University of Texas Arlington

Robert Hanks Brister Papers:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brister, Robert Hanks.
Title: Robert Hanks Brister Papers
Dates: 1786-1996
Abstract: Robert Hanks Brister, son of a pioneer Burleson, Texas, family, was a World War I Army baker, a public school superintendent, a Baptist deacon, a Waco-based insurance agent, and a president of the Texas State Teachers Association. He also worked at the Veterans Administration's vocational rehabilitation service in Waco and became an insurance underwriter. Brister married Ruby Irene "Bob" Neal, a Weatherford, Texas, native, on April 23, 1921; they had two children. His papers include correspondence, photographs, family histories and genealogies, books, school annuals, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, financial records, speeches, memorabilia, artifacts, ephemera, and certificates. The papers document Brister's years as a college student, math teacher, soldier, school administrator, teacher advocate, civic leader, and insurance agent. Handwritten personal correspondence received during his years as a student and a soldier includes details of daily farm life and social banter from classmates and girlfriends. Materials documenting his years as an educator include speeches, reports to school boards, correspondence with colleagues, and efforts to obtain employment upon his resignation as Waco superintendent. Noteworthy are six photo albums, a vintage camera in its original leather case, a double locket, and two patriotic silk handkerchiefs. The papers include some material about African American schools, namely yearbooks from Waco's segregated Moore High School.
Identification: AR434
Extent: 19 boxes (6.85 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Robert Hanks Brister was born on August 24, 1890, to Burleson pioneers Moses Andrew Brister and Sudie Clark Brister, the fifth of their nine children. He was a World War I Army veteran, a central Texas public school superintendent, a Baptist deacon, and, in his later years, a Waco-based insurance agent. A 1912 graduate of Decatur Baptist College (now Dallas Baptist University), Brister began his public school career as a math teacher in Miles, Texas. He continued teaching in Ennis where, in 1914, he was promoted to high school principal, serving until June, 1916. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1917 from Baylor University where he was elected senior class president. Upon graduation, Brister enlisted in the Army, trained with the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division at Camp MacArthur, Waco, and served in Nevers, France, as a baker with the Quartermaster Corps of the American Expeditionary Forces. After the Armistice, he studied for four months at the University of Montpellier, France. During his stint in France, Brister traveled extensively, taking photographs that he compiled into a wartime album.

Returning to Texas and to teaching in 1919, Brister taught math in the Taylor Public Schools. He became Taylor High School principal in 1920 and served as school superintendent from 1922 to1935. In that position, Brister encouraged vocational training, instituted off-campus tutoring for the physically handicapped, and brought health professionals into the schools to screen students for ailments from tuberculosis to dental decay. While in Taylor, in 1928, Brister completed his Master of Arts degree at the University of Texas, Austin.

In 1935, Brister was appointed superintendent of Waco Public Schools. He was elected president of the Texas State Teachers Association in 1938, serving a one-year term. As a leader among Texas' public educators, he lobbied for teacher pay commensurate with educational degrees and endorsed federal free lunch programs, particularly for African American schools. He continued as Waco superintendent until 1944, when he resigned due to political differences with the elected school board.

Brister worked from 1944 to1947 at the Veterans Administration's Vocational Rehabilitation Service as an occupational specialist. In 1950, he became an underwriter for Fidelity Union Life Insurance Company and qualified for the firm's Million Dollar Roundtable. He later worked for Southwestern Life Insurance Company. Robert Hanks Brister died in Waco on June 5, 1965.

Brister married Ruby Irene "Bob" Neal in Georgetown, Texas, on April 23, 1921. Ruby was a native of Weatherford, Texas, born June 19, 1892, the daughter of Augustus Warner Neal and Bettie Eddleman Neal, both of pioneering Parker County families. Widowed in 1898, Ruby's mother took her family to Memphis, Texas, where Ruby finished high school in 1909. She spent two years at the Conservatory of Music in Amarillo, and later attended Toby's Business College in Waco. Ruby was a bookkeeper at the First National Bank of Taylor when she met her future husband. "Rob "and "Bob" Brister had two children: a daughter, Katharine "Toots" Brister, born December 11, 1921, and a son, Robert Andrew Brister, born July 29, 1929. Katharine married Shirley Maurice "Pete" Lockhart in 1952, and following his death, wed her brother-in-law, Cecil Lockhart. She resides in Hearne. Robert Andrew Brister married Mary Ann Mullen in 1951 and after living in several Texas and New Mexico locales, settled in Arlington. Ruby Brister passed away in Waco on October 16, 1966. Robert Andrew Brister died December 14, 1998. Mary Ann Brister continues to reside in Arlington.

Robert Hanks Brister came from a close-knit, well-educated family of nine brothers and sisters who frequently gathered for family reunions and birthdays. His parents, Moses Andrew Brister (1856-1936) and Sudie Catherine Clark Brister (1859-1955), both emigrated to Texas from Mississippi in the 1870s, settling in Johnson County. They married January 9, 1883, and spent the first nine years of their life together on the Clark family farm. In 1892, the growing family moved to a Brushy Mound farm between Burleson and Crowley. Moses A. Brister supported his family in agriculture, but his heart was in the Baptist Church where he long served as a deacon and Sunday School superintendent. Most of the Brister children were affectionately referred to by nicknames: Flora Adeline "Toto" Brister Haskew, Guy Clark Brister, Ethel Eunice "Ethie" Brister Ramby, Iva Hall "Honey" or "Hop" Brister Sewell, Robert Hanks "Rob" Brister, Ruth Mae Brister Norman, Silas Andrew "Bud" Brister, Miller Morrison "Mit" Brister and Willie Marie "Reed" or "Reedie" Brister Stevens. Miller Brister was an aide to New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.

Ruby Irene Neal Brister found her roots in the pioneering Neal and Eddleman families of Parker County. Little is known of her father, Augustus Warner "Gus" Neal (1867-1898), except that he was born in Georgia, married Bettie Elvira Eddleman in Weatherford in 1888, was Sunday School superintendent of the Bethel Methodist Church, and was the first to be buried in the Bethel Cemetery in 1898, adjacent to the church he so loved. His father, William Kennedy "Billy" Neal (1835-1928), was a Tennessee native who, in 1883, found his way from Georgia to the Bethel Community south of Weatherford, Texas. Billy Neal, a Confederate veteran, served as a Parker County commissioner, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and a church officer for seventy years. He and his wife Matilda Shropshire Neal (1840-1918) retired from their Bethel farm to 113 West Lee, Weatherford, at the time of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1913. They lived at this location until their deaths, hers in 1918, his in 1928.

Like her daughters, Bettie Eddleman Neal (1869-1963) lost her father early in life. Not much is known about Alfred G. Eddleman (1840-1870). He was the son of Rev. Reuben A. Eddleman (1812-1891) and Mary Crane, married Rosetta A. Jones in Texas in 1861, died shortly after the Civil War in 1870, and is buried in Spring Creek Cemetery south of Weatherford. His father was a circuit riding Methodist minister who brought his family from Georgia through Arkansas to the Spring Creek community south of Weatherford in October, 1854. In addition to preaching, he had mining interests and operated a cotton gin and flour mill in Parker County. R.A. Eddleman fathered 16 children by three wives. He died in Mineral Wells in 1891 and is buried in City Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford.

Biographical Chronology: Robert Hanks Brister

1890 Born August 24, 1890, on a Johnson County farm, a few miles west of Burleson; one of nine children born to Moses Andrew Brister and Sudie Clark Brister.
1892 Ruby Irene "Bob" Neal born in Weatherford, the daughter of A.W. Neal and Bettie Eddleman Neal; graduate of Memphis (Texas) High School; two years at Conservatory of Music, Amarillo; later attends Toby's Business College, Waco; bookkeeper at Taylor bank.
1910 Graduates Burleson High School.
1912 Graduates Decatur Baptist College (now Dallas Baptist University).
1912-1913 Teaches math in Miles, Texas.
1913-1914 Teaches math at Ennis, Texas; attends Baylor University during summers.
1914-1916 Ennis High School principal.
1916-1917 Baylor University, Bachelor of Arts degree; Senior Class President; President, Boys Literary Society; President of a Sunday School organization; debate team.
1917-1919 Enlists in Army upon graduation; trains at Camp MacArthur, Waco, with 32nd "Red Arrow" Division; serves overseas in Nevers, France as an Army baker, Quartermaster Department, American Expeditionary Forces; promoted to corporal and then sergeant in the Quartermaster Department, February and June, 1918; studies four months at University of Montpellier, France; returns to U.S. on U.S.S. Santa Elena, July, 1919.
1919-1920 Math teacher, Taylor High School.
1920-1922 Principal, Taylor High School.
1921 Marries Ruby Irene "Bob" Neal, on April 23, 1921, in Georgetown, Texas.
1921 Daughter, Katharine Brister, born December 11, 1921, in Taylor.
1922-1935 Superintendent, Taylor Public Schools.
1924 King's Teacher diploma, Southern Baptist Sunday School Board.
1926-1927 Director General, Teachers Institute at Belton; President, Taylor Rotary; Vice President, Austin Area Boy Scouts of America; Chairman, Football Executive Committee for the district in the Texas Interscholastic League; teacher, Men's Bible Class; pushes for vocational education: e.g., agriculture and home economics; believes public schools should contribute to industry in the local community; promotes health education: students examined annually and "defects are attended to"; introduces home tutoring for handicapped and incapacitated students.
1928 Master of Arts, University of Texas, Austin; Phi Delta Kappa honorary.
1929 Son, Robert Andrew Brister, born July 29, 1929, in Taylor.
1935-1944 Superintendent, Waco Public Schools; salary $5,000; district underwrites six hours college credit for teachers on staff; revises salary schedule to reward scholarship and merit as well as tenure; continues health education measures.
1938 President, Texas State Teachers Association; reorganizes association under new constitution.
1939 President, Central Texas Division, Texas State Teachers Association.
1944-1947 Rating Specialist, Occupational with Veterans Administration; by September, 1947, job "plays out."
1947-1965 Fidelity Union Life Insurance Company and Southwestern Life Insurance Company; Million Dollar Roundtable underwriter with Fidelity.
1951 Son, Robert Andrew Brister, marries Mary Ann Mullen in Waco, September 13, 1951.
1952 Daughter, Katharine Brister, marries Shirley Maurice "Pete" Lockhart, August 2, 1952.
1965 Robert Hanks Brister dies in Waco on June 5, 1965; funeral June 7, 1965.
1966 Ruby Brister dies in Waco on October 16, 1966.
1998 Robert Andrew Brister dies in Arlington on December 14, 1998.


  • Bethel United Methodist Church, Parker County, Texas, Historical Marker.
  • Brister, Mary Ann. Telephone conversation with Brenda McClurkin, August 20, 2001.
  • "Brister Resigns as School Chief as of Next June."Waco News-Tribune. January 11, 1944.
  • Burleson, Texas - The First One Hundred Years, 1881-1981. Burleson, Texas: Burleson Historical Committee, 1981, p. 95.
  • "Eddleman." Undated [1894] newspaper obituary for Rosetta A. Eddleman. (See Series XI. Clippings, Box 14, Folder 15.)
  • History of Parker County. Weatherford, Texas: Parker County Historical Commission, 1980, pp. 458-462.
  • History of the Waco Public Schools: Waco Public Schools Bicentennial. Waco: Waco Independent School District, 1976, pp. 61, 78, 86, 103-113.
  • A View From the Porch: A Glimpse into the Lives and Homes of the Eddleman and McFarland Families of Parker and Tarrant Counties. Weatherford, Texas: Heritage Gallery Committee, Weatherford Public Library, Fall, 1999.
  • "Who's Who in Taylor."Taylor Daily Press. May 27, 1929. (See Series IX. Clippings, Box 14, Folder 6.)
  • Williams, Michael E. Sr. To God be the Glory: The Centennial History of Dallas Baptist University, 1898-1998. Arlington, Texas: Summit Publishing Group, 1998.

Scope and Contents

The Robert Hanks Brister Papers consist primarily of materials accumulated during the subject's years as a college student, soldier, Texas teacher and school superintendent, and Waco businessman. Correspondence, keepsakes and photographs relating to R.H. Brister's immediate and extended families are also found in the collection. Genealogical information and family histories from the Brister, Clark, Eddleman, Neal, and Norman families assembled by various family members after R.H. Brister's death are included as well.

Fourteen manuscript boxes and five oversize boxes house the collection. Items range in date from 1786 to 1996, with the bulk of the collection covering the dates 1911 to 1965. The earliest document is a photocopy of a South Carolina Brister family land grant. Several 1996 documents are found in the collection, including a John Hunter Pearson obituary; a Brister family photograph at the funeral of John Hunter Pearson; an annotation that Mary Ann Brister made to a typescript of Moses Andrew Brister recollections of Burleson; and a Norman family history penned that year. Not only do these papers represent the life of Robert Hanks Brister, they speak to early years at Decatur Baptist College and Baylor University; Texans' contribution to and experiences in World War I; education and social issues of the 1920s to the 1940s; the history of Burleson, Texas; and the family histories of the Brister, Clark, Eddleman, Neal and Norman families. The collection arrived in good condition. Some preservation problems do exist. Photograph album pages are generally very fragile and are crumbling. Entire issues of and clippings from acidic newspapers have been photocopied. Three panoramic Neal family photographs are adhered to the glass that long protected them.

The collection is organized into twelve series: correspondence; personal records; business, financial and legal records; writings; subject files; publications; keepsakes; photographs; clippings; family histories/genealogies; artifacts; and oversize materials. A chronology of the life of R.H. Brister is included.

Series I, correspondence files, is organized in three subseries: R.H. Brister correspondence, by date; R.H. Brister correspondence, by subject; and correspondence of other family members. R.H. Brister correspondence files are predominantly letters written to Brister rather than letters written by him and reflect personal and business interests. Among the early correspondence are wartime letters from girlfriends, including a French sweetheart, and several dozen letters, written in pencil, from his mother, Sudie Brister. These pages chronicle news of family and friends, trace his vocational interests and document his employment over the years. Issues that he faced as a school superintendent, both political and professional, are also addressed. Perhaps the most poignant grouping of letters is a flurry of correspondence in 1943 revealing Brister's plan to resign as Waco school superintendent and his search for another job. Subject correspondence files include letters written on behalf of his children, estate settlements, and reunions of classes he taught at Ennis and Taylor High Schools. Correspondence relating to his position as deacon at the First Baptist Church, Waco, and as president of the Texas State Teachers Association is also found in these subject files. Letters written to his children, wife, mother, and extended family are found in the third subseries.

Series II contains five folders of personal records, arranged alphabetically by record type, including academic records, a household inventory, a hunting license, a military pay record book, and a teacher's grade record book.

Series III represents business, financial and legal records. The series has been organized in three subseries: financial, real estate and insurance papers. Financial records include checks, World War II savings bond program, teacher retirement, teaching contracts and Brister's last full year's U.S. income tax return. Real estate records represent contract and correspondence files relating to a 160 acre McMullen County land purchase, and his personal residences in Taylor and Waco. Insurance files trace his career as an insurance agent that surprisingly dates to 1916. All of these records have been arranged alphabetically within each subseries by record type, legal description, topic or name of company.

Series IV contains Brister's writings. These have been organized into two subseries: student writings; and diary, speeches, reports and notes. Brister's student writings have been organized chronologically and include college papers, a French student notebook dating from his World War I years, and his 1928 University of Texas master's thesis. His diary, speeches, reports and notes are organized alphabetically by institution or genre. They include a manuscript diary with brief jottings of noteworthy family, personal and business events; and handwritten and typed thoughts and comments on religious and educational topics that were delivered as radio addresses, speeches, sermons, religious instruction, or school reports.

Series V contains subject files maintained by Brister arranged in alphabetical order. Materials from First Baptist Church, Waco, cover the time span 1940 to 1965, and reflect his work as a deacon and a longtime Sunday school teacher. Educational topics represent his years with Taylor and Waco Public Schools. The Waco files are more extensive and include studies on teachers' salaries, studies of white and "colored" students, personnel policies, lists of teachers, and a plan to extend an eleven-year program to twelve years.

Series VI contains publications and has been organized in seven subseries: Bibles; books by subject; yearbooks; publications by genre; publications by institution; educational publications; and publications by subject. This series includes printed materials that Brister assembled in the course of his careers as a student, soldier, church deacon and an education professional. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically. Among the Bibles are Brister's personal Bible and that of his mother, Sudie Brister. The Neal Family Bible was so fragile that it has been deaccessioned. Photocopies of the cover, title page, and dedication are included, as has a list of Neal and Eddleman family letters, keepsakes and clippings found within the Bible that have been dispersed to correspondence, keepsake and clipping files. Books by subject incorporate an Army baking manual and French dictionaries pertaining to his World War I service, and histories of Burleson, Texas, the 36th Texas Infantry Division, and Williamson County, Texas. Yearbooks from educational institutions that Brister attended include Decatur Baptist College, Baylor University, and the American Students University of Montpellier, France. Yearbooks from schools in Ennis, Taylor and Waco are also represented. Significant among these are 1927 and 1940 editions of the Moore High School annual, The Lion, reflecting African American education in Waco. Publications by genre include advertisements, broadsides, memorials and tributes to men other than Brister. Institutional publications span his adult life and were no doubt collected in the course of his education career and public service to his church and civic organizations. The earliest are documents from the Philo Confederation of Texas, 1911-1914, and an encampment program for the Baptist Young People's Federation of Texas held at Palacios in 1916. Other organizations represented in this subseries include First Baptist Church, Waco, the Masonic Lodge, Texas Society of Crippled Children, Waco Chamber of Commerce, and the Y.M.C.A. Although educational publications span the years 1905 to 1958, the bulk of this subseries falls within the years that he was school superintendent in either Taylor or Waco. It would appear that Brister gathered these items to help shape policies or programs he was developing in his own district. This subseries begins with general educational publications, and is followed by files arranged alphabetically by the name of the organization or the location of the school district issuing the study, report, handbook, or policy manual. School districts represented are scattered across Texas and include Beaumont, El Paso, Fort Worth, Hempstead, Kerens, Port Arthur, San Antonio, Taft and Taylor. Publications by subject provide some insight into special interests of R.H. Brister, the man. These pamphlets, reprints, poems and prayers primarily date from the 1930s through the 1940s and are filed alphabetically by subject. They cover topics as diverse as anti-Communism, child labor, drug abuse, prohibition and religious Bible studies. Of particular interest are a single issue of a Dallas prohibition newspaper, The Texas Citizen, an undated pamphlet, The Beer Humbug, published by Dallas based United Forces for Prohibition, and an article on "The Cost of Liquor to Waco." Please see Series XII, oversize materials, for church and school newspapers.

Series VII includes keepsakes gathered over Brister's lifetime and those of his immediate and extended families. Keepsakes have been organized in three subseries: certificates, ephemera, and ephemera from other family members. Certificates cover a period from 1912 to 1960 and range in purpose from authorizing Brister to teach; the granting of a Baylor University debating letter; Army registration, promotion and discharge papers; documenting vaccinations; and marking lifetime membership or honoring meritorious service to several organizations including the United War Chest, 1943. These certificates are organized alphabetically by subject or granting entity. Although ephemera span the full range of Brister's professional life to his death in 1965, most items fall in the years 1914 to 1919 representing Brister's early teaching career, years at Baylor University and his Army service stateside and abroad. Filed alphabetically by topic or genre, other ephemera include a 1927 Governor Dan Moody inaugural ball ticket; membership and professional cards; poll tax receipts; Brister memorials and a tape recording of his funeral service. Ephemera from other family members include items pertaining to the following individuals: Katharine Brister, Robert Andrew Brister, Ruby Irene Neal Brister, Sudie Clark Brister, LaMoine and Greta Langston, William and Leona Mullen, Bettie Eddleman Neal, the Neal Family and John Hunter Pearson. The oldest item is a memorial card for A.W. Neal, 1898; the most recent item is a funeral program for John Hunter Pearson in 1996. In addition, this subseries contains academic records, awards, membership cards, marriage announcements, and Aunt Lena's Sunday morning breakfast cake recipe. The most charming item in this series, and perhaps the entire collection, is the undated fantasy scrapbook, Probable History of Ruby Neal, made for the future Mrs. Brister by her friend, Frances. Please refer to Series XII, oversize materials, for Brister's college, university, and Sunday School diplomas.

Series VIII represents photographs, encompassing the years [1880s] to 1996. Housed in four document boxes, photographs represent one of the largest series in the collection and have been organized in two subseries: photographs and photograph albums. An estimated two-thirds of the loose photographs are candid snapshots, the remainder being formal portraits or commercially produced images. The earliest photograph is believed to be an [1880s] vintage tintype that captures the visage of a youthful Sudie Clark Brister. The most recent image was that of Brister family members taken at the funeral of John Hunter Pearson in 1996. The bulk of the photographs pertain to the life of Robert Hanks Brister. In fact, he probably took many of them as he traveled Texas, the United States and Europe in the course of his military, education and insurance careers. They portray country outings, the fellowship of friends and family, reunions, life at college, military life, and souvenir photos of new vistas and old landmarks. Also documented are the courtship of Ruby Irene "Bob" Neal and the "growing up" of the Brister children, Katharine and Robert Andrew. The family of Moses Andrew Brister and Sudie Clark Brister, Robert Hanks Brister's parents, is well documented in photographs from this collection, as is the extensive network of Brister cousins. Life at Decatur Baptist College is well covered with candids of student activities, portraits of classmates, and hand tinted images of the 1912 fire in the Boy's Dormitory. Galley proofs from the 1912 Decatur Baptist College yearbook and the 1915 Ennis High School yearbooks are included in Box 11. Please refer to oversize/special photographs subseries of Series XII for more Decatur Baptist College galley proofs, French, Neal family and Taylor images. Among the more memorable photos in the collection are the hand colored photo of the Decatur Baptist College boys' dormitory fire in 1912; the portrait of [Ruby Irene Neal Brister] dressed as an Indian in Memphis, Texas; various views of the Square, churches and ranch land in Memphis, Texas; the aged William Kennedy Neal asleep in his rocking chair; the 1911 postcard photo of Bettie Eddleman Neal and her beautiful daughters Mae and Ruby (in Neal Family folder); the turn of the century baptism of Ethel Eunice Brister Ramby and others in the waters of Little Booger Creek, Burleson; and two unidentified groups of school children, one with a milk and cookies snack, the other celebrating Halloween.

At the time the Brister collection came to the University of Texas at Arlington, family members had made a concerted effort to identify the multitude of family photos. Many, however, remained unidentified. UT Arlington archivists continued this effort, comparing snapshots to those pasted in albums and identifying formal portraits by browsing the albums, Decatur Baptist College and Ennis High School yearbooks. Any images thus identified have been noted in brackets. Many loose candid photographs duplicated in albums were kept and sorted into their respective archival folder for ease of access by the researcher. The photographs are organized alphabetically by subject. Those subjects, such as Robert Hanks Brister, for whom an array of photos exist, have been subdivided by date or by events in his life, e.g. "senior years" or "U.S. Army, France." Large family groups or reunions have been placed under a "Brister Family" or "Neal Family" heading. Unidentified photographs remain in the collection in hopes that a future researcher will be able to identify them.

Photograph albums total six in number. The five smaller albums date from 1907 through the [1920s]. Names have been assigned to each album such as "School Days Album," "Army Album," or "Neal Family Album" to denote content to the researcher. The photographic images contained therein are primarily snapshots with a few portraits intermingled. The subjects of the three Brister photo albums are social life while attending Decatur Baptist College, working in Miles, Texas, attending Baylor University, army life stateside and in France, sightseeing across the United States, friends and colleagues in Ennis, Texas, and a few photos from Taylor, Texas, including a view of Dan Moody relaxing on a porch. The two Neal family albums depict family, the family home near Weatherford, life on the farm, social occasions, and a few World War I soldiers and military camp scenes. Photos in all five albums have been glued to black or grey pages. Brister captioned in white ink the three albums he created representing his college, army, travel and early education career in Ennis and Taylor. The Neal family albums are not formally captioned. Family members subsequently identified some of the Brister and Neal album images. This was usually done with a "post-it" note. Archivists have photocopied these notes with their accompanying image and placed this copy near the original image in the album. The pages of the "Travel, Ennis and Taylor" and "Army" albums are very fragile and brittle. The pages of three albums were removed from their covers. All album pages have been numbered in pencil on the outside corners to maintain original order. Please see Series XII for the sixth photograph album.

Series IX includes newspaper and magazine clippings that chronicle primarily biographical information about Brister and Neal family members and friends. Clippings have been organized in two subseries: individuals and subjects. Folders containing clippings about individuals are organized alphabetically by the name of the person. Information in the four folders dealing with the life of Robert Hanks Brister has been divided by date. Of unusual note is the obituary of Richard Rice "Rux" Eddleman, brother of Bettie Eddleman Neal, who died in Estelline, Texas, in 1944. The clipping goes into great deal documenting his life as a late 19th century trail driver in north and west Texas. The 1900 obituary of Ann E. Shropshire is not immediately obvious as that of Ruby Irene Neal Brister's great grandmother. Clippings grouped by subject are filed alphabetically, and include education and inspirational topics, Ennis High School, the history of McLennan County, and an undated snakebite cure! All original newspaper clippings have been photocopied onto acid free paper.

Series X represents family history and genealogies pulled together by Brister and Neal family members other than Robert Hanks Brister and his wife, Ruby Irene Neal Brister. These materials have been grouped alphabetically by family name. Items in this series represent the earliest and latest documents found in the collection: a photocopy of a 1786 South Carolina Brister land grant and a 1996 recollection of the Norman family history. The largest file in this series is the Brister Family genealogy compiled by Dennis Boswell in 1991. Beginning with Edmond Brister (1806-1882), this 216 page genealogy is comprised of a descendants chart and family group sheets. A second Brister family genealogy is that of Silas Andrew Brister and his antecedents, compiled by Andrew Freeman Brister, containing pedigree charts, family group sheets and family history notes. Photocopies of original Brister family documents ranging from 1786 to 1853 feature land grants, surveys and estate records. Other family names found in the Brister family histories include Coats, Bright, Miller, and Walker. Moses A. Brister's recollections of 19th and 20th century family history in Mississippi, and Brushy Mound and Caddo, Texas, provides insight into the more recent generations of the Brister family. Andy Brister poignantly reflects on his "Grandaddy Brister" in an undated memoir. Clark and Norman family histories complete the Brister family information. A list of the children of Reuben A. Eddleman is included in this series. Among them are Alfred G. Eddleman, grandfather of Ruby Irene Neal Brister, and his half-brother, William H. Eddleman, prominent in Weatherford and Fort Worth banking and social circles. The last folder in the series contains fragmentary names and addresses of Brister and Neal family members that family historians may wish to consult. See the holdings file maintained by University of Texas Library's Special Collections for other Brister, Clarke, and Eddleman family history research materials and photographs, including Dennis Boswell's memories of his grandfather, [Guy] Brister, and his journey in researching the Brister family history.

Series XI represents artifacts that have been collected and cherished by Brister and other members of his immediate family. Although placed in one large box, four smaller boxes hold the bulk of these items. They have been organized in two subseries: Robert Hanks Brister artifacts (3 boxes and two loose items), and those belonging to other Brister family members (one box). Brister's possessions date from 1899 to 1938, with many items undated. The earliest is a Baylor button patented in 1899, although probably obtained during Brister's tenure at the University, 1913 to 1917. The most recent dated item is a wooden gavel commemorating Brister's term as president of the Texas State Teachers Association in 1938. Many items relate to Brister's World War I army service, including a leather cased autographic camera, spyglass, signaling mirror, dog tag, insignia, cigarette case style locket with "pages" of soldier photos inside, and a Veterans of Foreign Wars pin. While a Decatur Baptist College Class of 1912 pin is included, most of the remaining items relate to his professional career and civic interests, such as a desk plate, engraved letter opener, signature rubber stamp, engraving plate and a Masonic ring. Among the artifacts of other Brister family members, most are undated and relate to brother, Silas Brister. These include a wooden top inscribed "Bud," World War I Army dog tags, insignia, silk American flag and scarf, and Lions' Club and Masonic jewelry. A Woodmen of the World pendant is attributed to his mother, Sudie Clark Brister, and a "MHS '09" pin is thought to have belonged to his wife, Ruby Irene Neal Brister. The remaining wooden top is inscribed with the nickname "Mit," that of his brother Miller Brister.

Series XII was created to accommodate oversized items that could not be housed within their proper series. These materials range in date from [1890] to 1965, and have been organized in four subseries: oversize publications, oversize keepsakes, oversize/special photographs, and an oversize photograph album. Oversize publications are filed alphabetically by institution or title and represent newspapers of high schools and universities with which Brister had an affiliation. These include a Baylor University Lariat of April, 1917 highlighting Brister's debating skills. Student high school newspapers are found from Taylor High School (1931-1932), Waco High School (1935-1936) and the African American Moore High School in Waco (1941). The only exception to these school newspapers is a Texas Centennial issue of the Baptist Standard published in Dallas in 1936. Oversize keepsakes are Brister diplomas received between 1910 and 1934. Filed chronologically, they document his graduation from Burleson High School, Decatur Baptist College, Baylor University, University of Texas at Austin, and two Southern Baptist Sunday School courses. Oversize photographs have been arranged alphabetically by subject and are largely galley proofs from the Decatur Baptist College inaugural edition of The Summit, 1912. These oval portraits were identified by consulting the yearbook. Other oversize subjects include World War I panoramic vistas of French seacoast towns and landscapes. Two 19th century Neal family portraits are among these oversize images, the W.K. Neal family and A.W. Neal. An undated photo of a Taylor men's church group includes our subject, R.H. Brister. Special photographs have been grouped together in their own box due to their format. These include images of A.W. and Bettie Eddleman Neal housed together in a small leather case, and three Neal family reunion panoramas adhered to glass. The oversize album is one in which R.H. Brister interspersed new photographs among the old, highlighting the events of his life. Most of these photographs are undated snapshots, but they range in date from [1900] to 1965. Numerous photos of his parents, his wife and children, siblings and cousins were assembled here to commemorate this close-knit family.


The collection is organized in twelve series:
Series I. Correspondence, 1908-1966, undated. 0.8 linear ft. (2 document boxes).
Series II. Personal Records, 1900-1935. 0.02 linear ft. (5 folders).
Series III. Business, Financial and Legal Records, 1913-1965, undated. 0.14 linear ft. (13 folders).
Series IV. Writings, [1910]-1964, undated. 0.24 linear ft. (9 folders).
Series V. Subject Files, [1919]-1965, undated. 0.24 linear ft. (14 file folders).
Series VI. Publications, 1895-1981, undated. 1.76 linear ft. (4 document boxes plus 3 folders).
Series VII. Keepsakes, 1898-1996, undated. 0.4 linear ft. (1 document box).
Series VIII. Photographs, [1880s]-1996. 1.6 linear ft. (4 document boxes).
Series IX. Clippings, [1888]-[1996], undated. 0.24 linear ft. (35 folders).
Series X. Family History/Genealogy, 1786-1996, undated. 0.16 linear ft. (10 folders).
Series XI. Artifacts, 1899-1938, undated. 0.3 linear ft. (1 oversize box).
Series XII. Oversize Materials, [1890]-1965, undated. 0.95 linear ft. (4 oversize boxes).



Open for research.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Brister, Robert Hanks, 1890-1965--Archives
Bristol family.
Bristol family--Photograph collections.
Moore High School (Waco, Tex.)
Farm life--Texas--Sources.
African Americans--Education--Texas.
Photograph collections--Texas.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Separated Material

Books, periodicals, reports to be reviewed for possible placement in different locations within Special Collections or the University Library:

Arnold, Arthur D. "Responsibilities of the Professional Staff in a Public Relations Program." Carbon copy, typewritten speech, Passaic, N.J.

Arkansas (Arkie) Woodchopper Square Dance Calls with Music and Instructions. Chicago: M.M. Cole Publishing Co., 1940.

Atlas of the World and Gazetteer, 1924. New York: Funk & Wagnall's Co., 1924.

Bach, John. Christmas Carols. Chicago: National Research Bureau, 1953.

Bailey, Josiah. The Democratic Process, Commencement Address, Colby College, June 20, 1938. Reprinted from the Congressional Record. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1938.

Bernheimer Oriental Gardens, 10 Views, Group B. Pacific Palisades, Ca.: Bernheimer Oriental Gardens, undated (Photographs in mailing packet.)

Birdsall, William Wilfred, and Rufus M. Jones, editors. A Century of American Literature and the Lives and Portraits of Our Favorite Authors. n.p.: W.E. Scull, 1901.

Chronicles of America Photoplays. New Haven: Yale University Press Film Service, undated.

Cover Art Materials: Catalogue 1930-31. Lincoln, Neb.: Cover Studios, 1930.

Curriculum Journal, v. IX, no. 2, (February, 1938).

Democracy Readers. Promotional material. New York: Macmillan Co., undated.

Directory of Cleveland Public Schools, 1938-39. Cleveland: Board of Education, 1938.

Faubion, B. P., G. C. Good, and J. J. McConnell Jr. Waco's Youth and Waco's "Y": A Study of the Waco, Texas, Y.M.C.A. Carbon copy, typewritten report.

Flag of the United States: The Living Symbol of Our Great Republic, How to Display It, How to Respect It. Indianapolis: American Legion, 1924.

Glass, H.A. The Textbook Programs in Texas. Austin: The Steck Company, 1962.

Handbook of the Public Schools, Evansville, Indiana, 1933-1934. Evansville, Ind.: 1933.

Hermitage: Home of General Andrew Jackson. Hermitage, Tenn.: 1955.

House Journal, Forty-Sixth Legislature, Regular Session. Austin, Tx: Tuesday, March 28, 1929.

Jenson, Reynold A. The Psychology of Sex. Cincinnati: Medical Department, Union Central Life Insurance Co. Reprinted from Hygeia-The Health Magazine, American Medical Association.

Los Voladores Flying Indians Spectacular. Dallas: Frito-Lay, Inc., 1968.

McFarlane, Charles T., The Present War: Its Background and Related Developments. New York: American Book Co., 1940.

Pepper, Claude. A Plea for Democracy, The Anti-Poll-Tax Bill, Speech of Hon. Claude Pepper of Florida in the Senate of the United States, November 21, 1942. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1942.

Pictures, The Snapshot Magazine. v. XIV, no. 5 (August, 1948).

Randolph, J. H. and Randolph Ray. The Church of the Transfiguration: Known as The Little Church Around the Corner, 1848-1924. New York: 1924.

Review of Educational Research. v. IV, no. 2 (April, 1934).

Scott, David L. Every Investor's Guide to Wall Street Words: Tips and Terms from the Experts. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1988.

Strangers' Directory. Boston: Boston Evening Transcript, 1938.

Sunday School Adults. Southern Baptist Sunday School Series, January-March, 1962.

Then and Now in Boston. Boston: Convention Bureau, Boston Chamber of Commerce, 1927.

Think: New York World's Fair Number 1940. New York: International Business Machines Corp., 1940.

U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Education. The School Building Situation and Needs, Bulletin 1937, No. 35.

Wheeler, Elmer. 18 Magic Tips to Close Sales Faster. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall Inc., 1946.

Picture Postcards: U. S. Life Saving Station, Louisville, Ky.; Falls, Cherokee Park, Louisville, Ky.; Battle Flags of Massachusetts Regiments at State House, Boston.


Albuquerque Map and Street Guide. Continental Map Co., 1981.

Albuquerque-Santa Fe Street Map. H. M. Gousha Co., undated.

Asia and Adjacent Areas. National Geographic Society, 1942.

Colorado. H.M. Gousha Co., 1962.

Colorful Colorado. Colorado Department of Highways, 1942.

Oklahoma, 1982. Oklahoma Department of Transportation, 1982.

Texas. Rand McNally, undated.

South Central United States. National Geographic Society, December, 1947.

Southwestern United States. National Geographic Society, December, 1948.

Tourguide Map: Hemisfair. Gulf Oil Co., 1968.

Special Sportsman's Series: Lake Texoma. A.I.D. Associates, 1970.

Special Sportsman's Series: Possum Kingdom. A.I.D. Associates, 1972.


Capitol Building of the Texas Republic in Houston, 1837-38 and 1842. Star Engraving Co., sent as Christmas greeting from the Rice Hotel, Houston, undated.

The Alamo. Burkhardt-Wall print, presented compliments of The Steck Company, Austin, undated.

Reprints, similarly bound, of inspirational articles:

Address of Welcome (Address to Suit Occasion)

Appointed Once to Die

As A Man Thinketh ---

Boy Problem (The Boy Scouts)

Bricks --- Good and Bad

Call of the Bell

Christian Education

Civic Pride

Education Plus ---

Facts About Heaven

Famous Sons of Hardship

Foundations Well Laid (Baccalaureate Sermon)

God's Country Home

Home---Makers and Breakers

Jesus Only

Man for the Times

Man on the Fence

Man the Masterful

Man, ---His Attainments

Our Mothers

Parental Responsibility

Purpose in Life

Seven Laws of Achievement

That Boy (What is He Worth?)

The Twentieth Century Youth

Tragedy of Short Cuts

Value of Music

What Are You Worth?

Administrative Information


Robert Hanks Brister Papers, AR434, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.


Gift, 1996-2003.

Accessioned as number 96-13.

The Robert Hanks Brister Papers were donated to the University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections by Robert A. and Mary Ann Mullen Brister. Gerald Saxon, Director of Special Collections, received the materials from the Bristers at their home, 3412 Lynwood Circle, Arlington, Texas, on February 26, 1996. Additional items were transferred on March 7, March 11, March 15, and April 21, 1996; November, 2001; November, 2002; and April 3, 2003.

Processing Information

The Neal Family Bible was deaccessioned because of its fragility.

Materials returned to donor:

13 family photographs (duplicates)

Dale, Edward Everett, Tales of the Tepee, Boston, Mass.: D. C. Heath & Co., 1920. Inscribed: "To the Brister's especially Kathrine [sic] With Cordial Regards and Best Wishes of the Author. Edward Everett Dale Aug. 28, 1926"

New Testament, Philadelphia, Pa.: A. J. Holman Co., undated. Pocket edition, inscribed: "Presented to Bobby Brister by his "Daddy" December 25, 1935, `May it be a light unto your feet' R. & B."

Self-Pronouncing Sunday-School Teacher's Bible, Philadelphia, Pa., and Chicago, Ill.: American-Oxford Publishing Co., 1895. Inscribed: "To Mr. And Mrs. A. W. Neal, From Their Mother, Mrs. W. K. Neal."

Materials discarded:

15 sympathy cards upon death of Robert Hanks Brister

17 cards from floral arrangements

2 donation acknowledgements from American Cancer Society

4 photographic plates showing head shots of R.H. Brister

Bookmarks - two, religious

Empty envelopes

Empty photo mats (5), blank pages from album (6)

Financial papers, i.e. tax records, banking receipts, check stubs, gas credit card bills, utility bills, government forms never filled out, scratch paper with financial figures and tallies; Social Security forms and booklets; plastic pouch from Citizens National Bank of Waco; Fidelity Union Life agent balance sheets

Handwritten post-it notes (since recopied) that were attached to photographs

Insurance booklets: Group Insurance plan/Houghton Mifflin Co; Pension Plan/Houghton Mifflin Co.; Temple Life Insurance Co.; America Casualty Life Insurance Co.

Ivory handle for razor, in original case

Ivory stud

Leather booklet cover 2-inches X 4-inches, stamped "Houghton Mifflin, Pony Express Saddlebag STRONG."

Loose leaf notebook with handwritten notes and lists dated from 1927 to 1965

Mother of pearl stud

Newspaper editions from 1974 unrelated to family

Pamphlet materials relating to brotherhood and stewardship (1953)

Photocopied items


25 travel snapshots from Plymouth Rock, Amarillo, Estes Park, and other locales

60 unidentified or blurred snapshots

Publicity photo of Ned King, Mercantile Life Ins. Agent

Prescription slip from John E. Lattimore with address of John C. Lattimore, aviation cadet in Michigan

Print of sailing ship

Professional cards: Lee Ross, car salesman; James P. Pealor; D.W. Carlton, Hotel Adolphus

Red-white-and-blue ribbon, 2/3 yard

Undated sermon by William M. Elliott, Jr. of Highland Park Presbyterian Church entitled Food for the Hungry Ear.

White silk ribbon, frayed and fragile condition

Words to songs, mimeographed


"Generations of Clark Family of England and America," photocopy

"How Communities Take Stock of Themselves," reprint, six duplicates

Assorted carbon copies and photocopies of letters and documents

Bashaba, 1914-1915. Ennis, Tx.: Ennis High School, 1915

Baylor University 1917 commencement program

Evangel, First Baptist Church, Waco, weekly bulletin, April 25, 1937

In Memoriam card in remembrance of A.W. Neal, 1898

Legal affidavit regarding 1947 land transaction, carbon copy

Professional cards, ticket stubs, Social Security cards, Philo song sheet

Rules, Regulations and Policies of Waco Public Schools 1935

Taylor High Cotton Boll, school newspaper, two issues, January 20, February 19, 1932

Texas History Movies: Four Hundred Years of History and Industrial Development. Dallas: Turner Co., 1935.

Note to the Researcher

The researcher may wish to consult the Robert Hanks Brister Papers holdings file maintained by Special Collections for supplemental information on Brister and the Neal and Eddleman families. This file includes excerpts from History of the Waco Public Schools (1976) pertaining to the years R.H. Brister was superintendent, including background on Moore High School for African-American students; photocopy from the front page of the Waco News-Tribune, January 11, 1944, reporting R.H. Brister's resignation as school superintendent; photographs of Eddleman family graves at Spring Creek Cemetery and Neal family graves at Bethel Cemetery, both in Parker County, Texas; undated photographs of Brister/Bristow and Clarke family graves in Burleson, TX, New Pendleton, SC, and Urbana, VA; photocopies of Neal family pages excerpted from the History of Parker County (1980), and other miscellaneous photocopies of extracted genealogical references used to research Brister and Clark family histories. Dennis Boswell's memoir recalls a summer spent with grandfather [Guy] Brister in 1945 and his journey researching Brister family history (1999). An exhibit booklet from A View from the Porch: A Glimpse into the Lives and Homes of the Eddleman and McFarland Families of Parker and Tarrant Counties, held at the Heritage Gallery of the Weatherford Public Library, Weatherford, TX, 1999, highlights biographical information on Rev. Reuben A. Eddleman, an itinerant Methodist minister, and his sons, John A., Wiley J., William H., Newton H., and Dudley E. Eddleman.

The researcher should be careful to maintain the chronological order of letters within the correspondence folders as the order is difficult to reconstruct. Care must also be used when handling photograph albums due to their fragile, crumbling pages. Some of the artifacts in Series XI, Box OS364 are quite small. Be aware that the photographs in Series XII, Box OS367 must be carefully handled. The leather case containing photographs is flaking, and the three Neal family panoramic photos are adhered to glass.

Container List:

Series I. Correspondence, 1908-1966, undated
Extent 0.8 linear ft. (2 document boxes).

Arranged in three subseries: Robert Hanks Brister Correspondence, 1908-1965, undated, 0.6 linear ft. (31 folders), arranged chronologically, is the largest subseries and contains letters predominantly to, rather than from, R.H. Brister; Robert Hanks Brister Correspondence, By Subject, 1917-1964, undated, 0.08 linear ft. (8 folders), arranged alphabetically by subject headings designated by Brister, deals primarily with family, church, class reunions, and the Texas State Teachers Association; and Other Family Correspondence, 1922-1966, undated, 0.12 linear ft. (9 folders), arranged alphabetically by name, is correspondence to and from other Brister and Neal family members.
Subseries A. Robert Hanks Brister Correspondence, 1908-1965, undated
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1908-1909
Four letters sent to Brister at Decatur Baptist College. Glenn Martin writes December 14, 1908, that he cannot be a Christian "in every sense of the word," then follows up with a note January 25, 1909, that he and six others experienced a conversion at a church meeting; Elmer Edwards, from New York, March 11, 1909, compares sociability of Southerners with coldness of New Yorkers.
2 Correspondence, 1910
Two letters from Decatur to Burleson: W.C. Carver, president of Decatur Baptist College, on September 4 encourages Brister and his sisters to return to the school; Hallie, a classmate on debate team, inquires on October 12 if Brister will be back for spring semester.
3 Correspondence, 1911
Three letters to Brister at Decatur Baptist College including one from girlfriend Ysleta on February 21 and another from Burleson friend named Knox on February 25 musing about girls, school, and the future.
4 Correspondence, 1912
June 5 letter from Josie Wheeler in Marlowe, Oklahoma; June 12 note from Decatur Baptist President W. C. Carver discussing job openings; June 17 memo from Carver with generic job recommendation; August 12 letter from Miles Public School superintendent about Brister's new teaching job there; letters from Burleson girlfriend Mae on July 9, and Muenster, Texas, friend Walter Lee Jackson on August 9.
5 Correspondence, 1913-1915
May 20, 1913, offer of school principal job in Winters, Texas; August letter from Katharine in Malone, Texas, mentions a quarantine; November 22, 1914 letter from friends in Miles; April 27 letter states no job openings in Temple Public Schools; October 6, 1915, letter to Brister in Ennis from father Moses Andrew Brister in Burleson.
6 Correspondence, 1916
Letters sent to Ennis from girlfriends including Margarita Corder on January 25 and May 18, from "Sweet Marie" on July 9; and from Dorothy Gooch on September 11; also Christmas cards and holiday postcards.
7 Correspondence, 1917
Letter of March 18 from Katherine [Buckalew] with latest news from Ennis and mention that Brister wants to become a "Dr."; letter of May 3 from Katherine [Buckalew] reflecting on the war, describing arrests and confiscation of 1,000 quarts of whiskey, and talking about "kodaking" with friends who have cameras; letter of May 13 from R.H. Brister to parents with news that he and Printess Bellenger were awarded $250 annual scholarships to Brown University in Rhode Island, which Brister turns down, saying he prefers to wait and go to medical school; three December letters to parents from boot camp at Camp MacArthur.
8 Correspondence, 1918
Letters to family from Camp Merritt, New Jersey, and from Bakery Co. "Somewhere in France"; letters from friends in Texas and fellow soldiers in France including August 1 note from Printess Bellenger and August 15 letter from James Weldon Jones; first two letters, September 1 and October 2, from French girlfriend, Zinett Cassard in Nevers.
9 Correspondence, 1919
Letters to Brister family members from Montpellier, France, and Norfolk, Virginia; letters from Zinett Cassard May 17, June 15, June 19, July 18, October 2; letter of May 29 from W.P. "Will" Fulton, then principal at Ennis High School; from Katherine [Buckalew], June 1.
10 Correspondence, 1920
Correspondence from family and friends including January 1 and May 5 letters from Zinett Cassard in France; tongue-in-cheek February 7 note from "Bob Neal," Brister's future wife, referring to their relationship in banking terms; March 28 correspondence with fortune teller regarding which sweetheart he would marry.
11 Correspondence, 1921-1924
March 16, 1921, letter from "your Papa, M.A. Brister," mentions murder of John Pool by Will Hunsucker who is free on bond "and the grand jury has not indicted him yet"; March 31, 1921, letter contains summer teaching offer from San Marcos Academy; April 23, 1921, telegram announces the marriage of "Bob and Bob" in Georgetown; December 15, 1922, is the last letter from Zinett; and a Mother's Day letter to Sudie Brister, May 11, 1924.
12 Correspondence, 1925-1929
Correspondence to Brister as a Taylor educator, including July 31, 1927, letter regarding membership in Phi Delta Kappa educational fraternity; typewritten letter of February 17, 1925, from Texas legislator Rep. A.R. Stout with penciled note: "Negro School House"; Mother's Day letter, May 10, 1925, to Sudie Brister; letter of February 26, 1926, from U.S. Senator Earle B. Mayfield; undated Mother's Day letter, probably May, 1926, mentions assisting in Dan Moody's campaign; letters from Governor Dan Moody, May 16, and 26, 1927, March 20, April 18, and December 19, 1928.
13 Correspondence, 1930-1934
Letter of February 11, 1932, from B. B. Cobb, superintendent of Waco Public Schools; letter of December 13, 1933, from Baylor University President Pat Neff regarding hazing; August 12 [no year] letter from mother, Sudie Brister, mentions President Hoover's "fine" radio speech.
14 Correspondence, 1935
Correspondence regarding Brister's quest for and selection as Waco Public Schools Superintendent; letter January 24 from Pat Neff; congratulatory telegrams February 19-20; congratulatory letters from friends, colleagues and ministers, including March 8 note from Texas Supreme Court Justice John H. Sharp; letter of April 12 discussing budgetary figures with State Senator W. R. Poage; anti-Semitic passage in textbook alluded to in May 15 letter from A. M. Goldstein thanking Brister and school board for requesting deletion of material; letter of May 20 defending teacher Azalete Pidcocke.
15 Correspondence, 1936
Invitation from Pat Neff, January 18, to join Baylor's summer faculty; several signed and unsigned letters complaining about teachers, administrators, and school policies.
16 Correspondence, 1937
Distant relative Woodrow Brister, an educator looking for work, writes on January 20 and encloses list of seven relatives with hometowns; letters of March 22, June 21, June 25 from Gov. James Allred; letter of May 29 lauds Brister's commencement address at A. J. Moore High School and efforts to educate "colored people of this city"; letter of December 15 from brother Miller Brister.
17 Correspondence, 1938
Letters of January 5 and October 25 from Woodrow Brister; note of February 15 from Dero Wood about Brister's four-year contract renewal with news clipping attached; April 7 summary of Brister's salary, year by year; letter of April 19 referring to School Board politics; Houston Post reporter Will Mayes writes September 21 and December 14 to request information for newspaper profile; letter of October 26 from U.S. Senator Morris Sheppard; December 1 note from Gov. James Allred.
18 Correspondence, 1939
General correspondence as Waco School Superintendent including biographical information submitted January 13 to Will Mayes for "Let's Know Leading Texas Educators" series; November 7 letter from Gov. Price Daniel; undated thank you note from parent of handicapped child.
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence, 1940
Letter from Congressman W. R. Poage, February 26, explains his refusal to reappoint Mr. Pitillo, a local newspaper editor and political adversary, as postmaster; scattered letters regarding repairs and sale of Taylor house; July 8 thanks for supporting a proposed Negro high school voted down by School Board; undated complaints about a student.
2 Correspondence, 1941
Includes two letters discussing political problems with Waco School Board, one from Baylor football coach Morley Jennings on February 24, the other from Brister to University of Texas President Homer Rainey on February 27; memo from Brister on November 10 advocates expansion of Moore High School.
3 Correspondence, 1942
Includes two letters from brother, Miller Brister, May 18 and October 16.
4 Correspondence, 1943
Letters indicate that Brister is searching for his next job, inquiring about openings in education, government, and nonprofit sector. File includes April 17 letter about San Marcos Baptist Academy; April 23 and July 22 letters about Oklahoma City school superintendent opening; October 23 letter from U.S. Office of Education; September 22 letter about Texas State College for Women; September 27 letter from W.T. Waggoner Estate; November 10 letter from Texas College of Arts and Industries; November 18 letter of support from Printess Bellenger; December 10 letter to Boy Scouts of America; December 17 letter from University of Houston; July 19 letter from brother Miller Brister.
5 Correspondence, 1944
Brister continues job search with letters mailed January 4 to State Supervisor of Public Instruction, W.T. Waggoner Estate, and Rehabilitation Division of State Department of Education. On January 10, Brister submits to Waco School Board his letter of resignation, effective June 30, 1944. Attached to his copy are School Board minutes and statement accepting resignation signed by Board members. January 10 letter of support from Printess (P.E.) Bellenger; responses to resignation dated January 11, 12, 15, 29; letter to Congressman W. R. Poage, January 12, requesting assistance for Veterans Administration job or any federal position; January 15, 24, 31, February 7, 12, responses from Poage; résumé dated January 28; exchange of letters, February 2 and 3, with Claude Dillehay, Superintendent of Schools, Vernon, describing Waco situation as "hazardous"; February 11 notification of Civil Service appointment as Rating Specialist with V.A. at $4,400 salary; February 15, job offer from National Council of Y.M.C.A.
6 Correspondence, 1945-1947
Letters from Sudie Brister remarking on weather and crops, e.g. April 2, 1945, "the black mud is almost knee deep"; 1946 post card, "farmers are rushing the cotton to the gin"; March 10, 1947, "Wade … had a time coming through the snow"; October 2, 1946, "the dust nearly kills us… tell Bob to come and bring her quilting we will be glad to help out several ladys around here quilt nicely"; May 15 and September 9, 1947, letters from Miller Brister, the latter stating that R. H. Brister's V.A. job is being eliminated; undated letter from Wade Brister about Guy Clark Brister's death.
7 Correspondence, 1948-1949
Letters from Sudie Brister, January 3, 22, February 26, June 17, 29, September 1, November 2, 1948, describing her ailments, the weather, visitors, events at church; May 31, 1949 job application with Public Health Service turned down; August 25, 1949 letter from Congressman W. R. Poage.
8 Correspondence, 1950-1955
Letter of June 9, 1950, from Congressman W. R. Poage; September 11, 1950, invitation from State Board of Education to serve on Citizens Advisory Conference; December 7, 1950, letter from P.E. (Printess) Bellenger congratulates Brister on making "$1,200 in one month"; November 21 letter from Paul Quinn College appointing Brister to bi-racial Citizens Advisory Committee; July 23 letter from Fidelity Union stating Brister has written $955,000 in insurance in three years; January 29, 1953, letter to Sudie Brister in which, on reverse side, she has written genealogical information about Charles and Matilda Clark; February 9, 1955, Brister named Man of the Month for Fidelity Union Life.
9 Correspondence, 1956-1959
September 16, 1956, letter from Governor Price Daniel thanking him for help in his campaign; October 11, 1956, invitation to speak at Taylor High School Ex-Lettermen's homecoming luncheon; November 1, 1957, minutes of meeting of Baylor Class of 1917; November 20, 1956, thank you letter from Don L. Smith with handwritten list of ex-lettermen's addresses; January 9, 1957, note from Senator Price Daniel.
10 Correspondence, 1960-1961
March 28, 1960, letter from son Robert Andrew Brister; December 29, 1960, letter from cousin Silas in Abilene discussing family; March 1, 1961, letter to Congressman W. R. Poage about Social Security legislation; March 24, 1961, letter from Printess Bellenger; September 13, 1961, "Dear Hanks" letter from Bill Fulton, former Ennis teaching colleague.
11 Correspondence, 1962-1963
May 2, 1962, record of current earnings from Social Security Administration; July 23 and August 12, 1962, letters referring to Baylor reunion; March 23, 1963, letter from R. D. Lauck regarding Baylor University; November 25, 29, December 14, 1963, letters (including funeral pamphlet) about death of P. E. (Printess) Bellenger, whom Brister calls "my best friend"; December 13, 1963, letter about Decatur Baptist College reunion from W. O. Edwards.
12 Correspondence, 1964-1965
Miscellaneous correspondence pertaining to Brister's health; letters to his insurance clients.
13 Correspondence, undated
Love letter from wife, dated "Monday Nite, 8:15 p.m."; letter and postcard from mother, Sudie Brister; letter to Lewis Drake from R.H. Brister; hand-made Father's Day card from grandchild; two Christmas cards; scrap of paper from Mr. Smith recommending diploma for Billy Raborn who is going in Navy.
Subseries B. Robert Hanks Brister, By Subject, 1917-1964, undated
Box Folder
2 14 Brister, Katharine, 1939
September 27 note to receive half tuition at Baylor.
15 Brister, Robert Andrew, 1951
Air Force application, documents and letters including January 1 request from R. H. Brister asking Congressman W. R. Poage to recommend son for Air Force Reserves commission.
16 Brister, Sudie Clark, Death, 1955
Correspondence to siblings about settling mother's estate.
17 Brister Family History, 1935-1962
Two letters responding to inquiries about Brister genealogy.
18 Ennis High School Reunions - Classes of 1915 and 1917, 1917-1960
Commencement announcement and program, 1917; lists of alumni and faculty; form letters from W. P. Fulton; correspondence with alumni.
19 First Baptist Church, Waco, 1938-1964, undated
Letters regarding deacon functions, exchange of letters welcoming new pastor December 7, 16, 23, 1956.
20 Taylor High School Class of 1934 Reunion, [1954]
Class roster and news clipping.
21 Texas State Teachers Association, 1938-1940
1938 legal opinion from Dan Moody regarding powers of State Board of Education; press release from 1940 conference in Temple.
Subseries C. Other Family Correspondence, 1922-1966, undated
Box Folder
2 22 Brister, Robert Andrew and Mary Ann Mullen Brister, 1950-1965, undated
Baylor University credits summary for R. A. Brister, May 2, 1950; telegrams, letters, cards regarding Robert H. Brister's death in June, 1965; undated letter from Lorna Haskew Gamble discussing family.
23 Brister, Ruby Irene Neal, 1922-1952
Letter from Weatherford great-grandparent, probably W. K. Neal, March 1, 1922, upon news of Katharine's birth; Cousin Lena writes April 28, 1944, describing several family photos and detailing some family genealogy; insurance policy correspondence.
24 Brister, Ruby Irene Neal, 1965
Condolence cards, telegrams, letters upon R. H. Brister's death; retirement benefit forms; funeral arrangements.
25 Brister Family, 1942-1948, undated
To Miller Brister from War Department, October 13, 1942; to Sudie Brister from Lucy Clark, March 22, 1945; to Matthew Brister from Wade Brister, March 28, 1945; to Mrs. A. W. (Flora) Haskew from brother Bud (Silas Brister), January 6, 1947, discussing Guy Brister's funeral; to Sudie Brister from son Bud, April 23, 1948, with penciled letter on back from Sudie to R. H. Brister; undated letter, from World War II era, to "Mother" from "Mary"; undated letter to Flora Brister Haskew from her sister Ruth Brister Norman.
26 Langston, LaMoine, 1930-1950, undated
Career statistics for LaMoine "Red" Langston, minor league baseball player, detailed in January 29, 1930 letter from New Mexico sports editor; invitation to meet President Truman, February, 1950.
27 Mullen, Leona L., 1960-1964
Social Security correspondence.
28 Neal, Bettie Eddleman, 1907-1944, undated
Life insurance papers, 1907-1939; thank you note from grandson Jack Iglehart, April 13, 1921; two 1944 letters from J. Tom Pickard discussing early cattle drives with Rice Eddleman.
29 Neal, Bettie Eddleman, Death, 1963
Death notice; funeral bills.
30 Neal Family, 1937-1966, undated
Letters to Jess and May Iglehart from Frank M. Neal, 1937; three letters to Maye (sic) and to "Bob and husband" from Fred [Neal], 1962, 1966; Mary Ruby Neal Brown requests genealogical information January 24, 1966; undated letter to Leona from Merle M. Dun[lap?] mentions getting together Monday, May 8.

Series II. Personal Records, 1900-1935
Extent 0.02 linear ft. (5 folders).

Arranged alphabetically by type of record. Contains academic records, household inventory, hunting license, soldier pay records, and teacher grade book.
Box Folder
3 1 Academic Records, 1900-1928
Contains report cards from Burleson elementary and high schools, 1900-1910; Baylor University Record Book, 1912-1917; Baylor University grade reports, 1912-1920; and University of Texas Complete Record of Work, 1924-1928.
2 Household Inventory, 1935
Inventory and valuation of personal property in the Brister residence, by room, purchased between 1924 and 1935.
3 Hunting License, 1927-1928
Texas Resident Hunting License, complete with Brister's physical description.
4 Soldier's Pay Record Book, 1919
Pay record book carried by Brister overseas, includes enlistment information and pay records from February to July, 1919.
5 Teacher's Grade Record Book, 1924

Subseries III. Business, Financial and Legal Records, 1913-1965, undated
Extent 0.14 linear ft. (13 folders).

Arranged in three subseries: Financial, 1913-1964, undated, 0.04 linear ft. (5 folders), arranged alphabetically by type of record, includes bank records, savings bonds, teacher retirement records, teaching contracts and a U.S. income tax return; Real Estate, 1926-1947, 0.06 linear ft. (3 folders), arranged alphabetically by legal description, includes contract and correspondence files relating to a land purchase in McMullen County and Brister's personal residences in Taylor and Waco; and Insurance, 1916-1965, undated, 0.04 linear ft. (5 folders), arranged alphabetically by topic, contains items relating to Brister's personal insurance coverage and his insurance business, including policies, contracts, correspondence, licensing, agent production records, annual reports, and public relations materials.
Subseries A. Financial, 1913-1964, undated
Box Folder
3 6 Bank Records, 1914-1915
Personal checks drawn on the Farmers & Merchants State Bank of Burleson, 1914; and a promissory note for $10 in favor of Citizens National Bank of Ennis, 1915.
7 Savings Bonds, 1942, undated
Brister's pledge to make regular investments in the Postal Savings Plan for the purchase of U.S. Defense Savings Bonds; stamp album included.
8 Teacher Retirement, 1935-1943
Draft record of prior school service in Texas with 1935 payroll information appended; 1943 Prior Service Certificate issued by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
9 Teaching Contracts, 1913-1920
Contains teaching contracts with Ennis Public Schools, 1913-1915; Cameron Independent District, 1917; and Taylor Public Schools, 1919-1920.
10 U.S. Income Tax Return, 1964
Subseries B. Real Estate, 1926-1947
Box Folder
3 11 I.H. Kempner Tract, McMullen County, Texas, 1926-1947
Contracts, deeds, releases, paid promissory notes, correspondence and county tax records relating to the purchase and sale of this 160 acre parcel of land.
12 Lot 10, Block 3, Doaks Addition, Taylor, 1927-1941
Deed, promissory note, deed of trust, transfer of vendor's lien, release of trust lien and correspondence relating to the Brister home in Taylor.
13 Lots 1 and 2, Block 22, Highland Place Addition, Waco, 1935-1947
Correspondence regarding the purchase of the Brister Waco home and payment of the deed of trust in full.
Subseries C. Insurance, 1916-1965, undated
Box Folder
3 14 Insurance Business, undated
Birthday card from "your insurance man," R.H. Brister.
15 Insurance Commission Statements, 1965
Fidelity Union Life Insurance Company agent's statement and production history record, December, 1965.
16 Life Insurance, 1934-1965
Correspondence and a summary of Brister's personal life insurance coverage.
17 Mercantile Security Life Insurance Company, 1963-1965
Correspondence from President, Ned King, and annual reports to stockholders of this Dallas based life insurance company.
18 Southwestern Life Insurance Company, 1916
Contract, correspondence, and Texas Certificate of Authority to be an agent of Southwestern Life Insurance in Texas.

Series IV. Writings, [1910]-1964, undated
Extent 0.24 linear ft. (9 folders).

Arranged in two subseries: Student Papers and Thesis, [1910]-1928, 0.12 linear ft. (4 folders), arranged chronologically by date of the work, contains college papers, a French notebook dating from his Army service, and his University of Texas master's thesis; and Diary, Speeches, Reports and Notes, [1935]-1964, undated, 0.12 linear ft. (5 folders) arranged alphabetically by institution or genre, contains a personal diary, church teaching notes, handwritten and typed notes for radio addresses and sermons, typescripts of speeches, and addresses given regarding Waco schools.
Subseries A. Student Papers and Thesis, [1910]-1928
Box Folder
3 19 China and Her Future, [1910-1917]
20 The Hookworm Disease in America, 1917
21 University of Montpellier Notebook, 1919
Sgt. Brister's notebook for his study of the French language.
22 A Study of Reasons Why Pupils Persist in High School, 1928
University of Texas master's thesis, August, 1928.
Subseries B. Diary, Speeches, Reports and Notes, [1935]-1964, undated
Box Folder
3 23 Diary, 1944-1964
Small notebook filled with brief notes about important family, personal and business events.
24 First Baptist Church, Waco, Teaching Notes, 1957, undated
25 Notes, 1940, undated
Handwritten and typed notes for a radio address, commencement sermon, and other speaking engagements on diverse topics such as Waco schools, democracy, sentiment and thrift.
26 Speeches, undated [1935-1944]
Typescripts of The Elementary School - A Workshop in Democratic Citizenship and Perseverance.
27 Waco School Reports and Speeches, 1936-1941
Typewritten addresses, including radio talks, on the state of Waco schools and Meeting the Needs of the Child for a Well Rounded Life.

Series V. Subject Files, [1919]-1965, undated
Extent 0.24 linear ft. (14 file folders).

Arranged in four subseries based on Brister's own filing system: First Baptist Church, Waco, 1940-1965, undated, 0.04 linear ft. (5 folders), arranged alphabetically by type of record, contains by-laws and policies, class rosters, deacon records, financial statements and a self-study; Taylor and Waco Public Schools, [1919]-1941, undated, 0.08 linear ft. (4 folders), arranged alphabetically by topic, contains Taylor school budgets and list of school board members, and Waco financial reports, budgets, reports, teacher salary studies, teacher policies, rosters, and statistics; Texas State Teachers Association, 1937-1938, 0.09 linear ft. (3 folders), arranged alphabetically by type of record, includes convention scrapbook, convention program, presidential campaign materials, and reports of business meetings and the executive committee; and Other Subjects, 1925-1941, 0.03 linear ft. (2 folders), arranged alphabetically by topic, contains Ancient and Beneficent Order of the Red, Red Rose roster of initiates and list of officers, Rotary International national convention materials and Waco Rotary Club membership lists and programs.
Subseries A. First Baptist Church, Waco, 1940-1965, undated
Box Folder
4 1 By-Laws, Policies, 1960, undated
By-Laws of the Junior Board of the First Baptist Church, church organization chart, personnel policy, duties of church librarian.
2 Class Rosters, undated
Members of Adult II, Baraca, and Business Men classes.
3 Deacons, 1940-1965, undated
Rosters of deacons and deacon committees, deacon policies, minutes of meetings and Report of Special Committee to study methods of maintaining and preserving the deacon body of the church.
4 Financial Statements, 1940-1964
Church budgets, 1940-1941, 1961-1962; monthly financial reports, July, 1951 and August, 1964.
5 Self-Study, 1963
The Central Committee on Self-Study, 1962-1963, policies and procedures adopted by the church in 1963.
Subseries B. Taylor and Waco Public Schools, [1919]-1941, undated
Box Folder
4 6 Taylor Public Schools, [1919-1935]
District budget, 1930-1931, through estimated budget for 1934-1935 school year; undated list of school board members.
7 Waco Public Schools, Reports, 1938-1941, undated
Contains a financial report, December, 1938; budget for 1939-1940, 1940-1941; a Seven Year Study of white and "colored" students, 1934-1941; undated plan for changing from an eleven to twelve year system.
8 Waco Public Schools, Teacher Salaries, 1936-1937, undated
Information on Teachers for New Salary Schedule, February 17, 1936, and July 10, 1936, name each Waco Public School teacher with education and salary data; Statement of Average Salaries, undated report outlining salaries of Waco's white and "colored" teachers and staff; 1937 teacher salary survey of sixteen Texas school districts, including Waco; and a 1937 Rockford, Illinois, survey of teacher salaries and benefits.
9 Waco Public Schools, Teachers, [1934]-1939, undated
Waco Public School policy on teacher professional growth, leave of absence and tenure [1934], teacher requests to travel, 1938; lists of teachers, statistical information, and blank teacher's health examination and teacher's rating report forms.
Subseries C. Texas State Teachers Association, 1937-1938
Box Folder
4 10 Convention Scrapbook, 1938
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings prepared by the Hotel Adolphus, the convention headquarters, as a memento of the convention.
11 Conventions, 1937-1938
Convention program; campaign materials of candidates for president of the Association, R.H. Brister and John P. Manning.
12 Reports, 1937-1938
Transcript, Business Meetings of the Texas State Teachers Association, November 25, 1937, November 27, 1937, and Brister's report, Work of the Executive Committee, 1938.
Subseries D. Other Subjects, 1925-1941
Box Folder
4 13 Ancient and Beneficent Order of the Red, Red Rose, 1936-1941
Rosters of Texas Chapter initiates, 1936-1937, 1941; list of officers, 1941.
14 Rotary International, 1925-1940
Contains Cleveland national convention registration receipt, 1925; Waco Rotary Club meeting programs, May 20, 1935, and January 9, 1939; Waco Rotary Club membership lists, April, 1938, and February, 1940; and 1938 San Francisco national convention program and touring guide.

Series VI. Publications, 1895-1981, undated
Extent 1.76 linear ft. (4 document boxes plus 3 folders).

Arranged in seven subseries: Bibles, 1895, undated, 0.16 linear ft. (3 folders), arranged alphabetically by name of owner, contain two Brister Bibles and photocopies from a Neal Bible; Books by Subject, 1916-1981, undated, 0.4 linear ft. (6 folders), arranged alphabetically by topic, includes an Army manual, French dictionaries, city, county and military unit histories, Texas Centennial publications, and Texas law summaries; Yearbooks, 1912-1949, 0.4 linear ft. (6 folders), arranged alphabetically by institution, includes elementary, high school, college and university yearbooks from schools with which Brister was affiliated; Publications, by Genre, 1919-1941, undated, 0.02 linear ft. (3 folders), arranged alphabetically by genre, includes advertisements, broadsides, memorials and tributes to others; Publications, by Institution, 1911-1966, undated, 0.38 linear ft. (17 folders), arranged alphabetically by the name of the institution, contains periodicals, pamphlets, programs, reports, manuals, and maps from religious, fraternal, educational, professional and commercial organizations with which Brister was affiliated; Educational Publications, 1905-1958, undated, 0.2 linear ft. (18 folders), contains pamphlets, reports, studies, brochures, articles, handbooks, regulations, and forms gathered by Brister from professional organizations, federal agencies and school districts around the state of Texas; and Publications, by Subject, 1903-1965, undated, 0.2 linear ft. (8 folders), contains pamphlets, speeches, reports, periodicals, poems, prayers, and Bible studies reflecting Brister's social concerns, religious convictions, business interests, and family history.
Subseries A. Bibles, 1895-1917, undated
Box Folder
4 15 Brister, Robert Hanks, undated
Includes New Testament from Brister's Army service in France, 1917.
16 Brister, Sudie Clark, undated
Includes some birth and death dates for family members.
17 Neal Family, 1895
Photocopies of the cover, dedication page, title page, copyright date, and first page of Genesis. Bible was deaccessioned due to its poor condition. No family records of births, marriages or deaths were found in the Bible. A list of clippings and other Neal/Eddleman family information found in the Bible is included in this folder.
Subseries B. Books, by Subject, 1916-1981, undated
Box Folder
5 1 Army Service, France, 1916-1919
U.S. Department of War. Quartermaster Department. Manual for Army Bakers, 1916. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1917; Hervey, Walter L., and Lawrence A.Wilkins, First Aid in Learning French. New York: Association Educational Service, 1917; Ch. Cestre. Dictionnaire Francais-Anglais. Paris: Librairie Hatier, 1918; J.M. Laughlin. French Verbs: A New and Easy Method for Learning Them. Paris: Librairie Garnier Freres, 1919.
2 Burleson, Texas, 1981
Burleson, Texas - The First One Hundred Years, 1881-1981. Burleson, Texas: Burleson Historical Committee, 1981. Includes biographical information on Moses Andrew Brister and Sudie Clark Brister, page 95. Contains some inaccurate information on Brister family.
3 Texas, [1924]-1936
Texas Department of Publicity for Centennial Celebrations. Public School Division. Songs Texas Sings (Centennial Edition for Schools). Dallas: Turner Co., 1936; Walter T. Rolfe, Texas. n.p.: The Steck Company, 1936; Texas History Movies: Four Hundred Years of Texas History and Industrial Development, n.p.: The Turner Co., 1935; Vital Laws of Texas. [1924].
4 36th Texas Infantry Division, [1940-1945] undated
The Fighting 36th: A Pictorial History of the 36th "Texas" Infantry Division. Austin: 36th Division Association, undated. Robert Andrew Brister was later part of the 36th Division.
5 Veterans Affairs, [1947]
Texas Veterans Laws. Austin: Veterans Affairs Commission of Texas, [1947].
6 Williamson County, Texas, undated
Norvell, Estelle Mae. Students' History of Williamson County, undated; J. H. Griffith. Early History of Texas, Early History of Williamson County, The Webster Massacre, Williamson County Court House Sketches, Sketches of Early Days in Taylor. Taylor, Texas: City National Bank, undated.
Subseries C. Yearbooks, 1912-1949
Box Folder
6 1 American Students University of Montpellier, France, 1919
The Mistral.
2 Baylor University, 1917
3 Baylor University, 1949
4 Decatur Baptist College, 1912
The Summit, the first edition of this yearbook to be published.
5 Ennis High School, 1914-1916
Bashaba, 1914-1915, 1915-1916.
6 Moore High School, Waco, 1927, 1940
The Lion.
7 Sul Ross Elementary School, Waco, 1934-1935
8 Taylor Jr.-Sr. High School, Parents-Teacher Association, 1934-1935
Year Book.
Subseries D. Publications, by Genre, 1919-1941, undated
Box Folder
7 1 Advertisements, 1934, undated
School and library bindings price list from Universal Bookbindery, San Antonio, June 1, 1934; and undated Christmas post card from Waco Steam Laundry.
2 Broadsides, 1919-1925, undated
Daily program of the Tri-County Institute, Baylor College, Belton, Texas, September 1-5, 1919; program for the Grand Opera House [Cleveland, Ohio?], February 22, 1925, featuring Thurston the Famous Magician; undated train dining car menu; undated Safety is Sacred and Patriotic Duty, to be read at churches and other assemblies, a Mothers of America appeal for safety.
3 Memorials and Tributes, [1930]-1941, undated
Senator Tom Connally, a tribute by W.W.Lackey, Midland, Texas, October 12, 1941; In Memory of William Seneca Sutton: A Record of Exercises Dedicating Sutton Hall to the Memory of the Builder of the School of Education at the University of Texas, Together with a Short Biography and a Listing of his Writings, [1930]; Thirty Years of Service: Tributes to James E. West, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, 1941.
Subseries E. Publications, by Institution, 1911-1966, undated
Box Folder
7 4 Baptist Young People's Union of Texas, Palacios, 1916
Fifteenth Annual Encampment, Twenty-Sixth Annual Convention, Palacios by the Sea, July 12-23, 1916.
5 Baylor University, 1957
Persuasive Speaking Contest: Religious Liberty in the United States, 1957; and Establishment of the J.M. Dawson Studies in Church and State, Kick-Off for the Waco Area, September 21, 1957.
6 Camp Palomar, Palacios, 1921
Camp Palomar, Palacios, Texas: A Select Summer Camp for Boys and Girls, 1921.
7 First Baptist Church, Waco, 1937-1964
Newsletter, The Challenger, June 2-9, 1954; church bulletin, The Evangel, nine scattered issues from 1937-1964; Services Honoring the Misses Keys, a broadside dated May 9, 1937.
8 Highland Baptist Church, Waco, 1936
Newsletter, Highland Baptist Church, v. 1, no. 5 (March, 1936).
9 Houston Teachers Association, 1938
Bulletin, v. XX, no. 2 (November, 1936), features articles on teacher tenure, Texas State Teachers Association reorganization, and a report of a study of teacher loads.
10 Masonic Lodge, 1936-1952
Lightfoot's Manual of the Lodge - Texas or Monitorial Instructions in the Three Degrees of Symbolic Masonry. Fort Worth: Grand Lodge of Texas A.F. & A.M., 1936; and A Century of Fraternity: Waco Lodge No. 92, A.F. & A.M., Waco, Texas, 1852-1952. Waco: Centennial History Committee, 1952.
11 Masonic Lodge, Periodicals, 1939-1960
New Mexico Freemason, v. 25, no. 8 (August, 1960); three full issues of Supreme Council, 33° Bulletin, nos. 394-396, November 1 and 15, December 1, 1939, with articles on "Educational Policy of Southern Scottish Rite,""Education's Great Value," and "Religious Liberty;" and two undated fragments of [Supreme Council, 33° Bulletin], including articles on mixed marriages, gambling dens and rise of youth crime rate.
12 Phi Delta Kappa, Austin, 1940
Phi Delta Kappa, November, 1940, single issue of the Texas state organization newsletter.
13 Philo Confederation of Texas, 1911-1914, undated
Constitution and By-Laws of the Philomathesian Literary Society of Baylor University at Waco, Texas, revised November, 1911; Philo-Athenaeum, 1914, song lyric pamphlet; Philo Songs and Yells, undated; Programme, Fourth Annual Convention of the Philo Confederation of Texas, Second Annual Convention of the Phila Confederation of Texas, undated.
14 [7th and James Street Baptist Church], Waco, 1917
The Church Bulletin, September 9, 1917.
15 State Executive Curriculum Committee, 1938
Course of Study for Years One Through Three; Course of Study for Years Four Through Six. Austin: Texas State Department of Education, 1938. [Texas State Department of Education, Bulletin, nos. 391 and 394.]
16 Sul Ross Elementary School, Waco, 1966
Single issue of the Sul Ross News, May 31, 1966, (#13), front page lists Waco Public School administrators including R.H. Brister, 1935-1944.
17 Texas Society of Crippled Children, 1939
The Voice of Texas Crippled Children, v. II, no. 9 (March, 1939), featuring front page story thanking R. H. Brister for his efforts to give crippled children in his school district "an even break."
18 Waco Chamber of Commerce, Newsletters, 1939-1943
Twelve scattered issues of the official Waco Chamber of Commerce publication, Waco, the Hub of Texas, v. 1, nos. 4, 5, 9 (April, May and September, 1939); v. 2, no. 6 (June, 1940); v. 3, no. 1-3, 5-7 (January -March, May - July, 1941); v. 4, nos. 1, 2 (January, February, 1943).
19 Waco Chamber of Commerce, Miscellaneous, [mid-1930s]-[1942], undated
Visitor's Map of Waco, Texas, [mid-1930s]; Waco,"The Hub of Texas": Statistical and General Information, 1939, [1942]; Waco Convention Bureau listing of conventions, January 29, 1941; Buyer's Guide to Waco's Products and Services, undated.
20 Y.M.C.A., Waco, 1938
Faubion, B. P., G. C. Good, and J. J. McConnell Jr. Waco's Youth and Waco's "Y": A Study of the Waco, Texas, Y.M.C.A. July-October, 1938. Carbon copy, typewritten report.
Subseries F. Educational Publications, 1905-1958, undated
Box Folder
8 1 General Publications, 1931-1939, undated
Harvard University Graduate School of Education, The Superintendency of a Public-School System as a Professional Career, undated; Ruth Wanger, What Girls Can Do: A Guidance Text for Girls, [1938?]; Better Schools League, School Construction Costs and the Equipment Budget, 1931; U.S. Department of Education, Federal Security Agency, News in Education, October 16, 1939, and Women as Comakers of History is Theme of U.S. Office of Education Radio Broadcasts, October 19, 1939; J.W. Studebaker, U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Education, How Would I Use a Magic Wand, 1938; Discipline, undated; Suggestions for a Planned Program of Reader Adoptions, undated.
2 Beaumont, Texas, 1937-1941
Beaumont City Schools: Rules and Regulations, March 31, 1937; a summary of a survey on summer school in eight Class II cities in Texas, April, 1941.
3 Burleson, Texas, 1905
Photocopy of Fifth Annual Report: Public School of Burleson, Texas, listing M.A. Brister as a Trustee.
4 El Paso, Texas, 1924, 1938
Informational pamphlet on the Junior College of the City of El Paso (#6), April, 1924; Rules and Manual for School Employees, Public Schools of El Paso, 1938.
5 Fort Worth, Texas, 1935
Fort Worth Public Schools, Elementary Principals' Meeting, December 14, 1935, Group I.
6 Hempstead, Texas, undated
Should High School Boys and Girls Be Allowed To Play Together During Recess and Noon Hours, undated, a summary of a study done at Sam Schwarz Training School by Mr. W. Marion Davis, teacher and coach.
7 Kerens, Texas, 1930-1932
Kerens Public Schools Superintendent's Annual Report to Board of Education, 1930-1931 and 1931-1932, both mimeographed reports.
8 National Education Association, 1931-[1944]
Travel brochure of the National President's Special Train from Texas to the Annual Meeting of the Department of Superintendence, National Education Association, Detroit, February 21-16, 1931; reprint of Reuben T. Shaw's article "Toward Cultural Understanding with Other Nations," from the Journal of the National Education Association, April, 1939; N.E.A. War and Peace Fund Campaign Directors Letter 19, December 28, 1943, regarding teacher salaries; N.E.A. open letter to school board members, P.T.A. members, and public regarding teacher salaries [1944].
9 Port Arthur, Texas, undated
Application for Position in the Public Schools of Port Arthur.
10 San Antonio, Texas, 1924
Students' Handbook, Main Avenue High School, edited by the Student Council, 1924.
11 Southwestern University, Georgetown, undated
Claud Howard, Rules of Punctuation and Capitalization, undated.
12 Taft, Texas, 1938-1939
Handbook and Guide for Students, Patrons and Teachers, 1938-39, v. V, no. 1 (August 31, 1938).
13 Taylor, Texas, 1915
Course of Study, Rules and Other Guides for the Government of the Public Schools of Taylor, 1915, published by the Board of Trustees.
14 Texas, 1936-1958
Jeanie M. Pinckney. An Accident Study of Texas School Children. Austin: University of Texas, Bureau of Nutrition and Health Education, 1936; Meet Mr. Superintendent: A Directory of Texas Superintendents of Schools, 1939-40. Dallas: Walraven Book Cover Co., 1939, in which R.H. Brister is listed; A. Caswell Ellis. Education or Serfdom! Choose. Austin: University of Texas, Division of Extension, [approximately 1943]; Texas Committee of Ten. Report of the Survey of Administrative Practices and Board Policies in Texas Public Schools (Report Number Five), Public Relations Practices in Texas Public Schools (Report Number Six). Austin: Texas Committee of Ten, 1958.
15 Texas State College for Women, 1943
Annual Report of War Activities, 1942-1943, edited by A.S. Lang, Chairman of the T.S.C.W. War Council, May 15, 1943.
16 Waco, Texas, 1935
Rules, Regulations, and Policies of the Waco Public Schools, adopted by Board of Education, September 9, 1935.
17 War Department, 1943
Army Arithmetic, War Department Technical Manual TM 21-510, May 14, 1943. Letter accompanying manual tells of joint effort of the Selective Service and U.S. Office of Education to have school districts establish classes to educate illiterate registrants prior to induction.
18 Weekly Reader, 1932
Weekly Reader, v. VII, no. 16, January 15, 1932, featuring articles on Ben Franklin, Albert Einstein, snow-bound Indians and Thrift Week.
Subseries G. Publications, by Subject, 1903-1965, undated
Box Folder
8 19 Anti-Communism, 1938, 1961
William F. Russell's address, How to Tell a Communist and How to Beat Him, given to the Convention of the New York State American Legion, Endicott, N.Y., August 12, 1938; The Emancipator: An Independent Forward Looking Monthly, v. VIII, no. 5 (January, 1951, published in San Antonio); reprint of a speech, Who is Tampering with the Soul of America? The Stomach Turning Point, given by Tulsa Tribune editor, Jenkin Lloyd Jones before the Inland Daily Press Association in Chicago, October 16, 1961.
20 Child Labor, 1943
The American Child, v. XXV, no. 5 (May, 1943) published by National Child Labor Committee. The lead story deals with proposed Texas legislation opposed to ratification of Federal Child Labor Amendment in 1937.
21 Drug Abuse, 1938
International Narcotic Education Association, Inc. pamphlet outlining the Twelfth Annual Observance of Narcotic Education Week, February 21-28, 1938.
22 Humor, 1937-[1950s]
Baylor University, Department of Art reprint of Amy Freeman Lee's article Helpful Hints for Maintaining Normal Blood Pressure While Viewing Contemporary Art; and a reprint of W. W. Woodson's remarks to American Bankers Association Regional Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 25, 1937, Old Man Gold, on restoring the gold standard.
23 Inspirational, 1929-1938, undated
Collection of poems, prayers, and other inspirational writings.
24 Insurance, [1921]-1965, undated
Miscellaneous pamphlets relating to R.H. Brister's insurance or insurance business. These include the Roster of Members of the 1956 Million Dollar Round Table, including R.H. Brister. Other items relate to financial planning, substandard underwriting, risks, insurance sales, and prospecting.
25 Prohibition, 1930-1933, undated
Contains two Scientific Temperance Foundation publications: Some Practical Aspects of Scientific Knowledge of Alcohol (1930) and The Psychology of Drunkenness (1930), a photocopy of The Texas Citizen, v. 1, no. 2 (June 15, 1933), a Dallas prohibition newspaper; three issues of The American Issue (May-July, 1933); a single issue of The Civic Bulletin, v. 24, no. 27 (August, 1933), featuring an editorial regarding the Vatican link to prohibition repeal movements. Undated pamphlet materials include The Beer Humbug published by Dallas based United Forces for Prohibition; Women's Christian Temperance Union pamphlets, and an article on "The Cost of Liquor to Waco."
26 Religious - Bible Studies, 1903, undated
1200 Bible Questions in Consecutive Order, 12th edition (1903), and Answers to 1200 Bible Questions in Consecutive Order (undated), both by J.J. Hill; R. Alton Reed's Topical Study of the Bible, Book No. 1 and Book No. 2 (undated); Graded Bible Lessons for Primary Pupils (Age 8, Third Year, Part 4, Lesson 52), "Promotion Day Thoughts."

Series VII. Keepsakes, 1898-1996, undated
Extent 0.4 linear ft. (1 document box).

Arranged in three subseries: Certificates, 1912-1960, 0.16 linear ft. (10 folders), arranged alphabetically by organization or certificate type, contains professional, religious, educational, honorary, membership and medical certificates received by Brister; Ephemera, 1914-1965, undated, 0.14 linear ft. (19 folders), arranged alphabetically by institution or genre, includes Army leave slips and orders, tickets, commencement, theatre and banquet programs, invitations, menus, calling cards, professional and membership cards, postcards, poll tax receipts, class schedules, entrance exam questions, and gas ration coupons collected by Brister, plus Brister memorials and funeral service tape recording; and Ephemera of Other Family Members, 1898-1996, undated, 0.2 linear ft. (10 folders), arranged alphabetically by the name of the Brister or Neal family member, contains academic records, medical records, technical drawings, certificates, membership cards, scrapbook, a marriage announcement, a funeral pamphlet, a memorial card, memorial obituaries, a family recipe and a poem. These items pertain to Brister's wife, children and Brister and Neal extended family members.
Subseries A. Certificates, 1912-1960
Box Folder
9 1 American Extension University, 1921
Enrollment correspondence, unsigned contract, scholarship and matriculation certificate for the American Extension University Extension Law Course, June, 1921.
2 Baylor Stadium Corporation, 1949-1950
20 Year Registered Seat Option (1950-1970) to purchase Baylor University football tickets, with trustee's interim receipt and related correspondence.
3 Baylor University, 1917
Student Self-Government Association certificate for R.H. Brister's honorable service as a L.S.U. debater, entitling him to wear the literary gold "B" emblem of his college, 1917.
4 Boys Town, 1952
Honorary Citizen certificate issued by Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, June 25, 1952.
5 Sunday School, 1959-1960
Southern Baptist Convention Sunday School Board Certificate of Award for completion of Personal Soul Winning in the Sunday School Training Course, March 20, 1959; two Church Study Course for Teaching and Training Book Awards, Jesus the Teacher and The Sunday School Ministry to Adults, November, 1960.
6 Teaching, 1912-1920
Two original temporary State First Grade Certificates issued by the Texas State Department of Education, entitling Brister to contract to teach in any public school in Texas, July 29, 1912, and August 2, 1912 (the July 29, 1912, certificate is endorsed by County School Superintendents of Runnels and Ellis Counties); the Texas Teachers Permanent Certificate issued to Brister on July 25, 1917, upon completion of graduation and three years successful teaching experience; Teachers Registration Receipt issued Brister as a math teacher, Taylor High School, Williamson County, for the 1919-1920 school year.
7 Texas State Teachers Association, 1925
Certificate of Life Membership, May 18, 1925.
8 U.S. Army, 1917-1919
Army Registration Certificate, Burleson, Texas, June 4, 1917; Corporal, Quartermaster Corps Appointment Certificate, February 1, 1918; Sergeant, Quartermaster Corps Appointment Certificate, June 16, 1918; Honorable Discharge Certificate, Camp Pike, Arkansas, August 2, 1919.
9 United War Chest of Texas, 1943
Award of Recognition for meritorious service as County Chairman of the 1943 campaign to raise Texas' share in the National War Fund.
10 Vaccination, 1924-1926
Two certifications that R.H. Brister had received a [smallpox] vaccination within the last five years, June 7, 1924, and June 9, 1926.
Subseries B. Ephemera, 1914-1965, undated
Box Folder
9 11 Army Service, 1917, undated
Two leave slips permitting visits to Waco, September 16 and 21, 1917; New York War Camp Community Service Weekly News Calendar for Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, March 5 - March 11 [1917], and a Washington, D.C. tourist pamphlet listing the scheduled hours public buildings were open, undated
12 Army Service, France, 1918-1919
Theatre tickets and programs, calling card, dinner invitation, roster of Battery E, 49th Artillery, C.A.C., A.E.F., "Christmas 1918," Bordeaux (France), listing Private Silas A. Brister, signed by its officers; bill at the Hotel Windsor for three eggs; Nevers [transportation] ticket stub, undated; requisition for hay bedding, November 15-December 15, 1918, and delivery order and receipt for straw bedding, February 25, 1919; permission slips to attend a show and be on the streets of Nevers, December 10 and 14,1918; Special Order No. 57 that Sgt. R.H. Brister and others report to the University of Montpellier, February 26, 1919; two receipts for board at Montpellier, March 25 and June 27, 1919.
13 Austin High School, 1933
Commencement program, June 6, 1933, with R.H. Brister's annotations.
14 Baylor College, 1917
Calling card of Mary Jane Nuckles, leather bound invitation, program, and class roster of commencement exercises, June 5, 1917.
15 Baylor University, 1916-1917
Yearbook of the Calliopean Literary Society, 1916-1917; Revised College Schedule, Winter Quarter, 1917; program and menu of the "Juniors at Home to Seniors," Raleigh Hotel, Waco, March 24, 1917; R.H. Brister calling card; commencement invitation, June 6, 1917; two listings of commencement week events, June 1 and 3 through June 6, 1917; commencement program, June 6, 1917.
16 Baylor University, 1920-1964
Baylor Pep Songs and Yells, Fall, 1926; commencement programs, June 16, 1920, and May 22, 1964.
17 Ennis High School, 1914
Commencement program, May 21, 1914.
18 France, Postcards and Travel, [1918-1919]
Postcards; postcard booklets for Bordeaux and Langres; tourist pamphlet and print about the village of La Turbie, Alpes-Maritimes; letterhead and envelope from Vernet-les-Bains.
19 Funeral Service Tape Recording, 1965
Reel-to-reel tape of R.H. Brister's funeral service, June 7, 1965.
20 Gas and Mileage Ration Coupons, [1942-1945]
Ration coupons and records issued to the R.H. Brister family.
21 Inaugural Ball Ticket, 1927
Admission for R.H. Brister and ladies to the reception and ball honoring the inauguration of Governor Dan Moody, January 18, 1927.
22 Membership and Professional Cards, 1924-1944, 1965, undated
Three calling cards; thirty one membership cards or dues receipts for: American Association of School Administrators, American Legion, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Boy Scouts of America, Business Men's Assurance Co., Centenary Men's Bible Class, Masonic lodges, McLennan County Reserve Deputy Sheriff, National Congress of Parents and Teachers, National Education Society, Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, Rotary International, Taylor Chamber of Commerce, Texas Society for Crippled Children, Texas State Teachers Association, Waco Convention Bureau; a blood donor card; U.S. Government identification card; and passes to Ellis Island, Baylor University athletic contests, and Sam B. Dill's Circus.
23 Memorials, 1965, undated
Memorial obituary; resolution from the Texas Association of Life Underwriters; memorial certificate recognizing Brister's service in the Armed Forces, signed by Lyndon B. Johnson.
24 National Education Association, 1936
Program of annual banquet, Jefferson Hotel, St. Louis, February 25, 1936.
25 Poll Tax Receipts, 1915, 1944
Ennis, Texas, city poll tax receipt, 1915; McLennan County poll tax receipts for Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Brister for the year 1943.
26 University of Montpellier, France, 1919
Student excursion tickets, soiree ticket, class schedules, banquet program, broadside announcing French study courses for foreign students, 1919-1920.
27 University of Texas, 1914-1934
Entrance examination questions in solid geometry, plane geometry and trigonometry, 1914; fee receipts, 1933-1934.
28 Y.M.C.A. Convention, Waco, 1916
Convention and banquet programs, banquet reservation form, and convention promotional flyer. Convention held at the Hotel Raleigh, Waco, March 8, 1916.
29 Y.M.C.A., France, 1918, undated
Receipt for $40 sent home to M.A. Brister; Y.M.C.A. publications: Edward J. Bosworth's The Christian Witness in War, undated; Calendar for First Years Members of the Enlisted Men's Bible and Prayer League, 1918; Hut Hymns, undated; Y.M.C.A. postcard; A Guide to Marseille, an undated visitor's guide.
Subseries C. Ephemera of Other Family Members, 1898-1996, undated
Box Folder
9 30 Brister, Katharine, 1942
Baylor University grade record, quarter ending March 6, 1942.
31 Brister, Robert Andrew, 1932-1951, undated
Childhood medical records and doctors' instructions, 1932-1935; Music Notes: My Book One, 1935; numbers diploma, 1937; U.S. War Stamps and Bonds pledge, 1942; Waco High School academic grade records and commencement announcement, 1946-1947; [Baylor University] student's reference cards, 1947-1948; Baylor University student activity tickets, 1947-1948; Natchitoches Rod and Gun Club membership card, 1948; Baylor University commencement program, May 27, 1951. Undated items include junior high school technical drawings; and Houghton Mifflin Company business card.
32 Brister, Ruby Irene Neal, 1908-1966
Contains Loyal Sunday School Army Certificates of Merit, 1908 and 1909; poll tax receipt for 1943; Southern Baptist Convention Sunday School Board Certificate of Award for completion of Personal Soul Winning course, 1959; Pierian Club yearbook, 1966-1967; memorial obituary, 1966.
33 Brister, Ruby Irene Neal, undated
Probable History of Ruby Neal, a fantasy scrapbook given to her by her friend, Frances.
34 Brister, Sudie Clark, 1953-1954
Membership card and payment receipts of the Supreme Forest of the Woodmen Circle.
35 Langston, LaMoine and Greta, 1929
Marriage announcement, December 23, 1929, Waco.
36 Mullen, William and Leona, [1942-1945], undated
Gas and mileage ration coupons, Social Security cards.
37 Neal, Bettie Eddleman, 1921-1963, undated
Contains Order of Eastern Star membership card, 1921; memorial obituary, 1963. Undated items include a page from an autograph album, her calling card, and a fragment of [L]otta E. Fore's calling card.
38 Neal Family, 1898, undated
A.W. Neal's memorial card, December, 1898; Aunt Lena's Sunday morning breakfast cake recipe; Frank M. Neal poem, Killed in Action.
39 Pearson, John Hunter, 1996
Funeral pamphlet, February 19, 1996.

Series VIII. Photographs, [1880s]-1996, undated
Extent 1.6 linear ft. (4 document boxes).

Arranged in two subseries: Photographs, [1880s]-1996, undated, 1.2 linear ft. (88 folders), arranged alphabetically by the name of the individual or place, contains formal portraits, candid snapshots, galley proofs and commercially produced loose photographs of R.H. Brister, his family and friends and their activities; unidentified photographs are grouped by topic at the end of this subseries; Photograph Albums, 1907-1920s, undated, 0.4 linear ft. (5 folders), arranged chronologically with some overlapping of dates, contains five albums into which snapshots and a few formal portraits are assembled.
Subseries A. Photographs, [1880s]-1996, undated
Box Folder
10 1 Bellenger, Printess E. and Velma, [1912?]-1952
2 Boyd, [], undated
3 [Boyd, Marvie L.], [1912]
4 Brister, Ada, 1960
5 Brister, Edmond, 1927, undated
6 Brister, Elbert L., 1960
7 Brister Family, 1960-1996, undated
Group photos of the extended Brister family at reunions, funerals, or other gatherings. Included is a photo of Dennis and Jan Boswell, 1985.
8 Brister, Formi, and Children, undated
Aunt Formi Brister and her children Ed, Zebb (Jebb?), Charles, Roy, Velma and Hattie Sue, probably in Mississippi.
9 Brister, Mary Ann Mullen, undated
Includes portrait and candids with husband, Bob, and daughter, Carol.
10 Brister, Miller, undated
11 Brister, Moses Andrew, undated
Contains candid photos; photo of the "No-to-Back" Johnson County grand jury; and M.A. Brister's Sunday School class.
12 Brister, Moses Andrew and Sudie Clark Brister, undated
13 Brister, Moses Andrew and Sudie Clark Brister, Negative, undated
14 Brister, Moses Andrew, Sudie Clark Brister, and Family, [1901-1902]-1917, undated
15 Brister, Moses Andrew, Brushy Mound Home, Burleson, [1890s], undated
16 Brister, Robert Andrew, 1929, undated
17 Brister, Robert Hanks, Birth Through High School, [1890-1910]
Contains baby photo; threshing crew photo, approximately 1906; and two Burleson schoolhouse photos.
18 Brister, Robert Hanks, Decatur Baptist College, 1908-1912
Contains various group photos at Decatur Baptist College including the senior picnic, 1912; the Philomathian Literary Society, 1909 and [1912]; and the college quartet, 1912.
19 Brister, Robert Hanks, Baylor University, 1917
Senior portrait, commencement photo and unknown group of men, including Brister, posed in front of a building.
20 Brister, Robert Hanks, College, Teaching, [1914-1923], undated
Candid photos of life in Waco and Taylor, Texas; formal portrait.
21 Brister, Robert Hanks, U.S. Army, France, 1918-1919
Includes photos of Brister alone and as a part of a group portrait of soldiers aboard the U.S.S. Santa Elena on the way home from the war, July, 1919; large group of soldiers posing on the steps in front of a [French? public] building.
22 Brister, Robert Hanks, San Marcos Academy, [1921?]
Candid photos of Brister, buildings and activities at San Marcos Academy, Lampassas, [1921?].
23 Brister, Robert Hanks, with Friends, [1920s]
Four candid photos of Brister with unidentified friends.
24 Brister, Robert Hanks, Senior Years, undated
Portrait and candid photos, including one with his grandchildren, Sarah Clark Brister and Carol Ann Brister.
25 Brister, Robert Hanks, Waco School Board, [1935-1944]
26 Brister, Robert Hanks, Insurance Business, 1954-1956, undated
Includes photo from the annual meeting of Fidelity Union Life Insurance Co. of Dallas, January 7, 1956.
27 Brister, Robert Hanks, Waco Home, [1935-1965]
28 Brister, Robert Hanks, and Ruby Irene Neal Brister, [1920s-1960s]
29 Brister, Ruby Irene Neal, Youth, [1909-1920s]
Portrait in Indian costume, Memphis, Texas; [senior?] portrait; candid photos alone and with family and friends.
30 Brister, Ruby Irene Neal, Senior Years, 1954, undated
Portrait, candid photos with Jack Iglehart and baby, Judy Stevens.
31 Brister, Ruby Irene Neal and May Neal Iglehart, [1890s-1920s]
Childhood portrait [taken in Weatherford], candid photos.
32 Brister, Sudie Clark, [1880s]-1955, undated
Contains one tintype portrait and a restored print of same; portrait circa age 75; her 90th birthday; and miscellaneous candid photos with family.
33 Brister, Sudie Clark, Mississippi Home, 1927-1946
34 Brister, Vera, undated
Box Folder
11 1 [Burkhead, Bernadine], [1915]
2 Burleson, Texas, 1908
Snapshot of street including Old Baptist Church, 1908
3 [Carruthers, Mildred], undated
4 Cassard, Zinett, 1920
5 Decatur Baptist College, [1912], undated
Hand tinted photo of boy's dormitory fire, February 22, 1912; candid photo of students at picnic. Dormitory fire photograph was tinted by Ruby Irene Neal Brister.
6 Decatur Baptist College, Yearbook Galley Proof, [1912]
Three oval portraits on one galley proof fragment from the 1912 The Summit yearbook. Images include [Ruth Gregg], [Exsa Boyd], and [Reviah Sullivan].
7 [Eddleman, Rosetta?], undated
8 Edwards, Will O., [1912]
9 Ennis High School, Yearbook Galley Proofs, [1915]
Ten oval portraits on five galley proof fragments. Images include [Elloise Barkley], [Delta Creech], [Grace Crowder], [Fannie Mae Davis], [Gertrude Howard], [Cherry Lauderdale], [Clifford McCullough], [Emma Kate McElroy], and [Markolesa Sweatman].
10 Ennis High School Reunion, Class of 1915, 1955
11 [Ennis] School Children, [1913-1916]
School children posed on the front steps of the frame school building.
12 France, [1918-1919]
Three photos of military review/award ceremony; two photos of soldiers attending a military speech/ceremony, one with a "Bienvenue aux Americains" banner; photo of Mont Saint-Michel.
13 Fulton, W.P., undated
14 [Gettis, Hamilton], [1912]
15 Haskew, Arthur and Flora Brister Haskew, undated
Portraits of Flora Brister; Flora and Arthur Haskew; and their two daughters, Beryl and Lorna, and Myra Alma Hackney.
16 [Hill, Callie], [1912]
17 Iglehart, Jack, undated
18 Iglehart, Jackie, [1958]-[1963], undated
Childhood portraits and candid photos; photo with his mother, Virginia Iglehart; photo of Jackie and JoAnn Iglehart with daughter, Terry Iglehart; portraits of Terry and Dana Iglehart, [1963].
19 Iglehart, May Neal, 1957, undated
20 Iglehart Family, 1957, undated
Candid family snapshots including five generations: Bettie Eddleman Neal, May Neal Iglehart, Jack Iglehart, Jackie Iglehart, Terry Iglehart; others pictured are Virginia Iglehart and Jess Iglehart.
21 [Ikard, Harrison?], undated
22 Jackson, Walter W., [1912]
23 Langston, LaMoine, undated
Photo of baseball team of which Langston was a member.
24 [LeRoy, Renee], [1919]
25 Lockhart, Katharine Elizabeth Brister, Child, 1922-1929, undated
Contains mostly portraits of Katharine as a child, one with her mother, Ruby Irene Neal Brister. Candids include photos with grandmother Sudie Clark Brister, parents R.H. and Ruby Brister, brother Robert Andrew Brister, and other relatives Vera Brister and Andrew Freeman Brister.
26 Lockhart, Katharine Elizabeth Brister, Adult, 1960s, undated
Contains mostly formal portraits. Candids include images with Lorna Haskew Gamble and husband, Pete Lockhart.
27 [Lusk, Mattie], [1915]
28 Memphis, Texas, undated
Contains postcard images of the Baptist, Methodist Episcopal, and Christian churches; the northeast corner of the Square, and a view of feeding cotton oil meal on a ranch with the notation, "This is my herd."
29 Motley, Ethel, [approximately 1913?]
Box Folder
12 1 Neal, Augustus Warner and Bettie Eddleman Neal, [1888-1898]
Contains [wedding?] portrait taken [in Weatherford] and a hand colored portrait.
2 Neal, Bettie Eddleman, 1922, undated
Contains color and sepia copies of a portrait made in Muskogee, Oklahoma; and candids from 1922 until late in life.
3 Neal, William Kennedy, 1924-[1926], undated
Contains a youthful portrait and one as an aged man asleep in his rocking chair; candids include his 91st birthday party.
4 Neal Family, 1911, undated
Contains 1911 postcard photo of Bettie Neal and daughters Mae and Ruby taken in Clarkville; numerous largely unidentified candid photos of "Neal clan" which include Bettie Neal, Mae Iglehart and Ruby Irene Neal Brister.
5 Norman, McKinley and Ruth Mae Brister Norman, undated
6 Pealor, James P., [1912]
7 Pearson, Beryl Haskew, undated
8 Pearson, John Haskew, undated
9 [Peel], Velma, [1912]
10 [Pool, Jennie], [1912]
11 Ramby, Ethel Eunice Brister, [1899-1903], undated
Contains a photo of her baptism in Little Booger Creek, Burleson, and an undated candid photo in her later years.
12 [Reynolds, Lee], [1912]
13 Robbins, Ada Fay, undated
14 Sewell, Bill, undated
15 Small, Lillie, [1912]
16 Stevens, Judy Nell, undated
17 Taylor High School Reunion, 1954
18 University of Texas Educational Building, undated
19 Wallace, Peak, undated
Candid photo of R.H. Brister and Peak Wallace.
20 Wren, Eric, [1912]
21 Unidentified Babies and Children, 1940-[1962], undated
22 Unidentified Groups (Vintage), undated
Contains a photos of a man and woman in a horse-drawn buggy; a tree planting ceremony attended by some thirty people; and three couples walking [Decatur Baptist College picnic?].
23 Unidentified Portraits, 1914, undated
Seven portraits of young ladies, one with a 1914 calendar attached. Photographers are identified for five of these images: Carter, Fort Worth; Gustafson, Waco; Hartsook; California, Otto Sarony Studio, New York, Boston or Philadelphia; and Sproul, place unknown.
24 Unidentified School Children, undated
Two classroom scenes, one with children enjoying a milk and cookie snack, the other celebrating Halloween.
25 Unidentified Snapshots/People, undated
Contains images of outings, individuals, a house, and a 1960s era photo of visitors to Georgetown's Inner Space Cavern.
Subseries B. Photograph Albums, 1907-1920s, undated
Box Folder
12 26 School Days Album, 1907-1919
Snapshots of student days and social outings beginning in 1907, including pictures of Brister with siblings and girlfriends (Ysleta Loel, Callie Hill, and Bill Seward) whose names recur in correspondence and yearbooks. Bulk of photos chronicle Brister's social life while attending Decatur Baptist College, working in the Miles School District, and attending Baylor University. Pictures feature horse-drawn carriages and plows, roadsters, picnics in fields of bluebonnets, visits to Waco's Cotton Palace and Lovers Leap, girls in broad-brimmed straw hats, and a hand-colored picture of the boys' dormitory fire at Decatur Baptist College, February 22, 1912.
Box Folder
13 1 Travel, Ennis and Taylor Album, [1914-1920s]
Sightseeing in Stone Mountain, Georgia; Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Mississippi River crossing; Niagara Falls; Boston, and New York City. Snapshots with friends and colleagues in Ennis, Texas; Sunday School class of 14-year-olds at Ennis; last three pages include shots from Taylor, including Dan Moody sitting on a front porch.
2 Army Album, 1917-1919
Documents Brister's years in the Army beginning in 1917. Includes snapshots from Camp MacArthur, Waco; Camp Merritt, New Jersey; barracks and social activities at Nevers, France; University of Montpellier, France; sightseeing on Mediterranean and Normandy coasts and in Italian and French Alps; voyage home on U.S.S. Santa Elena.
3 Neal Family Album, undated
This "Kodak Book" album features many unidentified photos probably taken in Parker County. It offers views of the family farm: horses, cattle, water towers, breaking a colt; outings with family and friends, games, bicycle-built-for-two and construction of a house. R.H. Brister is found on page 8, W.K Neal on page 9, and the Neal family home on pages 10, 12.
4 Neal Family and Friends Album, undated
Ruby Neal is prominent among the photos in this album. These unidentified snapshots offer images of family and friends, picnics, swimming, pranks, reunions, and polo. Many snapshots of World War I soldiers and sailors in uniform and a military camp. A photo of W.K. and Matilda Neal at their Weatherford home is found on page 38.

Series IX. Clippings, [1888]-[1996], undated
Extent 0.24 linear ft. (35 folders).

Photocopied newspaper clippings and articles clipped from magazines comprise this series. Items are arranged in two subseries: Individuals [1888]-[1996], undated, 0.22 linear ft. (29 folders), filed alphabetically by the name of the individual, and Subjects, [1915]-1955, undated, 0.02 linear ft. (5 folders), filed alphabetically by subject.
Subseries A. Individuals, [1888]-[1996], undated
Box Folder
14 1 Brister Family Reunion, 1932
2 Brister, John Willard, undated
3 Brister, Mary Ann Mullen, undated
4 Brister, Miller M. and Andy Brister, 1941-[1949]
5 Brister, Moses Andrew, 1936
6 Brister, Robert Hanks, [approximately 1919]-1929
7 Brister, Robert Hanks, [approximately 1932]-1939
8 Brister, Robert Hanks, 1940-[1947]
9 Brister, Robert Hanks, 1952-1965, undated
10 Brister, Ruby Irene Neal, undated
11 Brister, Sudie Clark, [1942-1955]
12 Buckalew, Katherine, [1918]
13 Dunne, Rev. J.S., undated
14 Eddleman, Richard Rice, [1944]
15 Eddleman, Rosetta A., [1894]
16 Fore, Rev. William Frank, [1955]
17 Gardner, Lt. Weldon D., undated
18 Iglehart, Jesse Hillary, 1956
19 Langston, LaMoine, n.d
20 Lockhart, Shirley Maurice, undated
21 Mullen Family, undated
22 Neal, Augustus Warner and Bettie Eddleman Neal, [1888], undated
23 Neal, Rev. Frank M., undated
24 Neal, Fred C., undated
25 Neal, Wesley S., [1925]
26 Neal, William Kennedy, 1926
27 Pearson, John Hunter, [1996]
28 Shropshire, Ann E., 1900
29 Truett, Dr. George W., 1940
30 Walker, Rev. Gordon, undated
Subseries B. Subjects, [1915]-1955, undated
Box Folder
14 31 Education, 1935-1940, undated
32 Ennis, Texas, [1915], undated
33 Inspirational, 1935-1955, undated
34 McLennan County History, 1939
35 Snake Bite Cure, undated

Series X. Family History/Genealogy, 1786-1996, undated
Extent 0.16 linear ft. (10 folders).

Arranged alphabetically by family surname. Genealogies and family histories incorporating pedigree charts, family group sheets, and descendant charts; recollections, and copies of original documents.
Box Folder
14 36 Brister, Moses Andrew, Recollections (of and about), 1932-1996, undated
Photocopies of M.A. Brister's recollections: manuscript notes on the Brister family history; transcript of a sixteen part series "Early Days in Mississippi" which ran in the Burleson News in 1932; transcript of his Burleson News writings about the Brushy Mound and Caddo, 1880s-1890s. Includes Andy Brister's undated memoir, Remembering Grandaddy Brister.
37 Brister Family Genealogy, [1990s]
Pedigree chart, family group sheets and family history of the Silas Andrew Brister family and his forbearers. Author of these documents is Andrew Freeman Brister.
38 Brister Family Genealogy (Boswell), 1991
Dennis Boswell's Brister family genealogy, beginning with Edmond Brister (1806-1882) to 1991. Includes descendants chart and family group sheets. Boswell is the grandson of Guy Brister.
39 Brister Family History, undated
Miscellaneous documents including a list of Coats, Bright, Miller, Norman, Walker and Brister family names and birth dates; listing and brief biographical data on the children of Edmond Brister; brief biographical sketches of Thompson Brister, Hockaday Brister and Edmond Brister.
40 Brister Family Nicknames, undated
List of nicknames of Moses Andrew Brister and Sudie Clark Brister and all of their children and their spouses.
41 Brister Family Documents, 1786-1853
Photocopies of South Carolina land grants to Thompson Bristow (sic) and Hockaday Brister, 1786-1811, land survey for Hockaday Brister, 1810; Thompson Brister letters of administration, estate inventories, and appraisals, 1818; and typescript of the will of Hockaday Brister, 1853.
42 Bristow, John, and Descendants, 1968, undated
Photocopies of excerpts from Gordon Byron Woolley's John Bristow of Middlesex County, Virginia and Descendants Through Ten Generations, New York: Vantage Press, 1968; and a John Bristow family descendants chart tracking ten generations of through Samuel Brister (1814-1874), brother of Edmond Brister (1806-1882).
43 Clark Family History, 1857, undated
Photocopy of Generations of the Clark (Clarke) Family of England and America, 1503-1938, compiled by Charlton Moore Clark; biographical information on Joseph Clarke (1603-1694) and Matthew Clark (1755-1841); extracts from a diary kept by Micajah Adolphus Clark in 1857; lists of the children, their spouses, and grandchildren of Charles Warren Clark and Matilda Morrison Clark; and [Sudie Clark Brister] reminiscences regarding the stories that "Papa" told about his parents.
44 Eddleman Family History, undated
List of the children of R. A. Eddleman, grandfather of Bettie Eddleman Neal; birth and death dates of A.G. Eddleman and Rosetta Eddleman.
45 Norman Family History, [1996]
Waymon B. Norman reflects on his parents, McKinley Norman and Ruth Brister Norman; his wife, Jessie Jackson Norman and her father, C.B. Jackson; and the ancestry of McKinley Norman.
46 Family Addresses/Fragments, 1989-1996, undated
Miscellaneous addresses of Brister and Neal family members.

Series XI. Artifacts, 1899-1938, undated
Extent 0.3 linear ft. (1 oversize box).

Arranged in two subseries: Robert Hanks Brister, 1899-1938, undated, in three oblong boxes and two individually wrapped items, includes a camera, dog tags and Army insignia, spyglass, signaling mirror, jewelry, gavel, rubber stamp, engraving plate, and desk nameplate; Other Brister Family Members, 1909-[1919], undated, in one oblong box, contains jewelry belonging to [Ruby Irene Neal Brister] and [Sudie Brister], Silas Brister's possessions: a wooden top, jewelry, and World War I items such as dog tags, Army insignia, silk American flag, silk scarf, and Miller Brister's wooden top.
Subseries A. Robert Hanks Brister, 1899-1938, undated
OS364 Eastman-Kodak autographic camera in leather belt case, [approximately 1913]
Patented 1902-1913. "R.H. Brister, Burleson, Tex., Oct. 21, 19[]" inscribed in ink on underside of camera case flap. Includes fragments of leather case.
Desk nameplate
Wooden triangular shaped nameplate, with Gothic ink inscription: "R.H. Brister."
Note: In addition, Box OS364 contains Boxes OS364A, OS364B, OS364C, and OS364D.
Decatur Baptist College, Class of 1912 pin "DBC '12."
Baylor button
"You need - Baylor - needs you." Patented 1899.
WWI dog tag
Silver locket
Miniature cigarette case style locket with two "pages," containing four
World War I vintage soldier photos.
Cross pin
[Army] embroidered insignia
[Army] crossed cannons insignia, "E"
Veterans of Foreign Wars lapel pin
Masonic ring
Party favor
Card inscribed "Dr. & Mrs. S.P. Brooks, May 11, 1917." American flag sticker on card, pencil attached with string. [Dr. Brooks was president of Baylor University, where R.H. Brister received his Bachelor's degree in June, 1917].
Rotary International delegate pin
"Bob Brister, School Supt., Taylor, Tex.,"
OS364B [Army] spyglass in leather case
[Army] signaling mirror
Purple velvet jewelry case with gold shield pin
Rubber stamp, R. H. Brister signature
Engraving plate, Mr. Robert H. Brister, dated Apr. 4
Copper letter opener, embossed "RB"
Inscribed: "Thank you from Missionhurst."
OS364C Wooden gavel
Inscribed, "R.H. Brister, President, T.S.T.A., 1938."
Subseries B. Other Brister Family Members, 1909-[1919], undated
OS364D Two wooden tops
Inscribed with the names "Bud" (Silas) and "Mit" (Miller).
Woodmen of the World pendant [Sudie Clark Brister?]
MHS '09 pin [Memphis High School?], [Ruby Irene Neal Brister?]
Silas Brister's World War I dog tags strung on cotton tape
Silas Brister's ring with cross-and-spear insignia
Silas Brister's Lions Club tie tack
Silas Brister's Masonic cuff link
1 Silas Brister's silk American flag, [1917-1919]
2 Silas Brister's silk scarf, [1917-1919]
Scarf features an embroidered flag and anchor, and magenta border.

Series XII. Oversize Materials, [1890]-1965, undated
Extent 0.95 linear ft. (4 oversize boxes).

Arranged in four subseries: Oversize Publications, 1917-1941, 0.1 linear ft. (5 folders), arranged alphabetically by title or name of institution, contains issues of religious, high school and university newspapers; Oversize Keepsakes, 1910-1934, 0.02 linear ft. (1 folder), contains Brister's college, university, and Sunday School diplomas, filed by date; Oversize/Special Photographs, [1890]-[1919], undated, 0.12 linear ft. (7 folders, one case housing two photographs, and three panoramic views adhered to glass), folders are arranged alphabetically by subject and contain galley proofs, French panoramas, family and group portraits; the two photographs in a leather case and three Neal family photos adhered to glass are housed in a separate box; and Oversize Photograph Album, [1900]-1965, undated, 0.24 linear ft. (1 oversize box) contains snapshots and some portraits that highlight Brister's adult life, his parents, wife and children, extended family members, friends, and travel.
Subseries A. Oversize Publications, 1917-1941
Box Folder
OS365 1 Baptist Standard, Centennial Issue, [Dallas, Texas], June 11, 1936.
2 Baylor University, 1917
The Lariat, April 12, 1917. R.H. Brister is featured on the front page, "Baylor Men Who Will Meet L.S.U. in Debate."
3 Moore High School, Waco, 1941
Moore High Trumpet (v. VII, no. 5), March, 1941, a monthly publication of the journalism students of A.J. Moore High School, a school for African-American students.
4 Taylor High School, 1931-1932
Fifteen issues of the Taylor High Cotton Boll (v. IX, nos. 1-12, 15, 17, and v. X, no. 6), September 11, 1931-March 5, 1932, April 15, 1932, May 13, 1932, November 23, 1932.
5 Waco High School, 1935-1936
Bound volume of The Huacoan (v. 35, nos. 1-26), October 11, 1935-May 20, 1936, a weekly published by the seniors at Waco High School.
Subseries B. Oversize Keepsakes, 1910-1934
Box Folder
OS365 6 Diplomas, 1910-1934
Robert Hanks Brister diplomas from Burleson (Texas) High School, 1910; Decatur Baptist College, 1912; Bachelor of Arts, Baylor University, 1917; King's Teacher Diploma, Southern Baptist Convention Sunday School Board, (Nashville, Tennessee), 1924; Master of Arts, University of Texas (Austin, Texas), 1928; Sunday School Administration, Southern Baptist Convention Sunday School Board (Nashville, Tennessee), 1934.
Subseries C. Oversize/Special Photographs, [1890]-[1919], undated
Box Folder
OS366 1 Decatur Baptist College, Yearbook Galley Proof, [1912]
Three oval portraits on one galley proof from the 1912 The Summit yearbook. Images include [Price Lowery], [Harold Raborn], and [Nadine Watkins].
2 Decatur Baptist College, Yearbook Galley Proofs, [1912]
Six oval portraits on two galley proofs from the 1912 The Summit yearbook. Images include, [Marvie L. Boyd], [Hazel Lee Burnett], [E. Bass Clay], [Jeff Coleman], [Lillie Small], and [Albert Thompson].
3 Decatur Baptist College, Yearbook Galley Proofs, [1912]
Six oval portraits on two galley proofs from the 1912 The Summit yearbook. Images include [Robert Hanks Brister], [May Moore], [Jennie Pool], [Grace Evelyn Swann], [Jewel White], [Eric Wren].
4 Decatur Baptist College, Yearbook Galley Proofs, [1912]
Six oval portraits on two galley proofs from the 1912 The Summit yearbook. Images include [Harrison Ikard], [Albert Jackson], [Elma Neel], [James P. Pealor], [Walker Patterson] and [Ollie Plaxco].
5 France, [1918-1919]
Five panoramic views including the Cité de Carcassonne; Monaco on the Côte d'Azur; Le Jardin de la Fontaine, Nimes; and an unidentified seaside town.
6 Neal Family, [1890], undated
A family portrait of the William Kennedy Neal family, [1890], and an undated portrait of Augustus Warner Neal.
7 Taylor, Texas, undated
An undated photograph of a large group of men, including R.H. Brister, posed outside a church.
OS367 Neal, Augustus Warner and Bettie Eddleman Neal, undated
Individual portraits in a leather case. These images are duplicates of those in the hand colored portrait listed in Box 12, Folder 1.
Neal Family, undated
Three panoramic family reunion photos in front of Neal family home near Weatherford Texas (all adhered to glass).
Subseries D. Oversize Photograph Album, [1900]-1965, undated
OS369 Brister and Neal Family Album, [1900]-1965, undated
R.H. Brister labeled this album "R.H. Brister - family, father's family and relatives." Brister pasted primarily black and white snapshots and some portraits into this newer album, intermingling old and new, depicting the many aspects of his life going back to his early teaching days in Ennis, 1914. His days in the Army, after Army discharge, at Baylor University, in Taylor and Waco are all found here. There are many views of his parents, Moses Andrew and Sudie Clark Brister, at various ages ranging from circa 1900 through the 1950s. Brister relatives, reunions, and ancestral homes are also included. Ruby Neal Brister is prominently featured during courtship and after marriage, as is his growing family. More recent color snapshots feature grandchildren and U.S. travel.