Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Governor Joseph D. Sayers:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1886-1903 (bulk 1899-1903)



Overview

Creator: Texas. Governor (1899-1903 : Sayers)
Title: Records
Dates: 1886-1903
Dates: (bulk 1899-1903)
Abstract: Types of records are correspondence, reports, telegrams, lists, petitions, attorney general opinions, clippings, letterpress books, and financial records dating from 1886 to 1903, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1899 to 1903. Records are of Joseph D. Sayers' terms as governor of Texas.
Quantity: 14.57 cubic ft.
Language English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Biographical Sketch

Joseph Draper Sayers served as governor of Texas from January 17, 1899 to January 20, 1903. Sayers was born in Mississippi in 1841. When he was ten, Sayers' family moved to Bastrop, Texas, where he attended the Bastrop Military Institute until 1860. Sayers advanced from private to major in the Confederate army. At the war's end, he taught school and studied law at night in Bastrop. Sayers became a law partner of George W. "Wash" Jones in 1866. He was elected to the state senate in 1872, to the lieutenant governorship in 1879, and to the U.S. Congress in 1885. As Congressman (1885-1898) Sayers helped to gain federal pensions for Texas Rangers for the Indian Wars. Colonel E.M. House, who had run the campaigns of Governors Hogg and Culberson, selected Sayers to break the pattern of attorneys general succeeding to the governor's chair.

Sayers was elected governor in 1898, and re-elected in 1900. He coped with three major disasters: the Huntsville Penitentiary fire of 1899, the Brazos River flood of 1899, and the Galveston storm of 1900. Sayers returned to law practice after his retirement, and was on the University of Texas Board of Regents during its power struggle with Governor James E. Ferguson in 1916. He served on the Industrial Accident Board (1915-1917), the Board of Legal Examiners (1922-1926), and the Board of Pardon Advisors (1927). Sayers died in Austin on May 15, 1929.


Scope and Contents of the Records

Types of records are correspondence, reports, telegrams, lists, petitions, attorney general opinions, clippings, letterpress books, and financial records dating from 1886 to 1903, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1899 to 1903. Records are of Joseph D. Sayers' terms as governor of Texas. Materials relate to three disasters that occurred during Sayers' term in office: the fire at the Huntsville Penitentiary, the Brazos River flood, and the Galveston Island hurricane and flood. The governor handled the collection and disbursement of relief funds. Other documents reveal information about quarantines against human and animal disease, an outbreak of smallpox in Laredo, railroads, the World's Fair, and state agency business. Several letters and reports deal with an incident in which a train carrying African-American U.S. troops was fired upon near Houston. Correspondence with Elisabet Ney and Adelia Dunovant concerns statues and monuments to Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, and Albert Sidney Johnson. Also included are recommendations and requests for appointment to office; requests for pardons, paroles, extradition, and rewards; and letters from judges disqualifying themselves from hearing certain cases. Correspondents include Elisabet Ney, Adelia Dunovant, the Railroad Commission, other federal, state and local officials, contributors of relief funds, and citizens of Texas.


 

Arrangement of the Records

Arrangement is by type of material, then chronological.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.

Technical Requirements

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Sayers, Joseph D. (Joseph Draper), 1841-1929.
Ney, Elisabet, 1833-1907.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Office of the Governor.
Huntsville Penitentiary--Fire, 1899.
Subjects:
Governors--Texas.
Floods--Texas--Galveston.
Hurricanes--Texas--Galveston.
Floods--Texas--Brazos River.
Quarantines--Texas.
Smallpox--Texas--Laredo.
Places:
Texas--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Governors--1886-1903 (bulk 1899-1903).
Telegrams--Texas--Governors--1886-1903 (bulk 1899-1903).
Financial records--Texas--Governors--1886-1903 (bulk 1899-1903).
Letterpress copybooks--Texas--Governors--1886-1903 (bulk 1899-1903).
Functions:
Appointing.
Pardoning.

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
Texas Secretary of State, Executive record books, 1835-1917, 14 reels of microfilm
Texas Secretary of State, Executive clemency records, 1840, 1845-2002, 103.62 cubic ft., 168 reels of microfilm (originals), 22 reels of microfilm (duplicates)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Records, Texas Governor Joseph D. Sayers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1930/003, 1936/002

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Governor Ross S. Sterling on July 7, 1931, and by the governor's office on October 8, 1936.

Processing Information

June 1984

Tonia J. Wood, December 1995


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Records, 1886-1903 (bulk 1899-1903),
14.57 cubic ft.

Box
301-175 Correspondence, 1886-1892
Correspondence, September 1898
Correspondence, January 1-10, 1899
Correspondence, January 11-20, 1899
Correspondence, January 21-26, 1899
Correspondence, January 27-30, 1899
Correspondence, February 1-6, 1899
Correspondence, February 7-11, 1899
Correspondence, February 12-16, 1899
Correspondence, February 17-20, 1899
Correspondence, February 21-24, 1899
Correspondence, February 25-28, 1899
Correspondence, March 1-4, 1899
Correspondence, March 5-8, 1899
Correspondence, March 9-13, 1899
Correspondence, March 14-15, 1899
Correspondence, March 16-17, 1899
Correspondence, March 18, 1899
Correspondence, March 19-20, 1899
Correspondence, March 21, 1899
Correspondence, March 22-25, 1899
Box
301-176 Correspondence, March 26-29, 1899
Correspondence, March 30, 1899
Correspondence, April 1-6, 1899
Correspondence, April 7-10, 1899
Correspondence, April 11-14, 1899
Correspondence, April 15-17, 1899
Correspondence, April 18-21, 1899
Correspondence, April 22-26, 1899
Correspondence, April 27-30, 1899
Correspondence, May 1-3, 1899
Correspondence, May 4, 1899
Correspondence, May 5-6, 1899
Correspondence, May 7-9, 1899
Correspondence, May 10-11, 1899
Correspondence, May 12-13, 1899
Correspondence, May 14-17, 1899
Correspondence, May 18-19, 1899
Correspondence, May 20-23, 1899
Correspondence, May 24-25, 1899
Correspondence, May 26-28, 1899
Correspondence, May 29-30, 1899
Correspondence, May 31, 1899
Box
301-177 Correspondence, June 1-3, 1899
Correspondence, June 4-5, 1899
Correspondence, June 6-7, 1899
Correspondence, June 8-9, 1899
Correspondence, June 10, 1899
Correspondence, June 11-13, 1899
Correspondence, June 14-15, 1899
Correspondence, June 16-18, 1899
Correspondence, June 19-21, 1899
Correspondence, June 22-25, 1899
Correspondence, June 26-27, 1899
Correspondence, June 28, 1899
Correspondence, June 29-30, 1899
Correspondence, July 1-3, 1899
Correspondence, July 4-6, 1899
Correspondence, July 7, 1899
Correspondence, July 8, 1899
Telegrams, July 4-10, 1899
Telegrams, July 11-31, 1899
Telegrams, August, 1899
Box
301-178 Correspondence, July 9-10, 1899
Correspondence, July 11, 1899
Correspondence, July 12, 1899
Correspondence, July 13, 1899
Correspondence, July 14, 1899
Correspondence, July 15, 1899
Correspondence, July 16, 1899
Correspondence, July 17, 1899
Correspondence, July 18, 1899
Correspondence, July 19, 1899
Correspondence, July 20, 1899
Correspondence, July 21-22, 1899
Correspondence, July 23-24, 1899
Correspondence, July 25-26, 1899
Correspondence, July 27-28, 1899
Correspondence, July 29-30, 1899
Correspondence, July 31, 1899
Correspondence, August 1-2, 1899
Correspondence, August 3-4, 1899
Correspondence, August 5, 1899
Correspondence, August 5, 1899
Box
301-179 Correspondence, August 6-7, 1899
Correspondence, August 8, 1899
Correspondence, August 9, 1899
Correspondence, August 10-11, 1899
Correspondence, August 12, 1899
Correspondence, August 13-14, 1899
Correspondence, August 15, 1899
Correspondence, August 16-17, 1899
Correspondence, August 18, 1899
Correspondence, August 19-23, 1899
Correspondence, August 24-26, 1899
Correspondence, August 27-31, 1899
Correspondence, September 1-5, 1899
Correspondence, September 6-9, 1899
Correspondence, September 10-14, 1899
Correspondence, September 15-19, 1899
Correspondence, September 20-23, 1899
Correspondence, September 24-30, 1899
Box
301-180 Correspondence, October 1-10, 1899
Correspondence, October 11-15, 1899
Correspondence, October 16-18, 1899
Correspondence, October 19-22, 1899
Correspondence, October 23-31, 1899
Correspondence, November 1-2, 1899
Correspondence, November 3-13, 1899
Correspondence, November 14-17, 1899
Correspondence, November 18-20, 1899
Correspondence, November 21, 1899
Correspondence, November 22-23, 1899
Correspondence, November 24-28, 1899
Correspondence, November 29-30, 1899
Box
301-181 Correspondence, December 1-5, 1899
Correspondence, December 6-10, 1899
Correspondence, December 11-14, 1899
Correspondence, December 15-19, 1899
Correspondence, December 20-22, 1899
Correspondence, December 23-30, 1899
Correspondence, 1899 & undated
Correspondence, 1899 & undated
Correspondence, January 1-5, 1900
Correspondence, January 6-9, 1900
Correspondence, January 10-12, 1900
Correspondence, January 13-18, 1900
Correspondence, January 19-23, 1900
Correspondence, January 24-31, 1900
Correspondence, February 1-6, 1900
Box
301-182 Correspondence, February 7-12, 1900
Correspondence, February 13-18, 1900
Correspondence, February 19-21, 1900
Correspondence, February 22-26, 1900
Correspondence, February 27-28, 1900
Correspondence, March 1-6, 1900
Correspondence, March 7-11, 1900
Correspondence, March 12-15, 1900
Correspondence, March 16-21, 1900
Correspondence, March 22-23, 1900
Correspondence, March 24-25, 1900
Correspondence, March 26-27, 1900
Correspondence, March 28-30, 1900
Correspondence, April 1-10, 1900
Correspondence, April 11-15, 1900
Correspondence, April 16-20, 1900
Correspondence, April 21-25, 1900
Correspondence, April 26-30, 1900
Correspondence, May 1-7, 1900
Correspondence, May 8-11, 1900
Box
301-183 Correspondence, May 12-20, 1900
Correspondence, May 21-25, 1900
Correspondence, May 26-29, 1900
Correspondence, May 30-31, 1900
Correspondence, June 1-5, 1900
Correspondence, June 6-12, 1900
Correspondence, June 13-16, 1900
Correspondence, June 17-21, 1900
Correspondence, June 23-27, 1900
Correspondence, June 28-30, 1900
Correspondence, July 1-6, 1900
Correspondence, July 7-16, 1900
Correspondence, July 17-26, 1900
Correspondence, July 27-31, 1900
Correspondence, August 1-15, 1900
Correspondence, August 16-25, 1900
Correspondence, August 26-31, 1900
Correspondence, September 1-8, 1900
Correspondence, September 10, 1900
Correspondence, September 11, 1900
Correspondence, September 11, 1900
Box
301-184 Correspondence, September 11, 1900
Correspondence, September 12, 1900
Correspondence, September 12, 1900
Correspondence, September 12, 1900
Correspondence, September 13, 1900
Correspondence, September 13, 1900
Correspondence, September 13, 1900
Correspondence, September 14, 1900
Correspondence, September 14, 1900
Correspondence, September 15, 1900
Correspondence, September 15, 1900
Correspondence, September 15, 1900
Correspondence, September 16, 1900
Correspondence, September 17, 1900
Box
301-185 Correspondence, September 17, 1900
Correspondence, September 17, 1900
Correspondence, September 17, 1900
Correspondence, September 18, 1900
Correspondence, September 18, 1900
Correspondence, September 18, 1900
Correspondence, September 19, 1900
Correspondence, September 19, 1900
Correspondence, September 19, 1900
Correspondence, September 20, 1900
Correspondence, September 20, 1900
Correspondence, September 21, 1900
Correspondence, September 21, 1900
Correspondence, September 21, 1900
Correspondence, September 22, 1900
Correspondence, September 22, 1900
Correspondence, September 23, 1900
Correspondence, September 24, 1900
Correspondence, September 24, 1900
Box
301-186 Correspondence, September 25, 1900
Correspondence, September 26, 1900
Correspondence, September 26, 1900
Correspondence, September 27, 1900
Correspondence, September 28, 1900
Correspondence, September 29, 1900
Correspondence, October 1, 1900
Correspondence, October 2, 1900
Correspondence, October 3, 1900
Correspondence, October 4, 1900
Correspondence, October 5, 1900
Correspondence, October 6-7, 1900
Correspondence, October 8, 1900
See also copy negative 1990/93-6 in the Prints and Photographs Collection.
Correspondence, October 9-10, 1900
Correspondence, October 11-12, 1900
Correspondence, October 13-14, 1900
Box
301-187 Correspondence, October 15, 1900
Correspondence, October 16, 1900
Correspondence, October 17, 1900
Correspondence, October 18, 1900
Correspondence, October 19-21, 1900
Correspondence, October 20-27, 1900
Correspondence, October 22-23, 1900
Correspondence, October 24-25, 1900
Correspondence, October 28-29, 1900
Correspondence, October 30-31, 1900
Correspondence, November 1-3, 1900
Correspondence, November 4-7, 1900
Correspondence, November 8-9, 1900
Correspondence, November 10-14, 1900
Correspondence, November 15-19, 1900
Correspondence, November 20-21, 1900
Correspondence, November 22-25, 1900
Box
301-188 Correspondence, November 26-27, 1900
Correspondence, November 28-30, 1900
Correspondence, December 1-3, 1900
Correspondence, December 4-5, 1900
Correspondence, December 6-8, 1900
Correspondence, December 9-12, 1900
Correspondence, December 13-15, 1900
Correspondence, December 16-18, 1900
Correspondence, December 19-22, 1900
Correspondence, December 23-26, 1900
Correspondence, December 27-28, 1900
Correspondence, December 29-31, 1900
Correspondence, January 1-5, 1901
Box
301-189 Correspondence, January 6-9, 1901
Correspondence, January 10-16, 1901
Correspondence, January 17-22, 1901
Correspondence, January 23-30, 1901
Correspondence, January 31, 1901
Correspondence, February 1-2, 1901
Correspondence, February 3-7, 1901
Correspondence, February 8, 1901
Correspondence, February 9-15, 1901
Correspondence, February 16-19, 1901
Correspondence, February 20-25, 1901
Correspondence, February 26-28, 1901
Correspondence, March 1-6, 1901
Correspondence, March 7-9, 1901
Correspondence, March 10-15, 1901
Box
301-190 Correspondence, March 16-24, 1901
Correspondence, March 25-31, 1901
Correspondence, April 1-6, 1901
Correspondence, April 7-11, 1901
Correspondence, April 12-17, 1901
Correspondence, April 18-23, 1901
Correspondence, April 24-27, 1901
Correspondence, April 27-30, 1901
Correspondence, May 1-11, 1901
Correspondence, May 12-23, 1901
Correspondence, May 24-31, 1901
Correspondence, June 1-9, 1901
Correspondence, June 10-19, 1901
Correspondence, June 20-27, 1901
Box
301-191 Correspondence, June 27-30, 1901
Correspondence, July 1-10, 1901
Correspondence, July 11-21, 1901
Correspondence, July 22-31, 1901
Correspondence, August 1-5, 1901
Correspondence, August 6-12, 1901
Correspondence, August 13-22, 1901
Correspondence, August 23-31, 1901
Correspondence, September 1-5, 1901
Correspondence, September 6-13, 1901
Correspondence, September 14-20, 1901
Correspondence, September 20-24, 1901
Correspondence, September 25-30, 1901
Correspondence, October 1-6, 1901
Correspondence, October 7-15, 1901
Correspondence, October 16-26, 1901
Box
301-192 Correspondence, October 27-31, 1901
Correspondence, November 1-6, 1901
Correspondence, November 7-16, 1901
Correspondence, November 17-25, 1901
Correspondence, November 26-30, 1901
Correspondence, December 1-9, 1901
Correspondence, December 10-16, 1901
Correspondence, December 17-23, 1901
Correspondence, December 24-31, 1901
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, January 1-8, 1902
Correspondence, January 9-17, 1902
Correspondence, January 18-26, 1902
Correspondence, January 27-31, 1902
Correspondence, February 1-7, 1902
Correspondence, February 8-14, 1902
Correspondence, February 15-22, 1902
Box
301-193 Correspondence, February 23-28, 1902
Correspondence, March 1-7, 1902
Correspondence, March 8-13, 1902
Correspondence, March 14-20, 1902
Correspondence, March 21-31, 1902
Correspondence, April 1-9, 1902
Correspondence, April 10-18, 1902
Correspondence, April 19-30, 1902
Correspondence, May 1-10, 1902
Correspondence, May 10-22, 1902
Correspondence, May 23-31, 1902
Correspondence, June 2-12, 1902
Correspondence, June 13-23, 1902
Correspondence, June 24-30, 1902
Correspondence, July 1-8, 1902
Correspondence, July 9-17, 1902
Box
301-194 Correspondence, July 18-25, 1902
Correspondence, July 26-31, 1902
Correspondence, August 1-8, 1902
Correspondence, August 9-14, 1902
Correspondence, August 15-21, 1902
Correspondence, August 22-31, 1902
Correspondence, September 1-5, 1902
Correspondence, September 6-15, 1902
Correspondence, September 16-22, 1902
Correspondence, September 23-30, 1902
Correspondence, October 1-6, 1902
Correspondence, October 7-14, 1902
Correspondence, October 15-20, 1902
Correspondence, October 21-31, 1902
Correspondence, November 1-10, 1902
Box
301-195 Correspondence, November 11-12, 1902
Correspondence, November 13-20, 1902
Correspondence, November 21-27, 1902
Correspondence, November 28-30, 1902
Correspondence, December 1-3, 1902
Correspondence, December 4-8, 1902
Correspondence, December 8-10, 1902
Correspondence, December 11-13, 1902
Correspondence, December 14-18, 1902
Correspondence, December 18-22, 1902
Correspondence, December 23-27, 1902
Correspondence, December 28-31, 1902
Correspondence, January 1-5, 1903
Box
301-196 Correspondence, January 6-16, 1903
Correspondence, January 17-23, 1903
Correspondence, March 3, 1903-October 27, 1903
Railroad Correspondence, March 14-20, 1895
Railroad Correspondence, May 14, 1897-July 7, 1897
Railroad Correspondence, March 1, 1898-December 15, 1898
Railroad Correspondence, January 19, 1899, July 2, 1899
Railroad Correspondence, March 30, 1899
Railroad Correspondence, April 13-25, 1899
Railroad Correspondence, May 5, 21, 1899
Railroad Correspondence, January 27, 1901-February 28, 1901
Railroad Correspondence, March 1-25, 1901
Railroad Correspondence, April 1, 1901-December 16, 1901
Elisabet Ney, Adelia A. Dunovant, Correspondence, March 7, 1899-January 20, 1903
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Correspondence, undated
Partial Letters, 1899
Partial Letters, undated
Telegrams, undated
Box
301-197 Correspondence, and Reports of Storm Relief Committee, September 15, 1900-December 8, 1900
Correspondence, and Reports of Storm Relief Committee, January 1, 1901-February 15, 1901
House Testimony relating to Harris Co. Storm Relief, 1901
Financial Report of Alvin Relief Cmte., December 3, 1900
Alvin Relief Committee Report of Supplies, September-November 1900
Map of Alvin Relief District Contributors for relief of Storm Sufferers, September 15, 1900
Central Relief Committee Report, 1900
Report of Cash of Relief Fund, 1900
Statements & Accounts to Chairman, Relief Committee, September, October 1900
Statement for money for Flood Sufferers donated by the State Nat'l. Bank, September-October 1900
Financial Statement by the Relief Committee, September-November 1900
Financial Statement Central Relief Cmte., undated
Financial Statement, Columbia Relief Cmte., September 1900-January 1901
Columbia Relief Cmte.-Relief Fund and Estimates, 1900
John Sealy Financial Statement, December 4, 1900
Statement of Goods for Storm Sufferers, September 14, 1900
Box
301-198 List of Supplies for Storm Sufferers, 1899
Public Health Report, February 1900
Distribution of Relief Funds at Velasco, October 1900
Velasco Relief Report, undated
Waller County Relief Cmte. Expense Accts., 1900
Wallis County Relief Cmte. Report, 1900
Checks & Accounts for Property Losses, November 3-November 6, 1900
Checks & Accounts for Property Losses, November 7-November 15, 1900
Checks & Accounts for Property Losses, November 15-December 8, 1900
Checks & Accounts for Property Losses, November-December 1900
Checks & Accounts for Property Losses, Miscellaneous, 1900
Box
301-199 Checks & Accounts for Property Losses, December 10, 1900-January 31, 1901
Checks & Accounts for Property Losses, February 1, 1901-July 27, 1901
Receipts, April 3, 1901-July 4, 1901
Receipts, July 4, 1901-July 13, 1901
Receipts, July 16, 1901-August 22, 1901
Letterpress, January 12, 1899-May 9, 1899
Box
301-200 Letterpress, May 9, 1899-July 24, 1899
Letterpress, July 24, 1899-October 31, 1899
Letterpress, November 1, 1899-January 31, 1900
Box
301-201 Letterpress, January 31, 1900-May 7, 1900
Letterpress, May 7, 1900-Sept. 11, 1900
Letterpress, September 12-September 27, 1900
Box
301-202 Letterpress, September 27, 1900-October 24, 1900
Letterpress, October 24, 1900-December 12, 1900
Letterpress, December 12-December 31, 1900
Box
301-203 Letterpress, January 1, 1901-May 13, 1901
Letterpress, May 14, 1901-October 29, 1901
Box
301-204 Letterpress, October 29, 1901-March 22, 1902
Letterpress, March 22, 1902-July 29, 1902
Box
301-205 Letterpress, July 29, 1902-January 7, 1903
Letterpress, January 7, 1902-January 20, 1903