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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Austin/Travis County Senior Luncheon Program, 1981-1985

Clarksville, 1980-1981

Community Education, 1975-1984

Criminal Justice Reform, 1971-1985

Travis County Elections, 1963-1986

Austin History Center

Elizabeth Hamilton Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Hamilton, Elizabeth Irene Wentworth, 1920-1999
Title: Elizabeth Hamilton Papers
Dates: 1963-1986
Dates (Bulk): 1975-1985
Abstract: Elizabeth Hamilton was actively engaged in civic activities in Austin, Texas, during the 1960s through 1980s. The collection documents her involvement in a senior luncheon program, Clarksville neighborhood concerns, community education, local criminal justice reform, and the Travis County Democratic Party elections through administrative records, fliers, membership lists, correspondence, financial materials, and news clippings.
Accession number: AR.W.001
Quantity: 3 linear feet (8 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks, Artifacts, qAR
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Elizabeth Irene Wentworth was born in Arlington, Texas on November 27, 1920. She met Edward Rhoades Hamilton while attending the University of Texas at Austin, and they married on April 23, 1943. She worked her way through college, at one point working for the State Hospital as a laboratory technician. She and Edward had six children: May, Susan, Nancy, Toby, Peter, and Alice.

Elizabeth served as the Democratic chairman of Travis County Precinct 320 for several years. She represented Travis County as one of the 149 delegates, including former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, at the 1970 State Democratic Convention. Additionally, she served as the presiding election judge for multiple Travis County elections throughout the 1970s and 1980s, in Precincts 150, 221, 320, 338, and 438.

In 1971, she began volunteering for the Travis County Adult Probation Department helping convicted adults by assisting with employment, finances, education, family life, transportation needs, etc. She spoke on panels regarding public affairs, including a 1968 panel discussion titled “The Precinct Convention: Case Study of Number 221”. She was also heavily involved in community education, specifically as an advisory board member for Mathews Community School where she also taught quilting. She died on April 6, 1999.

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Scope and Contents

The collection is arranged into five series documenting Hamilton’s involvement in community programs and events, community education, criminal justice reform, and Travis County elections. The bulk of the collection documents community education and elections in Travis County during the 1970s and 1980s.

A small amount of materials document the Austin/Travis County Senior Luncheon Program from 1981 to 1985 through a project council constitution, membership list, meeting notes, and brochures. The materials documenting Clarksville are also very few. A folder of correspondence primarily between resident Lynn Goodman-Strauss and city councilmembers, the city manager, and the director of the Parks and Recreation Department concern the 1980 and 1981 Clarksville Jazz Festivals. Many in the Clarksville community were opposed to event for several reasons, including the high cost of the event using city funds, as well as garbage, noise, and the exploitation of the neighborhood. There is also an undated flyer and schedule of events for the West Lynn Street Fair which supported the financing of the Clarksville Gold Dollar. Also included is a protest sign that reads “STOP TAO/ONO FROM DESTROYING CLARKSVILLE” from around 1980. Tao/Ono, Inc. was a development company that purchased several empty lots and abandoned homes in Clarksville and worked with a real estate company to build high end homes after reassuring the neighborhood center that they would also build low-income homes. The neighborhood residents began protesting the company’s development within Clarksville after the company did not work to build affordable housing as promised.

The Community Education materials comprise the bulk of the collection and document the Austin Community Education Consortium, Mathews Community School Advisory Committee, and Stimulating the Neighborhood Action Process (SNAP) from 1975 to 1984. The Community Education Consortium was a city-wide advisory board comprised of representatives of organizations appointed by the Austin Independent School Disctrict board of trustees and City Council, and representatives of the various community school advisory councils. Bylaws, course catalogs, correspondence, planning, finances, meeting minutes, memos, reports, grants and proposals document the work of the consortium from 1975 to 1983. Bylaws, membership, curriculum, memos, and program files document the work of Mathews Community School Advisory Council from 1976 to 1984. Stimulating the Neighborhood Action Process (SNAP), a nationwide network of local groups, was funded by a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to work with A.I.S.D. Community Education advisory groups to facilitate solutions to community problems. Erasmo Andrade was appointed director of the Austin SNAP program. Memos, marketing material, grant information and review committee materials document the SNAP program from 1977 to 1981.

The Criminal Justice Reform materials document various community groups that worked to reform the Travis County prison and probationary system, as well as address police brutality and crime prevention. These materials primarily date from 1980 to 1985. Most of the materials document issues with the conditions of the Travis County Jail building, including two lawsuits. Leon Musgrove, et al vs. Raymond Frank, et al was a 1982 civil action lawsuit which laid the maximum number of persons allowed per holding cell in the jail. The order contains floorplans of the first floor, second floor, and administrative offices of the jail.

Travis County Commissioners Court vs. Jessen Associates, Inc., Barnes Landes Goodman & Youngblood, J.C. Evans Construction Co., Inc., Federal Insurance Company, and Ampat/Midwest Corp. was a 1983 lawsuit alleging that the companies “breached [their] contract with [Travis County] by designing a detention system which does not provide a secure jail.” Travis County’s original petition, a counterclaim by J.C. Evans Construction Company, and correspondence between the county and companies exhibited to the court document the case. Other materials document the Travis County Jail Overcrowding Task Force of which Hamilton was a committee member. Membership lists, meeting minutes, and notes and memorandum document the activities and proposals of the committee.

Hamilton’s involvement in Travis County Elections centered on her service as a precinct chair and election judge. The materials documenting various local elections primarily date from 1975 to 1985 and consist of poll lists and election data collected at the voting booth in her role as precinct election judge. Most of the documentation is for Travis County Precinct 320 and 338, including a large map of Precinct 320, precinct convention minutes, and several years of poll lists. There are a small amount of memos from the Travis County Democratic Party and membership lists and the constitution for the West Austin Democrats. There is also general information and instructions for precinct chairs and election judges dating from 1972 to 1985. Additionally, campaign bumper stickers and buttons for 1985 mayoral candidates Frank Cooksey and Max Nofziger are included in the collection.

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Arrangement

Collection is arranged into four series:


  • Austin/Travis County Senior Luncheon Program
  • Clarksville
  • Community Education
    • Community Education Consortium
    • Mathews Community School Advisory Committee
    • Stimulating the Neighborhood Action Process (SNAP)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Travis County Elections

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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)
Hamilton, Elizabeth Irene Wentworth, 1920-1999.
Hamilton, Edward Rhodes, 1914-1995.
Schmidt, May Irene Hamilton, 1946-2017.
Cooksey, Frank C., 1933-.
Nofziger, Michael "Max".
Andrade, Erasmo Wilivaldo, 1931-2012.
Richards, Ann, 1933-2006.
Renfro, Mike.
Goodman-Strauss, Lynn.
Subjects (Organizations)
Mathews Community School.
Maplewood Community School Advisory Council.
Brooke Community School.
Rosedale/Brykerwoods Community Schools.
Clarksville Jazz Festival (Austin, Tex.).
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Austin Independent School District (Tex.).
Democratic Party (Travis County, Tex.).
Jail Overcrowding Task Force (Travis County, Tex.).
Austin/Travis County Senior Luncheon Program.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Stimulating the Neighborhood Action Process (SNAP).
Community Education Consortium (Austin, Tex.).
Texas Community Education Association.
Travis County Democratic Party.
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants.
Tao/Ono, Inc.
Subjects
Community schools--Texas--Austin.
Public schools--Texas--Austin.
Jails--Overcrowding--Texas--Travis County.
Alternatives to imprisonment--Texas--Travis County.
Executive advisory bodies--Texas--Austin.
Elections--Texas--Travis County.
Places
Travis County (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Austin (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Austin (Tex.)--Social conditions.
Clarksville (Austin, Tex.).
West Austin (Austin, Tex.).
Document Types
Administrative records.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Financial records.
Legal documents.
Maps.
Minutes.
Agendas.
Posters.
Programs.
Fliers.
Membership lists.
Memorabilia.
Publicity materials.

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Related Material

Archives & Manuscripts


General Collection


  • A 324.2736 GR Graham, Sally Hunter, A Voice for the People: A History of the Travis County Democratic Women's Committee. 1985.
  • A 352.94495 TR Travis County (Tex.). Jail Overcrowding Task Force, Phase I Preliminary Report. 1981.
  • A 352.94495 TR Travis County (Tex.). Jail Overcrowding Task Force, Report. 1982.
  • A 352.94495 TR Travis County (Tex.). Jail Overcrowding Task Force, A Subcommittee Report of the Travis County Jail Overcrowding Task Force: A Critique of the Ten-year Plan. 1982.
  • A 352.94495 TR Travis County (Tex.). Sheriff's Office, Travis County Corrections Division Ten Year Building Plan. 1981.
  • A 352.94495 CO 1983, Technical assistance report: NIC TA 84-3010. (Technical assistance for jail population management). 1983.
  • A 374.976431 CO Community Education (Austin, Tex.), Community Education: Policies and Procedures Handbook. 1977.
  • A 374.976431 AU FICHE Austin Community Education Consortium, Community Education: Annual Report. 1980.
  • A 371.03 AU 1985 Austin Community Education Consortium, Study Report: Executive Summary. 1985.
  • A 374.976431 CO Community Education Task Force, Community Education Task Force report. 1975.
  • A 374.976431 CO 1984-1985 Community Education Consortium, Community Education in Austin: Expansion Plan Report, 1984-1985. date1984.
  • A 781.65 CL 1989, Clarksville/West End Jazz & Arts Festival. 1989.

Periodicals


  • Community Education Consortium Newsletter
  • Community Education: Community Schools Class Schedule
  • Austin Democrat
  • Demo Memo
  • Travis County Democratic Women's Committee Newsletter
  • West Austin Democrats

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Hamilton, Edward R.
  • AF Subject - Public Schools - Community Education P8200(10) T
  • AF Subject - Old Age - Senior Lunch Program O1200(31) T
  • AF Subject - Prisons - Travis County Jail P7100(2)
  • AF Subject - Political Parties - Travis County Democratic Party P5300(15) T
  • AF Subject - Political Parties - Travis County Democratic Women’s Committee P5300(9) T
  • AF Subject - Politics and Government - Travis County - Election Precincts (E1000)P5420

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Separated Material

The Grass Roots Fundraising Book: How to Raise Money in Your Community by Joan Flanagan for The Youth Project.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elizabeth Hamilton Papers (AR.W.001). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1974/060

Donation Date: 1974

Processing Information

Initial inventory by Ruth Baker in February 1999. Mathews Community School Records created by Elizabeth Hamilton were integrated into this collection. Final processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus in September 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Austin/Travis County Senior Luncheon Program, 1981-1985

Project Council, 1981-1985
Box Folder
1 1 Constitution and Membership List, 1981
2-3 Meeting agendas and minutes, 1982-1985
4 Brochures and announcements, 1982-1985

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Clarksville, 1980-1981

Box Folder
5 13 Clarksville Jazz Festival and West Lynn Street Fair, 1980-1981
Location FlatFile
qAR 01/05/08 Poster "Stop TAO/ONO from destroying Clarksville", circa 1980

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Community Education, 1975-1984

Community Education Consortium, 1975-1983
Box Folder
1 5 Bylaws, 1980
6 Catalogs, 1980-1981
7 Correspondence, 1976-1983
8 Evaluation and survey forms, 1978-1981
9 Financial, 1980-1981
10 Functions and planning, 1976-1980
Box Folder
4 12 Fundraising, 1980
Box Folder
1 11 General readings, 1975-1976
12 Grant applications, 1979-1981
Box Folder
2 1-2 Meeting minutes, 1978-1981
3 Membership, 1978-1981
4 Memorandum, 1976-1981
12 News/events, 1976-1983
5 Project boost, 1981
6 Publicity, marketing, mailings, 1977-1978
7 Recommendations/plans, 1980-1982
8 Reference sheets, undated
9 Reports and proposals, 1975-1980
10 Statistical information, 1980-1981
Box Folder
4 13 Texas A&M course - Education Administration, 1977
Box Folder
2 11 Workshops, 1977-1982
Box Folder
5 12 Correspondence - May Schmidt, 1975-1982
Mathews Community School Advisory Committee, 1976-1984
Box Folder
3 1 Bylaws and membership, 1977-1980
2 Correspondence, announcements, 1976-1984
3 Correspondence - Lynn Goodman-Strauss, 1976-1981
4 Curriculum, 1976-1981
5 Extend-A-Care, 1976, undated
6 Financial, 1977-1979
7 Memorandum, 1976-1981
8-10 Minutes, 1976-1984
Programs, 1979-1982
Box Folder
4 1 Haskell House Midday Activity Program, 1981
2 Reading Is Fun (RIF) Program, 1979-1982
3 Surveys, administrative files, 1978-1980, undated
Stimulating the Neighborhood Action Process (SNAP), 1977-1981
Box Folder
4 4 General information, 1980, undated
5-6 Grant applications, 1979-1981
7 Grant reports, 1977-1980
8 Memorandum, 1978-1981
9 Publicity, 1979-1980
Review Committee, 1978-1980
Box Folder
4 10 Guidelines, circa 1980
11 Minutes, 1978-1981

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Criminal Justice Reform, 1971-1985

Box Folder
5 1 Articles, 1971, 1980-1982
2 Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE), 1982-1985
3 Community-Police Relations Advisory Council, 1981
4 Community Service Restitution Advisory Board, 1983
Travis County Jail, 1978-1985
Box Folder
5 5 Assorted memos, news clippings, 1978-1985
Lawsuits, 1982-1983
Box Folder
5 6 Jail conditions, 1982
7 New jail facility, 1983
8 Statistical information, 1981-1982
Travis County Jail Overcrowding Task Force, 1981-1983
Box Folder
5 9 Membership lists, 1981-1982
10 Minutes, 1981-1983
11 Notes, memos, 1981-1983

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Travis County Elections, 1963-1986

Box Folder
6 1 Assorted convention information, instructions, 1972-1985
Location BoxItem
Artifacts 107/097-099 Campaign memorabilia for Frank Cooksey and Max Nofziger, 1985
Election Materials, 1975-1985
Precinct 320, 1980-1984
Box Folder
8 1 Democratic primary election, 1980 May 3
2 School Board runoff election, 1982 December 11
3 Municipal bond election, 1983 January 15
4 School bond election, 1983 February 5
5 Municipal runoff election, 1983 April 30
6 Local option election, 1983 August 13
7 Special municipal election, 1983 September 22
8 Constitutional amendment election, 1983 November 8
9 Austin Community College Board election, 1984 April 7
10 Austin Independent School District Board election, 1984 April 7
11 Austin Community College runoff election, 1984 April 28
12 Democratic primary election, 1984 May 5
13 Democratic primary runoff election, 1984 June 2
14 City-County bond election, 1984 September 7
15 General election, 1984 November 6
Precinct 338, 1975
Box Folder
6 2 Local drink hours election, 1975 October
3 Constitutional amendment election, 1975 November
Poll Lists, 1963-1984
Box Folder
6 4 Precinct 221, 1963-1969
6 Precinct 338, 1970-1975
7 Precinct 438, 1970-1975
Precinct 320 Materials, 1975-1984
Box Folder
7 3 Convention minutes, 1980-1984
Location BoxItem
qAR 086/014 Map, circa 1980
Box Folder
6 5 Poll lists, 1977-1984
Location BoxItem
qAR 087/003-008 Poll lists, 1978-1984
Box Folder
8 16-19 Travis County precinct lists, 1975-1978
Box Folder
7 1 Precinct chairs and election judges information, 1982-1985
2 Travis County Democratic Party memorandum, 1980-1986
4 West Austin Democrats, 1982-1983

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