The Texana Documents Collection
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
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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.
- Burnet, David G.
- Confederate States of America
- Confederate States of America -- Army
- Henderson Yoakum
- History -- Texas
- Indian agents
- Lamar, Mirabeau B.
- Land grants
- Land grants -- Texas
- Mexico -- Relations -- Texas
- Native American history and society
- Pease, E. M.
- Peters Colony
- Pioneers -- Texas
- Politicians - Texas
- Texas -- Annexation to the United States
- Texas -- History
- Texas Lawyers
- United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
- United States -- Politics and government
- The Texana Documents Collection
- Shaneil Snipe
- Language of description
- Script of description