University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Addison L. Lincecum Papers, 1908-1965



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lincecum, Addison L., 1874-1965
Title: Lincecum, Addison L., Papers
Dates: 1908-1965
Abstract: Correspondence, a daily journal, literary productions, membership cards, clippings, a scrapbook, and photographs compose the Addison L. Lincecum Papers, 1908-1965, which document Lincecum’s career and family.
Accession No.: 80-13
Extent: 7 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Washington County, Texas, Addison L. Lincecum (1874-1965) graduated with the first class of Baylor University Medical School in 1903. For most of his life, Lincecum practiced medicine in El Campo, where he lived with his wife Letha Gandy Lincecum and their three children. During the Spanish-American War, he served with Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, and he fought Pancho Villa’s encroachments on the Texas border as a Texas Ranger in the 1910s. In World War I, Lincecum served as a combat surgeon in France, participating in the Meuse-Argonne and Saint-Mihiel campaigns. Upon returning to the states, he founded and served as first commander for an American Legion Post at El Campo. In 1920, at the outbreak of bubonic plague, Governor James E. Ferguson sent Lincecum to Galveston, later appointing him to the State Board of Health. Lincecum also served one term as mayor of El Campo (1932), acted as the town’s postmaster (1935-1949), and established (1939) and superintended the Nightingale Hospital for 10 years. Additionally, Lincecum became a reporter and commentator for the El Campo radio station KULP at the age of 80.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, a daily journal, literary productions, membership cards, clippings, a scrapbook, and photographs compose the Addison L. Lincecum Papers, 1908-1965, which document Lincecum’s career and family. The majority of the papers relate to Lincecum’s work as a combat surgeon in France during World War I, including letters from Lincecum to his wife Letha Grady Lincecum and a scrapbook of picture postcards. Reminiscences and a journal reflect the whole of his career as a doctor, including practice in El Campo and around Texas. Radio scripts document Lincecum’s work as a broadcast reporter and commentator for KULP late in life, and the newspaper clippings are obituaries for Lincecum. Letha’s correspondence with family and friends discusses illnesses, domestic matters, and race relations. Nearly all of the membership cards also belonged to Letha, documenting her affiliation with the Grand Chapter of Texas, Order of the Eastern Star; American Legion; and American Red Cross as well as Addison’s membership to the Oak Cliff Lodge in Dallas. Three photographs depict Letha as an old woman and Addison in middle age. Additional items include a cutout silhouette, an address, and a list.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Lincecum, Addison L., 1874-1965 -- Archives
Lincecum, Letha Grady
Subjects (Organizations)
KULP (Radio station : El Campo, Tex.)
Subjects
Fraternal organizations -- Texas
Medicine -- History -- 20th century
Postcards -- France -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France
World War, 1914-1918 -- Medical care -- United States
Places
El Campo (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Addison L. Lincecum Papers, 1908-1965, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection processed by Kathy Herzik, Jean Difloe, and Julia Payne, 1981.

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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3N143 Correspondence:
Letters received, 1908-1957
Letters sent, August 1917-January 1956
Letha Gandy Lincecum letters received, 1917-1956, undated
Letha Gandy Lincecum letters sent, 1953-1956
Daily journal, 1938
Literary productions, 1951, undated
Membership cards, 1929-1945
Newspaper clippings, 1919-1965, undated
Miscellaneous, undated
box
4M663 Scrapbook, 1918
box
3S3 Photographs, undated
box
3S199d Postcards
Postcard book, France