Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Mason Family:

An Inventory of Their Papers, 1900-2003 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Mason Family
Title: Mason Family Papers,
Dates: 1900-2003 and undated
Abstract: Diaries, correspondence, and other collected material of the Mason family dating from 1900-2003 and undated.
Collection # S1356.1
Quantity: 5 small boxes (2.3 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The Mason Family was among the early settlers on the South Plains. They made their homes near Chilicothe and Post, Texas. Lester R. (L. R.) Mason worked at the Army Supply Base in Norfolk, Virginia during World War I. One of his descendents is Richard Mason, a former field representative of the Southwest Collection. Ruby Mason is the daughter of L. R. Mason and she kept the diaries of his experiences. Ruby has been compiling a history of the Mason Family with the help of her relatives.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, financial material, printed material, and literary production. The literary production files are typed transcriptions by Ruby Mason and family of L. R. Mason's diaries, which are included in the collection. Some of the transcriptions come with attached family photographs. Also includes materials on Robert Louis Mason, brother of Ruby Mae.



The collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Financial Material, Legal Material, Literary Production, and Printed Material.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Mason, Lester R. (L. R.), 1884-1961
Mason, Robert L., 1914-1987
Mason, Ruby Mae, 1922-
Subjects (Places)
Chilicothe, Texas--History
Garza County, Texas--History
Knox County, Texas--History
Valley Mills, Texas--History
9th Texas Infantry Civil War Re-Enactment Group
History--Texas South Plains
Mason family--Texas--Genealogy
Military experiences--World War II
United States Army
Veterans--Civil War

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • William G. DeLoach Papers, 1911-1975 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mason Family Papers, 1900-2003 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.

Collection accession #(s):
98-0266-B; 98-0281-B; 98-0441-B; 1999-0206-B; 2000-0242-B; 2001-0316-B; 2002-0057-B; 2002-0126-B; 2003-0092-B

Gifts, 1998-2003

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, June 2003.

Additional Sources

Women's Division of the Post Chamber of Commerce. A History of Garza County and Its People, 1980s.

Garza County Historical Committee. A History of Garza County, 1973.

Collection Inventory


Correspondence, 1933-1989

box folder
1 1 Mason Chain Letters, 1965
2 Mason, Lester R., 1904-1933
3 Mason, Lester R., 1904-1933
4 Mason, Robert L., 1961-1965
5 Mason, Ruby, 1970-1989


Financial Material, 1923-1924

box folder
1 6 Junior Ku Klux Klan Receipts, 1924
7 Mason, Lester R., Banking Records, 1923-1924


Legal Material, 1900

box folder
1 8 Census Records, 1900


Literary Production, 1912-2003

box folder
1 9 Daily Diary, photocopied and original versions, 1912
10 Early Mason Family Records, 1997
box folder
2 1 L.R. Mason's 1912 Diary (Part 1) and Mason Family 1918 Letters, Vol. I, Transcriptions, 1995
2 Transcriptions of 1930, 1931-1933 L.R. Mason's Diaries, Vol. II, , 1996
3 Scraps of Family History, A Collection of Memories of L. R. Mason Family of Garza County, Texas, 1998
4 Transcriptions of 1934-1936 L.R. Mason's Diaries, Vol. III, 1997
5 Transcriptions of 1937-1939 L.R. Mason's Diaries, Vol. IV, 1999
6 L. R. Mason's Diaries (5 items), 1934-1939
box folder
3 1 Transcription of 1940-1942 Diaries of L.R. Mason, World War II Years, Vol. V, 2001
2 Transcription of 1943-1945 Diaries of L.R. Mason, World War II Years, Vol. VI, 2001
3 Diaries of L.R. Mason (3 items), 1940-1942
4 Diaries of L.R. Mason (3 items), 1943-1945
5 Transcriptions of L. R. Mason's 1946-1948 Diaries, Vol. VII, 2001
box folder
4 1 Transcriptions of L. R. Mason's 1949-1952 Diaries, Vol. VIII, 2002
2 Diaries of L. R. Mason (3 items), 1946-1948
3 Diary of L. R. Mason (1 item), 1949-1950
4 Diaries of L. R. Mason (3 items), 1952-1954
box folder
5 1 Diaries of L. R. Mason (2 items), 1955-1956
2 Diary of L. R. Mason (1 item), 1957-1958
3 Transcriptions of 1953-1955 L.R. Mason's Diaries, Vol. IX, 2002-2003
4 Transcriptions of 1956-1958 L.R. Mason's Diaries with notables attached, 2002-2003
5 Transcriptions of 1956-1958 and 1961 L.R. Mason's Diaries, Vol. X, 2002-2003
6 Journal of Robert L. Mason, USNR, Okinawa Military Government, 1944-1946
7 In Memory of Private Clinton D. Morrison, 1941


Printed Material, 1930-1998 and undated

box folder
5 8 Fireman's Fund Calendar, 1930
9 Genealogical Information, undated
10 William T. Mason Grave Marker Dedication, 1998


Miscellaneous Materials, 1920-1932

box folder
5 11 Letters, Certificate, and Bill of Sale, 1920-1932