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Series I: Letters and map, 1966

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the W. L. Atwood archaeological letters and map, 1966 MS 178



creator aut Atwood, W.L.
Title: W. L. Atwood archaeological letters and map
Dates: 1966
Abstract: This collection consists of a series of letters and a map annotated by Mr. Atwood concerning his archaeological findings in the Galveston Bay area.
Identification: MS 178
Quantity: 0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

No further information is currently available for the author, W.L. Atwood.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a series of letters and a map annotated by Mr. Atwood concerning his archaeological findings in the Galveston Bay area. In these letters, Mr. Atwood relates his knowledge of aboriginal spoil banks and other archaeological findings to Hardin Craig Jr. (librarian at Fondren Library) as well as H. A. Bernard of Shell Development Company and a Forest Supervisor in Louisiana. Also included in the collection is a map covered in marks which Mr. Atwood reveals in his letters to be Indian measurements, and that he has discovered that there was much more Indian activity in the area than previously thought by archaeologists. The area described is Stephen Creek.

Stephen Creek is at the junction of State Highway 156 and Farm Road 224 on Lake Livingston, seventy-five miles north of Houston in northeastern San Jacinto County. The nearby creek was named after Miles G. Stephen, a Georgia native who moved to the area after having first lived in what would become Polk County. Other early settlers who moved to the area before 1842 included Jim Hopkins, Arnett Harrell, and Dan Sellers. Most residents were small farmers who grew cotton and corn and raised hogs. The Stephen Creek post office opened in 1915 and was closed in 1954. The community's population was estimated to be twenty through the early 1960s. Since the completion of Lake Livingston Stephen Creek has grown. Still more residents live in the Holiday Shore development, which offers recreational opportunities on the lake. In 1990 the population of Stephen Creek was 135. Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Stephen Creek, Texas," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/SS/hns82.html (accessed April 8, 2009).

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the W. L. Atwood papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Texas -- San Jacinto
Texas -- Stephen Creek

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W. L. Atwood archaeological letters and map, 1966, MS 178, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was a gift donated by Hardin C. Craig Jr. in 1966.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Letters and map, 1966

Folder
1 Extract from Field Excursion no. 3, November 10 and 11, 1962 – Recent and Pleistocene Geology of Southeast Texas
Letter: W. L. Atwood to Hardin Craig Jr., February 16, 1966
Letter: W. L. Atwood to H. A. Bernard, March 7, 1966
Letter: W. L. Atwood to Hardin Craig Jr., April 30, 1966
Topographical Map: Stephen Creek Quadrangle, enclosed with letter 4, April 30, 1966
Letter: Hardin Craig Jr. to W. L. Atwood, June 17, 1966
Letter: W. L. Atwood to Hardin Craig Jr., June 26, 1966
Letter: W. L. Atwood to Hans R. Raum, June 26, 1966
Letter: W. L. Atwood to Hardin Craig Jr., July 3, 1966

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