University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Villavaso-Rather Family Papers, 1898-1945, 1963



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rather, Ethel Zivley
Title: Villavaso-Rather family papers
Dates: 1898-1945, 1963
Abstract: Ethel Zivley Rather Villavaso (1881-1967) obtained her B.A. from the University of Texas and became engaged to the history professor Lester Bugbee (1869-1902), before his death from consumption. They both wrote on the subject of Texas history and Ethel later married Ernest Joseph Villavaso (1872-1972), a professor of Romance Languages at UT. Correspondence, clippings, notes, and publications relate to Ethel Zivley Rather and her family, including Bugbee, and to Texas history and life at the University of Texas.
Accession No.: 96-267
OCLC No.: 41357779
Extent: 1 ft., 7 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Ethel Zivley Rather Villavaso (1881-1967) obtained her B.A. from the University of Texas and became engaged to the history professor Lester Bugbee (1869-1902), before his death from consumption. They both wrote on the subject of Texas history and Ethel later attended Cornell and Yale and married Ernest Joseph Villavaso (1872-1972), a professor of Romance Languages at the University of Texas. They had a son, Ernest, Jr. (1918-1947), who was an outstanding student and athlete and received his B.A. from the University of Texas and later attended and worked at Princeton, before his death from prolonged illness. Ethel’s father, Charles Taylor Rather (1855-1931), was a banker and landholder and a prominent businessman in Gonzales, Texas.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, clippings, and notes comprise the Villavaso-Rather Family Papers, 1898-1945, 1963, and relate to Ethel Zivley Rather and her family, including her former fiancé, Lester G. Bugbee; her father, C. T. Rather; her son, Ernest Villavaso, Jr.; and her brother’s and sister’s families, in the early 20th century. There is a significant amount of correspondence at the turn of the century from Lester Bugbee which describes their courtship, life at the University of Texas, boarding situations, and, later on, Bugbee’s tuberculosis and the remedies he attempted. Newspaper clippings, personal papers, and correspondence outline the history and events in the Rather family. Publications by Ethel Rather about Texas history are also included. The papers and correspondence of Ernest Villavaso, Jr., shed light on the school, social, and family life of a boy in the 1920s and 1930s.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bugbee, Lester G. (Lester Gladstone)
Duncalf, Frederic, 1882-
Rather, C. T., 1855-1931.
Rather, Ethel Zivley.
Rather family.
Villavaso, Ernest J., Jr.
Villavaso family.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin.
Subjects
Tuberculosis patients’ writings.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

See also the Lester Gladstone Bugbee Papers, the Ethel Zivley Rather Papers, and the Frederic Duncalf Papers.


Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifact Collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Villavaso-Rather Family Papers, 1898-1945, 1963, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, June 1999.

Subsequent revisions were made by Jessi Fishman, January 2016.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Lester Gladstone Bugbee papers

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2K187 Correspondence
Letters from Lester Gladstone Bugbee to Ethel Zivley Rather, June 1899-March 1902
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2.325/OD30 Playbill enclosed in letter of February 25, 1901
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2K187 General, 1899-1902, undated
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2K188 Letters regarding Bugbee to Ethel Rather (Villavaso), 1944-1945, undated
Letters and drafts by Ethel Rather Villavaso, ca. 1944-1945
Texas State Historical Association annual meeting program, 1945
Memorabilia, 1898-1901, undated
Personal materials of Bugbee
Draft of will, ca. 1901-1902
Receipt for ring, 1900
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2.325/V7 Calendar, April-December 1900
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2K188 Publication, April 1898
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3S139.6 Photographs of Ethel Rather (Villavaso) and Lester Bugbee, undated



 

Rather family papers

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2K188 Newspaper clippings
Family, 1911-1945, 1963, undated
Frederic Duncalf, 1926-1940, undated
Obituaries and memorial resolutions, 1912-1942
Correspondence, 1912-1931, undated
Financial records, 1902-1931, undated
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2K189 Business papers, 1904, 1919-1931, undated
Old Quartette booklet and letters, 1923
Family letters, notes, and miscellaneous, 1899-1904, 1914-1942, undated
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3S139.6 Tintype of unidentified child
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2K189 Quarterly of Texas State Historical Association, July 1905; and notes, undated



 

Ethel Zivley Rather Villavaso publications

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2K189 “DeWitt’s Colony”, January 1905
“Explanation to the Public Concerning the Affairs of Texas, by Stephen F. Austin”, January 1905
“Recognition of the Republic of Texas by the United States”, January 1910, January 1911
“Propaganda”, October 25, 1938
“China”, undated



 

Ernest Joseph Villavaso, Jr. (“Bebe”) papers

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2K189 Correspondence
Birth announcements, letters, and cards, 1918
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3S139.6 Photograph of Ben Powell, Jr., attached to letter of February 5, 1918
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2K190 Cards, letters to E. J. Villavaso (“Bebe”), 1918-1938, undated
Letters from E. J. Villavaso (“Bebe”), 1921-1937, undated
Childhood and Schoolwork
Toys and clippings, 1923-1930, undated
Papers and schoolwork, 1924-1939, undated
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2.325/V7 Journal, June 6-26, 1927
University of Texas diploma, 1939
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2K190 Newspaper clippings, 1927-1942