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Daughters of the Republic of Texas | Van Zandt Chapter


The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) was founded in 1891, and is the oldest patriotic women’s organization in Texas. The Frances Cooke Van Zandt Chapter was organized on April 12, 1926, and chartered on April 26, 1926.

The mission of the DRT is to perpetuate the memory and spirit of those who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas, to provide high-quality educational programs, to encourage research into early Texas records, preserve historic documents, encourage the publication of historic records and to secure and memorialize historic sites.

Membership in the DRT is available to any woman who has reached the age of 16, and is “personally acceptable to The DRT and is a lineal descendant of a man or woman who rendered loyal service for Texas prior to the consummation of the Annexation Agreement of the Republic of Texas with the United States of America on the nineteenth day of February, eighteen hundred forty-six (19 February 1846)” (Membership, 2013).



The Daughters of the Republic of Texas: Van Zandt Chapter Collection was donated to the library by Joy Evetts on April 28, 2011.

Scope and Contents Note

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas: Van Zandt Chapter Collection consists of five scrapbooks documenting the history and events of the stated years. The materials date from 1987-2001, and measure 2.46 linear feet (5 boxes).

  • Scrapbook 1 : Years 1987 - 1989
  • Scrapbook 2 : Years 1993 - 1995
  • Scrapbook 3 : Years 1995 - 1997
  • Scrapbook 4 : Years 1997 - 1999
  • Scrapbook 5 : Years 1999 - 2001

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Last updated: June 17, 2014