University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George Tait Family Papers, 1852-1853, 1899-2004

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tait, George Lawrence, 1928-
Title: Tait, George, Family Papers
Dates: 1852-1853, 1899-2004
Abstract: Composed of correspondence, postcards, diaries, printed material, magazine and newspaper clippings, financial records, certificates, books, genealogical and research materials, photographs, and miscellaneous items, the George Tait Family Papers, 1852-1853, 1899-2004, chronicle the history of the Tait and Barber family as well as their activities in Corpus Christi, Fredericksburg, and Beeville, Texas.
Accession No.: 82-141; 89-186; 91-030; 91-095; 92-155; 95-245; 95-274; 2011-266; 2011-250
Extent: 19 ft., 9 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to George Rankin Tait (1893-1946) and Lucille Lorine Barber (1892-1989) in Beeville, Texas, George Lawrence Tait (b. 1928) attended the University of Texas at Austin from 1947 through 1951. His father, George Rankin Tait, attended St. Louis College (now St. Mary’s College) in San Antonio, before enlisting in the U. S. Army during World War I. Following the war, he married Lucille Lorine Barber in 1923, and the couple moved to Corpus Christi, where George worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a manager.


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Scope and Contents

Composed of correspondence, postcards, diaries, printed material, magazine and newspaper clippings, financial records, certificates, books, genealogical and research materials, photographs, and miscellaneous items, the George Tait Family Papers, 1852-1853, 1899-2004, chronicle the history of the Tait and Barber family as well as their activities in Corpus Christi, Fredericksburg, and Beeville, Texas. Correspondence, including both letters and postcards, concerns familial and social affairs, genealogical research, as well as George Lawrence Tait’s experiences as a student at the University of Texas. Several diaries of Lucille Barber Tait discuss her daily activities, while George Rankin Tait’s diary describes his experiences as a soldier during World War I. Printed material consists of publications on real estate in Corpus Christi, child care, theater, and genealogy, among other subjects, as well as several issues of the Texas Illustrated Magazine; magazine and newspaper clippings consist of articles from the Daily Texan, obituaries, and reviews of movies and cultural events; books include Texas Coastal Pioneers [ca. 1952], The Manila Hotel [ca. 1974], among other titles; financial records consist of bank statements, check stubs, grocery bills; certificates document marriages and deaths within the Tait and Barber families; genealogical material includes photocopies of such records as marriage certificates and death notices, as well as family history charts, a sketch entitled "The Gus and Eliza Buck Family of Texas," and notes. Additionally, the collection contains articles and guides on conducting family and genealogical research, photographs depicting members of the Tait and Barber families and various locations in Texas, such as Beeville and Fredericksburg, and miscellaneous items pertaining to education and entertainment.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these papers is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Tait, George Lawrence, 1928- -- Archives.
Tait, George Rankin, 1893-1946 -- Archives.
Tait Lucille Barber, 1892-1989 -- Archives.
Barber family -- Genealogy.
Tait family -- Genealogy.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin -- Students.
World War, 1914-1918.
Beeville (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Beeville (Tex.) -- Social conditions.
Corpus Christi (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Corpus Christi (Tex.) -- Social conditions.
Fredericksburg (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Archives Unit and the Library Unit.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Tait Family Papers, 1852-1853, 1899-2004, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Bethany Anderson, September 2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2.116/OD1289 Oversize material
2.325/D22c Photograph album
2.325/D33c Oversize material
2.325/K82 Oversize material
3J416 Correspondence, 1932-1978
Legal documents, 1852
Newspaper clippings, 1942-1960, 1968, 1971, 1996, and undated
Passports, certificates, and funeral notices, 1918, 1938, 1948, 1953, and 1958
Genealogical material and notes, [ca. 1940-1960]
Genealogical material and photographs, undated
Genealogical and research material, 1977, 1998-2004
"The Gus and Eliza Buck Family of Texas" genealogical sketch, 1995
Artistic and literary productions, and sheet music, 1942, 1955, and undated
Printed material and miscellaneous, 1912, 1931, 1970-1974
3K187.1 Texas Illustrated Magazine, [ca. 1970s]
Texas Coastal Pioneers
The Manila Hotel
Old River County
Caravan Across China
Miscellaneous, undated
3K188.1 Certificates, 1923-1985
Genealogy and family history, 1942-1989, and undated
Correspondence and research material relating to family history, 1928-1963, and undated
Postcards, undated
Printed material, 1972-1989, and undated
Magazine and newspapers clippings, 1937, 1953, 1975-1966, and undated
Passports, 1938, 1953, 1958
Lucille Barber’s lock of hair, undated
Financial papers, 1953-1984
Research materials, 1923, 1982-1999, and undated
Genealogy record book, [ca. 1949-1950]
3K189.1 Correspondence:
Relatives from Scotland, 1938-1949
Acquaintance from Hungary, 1917-1963
Relative from Nova Scotia, 1948-1955
1930-1954, 1965, and undated
1976-1977, 1982-1996
3S16.3 Photographs
Scrapbook, baby George Lawrence Tait
3S62a Photographs
3S117e, f Postcards
3S129a Photographs
3W20 Photographs
3Z291 Photographs
3Z296 Photograph envelopes
3J129 Diary of Mrs. George R. Tait, 1919-1920
Log and diary of M. J. Newark, 1852-1853
Menus to Cunard Cruise Lines, 1958
The Crystal Reflector, September and December, 1938
Buyers Guide of Corpus Christi, 1941, 1944, 1946
The Care and Feeding of Children, 1927
The Allen Academy for Boys, 1916-1917
The Allen Academy Catalog, 1908
Billy Baxter's Letters, 1899
The Story of 25 Presidents and Twenty-Five Years of Successful Tailoring, 1904
Getting Along Without a Telephone, 1926
Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, February, March, October, 1921
The Wampus Cat, August and September, 1921
Facts for Fans, 1914
Comes the Moment to Decide, 1965
Let Your Light so Shine, 1952
The Shield and Diamond, 1915
Clipping, undated
Schoolbook of Archie Barber, 1908
Character books of Lucille L. Barber, 1914-1916, 1921-1922
Motoring logs, 1940-1949
3J130 Book, Ritual of the Farmer's Alliance, undated
Financial documents, 1902-1971
Cruise line brochures, clippings, name tag, 1938, 1951, 1976
Dance cards, travel notes, 1920, 1938
Brochures, printed material, 1948, 1980
Printed material, brochures, travel notes, 1954, 1969-1979
Military documents, 1918
George Tait baby items, 1928
Genealogical research, undated
School work of Lucille Barber Tait, 1900-1910
3J131 Correspondence, 1914-1983
3J132 Diaries of Lucille Barber Tait, 1943, 1945-1955, 1965-1967, 1971-1976
Clippings, printed material from diaries
3J133 Check stubs, January 1940 - December 1949
Diaries of Lucille Barber Tait, 1910-1917, 1935, 1937, 1942, 1956, 1958
Material from diaries
Household account book, 1929, 1931, 1945-1950, 1952, 1954
Grocery bills, 1924, 1936
Bridge score books, 1921-1933, 1954-1967
Trip log book, 1913-1971
Ninth grade algebra book, Beeville High School, 1909-1910
Miscellaneous printed material
3J134 Diaries of Lucille Barber Tait, 1911-1912, 1914-1915, 1923, 1957, 1959-1964, 1968-1970, 1977-1983
Material from diaries
Drawing/Poetry book, undated
Class notebook, Mrs. George R. Tait, An introduction to education, Victoria Junior College, 1926-1927
Material from class notebook
Ninth grade composition book, Lucille Barber
Grammar book, Lucille Barber, undated
"Things I Want to Write About"
European trip log, 1938
3J135 Diaries of Lucille Barber Tait, 1914-1917, 1927, 1931-1934, 1936, 1938, 1944
Material from diaries
Correspondence, letters
Postcards, greeting cards
Miscellaneous printed material
3J136 Letters from PFC George Lawrence Tait, 1952-1953
Letters from George Lawrence Tait, Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, 1954-1955
3J137 Letters, 1946-1960
3J138 Letters, 1947-1952
3J139 Letters, cards, 1947-1953
3J140 Lucille Barber, letters, cards, 1909-1923
3J141 Lucille Barber, letters, cards, 1909-1923
3J142 Letters, cards, 1920-1923
3J143 Letters, cards, 1912-1923
3J144 Letters, cards, 1912-1917, 1946-1951
3J145 Letters, cards, 1922, 1946-1949
3J146 Letters, cards, 1902, 1921, 1938-1952
3J147 Letters, cards, 1911, 1921-1924, 1951-1954
3J148 Letters, cards, 1918-1921
3J149 Letters, cards, 1910-1922
3J150 Letters, cards, 1917-1923
3J151 Letters, cards, 1916-1918
3J152 Miscellaneous printed material, cards, 1949, 1960-1972
3J153 Check stubs, memoranda books, newsletters, letters, miscellaneous printed material, 1918, 1924-1983
3J154 Letters, cards, 1910-1924, 1946-1976
3J155 Death of George R. Tait, letters, cards, miscellaneous printed material, 1946
3J156 Correspondence, newspaper clippings, miscellaneous printed material, 1949-1982
3J157 Correspondence, cards, miscellaneous printed material, 1952-1982
3J158 Invitations, correspondence, miscellaneous printed material, ribbons, 1941-1982
3J159 Letters, correspondence, cards, 1946-1977
3J160 Letters, correspondence, cards, 1959-1982
3J161 Letters, correspondence, cards, 1925-1982
3J162 Letters, correspondence, cards, 1912-1982
3J163 Letters, 1911-1922, 1963-1972
3J164 Letters, correspondence, 1911-1924, 1960-1962
8/G10 Personal files, 1948-1956:
Daniel, Price
Granberry, C. Read
Dugger, Ronnie
Council of Fair Business Standards book exchange, Vol. I, 1949
Steer Here Committee, Vol. II, 1950
Council of Fair Business Standards, Employment Assistance Committee, 1950
Editorials, Vol. II, [Ronnie Dugger, editor, Daily Texan, 1950] September 19, 1950 - December 20, 1950
Editorials, Vol. III, [Ronnie Dugger, editor, Daily Texan, 1951] January 4, 1951 - March 16, 1951
Editorials, Vol. IV, [Charlie Trimble, editor, Daily Texan, 1951] March 18, 1951 - May 20, 1951
Council on Fair Business Standards, "Steer Here," Summer 1949 - May 31, 1950
Fraternity election ballots, undated
Ayers, Dr. Clarence, March 1951
Campus politics, I-V, Summer 1949 - April 5, 1951
Student government, Steve's Resolution
8/G11 Campus politics, VI, April 6 - May 31, 1951
Clique, March 6, 1949, nominations for Spring elections, at Kappa Sigma House
Clique, March 5, 1950, organizational meeting, at Phi Delta Theta House
Clique, March 9, 1950, nominations for Spring elections, at Kappa Sigma House
Clique, pre-election meeting, at Theta Xi House
Clique meeting, October 1, 1950
Clique meeting, to nominate candidates for fall election, at Delata Tau Delta House
Clique meeting, October 10, 1950, impromptu meeting at Phi Kappa Psi House
Clique, October 19, 1950, Steering Committee
Clique, October 22, 1950, Beta Theta Pi House
Clique, February 19, 1951, Steering Committee meeting, Delta Sigma Phi House
Clique, March 7, 1951, general clique meeting, Steering Committee
Clique, March 18, 1951, Steering Committee meeting
Clique, March 27, 1951, Steering Committee meeting, at Alpha Tau Omega House
Clique, April 4, 1951, general meeting, Kappa Alpha House
Clique, April 24, 1951, general meeting, Phi Delta Theta House (on eve of election)
Clique, April 26, 1951, general meeting, Beta Theta Pi House (on eve of run-off election)
Clique, March 11, 1951, general clique meeting, Beta Theta Pi House to nominate slate for Spring elections
2.325/S Five audiodiscs
95-245/1 Lucille Barber Tait:
Pedagogue, 1918
Children's books
Notes, October 10, 1982
Ritz Theatre, Corpus Christi, weekly program, undated
Printed materials, 1950, 1959, 1981
95-274/1 Ritz Theatre, Corpus Christi, weekly programs
Genealogy, research, correspondence and notes:
Mrs. A. J. Barber
Warren Barber line
Notes, Arizona and New Mexico
Warren-Barber-Hodge line:
Susan Ann Hodge Fitzgerald Barber probate, 1906
Correspondence, 1921-1971
The Trojan, Beeville, 1962
A. J. Barber, 1901, 1913
Miscellaneous, 1963-1974
Letters to Lucille from Boone, 1931-1938
Lucinda Winfree Dunham and Jesse Dugat Brashear correspondence, 1931-1932
Field notes of the Church 2 acres
Family history, correspondence, 1932-1933
Celanie Victorina Blanchet, 1850
Barber family history
Eugenia Stanwood Mouton Hardin, Liberty, Texas
Alzenith Bryan, 1880
Benjamin Barber and Jane Williams, marriage certificate, October 25, 1864
Albert Dugat, correspondence, 1861-1862
Correspondence, 1963-1964
Heirs to the estate of Joseph P. Blanchette, 1921
A. J. Barber
Lawrence-Blanchette-Breau-Gravois-Dugat line:
Correspondence, 1948-1983
Charts, forms, and notes
Rio Medio Chapter, DRT, Beeville, Texas
Correspondence, 1964-1981
Elizabeth Norman Barber Cobb
Anniversaries, Birthdays, Weddings, Deaths
Fitzgerald Company, 1861
Marriages, Wright, Callanhan, Killough, Rankin
95-245/2 Bank statements, 1981-1990
95-245/3 Photograph
95-245/4 Photographs
95-245/5 Photographs