Albert and Lera Millard Thomas Letters, 1915-1960 | East Texas Research Center

By Angie Hermenitt, 2008

Collection Overview

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ID: A/254

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Courtship -- Texas, Legislators -- Texas, Thomas, Albert, 1898-1966 -- Correspondence, Veterans -- Texas -- Nacogdoches, World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans

Abstract

Letters to and from family members and friends with the majoritiy of the letters being from Albert to Lera.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The majority of this collection contains letters from Albert to Lera, starting in 1915 up to their marriage in 1922. There are also many letters from Lera and her daughters during a European trip they took together in 1954. You will find only a few photos of Albert Thomas and friends at Rice University. The rest of the collection consists of miscellaneous letters, telegrams and cards.

Collection Historical Note

Albert Thomas was born in Nacogdoches, TX on April 12, 1898, to Lonnie (Langston) and James Thomas. He attended local public schools and served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army during World War I. Albert graduated from Rice University in 1920. In 1922, while attending the University of Texas, Albert Thomas married his long time sweetheart Lera Millard of Nacogdoches. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1926 with a degree in law. He was admitted to the bar in 1927 and served as Nacogdoches County Attorney from 1927-1930. In 1930, the Thomas’ moved to Houston to allow Albert to serve as assistant United States district attorney, which he did until 1936. The family moved to Washington, D.C. when Albert was elected to Congress. He served in Congress from Jan. 1937 until his death on February 15, 1966. He died in Washington, D.C. and was buried in the Veterans’ Administration Cemetery, Houston, TX.

Lera (Millard) Thomas was born in Nacogdoches, TX on August 3, 1900, to Jessie and Annie Millard. She graduated from Nacogdoches High School then attended Brenau College in Gainesville, GA and the University of Alabama. Lera did not complete her degree, leaving before the end of her senior year. Lera married Albert Thomas in 1922 after a long courtship. They had two daughters; Anne and Lera. When Albert passed away on Feb. 15, 1966, Lera was elected to take his place in Congress for the remainder of his term. She served from March 26, 1966 until Jan. 3, 1967. In 1968 Lera went to Vietnam to work as a special liaison to members of the armed services for the Houston Chronicle. When she returned to Nacogdoches that same year she began a preservation project called Millards Crossing. It is a village comprised of historic buildings from the Nacogdoches area. The buildings where moved and restored on the Millards Crossing site. Lera stayed in Nacogdoches, TX until her death on July 23, 1993. She is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery

Subject/Index Terms

Courtship -- Texas
Legislators -- Texas
Thomas, Albert, 1898-1966 -- Correspondence
Veterans -- Texas -- Nacogdoches
World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans


Box and Folder Listing


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Letters from Albert Thomas to Lera Milliard (folders 1-52)
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Apr. 6, 1920; Apr. 8, 1920; Apr. 10, 1920
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Apr. 10, 1920; Apr. 12, 1920; Apr. 14, 1920
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Apr. 16, 1920; Apr. 19, 1920; Apr. 22, 1920
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Apr. 23, 1920; Apr. 25, 1920; Apr. 26, 1920
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Apr. 28, 1920; Apr. 30, 1920; May 3, 1920
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May 6, 1920; May 7, 1920; May 8, 1920
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May 10, 1920; May 12, 1920; May 13, 1920
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Jun. 2, 1920; Jun. 5, 1920; Jul. 25, 1920
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Jul. 16, 1920; Jul. 17, 1920; Jul. 19, 1920
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Jul. 20, 1920; Jul. 22, 1920; Jul. 24, 1920
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Jul. 27, 1920; Jul. 29, 1920; Aug. 2, 1920
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Aug. 4, 1920; Aug. 12, 1920; Aug. 13, 1920
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Aug. 18, 1920; Aug. 25, 1920
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Sep. 23, 1920; Sep. 24, 1920; Sep. 25, 1920
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Sep. 26, 1920; Oct. 6, 1920; Oct. 8, 1920
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Oct. 9, 1920; Oct. 15, 1920; Nov. 11, 1920
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Nov. 20, 1920; Nov. 24, 1920; Nov. 25, 1920
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Nov. 27, 1920; Nov. 30, 1920
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Dec. 4, 1920; Dec. 17, 1920; Dec. 18, 1920
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Dec. 24, 1920; Dec. 26, 1920
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Dec. 28, 1920, Dec. 28, 1920; Dec. 28, 1920
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Undated letters 1920
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Jan. 10, 1921; Jan. 12, 1921; Feb. 2, 1921; Feb. 10, 1921
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Mar. 21, 1921; Apr. 1, 1921; Apr. 17, 1921
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May 14, 1921; May 25, 1921; May 30, 1921
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Jun. 8, 1921; Jun. 23, 1921
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Aug. 1, 1921; Aug. 4, 1921; Aug. 8, 1921
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Sep. 9, 1921; Sep. 13, 1921; Sep. 20, 1921
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Sep. 20, 1921; Sep. 25, 1921
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Oct. 8, 1921; Oct. 11, 1921; Oct. 13, 1921
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Jun. 6, 1921; Jun. 7, 1921; Jun. 7, 1921
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Oct. 14, 1921; Oct. 20, 1921; Oct. 21, 1921
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Oct. 21, 1921; Oct. 23, 1921; Nov. 4, 1921; Nov. 4, 1921
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Nov. 15, 1921; Nov. 15, 1921; Nov. 19, 1921
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Nov. 15, 1921; Nov. 15, 1921; Nov. 19, 1921
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Nov. 20, 1921; Nov. 21, 1921; Nov. 22, 1921
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Nov. 23, 1921; Nov. 23, 1921; Nov. 24, 1921
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Nov. 27, 1921; Nov. 28, 1921; Nov. 28, 1921
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Undated letters from the month of November 1921
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Dec. 1, 1921; Dec. 4, 1921; Dec. 7, 1921
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Dec. 7, 1921; Dec. 8, 1921; Dec. 15, 1921
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Dec. 16, 1921; Dec. 19, 1921
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Undated letters, 1921
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Lera Millard report cards from the University of Alabama, 1921
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Jan. 7, 1922; Jan. 16, 1922; Jan. 24, 1922
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Feb. 5, 1922; Feb. 16, 1922
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Mar. 2, 1922; Mar. 14, 1922; Apr. 1, 1922
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May 22, 1922; May 27, 1922; Jun. 16, 1922
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Jun. 20, 1922; Jul. 4, 1922; Jul. 15, 1922
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Jul. 16, 1922; Aug. 4, 1922; Aug. 27, 1922
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Sep. 24, 1922; Oct. 13, 1922; Nov. 1, 1922
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Millard-Thomas wedding invitation (Oct. 2, 1922)
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Photographs of Albert Thomas and friends at Rice University (est. 1918-20)
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Letter, Langston to Albert & Lera, 1922
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Crochet instructions from Frances Fourmy       Poem from "A faithful friend"       Letter, Anne Meseley to Lera       Partial letter to Lera, n.d.       Letter, Lera to mom, n.d.
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Letters:   

Albert to Lera, n.d. [1920-1922]     

Earl to Lera, May ____[1920-1922]     

L.R. Martin to Lera, December [1920-1922]     

unknown writer possibly Albert to Lera

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Two undated letters from Orland Patton [1918-1919]
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Letters:

Anne to Grandma, July 13,

unknown to Lera, May 19,

Lera to mom, n.d.

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Feb. 12, 1926 post card from Choctaw Cotton Oil Company
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Letter, Mary to Lera, July 24, 1922
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Letters:

Lera to mom, July 8, 1947

Lera to mom, July 20, 1947

Lera to mom, August 9, 1949

Anne to grandma, October 22, 1949

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Letters:

Albert to J.W. Millard Jr. July 29, 1950

Anne to J.W. Millard Jr, July 1, 1951

Marriage announcement of Virdian Watkins and Thomas Vaughan, 1952

Anne to Grandparents, July 3, 1953

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Three Telegrams July 17, 1954, sympathy
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Sympathy cards, July 18, 1954, July 20, 1954, July 22, 1954
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Letters:

Lera to mom, August 10, 1954

Virgie to Annie, December 21, 1954

Telegram JW Millard to Lera, December 24, 1954

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Letters:

Lera to mom, June 30, 1955

Lera to mom, July 23, 1955

Lera to Albert, July 25 1955

Anne to Albert, July 25, 1955

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Letters:

Lera to mom, August 1, 1955

Lera to mom, Wednesday the 27th 1955?

Lera to Albert, August 29, 1955

Lera to Albert, July 31 & August 1, 1955

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Letters:

Anne to Albert, August 6, 1955

Lera to Albert, August 10, 1955

Anne to Albert, August 14, 1955

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Letters:

Anne to Albert, August 22, 1955

Anne to Albert, August 25, 1955

Lera to Albert, August 20, 1955

Lera to mom, August 27, 1955

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Five undated letters from Lera and Anne in Europe, possibly 1955
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Letters:

Lera to Albert, August 26, 1955

Lera to mom, August 29, 1955

Anne to Albert, August 3, 1955

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1957 Agriculture income, Kiowa County; Sympathy card December 31, 1957; Letter Aunt Mollie to Lera January 15, 1958
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Letters:

Cousin Edna to Lera, January 16, 1958

Lera to mom, June 23, 1959

Lera to mom, June 28, 1959

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Letters:

Lera to mom, July 10, 1959

Lera to mom, July 17, 1959

Travel log for July 1959

Lera to mom, July 21, 1959

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Letters:

Lera to mom, July 28, 1959

J. Will Sander to Annie D, July 30, 1959

Anne to J.W. Millard Sr, July 30, 1959

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Letters:

Lera to mom, August 17, 1959

Lera to mom, September 3, 1959

Lera to mom, September 9, 1959

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Letter Lera to mom, April 4, 1960; National Cathedral School Commencement Announcement, 1960; Letter Lera to mom, July 8, 1960
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Letter, Lera to mom, December 7, 1960; Wedding announcement Mollie Sears and James Rogers, 1960;
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Letter, Lera to mom, February 8, 1961
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Postcard about Historic oak at Old North Church

Note card

note from "a friend"

"Do you know your ABC's"

three written pages of a story

List of people

"Open war or covert guide"

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Nacogdoches Concert Band, February 22, 1917

Nacogdoches High School Graduation announcement, 1919

Brenau College recital for Irene Hicks

Announcement of a reception for Lera Thomas

Washington Club Bulletin, December 1954

Washington Cathedral Christmas Service, December 12, 1954

Brena College recital for Otto Pfefferkorn, September 18, 1919

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Fertilizers for Texas notebook, 1909

Obituary for Robert Harlan Burk, December 6, 1954

Invitation to join Delta, Delta Delta sorority, at Brenau College

Invitation to appear before the Delta, Delta Delta sorority, at Brenau College

The Student Body newspaper, vol 1, #18, Nacogdoches, April 9, 1914.

United State Naval Academy Chapel information sheet.

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Holiday Cards
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Christmas Cards
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