Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Berta Boardman Maxcy:

An Inventory of the Collection at the Texas State Archives, 1841-1926, undated



Overview

Creator: Maxcy, Berta Boardman.
Title: Collection
Dates: 1841-1926, undated
Abstract: The Berta Boardman Maxcy collection contains diaries, correspondence, clippings, artifacts, photographs, and a painting concerning members of the Boardman and Maxcy families, both residing in Austin, Texas. Materials date from 1841 to 1926, with some undated materials. The most important part of the collection is George T. Boardman's five-part diary which chronicles his three years of service in the Army of the Confederate States of America (March 1862-May 1865). The collection also contains photographs, correspondence, and newspaper clippings which document the history of the Boardman and Maxcy families with particularly strong coverage for the period 1890-1900.
Quantity: 0.24 cubic ft., 13 photographs, 1 painting, 2 artifacts
Language English.

Biographical Sketch

Though the Berta Boardman Maxcy Collection provides information on a number of individuals, the principal subject of the collection is Doctor George Thomasson Boardman. Boardman was born in London, England, April 14, 1827, and emigrated to the United States in 1841. He became a dentist, receiving his professional education at Cincinnati Dental College. In 1850, Dr. Boardman moved to Austin, Texas, where he married Frances E. Goodrich on November 10, 1859. Four children, Mary Goodrich, John Sterling, Anna Thourton, and Berta Kate, were born of this union.

On March 15, 1862, Dr. Boardman enlisted in the Confederate Army. He served in the 16th Texas Infantry and participated in the Trans-Mississippi campaign. Dr. Boardman returned to Austin in May 1865 and resumed his dental practice there. He died in Austin January 18, 1884 and is buried at Oakwood Cemetery.


Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Berta Boardman Maxcy Collection contains materials concerning members of the Boardman and Maxcy families, both residing in Austin, produced between 1841 and 1926, with some undated material. The most important part of the collection is George T. Boardman's five-part diary which chronicles his three years of service in the Army of the Confederate States of America (March 1862 - May 1865). The collection also contains photographs, correspondence, and newspaper clippings which document the history of the Boardman and Maxcy families with particularly strong coverage for the period 1890 - 1900. These are the family papers held by Miss Maxcy at the time of her death in 1978.

The core of the collection is the soldier's diary kept by Berta's grandfather, Dr. George T. Boardman, between March, 1862 and May, 1865. The diary, in five parts, recounts Dr. Boardman's experiences as a private soldier and as brigade dentist in the Trans-Mississippi Campaign. As a soldier Boardman served in Company G of the 16th Texas Infantry, George Fournoy's Regiment, William Read Scurry's Brigade, William Walker's Division. With his regiment, Boardman marched through East Texas (Houston, Navasota, Tyler, Palestine) and into Arkansas (Arkadelphia, Little Rock, Pine Bluff) in the spring of 1862. In April, 1863 the 16th Texas entered northern Louisiana and passed the duration of the war there (Shreveport, Alexandria, Grand Ecore, Delhi, Monticello, Minden, and Mansfield). Personal references in the diary center on Boardman's comrades-in-arms, his captain, Fred Moore, and private soldiers M. L. McFarland, Ed Christian, Wilcox Powell, Zac Walker, Jack Smith, Ben Goodrich, T. J. Campbell, and I. F. Hutchins, all of Austin and Travis County. The majority of the entries are Boardman's comments on camp life, on the countryside, and on his sentiments about the war. The back pages of each part contain accounts of Boardman's expenses.

The collection also contains family correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings generated by or dealing with the Boardman and Maxcy families in Texas, Tennessee, California, and Illinois. The correspondence is dispersed with five items spanning the period 1841 to 1926. Three pre-Civil War items give a view of activities of the Boardman family before it settled in Texas. The photographs are of Berta Boardman Maxcy's relatives in the period 1870 - 1890. Newspaper clippings contain family obituaries and accounts of Anna Maxcy's career as an actress in Austin's local theater in 1891 and 1892.


 

Organization of the Collection

The collection is organized into four series:
Civil War diaries of George T. Boardman, 1862-1865, 0.1 cubic ft.
Boardman family materials, 1841-1926, undated, fractional
Maxcy family materials, 1864-1923, fractional
Images of Boardman and Maxcy family members, 1870-1884, undated, 13 photographs, 1 painting

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected at a minimum through December 31, 2002 or 70 years after the author's death. Researchers are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.


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:
Boardman, George T. (George Thomasson), 1827-1884.
Family Names:
Boardman family.
Maxey family.
Corporate Names:
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Infantry Regiment, 16th.
Places:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Austin (Tex.)
Arkansas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Louisiana--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Boardman family--1841-1926.
Clippings--Texas--Boardman family--1841-1926.
Clippings--Texas--Maxey family--1864-1907.
Photographs--Boardman family--1870-1884.
Photographs--Maxey family--1870-1884.
Diaries--United States--Civil War--1862-1865.
Buckle--[186-?].
Obituaries--Texas--Boardman family--1864-1907.
Sash (costume accessory)--[186-?].
Legal documents--Texas--Maxey family--1922-1923.
Obituaries--Texas--Maxey family--1893-1898.
Poetry--Texas--Maxey family--1893.
Painting (visual work)--Texas--Boardman family--[18--].

Related Material

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

Texas State Archives
There are a number of holdings indexed under Civil War diary in the Manuscripts Card File in the Archives search room.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Berta Boardman Maxcy Collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1979/031, 1981/149

The collection was donated to the Texas State Archives on November 2, 1978 and April 29, 1981 by Mamie B. Ward, a friend of Berta Boardman Maxcy.

Processing Information

David Block, April 1981


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Civil War diaries of George T. Boardman, 1862-1865,
0.1 cubic ft.

This series consists of five diaries of George T. Boardman, dating from March 1862 to May 1865, regarding his experiences and perceptions during the Civil War while serving in the Trans-Mississippi campaigns of the 16th Texas Infantry. Boardman makes observations on camp life, on the countryside of Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana, on military engagements in which he took part, and on his impressions of distant events of the war such as the fall of Vicksburg, Lee's surrender, and Lincoln's assassination.
Arrangement
The diaries are arranged chronologically.
Index Terms
Personal Names:
Boardman, George T. (George Thomasson), 1827-1884.
Corporate Names:
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Infantry Regiment, 16th.
Places:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate.
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Louisiana--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Arkansas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Document Types:
Diaries--United States--Civil War--1862-1865.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Civil War diaries of George T. Boardman, Berta Boardman Maxcy Collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1979/031
The collection was donated to the Texas State Archives on November 2, 1978 by Mamie B. Ward, a friend of Berta Boardman Maxcy.
box folder
1979/31-1 1. Diary 1, March 1862-March 1863
2. Diary 2, March 1863-October 1863
3. Diary 3, October 1863-July 1864
4. Diary 4, July 1864-March 1865
5. Diary 5, April 1865-May 1865



 

Boardman family materials, 1841-1926, undated,
fractional, 2 artifacts

Papers are correspondence, lists of births, marriages, and deaths from a family Bible, a memorandum, obituaries, resolutions, and artifacts, dating from 1841 to 1926, with some undated material, relating to the Boardman family. Correspondence includes pre-Civil War letters of Boardman family in Tennessee and a letter from Thurlow B. Weed with a sketch of the Boardman family plot in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin (Tex.). Resolutions were adopted by Milam Lodge 200 of the Odd Fellows on the death of G.T. Boardman. The memorandum chronicles the English branch of the family. Dates from the family Bible and memorandum cover 1758 to 1891. Also included is a Civil War-era buckle and sash which likely belonged to George T. Boardman.
Arrangement
Arranged by type of material.
Index Terms
Family Names:
Boardman family.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Boardman family--1841-1926.
Obituaries--Texas--Boardman family--1841-1926.
Buckle--[186-?].
Sash (costume accessory)--[186-?].
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Boardman family materials, Berta Boardman Maxcy Collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1979/031, 1981/149
The collection was donated to the Texas State Archives on November 2, 1978 and April 29, 1981 by Mamie B. Ward, a friend of Berta Boardman Maxcy.
box folder
1979/31-1 6. Pre-Civil War correspondence of Boardman family, 1841-1852
7. Lists of births, marriages, and deaths from a Boardman family Bible (1758-1891), undated
8. Letter concerning plot in Oakwood Cemetery, 1926
9. Resolution re: George T. Boardman's death, 1884
10. Family memoranda of Boardman family (1758-1883), undated
11. Newspaper obituaries and printed death notices of Boardman family, 1864-1907
box
Artifact Box 35 Buckle and sash (Civil War vintage), [186-?]



 

Maxcy family materials, 1864-1923,
fractional

Papers are newspaper clippings, a literary production, and a legal document, dating from 1864-1923. Materials touch on the history of the Maxcy family of Austin, Texas and are clippings from Austin newspapers detailing Anna Maxcy's career in local theater, newspaper obituaries of Maxcy family members, a poem dedicated to Berta Boardman Maxcy, and James Maxcy Collier's will.
Arrangement
Arranged by type of material.
Index Terms
Family Names:
Maxey family.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Document Types:
Poetry--Texas--Maxey family--1893.
Legal documents--Texas--Maxey family--1922-1923.
Clippings--Texas--Maxey family--1864-1907.
Obituaries--Texas--Maxey family--1893-1898.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Maxcy family materials, Berta Boardman Maxcy Collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1979/031
The collection was donated to the Texas State Archives on November 2, 1978 by Mamie B. Ward, a friend of Berta Boardman Maxcy.
box folder
1979/31-1 12. Clippings from Austin Daily Statesman, Austin Evening News chronicling Anna Maxcy's career in local theatre, 1864-1907
13. Newspaper obituaries of Maxcy family members, 1893-1898
14. Poem dedicated to Berta Boardman Maxcy, 1893
15. James Maxcy Collier's will, written 1922
executed, 1923



 

Images of Boardman and Maxcy family members, 1870-1884, undated,
13 photographs, 1 painting

These are photographs (including portraits and snapshots) and a painting of Boardman and Maxcy family members dating from 1870 to 1884 and undated. Subjects include Anna Boardman, George T. Boardman, Ida May Boardman, John Boardman, John Herbert Boardman, Eliza Boardman Burns, Carl Boardman Drake, Berta Boardman Maxcy, and other unidentified persons. The painting of George T. Boardman has been missing for a number of years.
Arrangement
Unidentified photographs are listed following the identified photos. The painting is listed at the end, although its location is not known.
Index Terms
Family Names:
Boardman family.
Maxey family.
Document Types:
Photographs--Texas--Boardman family--1870-1884, undated.
Photographs--Texas--Maxey family--1870-1884, undated.
Painting (visual work)--Texas--Boardman family--[18--].
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Images of Boardman and Maxcy family members, Berta Boardman Maxcy Collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1979/031, 1981/149
The collection was donated to the Texas State Archives on November 2, 1978 and April 29, 1981 by Mamie B. Ward, a friend of Berta Boardman Maxcy.
Restrictions on Use
Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
othertype
1979/31-1 John Boardman portrait. H. B. Hillyer, Austin, 1870.
[2 1/2 × 4]
othertype
1979/31-2 Berta Boardman Maxcy snapshot.
[3 1/2 × 4]
othertype
1979/31-3 Berta Boardman Maxcy and Carl Boardman Drake snapshot.
[3 1/2 × 4]
othertype
1979/31-4 Anna Boardman portrait. 1884.
[4 × 5 1/2; mounted on convex glass]
othertype
1979/31-5 Ida May Boardman portrait. Ch. Ferrand, Nevada, California.
[3 1/2 × 2; tinted]
othertype
1979/31-6 John Herbert Boardman portrait. Watkins Yosemite Art Gallery, San Francisco.
[2 1/2 × 3 1/2]
othertype
1979/31-7 Carl Boardman Drake portrait. Brand Portraits, Chicago.
[4 × 5 1/2]
othertype
1979/31-8 Eliza Boardman Burns portrait. H. B. Hillyer, Austin.
[2 1/2 × 4]
othertype
1979/31-9 Portrait of an unidentified infant.
[4 × 5 1/2]
othertype
1979/31-10 Portrait of an unidentified woman.
[2 × 2 1/2; tinted]
othertype
1979/31-11 Portrait of an unidentified man. Petersen's Photographic Gallery, La Grange, Texas.
[2 × 3 1/2]
othertype
1979/31-12 Portrait of an unidentified young girl.
[2 1/2 × 2 1/2]
othertype
1979/31-13 Snapshot of three young women.
[1 × 1 1/2]
othertype
1981/149 Portrait of George Thomasson Boardman, [18--]
[painting]
[Missing, July 2001]