Baylor University, the Texas Collection

William Maury Darst papers, 1894-1973, undated



Papers Summary

Creator Darst, William Maury, Hodges, Jr., Robert
Title William Maury Darst papers
Dates: 1894-1973, undated
Abstract The William Maury Darst papers include essays, slides, notes, and other printed materials. Assembled by William Maury Darst, a professor at Galveston College, the collection reflects his historical research interests and medical work in the state of Texas.
Quantity: 2 document boxes.
Language of the Material English
Repository Baylor University, The Texas Collection

Biography/Profile

William Maury Darst was a professor at Galveston College at some point, probably in the 1970s, since most of his professional work dates from then. He must have been a prolific scholar, since he authored three entries in the Handbook of Texas Online and placed collections in both the Texas Collection and Rosenberg Library. His diverse research interests are reflected in the collection


Scope and Content

The collection begins in 1894 and ends in 1973. Records include literary productions and photographic materials. A list of the courthouses and railroads is available in the collection and control file.

Two essays in this collection focus on a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War and Galveston’s role in railway medicine. The Civil War essay was built around Hodges’ letters home to his family. Transcriptions of these letters are included in the collection.

The subject of Darst’s Civil War essay, Robert Hodges Jr., was a Confederate sergeant in Company H, 8th Texas Cavalry and later a lieutenant in Company F, 24th Texas Cavalry. Hodges survived the war, lived in Bellville, Texas, and raised cattle. He received a pension from the state of Texas. In 1905, Robert Hodges, Jr. died at 67 years old, and was buried in Snake Creek Cemetery, near Needville, Fort Bend County, Texas.

There is also a Galveston medical essay in the collection. Read at a symposium in M.D. Anderson Hospital, Darst wrote about a the 7th annual convention of the National Association of Railway Surgeons, who met at Galveston in 1894. The essay continues with a history of different rail lines that built to Galveston, focusing on the medical work needed while building such lines. Not until the 1920s did railroad safety become a priority, as more medical graduates began to take notice of the lax railroad safety standards.

Darst’s transcriptions of rare Trans-Mississippi Confederate letters and work on Galveston railroad medicine are valuable items from his life and work. As a charter faculty member of Galveston College, he was well positioned to make a difference in local historical work. He was apparently well thought of at the college, because the school still awards two $500 scholarships from money the faculty raised in memory of him.


Arrangement

The William Maury Darst papers are arranged in 2 series: I. Literary Productions and II. Photographic Materials.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

All requests for copying of materials must be submitted to The Texas Collection in writing. Please use the Request Form for Copying Materials sheet. Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator (s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Physical Description

General condition: Unknown.


Index Terms

Nineteen thirties.
Soldiers -- Texas -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Related Resources

Related references

Galveston College. “Scholarship Options.” Accessed 2011 August 16.
The American Civil War Research Database. “Soldier Data: Robert Hodges.” http://asp6new.alexanderstreet.com/cwdb/cwdb.object.details.aspx?handle=person&id=200667193. Accessed 2011 August 16.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Maury Darst Papers, Accession #0594, Box #, Folder #, The Texas Collection, Baylor University.

Acquisition Information

Accession No. 594. Acquired 1974-03-01

Processing Information

Described by Paul T. Fisher. Released on 2013-06-17.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Literary Productions 1894-1973, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Unknown.
Biography/Profile
Series includes pamphlets, two essays, and a few supporting notes. The essays are on a soldier from the Tran-Mississippi area in the American Civil War, and the other is on Galveston’s medical school advancing railway medicine.
Acquisition Information
Accession No. 594. Acquired 1974-03-01
box folder
1 1 General 1969-1974
2 Printed Material: Galveston Hospital Association: Rules and Regulations: (1 of 2) 1944
3 Printed Material: Galveston Hospital Association: Rules and Regulations: (2 of 2) 1944
4 Printed Material: Galveston Hospital Association: Rules and Benefits 1972
5 Printed Materials: M.D. Anderson Hospital 1973
6 Pamphlets: M.D. Anderson Hospital 1973, undated
7 Essays: “Robert Hodges, Jr.: Confederate Soldier”: (1 of 9) undated
8 Essays: “Robert Hodges, Jr.: Confederate Soldier”: (2 of 9) undated
9 Essays: “Robert Hodges, Jr.: Confederate Soldier”: (3 of 9) undated
10 Essays: “Robert Hodges, Jr.: Confederate Soldier”: (4 of 9) undated
11 Essays: “Robert Hodges, Jr.: Confederate Soldier”: (5 of 9) undated
12 Essays: “Robert Hodges, Jr.: Confederate Soldier”: (6 of 9) undated
13 Essays: “Robert Hodges, Jr.: Confederate Soldier”: (7 of 9) undated
14 Essays: “Robert Hodges, Jr.: Confederate Soldier”: (8 of 9) undated
15 Essays: “Robert Hodges, Jr.: Confederate Soldier”: (9 of 9) undated
16 Essays: “Galveston’s Contributions to Railway Medicine”: (1 of 3) 1973
17 Essays: “Galveston’s Contributions to Railway Medicine”: (2 of 3) 1973
18 Essays: “Galveston’s Contributions to Railway Medicine”: (3 of 3) 1973
19 Notes: Railway Medicine: (1 of 4) 1894-1973, undated
20 Notes: Railway Medicine: (2 of 4) 1894-1973, undated
21 Notes: Railway Medicine: (3 of 4) 1894-1973, undated
22 Notes: Railway Medicine: (4 of 4) 1894-1973, undated



Photographic Materials undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Unknown.
Biography/Profile
Series includes pamphlets, two essays, and a few supporting notes. The essays are on a soldier from the Tran-Mississippi area in the American Civil War, and the other is on Galveston’s medical school advancing railway medicine.
Acquisition Information
Accession No. 594. Acquired 1974-03-01
box folder
1 23 Slides undated