A Guide to the Lena Hickman Papers, 1863-1994
Lena Pettit Hickman (1894-1994) was born Lena Maria Pettit in Waxahachie, Texas. She attended high school in Dallas and graduated from the University of Texas in 1915, where she excelled in sports. In 1923 she married John E. Hickman, a graduate of the University of Texas Law School (1910) who later became Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. In Austin, Lena was active in the University Methodist Church, the Red Cross, the Pan American Round Table, and the Austin Women’s Club. She was a life member of the University of Texas Ex-Students’ Association, which celebrated her in the early 1990s as “the oldest living lady Longhorn.” Lena Hickman died in Austin on August 14, 1994, at the age of 100. She is buried beside John Edward Hickman at the Texas State Cemetery.
"Lena Pettit Hickman." Texas State Cemetery, http://www.cemetery.state.tx.us/pub/user_form.asp?pers_id=2999 (accessed July 14, 2016).
The Lena Hickman Papers comprise correspondence, certificates, clippings, and personal records related to Lena Pettit Hickman, a 1915 University of Texas graduate and wife of Texas Supreme Court Justice John Edward Hickman.
Her papers include Follner and Pettit family correspondence and certificates (1863-1954), primarily written in German. Records from University Methodist Church, Austin, Texas, include meeting records, notes, directories, and certificates (1897-1994). Also included are a group of 19th century Methodist children’s publications, Our Little People and Illustrated Lesson Paper.
Hickman’s personal records include journal notes and a travel diary of a 1974 trip to the Middle East.
Clippings document Hickman’s civic and social activities, with attention given to her 100th birthday. University of Texas records include photocopies of photographs taken at the University of Texas (1912-1917), an invitation and program to the commencement exercises for the University of Texas class of 1915, as well as invitations and a ceremonial degree (1965) related to the 50th anniversary reunion of the class of 1915.
Lena Hickman Papers, 1863-1994, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Detailed Description of the Papers