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The Texana Documents Collection

Identifier: THR/01/2014.s068

Scope and Contents

The manuscript collection begins with the personal papers of Henderson Yoakum, who wrote the first comprehensive history of Texas. They include a muster roll from his Cherokee campaign, discharge orders and payment authorizations for his troops, as well as Yoakum’s license to practice law. The Texana Documents collection also contains papers and letters related to early Texas, primarily focusing on annexation issues, during the period from 1842-1845. In the Correspondence section, Governor E. M. Pease discusses politics and family life, David G. Burnet, Secretary of State, orders surveys for the public lands assigned to the establishment of an education system, and William S. Peters solicits investment from Robert Owen, the English socialist, for the Peters Colony. From the Civil War era, there are special orders and letters prior to the battle on Matagorda Peninsula in January of 1864. The Proclamations and Broadsides section includes a notice to cotton planters related to the taxes due, and the announcement of the results of the Secession Convention in Austin, April of 1861. The Legal Documents section includes land grant awards, loan script, a bond issued by the Republic of Texas, summons to answer a petition filed by Mirabeau B. Lamar, and a loyalty oath (a document which enabled one merchant of Walker County to resume transacting business after the Civil War).


  • 1837 - 1961

Conditions Governing Use

The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies. Please contact the Newton Gresham Library's Special Collections and University Archives department to request permissions to reproduce materials for any other purpose, or to obtain information regarding the copyright status of a particular digital image, text, audio or video recording.


2 boxes

Language of Materials



The Texana Documents Collection is housed in two (2) archival boxes located in archival storage/ the firesafe. Box 2 in the collection contains oversized materials. This collection is organized into one (1) series and five (5) sub-series. It is divided by subject matter, with each type in its own sub-series. Each sub-series is organized in chronologic order.


This collection was purchased and donated by James L. Britton, III.

The Texana Documents Collection
Shaneil Snipe
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Repository Details

Part of the Thomason Special Collections & SHSU University Archives Repository

1830 Bobby K. Marks Drive
Huntsville TX 77341 US