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Level of description
Mary Catherine Bradley Gillespie Journals
- 1853-1972 (bulk 1853-1889) (Creation)
2 journals, 1 manuscript, and 1 book in 1 box, totally 0.25 linear feet.
Name of creator
Mary Catherine Bradley was born November 21, 1836 in Paducah, Kentucky, the daughter of Reverend Collins Johnson Bradley, a Cumberland Presbyterian minister, and Judith "Julia" McDonald Totten Bradley. Her mother died when she was a young child, and her father remarried. The family lived for some time in Tennessee. By 1858 the family had moved to Paris, Texas, where she worked as a music teacher. Better known as Kate, she married the Reverend William Paxton Gillespie, a widower and professor at Trinity University, in July 1869, and moved to Tehuacana. Rev. Gillespie had four children from his first wife: Mickia, Jimmie, Connie, and Carrie. Kate had two daughters: Minnie Gillespie (1872-1874) and Pearl Gillespie Adamson (1875-1948). Kate taught instrumental music at Trinity University from 1869 through 1874. Kate died in Waxahachie, Texas, in 1922.
Name of creator
William Bluford Adamson was born in Prairie Grove, Texas, on January 24, 1904. His grandparents were Reverend William Paxton Gillespie and Mary Catherine "Kate" Gillespie, faculty members at Trinity University when it was founded in 1869. His parents, Pearl Gillespie and Frederick Richmond Adamson, met as students at Trinity in the late 1800s. William had a brother, F. Lawrence Adamson, and a sister, Mary Catherine Adamson Bynum. Adamson married Lucile Larsen, a nurse, in 1929; she passed away in 1959. His second wife, Sadie Lucille, passed away in 2009.
Adamson graduated from Trinity University in 1924, and attended medical school at Vanderbilt University. Following internships at Vanderbilt University Hospital and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, he settled in Abilene, Texas, where he opened a cardiology office in 1929. Adamson served as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force during World War II. After his service, he continued to practice medicine in Abilene until 1968. Adamson served as president of the Taylor Jones County Medical Society, a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He was the recipient of the Gold Headed Cane award from the Taylor Jones County Medical Society in 1963 and the Paul V. Ledbetter Award in 1973. His widow Sadie established the William B. and Sadie L. Adamson Charities Foundation to support arts groups in Abilene.
Content and structure elements
Scope and content
This collection consists of two journals belonging to Mary Catherine Bradley Gillespie. These journals primarily contain poetry written between 1853 and 1889; other entries include notes about sermons, Sunday School lessons, family members, and music. The collection also includes a handwritten transcription by Gillespie's grandson, William Bulford Adamson, and a printed copy of the hardcover book issued by the Trinity University Alumni Association in 1972.
System of arrangement
Items are arranged chronologically.
Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
This collection is open and available to the public for research in the Special Collections & Archives reading room. The materials are non-circulating.
Conditions governing reproduction
The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.
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Acquisition and appraisal elements
Given to Trinity University's Development Office by Gillespie's grandson, William B. Adamson, in 1972.
Immediate source of acquisition
Transferred to the University Archives by John Hallock, Fall 1972.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
The Trinity University Alumni Association published a hardcover version of Gillespie's diaries in 1972. It is available in the library catalog at https://mill.trinity.edu/record=b1364119~S14.
Related archival materials
The university archives historic images collection includes some photographs of Kate Gillespie and other family members. Please contact the archives for assistance.
- Citation: Mary Catherine Bradley Gillespie Journals. Coates Library Special Collections & Archives, Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas).
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Rules or conventions
Finding aid created by Colleen Hoelscher, September 2021.
Place access points
Name access points
- Gillespie, Mary Catherine Bradley (Subject)