University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lota May Harrigan Spell Papers, 1861-1967



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Spell, Lota M. (Lota May), 1885-1972
Title: Spell, Lota May Harrigan, papers
Dates: 1861-1967
Abstract: Lota May Harrigan Spell (1885-1972) received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, served as the librarian of the Garcia Library at UT from 1921 to 1927, and worked for the state to identify historical sites for the Texas Centennial in the 1930s. The papers relate to the Centennial of Texas, the Garcia Library at UT (now the Benson Latin American Collection), and Texas music.
Accession No.: 64-121; 73-113; 97-369
OCLC No.: 39540818
Extent: 3 ft., 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Lota May Harrigan was born in Big Spring, Texas, on February 2, 1885. She studied music in Austria and Germany from 1902 to 1905 and taught music and performed as a pianist in Mexico City from 1905 until 1910. In 1910, while serving as an instructor at Whitis Preparatory School in Austin, she married Jefferson Rea Spell, who served as Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Texas at Austin from 1920 until his retirement in 1960.

Lota May Spell earned her BA (1914) and MA (1919) degrees from UT and in 1923 became the second woman to receive the PhD degree from UT, with a major in history and a minor in education. From 1922 to 1927 she served as the librarian of the Garcia Library at UT (now the Benson Latin American Collection). She went on to be a teacher of music and music history and appreciation at the Mulholland School in San Antonio and the Texas School of Fine Arts in Ausin from 1929 to 1939. Additionally, she worked as an associate editor of The Musicale and Southwestern Musician, editor of Texas Music News, and inscription writer for historical monuments for the state of Texas.

In the early 1960s, Lota May Spell donated her correspondence and sold her personal library to the Latin American Collection at UT. She died in Austin on April 3, 1972.

Source:

Jefferson R. and Lota M. Spell Papers at the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.


Scope and Contents

The Lota May Harrigan Spell Papers, 1861-1967, contain correspondence, notes, reports, printed material, literary works, clippings, photographs, and maps that relate to the Centennial of Texas, the Garcia Library of the University of Texas at Austin (now known as the Benson Latin American Collection) and Texas music. A collection of sheet music from the 1860s through the 1960s can also be found.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Spell, Lota M. (Lota May), 1885-1972
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Library. Latin American Collection.
Benson Latin American Collection
Subjects
Centennial celebrations, etc.
Composition (Music)
Librarians--Texas.
Music--History and criticism.
Music--Instruction and study--Texas.
Music--Texas--History and criticism.
Music teachers.
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Texas.

Related Material

See also the Jefferson Rea Spell Letters, 1941, 1943.

See also the Jefferson R. and Lota M. Spell Papers at the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lota May Harrigan Spell Papers, 1861-1967, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Keh-Pin Lii, October 1976.

Subsequent revisions were made by K. Faulkenburg, February 1980; Stefanie Wittenbach, July 1984; and Steve Stappenbeck, December 1997.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2B152 Centennial of Texas
Appropriations requests, 1935-1936
General correspondence, 1935-1936, and undated
Notes on monuments, 1926, 1930, 1935-1936
Reports, 1935
West Texas miscellany, 1926, 1934-1935, and undated
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2B153 Notes and correspondence arranged by county, 1935-1936
Anderson County-Cochran County
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2B154 Coke County-Gaines County
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2B155 Galveston County-Kenedy County
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2B156 Kent County-San Augustine County
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2B157 San Jacinto County-Zavala County
Texas Centennial stamps, 1936
Exhibition labels, undated
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2G277 University of Texas
Garcia Library
Correspondence, 1923-1926
Notes on Garcia Library holdings, undated
Division of Extension
Course description and programs, "Mexico: Historical and Descriptive," undated
Library brochure, 1926
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3F428 Play, The Lure of Sacrifice, by J. García Pimentel and Béatrice de Holthoir, 1917
Printed material
Rosenberg Library [Galveston, Texas], brochures, 1924, 1925
Music in Texas, by Lota May Harrigan Spell, 1936
Workbook for "At the Piano, Book I," by Margaret Wyss and Mary Betty Lathrop
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2.325/J78a Reprints of various journals featuring articles written by Spell family members
Original typed transcript: "Spanish Dramatist: Mexican Diplomat Manuel Eduardo de Gorostiza," by Jefferson Rea and Lota M. Spell, 1970
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3F428 Sheet music
"Alois Brown San Antonio Album," by Alois Brown, 1936
"Beautiful Texas," by W. Lee O’Daniel, 1933
"Blue Bonnet Flower," by Edna June Bump, 1933
"C Chord Book," by Mary Betty Lathrop and Margaret Wyss, 1967
"Christmas Carols," J. Reed Music Company, undated
"Copycats," by Lota May Harrigan Spell, 1957
"Cowboys Lament," collected by John A. Lomax, 1923
"Dick Donkey," by Radie Britain, 1939
"Dim Trails," by Rose Jasper Nichols, 1933
"Eagle Ranch," by N. Howard Thorp, undated
"Fairy of Spring," by Radie Britain, 1940
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2.325/D27c "The Flag with the Single Star," by Nettie P. Houston Bringhurst, 1903
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3F428 "Flower of Texas," by Evelyn Hornsby, 1936
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2.325/D27c "Grand Military March," by Zulema Garcia, 1887
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3F428 "Have You Ever Been to Texas in the Spring," by Mary Daggett Lake, 1928
"Lasso of Time," by Radie Britain, 1940
"Lathrop Wyss Wyss," by Mary Betty Lathrop, Jane Wyss, and Margaret Wyss, 1967
"Let's Get Behind Our President," by J. A. Mullins, 1941
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2.325/D27c "Longing," by Lota May Harrigan [Spell], 1903
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3F428 "Nature Ushers in the Dawn," by Radie Britain, 1940
"Noontide," by Radie Britain, 1940
"O Perfect Love," by Oscar J. Fox, 1946
"Oscar J. Fox Songbook," by Oscar J. Fox, 1927
"Prison," by Radie Britain, 1940
"Rain," by Radie Britain, 1941
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2.325/D27c "San Antonio Club March," by Zulema Garcia, 1888
"The Southern Pleiades," by Edward C. Wharton, 1861
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3F428 "Stillness," by Radie Britain, 1943
"Texas Grand March," by Fannie Stinman Faulk, 1931
"Texas Shine on Forever," by Rudolph Kleberg, 1925
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2.325/D27c "There Is a Land," by Lota May Harrigan [Spell], 1903
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3F428 Unidentified song book, undated
Newspaper clippings, 1925-1926
Recordio-gram voice letter, undated
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3S139.5 Photographs
Sandalio Mejía, undated
Netzahualcoyotl Library, Xochimilco, Ciudad Mexico DF, Mexico, 1925
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2.325/D27c Maps
Texas, undated
Texas for Tourists, 1936