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Eusibia Lutz Collection

Identifier: 2008.194

Scope and Contents

The Eusibia Lutz Collection contains a variety included Lutz's unpublished drafts, family letters, diaries, travel guides, menus, postcards, and photographs. The collection is arranged in five series, each with sub and sub-sub-series.

Series I. Manuscripts is broken down into three sub-series of: Books; Diaries, Ledger, Journals, and Unknown Writings. This series contains the many rough drafts of Lutz’s novels Stranger in Babylon and Three Dark Decks, as well as many other unpublished works. The series also contains the diaries of her mother and grandmother that cover a date range from 1872-1941, as well as many unidentified and miscellaneous writings.

Series II. Education is split into two subseries of: Personal Education and ETSTC Career, both of which have a Scrapbooks sub-group. The Personal Education subseries contains some of Lutz’s papers, grades, photographs, and yearbooks ranging from 1921-1928. These items come from her time at Little Rock Junior High, North Dallas High, and Southern Methodist University.

Series III. Personal Papers is split into two subseries: Travels and Family. The Travels subseries contains postcards and stamps as well as other travel-related items from 1939-1983. The Family subseries contains miscellaneous family items ranging from 1872-1966, including tax receipts, bills of sale, recipes, and war rations.

Series IV. Correspondence is the bulk of the Eusibia Lutz Collection. This series is split into subseries based on the individuals who have the most correspondence. These subseries include: E.J. Creel Correspondence, Beulah Shaw Lutz Correspondence, Beulah Shaw and Eusibia Lutz Correspondence, Eusibia Lutz Correspondence, and Miscellaneous Family Correspondence. All letters range from 1814-1987, and are arranged by first name alphabetically and chronologically thereunder. These letters cover an array of topics. Additional scope and contents notes are provided later in the finding aid.

Series V. Photographs is divided into four subseries, including Miscellaneous Family Photographs, Eusibia Lutz Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. This series ranges from circa 1800-1980s. Many images do not include date and were organized as best as possible to the correct time period based on clothing, hair, and style of photograph. Photographs are organized by name of the individual/s depicted in the image when possible.


  • 1807-1986, inclusive
  • Majority of material found within 1920-1986,


Biographical / Historical

Eusibia Lutz was born to Harry Crandall and Beulah Shaw Lutz on August 27, 1906, in Fort Worth, Texas. Her family moved to St. Joseph, Missouri where her brother Joseph Lutz was born in 1916. The family later moved to Arkansas, where Eusibia attended school at Little Rock Junior High. After Joseph passed away from whopping cough and pneumonia in 1920, the family moved to Dallas, Texas, where Eusibia completed her education at North Dallas High School. After graduating North Dallas in 1924, Eusibia pursued a bachelor’s degree in French and English at Southern Methodist University, where she graduated in 1928. She received a master’s degree in French from SMU in 1930. Eusibia moved to Commerce, Texas, in 1931, to teach French at East Texas State Teachers College. She became the head of the Department in 1934, and taught at ET for about forty years. She was well liked by her students, often times meeting with them or joining them on vacations overseas. Eusibia traveled across the Atlantic Ocean some 800 times and used her travels, as well as her love of French history, to work on her novels. She wrote two books that were posthumously published through the efforts of her past students, Stranger in Babylon and Three Dark Decks. Eusibia Lutz, though she had many suitors, never married and never had children. She passed away in 1988 in her Commerce home at the age of 82.


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Eusibia Lutz Collection, collection 2008.194, James G.Gee Library Special Collections, Texas A&M University-Commerce.


12 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Eusibia Lutz Collection
Natalie R. Bonner
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, Gee Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository