A Guide to the Texas Heritage Foundation Records, 1939-1971
Founded in 1948, the Texas Heritage Foundation educated the public, especially youths and new citizens, about the “heroic past” of Texas. To support its mission, the THF acquired historical Texas documents, distributed Texas flags to servicemen abroad and copies of historical documents to schools and libraries, as well as funded portraits of historical figures and the identification of landmarks. The foundation also published historical books, pamphlets, and periodicals, such as its monthly magazine Under Texas Skies and A. Garland Adair’s book Texas Pictorial Handbook, and established a Hall of Remembrance and Distinguished Service Medal to recognize the work of individual educators and historians in Texas. Officers of the foundation included Chairman of the Board Karl Hoblitzelle, Executive Director A. Garland Adair, President Judge C. V. Terrell, and the sitting governor of Texas as Honorary Chairman.
Composed of correspondence, financial records, publications, and certificates, the Texas Heritage Foundation (THF) Records, 1939-1971, document the administration of the THF during the tenure of Executive Director A. Garland Adair as well as the publication of numerous periodicals, pamphlets, articles, and books on Texas history and historical figures. Arranged alphabetically, correspondence with Adair discusses publications, activities of the THF, historical and biographical articles, nominations for the Hall of Remembrance and Distinguished Service Medal, and state politics. Financial records consist of bank account statements, check stubs, checks regarding the Texas Pictorial Handbook, correspondence concerning a loan, and printers’ transaction statements. Comprising essays, resolutions, reports, issues of Texas Heritage and Under Texas Skies, pamphlets, and other documents, publication files describe the activities of the organization and important events in Texas history. Additionally, the collection contains two certificates for the THF’s Distinguished Service Medal.
This collection is open for research use.
Texas Heritage Foundation Records, 1939-1971, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
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