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Ida Lee Needham Papers

Identifier: G 2015.004

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents, records, correspondence, reports, photographs, clippings, and other material that were created and/or collected by Ida Lee Needham doing research into family histories. The papers are housed in nine manuscript boxes and one small cube totaling 3.84 linear ft. Series 1. Consists of marriage licenses filed by husband’s last name. (1850 – 1943) Series 2. Covers genealogical information about families through the use of correspondence, photos, and genealogical tables. They have been organized by last name of the most prominent member of the family, though there are overlaps in information. The records cover the 17th through 20th century CE. There is also a Christian Bible belonging to Walter Jarnagin.


  • 1848 - 2003


Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish materials from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections Department of the Denton Public Library.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Ida Lee Needham was born on September 14, 1935, in Sonora, Texas to Leroy Stick Needham and Willie Iris Rogers. She would be adopted by Lenard Rufus Anderson and Myrtle B. Phillips in 1940 and her name subsequently changed to Kitty Lou Anderson. She passed away in Denton, Texas in 2014 at the age of 79. These papers represent her efforts to discover the histories of her biological and adoptive families.

Ida Lee Needham.
Letter to S.B. June 26, 1979. Ida Lee Needham Papers, Genealogy Collection, Special Collections, Denton Public Library.


3.84 Linear Feet (Nine manuscript boxes and one non-standard box (9x6.5x2.75))

Language of Materials



Genealogical research papers, correspondence, photographs, marriage licenses and family histories compiled by Ida Lee Needham regarding the Phillips, Hogan, Anderson and Jarnagin families. While these items do not pertain directly to Denton or Denton County they are relevant to Texas families and their origins n surrounding states.

Series Description

The Ida Lee Needham Papers are arranged in two series:

Series I. Marriage Licenses .8 Linear ft. (2 manuscript boxes), 1850-1943.

Arranged by husband’s last name.

Series II. Genealogical Information 3.44Linear ft. (eight Manuscript boxes and one non standard box), 1600-1998.

Arranged alphabetically by last name.

Provenance Statement

The Ida Lee Needham Papers were donated to Special Collections, Denton Public Library by friends of Ida Lee Needham on 2017-04-13. Due to the lack of material directly related to Denton, TX, an attempt was made to return items to relatives, but was unsuccessful.


It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection may be identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, series, box, folder and image numbers. If one exists please use this number when ordering reproductions of images for this collection.

Note to the Researcher

The materials in this collection are in generally good condition; some photos and clippings are age-worn and several marriage licenses are damaged. The marriage licenses were originally processed separately and each given a designation (INC-MLR-001, INC-MLR-002, etc.). That number is still present on the folders and the original spreadsheet made for these designations is available upon request in the collection's holding file.

Material Remove List

One Blue document holder, Two Red document holders, Two Blue 3 ring binders, Black 3 ring binder, Maroon 3 ring binder, Red 3 ring binder,assorted page holders and photo album pages were deaccessioned. 1.09 linear feet


Guide to the Ida Lee Needham Papers, 1848-2003
Kay DeMeritt and Matthew Davis
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English (eng)
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First revision by Kay DeMeritt 2019-09-06

Revision Statements

  • 2019-09-06: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace

Repository Details

Part of the Genealogy Repository

Emily Fowler Central Library
502 Oakland St.
Denton TX 76201 USA