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Bill of Sale (Tom)

Bill of sale for an enslaved person, named Tom, sold by Joseph Megginson to Jeremiah Smith in Galveston, Texas.

Retrieve Plantation Contract

Contracts between James Hamilton, Elizabeth Hamilton, and Abner Jackson regarding the Retrieve Plantation on Oyster Creek in Brazoria County, which was owned by the Hamiltons and Jackson.

Maud Boyce Farrar memoirs

"The Saga of Our Ancestry: Being a Series of Sketches o the Lives of Pioneer Texans, Written for the Information and Pleasure of their Descendants by Maud Boyce Farrar, Waxahachie, Texas, 1934."

Contents:

  1. Rebecca Horton Boyce
  2. Mahaly, the slave woman
  3. Little Dog Penny
  4. The Aldredge Family
  5. Elizabeth Aldredge Boyce
  6. W.A. Boyce
  7. Nancy Owen Smith
  8. Hans Smith
  9. Lelia Smith Farrar
  10. Education of Her Children
  11. S.B. Farrar
  12. Genealogical Tables

Violet Alice Haynes Journal

A commonplace book used by Violet Alice Haynes Bowles (1873-1953), in which she recorded poetry, correspondence, genealogical research, and other notes. Much of the contents reflects her views as a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Texas Land Grants

A variety of land grant certificates.
1- 1879 copy of an 1845 land grant from the Republic of Texas, granting Burrell Perry one labor of land in Fannin County
2- 1879 copy of an 1862 grant from the State of Texas to Hiram E. Hays for 160 acres in Collin County
3- 1862 land grant from the State of Texas to the Southern Pacific Rail Road Company for 640 acres in Concho County.

Methodist Episcopal Church Deed

Deed for the 1860 transfer of land in DeWitt County, Texas, from Peter and Louise Metz to the Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

H.F. Young Teaching Certificate

1880 teaching certificate granted to Reverend H.F. Young in Hopkins County, Texas, with handwritten renewals on the verso through 1887.

R.E. Bowers Journal

Journal belonging to a young lawyer in Georgetown, Texas, dated between 1914 and 1915. Although no name appears in the journal, the donor believed it to belong to R.E. Bowers.

1888 International Fair Accounts

Three manuscripts related to the 1888 San Antonio International Fair: a timeline of events, an account of the cattle roping contest, and an account of George W. Saunders's renowned steer named Geronimo.

Harvey Patteson Photographs

Fourteen photographs of San Jose Mission taken by Harvey Patteson of San Antonio in the 1930s. Include detailed shots of architectural features.

Katherine Anne Porter Materials

Two letters related to author Katherine Anne Porter. The first is a copy of a 1965 letter from Porter to Dr. Louise Gossett, wife of Trinity University professor Dr. Thomas Gossett, regarding a meeting between the Gossetts, Porter, and Flannery O'Connor (the Gossetts introduced Porter and O'Connor in 1958). The second is a letter from a 1951 Trinity alumna, Marion Conditt, to President Brazil inquiring about memories she has of taking a summer course with Porter in the late 1940s. The archives staff has been unable to find any records supporting or refuting this claim.

Tehuacana, Texas Notary Records

A listing of legal actions in Tehuacana, Texas, from January 20, 1871 to June 26, 1875. Most of the records are for deeds, powers of attorney, and contracts. Trinity University is mentioned as a party in actions scattered throughout the book. A. Berry, secretary of the Board of Trustees, is a participant in many actions. A list of subscriptions to the university is recorded on July 20, 1872.

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