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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Old Vault Collection MSS.0113



Descriptive Summary

Creator Houston Public Library
Title: Old Vault Collection
Dates: 1796-1890's
Identification: MSS.0113
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet, 1 box, approximately 84 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

The Old Vault Collection contains documents, records, and correspondence relating to Texas history. The materials date from as early as 1796 to the late 1890's. The accumulation of these early papers began before the establishment of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, and were originally kept in the library vault for safekeeping. This arrangement of the material explains the diversity of the collection and its peculiarly eclectic nature.

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Scope and Contents

The primary emphasis of the collection is the correspondence from the early founders of Texas and Houston, such as Sam Houston, A. C. Allen, J. W. Fannin, and Thomas Bagby. The papers are helpful to the study of the Republic of Texas. They also include many miscellaneous business and legal documents relevant to nineteenth century Texas.

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Arrangement

In an effort to organize these diversified papers, the collection is now primarily arranged topically, and may include several types of materials within a certain heading. Because of the diversity in material, some topics contain very few materials; others contain many. The major divisions within the collection are by names of individuals.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Old Vault Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

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Index Terms

Allen, Augustus C.
Bagby, Thomas
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863
Houston (Tex.)
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Old Vault Collection. MSS 113. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Claire Wilkins, 1978.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 
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1 1 Sam Houston: Correspondence, 1842-1858

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1 2 Sam Houston: Legal Documents, 1837-1844

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1 3 Sam Houston: Diplomatic and State Documents, 1838, 1844

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1 4 Sam Houston: Military Documents, 1836

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1 5 Confederate States: Military Correspondence, 1863-1865

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1 6 Slavery: Legal Documents, 1796-1863

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1 7 Congressional Record: Postage on Letters to Texas, 1843

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1 8 J. T. Hogg: Correspondence, 1895

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1 9 Republic of Texas: Documents, 1836-1837

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1 10 Mirabeau B. Lamar: Executive Order, 1839

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1 11 Thomas Bagby: Correspondence, 1832

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1 12 Thomas Bagby: Legal Documents, 1840-1860

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1 13 Thomas Bagby: Legal Documents, 1838-1862

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1 14 Star State Telegraph Co., 1864

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1 15 James Fannin: Correspondence, 1830-1832

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1 16 Stephen F. Austin: Correspondence, 1835

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1 17 A. C. Allen: Legal Documents, 1840

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1 18 Miscellaneous Business Records, 1838-1839

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1 19 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1847-1880

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1 20 Miscellaneous Documents, 1875-1899

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1 21 Miscellaneous Legal Documents, 1866-1878

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1 22 Andrew Jackson: Personal letter, 1845

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1 23 Explanatory Letter

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