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Emily Numbers Family Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
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.
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.
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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.
Emily Numbers Family Papers (AR.A.016). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
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.
Collection processed and finding aid created by Molly Hults in 2018.