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Alvin Mansfield Owsley Collection, 1904-1972 | Manuscripts

By Bridgett Tanner and Laura Treat; Perri Hamilton; Rachel Motes

Collection Overview

Title: Alvin Mansfield Owsley Collection, 1904-1972Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1922-1965
ID: 01/HM.15
Extent: 3010.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Series 1-3 are arranged according to topic and described at folder level. Series 4-9 are arranged according to material type and topic and are described at folder or item level.
Languages: English

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Abstract

The Owsley Collection contains the documents of statesman and attorney Alvin M. Owsley (1888-1967) and his family. The collection contains materials pertaining to Alvin M. Owsley's activities as a soldier in World War I; his election as National Commander of the American Legion in 1922 and subsequent lifelong association with the American Legion; his ambassadorships to Romania, the Irish Free State, and Denmark during the 1930s; his involvement in political campaigns, speechmaking, and radio and television programs; and his practice as a Dallas attorney.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection documents the activities of Alvin M. Owsley; his wife, Lucy Ball Owsley; and their children, Alvin Jr., Constance, and David. The extensive collection includes photographs, correspondence, clippings, memorabilia, scrapbooks, transcripts, financial records, artifacts, posters, printed material, 16mm film reels and VHS tapes, and an audio cassette. These materials document all aspects of Owsley’s professional activities including his experiences as a soldier in World War I; his election as National Commander of the American Legion in 1922 and subsequent lifelong association with the American Legion; his ambassadorships to Romania, the Irish Free State, and Denmark during the 1930s; his involvement in political campaigns, speechmaking, and radio and television programs; and his practice as a Dallas attorney. Photographs, correspondence, records, and scrapbooks also document Alvin M. Owsley’s early years as a student at the Virginia Military Institute and as a boy growing up in Denton, Texas.

The collection also contains extensive materials documenting the activities of Lucy Ball Owsley including diaries, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, records, film reels, club memberships, and other materials. Lucy Ball Owsley’s father, Frank C. Ball, and his company, the Ball Corporation, are also represented within the collection through photographs, correspondence, clippings, records, publications, and other printed material.

The personal lives of Alvin M. and Lucy Ball Owsley are represented through photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence, and home movies documenting their family life and travels. Genealogical records, publications, and correspondence for both the Owsley and Ball families are also included.

Collection Historical Note

A soldier, statesman, attorney, and gifted orator,  Alvin Mansfield Owsley was born in Denton, Texas in 1888 to Alvin Clark and Sallie Owsley.  He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and attended the University of Texas to study law before being admitted to the Texas bar in 1912 and subsequently serving a term in the Texas Legislature.  He was serving as county attorney in Denton when the outbreak of World War I compelled Owsley to resign from his legal practive and volunteer for military service.  During the war, Owsley served with the 36th Infantry Division in France where he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel.  Following the war, Owlsey became active in the American Legion and was elected national commander in 1922.  In 1925, he married Lucy Ball, the daughter of the Ball Brothers Glass Company founder, and he and Lucy soon expanded their family to include Alvin M. Owsley, Jr., Constance Owsley, and Thomas David Owsley.

Owsley's commitment and dedication to service to his country continued in the 1930s as he was named United States Ambassador to Romania in 1933, the Irish Free State in 1935, and Denmark in 1937.  Following his departure from diplomatic service in 1939, Owsley resided for a short time in Muncie, Indiana before returning to the North Texas area and resuming his legal practice in Dallas, Texas.  A gifted orator, he also continued to make use of his noted public speaking skills by giving many speeches and broadcasts on various topics with the theme of Americanism a particular favorite of his and becoming a radio and television personality.  He also continued to remain active in the American Legion and was instrumental in planning and bringing the American Legion's National Convention to Dallas, Texas in 1964.  Alvin M. Owsley died in Dallas, Texas in 1967 at the age of 78.

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use. Oversize boxes 742-758; 841-855; and Series 6, 8, and 9 are stored in vault and require a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Lucy Ball Owsley
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Alvin Mansfield Owsley Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections.
Processing Information: Manuscript materials processed by Bridgett Tanner. Media processed by Laura Treat.
Finding Aid Revision History: Rachel Motes processed the accretion of [Box 43: Reel to Reel Tapes] to this collection on July 7, 2017 and of [Box 310] on August 9, 2017.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 3: Owsley Family Collection (2), 1917-1989, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Box 1975: Alvin M. Owsley, 1922-1964, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 641334
Folder 1: American Legion: Correspondence-Letters recieved, 1922-1947Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: American Legion: Correspondence-Telegram, 1960Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: American Legion: Clippings, 1961-1964Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: American Legion: Printed Material-General, 1941-1964, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: American Legion: Literary Productions-Reports, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 6: American Legion: Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 7: American Legion: Photograph-First Caucus of the American Legion, Paris, France, 1919Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Diplomatic Post-Romania: Correspondence-Letters Received, January 1933 - July 1933Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Diplomatic Post-Romania: Correspondence-Letters Received, August 1933 - December 1933Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Diplomatic Post-Romania: Correspondence-Letters Received, 1934Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Diplomatic Post-Romania: Correspondence-Letters Received, January 1935 - July 1935Add to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Diplomatic Post-Romania: Correspondence-Letters Received, 1933 - September 1934Add to your cart.
 
Folder 13: Diplomatic Post-Romania: Correspondence-Letters Sent, October 1934 - June 1935Add to your cart.
 
Folder 14: Diplomatic Post-Romania: Correspondence-Telegrams, Cards, 1933-1935, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 15: Diplomatic Post-Romania: Financial Documents-Bills, Receipts, and Deposit Slips, 1933-1935Add to your cart.
 
Folder 16: Diplomatic Post-Romania: BrochuresAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 17: Diplomatic Post-Romania: Clippings, 1933-1935Add to your cart.
 
Folder 18: Diplomatic Post-Romania: General printed materials, 1934-1935, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 19: Diplomatic Post-Romania: Photograph, 1933Add to your cart.
 
Box 1976: Alvin M. Owsley, 1917-1967, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 641335
Folder 1: Diplomatic Post-Irish Free State: Correspondence-Letters, 1935-1937Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Diplomatic Post-Irish Free State: Correspondence-Telegrams received, 1935Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Diplomatic Post-Irish Free State: Correspondence-Greeting cards, 1935-1936Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Diplomatic Post-Irish Free State: Clippings, 1935, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Diplomatic Post-Irish Free State: General printed material, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Diplomatic Post-Irish Free State: Telephone book, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Diplomatic Post-Irish Free State: Notes, General printed material, 1935, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Diplomatic Post-Irish Free State: Photographs, 1935-1937, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Diplomatic Post-Denmark: Correspondence, Greeting cards, 1937-1939, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Diplomatic Post-Denmark: Financial documents; Printed material; Photographs, 1937-1939, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Military Service: Financial documents; Printed material; Photographs, 1917-1919, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Military Service: Correspondence; Notes, 1940-1943, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 13: Political Campaigns: Correspondence-Letters received, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 14: Political Campaigns: Correspondence-Letters sent, Telegrams, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 15: Political Campaigns: Brochures, General printed material, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 16: Political Campaigns: Clippings, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 17: Political Campaigns: Speeches, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 18: Correspondence, 1924-1970, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 19: Correspondence: Greeting cards, Postcards, 1939-1963, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 20: Correspondence: Telegrams, 1943, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 21: Legal Documents: Will, Inventories of Estate, 1967, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 22: Legal Documents: General; Financial Documents: Tax returns, 1934-1958, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Box 1977: Alvin M. Owsley, 1909-1967, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 641336
Folder 1: Printed material: Business Cards, Invitations, Postcards, 1935-1967, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Printed material: Clippings, 1909-1967, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Printed material: Dallas Bar Association Directory, 1965Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Handwritten material: Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Literary productions: General reports, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Literary production: Magazine-Our World, January 1924Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Literary production: Magazine-Our World, March 1924Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Literary production: Magazine-Our World, May 1924Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Literary production: MapAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Photographs, 1893-1933, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Item 11: Journal, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Box 1978: Lucy Ball Owsley, 1925-1977, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 641337
Folder 1: Correspondence: Letters received, 1925-1941Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Correspondence: Letters received, 1948-1965Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Correspondence: Letters received, 1967-1976Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Correspondence: Letters received, 1977-1989Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Correspondence: Letters, Telegrams, 1933, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Correspondence: Envelopes, 1937-1970, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Correspondence: Letterbooks-Copies, 1934Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Correspondence: Letterbooks-Copies, February 1935 - June 1935Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Correspondence: Letterbooks-Copies, June 1935 - December 1935Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Correspondence: Letterbooks-Copies, January 1936 - April 1937Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Correspondence: Letterbooks-Copies, July 1937 - December 1937Add to your cart.
 
Box 1979: Lucy Ball Owsley, 1936-1978, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 641338
Folder 1: Correspondence: Greeting cardsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Correspondence: Greeting cards, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Correspondence: Greeting cards, 1936, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Correspondence: Postcards, 1936Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Diary, 1936Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Diary-Travel diaryAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Diary: Enclosed printed material from travel diary, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Diary: Travel diary, 1968Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Legal documents-General, 1957-1978Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Financial documents: Bills and receipts, Deposit slips, 1936-1969Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Printed material: Clippings, 1934-1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Printed material: GeneralAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 13: Printed material: Pamphlets, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 14: Printed material: PostcardsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 1980: Lucy Ball Owsley, 1935-1989, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 641339
Folder 1: Printed material: Posters, Programs, 1935-1989, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Handwritten material: Lists, Address BookAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Handwritten material: Address book, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Handwritten material: Address book, Address cards, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Handwritten material: Lists, General, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Handwritten material: Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Handwritten material: Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Literary productions: Reminiscences, Reports, SpeechesAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Literary production: Darlings All, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Box 1981: Lucy Ball Owsley, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 641340
Folder 1: Literary production: Darlings All, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Literary production: Darlings All, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Literary production: Darlings All, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Box 1982: Lucy Ball Owsley, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 641341
Folder 1: Family: Frank C. Ball printed material, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Family: Genealogy-Blount, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Family: Genealogy-Mansfield, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Family: Genealogy-Mansfield notes; Owsley printed material, notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Family: Genealogy-Owsley printed materialAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Family: Genealogy-Poyntz printed materialAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Family: Genealogy notesAdd to your cart.
 
Box 1983: Frank C. Ball, Alvin C. Owsley, Alvin M. Owsley, David Owsley, Unknown, 1920-1978, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 641342
Folder 1: Frank C. Ball: Insurance Policy, May 22, 1920Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Alvin C. Owsley: WillAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Alvin M. Owsley, Jr.: Correspondence, 1978-1989Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Constance Owsley: Passport, Business card, 1937, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Constance Owsley: Clippings, 1989Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Constance Owsley: Photograph, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 7: David T. Owsley: Correspondence, Birth certificate, Clipping, 1929-1989Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: David T. Owsley: Laboratory report, September 14, 1934Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: David T. Owsley: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Correspondence: Greeting card from Michael, Steven, and Carol Owsley, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Diary: Copies, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Printed material, Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 13: Printed materials; Maps, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Box 310: Papers and PublicationsAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 708096
Folder 1: Alvin M. Owsley Material, 1919Add to your cart.
This folder contains copies of some of his military Special Orders as well as  Embarkation Orders
Folder 2: Lucy Ball Owsley MaterialAdd to your cart.
This folder contains: correspondence to and from Lucy Ball Owsley, a paper titled “Memories of Minnetrista” by Lucy Ball Owsley, the Owsley Family Historical Society Tour to Britain – 1984 schedule, a poem titled “No Goodbyes” by Lake Leelanau on Christmas 1988 with “Constance Owsley Garrett – 1927-1989” typed at the top of it, a Revocable Trust Agreement by Lucy Ball Owsley as well as a copy of the Certificate of birth for Lucina Ball, an advance order slip for “Alvin M. Owsley of Texas: Apostle of Americanism” by Marion S. Adams along with an invitation to an event hosted by Mrs. Alvin M. Owsley honoring Marion S. Adams, Author of Alvin M. Owsley “Apostle of Americanism”, and an Announcement of the marriage of Lucy Ball to Mr. Alvin Mansfield Owsley
Folder 3: Oral History of the Oral History AssociationAdd to your cart.
Printed manuscript of the with Peter Dean Olch and interviewer Martha Ross
Folder 4: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 1: [Booklet] “From Fruit Jars to Satellites: The Story of Ball Brothers Company Incorporated” by Edmund F. BallAdd to your cart.
 
Item 2: [Booklet] “Inspired by Books: sixty-one famous quotations”Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: [Booklet] “The Washington Ancestry: the original “stars and stripes”Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: [Booklet] Signs of the Zodiac by Victoria and Albert MuseumAdd to your cart.
 
Item 5: [Booklet] The Presidents of the United States paperback by Roscoe (for New York Central Railroad) ParkinsonAdd to your cart.
 
Item 6: [Paper] “The Constitution” by Mary Barclay ErbAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Publications Featuring IrelandAdd to your cart.
 
Item 1: [Booklet] “Art & Oratory: Bicentenary of the College Historical Society, 1770-1970” The National Gallery of Ireland, March 1970Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: [Poem] “An Old Gaelic Rune”Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: [Magazine] The Grace Log (Ireland), Winter Issue, 1967 - 1968Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: [Booklet] “Ireland” issued by the Irish Tourist BoardAdd to your cart.
 
Item 5: [Magazine]  Ireland of the Welcomes, Vol. 18 No. 2, July - August 1969Add to your cart.
 
Item 6: [Magazine] Ireland of the Welcomes, Vol. 16 No. 3, September - October 1967Add to your cart.
 
Item 7: [Magazine]  Ireland of the Welcomes, Vol. 16 No. 6, March - April 1968Add to your cart.
 

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