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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Personal, 1910s-1993, undated

Professional/Civic, 1925-1994, undated

Austin History Center

Marietta Brooks Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brooks, Marietta Moody, 1910-1998
Title: Marietta Brooks Papers
Dates: circa 1910-1994
Dates (Bulk): 1940-1967
Abstract: Marietta Brooks was involved in a variety of civic, educational, and governmental activities on local, state, and national levels. Her papers document her personal life in Austin, Texas as well as her work on the Kennedy-Johnson presidential campaign, her work on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, and her involvement in local organizations. The bulk of the collection is comprised of photographs dating between 1940 and 1967.
Accession number: AR.1995.004
Quantity: 2.2 linear feet (6 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks, Outer Vault, qAR, Faulk 3rd Floor
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Marietta Brooks was born on November 15, 1910, in Saratoga, Texas, to Artie Newhinney and Martin Luther Moody. She earned a bachelor of science degree in home economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1932. She married Austin architect Max Brooks and they had two children. Their daughter Carole Louise Brooks was born July 4, 1940, and their son Robert Johnson Brooks III was born in 1947. Although she never held a paid position, she was civic ally engaged and received numerous awards, including the Three Star Award of the USO, a U.S. Army Certificate of Recognition, an Honorary Commission in the U.S. Submarine Service, and being named a Community Leader of America and the Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in American Politics.

Brooks also held appointments to educational and governmental committees on local, state, and national levels, including serving as a delegate to several UNESCO conferences. She also served as a participant in Pope John XXIII's Encyclical for Peace and during the 1950s, she played the piano for KUT radio each day at noon. A supporter of the arts and humanities, Brooks served as Director of the Texas Fine Arts Association in its early years. She was also an involved alumna of the University of Texas as a member and vice chair of the Fine Arts Advisory Council and as Liaison from the College of Fine Arts to the Texas Centennial Commission. Brooks also served as a president of the Austin Symphony Society and president and founder of the Austin Women's Forum, and a charter member of both the Women's Symphony League and the Women's Architectural League as well as a member of the Junior Helping Hand. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Austin for almost 62 years and passed away in 1998 in Austin.

Source

"Funerals and Memorials." Austin American-Statesman, March 14, 1998: B4. NewsBank.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials that document Marietta Brooks' personal and professional life. The personal materials include correspondence, documents about her senior living homes, and her last will and testament. The correspondence, dating from 1940 to 1993, is arranged chronologically and contains personal letters as well as invitations and mailers for local events and organizations. There are a few items documenting her husband's architectural endeavors, including his painting of a house as well as correspondence with various home magazines concerning the Brooks Home, including photographs of the interior (#972-974). The bulk of the personal materials is made up of photographs of their family life and the Moody family dating from the 1910s to 1991. The photographs are grouped by subject and arranged alphabetically.

The professional materials date from 1925 to 1994 with the bulk of the materials dating from the 1950s and 1960s when Marietta Brooks served on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, and lead the Women's Division of the Kennedy-Johnson presidential campaign in Texas. There is documentation of planning and execution of the Kennedy-Johnson Ladies Coffee & Tea Tour in 1960 that went through multiple Texas cities. Inauguration materials, White House invitations, and materials documenting the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library are also included. The local activities documented include Brooks' 1980s work on the College of Fine Arts Foundation Advisory Council and the University of Texas Centennial Commission. Also of note is Brooks' involvement in a transportation plan advisory committee of Austin citizens during the 1960s and 1970s. Press releases, agendas, clippings, resolutions, reports and recommendations are included in her materials documenting transportation planning. Some of the materials document the Pemberton-Brykerwoods neighborhood's concerns about the Westover Interchange of the Mo-Pac freeway. The Women's Architectural League and Women's Symphony League materials consist of small amounts of brochures, agendas, itineraries, notes, and correspondence. The photographs in the professional series largely consist of photographs mailed to Brooks from the various military bases she visited and national formal events she attended. The photographs largely date from 1951 to 1967 and document Brooks visiting with women in service, including several photographs at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

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Arrangement

Collection is arranged into two series:


  • Personal
  • Professional/Civic

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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)
Brooks, Marietta Moody, 1910-1998.
Brooks, Robert Max, 1906-1982.
Doherty, Carole Louise Brooks, 1940-2005.
Brooks, Robert Johnson III.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007.
Nugent, Luci Baines Johnson.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.
Women's Architectural League of Austin.
United Service Organizations (U.S.).
United States. Army Nurse Corps.
Brooke Army Medical Center.
National Wildlife Research Center (U.S.).
Junior Helping Hand.
University of Texas at Austin. Centennial Commission.
Women's Symphony League of Austin.
University of Texas at Austin. College of Fine Arts Foundation Advisory Council.
Subjects
Women--Texas--Austin.
Family--Texas--Austin.
Women--Societies and clubs.
Armed Forces.
Architects--Texas--Austin.
Political campaigns.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Document Types
Correspondence.
Clippings.
Minutes.
Certificates.
Drawings.
Memorabilia.
Fliers.
Black-and-white photographs.
Black-and-white negatives.
Color photographs.
Color negatives.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 973.923092 J6343R Jan Jarboe Russell, Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson. 1999.
  • A 973.923092 J634D Robert Dallek, Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johsnon and His Times, 1908-1960. 1991.
  • A 976.431 CA Elizabeth A. Cash, Austin's Pemberton Heights. 2012.

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Robert Max Brooks

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Separated Material

The following periodicals were separated from the collection:


  • Jenkens & Gilchrist
  • Seton Today
  • Foundation: The Magazine of St. David's Health Care Foundation
  • Foundation: The Newsletter of St. David's Health Care Foundation
  • Wellness: Seton Good Health Club Newsletter
  • State of the Arts: The Newsletter of the UT College of Fine Arts
  • On Campus
  • Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery
  • Central Texas News from Hospice Austin
  • Take Note: The Women's Symphony League of Austin, Texas
  • The Junior Helping Handbill
  • Among Friends of LBJ
  • Texas Forum: News and Information front he Texas Forum Retirement Communities
  • First Baptist Church Clarion
  • Alcalde: The University of Texas at Austin Alumni Magazine
  • The Austin American, August 13, 1951
  • The Austin Statesman, August 13, 1951
  • The Houston Post, August 13, 1951

The following items were separated to the General Collection:


  • Junior Helping Hand Society Founded in 1893 Directory. 1989-1990.
  • Art Building and Art Museum, the University of Texas: Dedication & 25th Faculty Exhibition. 1963.
  • Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, College of Fine Arts, The University of Texas at Austin. 1964.
  • Fisher and Spillman Architects, College of Fine Arts and Performing Arts Center.
  • Austin Woman's Forum Directory. 1951-1952.
  • Women's Symphony League of Austin Directories. 1987-1992.
  • University of Texas, The Cactus. 1930.

Various text items were separated to the following Austin Files:


  • AF Subject - Hospitals - St. David's H2750
  • AF Subject - Ecology - General E0400
  • AF Subject - Voters & Voting - League of Women Voters of Austin V3500(2)
  • AF Subject - Governor's Mansion G3800
  • AF Subject - University of Texas - Ex-Students U3590
  • AF Subject - University of Texas - Colleges and Departments - Fine Arts - Texas Performing Arts U3540(23)

Out-of-scope materials were deacessioned.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Marietta Brooks Papers (AR.1995.004). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1975/037

Donation Date: 1994 July 28

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus in August 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Personal, 1910s-1993, undated

Correspondence, 1940-1993, undated
Box Folder
1 1 Received, 1940-1949
2 Received (photo #001), 1950-1969
3 Received (photos #002-007), 1970-1992, undated
4 Invitations and mailers, 1988-1993
5 Sent, 1958, undated
6 Artie M. Moody correspondence, 1955, undated
7 The Forum at Westlake Hills, 1990
8 The Summit at Westlake Hills, 1992-1993
9 Last will and testament, 1989
Max Brooks, 1955, 1966, undated
Box Folder
1 10 Clipping, 1955
11 House magazines correspondence (#972-974), 1966
12 Painting of house, undated
Photographs, 1910s-1991, undated
Box Folder
3 1 Photos from album #1 - family life (#008-119), 1967-1968
2 Photos from album #2 - Christmas (#120-134), circa 1965
3-17 Candid scenes of family & friends (#135-299), 1938-1960, undated
Children, 1940s-1960s
Carole, 1940-1958
Box Folder
3 18 Infant/childhood photos (#300-306), 1940s
19 Birthday/4th of July (#307-316), 1951
Box Folder
4 1 Birthday/4th of July, Easter (#317-323), 1952
2 Birthday (#324-331), 1955
3 Carole and friends (#332-339), 1955
4 Carole at Neches River Festival (#340-347), 1958
Robert, 1947-1969
Box Folder
4 5 Baby announcement (#348), 1947
6 Baby pictures (#349-354), 1947
7 Robert and Max (#355-357), 1947-1957
8 Signed LBJ and Fess Parker photo for Robert (#358), 1955
9 Birthday (#359-377), 1949
10 Birthday (#378-379), circa 1950
11 Birthday (#380-392), 1952
12 Birthday (#393-399), 1955
13-14 Birthday (proofs)(#400-410), circa 1959
15 Birthday (#411-418), 1959
16 Robert, Max, friend's house (#419-427), 1953
17 Robert (428-429), 1960s
18 Silhouettes, circa 1969
19-24 Christmas (#430-497), 1940-1960, undated
25-27 Family, friends, etc. (#498-559), 1947-1959
28 Home scenes, dog (#560-571), 1969
29 Marietta (#572-573), 1959, undated
Location FlatFile
qAR 01/13/010 Marietta and children, undated
Box Folder
6 12 Max on trip (#953-967), circa 1960
Box Folder
4 30 Moody family (#574-583), circa 1910s-1920s
31-33 Outdoor gatherings and parties (#584-640), 1940s-1951
34 Party (#641-649), circa 1950
35 Portraits (painted) (#650-654), 1955
36 Portraits (proofs) (#655-660), circa 1940
Box Folder
5 1 Portraits - Marietta and Max (#661-680), 1930s-1980s
Location ArchivesCollection
qAR qAR photo box Portraits - Marietta and Max (#969-971), 1930s, 1950s
Box Folder
5 2 School (#681-687), circa 1950
3 Swimming trip (#688-700), circa 1947
4 Unidentified children (#701-704), undated
5 Unidentified house (#705), undated
6 Unidentified portraits (#706-719), undated
7 Group portrait (#720), circa 1910s
8-9 Vacations (#721-748), 1951-1959
Box
6 Vacation photo albums (2), undated
Assorted, 1940s-1960s, 1989, 1991, undated
Box Folder
5 10 Photos from Helen Crotts (#749-754), 1946-1947
11 Photos from Babs Warren, Green children (#755-760), 1989, 1991
12 "Rickie at 10 mo." (#761), undated
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault B&W Neg. Drawer Assorted black-and-white negatives, 1940s-1960s
Color Neg. Drawer Assorted color negatives, 1940s-1960s

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Professional/Civic, 1925-1994, undated

Box Folder
1 13 Awards and certificates, 1925-1928, 1971-1974
Location FlatFile
qAR 01/13/001-004 Certificates, 1955-1971
Box Folder
1 14 State Democratic Executive Committee - Kennedy-Johnson materials, 1960
Kennedy-Johnson Ladies Coffee & Tea Tour, 1960
Box Folder
1 15 General, 1960
16 Participants' materials, 1960
Location FlatFile
qAR 01/13/013 Map layout of airport, 1960
Box Folder
1 17 Corpus Christi, 1960
18 Dallas, 1960
19 Denton, 1960
Box Folder
2 1 Laredo, 1960
2 McAllen, 1960
3 Midland, 1960
4 San Antonio, 1960
5 Waco, 1960
6 Witchita Falls, 1960
7 Kennedy inauguration materials, 1961
8 White House invitations, 1964-1967
9 William W. Heath dinner, 1967
10 Expense notes, 1967
11 Luncheon for Luci Baines Johnson Nugent, 1967
12-13 Oral history transcript and materials for Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, 1981, undated
Location FlatFile
qAR 01/13/011a-011c Correspondence and materials from Governor John B. Connally about Presidential Inauguration, 1965
01/13/012 Poster of The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and the LBJ School of Public Affairs by Dalhart Windberg, circa 1971
Local activities, 1959-1994
Box Folder
2 14 College of Fine Arts Foundation Advisory Council, 1982-1990
15 Junior Helping Hand, 1962, 1976, 1992
16 National Wildflower Research Center, 1991-1994
17-18 Transportation planning, 1961-1975
19 University of Texas Centennial Commission, 1982
20 Women's Architectural League, 1959-1960
21 Women's Symphony League, 1961-1992
Photographs, 1951-1967, 1980-1989. undated
Box Folder
5 13 Ambassador Heath dinner (#762-779), 1967 May 2
14-15 Army Nurse Corps (#780-784), 1953, undated
16 Austin Squadron (#785), 1953
17 Austin Women's Architectural League Bergstrom tour (#786-799), 1959
18 Bob Armstrong campaign poster (#800), 1961 June
19-22 Brooke Army Medical Center (#801-846), 1952-1955
23 Bauer House (#847-848), 1989
24 Congressional Club Banquet (#849), 1958 May 22
Location Location
Faulk 3rd Floor Panoramas folder Congressional Club Banquet group shot (#968), 1958 May 22
Box Folder
5 25 Continental Hilton, Mexico (#850-855), circa 1955
26-33 Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (#856-904), 1951-1957, circa 1980
34 Featherlite Corporation event (#905-911), circa 1960
Box Folder
6 1-2 Formal events (#912-923), 1960-1982, undated
3 Lackland Tour, San Antonio, Texas (#924-931), circa 1950
Location FlatFile
qAR 01/13/005-009 Lyndon B. Johnson signed photographs, 1965-1967, undated
Box Folder
6 4 Marine Corps, Navy, United Service Organizations (USO) (#932-933), 1953
5 Marine Corps cocktail party (#934-937), 1954
6 Navy, Hawaii (#938-942), circa 1950
7 Political dinner (#943-945), 1959
8 Powerhouse Ball (#946-948), 1965
9 Style show (#949-950), circa 1950
10 Villa Fontana, Mexico (#951), circa 1960
11 Signed portrait to Marietta Brooks (#952), undated

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