Family collection tells the saga of this family from the late
nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. The papers
include photographs, interviews, clippings, magazines, advertising materials, show programs, original
scripts, contracts for performances, letters, and other family
keepsakes, as well as Edward Bell Jr.'s research notes on the
history of the Bells.
The son of Edward Andre Sr. and Missouri-born Nellie Lewis, Edward Andre Jr. (Sao Paulo, 1917 -
Fort Worth, 1984) moved from Mexico to Austin, Texas, first as a movie actor
and then to pursue an academic career. In 1947, Edward became an
American citizen. In 1956, he married Harriet Griffith Inniss.
In 1964, Edward and his wife moved to Fort Worth, where he
was a professor of Spanish at Texas Christian University. The couple
lived in a Mediterranean house on Fifth Avenue. Edward
retired in 1977. With no direct heirs, he left his family papers
and part of his
estate to TCU.
The Bell Family Papers have been digitized and are available in our digital repository.
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