Lester Gladstone Bugbee Papers, 1823-1902
Lester G. Bugbee was born in Woodbury, Texas, on May 16, 1869, to Almond and Mary Fannie (Nunn) Bugbee. His parents named him L. G. and called him Dutch; Bugbee later adopted the name Lester Gladstone. He was raised on his father's farm near Pleasant Point and began his formal education at the Pleasant Point school.
He attended Mansfield Male and Female College from 1884 to 1886 and passed the entrance exam for the University of Texas in January 1887. He completed his B.Litt. degree at the university in 1892 and received his M.A. the following year. He won a fellowship to Columbia College, New York, and spent two years there before returning to the University of Texas as a history tutor in 1895. He was promoted to instructor in 1896 and to adjunct professor in 1900.
Bugbee's most notable academic work was about the history of colonization and slavery in Texas. He assisted in the founding of the Texas State Historical Association in 1897 and served as corresponding secretary and treasurer of that organization until 1901. In 1898, he began a successful campaign to get the Bexar county commissioners to place the Bexar Archives in the University of Texas library.
He was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1901 and took a leave from the university. Bugbee died on his father's farm in Pleasant Point on March 17, 1902.
Eugene C. Barker, "BUGBEE, LESTER GLADSTONE,"Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbu15), accessed June 28, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Papers concern the career of Lester Gladstone Bugbee, historian and University of Texas professor. Materials include items from 1823 to 1902 relating to Bugbee's life on the farm, in school, and as a professor; his writings about Texas history, Indians, slavery, and noted Texans; and records of work for the Texas State Historical Association and the Public Archives Commission. Papers include correspondence, school records, speeches, research notes, literary productions, accounts, certificates, grade books, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, autograph tracings, and diplomas. Correspondence from his mother and sister has been transcribed and bound into two volumes.
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Lester Gladstone Bugbee Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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Subsequent revisions were made by Stephanie Wittenbach, August 1984; Claire Maxwell, November 1984; Lydia Lunning, July 1998; Vanessa Attia, June 2013.
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