University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Janet Lipscomb Alexander Papers, 1839-1986

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Alexander, Janet Lipscomb
Title: Janet Lipscomb Alexander papers
Dates: 1839-1986
Abstract: Janet Lipscomb Alexander taught grade school in Caldwell County, Texas from 1926-1970 and was a genealogist. The papers document Alexander's childhood, career, and family.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00056
Extent: 3.67 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Janet Lipscomb Alexander (1905-1996) taught grade school in Caldwell County, Texas from 1926-1970 and was a genealogist. Born in Lockhart, Texas, in 1905, she was the only child of James O. Lipscomb, a cotton gin owner, and Naomi Clark, a public school teacher and a member of the First Methodist Church in Lockhart. Janet graduated from Lockhart High School in 1923. She studied education at College of Industrial Arts in Denton, Texas, at Southwest Texas State Teachers College, at Texas A&I, and at the University of Texas. She married Carl B. Alexander in 1945. Their marriage produced no children. She wrote biographical entries for W.A. Clark, Jr. and A.M. Alexander in the book "Historical Caldwell County: Where Roots Intertwine"

Scope and Contents

Personal papers document Janet Lipscomb Alexander's childhood and schooling. Her career as an elementary school teacher in Lytton Springs (1926-1928), Luling (1931-1938), and Lockhart (1945-1970) is documented by photographs, certificates, and scrapbooks that also reflect the lives of her students. The family papers contain photographs, genealogies, and 19th century documents of early settlers of Caldwell County, including Zadock Woods, killed in the Dawson massacre (1842), his son Norman Woods, wounded in the same battle and taken to Perote Prison where he died (1843), and Milvern Harrell, who survived both the battle and the internment. Correspondence from Confederate soldiers Alexander Milvern Williams and William Norman Harrell, ancestors of Alexander's mother, Naomi Clark Lipscomb, contain personal narratives of the Civil War. Lipscomb's personal papers contain genealogical information, photographs, and other material on her life as a student and teacher. Correspondence from Elizabeth Miller and Norman Hall provide additional genealogical information on the Woods, Cottle, Harrell, Williams, and Clark families. Several photographs show scenes of Lockhart in the early 20th century.


Organized into three series: 1. Family papers; 2. Naomi Clark Lipscomb Papers; 3. Family Papers. The series are organized by subject and/or material type.


Arranged chronologically


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This collection is open for research.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Janet Lipscomb Alexander Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Janet Lipscomb Alexander, Personal Papers, 1905-1981, undated
3S151a [SRH1230022153] Portraits, 1906-1980
3T770.1 [SRH1230027411] Childhood photographs, 1905-[1909?], undated
3A160 [SRH1230015203] Letters to Naomi Clark Lipscomb, 1923-1926, 1957, undated
Student life
3A160 [SRH1230015203] School records, 1912-circa 1963, undated
Bound volume, 1922-1923
Loose materials, 1922-1923, 1936
3S151a [SRH1230022153] Loose photographs, undated
3S151a [SRH1230022153] Album, 1918-1923
With schoolmates, [1913?]-1944, undated
With Edith Cardwell Pearce, 1922, 1938, 1944, undated
Teaching career
3A160 [SRH1230015203] Contracts, 1931-1938
Certificates, 1921-1968, undated
Scrapbook, early career
2.325/U519 [SRH1230002361] Bound volume (oversize), 1929-1981
3A160 [SRH1230015203] Loose materials, 1980-1981, undated
Scrapbook, later career
2.325/U519 [SRH1230002361] Bound volume (oversize), 1948-1980
3A160 [SRH1230015203] Loose materials, 1977-1983, undated
3S151a [SRH1230022153] Loose photograph, undated
Photographs, [1926?]-1967
3A160 [SRH1230015203] Sunday school, 1960, 1967, undated
Last will and testament, 1973
Personal life
Bound volume, 1954-1974, undated
Loose materials, 1960-1982, undated
3S151a [SRH1230022153] Photographs
New Orleans vacation, 1949
General, 1940, 1953, 1958
Negatives, 1949, 1956, undated
Naomi Clark Lipscomb Papers, 1894-1982
3A161 [SRH1230015204] Letters received, 1920-1958, undated
Bound volume, 1905-1978, undated
Loose materials, 1902-1982, undated
School papers, 1939, undated
3S151a [SRH1230022153] Photographs
Oversize photograph, Naomi Clark Lipscomb and Class of 1902, Lockhart High School, 1902
General, 1944, 1950, undated
Students, 1911, 1920, undated
Family and friends, undated
3A161 [SRH1230015204] Certificates, 1894-1941
2.325/V60 [SRH1230002384] Certificates (oversize), 1902, 1912
3A161 [SRH1230015204] Church activities (printed materials), 1952-1960, undated
Family Papers, 1839-1986
Clark Family
3A162 [SRH1230015205] Genealogies, 1969-1970, undated
Printed materials, 1952-1980, undated
3S125.1 [SRH1230029523] Photograph album
Bound volume, 1892, undated
Loose photographs, undated
3T3 [SRH1230021774] Cased tintype, William A. Clark Sr, undated
3S151b [SRH1230022154] Tintypes, undated
General, 1910, 1981, undated
Lex & Ella Clark family, undated
Roy Clark & family, 1912, undated
William Parrish Clark, undated
Lucille Clark Kelley, undated
Nellie Clark Shinn & family, circa 1908, undated
Ethel Clark Tardy, undated
3A162 [SRH1230015205] Cottle Family
Genealogies, 1964, 1972, undated
Literary production, 1961
Harrell Family
Genealogies, 1964-1966, undated
Lipscomb Family
3S151c [SRH1230022155] Photographs, 1873, undated
3A162 [SRH1230015205] Williams Family
Genealogies, 1969, undated
Transcripts, 1852-1894
Originals, 1852-1894
Wallet diary and transcripts, 1839, undated
3T770.2 [SRH1230027412] Photograph album
Bound volume, [circa 1850?], undated
Loose tintypes, undated
3S151c [SRH1230022155] Photographs
General, 1894, undated
Cartes-de-visite, 1867, undated
2.325/V60 [SRH1230002384] Military service record (oversize), 1847
3A162 [SRH1230015205] Military service records, 1892-1898
Tax receipts, 1859-1870
Slave sale record, 1863
Newspaper clipping, 1986
Woods Family
Genealogies, 1964, undated
Literary productions, 1947, 1980
Military service records, 1965, undated
3S151c [SRH1230022155] Photograph, Old Woods' Fort, La Grange, undated
3A163 [SRH1230015206] General
Genealogies, 1974, undated
Research notes, 1971, undated
3S151c [SRH1230022155] Photographs
Lockhart & Caldwell County scenes, circa 1905, 1923, 1949, undated
Antoinnette Saffarans Bourdon & family, 1943, undated
Norman & Bessie Hall, 1957, 1958, 1981
Elizabeth Miller & family, 1980, undated
Postcards, 1924, undated
Identified persons, undated
Unidentified persons, undated
3A163 [SRH1230015206] Labels from Lockhart Centennial Exhibit, circa 1947
Dawson Massacre (printed materials, research notes), 1959-1982, undated
Letters received
Norman Hall, 1960-1986
Elizabeth Miller, 1964-1973
Others, 1970-1983, undated
Announcements, Woods-Cottle-Harrell family reunions, 1964-1981
Newspaper clippings, 1966-1985, undated