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Ada Blackburn Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
Ada Blackburn was born in Texas in 1870 to Samuel Edward Blackburn and Ellen Anna Blackburn. Her sister Ruth married Walter O. Stephens, who was a manager of the University of Texas football team in 1894 and served as a reverend for much of his life. Walter and Ruth had a daughter named Ellen Ada Stephens, who was born in the late 1890s. She married Hal Davis in 1923 and died in 1929. She graduated from the University of Texas and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Ada Blackburn spent her life in Austin as a teacher. She died in 1964.
The collection of materials is very small and the relationship of all the persons documented is unclear. A pastel drawing of two infants is identified as Laura Mead Stephens and Lura May Stephens, twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. O.J. Stephens, who died at the age of 11 months. A Travis County marriage certificate for Charles William Besserer and Mary Scholz dates from 1873. Of special interest is a letter addressed to a father from a son, signed Ferdinand, dated September 17, 1861, and written from a camp near Leesburg, Virginia. A news clipping about Walter O. Stephens concerning his role as manager of the first football team at the University of Texas is undated.
Materials related to Ellen Ada Stephens include an Alpha Delta Pi Founder's Day Banquet menu from 1919, and an undated news clipping of her photograph with other University of Texas women who were members of the Winsonian Dramatic Club at Austin. Four studio photographs of Ellen Ada Stephens as a child are also part of the collection. Other photographs include a portrait of Walter O. Stephens' mother, a photograph of Walter O. Stephens at age 9 months, and an unidentified portrait of a veteran. Most of the photos are unidentified and undated.
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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.
The material was donated to the AHC by a friend of Ada Blackburn's after her death.
Ada Blackburn Papers (AR.H.014). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: unknown
Donation Date: 1964
Processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus in May 2019.