Austin History Center

Lowell H. Lebermann, Jr. Papers

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lebermann, Lowell H., Jr. 1939-2009
Title: Lowell H. Lebermann, Jr. Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1878-2015
Bulk Dates: 1969-2015
Abstract: Lowell H. Lebermann, Jr. (1939-2009) was an active member of the political, business, community, and cultural scenes in Austin, Texas from the 1970s until his death in 2009. Invitations, programs, pamphlets, articles, campaign materials, correspondence, and certificates document his active role in Austin politics as well as his charity work and community involvement.
Identification: AR.2016.024
Quantity: 1.6 linear feet (2 document boxes and 1 qAR box)
Location: Archives Stacks, qAR
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Lowell H. Lebermann, Jr. (1939-2009) was an active member of the political, business, community, and cultural scenes in Austin, TX from the 1970s until his death in 2009. He was raised in Commerce, TX where his father, Lowell Leberman, Sr. (born 1906), practiced medicine. At the age of 12, an accident with a gun left Lebermann with one eye destroyed and vision deterioration in the other which led to blindness at the age of 23. He attended the University of Texas in the Plan II Honors program but did not graduate, leaving the university in his senior year in 1962. He also served as Student Body President in 1961. Lebermann was an active political leader. He was a member of the Austin City Council for six years from 1971 to 1977, was elected treasurer of the State Democratic Party in 1981, was on the executive committee of the Democratic National Finance Council, and unsuccessfully ran for office of the Mayor of Austin in 1983. He was dubbed "the Green Panther" by Mayor Roy Butler due to his environmental efforts as a City Council member. He was also a prominent businessman as the president of Centex Beverage, Inc. starting in 1981 and on the Board of Directors of Valero Energy Corporation (1980-1983 and 1986-2001), among many others. He was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 2004.

Lebermann was also an active member of the community. His board memberships include many councils at The University of Texas, United Way, National Public Radio, Salvation Army, among others. He was appointed to the UT System Board of Regents in 1993 by Governor Ann Richards. He took leadership roles within the Austin cultural scene including the Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Paramount Theatre, Austin Symphony Society, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to name a few. He was married to Louise O'Connor in 1968 but divorced in 1978. They had a daughter, Virginia (born 1969) and he had three stepsons, Don, Dennis, and Clay. He was also married to Patricia Patterson in 1982 until their divorce in 1987. He had two step-daughters, Patty and Caroline.

Scope and Contents

Lowell H. Lebermann Jr.'s community and business life is represented primarily by invitations, programs, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and certificates. Included are letters received from Lady Bird Johnson mostly in reference to her appreciation of his support for her Wildflower Center in Austin and other charitable causes. Many of these papers are in regards to tributes to Lebermann or events in his honor as well as events and articles in remembrance of him after his death in 2009. His business life is underrepresented in the collection with a couple of internet articles and a booklet about Valero Energy as well as a birthday card from the company.

His political life is represented by newspaper clippings, campaign materials, certificates, correspondence, programs, meeting minutes, and invitations. There are also a number of letters received from Governor Ann Richards during the 1990s documenting a personal and professional friendship between her and Lebermann.

Christmas cards, membership cards, research about the Christianson-Lebermann studio building's original ownership, eulogies and funeral invitations, and a resume are among the papers representing Lebermann's personal life. His family's papers include his father's 1924 Austin High school yearbook, articles, a program, postcard, and a photograph. Also included is the General Directory of the City of Austin, Texas for 1877-78, annotated and with the inscription "from the library of Capt. L. D. Carrington," Lebermann's great-great-grandfather.

The Special Letters series is made up of one folder of letters received that were deemed "keepers" by the original owners of these documents. Included are letters from Bill Cagle, Liz Carpenter, Edward M. Kennedy, Dolph Briscoe, and George W. Bush, among others.


Collection is arranged into 4 series:
I. Community and business life
II. Political life
III. Personal life
IV. Special letters


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

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.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007.
Lebermann, Lowell H., Jr., 1939-2009.
Richards, Ann, 1933-2006.
Austin (Tex.). City Council.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Valero Energy.
Family Names:
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Austin (Tex.)--Politics and government.
City council members--Texas--Austin.
Municipal government--Texas--Austin.
University of Texas--Ex-Students.
Document Types:
Black and white photographs.

Related Material

Austin Files

  • AF Bio- Lebermann, Henry, Nathaniel 1873-1941
  • AF House-building- West Lynn, 1506
  • AF Subject- City Council 1970--1979 (11)
  • AF Subject- Democratic Party P5300(General and Texas Democratic Party) P5300 (5)
  • AF Subject- Politics and Government--Austin P5410
  • AF Subject- University of Texas Board of Regents U3000 (3)

Archives and Manuscripts

  • AR.F.006 Heritage Society of Austin Records
  • AR.Y.006 Austin (Tex.). City Council. Lowell H. Lebermann, Jr. Records
  • AR.M.004 Leberman and Carrington Families Papers

General Collection

  • A 352.0976431 IN An Interview with Lowell Lebermann, 1987
  • A 352.0976431 PA Lowell H. Lebermann Jr., 1939-2009

Separated Material

General Collection

  • Stott, Kelly McMichael, M.A. The Emerging Woman: A study of Ella Virginia West Carrington Leberman, 1886-1968, 1994

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lowell H. Lebermann, Jr. Papers (AR.2016.024). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2011/016

Donation Date: 2016

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Kendall Newton in 2016.

The collection had little original order and was arranged by the processor with the exception of the Ann Richards and Wildflower Center- Lady Bird Johnson files and the Special letters (keepers) series. These were kept in their original order with their original folder titles.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Community and Business Life, 1908, 1978-2014, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Valero Energy, 1996-2014, undated
2-3 Invitations, pamphlets, and programs to community events, 1908, 1979-2012, undated
4 Wildflower Center- Lady Bird Johnson, 1992-2008
5 Invitations, pamphlets, and programs regarding tributes to Lebermann, 1978-2008, undated
6 Posthumous articles about the Austin community, 2009-2014
Location BoxItem
qAR 079/001-008 Articles, proclamation, certificates, and plaque, 1983-1999, undated

Political Life, 1969-2010, undated

Box Folder
1 7 Political papers, 1969-2010, undated
8 Ann Richards, 1992-2000, undated
Location BoxItem
qAR 79/009-018 Certificate, campaign posters, articles, and a plaque, 1971-1983, undated

Personal Life, 1878-2015, undated

Box Folder
1 9-10 Personal papers and items, 1878, 1986-2010, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Leberman/Carrington family papers, 1853-1938, 1979, undated
2 Articles, newsletters, invitations, and proclamations in remembrance of Lebermann, 2009-2015, undated
Location BoxItem
qAR 79/019-021 Newspaper article, photo of dog, and book page, 2010, undated

Special Letters, 1979-2010, undated

Box Folder
2 3 Keepers, 1979-2010, undated