University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Lester Gladstone Bugbee Papers, 1823-1902



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bugbee, Lester G. (Lester Gladstone)
Title: Lester Gladstone Bugbee papers
Dates: 1823-1902
Abstract: 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.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.03337
Extent: 3 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Abridged from:

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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


Index Terms

Personal Names
Bugbee, Lester G. (Lester Gladstone)
Family Names
Bugbee (Family)
Corporate Names
Texas State historical association
University of Texas.
University of Texas. Department of History
Subjects
Family farms
History--Study and teaching
Places
Austin
Texas

Related Materials

See also:

Villavaso-Rather Family Papers, 1898-1945, 1963

Ethel Zivley Rather Papers, 1905 - ca. 1954


Separated Material

Some material has been separated to TXC. List of separated items in 3H27.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lester Gladstone Bugbee Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff.

Subsequent revisions were made by Stephanie Wittenbach, August 1984; Claire Maxwell, November 1984; Lydia Lunning, July 1998; Vanessa Attia, June 2013.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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3H27 [SRH1230016613] Letters
1883-1898
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3H28 [SRH1230016614] 1898-1900
box
3H29 [SRH1230016596] 1901-1903, undated
box
3H30 [SRH1230016597] Notes
Newspaper clippings
Class records
Scrapbook. Autograph tracings
box
3H31 [SRH1230016598] Speeches
Literary notes and manuscripts
box
3H32 [SRH1230016599] Letters
Essays
Report cards
Financial papers
Notes
box
3H33 [SRH1230016600] Research notes
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2Q454 [SRH1230011671] Transcripts of letter from Mrs. A. Bugbee (2 copies), 1873-1898
Transcripts of letters from Ocie Bugbee (2 copies), 1886-1901
volume
4L461 Grade book
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3S192 [SRH1230021913] Diplomas, 1892, 1893
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3S109 [SRH1230029477] Photographic and magazine illustrations.