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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Mary Ella Wallis Scrapbooks, 1915-1972

Austin History Center

Mary Ella Wallis Scrapbooks

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Wallis, Mary Ella, 1897-1986
Title: Mary Ella Wallis Scrapbooks
Dates: 1915-1972
Dates (Bulk): 1923-1968
Abstract: Mary Ella Wallis was born in Rockdale, Texas, in 1897 and moved to Austin in the late 1910s. Wallis was a public school teacher for Austin Public Schools for more than forty years and attended a wide variety of cultural events in Austin and throughout the United States. The collection consists of five scrapbooks of programs compiled by Mary Ella Wallis that document her interest in the performing arts, and to a lesser degree, her career as a public school teacher, and date from 1915 to 1972.
Accession number: AR.1994.043
Quantity: 3.30 linear feet (1 box and 5 scrapbooks)
Location: Archives stacks, Oversize volumes
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Mary Ella Wallis was born in Rockdale, Texas, in 1897 to George and Mattie Wallis. Her father died in the early 1900s and Wallis and her mother moved to Austin, Texas to live with her sister Norris and her husband B. C. Tharp. Wallis was a public school teacher for Austin Public Schools for more than forty years. She started at John B. Winn Elementary in the late 1910s and retired from John T. Allan Junior High in the early 1960s. She had an avid interest in the performing arts. Wallis died in 1986 and her last residence was listed at Houston, Texas.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of five scrapbooks compiled by Mary Ella Wallis that document her avid interest in the performing arts, and to a lesser degree, her career as a public school teacher, and date from 1915 to 1972. The scrapbooks consist of programs from theater, dance, music and comedy performances in Austin, Texas, and other American cities as well as commencement programs from Austin Public Schools and The University of Texas.

Two of the scrapbook span the dates 1915 through 1941 and contain programs for performances of local Austin, Texas, performing arts organizations and venues such as the Amateur Choral Club, Longhorn Band, University of Texas Department of Music, University Choral Club, University of Texas Glee Club, The Little Theatre, Hancock Opera House (Hancock Theatre), Majestic Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Texas Round-Up (first program from 1930), Curtain Club, Austin Symphony, Austin Music Week, Community Concert Association as well as several Baylor College club performances. Also included are performing arts programs from J. T. Allan Junior High, Austin High School and Austin Classroom Teachers performances and commencement programs from Austin High School and The University of Texas. In addition, Wallis traveled to New York City occasionally and saved the programs for performances at Radio City Music Hall, Roxy Theater, Cohan Theatre, Casino Theatre, New Amsterdam Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Cental Park, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, Empire Theatre, The Playhouse, Henry Miller Theatre, The Forest Theatre and Lewisohn Stadium. There are also performing arts programs from trips to New England, Colorado and Utah.

The three remaining scrapbooks span the years 1942-1952, 1952-1956, and 1956-1959 respectively, with the majority of the programs documenting performances sponsored by the University of Texas (UT) Cultural Entertainment Committee, Department of Drama, Summer Entertainment Committee and the Curtain Club. Wallis also attended a significant numbers of events sponsored by the Community Concert Association, a New York based promotional company that advertised themselves as providing "a Carnegie Hall in every town." Performance programs from other local arts institutions similar to the earlier scrapbooks are also included.

Lastly, there are programs dating from 1960 to 1972 that Wallis saved but didn't file in a scrapbook. Similar to the three later scrapbooks, the majority of the programs are sponsored by the University of Texas Cultural Entertainment Committee, Department of Drama, Department of Music, and the Summer Entertainment Committee. Unlike the scrapbooks there are almost no programs from local, non-UT or out of state arts organizations. In addition there are a few 1960s season tickets for the UT Department of Drama, Cultural Entertainment Committee and Summer Entertainment series.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

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.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Wallis, Mary Ella, 1897-1986.
Subjects (Organizations)
The Curtain Club (Austin, Tex.).
Amateur Choral Club (Austin, Tex.).
Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Little Theatre (Austin, Tex.).
Hancock Opera House (Austin, Tex.).
Majestic Theatre (Austin, Tex.).
Paramount Theatre (Austin, Tex.).
Community Concerts, Inc.
John T. Allan Junior High (Austin, Tex.).
Austin High School (Austin, Tex.).
University of Texas Glee Club.
University of Texas Choral Club.
University of Texas at Austin. Department of Music.
University of Texas Longhorn Band.
University of Texas. Cultural Entertainment Committee.
University of Texas. Department of Drama.
University of Texas. Department of Music.
Subjects
Performing arts--Texas--Austin.
Theater programs.
Concert programs.
Choral music--Texas--Austin.
Dance--Texas--Austin.
Symphony orchestras--Texas--Austin--History.
Theaters--Texas--Austin.
Theater--Texas--Austin--History.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Songs and music.
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs.
Document Types
Programs (documents).
Tickets.

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Related Material

Archives & Manuscripts


General Collection


  • A 792.0976431 MA 1985 Manry, Joe Edgar, Curtain Call: The History of the Theatre in Austin, Texas, 1839 to 1905. 1985.
  • A 782.5060764 Au Austin Choral Society, First Concert/The Austin Choral Society.

Austin Files (text and photographs)


  • AF Subject - Dancing D0200
  • AF Subject - Performing Arts P2200
  • AF Subject - Theater T6500
  • AF Subject - University of Texas - Colleges and Departments - Fine Arts U3540
  • See the Austin Files binder for further breakdown of specific theaters and companies.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Ella Wallis Scrapbooks (AR.1994.043). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1972/079

Donation Date: 1972

Processing Information

Collection arranged and finding aid encoded by Molly Hults in 2017.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Mary Ella Wallis Scrapbooks, 1915-1972

Location
Oversize Volumes Scrapbook #1, 1915-1940
Scrapbook #2, 1923-1941
Scrapbook #3, 1942-1952
Scrapbook #4, 1952-1956
Scrapbook #5, 1956-1959
Box Folder
1 1-3 Loose programs, 1960-1972
4 Season tickets, 1960-1964

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