University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the W. L. Geer Papers, 1904-1941



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Geer, Alma Louise, 1910-1985Geer, William L.
Title: Geer, William L., Papers
Dates: 1904-1941
Abstract: Comprised of correspondence, financial papers, and ephemera, the W. L. Geer Papers, 1904-1941, document the personal and business affairs of railroad agent William L. Geer and his daughter Alma Louise Geer.
Accession No.: 73-81
Extent: 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

William L. Geer was a commercial railroad agent in Texas. After serving as traveling freight agent for the St. Louis Southwestern at Dallas, he was appointed commercial agent with the St. Louis Southwestern at Waco in 1904. In 1912, the Stephenville, North & South Texas also appointed Geer a commercial agent at Waco. Geer’s daughter, Alma Louise Geer (1910-1985), attended Waco’s Baylor University in 1929 and later married Andrew Grant Ilseng (1907-1987).

Sources:

“Personal Mention.” The Railway Age, Vol. 38 (December 9, 1904): 838.

“Railway Officers.” Railway Age Gazette, Vol. 53 (September 20, 1912): 555.


Scope and Contents

Comprised of correspondence, financial papers, and ephemera, the W. L. Geer Papers, 1904-1941, document the personal and business affairs of railroad agent William L. Geer and his daughter Alma Louise Geer. The correspondence includes letters from Geer’s friends and railroad associates as well as Alma’s friends and romantic interests. The financial material consists of bankbooks and receipts, while ephemera includes Geer’s railway passes, menus from his trips, and printed cards and gift tags.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Geer, Alma Louise, 1910-1985 -- Archives
Geer, William L. -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
St. Louis Southwestern Railway Company
Subjects
Railroads -- Texas -- Employees.
Places
Waco (Tex.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W. L. Geer Papers, 1904-1941, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection processed by M. J. Ellison, Sr., 1976. Subsequent revision made by Lawrence A. Landis, 1990.

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:

box
2D209 Ephemera
Financial papers
Correspondence