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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Vaughan Douglass, 1916-1969

Jack Douglass, 1925-1989

Ray Douglass, 1916-1969

Assorted Family Papers 1920-1970

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Douglass Family Papers, 1916-1989



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Douglass Family
Title: Douglass Family Papers
Dates: 1916-1989
Creator Abstract: The Douglass family of San Antonio, Texas, included Ray Keller Douglass, active member of the Scientific Society, the Open Forum, and the Shakespeare Club; her daughter, Vaughan Douglass, schoolteacher, active member of the San Antonio Historical Association, and San Antonio branch president of the American Association of University Women from 1947-1949; her son, Jack Douglass III, church volunteer; and his wife, Leota Scott Douglass, exhibiting artist.
Content Abstract: The Douglass Family Papers includes printed materials, programs, scrapbooks, clippings, brochures, household receipts, correspondence, yearbooks, curricula, art periodicals, postcards, maps, photographs, place cards, color lithographs, and assorted ephemera.
Identification: MS 251
Extent: 3 linear feet (3 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

The Douglass family of San Antonio, Texas, included Ray Keller Douglass, active member of the Scientific Society, the Open Forum, and the Shakespeare Club; her daughter, Vaughan Douglass, schoolteacher, active member of the San Antonio Historical Association, and San Antonio branch president of the American Association of University Women from 1947-1949; her son, Jack Douglass III, church volunteer; and his wife, Leota Scott Douglass, exhibiting artist.

Ray Keller (Mrs. J.T.) Douglass (1877-1958) was born in Pennsylvania. She relocated to San Antonio from Florida with her husband John Thomson (J.T.) Douglass II in 1920. They lived at 808 West Mulberry Street. They had two children: John (Jack) Douglass III and Mary Vaughan (Vaughan) Douglass. J.T. Douglass died in 1933. Ray was an active church member, an amateur artist and supporter of the arts, and an avid classical music and theater fan. She was also a member of the Shakespeare Club, the Scientific Society, the Open Forum, and the San Antonio Historical Association.

John (Jack) Douglass III (1904-1995) was born in Florida and died in San Antonio in 1995. He was predeceased by his wife Leota Scott Douglass (1901-1981). Jack Douglass was an active church member and on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Historical Association. He also acted and sang in many theater productions including the 1930 Civic Opera performance of The Pirates of Penzance. His wife Leota was an artist who exhibited in San Antonio, throughout her life. They had five children, including John (Jack) Thomson Douglass IV (b.1943), Ellen Maureen Douglass (b.1945), and Douglass III (Rowena) Douglass (b. 1950).

Mary Vaughan (Vaughan) Douglass (1906-1970) was born in Florida and died in San Antonio in 1970. Vaughan was never married. She lived with her mother at 808 West Mulberry Street until her death. She was an elementary school teacher at Milam Elementary in San Antonio. She completed her associate’s degree in 1927 from Westmoorland College in San Antonio, which was later incorporated by Trinity University. She graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1929. She completed her teaching certification requirements at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, in the summer of 1931. Additionally, she earned her Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York. Vaughan was involved in numerous professional and civic organizations including Texas State Teachers Association, San Antonio Teachers Council, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, San Antonio Historical Association, and the Shakespeare Club. She was a longstanding member of the American Association of University Women, serving as its San Antonio branch president from 1947-1949. She was a writer and freelance copy editor for numerous groups and was also a political reporter for the KENS- CBS television station during the 1965 city and county elections.

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Scope and Content Note

The Douglass Family Papers consists include printed materials, programs, scrapbooks, clippings, correspondence, yearbooks, art periodicals, postcards, maps, photographs, place cards, color lithographs and assorted ephemera. There are also some financial papers in the collection, including a number of bills and receipts concerning family property at 808 West Mulberry Street in San Antonio. The collection is arranged into four series: Vaughan Douglass, 1925-1969, Jack Douglass, 1925-1989, Ray Douglass 1906-1958, and Assorted Family Papers, 1900-1900.

The Vaughan Douglass series contains yearbooks, graduation memorabilia, and correspondence and clippings related to her involvement with the American Association of University Women, the San Antonio Historical Association, the League of Women Voters, and assorted materials related to her profession as a school teacher.

The Jack Douglass series contains correspondence, clippings, a scrapbook and programs from plays that he performed in or attended.

The Ray Douglass series contains a scrapbook of materials related to art exhibitions and musical performances that she attended between 1922-1956 in San Antonio and other locations in Texas and several locations in Florida.

The Assorted Family Papers series contains printed and visual materials including travel brochures, postcards, photographs, lithographs of San Antonio, and architectural drawings of Liendo, a former plantation in Hempstead, Texas.

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Organization of Collection

Vaughan Douglass
Jack Douglass
Ray Douglass
Assorted Family Papers

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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

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Douglass, Ellen Maureen.
Douglass, Jack 1904-1995.
Douglass, Leota Scott.
Douglass, Ray.
Douglass, Vaughan, 1906-1970.
Organizations
American Association of University Women. San Antonio Branch.
League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area.
San Antonio Historical Association.
Trinity University--San Antonio.
Subjects
Art--Texas--San Antonio--Catalogs.
Exhibitions--Texas--San Antonio.
Women--Texas--San Antonio--Societies and clubs--History.
Women music patrons--Texas--San Antonio.
Women--Education--Texas--San Antonio.
Theater--Texas--San Antonio.
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Texas--San Antonio.
Museums--Texas--San Antonio.
Opera--Texas--San Antonio.
Teachers--Texas.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Clubs. San Antonio (Tex.)--Social life and customs--20th century.
Texas--Education--Universities and colleges.
Texas--Politics and government.
Genres/Formats
Brochures.
Clippings.
Color lithographs.
Correspondence.
Curricula.
Ephemera.
Maps.
Postcards.
Programs.
Scrapbooks.
Yearbooks.
Local Subjects
Family Collections
San Antonio History
Women

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Related Material

There are no known other archival collections created by the Douglass Family at the date of accessioning.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item],Douglass Family Papers, MS 251, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received from the Institute of Texan Cultures Library in July 2007 (Acc. 2007-089).

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Estes, Archives Intern, August 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Vaughan Douglass, 1916-1969

Series includes biographical information pertaining to Vaughan Douglass and her education, profession and activities, including her high school diploma, yearbooks, graduation ephemera, curricula, membership cards, teaching materials, personal correspondence and photographs. Arranged into three subseries: Education and Career, Professional and Voluntary Activities and Assorted Materials.
Education and Career, 1925-1967
Box
1 El Sombrero, Main Avenue High School yearbook, 1925
The Wand, Westmoorland College year book, 1927
University of Texas catalog and bulletin, 1926-1928
University of Texas graduation memorabilia, 1929
Teaching certification materials from Sul Ross University, 1931
Trinity alumni correspondence, 1952-1967
Assorted materials, 1936-1969
Curriculum materials, 1936-1958
Box
2 Delta Kappa Gamma Society assorted materials, 1945-1968
Alpha Theta conclave scrapbook, 1960-1961
Texas state teachers association assorted materials, 1947-1968
Kappa kappa iota, alpha chi, alpha theta, and beta beta conclave materials, 1962-1964
San Antonio teachers council, 1957-1959
Milam elementary school class photograph and letter, 1964-1970
Southwest writers conference programs and newsletters, 1959-1962
United States labor report on women workers, 1960
Professional and Voluntary Activities 1928-1969
American Association of University Women,1931-1948
American Association of University Women assorted materials, 1941-1965
Assorted materials from a folder labeled AAUW, 1947-1968
Bylaws of the San Antonio branch of the American Association of University Women, 1954-1964
Box
3 City federation of women's clubs, 1947-1948
San Antonio Conservation Society assorted materials,1958-1968
San Antonio Historical Association assorted materials, 1944-1967
Shakespeare Club yearbooks, 1937-1963
Assorted membership materials, 1928-1969
Assorted Materials, 1925-1969
Ephemera, 1925-1969
Joske's Charga-plate circa 1930-1940
Photographs, circa 1920-1930
Souvenir photographs of college friends, 1946-1954
Political activities, 1952-1965
808 West Mulberry Street remodeling receipts, 1956

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Jack Douglass, 1925-1989

The Jack Douglass series (1924-1989) includes correspondence, clippings, a scrapbook and programs from plays that he performed in or attended.
Arranged by type of material and organized alphabetically.
Box
4 Assorted correspondence related to young people's Christian convention, 1924-1930
36th convention Christian union button, circa 1930
The drama of the Alamo screenplay and assorted materials, 1958-1962
Fort Sam Houston post exchange receipts, 1920-1930
Handwriting analysis, 1966
High school memorabilia and diploma of Ellen Maureen Douglass, 1962-1963
The lively arts of the southwest periodical, 1932-1933
Box
5 Photographs, circa 1930s
Postcard from Vaughan to Jack, 1960
San Antonio historical association reference clippings, 1966-1968
San Antonio historical association membership books, 1982-1989
Texas newspaper clippings 1966-1968
Tourism materials, 1955-1965
Assorted materials, 1925-1979
Drawer
3 High school diploma, 1925

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Ray Douglass, 1916-1969

Box
5 American legion membership cards, 1923-1932
Club activity postcards, 1946-1951
League of women voters materials, 1954-1958
Pocket calendar, 1937-1938
Scientific society materials, 1932-1954
Box
6 Shakespeare club yearbooks, 1942-1958
Stenographers' note book, 1916-1918
Texas centennial highway map and program, 1936
Texas engagement calendar, 1947
Assorted materials, 1918-1967

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Assorted Family Papers 1920-1970

Box
6 Printed Materials 1920-1970
Humble's hall of Texas history pamphlets, 1936
San Antonio pamphlets, circa 1920
Texas industry magazine, 1948
Texas travel brochures, 1920-1963
Visual Materials 1920-1950
Architectural drawings of Liendo plantation, circa 1930
San Antonio lithographs, 1940-1941
San Antonio postcards circa 1920-1950

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