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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

George Cressey Hawley Papers, 1911-1966

Austin History Center

George Cressey Hawley Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Hawley, George C.
Title: George Cressey Hawley Papers
Dates: 1911-1966
Abstract: The George Cressey Hawley Papers provide information about the life of George Cressey Hawley (1890-1976). Born in Ohio, Hawley was a WWI veteran later employed in Austin as a civil engineer for the Texas Fire Insurance Committee until his retirement in 1966. He was the great-grandson-in-law to prominent Austin resident Eugene Carlos Bartholomew (1839-1923). The collection covers the years 1911 to 1966, and contains personal correspondence, military documents, photographs and genealogical material that document the life of George C. Hawley.
Accession number: AR.1991.046
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archive stacks, qAR
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Born to William Edwin Hawley and Nellie Kinnear in Kingsville, Ohio, on October 21, 1890, George Cressey Hawley attended Kingsville Public School from 1900 to 1907. In 1908 he went to Northwestern Academy in Evanston, Illinois, and then continued to Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. After a year in College Station, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1916 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

Between 1917 and 1919, during World War I, he served as an officer in one of the first anti-aircraft artillery units, experiencing active duty in the Meuse, Argonne and Moselle campaigns in France.

Upon returning to Austin after the war, he married Anna Harlan Bartholomew on May 13, 1920. Anna Bartholomew was the great-granddaughter of Eugene Carlos Barholomew, who was a leading figure in early Austin city politics and banking.

Around this time, Hawley became the first vice-president of the Austin chapter of the Reserve Officers' Association, which was the first of its kind in Texas. Between 1920 and 1937 he was employed as the Chief Engineer of the Texas Fire Insurance Committee. In 1947 he was appointed to the Governor's Statewide Fire Prevention Committee. Hawley's final document of achievement was his promotion to the rank of Major in the Officers' Reserve Corps in 1952.

George Cressey Hawley retired in 1966. He died on October 17, 1976, and is buried in Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Scope and Contents

There are eight folders in the collection.

World War I Letters to Parents (1918), contains correspondence to Hawley's parents about his stateside military camp life, training at an aircraft school near Paris, and subsequent combat experience in France. Similar attention is given to description of French customs and landscape, as well as to interaction with civilians and prisoners-of-war. Included is a black-and-white photograph of an unidentified soldier posing in front of a German dugout.

World War II Correspondence Received (1944), are letters from friends detailing their respective combat experiences.

Military Service Documents (1917-1958), contains official military paperwork. Also included is a photo of Hawley with his fellow soldiers in France, 1918.

Awards and Certificates (1920-1966), academic and professionally related documents. Hawley's undergraduate diploma from the University of Texas is housed in a separate flat file.

Wedding Documents (1920), contains Hawley and Anna Harlan Bartholomew's marriage license and related ceremonial memorabilia.

Hawley Family (undated), contains genealogical material, correspondence, obituaries and various newspaper clippings related to Hawley's extended family.

Assorted Materials (undated), contains a scrapbook once belonging to a relative of Anna Bartholomew, and an unrelated membership directory.

Photographs (undated), contains 19 b/w and 11 color photos of Hawley family members and acquaintances.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type. There is one item in a separate flat file (qAR).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

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.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Barkley, Fred.
Bartholomew, Anna H.
Bartholomew, Claude Morley.
Bartholomew, Eugene Carlos.
Caffall, Mary.
Estepp, Gerald.
Hawley, George Cressey.
Hawley, Gideon.
Hawley, James H.
Hawley, Nellie K.
Hawley, Steven K.
Hawley, William E.
Ramsey, Thomas.
Reynolds, C.P.
Schroeder, Walter.
Shindler, Arnold.
Spire, Brian.
Stone, Leon.
Turner, Wilford.
Subjects (Organizations)
Austin Fire Insurance Co.
Austin National Bank.
Austin YMCA (Austin, Texas).
Reserve Officers' Association.
Statewide Fire Prevention Committee.
Texas Fire Insurance Committee.
United States. Army.
University of Texas at Austin.
Subjects
Austin (Tex.)--Genealogy.
Civil Engineering.
Family-- Texas --Austin.
Fire Prevention.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1939-1945.
Places
Austin (Tex.).
Kingsville (Ohio).
Travis County (Tex.).
Document Types
Books.
Cards (Postcards).
Certificates.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Invitations.
Memorabilia.
Notes.
Pamphlets.
Photographs.
Printed Material.
Programs.

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Related Material

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Bartholomew, Eugene Carlos.
  • AF House-Building - West Ave. 900.

General Collection


  • A 372.97641 WI Williams, Ruth Lynn. Proudly She Serves.1976.
  • A 921 L8545L Long, Walter Ewing. I'm Much Obliged.1968.
  • A 940.541273 H Hatfield, Thomas M. To Calvary with Tommy Rouse.1986.
  • A 976.41 Au 76d Austin City Directory.1937.
  • A 976.41 Au Ba Barkley, Mary Starr. A History of Central Texas.1970.
  • A 976.41 Au Ba Barkley, Mary Starr. History of Travis County.1963.

Archives & Manuscripts


  • AR.D.007. Eugene Carlos Bartholomew Papers.

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Separated Material

Shelton Jr., Emmet. My Austin. (1994), and Porter, Jenny Lind. The Judge's Collection (1982), to AHC book sale, 8/26/2009.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Cressey Hawley Papers, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1956/004

Donation Date: 1992

Processing Information

Finding aid encoded by Jim Rizkalla, December 2017. Revisions by Susan Rittereiser, 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

George Cressey Hawley Papers, 1911-1966

Box Folder
1 1-2 Correspondence, 1917-1944
3 Military Service Documents, 1917-1958
4 Awards and Certificates, 1920-1966
Location BoxItem
qAR 080/040 UT Austin Diploma, 1916
Box Folder
1 5 Wedding Documents, 1920
6 Hawley Family, undated
7 Assorted Materials, undated
8 Photographs (#001-031), 1911, undated

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