University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Bride Neill Taylor Papers, 1840, 1864, [1880s]-1937

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Taylor, Bride Neill, 1858-1937
Title: Taylor, Bride Neill, papers
Dates: 1840, 1864, [1880s]-1937
Abstract: Bride Neill Taylor was an author, teacher, and Austin community leader. The papers include correspondence, notes, speeches, a manuscript, broadsides, photographs, and clippings, and pertain to the history of Austin and Texas.
Accession No.: 1934; 1940
Extent: 2 ft., 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Bride Neill Taylor (1858-1937), author, teacher, and community leader, moved to Austin from Peoria, Illinois, in 1871. She graduated from Nazareth Academy in Kentucky in 1876. Shortly after her marriage to Thomas Frederick Taylor, a civil servant, in 1880, she accompanied him to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a journalist for the Washington Sun Capitol. She became the Washington correspondent for the Austin Statesman when she sent news of President James A. Garfield’s assassination in 1881. In 1883, Taylor returned to Texas, earned her teaching credentials from the University of Texas at Austin, and taught in Austin public schools while continuing her writing career. She is best known for a biography of her friend Elisabet Ney, one of the first professional sculptors in Texas. Most of her newspaper articles were unattributed.

Taylor was a devout Catholic and avid club organizer, helping to establish numerous chapels, mission churches, societies, and associations in Austin. She had a major role in the founding of the Texas Fine Arts Association, the Austin History Club, and the Austin Women’s Club. Additionally, she was one of only three women attendees at the meeting of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) in 1897. She served on the TSHA’s executive council starting in 1928, and published an article about the association’s inception in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, 1929. Furthermore, Taylor earned the distinction of being only the second woman to be declared "Austin’s Most Worthy Citizen," 1930.


Cottrell, Debbie Mauldin. "Taylor, Bride Neill."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 29, 2010.

Scope and Contents

The Bride Neill Taylor Papers, 1840, 1864, [1880s]-1937, consist of correspondence, notes, speeches, manuscript and typescripts, and photographs, pertaining to the history of Austin and Texas. Correspondence, 1893-1937, chronicles the publication of numerous articles, speaking engagements, and the sale of land. Manuscripts, speeches, typescripts, and notes primarily relate to Elisabet Ney, female writers of Texas, and other famous Texans, as well as to the history of religious life, pioneer life, education, and organizations in Texas. Additionally, photographs depict Ney (1864) and the James H. Baker home (1840), while a ledger comprises financial transactions in the 1880s and historical notes in the 1920s.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Taylor, Bride Neill, 1858-1937--Archives.
Benedict, Harry Yandell, 1869-1937
Ney, Elisabet, 1833-1907
Smith, Hattie Stevens
Women authors--Texas--History
Austin (Tex.)--History

Related Material

See also the Ney (Elisabet) Papers, 1865-1958.

See also the Taylor (Thomas F.) Papers.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Vertical Files.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bride Neill Taylor Papers, 1840, 1864, 1893-1937, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Revisions made by Laurel Rozema, March 2011.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3J390 Correspondence:
General, 1893-1937
3J393 Lippincott’s Magazine, 1893-1898
Sale of land, 1928
3J390 Manuscript, "Elisabet Ney, Sculptor"
2R205 Typescripts:
"The Women Writers of Texas" (3 copies)
"The History of the Texas Fine Arts Association" (2 copies)
3J391 Notes:
History of Austin
Elisabet Ney
3J392 Texas history
3J393 People
3J394 Bibliography
Ledger and notes
3J400 Printed material
3S3 Photographs:
Elisabet Ney, 1864
3S51 James H. Baker home, 1840
Pecan trees