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Dolly-Maude Harris Fowler Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Fowler, Dolly-Maude Harris
Title: Dolly-Maude Harris Fowler Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1833-1971
Bulk Dates: 1833-1842, 1918-1971
Abstract: Dolly Maude Harris Fowler was the great-granddaughter of Samuel Bolivar Giles, who settled in Travis County in the mid-1800s. She was a businesswoman and community volunteer in Austin, Texas from the 1930s to the 1970s. The small collection contains biographical materials related to Fowler's sister Bythenia Jeanette Giles, recognition for Fowler's volunteer work with the United States War Finance Committee, World War II artifacts and letters between Thomas Jefferson Amis' family members.
Identification: AR.1991.066
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks, Artifacts, qAR
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Dolly-Maude Harris Fowler was born April 4, 1902, on a farm near Manor, Travis County, Texas. She was the great-granddaughter of Samuel Bolivar Giles, who settled in Travis County in the mid-1800s. Her parents were Banton White Giles and Leora Norwood and Dolly Maude was one of seven children born to the couple. Fowler was educated in the Austin schools and the University of Texas. She continued her education in Hollywood, London and Paris, then returned to Austin to open the D-M Dress Shops. In 1948 she sold the shops and retired. After ten days she decided to make a career out of her interest in floral artistry and opened University Florist, which she operated until her (second) retirement. An active clubwoman and volunteer Fowler was one of the founders of the Zonta Club and the Capital City Business and Professional Women's Club. She died in 1985.

Her sister, Bythenia Jeanette Giles was born on April 13, 1909 in Manor, Texas. Jeanette was also educated in Austin school and attended the University of Texas where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education. She taught Social Studies in both Austin and Dallas public schools, including Webb Junior High School. She was active in civic affairs and a life member of the Texas State Teachers Association and the National Education Association. She married Major William Charles Wilkes in 1943. Jeanette died on April 3, 1971

Scope and Contents

The biographical materials related to Jeanette Giles include school diplomas and certificates, a birth certificate, an obituary and Senate Resolution No. 938 in memory of Miss Jeanette Giles. Also included is a letter in recognition for Fowler's volunteer work with the United States War Finance Committee.

Artifact in the collection include several American Women's Voluntary Services (AWVS) buttons, a World War II identification flag (or blood chit), ration book and ration token (red point), and a hair bracelet. The bracelet was accompanied by a note dated 1935 that says the bracelet was given to Fowler by Mrs. Stanhope Henry, whose husband was a direct descendent of Patrick Henry, and the bracelet was made from hair of Patrick's wife.

Also included in the collection are eleven letters dated between 1833 and 1842 written between the various descendants of Thomas Jefferson Amis of Rogersville, Tennessee. The majority of the letters are from Lucy Howell to her cousin Lucy Amis Hagan. The relationship between Dolly-Maude Harris Fowler and the Amis family is unclear.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Amis, Lucy.
Fowler, Dolly-Maude Harris.
Giles, Bythenia Jeanette.
Howell, Lucy.
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

Archives and Manuscripts

  • AR.2011.004 Bascom and Effie Dean Giles Family Scrapbooks
  • AR.1994.106 Zonta Club
  • AR.1991.041 Capital City Federated Business and Professional Women's Club Records

Austin Files

  • Biography - Giles, Bascom
  • Photography Collection Biography - Giles, Bascom

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by the Estate of Dolly-Maude Harris Fowler.

Preferred Citation

Dolly-Maude Harris Fowler Papers (AR.1991.066). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #:DO/1985/060

Donation Date: 1985

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Dolly-Maude Harris Fowler, 1946, 1971
2 Bythenia Jeanette Giles, 1921-1971
Location BoxItems
qAR 053/029-033 Diplomas and certificates, 1918-1933, 1954
Box Folder
1 3 Amis family correspondence, 1833-1842
Location BoxItems
Artifacts 114/001-005 Artifacts, circa 1945, unknown