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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Lesli Hicks

Martha Hicks

J.R. Beane

Adelaide Woodlee

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Hicks Family Papers, 1922-2002



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hicks Family
Title: Hicks Family Papers,
Dates: 1922-2002
Abstract: The Hicks Family Papers consist of items from four women: Lesli Hicks, Martha Hicks, Mrs. J.R. Beane, and Adelaide Woodlee. Materials include correspondence, photographs, correspondene course materials and an oral history interview.
Identification: MS 133
Extent: 2.2 linear feet (about 1,600 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Lesli Louise Hicks was born on January 16, 1963 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She grew up in a subdivision in a small community of Northwest San Antonio. She was raised in a religious home and attended Hope Lutheran Church. Ms. Hicks was very active in high school with her participation in a German Club, and also won Miss Leon Valley. Her father, Edward Ross Hicks, an Army Lt. Colonel, was stationed in Europe for five years along with the family. Because of her time spent in Europe, Lesli could speak some Dutch and understood German well, which helped her in her German Club in high school. Ms. Hicks graduated from high school in 1981. In January of 1982, she began college at the University of Texas at San Antonio, later transferring to the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 1983. Ms. Hicks graduated from UT Austin in 1986 with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts with emphasis in government and a minor in journalism. She married in 1988 and adopted a 10-month-old child from China in February of 2000.

Martha Carolyn Schultz Hicks, Lesli Hicks's mother, was a "stay at home mom" who participated as a Girl Scout Troop leader for a while. Martha Hicks obtained an associate's degree from San Antonio College and went back to school during the 1970s at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She received a degree in Sociology in 1979 and went on to get her master's degree in Public Administration.

J.R. Beane, Lesli's husband's maternal grandmother, grew up in the first quarter of the 20th century. Mrs. Beane was very interested in learning how to sew. She completed a correspondence course, which included tailoring, sewing, and dressmaking and stayed in constant contact with her instructors.

Adelaide Woodlee was Ms. Hicks's great, great-grandmother. She was born in 1864 and traveled with her family to Texas shortly thereafter. Ms. Woodlee died in 1960 at the age of 96.

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Scope and Contents

The Hicks Family Papers consist of items from four women including Lesli Hicks. The material for the three other women belonged to Martha Hicks, Mrs. J.R. Beane, and Adelaide Woodlee. The first series, Lesli Hicks, is composed primarily of correspondence. Most of the correspondence is between Lesli and her friends during her school years in the 1970s. There are more letters between some friends rather than others, especially Molly, Margaret, Denise, and Lesli's godparents Aunt Marilynn and Uncle Bob. Lesli looked to her Aunt for advice and help with many problems she had. Lesli wrote poetry in addition to letters. There is also a series of family correspondence, which deals with family problems including issues with Lesli's father for which the family sought counseling.

The collection also includes photographs, including documentation of a Girl Scout camping trip. Lesli retained several mementos, doodles and reports from her school years. The papers also include a completed application for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program.

The second series,from Martha Hicks, contains only one letter, which is from Cyndi Taylor Krier thanking Martha for an invitation to meet another woman.

The third series, from J.R. Beane, consists of correspondence course materials and a book. The correspondence course is from the Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences from the 1920s. There are several exam sheets, workbooks, and envelopes used for this course. Included with the material are samples of fabric stitches and seams she was working on, reference information, and an oversize Box of patterns.

The final series is on Adelaide Woodlee. The audiocassette is a copy of a reel-to-reel oral history of Adelaide Woodlee's travels to Texas. Adelaide speaks about the Civil War, the hard journey, and her father through most of it. The original recording was done in 1941. There is a typed transcript. During the latter part of the tape there is an abrupt interruption of Adelaide's account, followed by a group of unidentified young people discussing the war in Europe, summer plans, and a song.

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Organization of Collection

Series 1. Lesli Hicks
Series 2. Martha Hicks
Series 3. J.R. Beane
Series 4. Adelaide Woodlee

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Hicks Family Papers must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Hicks, Lesli.
Hicks, Martha.
Beane, J.R.
Woodlee, Adelaide
Organizations
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences.
Subjects
Domestic education--United States--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Family--Texas--San Antonio.
Adolescence--United States.
Women--Texas--History.
Women--Texas--San Antonio--History
Young women--United States--Correspondence.
Locations
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
Genres/Formats
Correspondence.
Oral histories.
Local Subjects
Family Collections
San Antonio History
Women

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hicks Family Papers, 1922-2002, MS 133, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Lesli Hicks in 2004 (Acc. 2004-040).

Processing Information

Processed by Michelle Mark, April 2005.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Lesli Hicks

Composed primarily of correspondence. Most of the correspondence is between Lesli and her friends during her school years in the 1970s. There are more letters between some friends rather than others, especially Molly, Margaret, Denise, and Lesli's godparents Aunt Marilynn and Uncle Bob. Lesli looked to her Aunt for advice and help with many problems she had. Lesli wrote poetry in addition to letters. Also present is family correspondence, which deals with family problems including issues with Lesli's father for which the family sought counseling.
School Years
Box Folder
1 1 Autograph Books, 1974 and 1977
Correspondence
2 Camp Letters, 1974-1977 and undated
3 Chain Letters, undated
4 Counselor Letter, 1978
5 Family Letters, 1976-1981 and undated
Friends and Extended Family Letters
6 Alicia, 1977
7 Allison, undated
8 Aunt Marilynn and Uncle Bob, 1974-1979, 1992 and undated
9 Barbara Buckley, 1974-1977 and undated
10 Beth McDougall 1974 and undated
11 Claudia, undated
12 Debra Newland, 1978 and undated
13 Denise (Jay), 1975-1977 and undated
14 Diane Bolton, undated
15 Gary Boe, 1977
16 Gerardo Holz, 1977-1978 and undated
17 Grandpa and Grandma Mimi and Steve, 1970, 1981 and undated
18 Jackie Von Ness, 1974-1977 and undated
19 James Holland, 1977 and undated
20 Janice Beekman, 1974-1978 and undated
21 John O., undated
22 Karen, 1978 and undated
23 Kia D, undated
24 Linda Hamilton, 1974-77 and undated
Box Folder
2 1 Martha Garner, 1972-1978 and undated
2 Mary Gilbert, 1976 and undated
3 Mike, 1976 and undated
4 Molly, 1976-1978 and undated
Ralph Wood ("Woodie"), 1976 and undated
6 Regay, undated
7 Robyn, 1977 and undated
8 Steve B., 1977 and undated
9 Tertia, 1976
10 Traci Lambert, 1976
11 Unknown Authors, 1976-1978 and undated
12 Victoria, undated
13 Drawings, Doodles, and Miscellaneous Writings, 1976-1978 and undated
14 Hope Lutheran Church, 1975 and undated
15 Huntsville State German Contest/Club, 1962, 1978-1979, and undated
16 Mementos, 1976-1977 and undated
17 Miss Leon Valley, 1980
Photographs
18 Album
19 Loose Photos, 1975, 1991 and undated
Reports
20 Elementary School Report, 1970
Box Folder
3 1 Speeches/Reports 1 of 2, 1976-1977, 1982-1987 and undated
2 Speeches/Reports 2 of 2, 1975, 1982-1985 and undated
3 Rotary International Youth Exchange Program Application, 1979
4 School Related Material 1975-1980
5 Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission, undated
Adulthood
Box Folder
3 6 Correspondence, 1982, 1985-1989, 2002 and undated
7 News clippings, undated
8 Recipes, undated

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Martha Hicks

This letter from Cyndi Taylor Krier thanks Martha for an invitation to meet another woman.
Box Folder
3 9 Letter from Cyndi Taylor Krier, 1985

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J.R. Beane

Box Folder
3 Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
This series comprises correspondence course materials and a book. The correspondence course is from the Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences from the 1920s. There are several exam sheets, workbooks, and envelopes used for this course. Included with the material are samples of fabric stitches and seams she was working on, reference information, and an oversize Box of patterns.
Answer Sheets
10 Children and Misses Garments, 1924
11 Drafting and Plain Dressmaking, 1922
12 Essential Stitches and Seams Part 1, 1922
13 Essential Stitches and Seams Part 2, 1922
14 Patterns for Underwear and Lingerie, 1923
15 Tailored Lingerie Blouses Part 2, undated
16 Tailored Pockets, 1924
17 Underwear and Lingerie Part 1, 1922
18 Underwear and Lingerie Part 2, 1922
19 Correspondence, 1924 and undated
20 Course Description and Question Sheet, undated
21 Newsclippings, 1922 and undated
22 Pattern Directions, Samples, and Other Information, 1924 and undated
Department of Dressmaking
23 Corsets and Close-Fitting Patterns, 1922
24 Drafting and Plain Dressmaking Part 1, 1922
25 Drafting and Plain Dressmaking Part 3, 1922-1923
26 Dresses Part 1, 1922
27 Dresses Part 2, 1923
28 Harmony of Dress, 1922
29 Pattern Drafting, 1922
30 Tailored and Lingerie Blouses, 1923
31 Tissue Paper Patterns Part 1, 1922
32 Tissue Paper Patterns Part 2, 1922
Box Folder
4 Department of Sewing
1 Embroidery Stitches 1 and 2, 1922-1923
2 Patterns for Blouses and Dresses, 1922
3 Patterns for Children's and Misses' Garments, 1923-1924
4 Ribbon Trimmings and Flowers, 1923-1924
5 House Aprons and Caps, 1922-1923
Department of Tailoring
6 Patterns for Coats and Capes, 1922-1924
7 Tailored Buttonholes and Buttons, 1922
8 Woolen Materials and Tailored Pockets, 1922
9 Tailored Skirts, 1922-1923
10 Tailored Suits, Coats, and Capes, 1923
11 How To Proceed With Your Studies, 1920
12 Pattern samples, undated
Box Folder
5 Referral Information, undated
Box Folder
4 13 Samples of Fabrics, undated
14 Workbooks, 1922-1923
15 Transfer Pattern for Cross-Stitch Bandings, 1922-1923
16 The Honest Man, undated

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Adelaide Woodlee

This audiocassette is a copy of a reel-to-reel oral history of Adelaide Woodlee's travels to Texas. Adelaide speaks about the Civil War, the hard journey, and her father through most of it. The original recording was done in 1941. A typed transcript is available. During the latter part of the tape there is an abrupt interruption of Adelaide's account, followed by a group of unidentified young people discussing the war in Europe, summer plans, and a song.
Box Folder
4 17 Oral History Tape, recorded in 1941

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