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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

University of Texas Arlington

Margaret Ferris Poindexter Diary:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Poindexter, Margaret Ferris (Clara Margaret), 1907-1979.
Title: Margaret Ferris Poindexter Diary
Dates: 1924-1974
Abstract: Margaret Ferris Poindexter relates her life experiences, particularly those during the 1920s while traveling around the country with her aunt and uncle, her schooling, dating, marriage, death of her first child, and daily life in Dallas. Entries beyond the 1920s become annualized, ending in 1974.
Identification: GA63
Extent: 1 folder (0.08 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Margaret Poindexter was born Clara Margaret Ferris to Raymond and Eula McKinney Ferris on January 13, 1907, in Van Alstyne, Texas. In 1924, Poindexter traveled across the country with her aunt and uncle. Upon returning to Texas, she attended North Dallas High School where she resided much of her life. She married Gilbert Parker Poindexter with whom she resided in Dallas for much of their married life. Born in 1906, Gilbert Poindexter died on April 6, 1974. Margaret Poindexter died in San Antonio on March 21, 1979.

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Scope and Contents

The Margaret Poindexter Ferris diary is comprised of one volume that contains entries spanning fifty years of her life, from 1924-1974. She documents her visits to St. Louis, Indianapolis, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and New York. In her diary she talks about dating, her marriage to Gilbert Poindexter, the death of her daughter Pauline at St. Paul's Sanitarium in 1929, and the birth of her second child Virginia. Also included are several newspaper clippings tucked into the pages of the diary. By 1927, the diary entries are less frequent, eventually turning into annual entries. The final diary entry takes place on January 6, 1974.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Poindexter, Margaret Ferris (Clara Margaret), 1907-1979--Archives.
Poindexter, Gilbert Parker, 1906-1974.
Subjects
Cities and towns--United States--Description and travel--Diaries.
Nineteen twenties--Diaries.
Places
Dallas (Tex.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Format
Diary
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchased from Al Peters, 2016.

Citation

Margaret Ferris Poindexter Diary, GA63, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 2016.

Accessioned as number 2016-40.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and finding aid prepared by Samantha Dodd.

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