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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Naturalization declarations of intent, 1855 and 1867-1869 (bulk 1855),

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Supreme Court, Galveston Term:

An Inventory of Naturalization Declarations of Intent at the Texas State Archives, 1855 and 1867-1869 (bulk 1855)



Overview

Creator: Texas. Supreme Court.
Title: Galveston Term Naturalization declarations of intent,
Dates: 1855 and 1867-1869
Dates: (bulk 1855)
Abstract: Records consist of a volume used by the clerk of the Texas Supreme Court during the Court's Galveston term to record naturalization declarations of intention by foreign nationals to become a citizen of the United States of America. There are approximately fifty declarations that date from 1855 and 1867-1869; the majority are from 1855.
Quantity: fractional
Language English.

Agency History

Jurisdiction to naturalize persons as citizens of the United States extends to state courts having a seal, a clerk, and jurisdiction in law and/or equity in which the amount of controversy is unlimited (U.S.C.A. 8 Sec. 1421). The Texas Supreme Court meets these naturalization jurisdiction requirements and has been used by foreign nationals seeking United States citizenship.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Records consist of a volume used by the clerk of the Texas Supreme Court during the Court's Galveston term to record naturalization declarations of intention by foreign nationals to become a citizen of the United States of America. There are approximately fifty declarations that date from 1855 and 1867-1869; the majority are from 1855. In the declaration, the applicant swears his intention to become a United States citizen and renounces all allegiance to foreign rulers, especially the applicant's former sovereign, such as the King of Prussia or Emperor of Austria. These oaths were sworn before a clerk of the Texas Supreme Court and include the signature of the applicant and the clerk.

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Arrangement of the Records

The declarations are in chronological order as recorded by the Supreme Court clerk; there is no index for the approximately fifty names.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Naturalization records--Texas.
Document Types:
Oaths--Texas--Naturalization--1855, 1867-1869.
Functions:
Recording naturalization declarations.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
For local records of naturalization, see http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/aboutrecords.html#6
Texas Secretary of State, Voter registration lists, 1867-1869, 18.52 cubic ft. (These contain a column for naturalization information.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Naturalization declarations of intent, Galveston Term, Texas Supreme Court. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1994/105

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library on June 3, 1994. The ledger was originally donated to the Austin History Center by Mrs. Stuart E. Buckley who had received it from Max Bickler, former clerk of the Texas Supreme Court.

Processing Information

Paul Beck, June 1994

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Naturalization declarations of intent, 1855 and 1867-1869 (bulk 1855),
fractional cubic ft.

volume
1994/105 Naturalization declarations of intent, 1855, 1867-1869

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