University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Zelma O'Riley Papers, 1937-1990



Descriptive Summary

Creator: O'Riley, Zelma, 1897-1991
Title: O'Riley, Zelma, papers
Dates: 1937-1990
Abstract: Zelma O'Riley attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she started the publication "Up and Down the Drag" in 1941. She saw herself as a potential savior of the country, and created a 1947 advertisement that read "Vote for Zelma O'Riley for First Woman President of the United States - she is Irish, she is Indian and she will care for you." Class notes, printed material, correspondence, news clippings, an Austin telephone directory, and newspapers comprise the collection.
Accession No.: 91-075; 91-288
OCLC No.: 965549815
Extent: 1 ft., 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Zelma O'Riley was born April 28, 1897 in Durant, Blue County, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, later to become Durant, Oklahoma. She died on April 28, 1991 in Austin, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she started the publication "Up and Down the Drag" in 1941. She saw herself as a potential savior of the country, and created a 1947 advertisement that read "Vote for Zelma O'Riley for First Woman President of the United States - she is Irish, she is Indian and she will care for you." A notable Austin "character", she was known as "Bicycle Annie" and "Indian Princess."

Sources:

Zelma O'Riley on www.findagrave.com

About Up and Down the Drag, Library of Congress


Scope and Contents

Class notes, printed material, correspondence, news clippings, an Austin telephone directory, and newspapers comprise the Zelma O'Riley Papers, 1937-1990. The papers also contain volumes of "Up and Down the Drag" from 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, and 1947.


Restrictions

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)
O'Riley, Zelma, 1897-1991
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin.
Subjects
College student newspapers and periodicals.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

See also "Up and down the drag", newspaper, November 1941-January 1950 at the Briscoe Center for American History.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Zelma O'Riley Papers, 1937-1990, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, 1991.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Stored offsite at LSF:

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2.325/C115 Class notes, printed material, 1937-1951
Correspondence, printed material, 1941-1988
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2.325/C116 Correspondence, printed material and news clippings, 1937-1990
Class notes and handouts, 1941-1944
Texas Butane News, June 1947
Austin telephone directory, May 1942
Yamaha motorcycle brochure
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2.325/C117 "Up and Down the Drag":
November 8, 1941
November 22, 1941
November 29, 1941
December 15, 1941
February 27, 1942
March 6, 1942
May 1944
June-July, 1946
March 8, 1947
May 25, 1947
September 8, 1947
Yarborough of Texas, by William G. Phillips, 1969
Class notes and printed material, 1941-1944
Photograph, postcards



 

Stored onsite at SRH:

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2.325/U508 Newspapers