A Guide to the Elizabeth F. Gardner Papers, 1933-1959
Elizabeth Fromme Gardner was a teacher in Alice, Texas, as well as executive secretary of the Texas Society for Mental Hygiene. Gardner also served as vice president of Tips Engine Works, as relief administrator for Travis County, and president of the national and Austin branches of the Altrusa Club, now Altrusa International, Inc.
Established in 1934, the Texas Society for Mental Hygiene sought to educate the public about mental health issues and illnesses. The organization changed its name to the Texas Society for Mental Health in 1950. As secretary of the Texas Society for Mental Hygiene in the 1940s and 1950s, Gardner corresponded with mental health hospitals, agencies, and foundations and kept meeting minute records. Other officers included Dr. Paul L. White, Dr. Evelyn M. Carrington, and James A. Allen.
Creson, Dan L. "Mental Health."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed December 10, 2010. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/smmun.
"Gardner, Mrs. Elizabeth F." Vertical Files. Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
The correspondence, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks, pamphlets, a speech, and meeting minutes comprising the Elizabeth F. Gardner Papers, 1933-1959, document Gardner’s work with mental health services in Texas, including the activities of the Texas Society for Mental Health and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, as well as her work as a teacher in Alice, Texas. The correspondence, 1934-1956, documents the activities of the Texas Society for Mental Hygiene, later the Texas Society for Mental Health. Primarily from the organization’s president Dr. Paul L. White from 1939 to 1941 and its temporary secretary Violet S. Greenhill from 1934 to 1935, the correspondence illustrates the administration of the society and its development of public awareness programs; the association with the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Austin State Hospital, and other Texas agencies; as well as discussions of mental health issues, illnesses, and treatments. The newspaper clippings and scrapbooks, 1933-1959, chiefly describe the state of mental health care in Texas and the greater United States, including discussions on mental health care laws, services, facilities, and cases. The materials also describe the Depression, Pablo Picasso and other artists, architecture and construction projects in the United States, and other topics. The printed materials, 1945-1956, consist of pamphlets and a speech on mental health issues in Texas as well as teacher’s handbooks from the Alice, Texas, school district. The meeting minutes, 1952-1955, detail the proceedings of the Volunteer Council of Austin State Hospital and the volunteer services of the Texas Society of Mental Health.
This collection is open for research use.
Elizabeth F. Gardner Papers, 1933-1959, 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.
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