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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

University of Texas ephemera, 1911-2000 (bulk 1936-1970)

Grimes family history, 1989-2003

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Leona Grimes Family Papers, 1898-2003 (bulk 1930-1985)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Grimes family; Grimes, Martha Leonora Johnson; Johnson, Frances Elizabeth; and Yeargin, Frances Laura Grimes
Title: Leona Grimes Family Papers
Dates: 1898-2003
Abstract: The Leona Grimes Family Papers chronicle the Grimes family history from 1898 to 2003 through correspondence, autograph and typed manuscripts, scrapbooks, notebooks, photographs, clippings, and brochures and pamphlets. The bulk of materials are from the 1930s to 1980s.
Accession No.: 2013-085; 2013-092
OCLC No.: 849351740
Extent: 5 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Martha Leonora (Leona) Johnson was born on August 16, 1891 in Navasota, Texas. Grimes received a diploma and teaching certificate from Sam Houston Normal Institute (SHNI) in Huntsville, Texas in 1912. In 1916, she married Merton Ona (M.O.) Grimes and lived with him in Mofatt, Texas. The two moved to Austin in 1934. Leona enrolled at the University of Texas and received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in August 1941 and a Master of Education (M. Ed.) in 1944. Leona taught first grade at Rosedale Elementary School in Austin, Texas for 19 years. She then taught first grade in Cleveland, Texas for a short time before returning to Austin to teach at T.A. Brown School. Leona had four children: Frances Grimes Yeargin, Merton Ona Grimes, Jr., William Osborn Grimes, and Robert Haynes Grimes. In 1961, at the age of 70, Leona founded St. Martin’s Lutheran Day School in Austin and taught there until her retirement in 1968. She died on December 20, 1988 in Houston.

M.O. Grimes was born on September 3, 1890 in Bell County, Texas. He graduated from the Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1910. Grimes attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and the University of Texas in Austin. He served as a teacher and county superintendent of Bell County Schools from 1930-1934 and was employed by the Texas Highway Department for eleven years. M.O. died on October 30, 1947 in Austin.

Frances Elizabeth (Bess) Johnson, Leona’s sister, was born on August 14, 1893 and died on June 21, 1970.

Frances Laura Grimes, daughter of Leona and M.O. Grimes, was born on May 4, 1917 in Moffat, Texas. Frances received two degrees from the University of Texas. She worked as a teacher in Bedias, Texas before serving as a SPAR for the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve in West Palm Beach, Florida during World War II. Frances married George Scott Yeargin in 1953 and moved to Pasadena, Texas. Frances and Scott had two children, George and Margaret Lee. In her later years, Frances wrote and published a number of autobiographical essays. In 1990, she self-published a book on her husband’s genealogy entitled A Branch of the Yeargin (Yeargan) Family. She died on August 26, 2011.

Source:

"Surname ‘J’." Index, Oakland Cemetery, Navasota, Grimes County, Texas. The Texas Connection: 150 Years of Family History. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~burzynsk/oaklandj.html.

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Scope and Contents

The Leona Grimes Family Papers chronicle the Grimes family history from 1898 to 2003 through correspondence, autograph and typed manuscripts, scrapbooks, notebooks, photographs, clippings, and brochures and pamphlets. The bulk of materials are from the 1930s to 1980s.

Of particular note in the UT ephemera series are essays written by Leona Grimes for University of Texas courses (including one taught by J. Frank Dobie), and Frances Grimes Yeargin’s scrapbook of UT ephemera and photographs from the mid-1930s. The series also includes brochures and pamphlets for the UT Graduate School and LBJ Library, as well as course notes and newsletters from the Department of Human Ecology from 1950 to 1970. It also contains student notes and essays written by Leona Grimes for UT English and education courses from 1938 to 1945, and UT honor society certificates. Finally, some folders contain transcripts from other universities attended by family members in the early 1950s and material related to Leona Grimes’ early teaching education and career.

The family history series is comprised primarily of family correspondence and photographs from 1910 through the 1970s, as well as manuscripts of Frances’ autobiographical essays (mostly from the 1980s). Major correspondents include Frances Grimes Yeargin, Leona Grimes, and Bess Johnson. Some letters have been transcribed and/or annotated by Frances during the 1980s. This series also contains materials and notes from genealogy research. Some special items of note includes Leona’s 1911-1912 art analysis class notebook from the Sam Houston Normal Institute; Frances Grimes’ schoolwork, photographs, and ephemera from 1926 to 1934; Texas theatre programs from 1966 to 1978; M.O Grimes’ campaign business card from the 1930s; teachers’ professional organization brochures; and photographs of Texas schoolchildren in the late 1930s.

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Arrangement

The papers are arranged into two series:
  • I. University of Texas ephemera, 1911-2000 (bulk 1936-1970)
  • II. Grimes family history, 1898-2003

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Social security numbers and financial material are restricted to protect confidentiality and privacy.

Use Restrictions

These papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Grimes, Martha Leonora (Leona) Johnson, 1891-1988 -- Archives
Grimes, Merton Ona (M.O.), 1890-1947 -- Archives
Grimes, Merton Ona, Jr.
Grimes, Robert Haynes
Grimes, William Osborn
Johnson, Frances Elizabeth (Bess), 1893-1970
Yeargin, Frances Laura Grimes, 1917-2011 -- Archives
Grimes family
Subjects (Organizations)
Alpha Kappa Delta
Delta Kappa Gamma Society
Pi Lambda Theta
Sam Houston Normal Institute (Huntsville, Tex.)
Texas A & M University
United States. Coast guard reserve. Women's reserve.
University of Houston
University of Texas at Austin --Alumni and alumnae.
Subjects
Autobiography--Women authors--Sources.
Children--Texas
College students--Texas--Austin
Education, Elementary--Texas.
Education--Texas--History
Genealogy.
Lutherans--Texas.
Presbyterians--Texas.
Teachers--Training of--Texas.
Teachers--Texas.
Teaching--Texas.
World War, 1939-1945--Women--United States.
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Bedias (Tex.)
Belton (Tex.)
College Station (Tex.)
Grimes County (Tex.)
Memphis (Tenn.)--History--20th century--Sources.
Moffat (Tex.)
Navasota (Tex.)
Pasadena (Tex.)
Richmond (Va.)--Description and travel.
West Palm Beach (Fla.)

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Related Material

See also the UT Ephemera Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Leona Grimes Family Papers, 1898-2003 (bulk 1930-1985), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Vanessa Attia, April 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

University of Texas ephemera, 1911-2000 (bulk 1936-1970)

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2013-085/1 Scrapbook, 1936-1937
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2013-092/1 University of Texas ephemera, 1950-1970
Department of Human Ecology at UT, 1987-2000
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2013-092/3 University of Texas Commencement program, 1948
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2013-085/1 Mother’s writings, 1911, 1937-1945, 1995-1996
Mother’s teaching, 1912, 1940-1979

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Grimes family history, 1989-2003

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2013-085/1 "27 Rattlesnakes and a Button," 1940, 1979-1991
Mother 91 on [?]
"Mother Retired Three Times," undated
Easter Sunday at the turn of the century, 1898, 1958
Mother was a Leo, 1900-1916, 1941-1981
Membership in mother’s organizations
Navasota house, 1980-1982
Tour of US, 1951-1955
Alabama trip, 1931
Mother’s big tree, 1961-1978
SHNI Drawing notebook, M. Leona Johnson, 1911-1912
University United Methodist Church congregation yearbook, undated
Frances Grimes childhood, 1926-1934, undated
Assorted clippings, brochures, and notes, 1992-2003, undated
Personal experience: "A Special Halloween" 1992-2003, undated
"A Story of My Life: How We Lived Through the Depression and Three Wars," 1997
"A Story of My Life"
"Advent with Ellen (& Mother Goose)"
Personal experience: "After-School Snack"
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2013-092/1 "Are We There Yet?," 1997
Autobiography: "Christmas Afterglow," 1980, 1995
"Christmas Respite," 1969
Mississipi River and Mo. [?], 1993-1994
Clippings & quotes: Marriage, 1981-1996
Commentary to go with our British movie, 1978
Homemaking, 1958, 1992-2001, undated
"Easter Remembered," 1959-1982, 1996
Extraordinary experiences, 1945, 2002
Farewell to an old home, 1961, 1983
Garage sales, 1969-1996
"The Gives and Takes of Marriage," 1983-2000
Grandpapa Grimes’ farm, 1926, 1966
Homemade ice cream, undated
Homes I’ve had, circa 2000
Honda (1988) Civic, 1989-1995
"How I Met My Spouse," undated
"How Did it Happen? How Will It End?”", undated
How to survive with a traveling spouse, 1989
"Revisiting Third Grade, " undated
"I Still Believe in the Tooth Fairy," 1992
Invitations, 1987, undated
"If I Could Choose Just One Adjective," undated
"Late Afternoon with a Working Mother," 1972-1973, undated
"Mamma Yeargin’s Hints for Survival," 1993-1994
"Memoirs of Our Mother," 1999
Memphis, 1949-1967
"My First Apple," 1991
"My Most Vivid Dream," 1993
"Remember Your Piano Teacher?", 1999
"As Long as He Needs Me," 1971-1983
Recipes I’ve donated to cook books over the years
"The Nine Lives of Sox (Cat)", 1972-1992
Autobiography, 1959-1993
Art, 1978, undated
Journal, 1978-1997
Motherhood, 1958-1971
"My Favorite Author," 1980-1985
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2013-092/2 My favorite car, 1934, circa 1976
"My Favorite Trip," 1986
My favorite gift, undated
"My Favorite Television Actress," undated
"My Most Wanted Books," 1964, 1980, 1984
Programs, 1966-1978, undated
Research paper: supervision, behavior modification, 1974
Sept. 11 memories
Telegrams, 1952
"The Indignity of Senility," 1985, 1973
"Things I Like to Remember About Palm Beach," undated
"Seventeen Years in the Third Grade," 1985-1986
University of Houston, 1972-1974
Uncle Hayne’s account of a lynching in Navasota, 1938, 1974
"What a Way to End a Vacation," (revised), undated
"What a Way to End a Vacation," 1993-1995
What DAR means to me, 1984-1986
"What the Presbyterian Church Means to Me," 1961, 1987, 1996
Daddy, 1930-1948, 1975-1984
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2013-092/3 Expense book, 1961
Expense notebook, 1962
Expense book, 1972-1974
William Grimes letter to Frances, 2001
Family correspondence and photographs, 1910-1970s:
1910-1917
1917-1919, 1929
1920s
1930s [1 of 2]
1930s [2 of 2]
Bedias, 1938-1939, 1950
Spars, etc., 1940s:
1 of 3
2 of 3
3 of 3
1940s
Spar letters, 1943-1944
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2013-092/4 Spar letters, 1944-1945
Spar letters, 1945-1946
Spar letters, 1944-1946
1950-1952
1953
Letters to me about our engagement, 1953
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2013-092/5 1958
1959
1960
1960s
1970s
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2013-092/2 Family correspondence and photographs, 1960-1985:
1960-1965
1966-1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
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2013-092/3 1976
1978
1979
1980-1985

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