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Texas History - Research Materials on the Revolution and the Republic

This series contains chiefly correspondence and research files on but not limited to the Alamo, Fannin at Goliad, the Twin Sisters, Regulator-Moderator War, White Spirituals, Asbury Family, Woodward Family, Santa Fe Expedition, Congress of Republic of Texas, Texas County Histories, Governor Jim Hogg, Council House Fight, Seige of Bexar, Battles around San Antonio, Conventions of 1836 and 1933, Texas Pioneers, Texas Centennial, History of Texas Roses, Battle of San Jacinto, Mexican War, Texas-Indians,

Other documents included are" Maximal Growth Yield in Plants", "Almonte's Journal of the Mexican Campaign", historical articles and addresses written by S. E. Asbury, documents from Bexar, Spanish and Nacogdoches Archives, Polk County documents and letters, "Pioneer Texan's Previous and After Lives", miscellaneous historical documents, and a list of contents of the cabinet drawers.

Texas Slavery and Emancipation Documents

The sale of five slaves as recorded in an autograph document transferring ownership of "Sundry Negroes slaves for life (to wit) Jim, July, Harriet, Ann & George with their Increase" to D. A. Perry for $2400, signed by S. W. Perry of Washington County, Republic of Texas, February 28, 1838. Half-sheet 4to. One-page, approximately 50 words; docketed on verso/ Folded; traces of an attached sheet on verso.

Renting a slave for the interest on debt as recorded in an autograph document transferring temporary ownership of "a negro woman named Lucretia about 18 years old copper complexion or yellow" from Wyatt Hanks for a period of 12 or 20 months, for the interest on $900, to John Campbell and his wife of Dewitt County, Texas, and signed by John Campbell and Hanks, July 24, 1857. Folio. One page, approximately 200 words; docketed on verso. In a signed statement on the verso, a bit less than two years later, Hanks relinquishes claims on the slave for $300. Folded; some edgewear and browning.

Transferring ownership of "a negro woman named Harriet, about thirty years old," to J. S. Hanna for $1000, in a manuscript document, signed by J. C. Rogers of Milam County, Texas, October 6, 1857. Folio. 1-page docketed on verso. Signed by A. M. Massengale and D. R. Cole as witnesses.

Accounting for the hiring and rent of land and slaves, a one-page accounting for the estate of F. R. Garnett. Listing includes five slaves, identified by name, and one parcel of land; for each slave entered the "hirer" and the monthly fee paid to the estate for services or use; William Woodson of Harrison County, Texas, was acting as administrator for the estate. February 8, 1858.

Announcing the auction of slaves in Caldwell, Texas, in an autograph document headed "notice," signed by Ellis Gregg as the administrator of the estate of John Gregg, deceased, September 27, 1858. Half-sheet 4to. One page, approximately 65 words. "I will sell to the highest bidder at the Court House door in the town of Caldwell on the first Tuesday in November next … the Negro woman named Ellen and children named Frances, Jinny, and Austin." Pinholes at corners from an original mounting; another hole in the middle of the document, taking parts of two letters.

Seeking $10,000 in damages for an illegal beating, a plaintiff's attorney's manuscript complain, signed by L. T. Harris and R. L. Elkins in February (?), 1960 on behalf of Rose Ann, "a free woman of color, and a resident of Jackson County." Folio. 2 pages approximately 325 words. Malcolm Gandy, Andrew Sea, William Wingfield, John White, and Adam McDaniel, all of Jackson County, allegedly "with force of arms & without right … dragged the said pltf. Who is an old and defenseless woman, about 60 years of age, a considerable distance, and then and there with force of arms, …beat, bruised & wounded the said plaintiff with sticks, clubs, and quirts." Rose Ann is later described as "a citizen of Texas at the date of the Declaration of the Independence of Texas," the first such description we've seen for an African-American. Folded (some wear and short separation at folds); some browning and smudging. The complaint was prepared for the March term of the Lavaca County Court but bears no court markings or docketings (the complaint is apparently a copy or was never filed).

Transferring ownership of "thirty seven negroes," from Jesse Tubbs to William Davis, Robert Calvert, and James S. Hanna for $36,750, in a manuscript document, signed by Davis, 15 October 1860. 4to. 1-page docketed on verso. Signed by T. W. Cunningham as a witness.

Transferring ownership of "a negro man by the name of Tom," from H.J. Willson, to "Davis, Calvert & Hanna," for $1050 ($25 down payment made here), in a manuscript document, signed by Willson, October 25, 1860, at "Railway Camp." 4to. 1-page docketed on verso. Signed by T. W. Cunningham as a witness.

Printed slave hire, a partly printed document completed in manuscript and signed by J. D. Billups, John Billups, and G. W. Beauchamp. [Palestine, TX?], January 1, 1861. Handbill, 8 x 6.5 inches. "[blank] By the Twenty-fifth day of December next, we, or either of us, promise to pay to W. W. Quarles, as guardian of M. Quarles, [blank] Dollars, for the hire of a Negro [blank] named [blank] said Negro we are to furnish with three suits of good clothing, one of which to be woolen; two pairs of shoes, one [blank] and one good blanket. And we are to pay the Taxes, and are to employ a Physician, when necessary, and pay the Physician's bill: --and we are to pay five Dollars for every article of clothing we fail to furnish according to the above agreement. Ten per cent for maturity/ January 1st 1861." The blank spaces are here completed appropriately in the manuscript. While autograph slave hires are among the most common slavery-related documents, this is the first printed form for one that we have encountered.

Promising to pay $25 per month for "three Negro Boys to work," to Geo. R. Tubb, in a manuscript document, signed "Davis, Calvert, & Hanna," Leon County, October 21, 1860, additionally agreeing to "clothe and feed said boys." Half-sheet 4to. 1-page docketed on the verso. Over the hire is written "Cancelled & the Negroes taken home & payment made in full to G.R. Tubb this day February 7th 1861."

Promising to "furnish [sic] Samuel King a negro man four months at 20 dollars per month", in a manuscript document, signed by James S. Hanna, in "Sterling," [TX?], March 8, 1862. Half-sheet 4to. 1-page. Hanna further notes the $80, "being the balance due him for buck work done in the year 1861."

Transferring ownership of "a certain negroe girl named Banbry, about seventeen years of age," in a manuscript document, signed by Joseph Mason of Harrison County, Texas, January 2, 1854. Folio. 1-page docketed on the verso. Signed by Pendleton Murrah as a witness. Folded as for filing, but very good. Benjamin Young and Alfred Johnson purchased the slave for $1041. Murrah (1826-1865) was elected governor of Texas in 1863 and served to the end of the war when he fled to Mexico, dying there of tuberculosis in August 1865.

Posting bond for an accused murderer of "Jack Hunter a negro man, formerly belonging to Mrs. A. M. J. Hunter on the Seventh of April A.D. 1864," in a manuscript document, signed by Joseph W. Slater, as Justice of the Peace, Thomas W. Hull, the accused, and 16 of his supporters, all of Harrison County, Texas, September 18, 1865. Folio. 1-page; docketed on the verso. Folded, but very good.

Paying a J. S. Hanna a $25 bounty as a "reward for recovery of a Freedman Rance Ross - charged with horse stealing," in an autograph document, signed by M. F. Harman, December 9, 1875, on a "John Orr & Co." billhead, dated Calvert, Texas. 8 vo. 1-page.

Transferring ownership of "a negro boy named Stephen, said boy … about twenty years of age … and slave for life" from W. W. Watts to J. S. Hanna for $4000, in a manuscript document, signed by Watts and by W. Rowland as a witness in Robinson, Texas. December 7, 1863 (i.e., after the Emancipation Proclamation) Half-sheet 4to. 1-page. Undated

Subject Files

Box 5

  • Acrostics, Undated
  • Advertising for Checklist of Science-Fiction and Supernatural Fiction, 1978
  • "Alice and The Snark" article, 2002
  • Archaeology - Africa, 1940; Undated
  • Archaeology - Central America, 1946; Undated
  • Archaeology - Central America, (Maya), 1940; Undated
  • Archaeology - Mohenjo Daro, Undated
  • Archaeology- South America, 1941
  • Archaeology - South America (Inca), 1946; Undated
  • Archaeology - Various notes, Undated
  • Articles, 1980-1996; Undated
  • Attestupan (The Abyss), by Jan Ekstrom, translation, Undated
  • Autobiographical sketch, Undated
  • Baker, Frank, 1983; Undated
  • Barzun, Jacques, 1978-1980; Undated
  • Beale, C. W., 1969-1971; Undated
  • Beresford, J. D./Household, Geoffrey, Undated
  • Blackwood, Algernon, 1972; Undated
  • Bleiler entries in British Fantasy and science fiction Writers Before World War I (Arnold, Edwin, Beresford, John), [1997]
  • Brand, Max - Bibliography, Undated
  • Bulwer-Lytton, Undated
  • Campbell, James L., Sr. - Victorian novels project, Undated
  • Carroll, Lewis, 2002; Undated
  • Chambers, Robert W., 1914; 1974; Undated
  • Checklist of Science-Fiction and Supernatural Fiction materials, [1978]
  • Children's books, 1974; Undated
  • Chinese characters, Undated
  • Chinese detective story text, Undated
  • Chinese notes, Undated
  • Class notes - Arabic and Jewish Philosophy, 1949; Undated
  • Class notes - Archaeology - North America, Undated
  • Class notes - Chinese Religion, Undated
  • Class notes - Classical Religions, Undated
  • Class notes - Comparative Religion, 1949-1951; Undated
  • Class notes - Cultural History, 1949; Undated
  • Class notes - English Literature: Topical Studies and Interperiod Materials, Undated
  • Class notes - English Romantic Poetry, 1949; Undated
  • Class notes - German Romanticism, Undated
  • Class notes - Goethe, 1949; Undated
  • Class notes - The Gothic Novel, [1949]
  • Class notes - Hellenistic Culture, 1950; Undated
  • Class notes - Hinduism, 1950; Undated
  • Class notes - Hinduism, Undated
  • Class notes - History of Religion, Undated
  • Class notes - Methods of English Literature, 1949; Undated
  • Class notes - New Testament, 1950; Undated
  • Class notes - Psychoanalysis and Religion, Undated
  • Class notes - Religion, 1950
  • Class notes - Sociology of Religion, 1950
  • Class notes - Theories of History, Undated
  • Collins, Wilkie, Undated
  • Contemporary Authors biography of Bleiler, 1998
  • Contracts with Dover, 1966-1978; Undated
  • Convention materials, 1977-1984
  • Copyright statements, 1962-1979; Undated
  • Copyrights, 1948-1950; 1976; 1979
  • Count of Monte Cristo vs. Dracula, Undated
  • Criticism, Undated

Box 6

  • Contracts with Dover, 1966-1978; Undated
  • Convention materials, 1977-1984
  • Copyright statements, 1962-1979; Undated
  • Copyrights, 1948-1950; 1976; 1979
  • Count of Monte Cristo vs. Dracula, Undated
  • Criticism, Undated
  • Detective fiction, Course on, Undated
  • Detective stories, 1968; 1972-1973; 1978-1979; Undated
  • Detective story notes, Undated
  • Detective story notes, including Bleiler's articles on Poe, Undated
  • Dime novels, 1868; 1892-1893; 1902; 1907; 1917; Undated
  • Dime novels, 1935; 1972-1978; Undated
  • Dime novels (old version), Undated
  • Direct marketing [publishing] program, Undated
  • Donnelly, Ignatius and Atlantis, Undated
  • Donovan, Dick, Undated
  • Dover Publications company newsletters, Undated
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1979; Undated
  • Dream descriptions [Bleiler's?], Undated
  • Drood, Edwin, Undated
  • Eccentric material, 1960-1964
  • English literature, early, Undated
  • English literature, Victorian plus, Undated
  • English literature, Undated
  • Essays and reviews by Bleiler, various, Undated
  • Ewers, Hanns Heinz, 1916; 1977; Undated
  • Fortune, Dion, 1976
  • Futrelle, Jacques, 1973; Undated
  • Futrelle and Freeman, Undated
  • Future wars, Undated
  • Fantasy, Undated
  • Fantasy classifications, 1946; Undated
  • Fate (essay by Bleiler), Undated
  • Feval, Paul, Undated
  • Freeman, R. Austin, Undated
  • Gaboriau, Emile, 1884; 1946; 1961-1962; Undated
  • Garland Publishing, 1978-1979; Undated
  • Garland Publishing, Undated
  • Garland Publishing - catalogs, 1978-1979
  • Garland Publishing - contracts, 1978
  • Gernsback, Hugo, 1926; 1928; 1940; 1997-1998; Undated
  • Ghost stories, Undated
  • Gothic and detective novel research sources, notes (Garland Publishing), Undated
  • Guide to Supernatural Fiction publishers agreement, 1982
  • Guide miscellany, [1945]-1952; Undated
  • Hammett, Dashiell, Undated
  • Hieroglyphic, Undated
  • Hitchcock, Ethan Allen/Hermetic philosophy, 1863; Undated
  • Hodgson, William Hope, 1973; Undated
  • Hughes, Rhys, 1995; 2002; Undated
  • Interviews, Undated
  • Introduction to Best, Undated
  • Introductions, various, Undated
  • James, M. R., Undated
  • Japanese chess, Undated
  • Judaism, Undated
  • Jung, Undated
  • Kanji, Undated
  • Kantor, MacKinley on Starrett Baird, 2000 (1963)
  • Linguistic, Undated
  • Loft, W. O. G., 1966-1978; Undated
  • Lovecraft, H. P., Undated
  • MA thesis on G. H. Schubert (by Bleiler), Undated
  • MacDonald, George, [1961]
  • Magic, Undated (3 folders)
  • Marmaduke Multiply, 1971; 1978; Undated
  • Maturin, Charles, Undated
  • Meinhold, Wilhelm, Undated
  • Meyrink, Gustav, Undated

Box 7

  • Miscellaneous - scholarship, Undated
  • Miscellaneous - science fiction, 1984; 1990
  • Mixed, 1927-1996; Undated
  • More, Thomas, Undated
  • Morrison, Arthur, Undated
  • Multiply, Undated
  • Mysticism, European, Undated
  • Newark Steam Man, 1868; 1910; 1917; 1987; Undated
  • Nicholls, Peter - Encyclopedia of Fantasy, 1979; Undated
  • Nostradamus extras, Undated
  • Nostradamus - Last useful notes, Undated
  • Nostradamus - Miscellany, 1980; Undated
  • Nostradamus (nutty), Undated
  • Novel summaries, Undated
  • Old manuscripts, 1949; Undated
  • Old science fiction, Undated
  • Orczy, Baroness, Undated
  • Outside reading reports, 1977
  • Pao-Kunga translation - Chinese detective stories, Undated
  • Papers written by Bleiler in college, Undated
  • Penny bloods, Undated
  • Periodical listings, Undated
  • Pilgrim Award/Levin Award, 1984; 1995
  • Plagiarism, 1915; 1929
  • Plans and projects, Undated
  • Poe, Edgar Allan, Undated
  • Prest, Thomas Peckett, 1912; 1973; 1978
  • Promised Land Productions, 1983-1986; Undated
  • Prospectus on reference book on writing systems, Undated
  • Prospectus on Writers of Crime Fiction, 1978
  • Publishers Weekly interview with Bleiler, 1978
  • Pulps, 1933; 1999-2000; Undated
  • Reade, Frank, 1978; Undated
  • Reference letters, 1981-1982
  • Reilly, John - 20th Century Crime and Mystery Writers, 1977-1978; 1984; Undated
  • Remembrances of military life by Bleiler, Undated
  • Reviews, 1964-1965; 1979-1985; 1998-2000; Undated
  • Reviews of Bleiler's works, 1991; 1998-1999; Undated
  • Reynolds, George W. M., 1839; 1912; 1973; 1976; Undated
  • Riddell, Mrs. J. H., Undated
  • Richmond, or Scenes of the Life of a Bow Street Officer (1827), 1973; Undated
  • Robillard, Douglas, Undated
  • Rousselle, Erwin (papers on Taoism), Undated
  • Rymer, James Malcolm, 1972-1973; Undated
  • Sacco and Vanzetti, Undated
  • Schlobin, Roger C., 1982; Undated
  • Schubert, Gotthilf E., Undated
  • Science Fiction: The Early Years reviews, 1983-1984; 1991; 1995; 1997
  • Science Fiction: The Gernsback Years research, 1933-1997
  • Science Fiction: The Gernsback Years research notes, Undated
  • Science Fiction and Fiction, Undated
  • Science fiction for libraries, Undated
  • The Science-Fiction Phenomenon by Bleiler, Undated
  • Scoops copy, 1934
  • Scribner's - Contracts, 1980; 1982; Undated
  • Scribner's - Mystery Story Project, 1979
  • Scribner's - Supernatural and Science Fiction, 1975-1983
  • Scribner's - Supernatural and Science Fiction, Undated
  • Science fiction, early, miscellaneous, Undated
  • Science fiction Gernsback, miscellaneous, 1933-1997
  • Science fiction Gernsback, miscellaneous, 1997; Undated
  • Science fiction Gernsback, miscellaneous, 1949-1961; Undated
  • Science fiction writers, Undated

Box 8

  • Shasta Publishers materials, 1948; 1954; 1986
  • Shasta Publishers, reminiscences, Undated
  • Shiel, M. P. - Article by John D. Squires, 1980
  • Short stories by Bleiler, Undated
  • "Silent Night", Undated
  • Smith, Curtis and 20th Century Science Fiction Writers, 1978
  • Smithsonian lecture on "The Detective Story" by Bleiler, 1982
  • Soundview Books, 1978-1979; Undated
  • Steam Man, 1868; 1892
  • Stribling, T. S., 1913; 1974-1975; Undated
  • Supernatural Fiction - Piracy, 2002
  • Supernatural fiction and science fiction, 1912-2003; Undated
  • Supernatural Fiction Guide, Undated
  • Swedish detective stories, 1978
  • This Science-Fiction Phenomenon - Outline for a suggested book, [1950 or 1951]
  • Thomson, Basil, Undated
  • Thomson, Henry Douglas, Undated
  • Tracy, Louis, 2004
  • Translations, Undated
  • Turpin, Dick, Undated
  • Utopias, Undated (2 folders)
  • Verne, Jules, Undated

Box 9

  • Vickers, Roy, 1953; 1977; Undated
  • Victorian detective stories, 1976; Undated
  • Victorian fiction, Undated
  • Vinson, James - 20th Century Romance and Gothic Writers, 1981
  • Wall, Mervyn, 1983
  • Washington Star interview with Bleiler, 1975
  • Wells, H. G./"The Man Who Could Work Miracles", by Don G. Smith, 2002
  • Westphal article - not used, Undated
  • "What We Don't Know About The Detective Story", Undated
  • Wood, H. F., 1977; Undated
  • Wood, Mrs. Henry, Undated
  • Wright, S. Fowler, Undated

Journals and Memoir

This series consists of three groups of journal entries, and a memoir handwritten in ink. All are written on loose sheets of white notepaper or stationary which had been machine ruled in blue, except for one sheet of pale blue, unruled paper with a yellowed, rough left margin, which may have been torn from a notebook, but more likely was the remaining half of a larger sheet of paper.

Nearly all the pages bear some lightly penciled annotations, corrections and additions, undoubtedly in Everett's handwritting, and all but the memoir, with one page labeled a copy of 1899, had been folded to approximately 20 x 9 cm., then labeled as if for filing. Unclear in all cases which sets of entries are original or fair hand copies, though it appears that Everett may have been preparing all the entries for publication, probably in a personal memoir.

Journal entries are devoted to Everett's experiences in Texas during the Mexican War (1846-1848) and are dated from shortly after Edward Everett was wounded in the knee (11 Sept. 1846) and confined to the military hospital to 4 April 1847. The memoir extends the record to encompass the rest of 1848, and extend the chronology of Everett's life to well past the Civil War, though the latter events are only touched on briefly.

Everett's narrative of his experiences give a great deal of detail and insight concerning life on the Texas frontier near the Mexican border, as well as the hardships encountered by American soldiers and both American and Mexican civilians during the Mexican War (1846-1848).

Engravings, Maps, and Plans

This series contains nine lithographed engravings for illustrations of a U.S. Secretary of the Treasury report on Army operations in Texas and Mexico. All the illustrations are drawn by Edward Everett, and engraved by C. B Graham Lithographers of Washington, D.C. All nine engraving in the papers have been hand-tinted with watercolors, with two versions each of two of the illustrations, probably representing different times of day. The engravings are almost all annotated by hand in ink or pencil, or both, and are listed in order as they appear in the published report of 1850. Also included are three maps of the South Texas and San Antonio area as well as portions of Mexico, and three leaves of plans, two for the same illustration drawn by Everett for the report showing the Alamo mission buildings in 1846 before renovation, and one of the San Antonio de Bexar area drawn by Everett some time later from memory.


This series contains three group of letters, with the first group containing sixteen letters written in the period June 12, 1846 - May 16, 1847, by Edward Everett in San Antonio de Bexar during his service in the Mexican War, to his brother, Samuel W. Everett in Quincy, Ill. A few letters, also from this period, sent to Everett by Captain J. H. Ralston, Colonel R. Jones, Captain James D. Morgan, and Colonel William Weatherford pertain to Everett's disability and eventual discharge from the Army.

The second group has three letters from the period after the Mexican War. The first letter, no more than a note, dated 1852, is from W. H. Bissell concerning a piece of legislation. The other two letters are from 1863, and both discuss the Civil War. One is addressed from Fort Jackson, probably in Louisiana, dated 13 April 1863, opening with "My Dear Father," and closing with "your son Taylar Clark." This writer mentions the Civil War in general terms, and the spelling and grammar are both very poor. The other letter, with much more educated spelling and grammatical style, is addressed "Camp near Warrenton, Va.," dated 6 Sept. 1863, opens with "Dear Parents," and closes "From your affect. son, Henry." This letter discusses army camp life in some detail, including the responsibilities of training U.S. Army Conscripts, various incidents occurring during patrol duty, and an attack that had just been mounted by "Mosebys Gang " at New Baltimore.

Military Correspondence

Correspondence and communications concerning military engagements and appointments including chains of command, orders, appointments, transfers, reassignments, promotions (or anticipation thereof), resignation, and retirement.

Also present are narratives of field conditions, tactical descriptions, battle plans, and narratives of military maneuvers.

Miscellaneous Letters, Memos, and Clippings

This series includes newspaper clippings, including three items thought to be from circa 1906 concerning the Alamo, its survivors, and its history, and a copy of Edward Everett's obituary. Miscellaneous documents include a copy of a House Bill for financial relief due to Everett's disability incurred while serving in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War, and other miscellaneous printed pieces referring to him.

Financial and Legal Documents

This series contains documents relating to Texas and East Coast real estate transactions, much definitive information on the "Sibley Tent" and the lawsuit resulting from a disagreement concerning patent royalties. Includes two House Bills to force the government to pay Burns as well as the final statement of judgment. Also various other financial correspondence, largely contentious in nature, including documents concerning a bad debt owed to General Burns. Some of the later correspondence was directed to General Burns' sister and concerned selling some real estate.


George Walker Crawford

George Walker Crawford giving advice to his brother on the business prospects of his nephew Charles P. Crawford, in an autograph letter, signed from Bel-Air (his plantation near Augusta) to Joel Crawford (4 pages, approximately 600 words). "But in respect to these professional partnerships I know that parents greatly desire that their sons should be appointed with men of professional experience and reputation, and it always seemed to me like the method of breaking a young ox to the yoke".
May 8, 1854

Joel Crawford

(1/2 to 1/15)
A series of twelve autographed letters to his son Charles P. Crawford, giving advice on entering the legal profession and conducting his business, signed from Blakely, Macon, or Sparta, Georgia. Four of the letters are accompanied by envelopes addressed by Joel Crawford to his son. Total of 33 pages and approximately 5500 words.

"I advise you to buy no books nor anything else but clothing & food, until you get known, and then buy only what you want. Everything needed can be had in Georgia & about on as good terms as it can be imported. Book stores are now to be found in a dozen towns of this State, some of them large." The letters concern possible locations for establishing an office, people to associate with, the importance of frugality, the status of the economy, and other issues of importance to a man in his 20s, just beginning his career.

Joel Crawford to son Charles P. Crawford, written in Blakely, GA, with envelope
May 16, 1854

Joel Crawford to son in reply to a letter of June 26, written in Sparta, GA, with envelope
July 8, 1854

Joel Crawford to son, written in Sparta, GA
July 8, 1854

Joel Crawford to son, written in Blakely, GA
January 12, 1855

Joel Crawford to son, written near Blakely, GA
January 21, 1855

Joel Crawford to son, written in Blakely, GA
February 5, 1855

Joel Crawford to son, written in Blakely, GA
February 20, 1855

Joel Crawford to son, written near Blakely, GA
August 28, 1855

Joel Crawford to son, written near Blakely, GA
September 5, 1855

Joel Crawford to son, with envelope
April 26, 1857

Joel Crawford to son
September 17, 1857

Joel Crawford to son, written in Macon, GA, with envelope
February 25, 1858

Joel Crawford making a gift of sixteen slaves to his son Charles P. Crawford, in an autograph and signed document, mentioning the slaves by name (1 page, docketed on verso). Crawford's autograph appraisal for the slaves included two families, a husband, a wife, and their four children, and another husband and wife and their two children.
February 22, 1855

Another autograph document by Joel Crawford authorizing his son to purchase seven or eight thousand dollars worth of land in Texas.
October 2, 1857

Eli A. Benton

Eli A. Benton to Joel Crawford expansively describing methods and routes of traveling from Georgia to Texas, in an autograph letter, signed from Mount Zion, Georgia (6 pages, approximately 1500 words). Benton offers advice on traveling as Crawford's son Charles plans to move west, being especially concerned about traveling with slaves; the final two pages of the letter offer advice on evaluating the land and suggest Eastern Texas in the vicinity of the Red River as the place to choose.
September 25, 1857.

Charles P. Crawford

(1/17 to 1/25)
Nine letters informing his wife of daily activities, in a series of eight autograph letters, signed from Blakely, Americus, and Bainbridge, Georgia, Orange Mills, Florida, and Richmond, Virginia, to his wife Mattie in Milledgeville or Flat Pond, Lee County, Georgia (8vo, 4to, and folio. 29 pages, approximately 7500 words; accompanied by six mailing envelopes).

In the first four antebellum letters, Crawford describes his activities traveling on the court circuit, mostly in southern Georgia, and describes at length in one, the wonderful possibilities for a move to Florida; the three Civil War letters recount an illness in Richmond, news of fellow soldiers, plans for planting at home, and, in the latest one, a wish to return to duty; the last letter, written in 1867, expresses a longing for former times, and bitterness toward the North.

Charles P. Crawford to wife Mattie, written in Blakely, with envelope
April 21, 1855

Charles P. Crawford to wife, written in Bainbridge, GA
April 25, 1855

Charles P. Crawford to wife, written in Americus, GA
August 11, 1857

Charles P. Crawford to wife, written in Orange Mills, FL, with envelope
June 2, 1858

Charles P. Crawford to wife, written in Richmond, VA, with envelope
May 12, 1862

Charles P. Crawford to wife, written in Richmond, VA, with envelope
July 10, 1862

Charles P. Crawford to wife, written in Americus, GA, with envelope
July 25, 1864

Charles P. Crawford to wife, with envelope
November 21, 1867

Charles P. Crawford to his daughter. This unfinished letter is not signed or dated by Crawford nor is it addressed to any daughter in particular. The letter expresses regrets regarding his delay in writing and talks of his weak health. He talks of missing her and wishes she could come. He also talks about her noble qualities and great capabilities.

Mattie Crawford

(1/26 to 1/28)
Three letters informing her husband, Charles P. Crawford about the state of her health and the activities of their baby boy, in three autograph letters, signed from Milledgeville (8vo. 14 pages, approximately 1600 words).

In the final letter, Mrs. Crawford mentions a July 4 visit to the statehouse, "I don't think I ever saw so many persons at one time before... 17 respectable size military companies on parade at one time, & uniforms perfectly beautiful … we went to see & hear Governor Johnson deliver an address, better than two hours long."

Mattie Crawford to her husband Charles P. Crawford
August 19, 1856

Mattie Crawford to her husband
August 21, 1856

Mattie Crawford to her husband
July 4, 1856

Sara Crawford

Sara Crawford to her brother, Charles P. Crawford. Sending news from the home front, in an autograph letter, signed from Americus, Georgia (4vo. 4 pages, approximately 700 words).
"The war news today is good compared with what we have had for several weeks... it is generally believed that Sherman will invade Carolina & let Ga. rest for a while."
January 1, 1865.

Biographical Information

Biographical information includes a news article clipping on the death of Charles Crawford, mistakenly listed as Charles T. Crawford in the article, 1900; a short handwritten biography on Charles P. Crawford, undated; a photocopy of a marriage certificate for Charles P. Crawford’s marriage to Anna Ripley Orme - 1880; and a photocopy of a page from the estate of Joel P. Crawford, signed by his executor James Buchanan admitting it into the record, 1858.

Personal Correspondence with Professional Colleagues

Letters from friends, colleagues, and professionals concerning the subjects of Burns' resignation, his opinions on the war and the political situation of the time. Includes his letters to and from others such as U. S. Grant, J. A. Garfield, Abraham Lincoln, W. B. Franklin, and General George McClellan. Letters of congratulations, appreciation, clarification, and expression of political viewpoints can be found in this series.

Agribusiness and Ranching

This series details the development of Evans' ranching enterprises. Correspondence records Evans' incisive decision-making and the strong friendships he made and maintained within the cattle industry. Particularly noteworthy is the record of Evans' successful partnership with Gus Wortham, from the early growth of their association and friendship, through to the partnership's amiable dissolution in later years. In particular, information found in subseries 3.3. Little Eva Plantation, Chopin, La., 1864-1991 (bulk: 1941-1970) highlights the importance Evans placed on cultivating the historical context of many of his ranches.

Early History

Deed from Sherman Arnold Henry Runge of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal to Henry Runge, references a land transfer of many thousands of acres of land in Concho and Matagorda Counties, a substantial portion of which was formerly owned by the German Emigration Co. March 9, 1869 [handwritten copy of original]

Letter from Emil Reiffert to C. A. Goeth referencing an inheritance affair. Written on letterhead of H. Runge & Co. Banking & Exchange Office, Cuero, Texas. January 15, 1891.[handwritten]

Court appointment of Executors appointing Emil Reiffert, Henry J. Runge, and Louis Runge executors of the estate of the late Julia Runge. March 23, 1896

Will of Henry Runge. June 2, 1894 [handwritten]

Letter from Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth referencing a meeting to be arranged. November 16, 1900

Revocation and Assignment of Power of Attorney from Hans Eyl and his wife, Meta Runge Eyl, Dr. Gustav Stromeyer and his wife, Anna Stromeyer, all of Hannover, Germany to C. A. Goeth. Filed subsequently in 12 counties. December 10, 1900

Letter from Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth confirming an appointment. January 21, 1901

Letter from Henry J. Runge to A. C. (C. A.) Goeth that accompanied a deed for land in Mason County. January 30, 1901

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth authorizing cancellation of revenue stamps on deeds of land attached from six counties. February 1, 1901

Partition Deed from Henry J. Runge to heirs of Henry Runge. February 1, 1901

Partition Deed from Julie Runge to heirs of Henry Runge. February 1, 1901 [2 copies]

Letter from Henry J. Runge to Mr. A. C. Goeth (C.A.) requesting signed deeds returned from Mrs. Julius Runge. February 4, 1901

Letter from Henry J. Runge to Mr. A. C. Goeth (C.A.) describing disputed wording in a deed. February 7, 1901

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discussing matters relating to Goeth's handling of a settlement for his clients dealing with Julius and Henry Runge in Galveston. The letter alludes to personal characteristics. February 10, 1901

Letter from Henry Runge to C. A. Goeth discussing a delay in signing a deed. February 11, 1901

Letter from Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth discussing ranch transactions and financial difficulties resulting from the disastrous Galveston storm. March 24, 1901

Letter from C. F. Carsner to C. A. Goeth discussing several lots in Victoria, Texas. March 21, 1901

Partition Deed between Johanna Runge, Julius Runge, Louis N. Runge, Meta Eyl nee Runge, Hans Eyl, Anna Rosa Stromeyer nee Runge. Filed in eight counties. October 12, 1901

Surveyor's field notes written by S. D. Williams, County Surveyor for Runnels County, references German Emigration Co. property. November 14, 1901

Memorandum of Agreement between Lange & Doose (Max Lange and C. A. Doose) and C. A. Goeth denoting an agreement on certain terms in a land transaction. The document is signed with strikethroughs and annotations. February 20, 1902

Letter from F. Cronk to H. J. Runge discussing a proposition involving land in Tom Green and Concho Counties. August 4, 1902 [handwritten copy]

Letter from Henry to C. A. Goeth discussing an enclosure of patents and deeds to certain tracts of land. August 8, 1902

Letter from Federick C. von Rosenberg to Henry J. Runge questioning the status of a lease controversy. August 11, 1902 [copy]

Letter from Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth regarding short clarification. August 13, 1902

Letter from Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C.A. Goeth discussing lack of communication from the Runges. August 14, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth, attachment to an accompanying document. August 16, 1902

Letter from Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth discussing the Runges' wish to cancel a lease; indicates disagreement. August 18, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth discussing a deed. August 23, 1902

Letter from John Seiders, County Judge of San Saba County to C. A. Goeth discussing title problem and is attached to an accompanying letter from G. A. Walters, an attorney in San Saba, Texas. August 23, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth discusses the legal difference between a partition and a sale. August 26, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C.A. Goeth seeking information as to court date. August 28, 1902

Telegram from Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth advising of a delay in travel. August 29, 1902

Letter from Emil Reiffert to C.A. Goeth discusses the absence of a woman's will or an affidavit of death. September 5, 1902

Letter from Emil Reiffert to C. A. Goeth, was attached to an affidavit. September 9, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth, was attached to a deed. September 18, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth was attached to a set of letters concerning the lease of certain lands to the Hume Bros. September 19, 1902

Certified Judgement of an 1850 judgment in the case of Henry J. Runge vs. The German Emigration Co. September 26, 1902 [handwritten copy]

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discussing an offer to buy land by George T. Hume of the Hume Bros. September 27, 1902

Judgment in 1850 case of Henry J. Runge vs. The German Emigration Co. Includes name in German as well as a listing of all principals in the company which includes many princes, counts, and dukes. September 29, 1902 [copy]

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth discussing filing a release against the Hume Bros. October 2, 1902

Letter from Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth discussing settlement with the Hume Bros. October 15, 1902

Letter from Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth discussing a final settlement in the case of J. L. Hume et al vs. Henry J. Runge. October 16, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth requesting certain documents. October 28, 1902

Memorandum from Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth acknowledging receipt of monies on behalf of Hume Bros. October 30, 1902

Letter from Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth discussing other money matters in the case. October 30, 1902

Memorandum from Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth discussing money matters in the case. November 3, 1902

Ledger list prepared by Walter Tips, provides a listing of V/L Land Notes of Las Moris [sic] Ranch. November 7, 1902

Letter from J. W. Hancock, Deputy in Department of Justice, Western District of Texas, to Messrs. Webb and Goeth denies any deeds being on file as the originals were removed. November 13, 1902

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth congratulating3 the latter on a legal victory and mentions that he would prefer someone else other than Adolf Runge being made receiver of the ranch property. November 15, 1902

Transfer of land from German Emigration Co. to Meta Eyl and Anna Strohmeyer. November 18, 1902 [copy]

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discussing someone who would like to sell their lots. December 11, 1902

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discussing travel plans and whereabouts of Julius Runge and Johanne Runge. December 11, 1902

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discussing the Runges and their financial dealings with Sullivan bankers in San Antonio as well as the possibility of putting the ranch in receivership. December 24, 1902

Power of Attorney from Johanna Runge, Julius Runge, Louis Runge, Charles Fowler, Anita Runge to Walter Tips to liquidate all lands and livestock of Las Moras Ranch. December 27, 1902

Legal Agreement stating Julius and Henry Runge to turn overall management and give a complete accounting of ranch affairs to Walter Tips. December 27, 1902

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth accompanied in a letter of transmittal from Julius Runge. December 30, 1902

Tax Assessment listing of lands owned by Eyl and Strohmeyer in Concho County. December 31, 1902

Notes tallying land sold. February 1902 - December 1902 [handwritten]

Sbisa Correspondence and Photographs

S1-1/1: Correspondence

  • Passport for Rita R. Kerr. October 22, 1877
  • Photocopy of correspondence to Mrs. O. P. Kerr from Eugene [?] Kerr. October 29, 1893 (3 pages)
  • Funeral notice for Mrs. Francisco Orfila, Bryan, TX. June 13, 1888
  • Recipe with a note. May 5, 1899
  • Correspondence to Bernard Sbisa from J. G. Huth, November 18, 1911 (2 pages)
  • Correspondence to 'Professor' [Bernard Sbisa] from [Father] J. B. Gleisanner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bryan, TX. April 1, 1917 (1 page)
  • Correspondence to Ma Chere Rita from Meg [?], December 8, 1918, (2 pages)
  • Correspondence to Ma Chere Rita from Meg [?], December 30, 1918[?] (2 pages)
  • Correspondence to Mrs. Sbisa from T.D. Row [?], February 27, 1919 (2 pages)
  • Photocopies of E. W. Kerr article in the Galveston Daily News. Wednesday, June 10, 1896 (2 pages, 2 copies)

S1-1/2: Photographs of the Sbisa family and friends of the family.

S1-1/3: Photographs taken at A&M College

  • Inside Old Mess Hall [?]. Undated
  • Group photo. 1895 [?]
  • Group photo outside of Old Main with Rila Sbisa. Undated
  • Group photo of Corps of Cadets and Matriarchs in front of Mess Hall [?]. 1896 (possibly taken by E.W. Kerr)
  • Group photo outside Academic building in front of Sull Ross statue [possibly group of professors, administrators, or families]. Undated

S1-1/4: Postcards

  • A&M Old Main building burning. Undated
  • A&M College campus house [?]. Undated
  • Military Walk. Undated (3 copies)
  • Sbisa Hall. Undated (3 copies)
  • Sbisa Hall, black and white photograph postcard. Undated

A&M Commencement Speeches

This series contains 39 folders in box 1.

S1-1/01: Col. A. J. Peeler, June 29, 1877
S1-1/02: Martin L. Graves, M. D., May 23, 1932
S1-1/03: Jesse H. Jones, November 5, 1936
S1-1/04: Neth L. Leachman, January 22, 1943
S1-1/05: J. L. Atwood, May 21, 1943
S1-1/06: D. Y. McDaniel, February 1, 1946
S1-1/07: Edward S. Boyles, May 30, 1947
S1-1/08: Chancellor James P. Hart, June 1, 1951
S1-1/09: William E. Morgan, May 25, 1956
S1-1/10: James W. Foley, May 23, 1959
S1-1/11: Eugene Slater, January 23, 1960
S1-1/12: Jenkin Lloyd Jones, May 23, 1963
S1-1/13: Sterling C. Evans, May 23, 1964
S1-1/14: Dr. Jack K. Williams, January 20, 1968
S1-1/15: Brig. Gen. Charles V. H. Elia, August 3, 1973
S1-1/16: Mayo J. Thompson, December 15, 1973
S1-1/17: Meloen Maltz, December 14, 1974
S1-1/18: J. B. Page, May 9, 1975
S1-1/19: James W. Aston, May 10, 1975
S1-1/20: Ford D. Albritton, Jr., December 13, 1975
S1-1/21: Leon Jaworski, May 7, 1976
S1-1/22: General Fred C. Weyand, May 8, 1976
S1-1/23: Alvin T. Thomas, December 11, 1976
S1-1/24: Clyde H. Wells, May 6, 1977
S1-1/25: Kenneth H. Ashworth, May 6, 1977
S1-1/26: Clyde H. Wells, August 19, 1978
S1-1/27: Clyde H. Wells, December 8-9, 1978
S1-1/28: Governor William P. Clements, Jr., May 4&5, 1979
S1-1/29: H. J. Haynes, December 14, 1979
S1-1/30: Michael T. Halbouty, December 15, 1979
S1-1/31: Michael T. Halbouty, December 17, 1979
S1-1/32: Ambassador Abelardo L. Valdez, December 13, 1980
S1-1/33: Arthur Levitt, Jr., May 8, 1981
S1-1/34: Frank W.R. Hubert, May 8, 1982
S1-1/35: George P. Mitchell, May 1982
S1-1/36: Commencement Speech Information, May 24, 1984
S1-1/37: T. V. Munson, June 5, 1988
S1-1/38: Col. Robert Springer, May 13, 1989
S1-1/39: President George Bush Sr., May 13, 1989

Memorable Events at A&M

This series contains 48 folders in box 2 and 36 folders in box 3.

S7-2-52: Annual Beaux-Arts Ball, 1930

S7-2-53: Annual Beaux-Arts Ball, February 19, 1932

S7-2-54: Christmas Hop, December 29, 1916

S7-2-55: Christmas Hop, December 29, 1921

S7-2-56: Commencement Ball, Junee 26, 1878

S7-2-57: Commencement Ball, Junee 25, 1879

S7-2-58: Commencement Ball, Junee 22, 1881

S7-2-59: Commencement Ball, June 21, 1882

S7-2-60: Commencement Ball, June 27, 1883

S7-2-61: Commencement Ball, June 24, 1884

S7-2-62: Commencement Ball, [June 2, 1885]

S7-2-63: Commencement Ball, June 1, 1886

S7-2-64: Commencement Ball, June 6, 1888

S7-2-65: Commencement Ball, June 10, 1890

S7-2-66: Commencement Ball, June 13, 1899

S7-2-67: Commencement Ball, June 6-8, 1915

S7-2-68: Battalion: Cotton Pageant and Ball, February 24, 1956

S7-2-69: Battalion: Cotton Style Show and Pageant, April 24, 1953

S7-2-70: Cotton Ball, April 7, 1933

S7-2-71: Cotton Ball, April 6, 1934

S7-2-72: Cotton Ball, April 6, 1934

S7-2-73: Cotton Style Show and Pageant, April 18, 1947

S7-2-74: Cotton Style Show and Pageant, April 28, 1950

S7-2-75: Cotton Style Show and Pageant, May 4, 1951

S7-2-76: Cotton Style Show and Pageant, undated

S7-2-77: Final Ball, undated

S7-2-78: Final Ball, June 9, 1903

S7-2-79: Final Ball, 1905

S7-2-80: Final Ball, 1908

S7-2-81: Final Ball, June 8, 1915

S7-2-82: Final Ball, 1916

S7-2-83: Final Ball, 1917

S7-2-84: Final Ball, May 23, 1921

S7-2-85: Final Ball, June 5, 1922

S7-2-86: Final Ball, June 4, 1923

S7-2-87: Final Ball, 1924

S7-2-88: Final Ball, June 1, 1925

S7-2-89: Final Ball, May 31, 1926

S7-2-90: Final Ball, May 30, 1927

S7-2-91: Final Ball, June 4, 1928

S7-2-92: Final Ball, June 3, 1929

S7-2-93: Graduation Hop, June 6, 1893

S7-2-94: Graduation Hop, June 13, 1916

S7-2-95: Gridiron Dinner, January 28, 1922

S7-2-96: Queen's Ball, The, April 21, 1921

S7-2-97: Queen's Ball, The, April 19, 1923

S7-2-98: Queen's Ball, The, April 14, 1927

S7-2-99: Queen's Ball, The, April 17, 1930

S7-3-01: Ring Dance, May 7, 1937

S7-3-02: Ring Dance, May 10, 1940

S7-3-03: Ring Dance, May 9, 1941

S7-3: Ring Dance, May 14, 1942

S7-3-04: Ring Dance, May 17, 1947

S7-3-05: Ring Dance, May 14, 1949

S7-3-06: Ring Dance, May 21, 1966

S7-3-07: Ring Dance, [May 16, 1970]

S7-3-08: Ring Dance, May 1, 1971

S7-3-09: Ring Dance, April 28, 1973

S7-3-10: Ring Dance, April 13, 1983

S7-3-11: Ring Dance, Jun 24, 1992

S7-3-12: Thanksgiving Hop, 1897

S7-3-13: Thanksgiving Hop, November 25, 1898

S7-3-14: Thanksgiving Hop, December 1, 1899

S7-3-15: Thanksgiving Hop, November 30, 1900

S7-3-16: Thanksgiving Hop, November 29, 1901

S7-3-17: Thanksgiving Hop, November 28, 1902

S7-3-18: Thanksgiving Hop, November 27, 1903

S7-3-19: Thanksgiving Hop, November 25, 1904

S7-3-20: Thanksgiving Hop, December 1, 1905

S7-3-21: Thanksgiving Hop, November 30, 1906

S7-3-22: Thanksgiving Hop, November 29, 1907

S7-3-23: Thanksgiving Hop, November 27, 1908

S7-3-24: Thanksgiving Hop, November 26, 1909

S7-3-25: Thanksgiving Hop, June 14, 1910

S7-3-26: Thanksgiving Hop, November 30, 1911

S7-3-27: Thanksgiving Hop, November 29, 1912

S7-3-28: Thanksgiving Hop, November 25, 1913

S7-3-29: Thanksgiving Hop, November 28, 1913

S7-3-30: Thanksgiving Hop, November 27, 1914

S7-3-31: Thanksgiving Hop, November 26, 1915

S7-3-32: Thanksgiving Hop, 1916

S7-3-33: Thanksgiving Hop, November 30, 1917

S7-3-34: Thanksgiving Hop, November 28, 1919

S7-3-35: Thanksgiving Hop, November 26, 1920

S7-3-36: Thanksgiving Hop, November 26, 1926

Personal Correspondence with Family and Friends

This correspondence is chiefly between immediate family members and a few close friends. Some of the correspondence is to or from General Burns, but most are to or from his unmarried sister "Mab" who apparently lived with the family and corresponded with her niece, Pauline Magruder, and nephew, L. Burns Magruder, frequently as they grew up. There are numerous letters and notes from Burns that range in styles and dates from his very early child-like script through his West Point graduation. Several of the letters from Pauline Magruder are in French and written while she was studying in Paris. There are also several letters from a B. L. Prince who was, it seems, intent on marrying the General's sister, "Mab" Burns.

Miscellaneous Documents

This set of documents is a widely varied mix. Included is a speech delivered by General William Wallace Burns at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, a poem and a fable it is believed he authored, calling cards, invitations, autobiographical narrative, a prayer, news clippings related to family members, an editorial written by General William Wallace Burns, a single old photo of an unidentified couple, a note from a West Point classmate, Daniel T. Van Buren, and miscellaneous empty envelopes.

Valedictory Speeches

This series contains 5 folders in box 3.

S4-3/01: J. F. Edwards, June 27, 1883
S4-3/02: William J. Adkins, 1951
S4-3/03: Jaro G. Netardus, May 30, 1952
S4-3/04: Robert E. Huffman, May 29, 1953
S4-3/05: Ide P. Trotter, Jr., May 21, 1954

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