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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas

Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Connecticut

General Society of Mayflower Descendants

Addition of February 2007 (Accession 2007-020)

Addition of August 2007 (Accession 2007-105)

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas Records, 1931-2003



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas
Title: Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas Records
Dates: 1931-2003
Creator Abstract: The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas, a state chapter of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, was founded in San Antonio, Texas on December 24, 1931. The goals of the Society are to join together people who share a common ancestry and to educate the public about the role of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact in the early history and development of the United States. The Texas chapter began when fourteen members convened the first meeting in San Antonio in December 1931. In addition to holding meetings and events and producing publications for members, the Mayflower Descendants have found ways to reach out to the community at large, notably through a Scholarship Fund for high school seniors graduating in Texas.
Content Abstract: The collection spans the years 1931 through 2003 and documents the activities of the state chapter and the duties performed by the Society's officers. Records include correspondence, legal documents, articles of incorporation, constitution and bylaws, membership ledgers and index cards, photographs, newsletters published by the Connecticut Society and some material connected with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. There is also a wooden chest used by the Texas Society to display its charter, the names of the charter members and other historical items.
Identification: MS 62
Extent: 9.6 linear feet (33 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas, a state chapter of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, was founded in San Antonio, Texas on December 24, 1931. Membership in the Society is open to any individual who can document his or her descent from one of the twenty-nine passengers on the Mayflower who are known to have produced heirs. The goals of the Society are to join together people who share a common ancestry and to educate the public about the role of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact in the early history and development of the United States.

The Texas chapter began when fourteen members convened the first meeting in San Antonio in December 1931. In 1945-1946 the first "Colonies", or local chapters of the state organization, were formed in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Abilene and San Antonio. As the population of Texas has continued to grow over the intervening decades, so has the number of Colonies; in 2006, new Colonies were founded in Central Texas and Tyler. The Colonies and the state Society have governing bodies of officers who perform specific duties within the organization, such as the Governor, Treasurer, Historian and Recording and Corresponding Secretaries. In addition to holding meetings and events and producing publications for members, the Mayflower Descendants have found ways to reach out to the community at large, notably through a Scholarship Fund for high school seniors graduating in Texas.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1931 through 2003 and documents the activities of the state chapter and the duties performed by the Society's officers. Records from several of the Colonies are also present in the collection, with a particularly large number of items pertaining to the Houston and San Antonio Colonies. Specific officers of the state Society, such as the Governor, Historian, Newsletter Editor, Corresponding and Recording Secretaries and Treasurer, are represented in the collection through correspondence and other documents pertaining to their duties. Minutes, programs and reports from the statewide meetings convened annually by the Governor are filed with that office's papers. The Governor's files also include news clippings about the Texas Society and programs from memorial services and other events. The Historian's records encompass scrapbooks, yearbooks, monthly reports, a genealogical index, a pamphlet, History of the Society of Mayflower Descendants (1981) and Vol. II of the book Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas (1971). Newsletters from the 1960s, the 1980s and the years 1993-2000 inclusive can be found among the Newsletter Editor's files.

The collection also includes the Texas Society's Corresponding Secretary's membership activity reports and the Recording Secretary's meeting minutes. The Treasurer's files include several ledger books from the 1980s and 1990s in addition to actual and projected budget reports, balance sheets from the Society's investment accounts, expense reports from other officers and tax preparation records. An investment survey prepared by then-state Treasurer Bart Henson and distributed to all of the state Societies in 1996 is also among the Treasurer's papers.

In addition to records generated by the state Society's officers, the collection contains legal documents, including articles of incorporation, constitution and bylaws, and membership ledgers and index cards. A small collection of photographs includes portraits of Society officers. The Amarillo, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio Colonies have contributed correspondence, meeting minutes and scrapbooks. Correspondence regarding the Scholarship programs in Houston and San Antonio can be found in the collection, along with some of the winning essays from years past.

The collection also contains two newsletters published by the Connecticut Society and some material connected with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Correspondence from the General Society, minutes from its Board of Assistants meeting in 1987 and other documents produced by the national organization are filed together. There are also fifty-six issues of the General Society's journal, Mayflower Quarterly, dating from the years 1968-1990. A selection of articles, poems, prayers, songs and even comic strips relating to the Pilgrims and the Mayflower completes the collection, contributing some historical background and a touch of whimsy.

The collection also includes a wooden chest used by the Texas Society to display its charter, the names of the charter members and other historical items.

The additions contain much of the same material as the other series.

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Organization of Collection

Series 1. Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas
Series 2. Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Connecticut
Series 3. General Society of Mayflower Descendants
Series 4. Addition of February 2009 (Accession 2009-012)
Series 5. Addition of April 2009 (Accession 2009-027)

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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 Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas Records must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections or the appropriate holder of copyright.

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Index Terms

Organizations
Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas.
General Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Subjects
Genealogy--Texas.
Genealogy--Indexes.
Genealogy--Societies, etc.
Locations
Texas--Genealogy--Societies, etc.--Directories.
Genres/Formats
Correspondence.
Legal documents.
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.
Newsletters.
Local Subjects
Clubs and Organizations
Texas History

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas Records, 1931-2003, MS 62, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Materials in the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas Records, 1931-2003 were donated by Mary Eck in July 1997, April 1998, September 1999, May 2006, February 2007, and August 2007 (Acc. 1997-018, 1998-011, 1999-029, 2006-021, 2007-020, 2007-105).

Processing Information

Processed by Ancelyn Krivak, Archives Intern, August 2006.

Additions encoded by Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, April 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas

Texas State Society
Governor
Annual Meetings
Box Folder
1 1 1933-1974
2 1975-1980
3 1981-1989
4 1990-1992
5 1992-1997
Box Folder
2 1 1998-2001
Annual Reports
Box Folder
2 2 1935-1955
3 1956-1961
4 1962-1966
5 1967-1971
6 1972-1977
Box Folder
3 1 1978-1982
2 1983-1997
3 Correspondence and News Clippings, 1952-2000
4 Display Chest, 1977
5 Invitations and Programs, 1987-1988 and undated
Historian
Box Folder
3 6 Correspondence, 1977, 1991-1999, and undated
7-8 Genealogical Index of Names and Vital Statistics, undated
9 History of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas, 1981 and undated
10 Inventory of Transfer of Historian Property, 1983
11 Invoices and Order Forms, 1992-2001 and undated
12 Lineage Book, 2001 and undated
Box Folder
4 1 Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas, Vol. II, 1971
2 Mayflower Descendants in the State of Texas, Vol. II, 1971
3 Monthly Reports, 1989-1999
Scrapbooks
Box Folder
5 1931-1959
Box Folder
6 1959-1981
Box Folder
4 4 1954-1980
Box Folder
7 1961-1994
Yearbooks
Box Folder
4 5 1938, 1958-1970
Box Folder
8 1 1971-1978
2 1979-1987
3 1989-1991
4 1993-1995
5 2001-2003
Legal Documents
Box Folder
9 1 Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and Constitution, 1971, 1977-1979, and undated
2 NGO/ Tax-Exempt Correspondence and Forms, 1977-1998
Membership
Box Folder
10 Active Members (Index Cards), undated
Box Folder
11 Deceased/Dropped Members (Index Cards), undated
Box Folder
9 3 Expired Junior Memberships A-M, 1967-1993
4 Expired Junior Memberships Mc-Z, 1967-1993
Box
12 Inactive Junior Members (Index Cards), undated
Box
13 Junior Members (Index Cards), undated
Box
14 Membership Books (Binders) (oversize)
Deaths, undated
Box
15 Drops, Resignations and Transfers Out A-L, undated
Box
16 Drops, Resignations and Transfers Out M-Z, undated
Box
17 First and Second Page Records, undated
Box
18 Junior Members, undated
Box
19 Members A-L inclusive, undated
Box
20 Members M-Z inclusive, undated
Box
21 Preliminary Applications, undated
Newsletter Editor
Box Folder
9 5 Newsletters and Correspondence, 1966-1969, 1987-2000, and undated
Photographs
Box Folder
9 6 Portraits, 1977 and undated
7 Unidentified, undated
Scholarship Chairman
Box Folder
9 8 Correspondence, 1957, 1983, 1992-2001
Secretary
Corresponding Secretary
Box Folder
9 9 Correspondence, 1994-1998
Box Folder
22 1 Membership Activity Reports, 1994-2001
Recording Secretary
Box Folder
22 2 Minutes, 1932-1950
Treasurer
Box Folder
22 3 Audit Reports, 1987-1998
4 Balance Sheets and Budget Tables, 1978-2001
Correspondence
Box Folder
22 5 Donations, 1996-1998
6 Exxon Grant, 1999
7 Internal, 1993-2001
8 Membership and Dues, 1995-1997
Box Folder
23 1 Membership and Dues, 1997-2001
2 Dues Lists and Postcard Mock-Up, 1993-2001 and undated
3 Duties- Manuals and Flow Chart, 1988 and undated
4 Expense Reports, 1991-2001 and undated
5 General Society Statement of Charges, 1989-2001
Investments
Box Folder
23 6 Fidelity Investments, 1997-2002
7 Guaranty Bank, 2001 and undated
8 Nationsbanc Capital Markets Inc., 1995
9 Nations Bank/Bank of America, 1995-2001
10 Vanguard Group, 1997-2001
11 Investment Surveys, 1996-1999
Box Folder
24 Ledgers
1 Ledgers, 1983-1986
2 Ledgers, 1988-1990
Box Folder
25 Ledgers, 1990-1992
Box Folder
26 Ledgers (2 Vols.), 1992-2000
Box Folder
27 Ledger, Membership Dues (oversize), 2000-2001
Box Folder
24 3 Ledgers and Journal Reports, 1995-2001
4 Notes, 1993-2001 and undated
5 Reports and Proposals, 1993-2001
6 Tax Preparation Records and Correspondence, 1995-2001
Amarillo Colony
Box Folder
28 1 Correspondence, 1997-2000
2 Yearbooks, 1993-1995
Austin Colony
Box Folder
28 3 Correspondence, 1999-2000
Corpus Christi Colony
Box Folder
28 4 Certificates, News Clippings and Notes, 1970-1973, 1990, 1996, and undated
5 Correspondence, 1996-2001 and undated
6 Programs and Yearbooks, 1962, 1977-1979, 1987-1991, 1998-2001
7 Scholarship Correspondence, Essays and News Clippings, 1987-2001
Dallas/Fort Worth Colony
Box Folder
28 8 Correspondence, Member Lists and Programs, 1994-2001
Houston Colony
Box Folder
28 9 Annual Reports and Member/Officers Lists, 1949-1997
10 Colony History, PR Kit and Project Plan, 1994, 1996, 1998
11 Correspondence, 1953-2001
12 Flyers, Invitations and Programs, 1951-1955
13 Guest Books, 1971-1990
14 Minutes, 1951-1955
Box Folder
29 1 News Clippings, Newsletter Entries and Press Releases, 1954-1966
2 Notes, undated
3 Photographs, 1996
4 Scholarship Essays, 1991-1992
5 Treasurer's Reports, 1953-1955
6 Yearbooks, 1991-2001
San Antonio Colony
Box Folder
29 7 Annual Reports, Member Lists and Standing Rules, 1966-1987 and undated
8 Correspondence and News Clippings, 1962-2001 and undated
9 History of San Antonio Colony and Yearbooks, 1946, 1980, 1995-2001, and undated
10 Minutes, 1953-1987
11 Minutes, 1991-1993
12 Scholarship Correspondence, Essays, Forms and Notes, 1992-2001 and undated
13 Treasurer's Reports, 1959-1978

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Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Connecticut

Box Folder
29 14 Newsletters, 1996, 1998

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General Society of Mayflower Descendants

Box Folder
29 15 Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and Constitutions (examples) with Related Correspondence, 1977
16 Board of Assistants Meeting Minutes, 1987
17 Correspondence, 1977, 1994-2001
Mayflower Quarterly
Box Folder
30 1 1968-1973
2 1974-1976
3 1977-1979
4 1980-1982
Box Folder
31 1 1983-1986
2 1987-1988
3 1988-1990
4 Pilgrim History, Humor, Postcards, Prayers and Songs, 1952-1996 and undated
5 Programs, 1972, 1984

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Addition of February 2007 (Accession 2007-020)

Box Folder
1 1 50th Anniversary meeting at Menger hotel and catered dinner at Alamo Hall, 1981
2 Certificate of Incorporation, May 15, 1978
3 By-laws and standing rules, 1979
4 San Antonio colony minutes, 1969-1977
5 Society of Mayflower Descendants in the state of Texas minutes, 1932-1949
6 Annual reports, 1935-1943
7 Will and correspondence on Alice Lathrop fund, 1957
Box
OM1 Mayflower wood carving, undated

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Addition of August 2007 (Accession 2007-105)

Box Folder
1 8 Society of Mayflower Descendants In Texas newsletter, undated
Box
OM1 Scrapbook, 2001-2003

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