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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Antoinette Power Houston Bringhurst Papers, 1906-1932

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Antoinette Power Houston Bringhurst Papers, 1906-1932



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bringhurst, Antoinette Power Houston, 1852-1932
Title: Antoinette Power Houston Bringhurst Papers
Dates: 1906-1932
Creator Abstract: The fifth child of Sam and Margaret Lea Houston, Antoinette Power "Nettie" Houston Bringhurst (1852-1932) was active in a number of organizations, including the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, which she served as Historian and Poet Laureate.
Content Abstract: Correspondence, legal and financial documents, creative writing, printed material, and photographs document the family, organizational, and business activities of Antoinette Houston Bringhurst.
Identification: Col 876
Extent: 0.63 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

The fifth child of Sam and Margaret Lea Houston, Antoinette Power "Nettie" Houston was born at Huntsville, Texas, on 1852 January 20. She was educated at Baylor Female Seminary in Independence and Austin Female College. In 1877, she married William Lorraine Bringhurst (1844-1913), a professor at the Texas Military Institute, whose career later took them to Texas A&M and public schools in Bryan and San Antonio, Texas. The couple had five children, but only one, Nettie Houston Bringhurst Bush, survived to adulthood.

Nettie Houston Bringhurst was active in a number of organizations, including the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, which she served as Historian and Poet Laureate.

Mrs. Bringhurst died on 1932 December 5 of injuries received in an automobile accident. Her funeral was held in the Alamo and she was buried in San Antonio.

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, legal and financial documents, creative writings, printed items, and photographs documenting family, organizational, and business activities are found in the Antoinette Power Houston Bringhurst Papers.

The papers date primarily from the last twenty years of Mrs. Bringhurst's life and are arranged into groups by document type. General Correspondence, arranged chronologically, includes letters from family members, friends, and business associates. Letters from Mrs. Bringhurst's siblings Nancy Houston Morrow, Mary Houston Morrow, and Andrew Jackson Houston discuss personal matters and family history, including plans to memorialize their father, Sam Houston. Letters from friends likewise discuss family history and other personal matters.

A separate series has been created for correspondence related to the establishment of the Bringhurst Fund, an effort to raise money to pay Mrs. Bringhurst's debts. These include letters of solicitation and responses from contributors.

Legal documents include court papers dealing with a lawsuit against Mrs. Bringhurst.

Financial documents include records of the Bringhurst Fund such as bank statements and lists of contributions.

Creative writing by Mrs. Bringhurst and others are found in the Reports, essays, etc. and Poetry series. Two reports written by Mrs. Bringhurst as Historian of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas are included along with an incomplete sketch of Sam Houston and other writings. Poetry includes typescript and manuscript copies of some of her poems, along with a copy of a poem dedicated to Mrs. Bringhurst.

The remaining groups include scattered printed and miscellaneous items having to do with family and organization activities.

Photographs include a number of formal portraits and snapshots. Most of these are unidentified, but several of family members have been identified.

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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
Bringhurst, Antoinette Power Houston, 1852-1932.
Houston, Andrew Jackson, 1854-1941.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Morrow, Mary Houston, 1850-1931.
Morrow, Nancy Houston, 1846-1920.
Organizations
Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Subjects
Poetry, Modern.
Poets, American--Texas.
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Correspondence.
Photographs.
Poems.

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Related Material

Jesse Wade Briscoe Howe Papers, MC057, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.

Adele Briscoe Looscan Papers, MC041, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.

Texas Governor Sam Houston Records, Part I. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Texas Governor Sam Houston Records, Part II. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Sam Houston Papers, 1814-1957, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Sam Houston Hearne Collection, 1820-1929, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Sam Houston papers, MS 049, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Personal Papers of Sam Houston, MC027, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.

Sam Houston Collection, 1810-1871, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Temple Morrow Houston: Sam Houston Family Papers, 1836-1969 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Sam Houston Family Papers, The Texas Collection, Baylor University Libraries.

Sam Houston Papers, 1838-1860, Catholic Archives of Texas, Austin, Texas.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Antoinette Power Houston Bringhurst Papers, 1906-1932, Col 876, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ellis Chaney, 1976 August.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1992 December.

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

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Antoinette Power Houston Bringhurst Papers, 1906-1932

Box Folder
1 Correspondence: general, 1906-1932
1 David S. Jordan, Stanford University, California, to W. L. Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1906 August 29.
2 Nannie Houston Morrow, Georgetown, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 1910 July 7.
3 Andrew Jackson Houston, Beaumont, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 1910 July 8.
4 John T. Duncan, La Grange, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1914 October 9.
5 C. H. and C. Q. Thorpe, Dallas, Texas, to John T. Duncan, Nelson Mossop, and William Sackville, 1915 June 22.
6 Unknown sender to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 1915 July 28.
7 Possibly Sam M. Penland, Galveston, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 1915 September 23.
8 Mary Houston Morrow, Abilene, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 1918 August 6.
9 Mary Houston Morrow, Stamford, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 1919 October 2.
10 Paul Jones, Texarkana, Arkansas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1921 September 15.
11 John T. Duncan, La Grange, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1922 February 13.
12 Mary Houston Morrow, Abilene, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1922 September 27.
13 Penelope Lingan, Houston, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1923 March 30.
14 T. T. VanderHoeven and B. A. Greathouse, San Antonio, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1923 June 18.
15 B. A. Greathouse, San Antonio, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1923 June 18.
16 Penelope Lingan to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, [possibly 1923] July 3.
17 Penelope Lingan to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 1923 October 3.
18 Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, to unknown recipient, 1923 October 24.
19 Mr. and Mrs. Horace L. Hotchkiss, New York, New York, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1924 June 7.
20 Mary K. Brookes, New York, New York, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 1924 June 24.
21 Mary Houston Morrow, Abilene, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1924 July 22.
22 Harry Hertzberg, San Antonio, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1925 July 7.
23 Bassett Hamacher, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1926 December 16.
24 Lily L. Tayloe, Uniontown, Alabama, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 1927 October 21.
25 Coleman Young, Los Angeles, California, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1927 October 22.
26 Lily L. Tayloe, Uniontown, Alabama, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 1927 December 27.
27 Lily L. Tayloe, Uniontown, Alabama, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 1928 January 25.
28 Possibly Mary F. Houston, Meridian, Mississippi, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 1928 June 14.
29 H. B. Daviss, Corsicana, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1928 November 9.
30 Andrew Jackson IV to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 1929 August 18.
31 Andrew Jackson to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1930 June 11.
32 Emma Buck Ross, Houston, Texas, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1931 June 18.
33 Lily W. J. Kellahin, Roswell, New Mexico, to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, 1931 August 6.
34 Nettie Houston Bringhurst, San Antonio, Texas, to L. D. Garrison, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1932 March 27.
35 Mary Houston Morrow to Nettie Houston Bringhurst, undated.
36 Correspondence: Bringhurst Fund, 1923-1924
37 Legal documents: J. M. Friedman vs. Nettie H. Bringhurst et al., 1923-1924
38 Financial documents: Bringhurst Fund, 1923-1924
39 Insurance policies, 1924-1925
Reports, essays, etc., 1927 and undated
40 Nettie Houston Bringhurst, Historian's Report, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 5 pages, 1927 March 2.
41 Nettie Houston Bringhurst, Historian's Report, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 7 pages, undated.
42 "Flag of the Single Star," 3 pages, undated.
43 "The Gravity Battery," 1 page, 2 copies, undated.
44 "Sam Houston - A Personal Sketch," 6 pages [incomplete], undated.
45 "Wonderful Cave in Texas," 1 page, undated.
Poetry, undated
46 Nettie Houston Bringhurst, "Cherokee Roses," manuscript, 2 pages, undated.
Nettie Houston Bringhurst, "The Dead Editor," manuscript, 1 page, undated.
Nettie Houston Bringhurst, "Hanging Up the Stockings," typescript, 2 pages, undated.
Nettie Houston Bringhurst, "An Idyl of Early Texas," manuscript, 11 pages, undated.
Nettie Houston Bringhurst, "An Idyl of Early Texas," typescript, 2 pages, undated.
Nettie Houston Bringhurst, "Old Rhymes Made New," typescript, 1 page, undated
Nettie Houston Bringhurst, "Queen of Babies," typescript, 1 page, undated.
Nettie Houston Bringhurst, "Texas Indivisible," typescript, 1 page, undated.
47 Mary Hunt Affleck, "To a Poet Laureate. Dedicated to Mrs. Nettie Houston Bringhurst," typescript, 2 pages, undated.
"Love of Country," manuscript, 1 page, undated.
48 Music [autographed]: Cal Cohen, "Spirit of the Alamo," Culver City, California: Cal Cohen, 1926.
49 Resolutions: Death of William Lorraine Bringhurst, 3 items, 1913
50 Proceedings: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 1919
51 Directory: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Alamo Mission Chapter, 1927-1929
52 Newsletters: National Society United States Daughters of 1812, 1930 and 1927 December
53 Books and pamphlets: Girardet, Grandville, Sagot, Werner, Alphabet Illustre: 100 Vignettes et Lettres Ornees, Tours: Alfred Mame et Fils, undated.
54 Clippings
55 Artifact: ruler
56 Miscellaneous material
Box Folder
2 Photographs
57 Identified, 10 items
Includes Nettie Houston Bringhurst, Samuel Houston Bringhurst, William Lorraine Bringhurst, Margaret Bush, William P. Hardeman, and Sam Houston, Jr.
58 Unidentified, 14 items
59 Unidentified, 20 items
60 Unidentified, glass plate negative

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