Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Mary Davis Collection

Manuscript Collection: MC102



Collection Summary

Creator: Davis, Mary, d. 1945
Title: Mary Davis collection
Dates: 1881-1887, 1943-1944
Abstract: Newspapers, correspondence, and photographs document the life of John M. Wade (1819-1870) and life in the communities of Montgomery, Willis, and Navasota, Texas, during the 1880s.
Identification: MC102
OCLC Record No.: 20040630
Quantity: 14 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Little is known of Mary Davis. She researched the life of John M. Wade (1819-1870), San Jacinto veteran and early Texas pioneer, for Ike Moore, first director of the San Jacinto Museum of History. Davis put the letters, photographs, and newspapers she collected into a safety deposit box with the instructions that they be presented to Moore when he returned from the Navy. Davis died, probably in early 1945. When Moore was killed in action in May 1945, Davis' niece, Mrs. R. T. Weisinger, gave her aunt's small collection to the museum.


Scope and Content Note

Newspapers, correspondence, and photographs document the life of John M. Wade (1819-1870) and life in the communities of Montgomery and Willis in Montgomery County and Navasota in Grimes County, Texas, during the 1880s. Five editions of local papers including the Montgomery Journal (1881), the Willis Index (1886-1887), and the Navasota Tablet (1887) record rural life. A single newspaper clipping from the Houston Post (1944) mentions John M. Wade and his founding of the Montgomery Patriot in 1845. A letter between Mary Davis and Ike Moore summarizes her research into Montgomery County papers and her contributions to L. W. Kemp's sketch of Wade. Four letters from relatives of Wade relate the little information they know concerning their ancestor. Two photographs, one a copy of a photograph of Wade and one of his house taken during the 1890s, provide more information concerning the San Jacinto veteran.


Arrangement

Organized into three series; arrangement is chronological.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Index Terms

Names:
Wade, John M., 1819-1870
Places:
Montgomery (Tex.)
Navasota (Tex.)
Willis (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Citation

[Identification of Item], Mary Davis Collection, MC102, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.

Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. R. T. Weisinger, 1945.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2004.


Bibliography

"Wade, John M." The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/WW/fwa2.html


Inventory

Mary Davis Collection

box folder
144.4 1 Correspondence: Received and Sent 1943-1944, undated
2 Printed Materials: Newspaper Clippings 1944
3 Printed Materials: Newspapers 1881-1887
4 Photographs undated