University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lorena Hillyer Fox Papers, 1756-1972



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fox, Lorena Hillyer, 1901-1986
Title: Fox, Lorena Hillyer, papers
Dates: 1756-1972
Abstract: The Lorena Hillyer Fox Papers, 1756-1972, document the history of the Hillyer and Robbins families and Fox’s research about the history of Baylor University, Independence, Texas, and Baptists and Lutherans in Texas.
Accession No.: 70-048; 70-077; 71-080; 73-086; 80-027; 85-225
Extent: ca. 1 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The wife of Jesse E. Fox, Lorena Katherine Hillyer Fox (1901-1986) was born in Louise, Texas, to D. D. and Elisa Fischer Hillyer (1878-1967), the daughter of Katherine Schall-Fischer (1839-1908). Following her graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Fox taught English and speech for high schools in Louise, Austin, and other Texas school districts. She served as historian or secretary for social organizations, including the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Austin Kwill Klub, Austin Area Garden Council, and Capitol Area Chrysanthemum Society, for which her husband served as president. An amateur historian and writer, Fox wrote numerous articles on Texas and early pioneers, including Rev. John Freeman Hillyer and his wife Mary Adeline Biscoe Hillyer.


Scope and Contents

The Lorena Hillyer Fox Papers, 1756-1972, document the history of the Hillyer and Robbins families and Fox’s research about the history of Baylor University, Independence, Texas, and Baptists and Lutherans in Texas. The collection contains genealogies, correspondence, photographs, and printed materials, such as newspaper clippings, booklets, programs, and biographies and autobiographies. Topics of the papers include Paul Adolf Theodor Bogisch, Frederick Albert Bracher, and other early Lutheran ministers in Texas; the Biscoe family; the Julius Augustus and Ann Catherine Hillyer Robbins family; Baylor University and College in Independence, Texas; the Hillyer family, including John Freeman Hillyer, Katherine Schall-Fischer, and Elisa Fischer Hillyer; and the history of Independence, Texas.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Fox, Lorena Hillyer, 1901-1986 -- Archives.
Hillyer family.
Robbins family.
Biscoe family.
Subjects (Organizations)
Baylor University -- History.
Subjects
Lutherans -- Texas.
Lutheran Church -- Clergy.
Baptists -- Texas.
Baptist Church -- Clergy.
Places
Independence (Tex.) -- History.
Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Texas -- Genealogy.

Related Material

See also Fox (Lorena Katherine Hillyer) Papers, AR.X.010, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Austin, Texas.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lorena Hillyer Fox Papers, 1756-1972, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project," 2009-2011.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by R. Dahlstrom, February 1972. Subsequent revisions were made by Sara Rumbo, January 1973, and M. J. Ellison, Sr., April 1976.

This collection contains unprocessed materials.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

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3J243 Paul Adolf Theodor Bogisch
Frederick Albert Bracher
Early Lutheran Ministers in Texas
Genealogical materials:
Biscoe family
Julius Augustus Robbins family
Printed materials:
Songs, pamphlets
Baylor University and College in Independence, Texas
Independence, Texas
Program of Capitol Area Chrysanthemum Society, 1970
Program of Men's Garden Club of Austin, 1970
Program of Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, 1969-1970
Lutherans of Texas in Confluence with Emphasis on the Decade 1951-1961 by William A. Flachmeier
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4J316 Unprocessed papers
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4J358 Unprocessed papers
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4Zf235 Unprocessed papers
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2.325/B19b Unprocessed photographs, 1880s-1900s