Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Henry E. Elrod Collection

Manuscript Collection: MC177

Collection Summary

Creator: Elrod, Henry E.
Title: Henry E. Elrod collection
Dates: 1866-1870
Abstract: Correspondence, financial and legal documents concern the public affairs of the city of Brownsville, Texas, from 1866 to 1870.
Identification: MC177
Quantity: 7 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Henry E. Elrod, the donor of the collection, was a consulting engineer in Houston, Texas. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was a friend of George A. Hill and was interested in Texas currency, donating several warrants and other artifacts to the San Jacinto Museum.

Scope and Content Note

The Henry E. Elrod Collection is comprised of correspondence, financial and legal documents dating from 1866 to 1870 which concern the city of Brownsville, Texas. The single correspondence is dated February 5th, 1867, and is addressed to the city council of Brownsville from G. Reynolds, Deputy City Marshal of Brownsville, Texas, regarding claims against the Mayor and future laws and precedents that should be defined by the city council.

Financial documents include four bills and a police payroll. There are two bills charged to the city of Brownsville from two individuals for services rendered to the city dated in 1869. Two partially printed bills dated in 1869 and 1870 to the City of Brownsville were for purchases made from Joseph L. Putegnat, druggist and apothecary, dealer in drugs, chemicals, paints, fancy goods, etc. There is also an 1869 Brownsville Police Department payroll list signed by Police Chief Bryan Gorman.

The legal document is a three page ledger dating from 1866 to 1867 which lists the names of the 223 people buried in the Brownsville Cemetery.


Arrangement is chronological.


Restrictions on Access


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

Gorman, Bryan
Putegnat, Joseph L.
Reynolds, G.
Brownsville City Cemetery (Brownsville, Tex.)
Brownsville (Tex.)

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Henry E. Elrod Collection, MC177, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Henry E. Elrod, July 1942.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.



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168.2 1 G. Reynolds to Brownsville City Council 1867 February 5


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168.2 2 Bills 1869-1870
3 Payroll 1869 September


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168.2 4 Ledger: Brownsville Cemetery 1866-1867