Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar: An Inventory of the Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar Papers at the Texas State Archives
Creator: Lamar, Mirabeau Buonaparte, 1798-1859.
Title: Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar papers
Dates: 1756-1859, undated, bulk 1821-1859
Abstract: 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 These are Lamar’s personal and official papers as well as material gathered by Lamar as a collector of historical documents with a particular interest in the histories of Texas and Latin American republics.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.
Quantity: 19.91 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: The preparation and digitization of this collection for online public access was funded in full or in part with a Library Services and Technology Act (20 U.S.C. § 9121) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
For a description of the Lamar papers, see the Scope and Content note
Arrangement of the Papers
The Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar papers are arranged by accession, with the 1909 Loretto Lamar Calder accession described separately from the 1981 Larry Bane accession. Papers within each accession are arranged by item number, which is also chronologically.
To search the papers:
The 1982 edition of the Calendar of the Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar includes a detailed chronological listing of the Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar papers. The calendar’s index provides a listing of subjects within the papers. The calendar has been digitized and is available in the TDA as a full-text searchable PDF file. A more search-friendly version of the original index has been appended to the end of the digitized calendar.
- Search the calendar either through browsing through the papers chronologically or searching the index for a particular subject. Bookmarks inside the calendar can help navigate to different sections.
- The calendar is full-text searchable. Click on the magnifying glass and type a term into the “Find” box.
- Use the item number provided at the end of the calendar’s item description to locate the physical box number for the item in the finding aid inventory.
- Contact Archives reference staff to pull the desired box.
Other Formats for the Papers
A description of original records referenced by this finding aid, including those not digitized, is available at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/11004/tsl-11004.html.
Calendar of the papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, edited by Elizabeth Howard West, Von-Boeckmann-Jones Co., 1914.
The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, 6 volumes, edited by C.A. Gulick and K. Elliott (vols. 1-3), C.A. Gulick and W. Allen (vol. 4), and H. Smither (vols. 5-6), AMS Press, 1973. [These volumes transcribe the papers from the original 1909 accession, and do not include documents separated and then returned to the collection as described in the 1982 calendar’s addenda and errata section.]
Calendar of the papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, compiled and edited by Michael R. Green, Texas State Library, 1982. [The 1982 calendar has been digitized and is part of the Texas Digital Archive.]
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
|Texas State Archives, State agency records|
|Texas (Republic) Department of State diplomatic correspondence, 1831-1832, 1835-1846, undated, 6.9 cubic ft., 3 reels of microfilm.|
|Texas Adjutant General’s Department Army papers, 1835-1846, 16.28 cubic ft.|
|Texas Adjutant General’s Department Navy papers, 1835-1847, 1852, 1855, bulk 1836-1846, 17.24 cubic ft.|
|Texas Department of State treaties between the Republic of Texas and other nations, 1838-1844, 3.59 cubic ft.|
|Texas Secretary of State boundary records, 1837-1843, 1858-1860, 1873-1877, 1882, 1885-1887, 1911, undated, 1.5 cubic ft.|
|Texas Secretary of State general correspondence of the Department of State, Republic of Texas, Texas Secretary of State, 1822-1859, undated, bulk 1835-1846, 4.96 cubic ft., 4 microfilm reels.|
|Texas State Archives, Manuscript collections|
|Several additional manuscript and photograph collections and artifacts may relate to Lamar. Consult Archives staff for further details. The Texas Digital Archive may also be a resource for locating additional material relating to Lamar.|
|Andrew Jackson Houston collection, 1812-1941, undated, bulk 1835-1859, 31.41 cubic ft.|
|Anson Jones papers, 1838-1858, 6 inches. [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed papers. Call numbers are 2-23/825 and 826.]|
|Arthur E. Thomas collection, 1826-1844, fractional. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2-22/700.]|
|General Hugh McLeod papers, 1840-1861, fractional. [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed papers. Call number is 2-23/1076.]|
|George W. Smyth papers, 1833-1836, 1851, undated, fractional. [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed papers. Call number is 2-23/995.]|
|Lamar family papers [Series II], 1839-1941, undated, 1 cubic ft. [A card file and paper finding aid for these papers can be accessed in the Texas State Archives reading room.]|
|Madge Hearne collection, 1817-1897, 10 volumes. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 2-23/890 and 891.]|
|Memucan Hunt papers, 1836-1846, undated, bulk 1837-1846, 0.21 cubic ft.|
|Mrs. R.A. Johns collection, 1832-1867, 3 volumes. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2-23/892.]|
|Svante Palm collection, 1836-1867, fractional. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2-23/961.]|
|Thomas J. Rusk papers, 1836-1857, fractional. [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed papers. Call number is 2-23/970.]|
|W.E. Bard collection, 1934-1948, fractional. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 2-23/604, 605, 611 and 844.]|
|Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library|
|William E. Bard collection, 18 boxes|
|Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University|
|Edward Fontaine Biographical Sketch of Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar, 1857, 0.25 linear ft.|
|Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar Journal, 1835, 0.25 linear ft.|
|Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History|
|Mirabeau B. Lamar papers, 1825-1938, bulk 1840-1861, 0.2 linear ft.|
|Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin|
|Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers, 1825-1846, 1 ft.|
(Identify the item), Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession numbers: 1909/001 and 1981/121
The initial accession of papers was purchased from Loretto Lamar Calder, daughter of Mirabeau B. Lamar, by the governor of the state through an appropriation in Senate Bill 113 (31st Texas Legislature, Regular Session). The bill was signed into law on March 19, 1909, and the papers were deposited in the Texas State Library and Archives. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission purchased a second accession of Lamar papers from Larry Bane, a Lamar descendant, through a Moody Foundation grant on January 19, 1981. The Larry Bane accession was organized into two series: Mirabeau Lamar papers (Series I) and Lamar family papers (Series II). Series I has been incorporated into this finding aid and treated as part of a larger series of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar papers along with the original 1909 accession. Series II is described in a separate finding aid and card file (see Related Material).
The 1982 edition of the Calendar of the Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar contains detailed information on the provenance of both accessions. In addition, the Lamar family papers may provide further insight into the history of the Lamar papers following his death.
Processing by Archives staff and Calendar of the Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar published, 1914
Papers transcribed, edited and published as The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, volumes 1-6, by Charles Adams Gulick, Jr., Katherine Elliott, Winnie Allen, and Harriet Smither, 1921-1927
Additional processing by Archives staff, 1930, 1968, 1980, and dates unknown
Calendar of the Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, including an expanded addenda and errata section and a calendar of the Bane accession, compiled and edited by Michael R. Green, 1982
DACS-compliant EAD finding aid created by Caitlin Burhans, November 2016