A Guide to the Lorena Hillyer Fox Papers, 1756-1972
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.
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.
This collection is open for research use.
Lorena Hillyer Fox Papers, 1756-1972, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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.
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