Contact Us

Texas Archival Resources Online

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Personal, 1881-1956

Professional, 1881-1900, 1928

Austin History Center

Emily Numbers Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Numbers, Emily, 1862-1961
Title: Emily Numbers Family Papers
Dates: 1881-1956
Abstract: Emily Numbers and her sisters Arta and Melete lived and taught school in Austin, Texas for the majority of their adult lives beginning in the late 1800s. This small collection, dated 1881-1956, documents their personal and professional lives and contains letters, greeting cards, high school memorabilia, recipes, financial records, photographs, professional certifications and reports cards from the Miss Numbers School.
Accession number: AR.A.016
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks, qAR
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Arta (1854-1935), Emily (1862-1961) and Melete (1860-1957) Numbers, sisters, born to George and Elizabeth Humbart Numbers, grew up in Decatur, Indiana. Arta and Emily moved to Austin, Texas in 1886, followed later by their sister Melete. The sisters lived with their mother Elizabeth at a house located at 1205 Rio Grande Street. All three women pursued careers as teachers. Emily Numbers started teaching at the West Austin School (Pease Elementary School) in 1887, then transferred to Wooldridge Elementary in 1926 where she taught until her retirement in 1933. Arta also taught for Austin Public Schools and was the principal of the private school, Miss Numbers School, run out of their home on Rio Grande. Melete was also involved with teaching at the Miss Numbers School.

Return to the Table of Contents


Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection is assumed to belong to Emily Numbers, but as all three sisters lived together their whole lives some of the unattributed items may have belonged to Melete or Arta. The materials document both the personal and professional lives of Emily and date from 1881 to 1956.

The Personal series (1881-1956) contains high school memorabilia from Indiana; financial records including World War II ration books, check registers, and investment information; personal letters and greeting cards; a annotated cookbook and handwritten recipes; drawings and sketches of flowers and people; and family candid and portrait photographs along with two Colorado souvenir photographs.

The Professional series (1881-1900, 1928) consists of teacher certificates from both Indiana and Texas, Texas Department of Education examination results, and teachers' reports. Of interest is a ledger book from the West Austin School that is mostly empty but contains six entries with meeting minutes for the West Austin Reading Club describing the teacher's discussion of books related to education dated 1894-1895. And lastly, there are report cards issued by the Miss Numbers School to Wilkin Orr from the 1896-97 school year.

Return to the Table of Contents


Arrangement

Arranged into two series:


  • Personal
  • Professional

Return to the Table of Contents


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.

Return to the Table of Contents


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Numbers, Emily Louella, 1862-1961.
Numbers, Melete, 1860-1957.
Numbers, Arta B.
Subjects (Organizations)
Miss Numbers School (Austin, Tex.).
West Austin School.
Austin Public Schools (Austin, Tex.).
Subjects
Public schools--Texas--Austin.
Private schools--Texas--Austin.
Teachers--Texas--Austin.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Rio Grande 1205 (Austin, Tex.).
Document Types
Black-and-white photographs.
Cabinet photographs.
Certificates.
Cook book.
Correspondence.
Drawings.
Financial records.
Greeting cards.
Minutes.
Tin types.
Writings.

Return to the Table of Contents


Related Material

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Numbers, Emily
  • AF Biography - Numbers, Melete
  • AF Subject - Private Schools - Miss Numbers School P7200 (19)
  • AF Subject - Public Schools - West Avenue P8300 (80)
  • AF House/Building - 1205 Rio Grande

Return to the Table of Contents


Administrative Information

Custodial History

After the death of Emily Numbers the Library (precursor to AHC) was offered the papers left among her personal effects, which makes up the majority of this collection. No Deed of Gift was filled out.

Preferred Citation

Emily Numbers Family Papers (AR.A.016). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1970/025

Donation Date: 1970

This donor information corresponds to the sketch book, the West Austin School Reading Club minute book and the tintype photograph.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid created by Molly Hults in 2018.

Return to the Table of Contents


Detailed Description of the Collection

Personal, 1881-1956

Box Folder
1 1 High school memorabilia, 1881-1882, 1906
2 Financial records, 1917-1918, 1942, 1950-1951
3 Letters and cards, 1928-1956, undated
4 Recipes, 1925, undated
5 Candid photographs (#003-006), 1902, undated
6 Colorado souvenir photographs (#009, 010), 1899
7 Portrait photographs (#001, 002, 007, 008, 011-015), circa 1880s-1950s
8 Sketches and drawings, undated
9 Writings, undated

Return to the Table of Contents




Professional, 1881-1900, 1928

Box Folder
1 10 Certifications, examinations and other professional materials, 1884-1900, 1928, undated
Location BoxItem
qAR 006/042-046 Teacher's licenses and State Summer Normal certificates (oversize), 1881-1896
Box Folder
1 11 Miss Numbers School report cards, 1896-1897

Return to the Table of Contents