointed offices in Texas government throughout his life. Papers contain correspondence, postcards, scrapbooks, speeches, broadsides, newspaper clippings, photographs, drawings, certificates, diplomas, an autograph book, printed material, and ephemera. The papers of Frederick Belo Glass and his wife, Gladys Bassett Glass, document his judicial and political career primarily in the 1950s, their travels, and family life. Most of the materials were compiled and preserved in scrapbooks by Mrs. Glass, 1936-1963. Correspondence of the Bassett and Wingate families of Kosse and Orange, Texas, is included. The Bassett-Wingate correspondence mentions the free silver campaign (1896), agricultural conditions and crops in East Texas (1896-1897), and the Wingate Oil and Mineral Company of Orange (1901). The papers also contain family correspondence between Gladys Glass and her twin sister, Irys Bassett Rice (Mrs. Herbert Buckner Rice), and their mother, Johnnie Wingate Bassett (Mrs. Jay Clinton Bassett), approximately 1912-1965. Also documented is the shorthorn cattle breeding operation owned by the Glass and Rice families in the 1950s. Hundreds of photographs, dating from 1900 to 1963, depict family, friends, and homes owned by the Glass Family in Marlin, Texas. Publications include select Falls County and Texas newspapers, and the following periodicals, The County Officer, County Progress, and East Texas.
Identification: AR306
Extent: 23 boxes (11.0 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Frederick Belo Glass was born to Thomas Franklin and Alice M. Hodges Glass in Lott, Texas, on November 30, 1892, and raised in Falls County. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1914 and enlisted in the Army on October 8, 1917. Glass was commissioned second lieutenant in 1918 and was quickly recommended to Captaincy, but was denied by the War Department because of Armistice, November 1919. During the 1920s, Glass engaged in construction and investment banking and began to study finance and law as a hobby. It was during the early 1930s that Glass began to seek a career in public office while managing a cotton gin in Marlin. In 1936, he was elected Falls County Tax Assessor-Collector and served in that capacity until 1942. Glass was elected Falls County Judge in 1946 and would remain so until his death in 1963.

During his tenure as County Judge, Glass wielded significant influence in municipal, county, and national circles. He was elected President of the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas in 1949, President of the Central Texas Water Conservation Association in 1954, President of the National Association of County Officials (NACO) in 1954, and was appointed to the Texas Highway Commission in 1957. Perhaps his most enduring political accomplishment was the way in which he cured the financial ills of Falls County in the 1950s, a county with dilapidated roads and over $200,000 in debt, by means of an innovative reallocation of tax funds. Glass served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the board of State Hospitals and Special Schools and, in 1954, was appointed member of the agriculture committee of the Commission of Intergovernmental Relations. That year, he was also invited by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to preside at a session of the conference of mayors and other local government officials in Washington, D.C. In Marlin, Judge Glass was a prominent member of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, and Lions Club. He died in a Houston hospital on September 13, 1963.

Glass's wife, Gladys Bassett Glass, was born to Jay C. Bassett and Jonnie ("Mud") Wingate on October 17, 1898, in Kosse, Texas. Jonnie Wingate's grandfather, Judge D. R. Wingate of Orange, Texas, owned one of the first saw mills in Texas. Mrs. Glass and her twin sister, Irys Bassett Rice (Mrs. Herbert Buckner Rice), graduated from the Wasson School of San Antonio on May 17, 1916. The Glasses were married in Dallas on June 19, 1917. Mrs. Glass took great interest in her husband's career, and it is to her credit that most of the Glass Papers were collected and preserved. On the Glasses' many trips around the nation, Mrs. Glass accumulated not only professional material pertaining to her husband's accomplishments, but also memorabilia quite illustrative of mid-century America. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Marlin Chapter, number 286. Gladys Glass died on May 26, 1985, in Marlin, Texas.

Sources: Marlin: 1851-1976 (Marlin Chamber of Commerce, Bicentennial Heritage Committee, 1976) ; "President of Nation's County Officials Has Cured Many Falls County Ills,"County Progress, December, 1954; and various autobiographical sketches found in resumes or correspondence within the collection.


Scope and Contents

Papers contain correspondence, postcards, scrapbooks, speeches, broadsides, newspaper clippings, photographs, drawings, certificates, diplomas, an autograph book, printed material, and ephemera. The papers of Frederick Belo Glass and his wife, Gladys Bassett Glass, document his judicial and political career primarily in the 1950s, their travels and family life. Most of the materials were compiled and preserved in scrapbooks by Mrs. Glass, 1936-1963. Correspondence of the Bassett and Wingate families of Kosse and Orange, Texas, is included. The Bassett-Wingate correspondence mentions the free silver campaign, 1896; agricultural conditions and crops in East Texas, 1896-1897; and the Wingate Oil and Mineral Company of Orange, 1901. The papers also contain family correspondence between Gladys Glass and her twin sister, Irys Bassett Rice (Mrs. Herbert Buckner Rice), and their mother, Johnnie Wingate Bassett (Mrs. Jay Clinton Bassett), approximately 1912-1965. Also documented is the shorthorn cattle breeding operation owned by the Glass and Rice families in the 1950s. Hundreds of photographs, 1900-1963, depict family, friends, and homes owned by the Glass Family in Marlin, Texas. Publications include selected Falls County and Texas newspapers, and the following periodicals, The County Officer, County Progress, and East Texas.


Organization

The Glass Family Papers are arranged in 8 series with a total of 10 subseries.
Series I. Correspondence, 1914-1963 (4 boxes)
- Subseries A. Business Correspondence, 1938-1957 (1 box)
- Subseries B. Personal Correpsondence, 1914-1963 (3 boxes)
Series II. Photographs, 1890-1964 (2 boxes)
- Subseries A. Identified: Glass, 1900-1963 (9 folders)
- Subseries A. Identified: Glass, 1900-1963 (9 folders)
- Subseries B. Identified: Other 1900-1963 (5 folders)
- Subseries C. Unidentified, 1890-1964 (2 folders)
- Subseries D. Portraits and Negatives, 1916-1955 (7 folders)
Series III. Printed and Organizational Material, 1907-1968 (4 boxes)
Series IV. Business Records, 1950-1962 (2 boxes)
Series V. Travel (4 boxes)
Series VI. Postcards (1162 postcards)
- Subseries A. U.S. States (506 postcards)
- Subseries B. Texas Cities/Sites (553 postcards)
- Subseries C. Foreign (31 postcards)
- Subseries D. Oversized Postcards (72 postcards)
Series VII. Miscellaneous and Artifacts, 1914-1950 (2 boxes)
Series VIII. Newspaper Clippings, 1916-1976 (4 boxes)

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Glass, Frederick Belo, 1892-1963--Archives.
Bassett, Gladys, 1898-1985--Archives.
Glass family--Archives.
Glass family--Photographs.
Bassett family--Archives.
Bassett family--Photographs.
Wingate family--Archives.
Wingate family--Photographs.
Rice, Irys Bassett--Archives.
Bassett, Johnnie Wingate--Archives.
Subjects
County officials and employees--Texas--Falls County--History--Sources.
County courts--Texas--Falls County--History--Sources.
Civic leaders--Texas--Falls County--History--Sources.
Cattle Breeding--Texas--History--Sources.
Photograph collections--Texas.
Places
Falls County (Tex.)--Politics and government--History--Sources.
Marlin (Tex.)--Social life and customs--History--Sources.
Marlin (Tex.)--History--Photographs.
Orange (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information

Provenance

The Glass Papers were donated to the Special Collections Division of The University of Texas at Arlington by Mary Morgan Glass Sullivan (Mrs. George Sullivan) on July 14, 1989. Mrs. Sullivan, niece of Frederick and Gladys Glass, also transferred all legal title, copyright and literary property rights of the collection to UTA by contract, dated December 16, 1989. Accession of the collection, which included thirty-seven scrapbooks and approximately three feet of additional records, was negotiated and completed by Marcelle Hull and Dr. Gerald Saxon, Director of Special Collections.

Citation

Glass Family Papers, AR306, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1989.


Note to the Researcher


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Series I. Correspondence, 1914-1963

Subseries A. Business Correspondence, 1938-1957:
Includes all letters of an official nature, whether thanking Judge Glass for speaking or appearing at a convention or banquet, requesting the same, or addressing local or state politics, especially with regard to his capacity as County Judge of Falls County.
Box Folder
1 1 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. 1938-1940
2 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. 1944-1947
3 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. 1948-1949
4 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. 1950
5 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. 1951
6 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. 1952-1953
7 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. January-August, 1954
8 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. September-December, 1954
9 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. 1955
10 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. 1956
11 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. 1957
12 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. 1958
13 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. 1959-1961
14 Business: Received, includes official letters written to Fred Glass. 1962-1963
15 Business: Sent, includes official letters written by Fred Glass, 1947-1958.
16 Business: Other, includes official letters written either by or to a third party, often about Judge Glass, 1917-1919.
17 Business: Other, includes official letters written either by or to a third party, often about Judge Glass, 1941-1946
18 Business: Other, includes official letters written either by or to a third party, often about Judge Glass, 1950-1957
19 Business: Letters regarding Judge Glass's appointment to Texas Highway Commission, 1956-1957.
Subseries B. Personal Correspondence, 1914-1963
Box Folder
2 1 Personal: Received, letters written by family members or friends to Fred and/or Gladys, 1914-1939.
2 Personal: Received, letters written by family members or friends to Fred and/or Gladys, 1941-1947
3 Personal: Received, letters written by family members or friends to Fred and/or Gladys, 1948-1949
4 Personal: Received, letters written by family members or friends to Fred and/or Gladys, 1950
5 Personal: Received, letters written by family members or friends to Fred and/or Gladys, 1951
6 Personal: Received 1952
7 Personal: Received 1953
8 Personal: Received January-July, 1954
9 Personal: Received August-December, 1954
10 Personal: Received 1955
11 Personal: Received 1956
12 Personal: Received 1957
13 Personal: Received 1958
14 Personal: Received 1959-1961
15 Personal: Received 1962-1963
Box Folder
3 1 Personal: Received, lists of sympathy cards and gifts, 1962-1963
2 Personal: Received, 1963-1976
3 Personal: Sent, letters written by Fred and/or Gladys to family or friends, 1916-1933.
4 Personal: Sent, letters written by Fred and/or Gladys to family or friends, 1953-1954
5 Personal: Sent, letters written by Fred and/or Gladys to family or friends, 1955
6 Personal: Sent, letters written by Fred and/or Gladys to family or friends, 1956
7 Personal: Sent, letters written by Fred and/or Gladys to family or friends, 1958-1960
8 Personal: Other, letters written by or to third party family or friends, 1896-1919.
9 Personal: Other, letters written by or to third party family or friends, 1930-1940
10 Personal: Other, letters written by or to third party family or friends, 1947,
Edwin Glass probate litigation.
11 Personal: Other, letters written by or to third party family or friends, 1952-1955
12 Personal: Other, letters written by or to third party family or friends, 1956-1962
13 Postcards: Received, postcards sent as correspondence to either Fred or Gladys, 1914-1940.
14 Postcards: Received, postcards sent as correspondence to either Fred or Gladys, 1941-1943
Box Folder
4 1 Postcards: Received, 1944-1952
2 Postcards: Received, 1953-1955
3 Postcards: Received, 1956-1963
4 Postcards: Sent, postcards sent as correspondence by Fred or Gladys, 1936-1954.
5 Postcards: Sent, postcards sent as correspondence by Fred or Gladys, 1955-1960
6 Postcards: Other, postcards sent by or to a third party, 1917-1947.
7 Postcards: Other, postcards sent by or to a third party, 1950-1952
8 Postcards: Other, postcards sent by or to a third party, 1953
9 Postcards: Other, postcards sent by or to a third party, 1954-1960



Series II. Photographs, 1890-1964

Subseries A. Identified: Glass photos include either Gladys or Fred Glass, or both, in various settings. Subseries B. Identified: Other are generally family members and friends who the Glasses have identified, while Subseries C. Unidentified is self-explanatory. This series also includes various personal and family portraits (many unidentified), a photocopy of a Glass family album, and many negatives.
Subseries A. Identified: Glass, 1900-1963
Box Folder
5 1 Identified: Glass, 1900-1920s
2 Identified: Glass, 1920-1939
3 Identified: Glass, 1940-1950
4 Identified: Glass, 1951-1952
5 Identified: Glass, 1953-1954
6 Identified: Glass, 1955
7 Identified: Glass, 1956
8 Identified: Glass, 1957-1959
9 Identified: Glass, 1960-1963
Subseries B. Identified: Other, 1900-1963
Box Folder
5 10 Identified: Other, 1900-1939
11 Identified: Other, 1939-1947
12 Identified: Other, 1948-1952
13 Identified: Other, 1953-1956
14 Identified: Other, 1956-1963
Subseries C. Unidentified, 1890-1964
Box Folder
6 1 Photographs: Unidentified, 1890-1920s
2 Photographs: Unidentified, 1930-1964
Subseries D. Portraits and Negatives, 1916-1955
Box Folder
6 3 Portraits, Fred and/or Gladys
4 Portraits, Miscellaneous
5 Glass family photo album (photocopy), approximately 1916-1918.
Also includes contact prints and negatives of album photos.
6 Negatives, 1917-1918
7 Negatives, 1920-1955



Series III. Printed and Organizational Material, 1907-1968

Includes printed material of several kinds--magazines, programs, invitations, pamphlets, certificates, reports--generated primarily by professional organizations with which Judge Glass was associated.
Box Folder
7 1 Magazines: County Progress, 1949-1951
2 Magazines: County Progress, 1952-May, 1955
3 Magazines: County Progress, September, 1955-July, 1956
4 Magazines: County Progress, September, 1956-November, 1957
5 Magazines: County Progress, January-May, 1958
6 Magazines: County Progress, 1959-October, 1963
7 Magazines: County Officer, 1950-October, 1953
8 Magazines: County Officer, January-September, 1954
9 Magazines: County Officer, October, 1954-April, 1955
Box Folder
8 1 Magazines: County Officer, May-December, 1955
2 Magazines: County Officer, January-September, 1956
3 Magazines: County Officer, October, 1956-April, 1964
4 Magazines: East Texas, four copies; 1949-1958
5 Magazines: Texas Parade, four copies; 1952-1960
6 Magazines: Miscellaneous, Book on Glands (1935), County Commissioners Comments (1950), Utah Counties (June 1952, 1955), and Friends (July 1957).
7 Programs, 1907-1941
8 Programs, 1946-1949
9 Programs, 1950
10 Programs, 1951
Box Folder
9 1 Programs, 1952
2 Programs, 1953
3 Programs, 1954
4 Programs, January-May, 1955
5 Programs, June-December, 1955
6 Programs, 1956
7 Programs, 1957
8 Programs, 1958
9 Programs, 1959-1968
10 Promotional and Informational Pamphlets
Box Folder
10 1 Invitations/Announcements, 1916-1949
2 Invitations/Announcements, 1950-1952
3 Invitations/Announcements, 1953-1956
4 Invitations/Announcements, 1957-1968
5 Certificates of Award/Honor, 1925-1963
6 Certificates of Stock
7 Blueprint and Sketch of Glass House, 1958
8 Political Material
9 Membership Cards, Passes, and Tickets
10 NACO Agenda and Minutes, June 9, 1954
11 NACO Agenda and Minutes, July 17, 1955
12 NACO Agenda and Minutes, July 22, 1956
13 NACO By-Laws and Background Material, 1957
14 Bulletins, Newsletters, and Reports, 1940-1950
15 Bulletins, Newsletters, and Reports, 1954
16 Bulletins, Newsletters, and Reports, 1955-1967



Seris IV. Business Records, 1950-1962

Containing tax records, accounting ledgers, and other documents, this series pertains largely to the cattle breeding and selling business owned by Fred Glass and his brother-in-law, Herbert Rice.
Box Folder
11 1 Farm and Cattle Ledger Books, 1950-1951
2 Glass/Rice Cattle Business Documents
3 Ledger Sheets, 1954-1957
4 Ledger Sheets, 1958-1960
5 Ledger Sheets, undated
6 Rice Will, lists Fred and Gladys as executors, 1951.
7 Tax Records: Glass, 1957-1962
8 Tax Records: Glass/Rice, 1955-1962
9 Tax Records: Rice, 1956-62



Series V. Travel

Traveling to many conventions and business meetings, or just for pleasure, the Glasses accumulated a wide assortment of travel publications, maps, and brochures. American material alphabetized by state, then city.
Box Folder
11 10 U.S. States, A - C
11 U.S. States, I - K
12 U.S. States, Louisiana
13 U.S. States, M
Box Folder
12 1 U.S. States, N
2 U.S. States, N
3 U.S. States, O - P
4 U.S. States, South Dakota
5 U.S. States, Tennessee
6 U.S. States, Texas cities, A - F
7 U.S. States, Texas cities, H - V
8 U.S. States, Texas: San Antonio
Box Folder
13 1 U. S. States, Texas Maps
2 U.S. States, Utah: general
3 U.S. States, Utah cities
4 U.S. States, Vermont
5 U.S. States, Virginia cities, B - M
6 U.S. States, Virginia cities, N - R
7 U.S. States, Virginia cities, S - Y
8 U.S. States, Washington, D.C
Box Folder
14 1 U.S. States, W
2 Canada and Mexico
3 Railroad Material: B & O
4 Railroad Material: F - M
5 Railroad Material: P - T
6 Railroad Material: Zephyr
7 Road Maps
8 Travel Logs, 1955-1954
9 Travel Logs, 1955-1958



Series VI. Postcards

Location (# of cards). Postcards collected primarily by Gladys on various trips with her sister, Irys, and Fred. 40 states, 7 foreign countries, and miscellaneous.
(1,092 cards)
Subseries A. U.S. States
Box Divider
15 1 Alabama (18)
2 Alaska (1)
3 Arizona (8)
4 Arkansas (15)
5 California (36)
6 Colorado (50)
7 Florida (8)
8 Georgia (7)
9 Hawaii (1)
10 Illinois (44)
11 Indiana (11)
12 Iowa (1)
13 Kansas (3)
14 Kentucky (21)
15 Louisiana (38)
16 Maryland (9)
17 Massachusetts (23)
18 Minnesota (2)
19 Mississippi (6)
20 Missouri (10)
21 Nebraska (13)
22 New Hampshire (3)
23 New Jersey (10)
24 New Mexico (2)
25 New York (94)
26 North Carolina (2)
27 Ohio (7)
28 Oklahoma (15)
29 Pennsylvania (10)
30 South Dakota (12)
31 Tennessee (26)
Subseries B. Texas cities/sites:
Box Divider
16 1 Abilene (2)
1 Amarillo (3)
1 Athens (2)
1 Austin (16)
1 Bartlett (1)
1 Beaumont (6)
1 Brady (1)
1 Brenham (1)
1 Brownsville (1)
1 Bryan (1)
1 Carthage (1)
1 College Station (3)
1 Corpus Christi (9)
1 Crockett (1)
1 Dallas (6)
1 Decatur (1)
1 El Paso (1)
1 Fort Bliss (1)
1 Fort Sam Houston (1)
1 Fort Worth (4)
1 Frio (1)
1 Galveston (6)
1 Henderson (1)
1 Houston (13)
1 Lagrange (1)
1 Lampasas (1)
1 Langtry (2)
1 Laredo (5)
1 Liberty Hill (1)
1 Livingston (1)
1 Longview (4)
1 Lufkin (4)
1 Marlin (20)
1 Mason (3)
1 Orange (1)
1 Mineola (1)
1 Mineral Wells (9)
1 Nacogdoches (2)
1 New Braunfels (1)
1 Paris (2)
1 Perry (1)
1 Port Arthur (1)
1 Port Isabel (1)
1 Rio Grande Valley (3)
1 San Angelo (1)
1 San Antonio (99)
1 Sherman (1)
1 Town Bluff Dam (1)
1 Tyler (4)
1 Uvalde (1)
1 Vernon (1)
1 Waco (5)
1 Wichita Falls (2)
1 Woodville (3)
1 Texas General (9)
1 Total Texas (275)
2 Utah (56)
3 Vermont (4)
4 Virginia (79)
5 Washington (6)
6 Washington, D.C. (58)
7 West Virginia (6)
8 Wisconsin (11)
9 Wyoming (32)
10 U.S. Trains
11 U.S. Miscellaneous
Subseries C. Foreign
Box Divider
16 12 Canada (15)
13 France (1)
14 Germany (1)
15 Mexico (12)
16 India (1)
17 Israel (1)
Subseries D. Oversized Postcards
Box Folder
17 1 Oversized Postcards: U.S. States, A - I (19)
2 Oversized Postcards: U.S. States, K - Tennessee (20)
3 Oversized Postcards: U.S. States, Texas - Washington, D.C (16)
4 Oversized Postcards: U.S. States, Wisconsin - Wyoming, Italy (17)



Series VII. Miscellaneous and Artifacts, 1914-1950

Box Folder
18 1 Book of Poems - author unknown, undated
2 Three Journals - academic and devotional, author unknown, undated
3 Histories of Falls County - undated, compiled by Roy Eddins, Publicity Chairman of Falls County.
4 WWI Military Records - certificate appointment to second lieutenant, commission to sergeant of infantry, 90th division training camp banquet program, etc.
5 WWII Commission Records - letters written by Fred requesting commission to lieutenant, then captain, letter from Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson regarding this, etc.
6 Plaque: "Recognition for Meritorious Service to 4-H"
7 Masonic bib
8 American Legion felt cap
Box Folder
OS553 1 Oversized artifacts
1 Marlin Highschool Diploma (F.B. Glass), 1914
2 Certificate of Recognition from County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas, 1950
3 Certificate Empowering F.B. Glass as District Deputy Grand Master of 45th District Masons
4 Masonic Certificate of Membership
5 Scrapbook, 1937-1946



Series VIII. Newspaper Clippings, 1916-1976

Taken primarily from Marlin's Daily Democrat and usually kept because they mention Judge Glass.
Box Folder
OS554 1 1916-1918
2 1936-1940
3 1944-1947
4 1946-1948
5 1948-1949
6 1949-1950
7 1950
8 1951
Box Folder
OS555 1 1951-1952
2 1952-1953
3 1953
4 1953
5 1953-1954
6 1954
7 1954
Box Folder
OS556 1 1954
2 1954-1955
3 1954-1955
4 1955
5 1955
6 1955-1956
7 1956
8 1956
9 1956-1957
10 1956-1957
Box Folder
OS557 1 1957-1958
2 1958-1959
3 1959-1960
4 1959-1960
5 1961-1962
6 1962-1963
7 1963-1964
8 1968-1976