University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Llerena Beaufort Friend Papers, 1918-1986

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Friend, Llerena
Title: Llerena Beaufort Friend Papers
Dates: 1918-1986
Abstract: Class notes, publications, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and speeches compose the Llerena Beaufort Friend Papers, 1918-1986, and document her career as a historian and teacher.
Accession No.: 73-9; 73-119; 89-169; 91-300; 2006-013; 2010-207
Extent: 8 ft., 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Historian, teacher, and library Llerena Beaufort Friend (1903-1995) graduated from the University of Austin at Texas with a bachelor’s in 1924, a master’s in 1928, and a doctorate in 1951. For twenty years, from 1924 to 1944, Friend taught high school, first in Vernon, Texas, and then in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1945, she began writing for the Handbook of Texas as a research associate at the Texas State Historical Association. Upon the founding of the Barker Texas History Center at the University of Texas in 1950, Friend became its founding director, holding the position until 1969. Additionally, she taught courses in Texas history at the university. She wrote numerous articles and reviews while at UT and published her book Sam Houston: The Great Designer in 1954.

After retiring in 1969, Friend served as the National Chairman of Academic Standards for Alpha Chi Omega for six years. She moved back to Wichita Falls in 1975, and in 1976 Governor Dolph Briscoe appointed her to Texas State Historical Records Advisory Board. She belonged to various organizations, such as the Ashbel Smith Literary Society, the Philosophical Society of Texas, the Texas Institute of Letters, the Wichita County Historical Commission, the Rolling Plains Civil War Roundtable, the Texas State Historical Association, and the Western History Association. She received numerous awards including the H. Bailey Carroll Award, Alpha Chi Omega achievement award, and the Texas Library Association Award. Furthermore, she was nominated to the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1987.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Friend, Llerena Beaufort," (accessed August 12, 2010).

Scope and Contents

Class notes, publications, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and speeches compose the Llerena Beaufort Friend Papers, 1918-1986, and document her career as a historian and teacher. The bulk of the papers concern her literary activities, including materials used in the production of book reviews, articles, and books, such as Sam Houston: The Great Designer and Thomas W. Bell: Narrative of the Mier Expedition. The papers also contain research material and notes, focusing mainly on Texas and the American South. Her correspondence comprises a small portion of the papers and mainly consists of letters to Mary Beth Fleischer, a former assistant librarian at the Barker Texas History Center.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these papers is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Friend, Llerena, 1903-1995--Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center
Texas Institute of Letters
University of Texas Press
Wichita Falls (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Llerena Beaufort Friend, 1918-1986, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers



Stored off-site at LSF:
3F403 Autobiographical materials
Class notes and seminar papers
3F404 Professional activites
History Department material
University of Texas Press
The Texas Collection
Texas Institute of Letters material
Membership list, correspondence
3F405 Clippings, 1927 - December 1972
3F406 Clippings, Summerfield Roberts Award, January 1973, 1956-1958
3F407 Austin American Statesman, July 26, 1970, undated
3F408 The Texas Star, May 1971 - December 31, 1972
3F409 The Texas Star, January 7, 1973 - April 1973
Texas subject file
Clay County History - Fort Griffin Fandangle, 1953-1971
3F410 German Artisans - Wichita Indians
3F411 Literary productions
Book reviews
3F412 Books
Thomas W. Bell Narrative of the Mier Expedition
3F413 Notes for Sam Houston the Great Designer, L. Friend, 1954
Chronology, notes, 1839
3F414 Notes, 1840, 1848
3F415 Notes, 1849, 1859
3F416 Notes, January - February, 1860, 1861
3F417 Secession, war, and aftermath, posthumous, legend, character, 1883-1897
3F418 Miscellaneous, clippings
3F419 Miner K. Kellogg’s Exploring Expedition to Texas, 1872
3F420 James Osgood Andrew Story Diary, "W.P. Webb's Texas Rangers," L. Friend, 44 pages
3F421 Copies of articles by W. P. Webb on Texas Rangers, correspondence
3F422 Zuber's Eighty Years in Texas
4Y55 Book reviews by members of the Texas Institute of Letters
Newspaper clippings on Texas subjects:
San Jacinto
Stephen F. Austin
Sam Houston
Anson Jones
David Crockett
William Barrett Travis
Deaf Smith
The University Record, bound copy of volume 10, April 1910-April 1911
4Y56 Newspaper clippings and printed material on Texas subjects
Towns and cities
Essay on Europe during the Middle Ages
Sketches of Texas plants and places, plates removed from A Seth Eastman Sketchbook
"List of Books Indexed by the Texas Historical Survey, 1933-1934"
"List of Newspaper Indexes by the Texas Historical Survey, 1933-1934"
4Y57 Photographs, Robert E. Dobkins and family, 1950s-1970s
"Sam Houston note file (for speeches, etc.)"
University of Texas press release and book reviews regarding Friend’s Sam Houston: The Great Designer, 1954
Duplicates and carbons of E. W. Winkler letters, printed material and literary production, 1930s-1950s
4Y58 Transcript of the Jose Enrique De La Pena diary
The 1972 World Almanac
Texas Almanac, 1956-1957
Canada, oversize map
"Thomas Jefferson Chambers Diary, 1837", typescript
4Y59 Various clippings and typescript notes and essay
Class register books
4Y60 Letters from Texas A and M cadets, with typed introduction, 1898-1900
Article on Friend, Austin American-Statesman, March 29, 1970
4Y61 Newspaper clippings
Ranching and cattle
"Persons historic"
3Y62 "Deceased" authors card files
3Y63 Book reviews by members of the Texas Institute of Letters, card file
3Y66 Newspaper clippings
Cities and towns
Texas history
Letter from Llerena Friend to Dr. Gene Gressley, November 21, 1982
Stored on-site at SRH:
2.325/A147d Letter to Lew Gould, enclosing letter from A. M. Pate, Jr., Texas Refinery Corporation Chairman and CEO, asking for booklist from UT course on "First Ladies" (wives of US presidents), 1982
Letters, invitations and printed material, 1963, 1976-1977, 1979, 1987
Letters written to Mary Beth Fleischer from Llerena Friend, 1975-1986
2.325/D20b Marriage certificates: J.D. Brock and Ila Perry, Granbury, Texas, March 17, 1909