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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

High school and college

Texas Cowgirls

Oral history

Teaching and coaching career

"Dolores Dyer: Women's Basketball and the American Dream" thesis by Jackie Roberts

Dolores Dyer's obituary, remembrances, etc. 2013.

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Dyer (Dolores) Texas Cowgirls collection, 1934-2013 (bulk 1948-2012)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dyer, Dolores L., 1932-2013
Title: Dyer, Dolores Texas Cowgirls Collection
Dates: 1934-2013 (bulk 1948-2012)
Abstract: The Dyer (Dolores) Texas Cowgirls collection contains programs, tickets, schedules, photographs, correspondence, a scrapbook and salary information that shed light on Dyer's time spent playing for the Texas Cowgirls, the Thompson Motors Mercuryettes, and the Fort Worth Motorettes. The collection also includes oral histories with Edwin and Dolores Dyer, and materials pertaining to Dyer's teaching and coaching career at Jefferson High School.
Accession No.: 2013-270
OCLC No.: 876294705
Extent: 3 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Texas native Dolores Lee Dyer (1932-2013) played basketball, volleyball and tennis while attending Hot Wells High School in San Antonio, TX. As a senior she joined the Thompson Motors Mercuryettes softball team and played in the Softball World Series. After graduating from high school in 1950, Dyer made three more appearances at the Softball World Series while playing for the Fort Worth Motorettes.

In 1952 Dyer joined the Texas Cowgirls, a professional barnstorming basketball team which toured the U.S. and Canada. The style of play was based on the Harlem Globetrotters, and integrated ball tricks and "cowgirl" themed skits in addition to traditional play. Due in part to financial troubles facing the team, Dyer left after one season in 1953. She then completed a degree in physical education at Incarnate Word College, and became a teacher and volleyball coach at Jefferson High School, retiring in 1994.

Source: "Dolores Dyer Obituary," accessed March 20, 2014, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanantonio/obituary.aspx?pid=165549036.

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Scope and Contents

The Dyer (Dolores) Texas Cowgirls collection contains programs, tickets, schedules, photographs, correspondence, a scrapbook and salary information that shed light on Dyer's time spent playing for the Texas Cowgirls, the Thompson Motors Mercuryettes, and the Fort Worth Motorettes. The collection also includes oral histories with Edwin and Dolores Dyer, and materials pertaining to Dyer's teaching and coaching career at Jefferson High School.

Items separated to the Briscoe Center Artifacts Collection include three team jackets, a softball, and a softball mitt. The collection also includes Jackie Roberts's thesis "Dolores Dyer: Women's Basketball and the American Dream" (restricted).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Access to portions of this collection are restricted. Contact repository for further information.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Dyer, Dolores L., 1932-2013
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Cowgirls (Basketball team)
Amateur Softball Association of America
Amateur Athletic Union of the United States
Subjects
Women basketball players--United States
Softball for women
Women athletes--United States
Volleyball--Coaching

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Separated Material

Some materials have been separated to the Artifacts Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dyer (Dolores) Texas Cowgirls collection, 1934-2013 (bulk 1948-2012), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Esther Kirchner, 2014.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

High school and college

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4L991 Amateur Athletic Union 1948-1956.
Thompson Motor Mercuryettes 1948-1956.
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2x300a Photo CDs (1-2) undated.
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2W153 Scrapbook 1949-1998 (bulk 1949-1952).
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4L991 Incarnate Word College 1948-1956.
"The Lassies" Hot Wells High School yearbook 1949/1950.
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2.325/D24d Photos 1934-1959.

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Texas Cowgirls

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4L991 Correspondence 1952-1956.
Programs & promotional materials 1952-1953, undated.
Salary information 1952-1953.
Newspaper clippings 1953-1954, undated.
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2.325/D24d Photos 1952-1955.

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Oral history

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4L991 Transcripts 2011-2012.
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2x300a Audio CDs (1-4) 2011.

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Teaching and coaching career

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4L991 Correspondence 1957-2012 (bulk 1970s-1990s).
Newspaper clippings 1981-1987, undated.
Miscellaneous 1970s-1990s, undated.
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2.325/D24d Photos 1958-2005 (bulk 1958-1990s).
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4L991 Volleyball: The Winning Points (film) 1978.
Film script 1978.
Notes undated.
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2.325/D24d Photos 1978.
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2/Film E167 Film reel 1978.
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4L991 Volleyball-related newspaper clippings 1981-2010 (bulk 1980s).
History of Thomas Jefferson High School [1983].
Volleyball rule books and programs 1979-1983.

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"Dolores Dyer: Women's Basketball and the American Dream" thesis by Jackie Roberts

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4L991 Research questions from Jackie Roberts 2011-2012.
Correspondence 2011-2012.
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2.325/A106c Thesis [RESTRICTED] 2012.

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4L991 Dolores Dyer's obituary, remembrances, etc. 2013.

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