Julia Hagan (Mrs. H. Raymond) Papers
Manuscript Collection: MC002
Born in San Augustine, Texas, to Henry Jackson Mathews, Sr. and Amanda Louvenia Smith, Julia Myrtie Mathews Hagan dedicated her life to the preservation of Texas' historic landmarks, serving on numerous commissions and receiving a number of awards. Joining the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in 1939, Hagan was elected president in 1959. While president, she oversaw the restoration of the French Legation and the installation of the first heating and air conditioning units in the Alamo. Hagan served for nine years on the San Jacinto Battleground Commission and worked on the preservation of the De Zavala Cemetery. In addition to her work for San Jacinto and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Hagan also was a member of the Magna Charta Dames, the Colonial Dames of America, the Texas Heritage Society, the Harris County Historical Commission, and the Brazos State Park. Hagan died in 1991.
The Julia Hagan (Mrs. H. Raymond) Papers are separated into two groups: the Julia Hagan Papers and the Henry Jackson Mathews Papers. Correspondence and printed materials relating to Julia Hagan's tenure as President General of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and as a member of the San Jacinto Battleground Commission during the early 1960s. These documents record her efforts to preserve the De Zavala Cemetery and support the San Jacinto Battleground and Monument. The bulk of the material (1959-1966) is correspondence between the State Board of Control, the San Jacinto Museum of History Association, and elected representatives concerning the De Zavala Cemetery. Also of interest are materials related to the World Premiere of the film The Alamo, in San Antonio in October, 1960, and a photograph of John Grant Tod.
The second group, the Henry Jackson Mathews Paper, consists of a single 1881 Sabine Valley University tuition receipt for H. J. Mathews in the amount of ten dollars. The receipt is signed and bears the seal of the university.
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[Identification of Item], Julia Hagan (Mrs. H. Raymond) Papers, MC002, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.
Source unknown; received prior to 1999.
Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2000; Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.