Austin History Center

Bobo Family Papers

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bobo family
Title: Bobo Family Papers
Dates: 1957-2002
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, videotapes, photographs, legal documents, and memorabilia document the Bobo family of Austin, Texas: Carolyn Bobo, and her parents Ormond and Mary Bobo. Documentation of Popham Elementary School, Lanier High School, University of Texas athletics, Brackenridge Hospital, and Bergstrom Air Force Base dating from the late 1950s to early 2000s are included.
Identification: AR.2002.034
Quantity: 3.5 linear feet (8 document boxes, 1 scrapbook, and 1 oversized box)
Location: Archives stacks, Outer Vault, Oversized Volumes, qAR, Faulk 3rd Floor, Photo Room
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Ormond Bobo was born on August 5, 1913, in Fayette County, Alabama. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1936 when he was 22. From 1937 to 1938, he attended the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps School for Bakers and Cooks at the Presidio in San Francisco, California. Bobo had met Mary Allene Doyle in 1936 in North Texas while visiting family and continued a correspondence with her while in the military. They married on November 11, 1943. After World War II, Bobo transitioned into a career with the U.S. Air Force and retired in Austin, Texas, in 1959 as a chief warrant officer. Bobo managed the Base Exchange at Bergstrom Air Force Base for nearly 15 years in his retirement. He died of cancer in 1979 at the age of 66. Ormond Bobo was a member of the Onion Creek Masonic Lodge No. 220.

Mary Bobo was born in 1918 in Ellis County, Texas. As an adult, she was an active University of Texas-Austin athletics season ticket holder, primarily of Longhorn Women's Basketball (1987-2002). She was also a supporter of University Interscholastic League (1960-1986). Mary was actively involved in the Lanier Band Parents Association and Girl Scouts. Professional organizations include the Austin Independent School District food service program (1969-1974).

Carolyn was born to Ormond and Mary Bobo in 1948. She attended I.W. Popham Elementary School in Del Valle School District and Sidney Lanier Junior and Senior High in Austin Independent School District. She graduated high school in 1966 and earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from the University of Texas in 1971. She was a member of the Longhorn Band (1967-1971), a member of Tau Beta Sigma (1968-1971), Delta Zeta Sorority (1967-1971), The Daily Texan, and The Cactus (1971 Cactus Goodfellow). Her involvement with professional organizations includes Brackenridge Hospital (1983-1985), the Austin-American Statesman, Delaune and Associates, and Fralix, working primarily in public relations and business writing.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, clippings, videotapes, photographs, legal documents, and memorabilia document the Bobo family of Austin, Texas. Arranged in three subgroups by family member: Carolyn Bobo, Mary Bobo, and Ormond Bobo, the records illuminate the activities, organizations, and interests of the Bobo family.

The records of Carolyn Bobo document her academic involvement in Del Valle Independent School District, Austin Independent School District, and the University of Texas at Austin, and include schoolwork, a scrapbook documenting her senior year of high school, Lanier High School Vikings Band photographs, Delta Zeta pledge material, commencement programs, and photographs of the Delta Zeta sorority and Longhorn Band. The majority of the professional materials consist of notes, articles, photographs, and other printed materials from her work as a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman from 1970-1985. Carolyn Bobo also collected pamphlets, brochures, press releases, memos, photographs, video recordings, and other printed materials related to Brackenridge Hospital and the hospital's centennial celebration in the 1980s.

The bulk of the materials collected by Mary Bobo chronicles University of Texas at Austin Longhorn Women's Basketball and the University Interscholastic League girls’ programs, which illustrate Mary Bobo's enthusiasm and support for women's athletics. Also of note are real property records documenting the 1961 purchase of the Bobo’s house at 1705 Princeton Avenue in the Crestview neighborhood, as well as realty information on the house from 1990 and 2002. Mary Bobo’s involvement with Crestview United Methodist Church and Girl Scouts. Photographs from 1977 to 2008 document family events and holidays. One photograph of Ormond, Mary, and Carolyn from 1957 is also included.

Ormond Bobo’s materials largely document his career in the United States Air Force and his job in his retirement as the Base Exchange manager at Bergstrom Air Force Base, from 1960-1975. Photographs of his staff at Bergstrom in the 1960s are included. There is also a guest book and pamphlet from Ormond’s funeral in August 1979, and an Onion Creek Lodge member directory.


The collection is arranged into three series:
Carolyn Bobo
Mary Bobo
Ormond Bobo


Access Restrictions

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Advance notice is required for any audiovisual materials that do not have an access copy already created. Turnaround time for requested access copies will be no less than one week and is determined by the number of items requested and their duration.

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


Bobo, Carolyn Gail, 1948-.
Bobo, Mary A., 1918-2014.
Bobo, Ormond, 1913-1979.
Dorsen, Michael.
Stokes, Joe D.
Handcox, Berl.
Murphy, Vance E.


University of Texas at Austin.
University Interscholastic League (Tex.).
Brackenridge Hospital.
Bergstrom Air Force Base.
Fralix Advertising Agency.
Austin-American Statesman.
Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
Austin Independent School District (Tex.).
Del Valle Independent School District (Tex.).
Sidney Lanier High School (Austin, Tex.).
I. W. Popham Elementary School (Del Valle, Tex.).
Delta Zeta Sorority.
United States. Air Force.
Onion Creek Lodge No. 220.


University of Texas at Austin--Athletics
University of Texas at Austin--Student Organizations
Public schools--Texas--Austin.


Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Princeton Avenue 1705.

Document Types:

Color photographs.
Color slides.
Color transparencies.
Black-and-white photographs.
Printed material.
Creative materials.
Legal documents.

Separated Material

The following books were separated to the General Collection:

  • A 358.4112 BE, Austin salutes Bergstrom Air Force Base. 1979.
  • A 784.83 Vincent R. DiNino, Marching bands through "the eyes of Texas". 1974.
  • A 796.3238 MC James McLemore, Texas schoolgirl basketball. 1976.
  • A 808.06607 UN University of Texas at Austin. Department of Journalism, The Daily Texan Stylebook. 1969.

Issues of Riata, the Student Literary Magazine of the University of Texas, were removed to the Periodicals Collection.

The Longhorn Band 1964-1965 record album was transferred to the Briscoe Center for American History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bobo Family Papers (AR.2002.034). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1997/092

Donation Date: 1997, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2018

Processing Information

Preliminary Processing and Finding Aid By: Janice Kowemy and Sarah Ticer, November 29, 2007

Final Processing and Finding Aid By: Ruth Baker, February 26, 2008.

Updated by Molly Hults, March 24, 2009. Updated by Kathryn Garvey, January, 2012. Updated by Kelly Hanus, January 2019.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Carolyn Bobo, 1957-1996

Personal and Biographical, 1956-1986
Primary School, 1956-1961
Box Folder
1 1 Class assignments, drawings, 1957-1961
2 Notebooks (3), 1957-1958
Box Folder
8 8 Popham Elementary report cards, certificates, 1955-1959
9 Popham Elementary photos (#16, 188-216), 1953-1959
10 Popham Elementary yearbook, 1956
High School, 1956-1986
Box Folder
8 7 Assorted school materials, report cards, 1956-1966
Box Folder
1 3 Lanier High PTA and SAT/ACT Materials, 1961-1966
4 Lanier High Commencement Programs, 1963, 1965
5 High School Work, 1964-1966
6 All-State Youth Orchestra, 1966, 1968
7 Blue Orchestra Folder (photos #231-237), 1964-1966
8 Tan Orchestra Folder, 1964-1965
Box Folder
6 10 Lanier photos (#1, 17, 23, 105-124, 139-142), 1959-1970, 1986
Location ArchivesCollection
Faulk 3rd Floor Panoramic Collection Lanier Class of 1966 (#360), 1966
Lanier Vikings Band, 1962-1965
Location ArchivesCollection
Faulk 3rd Floor Panoramic Collection Vikings Band (#357), 1962-1963
Panoramic Collection Vikings Band (#358), 1964-1965
Panoramic Collection Vikings Band (#359), 1965-1966
Oversized Volumes Scrapbook, 1965-1966
University, 1966-1983
University of Texas Longhorn Band, 1967-1975
Box Folder
1 9 University of Texas Longhorn Band, 1968-1975
Location ArchivesCollection
Faulk 3rd Floor Panoramic Collection UT Longhorn Band (#91), 1967-1968
Panoramic Collection UT Longhorn Band (#92), 1968-1969
Location ArchivesCollection
Photo Room Oversize Archives Photo Drawer UT Longhorn Band Spring (#84), 1970
Box Folder
8 5 Clippings and correspondence, 1967-1975
Box Folder
6 11 Band photos (#3-6, 18, 21, 25, 57-59, 125-134), 1968-1973
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault B&W Neg. Drawer Alumni band negatives (#238-243, 299-301), 1971 October
Delta Zeta Sorority, 1966-1971, 1978, 1981-1983
Box Folder
1 10 Delta Zeta Sorority, 1966-1971, 1978, 1981-1983
Location ArchivesCollection
qAR qAR photo box Delta Zeta Sorority (#83), 1969-1970
qAR photo box Delta Zeta Sorority Photo (#86), 1968-1969
qAR photo box Delta Zeta Sorority Photo (#87), 1969-1970
qAR photo box Delta Zeta Sorority Photo (#88), 1970-1971
qAR photo box Delta Zeta Sorority Photo (#89), 1970s
qAR photo box Delta Zeta Sorority Photo (#90), 1970s
qAR photo box Delta Zeta yearbook portrait (#356), undated
Box Folder
8 11 Delta Zeta photos (#2, 13, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26-56, 93-95), 1968-1971
Box Folder
1 11 The Cactus, 1971
12 University of Texas Commencement Program, 1971
Box Folder
6 9 Wedding/family events photos (#7, 60-69, 72, 73, 75, 76, 96-104), 1970-1983
Professional Materials, 1966-1985
Box Folder
2 1 Professional Materials, 1966-1985
2 Certificates, 1970, 1985
3 Apple Annies, 1985
Austin American-Statesman, 1970-1985
Box Folder
2 4 Education Articles, 1971
5 Education Beat, 1974
6 Kealing, 1970-1974
7 Assorted correspondence/clippings, 1970-1985
8 Press photos (#217-230), 1972-1984
9 Articles by Carolyn Bobo, 1973-1984
11 Articles by Brenda Bell, 1973, undated
13 Photos, headshots (#8-11, 74, 77, 79-82, 135-138, 143, 144), 1971-1985
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault B&W Neg. Drawer Austin City Council visits Plymouth nuclear power plant (#244-298), 1973 October
Location ArchivesCollection
qAR qAR photo box Mance Libscomb at Kenneth Threadgill Jubilee (#078), 1970 July
Box Folder
2 10 Anderson High School, 1969
12 Ex-Students Association, 1969, 1974
Brackenridge Hospital, 1983-1987
Box Folder
3 1 Pamphlets and Brochures, Undated
2 Brackenridge Centennial, 1983-1985
3-4 Press Releases, etc., 1983-1987
5 Community Relations Department, 1984-1985
6 Photos (#12, 70, 71), 1970, 1985
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Neg. Drawer Spinal cord surgery - pediatric (#335-355), 1983
Color Neg. Drawer Kidney transplant (#310-334), 1984
7 Brackenridge Centennial video segments (3 videocassettes), 1984-1985
Location BoxItem
qAR 042/002-003 Brackenridge Hospital posters, 1984, undated
042/001 3rd Annual St. David 5K Run Poster, 1983
Location ArchivesCollection
Faulk 3rd Floor Panoramic Collection Capital 10K Race (#85), 1989 March 12
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault B&W Neg. Drawer Capital 10K Race negatives (#302-309), 1981
Location BoxItem
qAR 042/005 Austin Public Library, Our Presidents Worksheet, 1961
01/15/012 Farm Aid II Poster, 1986

Mary Bobo, 1958-2014

Box Folder
8 4 Assorted material, 1980-1990, 2014
Box Folder
6 12 1705 Princeton Avenue, 1961, 1990, 2002
Box Folder
4 1 Certificates, 1969, 1974
2 City of Austin, 1963
3 State of Texas, undated
4 Crestview United Methodist Church, 1963, 1978
Box Folder
8 6 Crestview Kindergarten, 1963-1964
Box Folder
4 5 Girl Scouts, 1958, 1960
6 Reader’s Nutshell, 1969
UIL Girl’s Programs, 1960-1986
Basketball, 1960-1965, 1981-1986
Box Folder
4 7-10 Programs and Clippings, 1960-1965
Box Folder
5 1 Programs and Clippings, 1981-1986
2 Press books, 1960-1965
3 Track and Field and Volleyball, 1976, 1977
4 Friona Materials, 1963
University of Texas Women's Basketball, 1966, 1981-2002
Box Folder
5 5 Women’s Basketball Book, 1966
6 Season Ticket Materials, 1995-2002
7 Texas Basketball Yearbook, 1999-2002
8 UT Women’s Basketball Printed Materials, 1986-2000
9 UT Women’s Basketball Line-ups, 1999-2002
10 Division I National Basketball Championship Programs, 1981, 1999
11 Longhorn Foundation, 1997-2001
12 The Scoreboard Newsletter, 2000
Box Folder
6 1 Longhorn Athletics Review, Fall 2000
2 Cotton Bowl Program, 2000
3 Women’s Preseason National Invitation Tournament, 2000
4 NCAA Women’s Final Four Program, 2002
5-6 Longhorn Basketball Media Guides, 1996-1999
Location Box
qAR 042 Posters, 1993-2002
Box Folder
6 8 Photographs (#14, 15, 145-178), 1957, 1977-2008

Ormond Bobo, 1960-1979, 1991, 2001

Box Folder
8 1 Certificates, 1960-1975
2 Bergstrom Air Force Base Exchange, 1962-1975
3 U.S. Air Force, 1959, 1979, 1991, 2001
Box Folder
6 7 Assorted materials, 1965-1979
Box Folder
8 12 Photographs at Bergstrom (#179-187), 1960s
Funeral guest book, 1979 August 10