Description: 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. The collection has a wide variety of documents, from receipts, business documents, and wills and deeds, to correspondence and a family Bible. Major Texas events documented include the Texas Archives War, annexation to the United States, and the Civil War, especially regarding the Battle of Galveston. Notable items in the collection include documentation of the Colorado Navigation Company, an early Rand McNally Texas map (1880s), a proclamation by Republic of Texas President Anson Jones, and an extensive selection of deeds and wills. 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.
Citation information: (Identify the item and cite the series), Richard Bachman collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Arrangement: The papers are organized into six series: four family series (one for each major branch of the donor's family), General family papers, and Photographs, further organized by subject and chronologically, reflecting the organization of the collection as it was received from the donor. Only records in the Photographs series have been digitized.
Copyright information: Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The term of copyright for published material varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with the Copyright Law.