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The Texas State Archives holds the papers and other documents of a number of individuals and organizations in the Private Manuscripts Collection.  (“Private” in this case meaning not a “public” or government agency.)  Some of these private collections may contain official government records.  Bodies of material range in size from single items to several thousand documents.  Many individual collections originally contained not only manuscript material but other items, such as maps, photographs, and memorabilia.

The manuscript collections in the Texas Digital Archive represent only the collections, or parts of collections, that have been digitized.  More of the collection may exist in paper or some other format.  For more information on the non-digitized parts of collections, review the available finding aids on our website –

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Souvenir Edition of The Trail Log

36th Division Association Papers

The Thirty-Sixth Division Association was founded in January 1946 at a meeting in Brownwood of veterans who served with the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division during World War II. The papers include correspondence, reports, military records and scrapbooks, dating 1857-1954. Records relate to Texans experience during World War I, railroads in Texas, and the San Jacinto Monument.

Richard Bachman

Richard Bachman

Richard Bachman collection
The Richard Bachman collection is an assembly of papers, ephemera, photographs, and other materials that document the lives and activities of several Texas families from 1825 to 1983, bulk 1840-1920. The families represented, related by marriage, are Elmore, Miller, Obenchain, Wall, Rugeley, Bachman, Hawkins, Guinn, and Pigford. . . Photographs make up a significant portion of the collection and cover nearly 130 years of family and photographic history. The collection contains images in a variety of photographic formats, including cased images, card photographs, snapshots, and Polaroids. The variety of images include a young Confederate soldier, Company C of the Texas Rangers, various family members, and several unidentified individuals. The photographs in this collection have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

Erminia Thompson Folsom to Mrs. Jennie Boonhower

Erminia Thompson Folsom to Mrs. Jennie Boonhower

Erminia Thompson Folsom papers
Mariana T. Folsom and her daughter, Erminia T. Folsom, were deeply involved in the woman’s suffrage, peace, and temperance movements in Texas and nationally. Mariana Folsom was also a minister in the Universalist church, while Erminia T. Folsom was active in prison reform and the Herbert Hoover presidential campaign of 1928 and had an interest in Universalism. The Erminia Thompson Folsom papers contain correspondence, literary productions (including lectures), minutes, printed materials, financial documents, and memorabilia, dating 1856-1965 and undated. Although the personalities and careers of these two women can be elucidated to some extent by these papers, particularly through the correspondence and the lectures, fully five-sixths of the collection pertains to the movements themselves, especially suffrage and temperance. The papers document the organization, membership, principles, and activities of these reform movements. The strongest bodies of materials are those dealing with woman’s suffrage (1856-1919) and temperance (1909-1964). The material relating to prison reform (1917-1932) and the peace movement (1866-1960), although small, is rich. A portion of the records have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

Richard Niles Graham

Richard Niles Graham at a banquet, 1955

Richard Niles Graham Photograph Collection:
This collection of photographs document the family, social, and business life of R. Niles Graham and his family, both at home in Austin and in travels domestically and abroad, dating from 1893 to 1937 and undated. This series consists of 855 photographs, 507 postcards, 17 photoengravings, three tintypes, 10 copy photographs, 21 steel engravings, and 22 engravings. The subject matter of the photographs is fairly disparate and covers a wide geographical area.

Signal Corps Photo 30599

Signal Corps Photo 30599

General John A. Hulen papers
Papers documenting the military career and life of Brigadier General John A. Hulen, who commanded the 72nd Infantry Brigade (1917-1919) and the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas National Guard (1922-1935), consist of correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks, dating 1887-1960, undated. The records in the Texas Digital Archive include only a subset of the photographs series.

Hunnicutt, J. R., 1894-1973

Texas Ranger J. R. Hunnicutt. (about 1919)

J. R. Hunnicutt Photograph Collection
Collection consists of photographs documenting the life of J.R. Hunnicutt from the late 19th century to the early 1960s. Among the numerous subjects and events represented are the Hunnicutt family, Marlin High School Athletics, student life at Texas A&M University, the Capitol Lands Resurvey Project, his service with the Texas Rangers, his participation in Shriner and Masonic activities, and his aviation training with the Customs Service. Records date from 1895 to 1965 and undated.

Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar papers

Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, 1798-1859

Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, 1798-1859

Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, second elected president of the Republic of Texas, was a statesman, soldier, historian, and poet. These are Lamar’s personal and official papers as well as material gathered by Lamar as a collector of historical documents with a particular interest in the histories of Texas and Latin American republics. Documents include correspondence, historical manuscripts, clippings, drafts, notes, editorials, poems, maps, reports, legal documents, histories of Texas and Mexico, and biographies of prominent regional figures. Dates are 1756-1859 and undated, bulk 1821-1859. The 1982 publication Calendar of the Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar includes a detailed chronological listing of the papers. The calendar has been digitized and is available in the Texas Digital Archive.

Julius (Jules) Laffite, 1858

Julius (Jules) Laffite, 1858

Jean Laffite Collection
Jean Laffite, along with his brother Pierre, engaged in piracy and smuggling in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then Galveston Island, Texas, during the 1810s-1820s. The Jean Laffite collection has two components. One component consists of original journals, documents, photographs, and publications allegedly written or owned by Jean Laffite or other Laffite family members. These materials were in the possession of claimed Jean Laffite descendant John A. Laffite. The second component consists of documents, photographs, postcards, maps, publications, clippings, research materials, manuscripts, and artwork that were collected by former Texas Governor Price Daniel Sr. The collection pertains to Jean Laffite’s career as a pirate/privateer, his alleged post-1820s life in the United States, Laffite family history, John A. Laffite’s activities and communications concerning his alleged Laffite family materials and his sale of the materials, and Price Daniel’s purchase of and interest in the Laffite materials. Photographic formats include tintypes, cartes-de-visite, and prints. Material dates from 1773 to 1986, and undated, with the bulk dating 1845-1979. Photocopies of some material contain information that originally dates from 1608 to 1980. Portions of this collection have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.


International Women’s Year press conference committee members

Texas International Women’s Year Coordinating Committee Records
The Texas International Women’s Year (IWY) Coordinating Committee, also known as the Texas Coordinating Committee, was created by Congress in December 1975 with the passage of Public Law 94-167 (HR 9924, 94th Congress, 1975-1977) for the purpose of holding state meetings to elect delegates and adopt resolutions that promoted equal rights to be presented at the National Women’s Conference. The committee planned and held the Texas Women’s Meeting in Austin from June 24 to 26, 1977, where participants voted on delegates and resolutions for the National Women’s Conference held in Houston later that year.

War Diary 1st Battalion 144th Infantry Aboard U.S.S. Pretoria

Frank S. Tillman Collection

The Frank S. Tillman collection contains printed material, diaries, rosters, lists of wartime deaths, and assorted material produced between 1915 and 1939, documenting and describing the participation of Texas soldiers in World War I. The material, created by both participants and commentators of the events they describe, concerns the recruitment, composition, training, transportation, combat service, casualties, occupation duties, and demobilization of Texas soldiers and military units between 1917 and 1919. The bulk of the collection concerns the Thirty-Sixth Division while the remainder deals with the Ninetieth Division, the Adjutant General of Texas, and other Texas soldiers. Major Frank S. Tillman was a veteran of the Thirty-Sixth Division.

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