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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Stephen F. Austin Chapter Records, 1933-2009



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Stephen F. Austin Chapter.
Title: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Stephen F. Austin Chapter Records
Dates: 1933-2009
Abstract: The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Stephen F. Austin Chapter Records, 1933-2009, contains correspondence, constitution and bylaw files, pamphlets and brochures, newspaper clippings and newsletters, meeting minutes, ledgers, membership files, dues reports, yearbooks, awards and certificates, history books, and scrapbooks. The collection relates to the activities of the SFA Chapter, including the chapter’s involvement with the Children of the Republic of Texas, support of the French Legation Museum in Austin, workshops and lectures, cemetery marker dedications, and work with local elementary schools.
Accession No.: 2009-361
Extent: 2 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) formed by Hally Bryan, Betty Ballinger, Mrs. Andrew Briscoe, and other Texas women in 1891 and was officially chartered by the State of Texas on March 9, 1895. Although begun as a companion to the Texas Veterans Association, the TVA disbanded in 1907 while the DRT continued its operation. The organization joins together women descended from Texas pioneers of the colonial and republican periods in order to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved and maintained the Independence of Texas. The DRT encourages historical research into the earliest records of Texas, especially those relating to the Revolution of 1835; fosters preservation of documents and relics; and supports the publication of records of the individual services of the soldiers and patriots of the Republic and other source material for the history of Texas. Additionally, the organization promotes the celebration of Texas honor days such as Texas Independence Day and San Jacinto Day and memorializes historic locations by erecting monuments.

In 1905, Clara Driscoll and Adina de Zavala obtained the Alamo in San Antonio for the DRT to maintain for the state, and in 1950, the organization opened its library at the site. In 1929, the DRT began the Children of the Republic of Texas in order to assemble men and women under the age of 21, who also descend from early Texas pioneers. In 1949, the Daughters in Austin received custodianship of the French Legation in Austin.

The Stephen F. Austin (SFA) Chapter organized on April 21, 1933, at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, with 30 members. In addition to supporting the DRT’s goals and mission, the SFA Chapter helps maintain the French Legation and the Alamo. Additionally, it sponsors the Sarah Turner Cottle Chapter of the Children of the Republic of Texas. As of 1994, the chapter was one of 108 throughout the state of Texas.

Sources:

Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Stephen F. Austin Chapter Records, 1933-2009, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, http://www.drt-inc.org/ (accessed August 24, 2010).

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Stephen F. Austin Chapter, http://www.stephenfaustindrt.org/ (accessed August 24, 2010).

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Daughters of the Republic of Texas,"http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/DD/vnd3.html (accessed August 24, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Stephen F. Austin Chapter Records, 1933-2009, contains correspondence, constitution and bylaw files, pamphlets and brochures, newspaper clippings and newsletters, meeting minutes, ledgers, membership files, dues reports, yearbooks, awards and certificates, history books, and scrapbooks. The collection relates to the activities of the SFA Chapter, including the chapter’s involvement with the Children of the Republic of Texas, support of the French Legation Museum in Austin, workshops and lectures, cemetery marker dedications, and work with local elementary schools.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

These records are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Stephen F. Austin Chapter--Archives.
Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
French Legation (Austin, Tex.)
Subjects
Women -- Texas -- Societies and clubs.
Women -- Texas -- Societies and clubs -- History.
Places
Texas -- History.

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Related Material

See also Daughters of the Republic of Texas, William Barret Travis Chapter Records.

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Separated Material

Several volumes of the Proceedings of the Annual Convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas have been separated to the Library Unit.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Stephen F. Austin Chapter Records, 1933-2009, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Laurel Rozema, August 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2009-361/1 Membership files, 1990-1993
[Membership] correspondence, 1994-1996
DRT Papers, 1982-1990
Constitution, 1974, 1981, [1987?], undated
Bylaws, pamphlets, newsclippings, minutes, [1937?], 1997-1998, undated
File #12, Miscellaneous Correspondence, June 25, 1995-June 13, 1997, undated
File #1, Ledger: Chapter Treasurer’s Records – credits/disbursements; dues; etc., October 8, 1956-February 19, 1988
File #6, Loose Papers, March 1, 1985-November 7, 1988, undated
File #7, Ledger: Chapter Treasurer’s Records – credits/disbursements; dues; etc., April 16, 1988-April 11, 1997
Minutes, May 2005-March 2009
Membership, 1980, 1983, 1989, 1991
Membership correspondence, 1997-2001
Chapter correspondence, 1939, 1953-1954, 1961, 1978-1993, 2003-2005
Dues reports, 1998-2007
Daughters’ Reflections, Vol. 14, No. 1, Winter/Spring 2001
Yearbooks, 1933-1942, 1946-1960, 1965-1974, 1978-1979, 1982-1991, 2008-2009
Minute books, February 1945-May 1950, May 1967-March 1984, September 1999-May 2005
Children of the Republic of Texas, Sarah Turner Cottle Chapter, 2005-2007
Binder of DRT honors and certificates, 2006-2007
Doss Elementary’s fourth graders binder on Granny Jordan presentation, 2003
History book, 2005-2007
Scrapbook of yearbooks and correspondence, 1933-1963, 2003-2005
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2009-361/2 History book binders, 1996-2003
Scrapbooks, 1934-1961, 1963-1990
Scrapbook binder, 1977, 1987, 1991-1993, 1997-19999, undated

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