University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Mary Beth Flesicher Papers, 1960s-1993



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fleischer, Mary Beth
Title: Mary Beth Fleischer Papers
Dates: 1960s-1993
Abstract: Correspondence, research materials, drafts, administrative records, and notes comprise the Mary Beth Fleischer Papers, 1960s-1993, and relate to Fleischer’s career at the Barker Texas History Center and her extensive research concerning Antoinette Lea Bledsoe Powers Robert.
Accession No.: 2010-151; 2010-214
Extent: 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Mary Beth Fleischer worked as an assistant librarian at the Barker Texas History Center Library (later the Center for American History) for 32 years, mainly dealing with the technical and bibliographic aspects of the library. She started at the Barker Texas History Center in 1961 and received a master’s degree from the University of Texas Graduate School of Library Science in 1963. Additionally, she conducted extensive research into the life of Antoinette Lea Bledsoe Powers Robert, the sister of Sam Houston’s wife, Margaret Moffette Lea Houston. Antoinette Lea (1823-1891) was very influential in the Texas Baptist church, especially after marrying her third husband, preacher William H. Roberts. They traveled the state establishing Sunday schools and training African-American preachers. Despite studying Antoinette Lea for twenty years, Fleischer never published any of this research. However, she has published many book reviews and in 1969 she edited and published historian Dudley Goodall Wooten’s article “Perversions of History” in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, research materials, drafts, administrative records, and notes comprise the Mary Beth Fleischer Papers, 1960s-1993, and relate to Fleischer’s career at the Barker Texas History Center and her extensive research concerning Antoinette Lea Bledsoe Powers Robert. The research traces Lea’s relationship with her sister, Margaret Moffette Lea Houston, and her influence on the Baptist church in the late 19th century. Additionally, the papers include materials on her three husbands: William Bledsoe, Charles Powers, and William H. Robert. Furthermore, the papers contain research files, correspondence, and drafts pertaining to Dudley Goodall Wooten’s article “Perversions of History.” In addition to her research materials, the papers contain Fleischer’s administrative records concerning her involvement in a project at the History Center to identify important Texas imprints and broadsides. Finally, the papers include a biographical file and records detailing her involvement with professional associations, such as the Texas Library Association and the American Association for State and Local History.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Fleischer, Mary Beth--Archives.
Robert, Antoinette Lea Bledsoe Powers, 1823-18991.
Bledsoe, William.
Powers, Charles.
Robert, William. H.
Houston, Margaret Moffette Lea, 1819-1867.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Subjects (Organizations)
Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center
University of Texas at Austin. Center for American History
Texas Library Association
American Association for State and Local History
Subjects
Baptists--Texas--History--19th century.
Places
Washington (Tex.)
Brazoria (Tex.)
Independence (Tex.)
Marion (Ala.)

Related Material

See also the Margaret Moffette Lea Houston Letters.


Separated Material

Some material has been moved to the PPC files and the Library Unit.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Beth Fleischer Papers, 1960s-1993, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Megan Mummey, August 2010.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/G223 Correspondence, notes, and drafts on Dudley Wooten and Antionette Lea, 1967-1969
Research on Antoinette Lea and family:
Bledsoes, Powers, and Leas, 1960s
Antoinette Lea
Antoinette Lea and husbands, 1960s
Charles Powers correspondence and broadsides, 1972-1973
Antoinette Lea’s husband, W. H. Roberts
The Lea Ancestry of Margaret Lea, Wife of General Sam Houston, by Ben L. Rose and Margaret M. Marty, 1987
Note cards on Antoinette Lea
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2.325/G224a Biographical information, 1990-1993
Professional activities, 1975-1977
Texas imprint project notes, 1970s
Matted drawings (6) of buildings on the campus of the University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State University)