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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Charles Ramsdell Papers, 1947-1968

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Charles Ramsdell Papers, 1947-1968



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ramsdell, Charles W. (Charles William), 1909-1973
Title: Charles Ramsdell Papers
Dates: 1947-1968
Creator Abstract: Author and journalist Charles W. Ramsdell, Jr. (1909-1973) contributed articles to numerous publications and was a staff writer for the San Antonio Express Magazine. He published a highly-regarded guidebook to the city of San Antonio in 1959 and updated it in 1968.
Content Abstract: The collection contains three unpublished typescripts and a published newspaper article by Charles Ramsdell.
Identification: Col 9278
Extent: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Born on 1909 April 5 in Austin, Texas, author and journalist Charles W. Ramsdell, Jr. was the son of noted historian Charles W. Ramsdell (1877-1942) and Susanna Griffith Ramsdell. Through his mother, he was a descendant of Angelina Dickinson Griffith (1834-1869), who with her mother survived the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Ramsdell attended the University of Texas and traveled extensively in Mexico before working as a historian for the National Park Service and as a translator for the Texas General Land Office. He contributed articles to numerous publications and was a staff writer for the San Antonio Express Magazine for a number of years. Ramsdell published a highly-regarded guidebook, San Antonio, a Historical and Pictorial Guide, in 1959 and updated it in 1968. He translated a work by Alfonso Reyes, Mexico in a Nutshell, for publication in 1964.

Ramsdell married Josephine Miller Bramlett (1905-1957) on 1933 June 13 in Mexico. They were the parents of one son, Charles Michael Ramsdell. Ramsdell died in Greenville, North Carolina, on 1973 August 29 at the age of 64.

References

Charles Ramsdell, Jr. biographical file. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

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Scope and Content Note

Three unpublished typescripts and a published newspaper article by Charles Ramsdell make up his papers. The longest of the unpublished works, Highlights of Texas History, is a general state history emphasizing the events of the Spanish and Mexican eras through the Republic of Texas. Later chapters are in draft form and are often based on Ramsdell’s newspaper articles. Work on this project apparently began about 1959 and continued through about 1964 under the sponsorship of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

A shorter, undated work, Spanish Goliad, was written as an introduction to the history of the Goliad, Texas, area for visitors to historic sites there. It covers the history of the region through the events of the Texas revolution.

The third typescript, “James Long at La Bahia,” is a paper prepared for the Texas State Historical Association on the 1821 filibustering expedition aimed at Texas. Some notes are included with the paper.

In addition to the unpublished works, a clipping of one of Ramsdell’s feature articles for the San Antonio Express Magazine is found in the papers.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Ramsdell, Charles W. (Charles William), 1909-1973.
Long, James, 1793?-1822.
Locations
Texas--History.
Goliad (Tex.)--History.
Genres/Formats
Manuscripts.

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Related Material

John Edwin Canaday Papers, 1925-1985, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Charles William Ramsdell, Jr. Papers, 1749-1836, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Several other archival collections also relate to Ramsdell's father, the historian Charles William Ramsdell, Sr., including:

John Villasana Haggard Papers, 1811-1814, 1833-1834, 1861-1865, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Charles William Ramsdell, Sr. Papers, 1844 (1907-1942), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Hally B. Bryan Perry Papers, circa 1761-1958, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

The University of Texas at Austin Department of History Records, 1877-, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

The University of Texas at Austin Press Manuscripts, 1919, 1944 (1950-), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Separated Material

"Historic Articles of Texas" has been separated from the Charles Ramsdell Papers and housed in the general collection. The work is a binder containing approximately fifty articles written by Charles Ramsdell and compiled by his son; most of the articles appeared in the San Antonio Express Magazine between 1947 and 1949. See the DRT Library’s online catalog for additional information about this compilation and its location.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Ramsdell Papers, 1947-1968, Col 9278, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of C. Michael Ramsdell, 1996 October, 2007 July, and 2011 April.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1998 and 2007.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 August.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Charles Ramsdell Papers, 1947-1968

Box Folder
1 Highlights of Texas History, typescript, circa 1964
1 Contents, Chapter I—The Big Scene
2 Chapter II—Cabeza de Vaca and Lesser Spaniards
3 Chapter III—The Indians of Texas
4 Chapter IV—La Salle: Death of a Vision
5 Chapter V—The Name of Texas
6 Chapter VI—The Founding Fathers
7 Chapter VII—The Spanish-Indian Heritage
8 Chapter VIII—Tide on the Northeast
9 Chapter IX—Life in the Colonies
10 Chapter X—A Scheme and a Revolution
11 Chapter XI—The Cause of Liberty
12 Chapter XII
13 Chapter XIII—People Keep Coming
14 Chapter XIII—A Panorama of the Republic
15 Chapter XIII—Education and Refinement
16 Chapter XIII—West and South in Texas
17 Chapter XIII
18 Chapter XIV—Erosions of Freedom
19 Chapter XVI—Oilfield Scenes
20 Chapter XVI—The Progress of Culture
21 “Spanish Goliad,” typescript, undated
22 “James Long at La Bahia,” typescript and notes, undated
23 “The Mission of the Goats,” clipping, San Antonio Express Magazine, 1949

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