Foldered & Finished: Abilene Christian College Faculty Wives Records

The Abilene Christian College Faculty Wives Records are ready for researchers. The finding aid for the Abilene Christian College Faculty Records is now available on DigitalCommons@ACU and the digitized scrapbook is also available on DigitalCommons@ACU in its entirety.

Scrapbook [page 7], Abilene Christian
College Faculty Wives Records, 1924-1961. Center for Restoration Studies MS #121.
Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene
Christian University, Abilene, TX.

These records include a scrapbook that recounts and details the history of the Abilene Christian College Faculty Wives (1924-1961). The scrapbook includes historical notes, lists of members, by-laws, and relevant newspaper clippings.

Scrapbook [page 37], Abilene Christian
College Faculty Wives Records, 1924-1961. Center for Restoration Studies MS #121.
Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene
Christian University, Abilene, TX.

The Abilene Christian College Faculty Wives began in 1924 as the Dames Club. Wanda Baxter, wife of Abilene Christian College president Batsell Barrett Baxter, organized the group. Early on the group focused on assisting with the social affairs of the college and on doing personal work with the female students. Vera Sikes presented a history of the group during a meeting celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 1945. This sparked interest in preserving the group’s history, which led to the creation of the scrapbook.

Scrapbook [page 195], Abilene Christian
College Faculty Wives Records, 1924-1961. Center for Restoration Studies MS #121.
Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene
Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Mixed Up in History, Part 3: Recipes from the Archive

We will participate in Preservation Week 2019 by hosting three preservation-themed webinars in the Special Collections and Archives reading room on the lower level of the ACU Brown Library from 1-2 pm on April 23, 25, and 26.

The one-hour webinars will focus on very practical strategies anyone can employ to preserve their family history.  At each webinar we will feature three different recipes from the archives, primarily drawing on the 1974 Women of ACC Cookbook. If you’re in Abilene please come join us, and if you can’t make it in person we’ll share links so you can watch the webinars online.  We will also share the recipes and some additional historical context about their authors. Below are the first three recipes we’re trying out– stay tuned for more!

Below are the recipes we’ll feature on Friday, April 26. Join us from 1-2 pm to learn about preserving family recipes.

Curry Dip
From the kitchen of Marguerite Anderson

Marguerite Anderson graduated from Abilene Christian College and then served as a librarian beginning in 1943.

Abilene Christian College. Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian College, 1936, yearbook, 1936; Abilene, Texas, University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Abilene Christian College. Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian College, 1952, yearbook, 1952; Abilene, Texas. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Page 4, Women of ACC. 1974. Women of ACC cookbook: recipes from members, ex-students and friends, and ACC specialities. Abilene Tex: Abilene Christian College.

Mama's Cream of Tartar Candy
From the kitchen of Mrs. Loreta Kelley

Mrs. Loreta Kelley worked in the Home Economics department and served many different ways around campus, including as a sponsor for Club as seen in the photograph below. She retired in 1985 and continued involvement at the university and at her church, University Church of Christ.

Abilene Christian University. Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian University, 1976, yearbook, 1976; Abilene, Texas. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Page 160, Women of ACC. 1974. Women of ACC cookbook: recipes from members, ex-students and friends, and ACC specialities. Abilene Tex: Abilene Christian College.

Almond Tea
From the kitchen of Mrs. Bert A. (Lazelle) Rose

Lazelle May Rose attended Abilene Christian College beginning in 1936 and went on to recieve a Masters Degree from ACC in 1956.

Hamil Family Funeral Home, photograph courtesy of the Rose family.

In addition to teaching, Lazelle Rose was active in the Women for ACC and Women’s Club of Abilene. She was an active member of Highland Church of Christ.

Page 14, Women of ACC. 1974. Women of ACC cookbook: recipes from members, ex-students and friends, and ACC specialities. Abilene Tex: Abilene Christian College.

 

Mixed Up in History, Part 2: Recipes from the Archives

We will participate in Preservation Week 2019 by hosting three preservation-themed webinars in the Special Collections and Archives reading room on the lower level of the ACU Brown Library from 1-2 pm on April 23, 25, and 26.

The one-hour webinars will focus on very practical strategies anyone can employ to preserve their family history.  At each webinar we will feature three different recipes from the archives, primarily drawing on the 1974 Women of ACC Cookbook. If you’re in Abilene please come join us, and if you can’t make it in person we’ll share links so you can watch the webinars online.  We will also share the recipes and some additional historical context about their authors. Below are the first three recipes we’re trying out– stay tuned for more!

Below are the recipes we’ll feature on Thursday, April 25. Join us from 1-2 pm to learn about caring for family keepsakes.

Miss Lillie's cheese chips
From the kitchen of Mrs. Lefty (Blanche) Walker

Blanche Walker was a member of Ko Jo Kai during her time at Abilene Christian College. She married Lefty Walker, pictured below.

Abilene Christian College. Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian College, 1932, yearbook, 1932; Abilene, Texas. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Page 10, Women of ACC. 1974. Women of ACC cookbook: recipes from members, ex-students and friends, and ACC specialities. Abilene Tex: Abilene Christian College.


Pink Salad
From the kitchen of Mrs. Leon (Sue) Barr

Donna Sue Barr (1938-2008) was born in Oplin, Texas, and married Leon Barr in 1959. She worked for West Texas Utilities for over a decade and was very active in University Church of Christ in Abilene, TX.

The Hamil Family Funeral Home, photograph courtesy of the family of Donna Sue Barr.

Page 425, Women of ACC. 1974. Women of ACC cookbook: recipes from members, ex-students and friends, and ACC specialities. Abilene Tex: Abilene Christian College.

Coca Cola Punch
From the kitchen of Mrs. W. L. (Elsie) Jones

Elise Jone’s husband, W. L. Jones, managed Gandy’s Creamery in Abilene from the late 1950s into the 1960s. Perhaps she used products from the creamery when developing her recipes.

R.L. Polk & Co. Polk’s Abilene (Taylor County, Texas) City Directory, 1963, book, 1964; Dallas, Texas, University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Page 15, Women of ACC. 1974. Women of ACC cookbook: recipes from members, ex-students and friends, and ACC specialities. Abilene Tex: Abilene Christian College.

Check back soon for more recipes and history!