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  The Historical Manuscripts

Most of the more than three hundred historical manuscript collections in Special Collections focus on either 19th or 20th century Texas and Mexican history or the Mexican American War of 1846-1848. The materials are primarily personal papers, family collections, and organizational records. Special emphasis is on materials from the North Texas area and surrounding counties as well as counties once part of the Robertson Colony, a 19th century empresario venture that brought U.S. immigrants to Texas.

gemblue.gif (110 bytes) Selected Nineteenth Century Materials
Comprise the bulk of the collection. Included are letters and documents on the formation of early colonies, and materials from pioneers who participated in the Texas Revolution and the formation of the State of Texas.
Robertson Colony Papers McKinney-Milam Family Papers
William P. Zuber Collection Irion Family Papers

There are also letters, journals, and photographs of Confederate and Union soldiers as well as papers of city builders, farmers, pioneer women, ranchers, and surveyors.
Thomas B. Robinson Diary Gaffney Family Papers
Albert Sidney Johnston Collection Kendall Family Papers
B. B. Paddock Papers Hugh James Fairly Papers
Trussell Family Papers

Broadsides, diaries, letters, and government records are available that document the Mexican-American War.
John F. Meginness Papers Mexican War Collection
Mexican War Sheet Music Collection Henry Washington Benham Family Papers

gemblue.gif (110 bytes) Selected Twentieth Century Materials
Twentieth century materials focus primarily on the papers of Texas authors, businessmen, civic leaders, collectors, families, journalists, and organizations.
Benjamin Capps Papers William Allen Ward Papers
George W. Armstrong Papers Geo. E. Dilley & Son
Sallie B. Capps Papers Culmer Family Papers
Joel Rosen Cartoon Collection Ben K. Green Papers
W. K. Gordon, Sr. Papers

Manuscripts and galley sheets of books are available for research as well as the records of corporation builders, social organizations, and collections concerning events or Texas topics.
Texas Centennial Scrapbook Collection Texas Navy Collection

Finding Aids, inventories, and descriptions are available for many of the historical manuscript collections. All collections, both processed and unprocessed, are listed and described in the 2000 edition of A Guide to Archives and Manuscripts in the Special Collections Division at The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. An on-line version of the Guide is available and a loose-leaf paper version of the Guide is available at the Special Collections reference desk. Most of the historical manuscript collections are also cataloged and listed in OCLC and the UTA Libraries' electronic public access catalog, UTA Libraries' Catalog..

If you have questions about the Historical Manuscripts Collection, please contact Brenda McClurkin at .

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