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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization and Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. ETHEL ZIVLEY RATHER

II. FREDERIC DUNCALF

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Ethel Zivley Rather Papers, 1905-[ca. 1954]



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rather, Ethel Zivley
Title: Rather, Ethel Zivley, Papers
Dates: 1905-[ca. 1954]
Abstract: The Ethel Zivley Rather Papers, 1905-[ca. 1954], document Ethel’s life as a student and Texas historian and the work of her brother-in-law, UT professor Frederic Duncalf, on the History of the Crusades.
Accession No.: 85-116
Extent: 1 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Texas historian Ethel Zivley Rather (1881-1967) grew up in Gonzales, Texas. In 1902, she graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in history. Awarded a fellowship, she went on to get her master’s in history from UT in 1903. She was subsequently a Fellow in American History at Cornell from 1905 to 1906, then the Buckley Fellow in History at Yale from 1906 to 1907. She received her Ph.D. in history from Yale in 1908. Her master’s thesis, DeWitt’s Colony, and her Ph.D. thesis, Recognition of the Republic of Texas by the United States, were published by both the University of Texas and the Texas State Historical Association, of which she became a fellow and, eventually, executive council member. From 1911 to 1912, she was the Director of Women’s Religious Studies at Columbia University.

In 1915, Rather married Ernest Joseph Villavaso, a professor in UT’s Department of Romance Languages. They donated their property on Duval St. in Austin to the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, where a chapel was built and dedicated in 1966 to the couple’s only child, Ernest Jr., who died in 1947 at age 29.

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Scope and Contents

The Ethel Zivley Rather Papers, 1905-[ca. 1954], document Ethel’s life as a student and Texas historian and the work of her brother-in-law, UT professor Frederic Duncalf, on the History of the Crusades. The series “Ethel Zivley Rather” includes transcriptions and translations of Spanish-language archival materials on early Texas history, letters from members of the YWCA board concerning her position at Columbia University, letters from the Episcopal Theological Seminary concerning its chapel. Also included are an account book, a diary of her trip to the American Historical Association meeting in 1905, and assorted photographs. The “Frederic Duncalf” series comprises correspondence with many historians, particularly John LaMonte; editorial material; and legal and financial records.

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Organization and Arrangement

The papers are arranged according to creator into two series:
  • I. Ethel Zivley Rather
  • II. Frederic Duncalf

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Rather, Ethel Zivley--Archives.
Duncalf, Frederic, 1882- --Archives.
LaMonte, John L.
Subjects (Organizations)
Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest.
Young Women's Christian Association.
American Historical Association. Conference.
Columbia University--Faculty.
Subjects
History--Study and teaching.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--History--20th century—Sources.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ethel Zivley Rather Papers, 1905-[ca. 1954], 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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

I. ETHEL ZIVLEY RATHER

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2N224 Letters, 1905-1912, undated
Scrapbook materials, [1905-1910]
Diary, 1905
Account book, 1905-1907
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2N225 Research materials:
Transcriptions and translations of Spanish archives, undated
Death of son and building of chapel, 1947-1953:
Transcriptions and translations of Spanish archives,
Printed material
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3S119b Postcards, [ca. 1906]
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3Y77 Photographs, [1905-1910]

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II. FREDERIC DUNCALF

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2N225 History of the Crusades:
Correspondence:
John LaMonte, 1939-1949
Others, 1939-1954
Legal material, 1946
Financial material, undated
Printed material, 1940, 1947, 1951
Editorial material including lists of contributors, style sheets, and reports, undated
Other Duncalf material:
Letters, 1918, 1947, 1949, undated
Speech, 1940

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