Robert E. Nail, Jr. Historical Archives at Old Jail Art Center

Guide to the Helen Lieb Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lieb, Helen (1921-2006)
Title: Helen Lieb Papers
Abstract: Photographs, correspondence, business records, ledgers, scrapbooks, and artifacts documenting the life of Helen Lieb (1921-2006) and her work with the Albany High School Ex-Students Association, the Albany Abstract Co., World War II - Stamford Flying School, the Robert E. Nail, Jr. Scholarship, the Eastern Star, the Albany Chamber of Commerce, and the Old Jail Art Center.
Identification: AR.2006.006; AR.2006.008
Quantity: 5.2 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Robert E. Nail, Jr. Archives
Old Jail Art Center, , 201 S. 2nd St., , Albany, TX 76430

Biographical Note

Helen Maydene Sanders was born January 8, 1921 in Lubbock, TX. Helen moved with her parents Lonnie and Ercel Sanders and sister Laverne from Lubbock to Albany in 1936. She graduated from Albany High School in 1938 and was in the cast of the fist Fort Griffin Fandangle performance and participated in many other Fandangle performances over the years. She married Fredrick Gaither Lieb on December 21, 1941. Gaither as he was known went to Hardin-Simmons University and served overseas in World War II. Helen contributed to the war effort by working at the Stamford Flying School in Stamford, TX. Helen was a well-respected businesswoman long before women were accepted in business leadership roles. As an owner of the Albany Abstract Company and then the Shackelford County Abstract Company, she worked in the title business for almost 60 years, retiring in 2002. Outside the office, Helen was well known for her community involvement. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Albany. Helen was a past president of the Albany Ex-Student Association. She was a 50 year member of the Easter Star, Chapter 733, and served as Worthy Matron. She was a member of the Robert Nail Scholarship board of directors for 39 years and was one of its past presidents. She was a member of the Albany Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors for over 25 years and served as its president from 1974-1976, the only female president in the history of the organization. She was a long time member of the Shackelford County Historical Committee and was a docent at the Old Jail Art Center for 24 years.

Scope and Contents

Photographs, correspondence, business records, ledgers, scrapbooks, and artifacts make up this collection. The Papers are divided by topic into 10 series.


Series 1: General Family information contains correspondence, photographs, newspaper articles, and ephemera 1937-2002 [1960s-1970s]. Series 2: World War II contains official War Department documents and ephemera relating to Gaither Lieb's service 1941-1945. Also are correspondence and photographs relating to Helen's work at the Stamford Flying School, Stamford, TX, 1941-1945. Series 3: Eastern Star/Masons contains business records, photographs, and ephemera, 1940s-2000s. Series 4: Robert E. Nail, Jr. Scholarship contains business records, financial records, and newspaper articles, 1976-1996. Series 5: Albany Abstract and Title Company contains land records, titles, and ledgers, 1880s-1920s. Also, business records, 1960-1980. Series 6: Albany Ex-Students Association/Albany High School contains correspondence, photographs, and editions of the Ex-Students Association Newsletter, 1961-1990, and the Albany High School News 1933; 1937-1938. Series 7: Albany Chamber of Commerce contains business records and correspondence, 1970s-2000s. Series 8: Old Jail Art Center contains docent training documents, 1989; 2000-2002 Series 9: Subject Files Series 10: Books


Restrictions on Access

Open to the Public

Index Terms

Lieb, Helen Maydene Sanders (1921-2006)
Lieb, Fredrick Gaither (1917-1996)
Nail, Robert E., Jr., (1908-1968)
Fort Griffin Fandangle
Albany High School Ex-Students Association
Albany Abstract Co.
World War II
Stamford Flying School
Robert E. Nail, Jr. Scholarship
Eastern Star
Albany Chamber of Commerce
Old Jail Art Center
Newspaper Articles
Financial Records
Business Records
Subject Files

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

AR.2006.006; AR.2006.008

Alternative Form Available

Helen Lieb Papers - Raw XML

Detailed Description of the Collection

General Family information, 1937-2002 [1960s-1970s]

Box Folder
1 10 Helen Lieb Bio Info, 2006
1 Personal Correspondence, 1937; 1943; 1970; 2002; 2004; undated
2 Correspondence, 1942; 1974; 1993; undated
Box Folder
5 1 Personal legal/financial documents, 1963; 2001
9 Business/Legal records: "Sanders lease," 1968; 1978; 1983
2 Newspaper articles: Lieb family, 1960s-1970s
3 Newspaper articles: Helen Lieb, 1966; 1974; 2002; undated
Box Folder
1 4 Helen Lieb, 1921-2002
5 Helen Lieb Family, undated
4 Albany High School, 1910s-1930s
5 Fort Griffin Fandangle Parade, undated
6 Helen Lieb not pictured, others identified, mostly undated
8 Landscapes, undated
9 Unidentified persons, undated
Box Folder
2 3 Family Portraits, unidentified, undated
4 Family Portraits, unidentified, undated
Box Folder
10 Oversized Lieb family photographs, undated
Box Folder
MC A-2 Ibex Celebration, 4/3/1923
Box Folder
2 2 Fort Griffin Fandangle Correspondence, 1938
2 Fort Griffin Fandangle Program, 1938
Box Folder
7 "Cattle" poem by Berta Hart Nance, framed
Personal effects
10 Scrapbooks, undated
11 Scrapbooks
Box Folder
2 6 Ephemera, 1940s-1950s
7 Ephemera, undated
Box Folder
1 3 Ephemera: Albany High School Graduation Book, 1938
3 Ephemera: Albany High School Diploma, 1934

World War II, 1941-1945

Box Folder
5 6 Official documents re: Gaither Lieb's service, 1941-1945
Box Folder
MC A-2 423 Coastal Artillery Battalion, 1941
Box Folder
3 1 Stamford Flying School, 1941-1945
2 Gaither Lieb, 1941-1945

Eastern Star/Masons, 1940s-2000s

Box Folder
3 3 Business Records, 1954-1964
4 Business Records, 1957
5 Photographs, undated
6 Newspaper Articles, 1962, undated
7 Ephemera, 1961; 1993; 2001; undated
8 Publications, 1922; 1964; 1990
Box Folder
10 Publications and Scrapbooks, undated

Robert E. Nail, Jr. Scholarship, 1976-1996

Box Folder
4 1 Business records, 1973-1976; 1994; 2001
Box Folder
5 7 Business Records, 1976-1996
Box Folder
7 Artifact, 2002

Albany Abstract and Title Company, 1888-1981

Box Folder
5 10 Business Records, 1980-1981
Box Folder
6 2 Land Records, 1888-1920s
3 Land Leases and Titles, 1898-1923
5 City of Albany Annexation Records, 1956
Box Folder
8 Ledger, 1924-1940
Ledger, 1952-1965
Box Folder
5 11 Ledger, 1960-1968
Box Folder
6 1 Ledger, 1968-1975
Box Folder
4 2 Photographs: Helen Lieb, undated
Box Folder
6 4 Subject File: John F. Sedwick, undated

Albany Ex-Students Association/Albany High School 1961-1990., 1933-1990; [1961-1990]

Box Folder
5 12 Correspondence, 1963; undated
12 Business Records, 1963; undated
13 Business Records, 1972; 1988
Box Folder
12 Albany High School News, 1933; 1937-1938
Ex-Students Association Newsletters, 1961-1990
Box Folder
4 3 Photographs: Helen Lieb, undated
Box Folder
1 3 Ephermera: Albany High School Graduation Book, 1938
3 Ephermera: Albany High School Diploma, 1934
Box Folder
2 5 Assorted, 1983
Box Folder
9 Artifact: Albany High School Letter Sweatshirt, 1930s
Artifact: Albany High School Band Sweater, 1930s

Albany Chamber of Commerce, 1970s-2000s

Box Folder
4 4 Business Records, 1943; 1974; 1980s
Box Folder
6 6 Business Records, 1970s-2000s
7 Business Records, 1970s-2000s
8 Business Records, 1970s-2000s
Box Folder
7 Artifacts, 1976; 2002

Old Jail Art Center, 1989; 2000-2002

Box Folder
4 5 Docent Materials, 1989
6 Docent Manual, 2000
7 Ephemera, 2001-2002

Subject Files

Box Folder
2 2 Fort Griffin Fandangle Correspondence, 1938
2 Fort Griffin Fandangle Program, 1938
2 Fort Griffin Fandangle Publicity, undated
Box Folder
5 3 Fort Griffin Fandangle Publicity, undated
4 Fort Griffin Fandangle Publicity, 1938
Box Folder
1 5 Photographs: Fandangle Parade, undated
Box Folder
2 5 Printed Material relating to Albany community events/programs, undated
Box Folder
5 3 Newspaper Articles: Helen Lieb, Watt Matthews, undated
8 Printed Material: Around Albany, LBJ Ranch Fandangle Sampler, Death of Robert E. Nail, Jr., 1967; undated
Box Folder
1 7 Photographs: Politicians, undated
Box Folder
5 5 Assorted Material

Books, 1919-1960

Box Folder
Rare Books Cabinet The Prickly Pear[yearbook] Abilene Christian College, 1919
Peter Rabbit, 1920
Pup Dog and Cub Bear Go Boating, undated
Bronco[yearbook] Hardin-Simmons University, 1935
Bronco[yearbook] Hardin-Simmons University, 1936
Reynolds Presbyterian Academy and College, by Ruby McGill Dodge, 1960