Peggy and Fred Sackett Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
Frederick (Fred) Sackett Jr. was born on his grandfather's ranch in Coleman County, Texas in 1921. He learned to fly at an early age and later used that skill to instruct flying cadets as well as fly military transport aircraft from India to China to resupply the Chinese war effort of Chiang Kai-shek and the units of the United States Army Air Forces based in China during World War II. After the war he returned to Austin to finish his degree in higher mathematics at the University of Texas. He went to work at a construction firm to support his first wife Dell Mitchell Sackett and their two sons Frederick Sackett III (born December 19, 1942) and Eric Sackett (born February 28, 1947).
Fred remarried in the early 1960s to Peggy Sackett. With the death of his son Eric in the Vietnam War in 1966 Fred changed his life by returning to school to learn a new business and joining the investment firm Rauscher-Pierce.
Fred was a lifelong democrat and he and his wife Peggy were dedicated to a variety of local organizations and causes. He was also a dedicated preservationist and served on the board of the Austin Heritage Society for many years. In addition he was appointed to the Austin Library Commission and served as the president for seven years.
Fred died in 1997 of lung cancer.
Marguerite (Peggy) Sackett was born in November of 1917. In the late 1960s and 1970 she was involved in the local theater performing in plays at the Zachary Scott Theatre, Austin Civic Theatre, and Center Stage. Starting in the mid-1950s Peggy involved herself in local community events and causes such as the Austin Bicentennial, KLRU auction, SAVE MUNY (Austin Municipal Golf Course), NOTCHOS (Notch Year Baby legislation) and the YWCA.
The collection documents the Sackett's commitment to the Austin, Texas community. The Papers are composed principally of newspaper clippings, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, newsletters, membership lists, and speeches pertaining to organizations and issues that sparked the interest of Peggy and Fred Sackett. One of the most significant group of materials are those from the Save Muny Committee (Austin Municipal Golf Course) dating from the 1970s and 1980s. Included in these materials are letters to politicians, the University of Texas Board of Regents and allies, membership lists, copies of documents that trace the history of the Brackenridge tract and related legislation, meeting announcements, newspaper clippings and a written history of Peggy's relationship with the organization.
In addition there are materials that highlight Fred and Peggy's participation with The Heritage Society of Austin in the 1970s and their efforts to save the Brizendine-Easton House and the Taylor-Hunnicutt House. Both were also incensed by the "Notch Baby" Social Security issue and included in the collection are letters written to Texas politicians as well as materials from the Texas Notchos organization, including the organization's first newsletter, the Texas Notcho News, published in 1987. Also documented is Fred and Peggy's volunteer work as the chairmen of the 1974 KLRN Auction's Antiques and Collectables Committee. Other subject files include newspapers clippings and correspondence about the Bergstrom airport, agendas and notes for the Center State board of directors meetings, printed materials and correspondence about the 1970s energy crisis, newspaper clippings about the South Texas Nuclear Project and a report commending Peggy's involvement with the YWCA International Automobile Show in 1955.
There is also a limited materials highlighting Peggy's involvement with the Austin Bicentennial Commission and her work writing the newsletter for The State Commission for the Blind. Well documented is Peggy's acting career with newspaper reviews, programs, and scripts for plays she was in, congratulation cards from friends, and two photos of her in "The Wild Heart."
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Peggy and Fred Sackett Papers (AR.2004.024). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1988/031, DO/2005/024
Donation Date: 2006, 2005, 2004
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.
Duplicates and tourist brochures for English sights such at Lloyd's of London, Powis Castle, the Cotswolds, Salisbury Cathedral, Leeds Castle, and Ascot were discarded.
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