Nesbitt Memorial Library

Caldwell Family Papers (Ms. 73)


Printed material, much of which deals with local black schools, from the 1920s through the 1960s. The material was retrieved from the home of James H. and Mattie Leona (Toliver) Caldwell (1911-1993) and donated to the library by Virgil Thompson in 2005.


Booker, Gusta, memorial service booklet, 1981. Full title: “Memorial Service for the Late Rev. Gusta Booker and Building Fund Drive at the Booker Memorial Temple Church of God in Christ” (1-1)

Columbus Colored High School materials:

  • Promotional Certificate for Mattie Lee Toliver from 8th to 9th grade, 1926 (1-2)   

  • Memory book of Mattie Leona Toliver, containing lists of students, members of the faculty, and school activities, 1928 (1-3)

  • Diploma for Emery Mae Great, 1937 (1-22)

  • Graduation programs, 1949, 1953 (1-4)

St. Anthony School diploma for Tracy Caldwell, 1966 (1-5)

Columbus High School graduation invitation, 1967 (1-4)

South Texas Teachers Association meeting, program for, held in Columbus, 1940. Full title: Souvenir The South Texas Teachers Association Auxiliary to the Colored State Teachers Association” (1-6)

St. Paul Methodist Church, Columbus, program, March 1955 (1-7)

World War II material:
            Draft notice for James Caldwell, 1941 (1-8)
            Day pass for James Caldwell, Arizona, 1942 (1-8)
            Denial of application for dependency benefits, 1943 (1-8)
            War ration book, 1943 (1-8)

            V-mail from Ernest H. Toliver, New York, 1945 (1-8)

Knights of Pythias, Band of Progress Lodge No. 337, Columbus, membership certificate for James H. Caldwell, 1955 (1-9)

Postcards to Mattie Caldwell, 1940, 1941, 1954 (1-10)

Invitation from Dorie Miller Club of Eagle Lake, on postcard, 1947 (1-10)

Material related to astrology from “Abbe” Wallace to Pearl Wright, 1934 (1-11)

Fashion booklets, “McCall’s Style News” for September 1948 and December 1948 distributed by I. Lauterstein & Son of Columbus, and “Simplicity Fashion Preview” for December 1948 distributed by L. Waldvogel of Columbus (1-12)

Lewin’s Dry Goods Store, Columbus, Christmas Sale Flyer, undated (1-13)

Heroines of Jericho materials (1-14)

"The Columbus Reporter," mimeographed publication with news of the Columbus black community, October 27, 1956 (1-15)

Receipts for membership in Columbus chapters of U. B. F. and S. M. F., 1913, 1918 (1-16)

Colorado County Voters League membership card, 1980 (1-16)

Weimar Sewing Machine Company bills, 1949, 1950 (1-16)

Houston Press to Lizzie Tolliver, August 26, 1927 (1-17)

D. M. Marshall to Mattie Caldwell, May 9, 1956 (1-17)

Juneteenth celebration, poster advertising, Columbus, 1977 (1-18)

Nueces County, Texas, material regarding Henry Larkins (1-19) 

Funeral programs (1) Sweetie A. Taylor, 1973, (2) Pearl L. Wright, 1979, (3) Justin Emmitt Harris, 1991 (1-20)

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Columbus, anniversary services program, 1969 (1-20)

Colorado County Home Demonstration Clubs, 1973-1974 yearbook (1-21)