University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Paul G. Bell Papers, 1824-1877, 1912, 1937-2002



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bell, Paul G.
Title: Paul G. Bell Papers
Dates: 1824-1877, 1912, 1937-2002
Abstract: Speeches, correspondence, chronological files, genealogical research, photographs, financial and legal documents, certificates, Bell’s 1999 biography My War Story, and military records comprise the Paul G. Bell Papers, 1824-1877, 1912, 1937-2002, which relate to Bell's research on the Austin, Bryan, Gawley, Perry, Shepard, and Lewis families as well as his military career during and following World War II.
Accession No.: 2000-181; 2001-044; 2002-030; 2005-157; 2009-215; 2010-186
OCLC No.: 55890170
Extent: 5 ft., 5 in.
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Paul Gervais Bell, Jr. was born July 15, 1922 in Fort Knox, Kentucky to Paul Gervais and Mary Bryan Bell. After graduating from Lamar High School in 1939, he graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1942. During World War II, he entered the U.S. Army in 1943 to fight in the European Theater of War and earn a Purple Heart and an European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Two Bronze Stars, among other honors. After the war, he was promoted to Captain on November 8, 1949, and continued to serve until his honorable discharge in 1954. Bell served the Texas State Historical Association as second vice president (1996) and president (1998-1999). He is a descendant of Moses Austin Bryan and a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. Due to interest in his family genealogy, Bell has extensively researched the Bryan, Gawley, Austin, Perry, Shepard, and Lewis families.


Scope and Contents

Speeches, correspondence, chronological files, genealogical research, photographs, financial and legal documents, certificates, Bell’s 1999 biography My War Story, and military records comprise the Paul G. Bell Papers, 1824-1877, 1912, 1937-2002. Genealogical research on Bryan, Gawley, Austin, Perry, Shepard, and Lewis families includes copies of letters, financial invoices, a diary, a 1912 school yearbook, and photographs. Original correspondence, receipts and bills, property inventories, land papers, and other legal and financial documents, 1824-1877, pertain to the personal and business lives of Guy M. Bryan, Moses Austin Bryan, Cora Lewis Bryan, the Bryan family, Thomas Jefferson Chambers, Chauncy B. Shepard, the Shepard family, Ira Randolph Lewis, and the Lewis family. Additionally, correspondence, certificates, army officer’s notebooks, a military patch, an insignia medal, and other military records document Bell’s service during and after World War II as an officer in the U.S. Army. His 1999 privately printed biography, My War Story, contains transcriptions and photocopies of his war documents.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Photographic negatives are restricted for preservation purposes.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bell, Paul G. – Archives
Austin family.
Bryant family.
Bryan, Moses Austin, 1817-1895.
Gawley family.
Ledbetter, Paul V.
Lewis family.
Perry family.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas State Historical Association.
Sons of the Republic of Texas.
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945 -- Texas.
Places
Texas -- Genealogy.
Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846.
Texas -- History -- 1846-1950.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Paul G. Bell Papers, 1824-1877, 1912, 1937-2002, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4Ac107 Hazel Ledbetter
Gawley family documents
Bryan, Martha S. (Shepard)
Research on Austin and Bryan families (copied letters)
Financial invoices of Austin, Bryan, and Perry families (copied)
Personal research notes and correspondence
Family genealogy
"Reminiscences of M.A. Bryan"
Mary Bryan Bell:
Correspondence
Envelopes
Certificates and work contract
Sketch
Dr. Paul V. Ledbetter:
Diary
Postcards
Clippings
Sue Ledbetter
Briar Patch College Yearbook, 1912
Clippings
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4Ac108 M.A. Bryan
Ledbetter Family
Ira R. Lewis
Assorted clippings
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3S62c Photographs:
Dr. Paul V. Ledbetter
Shepard/Bell family
Assorted photographs
Bryan and Shepard family
Gawley family
Shepard family
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3X144 Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary booklet, February 9, 2002
Programme Coronation Celebration of Queen Elizabeth, May 31, 1953
Awards
Financial documents
Correspondence, 1937, 1943, 1967-1980, 1985-1992, 1995-1999
San Jaunto Chapter Sons of the Republic of Texas
Country club material
"Monumental Myths" speech
Speeches given by Paul G. Bell
Essays and reports
Miscellaneous
Research on Ira Lewis (index cards)
Date books of Paul G. Bell, 1993-1999
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3X145 Chronological files of Paul G. Bell, 1967, 1977, 1978
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2.325/F51.3 My War Story by Paul G. Bell, 1999
Correspondence, September 7, 1944-July 1, 1945
Material relating to Paul G. Bell’s army service
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2.325/F51.4 Correspondence, January 6, 1943-September 2, 1944
Assorted clippings and correspondence
Envelopes
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2.325/D6c Oversize documents
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2.325/A74d Original documents for the Bryan, Lewis, and Shepard families, 1824-1877
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3S6.1 Photographs:
Paul G. Bell
Moses Austin Bryan
Assorted
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3S174 Gawley family photograph
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3S125 Oversize Photographs
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3S105b Negatives
[RESTRICTED]
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2X82a Memoirs of Dr. Paul V. Ledbetter (5 audiocassettes)
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4Ad103a-b Approximately 47 photographs of Andrews, Austin, Bryan, Lewis, and Shepard families