University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Raye Virginia Allen Collection, 1925, 1938, 1964-1978, 1997

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Allen, Raye Virginia
Title: Raye Virginia Allen collection
Dates: 1925, 1938, 1964-1978, 1997
Abstract: Contains a copy of Allen's book on Gordon Conway and the photographic plates used to print it, as well as papers, ephemera, slides and films related to the 1976 American Revolution Bicentennial celebrations in Texas.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01015
Extent: 3.79 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Raye Virginia Allen is a cultural historian, author and lecturer specializing in American studies. She completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also later conducted post-M.A. graduate studies, focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to American studies. In 1997, Allen published an illustrated biography profiling Texas-born costume designer, fashion artist and illustrator Gordon Conway. Titled Gordon Conway: Fashioning a New Woman, the book was awarded the Liz Carpenter Women's History Award from the Texas State Historical Association and the Violet Crown Non-Fiction Award from the Austin Writers' League.

In addition to her research and writing, Allen has held many civic service and leadership roles. In the late 1950s, she co-founded the Cultural Activities Center in Temple, Texas. In 1971, the Governor of Texas appointed her to the Texas Commission for the American Revolution Bicentennial. She was appointed to serve as a founding trustee of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in 1975 and also served a founding trustee of the Fund for Folk Culture.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a signed copy of Allen's book on Gordon Conway, as well as the photographic press plates used to print the book. The majority of the collection documents events and activities associated with the 1976 American Revolution Bicentennial celebration, particularly events held in Temple, Texas. This material includes films, slides, ephemera, calendars and papers. Also included are open reel audiotapes from the 1960s of the Christian Layman's Leadership Institute and color slides of the installation of Episcopalian Bishop John E. Hines in Washington, D.C. in 1965.


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Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Allen, Raye Virginia
History--Study and teaching
Popular culture

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Raye Virginia Allen Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

2007-077; 2008-122

Processing Information

Collection processed by Briscoe Center staff. Subsequent revisions by Colleen Hobbs, December 2020.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Publications – Raye Virginia Allen

Book, Gordon Conway: Fashioning a New Woman. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997
TXC-ZZ Collection, TT 505 C65 A43 1997 TXC-ZZ Collection, TT 505 C65 A43 1997
2.325/Oversize Photographic press plates from Gordon Conway: Fashioning a New Woman , 1997
Top of OS cabinets, 2.325 Top of OS cabinets, 2.325

American Revolution Bicentennial

2G126 [SRH1230007675] Temple Bicentennial Commission (TBC)
Summary of organization and projects, February 5, 1974
Meeting with Temple Independent School District representatives, May 9, 1974
"Bicentennial Express," TBC newsletter, January and December, 1975
"Bicentennial Calendar," brochure, May-July 1976
Program, Pioneer Day and Temple's 95th Birthday celebration, June 29, 1976
Broadsides and fliers
Blank service awards
Temple Bicentennial Commission – Raye Virginia Allen
Correspondence (photocopies), 1965, 1975, 1978
Memo, re. July 4, 1976, "A Religious Day in Central Texas"
Invoices for Bicentennial purchases, 1975-1976
American Bicentennial events in Temple, Texas
Clippings, March 1976
"The Dawn of Freedom", undated
"Yankee Doodle: A Musical Revue," UT Austin Department of Drama, 1976
"Tanglefoot Junction," Temple High School Auditorium, December 1975
"Concert of American Music," Choral Music Department, Temple High School, undated
Temple Junior College 50th Anniversary, April 7, 1976
"The Ceremonial Weavings of Guatemala," exhibition brochure, Texas Cultural Alliance
Arbor Day Ceremony, program and brochures, January 1976
Bicentennial edition of "The Rambler," publication of Temple High School, February 22, 1974
"American Bonanza of Women's Art: Folklore Cookbook", American Business Women's Association, Bell Chapter, July 1974
American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Texas
Illustrated booklet, re. mission and projects, circa 1971
"Remember the Alamo… and a whole lot more" brochure/poster, undated
"Bicentennial in Texas," quarterly publication, Fall 1972, Spring 1973
"Emergence '76," quarterly publication, Winter/Spring 1974
Stickers with bicentennial logo, 1976
American Revolution Bicentennial Administration
Brochures, 1974-1975, undated
"Bicentennial Times," publication, August 1975
Publications mailing list application
American Bicentennial-related events and publications, Texas and United States
Brochures: Bay City and San Antonio, Texas, 1975-1976
Report: "Tacoma," re. pilot project conducted with Washington State Arts Commission and the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, circa 1974
Serial publications
Time magazine, and "September 26, 1789 Special Bicentennial Issue", July 19, 1976
The American Legion Magazine , April 1975
Bicentennial Project, American Association of University Women, Temple, Texas branch
"Temple: Bicentennial City", 1974
"Twelve from Temple", 1975
Texas Christian University, 1975-1976
Bicentennial Calendar, King's Daughters Hospital, Temple, Texas, 1976
2.325/V69a [SRH1230002489] Oversize material
Broadsides and posters
Temple Bicentennial Event, 1976
"American Issues Forum," brochure, circa 1974
"A Final Report to the People," advertisement and poster, undated
"A Bicentennial Declaration," National Committee for the Bicentennial Era, undated
Historic stamps, United States Postal Service, 1975
"American Focus Film Series," Texas Union Theatre Committee, University of Texas at Austin, 1975-1976
Bicentennial Season, CinemaTexas, Department of Radio/Television/Film, University of Texas at Austin, Spring 1976
"The Spirit of '76: Shiner, Texas – American Bicentennial", 1976
"New Braunfels," pen and ink sketches by Terry Nicholas, undated
Poster and postcard, Native American artwork by Blue Eagle, undated
Serial publications – Oversize
"The Evening Star," special edition to accompany the Bicentennial Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1976
"Oklahoma Bicentennial Newsletter: Revelations on the Revolution", July 4, 1976
Calendar, United States House of Representatives, from Congressman Jack Brooks, 9th District of Texas, 1974
Award for service, Virginia Raye Allen, American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Texas (photocopy), October 21, 1975
Audiovisual material - American Bicentennial celebration
Films (16mm)
2Y35 "Is It Always Right to Be Right?", 1970
"America the Beautiful." National Audiovisual Center, 1925
The River , 1938
"Bicentennial, USA." Produced by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, distributed by the National Audiovisual Center, circa 1976
2.325/D44 [SRH1230000784] Record album, 7" vinyl disc: "Celebrate! The Spirit of '76," Bobby Farrar, presented by Air Force Recruiters
Audiovisual educational presentations, Institute of Texas Cultures, University of Texas at San Antonio. All with accompanying viewing notes, teacher's supplement and image catalogue.
2.325/D44 [SRH1230000784] "What Is a Texan?" [Ethnic diversity], 80 color slides, Kodak Carousel 80; audio cassette tape, 1971
"The Indian Texans," 78 color slides, Kodak Carousel 80; Ampex 60 high frequency audio cassette tape, 1971
"The Mexican Texans to 1865," 79 color slides, Kodak Carousel 140; Ampex 60 high frequency audio cassette tape, 1972
"The Negro Texans to 1900," 79 color slides, Kodak Carousel 140; Ampex 60 high frequency audio cassette tape, 1974
"A Visit to Colonial Williamsburg," slide presentation, Film Distribution Section, Colonial Williamsburg, 51 color slides and lecture notes, circa 1970-circa 1979
2Y35 "200 Is a Lot of Years," audiovisual educational program for children on the American Bicentennial, 35mm filmstrip and audio cassette tape, circa 1976

Assorted audiovisual material

7" open reel tapes
2G126 [SRH1230007675] Layman's Leadership Institute, 1964
3 – Dick Van Dyke, Akbar Haqq
Layman's Leadership Institute, 1965
Dr. Armand Nicroli, Fred Smith
2 – Jim Vaus, Bill Lawson
3 – Kenneth Chafin, Bill Glass
6 – Howard Butt
Major Sean Thomas, 1965
Layman's Leadership Institute, 1966
1 – Howard Butt #1, Charles J. Brown II
2 – Dan Liu, Joseph Blinco #1 and #2
3 – Ron York, Walter Hearn, Richard Halverson
4 – Herbert Taylor, Eugene Nida
5 – Joseph Blinco #3, Mrs. and Mrs. Robert C. Williams
6 – Vonda Kay Van Dyke, Howard Butt #2
Fall Laymen's Conference, Rev. N. R. H. Moor, Camp Lakeview, Palestine, Texas, Tapes 1 and 2, September 23-25, 1966
Fall Laymen's Conference, Robert B. Doing, Camp Allen, Reels 1 and 2, September 8-10, 1967
62 L6 – Earnest Shippam, Keith Miller
64 L2 – Brown, Mrs. Warrick
5" open reel tapes: "Finance" and "Howard Roast", undated
35mm color slides: Installation of John E. Hines as the 22nd Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Washington, D.C., 50 slides, circa 1965