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Rachel Bluntzer Hebert papers

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Identifier: Coll-21

The Rachel Bluntzer Hebert papers consist of her research notes, information on her writing, correspondence, clippings and other publications on San Patricio and Irish settlers, family lineage documentation, and similar materials relative to local Texas history.


  • 1856-1986


Language of Materials

These materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to taking precautions against infringement of copyright and respecting the publication rights of reproduced materials. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards. Any materials used should be fully credited with their source according to the example given in the Preferred Citation note. Requests for assistance with citations and images of publication quality should be directed to


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Rachel Bluntzer Hebert lived through most of the 20th century. She was a teacher, author, and historian who focused on San Patricio County in South Texas in her writings and research. The papers deal with family and local history from the old San Patricio settlement and county.

Biographical / Historical

Rachel Bluntzer Hebert (1906-1998) was a teacher, author, and historian, who chronicled the development and folklore of San Patricio County, Texas, and its surrounding region. Born in the Round Lake area of Old San Patricio, she grew up in Corpus Christi and on a farm near Robstown. She taught Spanish at Miller High School and Moody High School in Corpus Christi.

Mrs. Hebert wrote such volumes as The Forgotten Colony: San Patricio de Hiberina, for which she won the Summerfield G. Roberts Award for Texas History; Impressions: A South Texas Upbringing, about her childhood during the first part of the twentieth century; and Shadows on the Nueces, about the legendary trial and hanging in 1863 of Chipita Rodriguez. She was particularly interested in the Irish settlers in the Coastal Bend region and participated in such endeavors as restoring the old courthouse of San Patricio County. A member of St Patrick's Catholic Church, she was also active in the Nueces County Historical Society, the Catholic Historical Society, the Poetry Society of Texas, and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.


The collection is arranged in folders, by title, in two document boxes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; 1991.

Related Materials

Dee Woods Papers; Dodson Family Papers; E.E. Mireles and Jovita Gonzalez Mireles Paper;s

Processing Information

The Rachel Bluntzer Hebert papers were initially organized and labeled by Norman Zimmerman; the inventory was later compiled by volunteer Margo Traeumer. Processing was started in the 1990s and completed in 2022 by Lori Atkins.

Guide to Rachel Bluntzer Hebert papers
The Rachel Bluntzer Hebert papers were initially organized, foldered, and labeled by Norman Zimmerman; the inventory was later compiled by volunteer Margo Traeumer. Processing was started in the 1990s and completed in 2022 by Lori Atkins.
October 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

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