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Manuscript collections document the cultural, political, social, and economic growth of the 10 southeast Texas counties of Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, and Tyler. The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center’s manuscript collections include the papers of private individuals and public officials, as well as records of churches, businesses, and organizations. Collections range in size from single items to several thousand documents, and may include other items, such as maps, photographs, and memorabilia.

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Price Daniel Audiovisual Materials and Related Papers, 1952-1962, 1980, undated

Price Daniel

Price Daniel

Creator: Daniel, Price
Title: Price Daniel audiovisual materials and related papers
Dates: 1952-1962, 1980, undated
Abstract: Price Daniel served as Texas attorney general, US senator, and Texas governor. These audiovisual materials and related papers date 1952-1962, 1980, undated, and encompass Daniel’s service in these offices, as well as his US Senate and Texas gubernatorial campaigns, and contain one item from after his political career. Topics covered include narcotic laws, segregation, states’ rights, traffic safety, and Texas business and agriculture. The most common film format is 16mm black-and-white film, and audio materials include open reel audiotapes and instantaneous recordings. Some audiovisual materials include accompanying documents.

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Jean Laffite Collection, 1773-1986, undated

Julius (Jules) Laffite, 1858

Julius (Jules) Laffite, 1858

Creator: Laffite, Jean
Title: Jean Laffite collection
Dates: 1773-1986, undated
Abstract: 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.

The collection is organized into nine series, of which the following have been digitized: Government and other official documents, Journals/Diaries, and Photographs.

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Horald V. Watson Collection, 1917-1920s, about 1940, 1954, 1957, undated

Grady Barnhart and four men in Batson, Texas, oilfield

Grady Barnhart and four men in Batson, Texas, oilfield

Collector: Watson, Horald V., 1901-1977
Title: Horald V. Watson collection
Dates: 1917-1920s, about 1940, 1954, 1957, undated
Abstract: The Horald V. Watson collection includes one set of Daisetta water control records, two prescription sheets from Bell’s Pharmacy and Drugs, an official pocket seal, and photographs of Batson, Hull, Daisetta, and Galveston, Texas, dating 1917-1920s, about 1940, 1954, 1957, undated.

Only photographs from this collection have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

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