Austin History Center

Carrington, Pearce and Imboden Families Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Carrington, Pearce and Imboden families
Title: Carrington, Pearce and Imboden Families Papers
Dates: 1886-1974
Dates (Bulk): 1886-1943
Abstract: Correspondence, creative works, photographs, and diaries from 1886-1974 document the personal and professional lives of the Carrington, Pearce and Imboden families who lived in Austin, Texas.
Accession number: AR.M.004
Quantity: 1 linear foot (3 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks, Travis County Room, qAR, Rare Format Storage
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Leonidas Davis Carrington and Wiley Hubbard Davis Carrington were sons of William Davis Carrington and Fannie Cozart of Orange County, North Carolina. Their families are represented in this collection, as are the families that their children and grandchildren married into: the Pearce, Imboden, and Leberman families.

Wiley Hubbard Davis Carrington married Margaret Scott Turnipseed and in 1855 they moved to Austin, Texas, where he was an unpaid preacher for Austin Central Christian Church from 1867-1874. He also fought in the Civil War as a captain in the 16th Texas Volunteer Infantry and maintained a law practice after the war. Carrington and his wife had seven children, including Maude, Lilian, and Mignonette.

Maude Carrington, born in 1861, married Wiley Mangum Imboden and they had five children, including Daniel Carrington Imboden and Wiley David Imboden, born in 1891 and 1896 respectively. Daniel Carrington Imboden was a captain during World War I in the 35th Division. Lilian Carrington was born in 1866 and was principal of the University Preparatory and Grammar School of Austin. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1887, as the third woman to graduate from the University. She died on May 27, 1955. Mignonette Carrington, born in 1870, married James Edwin Pearce, principal at Austin High School and later an anthropologist and professor at the University of Texas. They had two children, Pearl Pearce and Mignonette Pearce. Their daughter Mignonette taught at the preparatory school with her Aunt Lilian.

Leonidas Davis Carrington, Sr. married Martha Hickman Hill in 1844 and they had seven children, including Robert Emmett Carrington, born 1845, and Leonidas “Lonnie” Davis Carrington, Jr., born in 1853. In 1952, the family moved to Austin, Texas, where Carrington, Sr. owned and operated Carrington Cash Store on Congress Avenue. Their home was at 1511 Colorado Street, today known as the Carrington-Covert House. In 1884, Leonidas Davis Carrington, Jr. married Ella Bradford West of Lockhart, Texas, and they had three children including Ella Virginia West Carrington, who became a prominent artist and photographer in Austin and eventually owned the Christianson-Leberman Studio. Ella Virginia West married Henry Nathaniel Lebermann, an organist and composer for Austin Central Christian Church and music teacher and orchestra leader at the Texas School for the Blind. At some point, Ella Virginia West dropped the last letter of Lebermann, going as Virginia Leberman. In 1941, Henry Lebermann died and shortly after Virginia Leberman remarried to her studio partner Carl Christianson, who passed away the same year, in 1942. Leberman took over as sole owner of Christianson-Leberman Studio, until she sold it in 1950 and retired from photography. She served as President of the Texas Fine Arts Association from 1953-1954.

A partial family tree for the Carrington family which shows the relationship to the Pearce, Imboden, and Leberman families is available here.

Scope and Contents

The Carrington family's materials date from 1890-1912 and 1928-1974. Correspondence, sent and received between Lilian Carrington and Mignonette Pearce, Margaret Carrington and Daniel Carrington Imboden dates from 1893-1896 and 1947-1954. A small amount of legal and financial materials, including contracts, receipts, and tax forms dates from 1893, 1929-1931, and 1954. There are also a small number of creative works, likely essays for school on poets and playwrights, which are undated. Ten diaries of Lilian’s dating from 1943-1953 which document her daily life during this decade are included.

The Wiley Hubbard Davis Carrington Family materials contain correspondence pertaining to the immediate family of Wiley Hubbard Davis Carrington—this includes Margaret Carrington and their children. The correspondence dates from 1895-1897, and there is also a partial war journal from 1942. Correspondence of Leonidas David Carrington, Jr. dating from 1890-1898 is also included, as well as materials relating to his daughter, Ella Virginia West Carrington Leberman—primarily typescripts for her book The Charm of Austin, 1967, and a small scrapbook which dates from 1928-1936. A small amount of assorted materials relating to the Carrington family are included, such as invitations and cards, which date from 1910, 1912, and 1974.

The materials related to the Pearce family: Mignonette Carrington Pearce (1870-1902), Mignonette Pearce (1902-1969), and James Edwin Pearce (1868-1938) date from 1886-1901 and 1926-1943. University of Texas honor certificates, class essays, and correspondence from 1886-1901 document the life of Mignonette Carrington Pearce. For the daughter of Mignonette, who shared the same name, there is correspondence from 1926-1931, a deed from 1939, and a United States Citizens Service corps certificate from 1943. The materials related to James Edwin Pearce are letters and tributes to his life which date from 1938-1939.

The Imboden family's materials consist of correspondence from Carolyn Imboden and Daniel Imboden and dates from 1917, 1932, and 1954.

The Photographs series contains 137 photographs, mostly portraits and snapshots of family and friends. Formats include cabinet cards, tintypes, cartes-de-visite, ambrotypes, and daguerrotypes. Local photographers represented in the collection include Stone & Waggoner, H.R. Marks, Jensen-Raymer, Martyn Elliott, Berner Marks, and Deane. Two photo albums are also part of this series, one containing 48 black-and-white prints dating between 1900-1904 that document family home life as well as sites in Austin including Austin Dam and Texas School for the Blind. The second photo album dates from the 1870s to 1890s and contains 29 portraits of family and friends taken by local photographers Journeay, H.R. Marks, H.B. Hillyer, and S.B. Hill.


The collection is arranged into four series:
I. Carrington Family
II. Pearce Family
III. Imboden Family
IV. Photographs


Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Carrington, Lilian, 1862-1955.
Carrington, Leonidas David, Jr.
Carrington, Margaret Scott Turnipseed.
Carrington, Wiley Hubbard Davis, 1822-1887.
Carrington, Robert Emmett, 1845-1900.
Leberman, Ella Virginia West Carrington.
Pearce, James Edwin, 1868-1938.
Pearce, Mignonette Carrington, 1870-1902.
Pearce, Mignonette, 1902-1969.
Imboden, Carolyn.
Imboden, Daniel Carrington.
Imboden, Wiley David.
Imboden, Maude Carrington.
Christianson, Carl.
Ferguson, James E., 1871-1944.
Bedicheck, Roy, 1878-1959.
Miller, Jessie.
Walker, Alexander Stuart, Jr., 1865-1933.
Patrick, Albert T.
Andrews, Fanny M., 1869-1960.
Subjects (Organizations)
Austin Art League (Austin, Tex.).
University of Texas at Austin.
Texas School for the Blind.
Historic buildings--Texas--Austin.
Portrait photography.
Austin (Tex.)--Genealogy.
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Bull Creek (Austin, Tex.).
Austin Dam (1893-1900).
Document Types
Greeting cards.
Black-and-white photographs.
Cabinet photographs.
Legal documents.
Financial records.

Related Material

General Collection

  • A 929.2 Be Annie Carrington Bessire, The Carrington Family.1985.
  • A 920.7209764 ST Kelly McMichael Stott, The Emerging Woman: A Study of Ella Virginia West Carrington Leberman, 1886-1968.1994.
  • A 920 WO Evelyn M. Carrington, Women in Early Texas.1975.
  • A 810 Le Virginia Leberman, Memoirs.1967.
  • A 917.6411 Le Virginia Leberman, The Charm of Austin.1967.
  • A 013.031 Pe James Edwin Pearce, Tales That Dead Men Tell.1935.
  • A 727.69764 PE Pe James Edwin Pearce, The Urgent Need for A Texas State Museum (Including Resolutions by the Committee on Archives and Museum, University of Texas Faculty, and Endorsements by Organizations.).1920.

Austin Files

  • AF Biography - Wiley Mangum Imboden
  • AF Biography - Williams Davis Carrington
  • AF Biography - James Edwin Pearce
  • AF Biography - Henry Nathaniel Leberman
  • House-Building - 1511 Colorado
  • House-Building - 1108 Neches
  • House-Building - 1900 David
  • AF Subject - Kuntz-Sternenberg Lumber Company L3600 (10)
  • AF Subject - Christianson-Leberman Studio P3500 (15)

Archives & Manuscripts

  • AR.H.001 Carrington Family Papers
  • AR.H.007 John Robert Williams Texana Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Carrington, Pearce and Imboden Families Papers (AR.M.004). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1967/031

Donation Date: 1967

Donor #: DO/1974/072

Donation Date: 1974 July 23, August 3

Processing Information

Final processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus, August 2017.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Carrington Family, 1890-1898, 1910-1912, 1928-1974, undated

Carrington, Lilian, 1893-1896, 1929-1954, undated
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1893-1896, 1947-1954, undated
2 Contract for house improvements, receipts, IRS tax form 1893, 1929-1931, 1954
3 Literature analysis essays, undated
2 10 diaries, 1943-1951, 1953
Carrington, Wiley Hubbard Davis Family, 1895-1897, 1942
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence, war journal, 1895-1897, 1942
Carrington, Leonidas David, Jr., 1890-1898
Box Folder
3 4 Correspondence, 1890-1898
Leberman, Ella Virginia West (Carrington), 1928-1936, 1967
Box Folder
3 1-3 Typescript for The Charm of Austin, 1967
2 Scrapbook, 1928-1936
Assorted Materials, 1910, 1912, 1974
Box Folder
1 11 Assorted, 1910, 1912, 1974

Pearce Family, 1886-1901, 1926-1943, undated

Pearce, Mignonette (Carrington), 1886-1901, undated
Box Folder
1 4 University of Texas honor certificates, 1886-1888
5 Correspondence, 1900-1901
6 Class prophecy, essay, notebook, 1889, undated
Pearce, Mignonette, 1926-1943, undated
Box Folder
1 7 United States Citizens Service Corps certificate, 1943
8 Deed, 1939
9 Correspondence, 1926-1931
Pearce, James Edwin, 1938-1939
Box Folder
1 10 Letters and tributes, 1938-1939

Imboden Family, 1917, 1932, 1954

Box Folder
1 12 Correspondence, 1917, 1932, 1954

Photographs, 1870s-1914, undated

Box Folder
3 5 Tintype - portrait: possibly Jessie Miller (#001); b&w photographs - candid and portraits: Margaret Scott Turnipseed Carrington, Maude Carrington, Jessie Miller, Mignonette Carrington Pearce, Mignonette Pearce, James Edwin Pearce; family Bible (#002-059), undated
6 B&w photographs - candid and portraits: Daniel Carrington Imboden, Margaret Scott Turnipseed Carrington, Mignonette Carrington Pearce, maid, Maude Imboden, Wiley David Imboden, James Edwin Pearce; house scenes (#060-082), 1898, 1903, undated
7 B&w photographs - candid and portraits: Prof. J. E. Pearce with group, Mignonette Pearce, Wiley Hubbard Davis Carrington, Lily Ann Imogen Carrington, portraits of children; travel scenes (#083-099), undated
8 B&w photographs - candid and portraits: Wiley David Imboden and Daniel Carrington Imboden (#100-113), 1914, undated
9 B&w photographs - candid and portraits: Mignonette Pearce, Wiley David Imboden, Daniel Carrington Imboden, Maude Carrington Imboden, Margaret Scott Turnipseed Carrington, Captain Wiley Hubbard Davis Carrington; Bull Creek picnic (#114-127), 1906, undated
Location PhotoAlbum
Travis County Room #35 Photo album - 48 black-and-white prints, 1900-1904
#36 Photo album - 29 black-and-white prints, circa 1870s-1890s
Location ArchivesCollection
qAR qAR photo box Black-and-white photographs - portraits: Mignonette Pearce (#128-131), undated
Location BoxItem
Rare Format Storage 3/4 Ambrotype - portrait: unidentified woman, hand-tinted with gold leafing (#132), undated
3/5 Albumen or collodion print - portrait: full length, two unidentified couples (#133), undated
3/6 Daguerreotype - portrait: Robert Emmett Carrington, hand-tinted (#134), undated
3/7 Ambrotype - portrait: Mrs. Harriet George, hand-tinted with gold leafing (#135), 1857 January 2
3/8 Albumen print - portrait: Robert Emmett Carrington (#136), undated
3/9 Ambrotype - portrait: G. Edwin Gray (#137), undated