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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Additional Sources

Description of Series

Legal Material, 1880-1937

Business Records, 1939-1952 and undated

Correspondence, Ranch Headquarters, 1914-1952 and undated

Correspondence, New York Headquarters, 1939-1964 and undated

Correspondence Received, 1889-1902 and undated

Correspondence, Miscellaneous, File D-Z, 1896-1899

Correspondence, 1886-1907

Correspondence in Book Format, 1885-1905 and undated

Literary Production, 1887-1915 and undated

Legal Documents, 1889-1949

Financial Material, 1884-1941 and undated

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Espuela Land and Cattle Company:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1880-1979 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Espuela Land and Cattle Company, Ltd.
Title: Espuela Land and Cattle Company, Ltd. Records,
Dates: 1880-1979 and undated
Abstract: The records of the Espuela Land and Cattle Company, Ltd., a British syndicate that founded the Spur Ranch in the early 1880s.
Collection # S 310.1
Quantity: 9 boxes and 36 ledgers (16.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The Espuela Land and Cattle Company, Ltd., a British syndicate, founded the Spur Ranch in the early 1880s. The ranch was located in Dickens, Kent, Crosby, and Garza counties of West Texas and encompassed approximately 439,000 acres

The materials were donated by the Swenson Land and Cattle Company, owner of the Spur Ranch, and Clifford B. Jones, a former president of Texas Technological College and the son of Charles A. Jones, who was a manager for the Spur Ranch.

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Scope and Contents

Included are correspondence, legal documents, financial records and work diaries. The collection bulks with financial records relating to the operation of the Spur Ranch. The correspondence includes several letters from leading ranchers, while the work diaries detail the daily routine of ranching.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Britton, Alfred Markham
Campbell, A. T.
Horsbrugh, Fred
Johnstone, Henry
Lomax, Spottswood W.
Swenson family
Subjects (Organizations)
Espuela Land and Cattle Company, Ltd.
Places
Crosby County (Tex.)
Dickens County (Tex.)
Freeport (Tex.)
Garza County (Tex.)
Kent County (Tex.)
Long S Ranch (Tex.)
Spur (Tex.)
Spur Ranch (Tex.)
SMS Ranch (Tex.)
Subjects
Cattle trade--Economic aspects--Texas, West
Cattle trade--Texas
Land titles--Registration and transfer--Texas
Land settlement--Texas--History
Ranch life--Texas
Ranch houses--Texas, West
Ranching--Economic aspects--Texas, West
Ranching--Texas, West
Ranches--Texas--History
Real estate development--Texas--History

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Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company, Records, 1837-1976
  • Spur Ranch photograph collection, 1890-1915
  • Jones, Charles Adam, Papers [microfilm], 1933-1934
  • Clifford Bartlett Jones oral history interview [sound recording], 1968.
  • Frank Reeves oral history interview [sound recording], 1969
  • J. L. Davis oral history interview [sound recording], 1970.
  • William G. and A.M.G. "Swede" Swenson oral history interview [sound recording], 1969.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Espuela Land and Cattle Company Records, 1880-1979 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Gifts, 1958-1971 and undated

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, August 2000

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Additional Sources

The Handbook of Texas has published a more in-depth online biography of Espuela (Spur) Cattle Company at http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/search.html

Holden, William Curry. "The Spur Ranch: a Study of the Inclosed Ranch Phase of the Cattle Industry in Texas. "Boston: The Christopher publishing house, 1934.

Holden, William Curry. "The Espuela Land and Cattle Company; a Study of a Foreign-Owned Ranch in Texas. "Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1970.

Rylander, Dorothy. "The Economic Phase of the Ranching Industry on the Spur Ranch, 1885-1906. "Thesis (M.A.)--Texas Technological College, 1931.

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Collection Inventory

 

Legal Material, 1880-1937

box folder
1 1 Deeds of Trust, Notary Publics, 1892-1928

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Business Records, 1939-1952 and undated

box folder
1 2 Statement of Interests, undated
3 Collection Reports, 1939-1945
4 Collection Reports, 1945-1952
5 Remittance Letters, 1942-1949
6 Remittance Letters, 1949-1951
7 Remittance Letters, 1939-1942
Land and Lots, 1935-1958 and undated
box folder
1 8 Suits and Claims, 1935-1939 and undated
9 Record of Instruments, 1939-1946
10 Spur Lots, etc., 1938-1958 and undated
11 Inquiries for Land, 1939-1941 and undated
Taxes, 1938-1941 and undated
box folder
1 12 Kent County, Texas, 1939-1940 and undated
13 Garza, (empty)
14 Crosby, (empty)
15 Dickens, (empty)
16 1939 Tax Renditions, 1939
17 1938 Taxes Paid, 1939
18 1941 Taxes, 1941 and undated
19 1940 Taxes, 1941 and undated
20 Notes: Lease Notes, 1936-1940 and undated
Collection Reports, 1935-1942 and undated
box folder
1 21 Notices, 1935-1941 and undated
22 Foreclosure Suits, 1942
23 Lot Notes-Town Site Co., 1940-1941
24 Land Notes, 1939-1941
25 Crop Mortgage Notes, 1940
26 Grass and Farm Leases: Grass Leases, 1943-1944
27 Grass and Farm Leases: S.M.S. Ranch, 1938-1941
28 Grass and Farm Leases: List of Leases, 1937-1941
29 Insurance: Compensation, 1941
30 Insurance: Fire, 1937-1942
31 Land and Feed Data: Acreage, Owned and Sold, 1940-1941 and undated
32 Land and Feed Data: Feed Statements, 1918-1919 and undated
33 Land and Feed Data: Letter Received, 1919
34 Bookkeeping Accounts, 1939-1940 and undated
35 Bookkeeping Accounts, 1940-1941 and undated
Suits and Extensions, A-J, 1940-1945 and undated
box folder
1 36 Baze, T. F. (J. Z. Smith Notes), 1941-1944 and undated
37 Cravy, T. H., 1942 and undated
38 Faulkner, George, 1942
39 Fry, A. A., 1940-1945 and undated
40 Hindman, L. A., 1942
Suits and Extensions, K-Z, 1934-1942
box folder
1 41 Karr, A. M., 1942
42 King, B. H., 1942
43 Kennedy, Maggie E., 1942
44 Loe, D. I., 1941-1942
45 Mizell, Mrs. Bell, 1934
46 Taylor, F.O., 1939-1942
Sales and Prices, 1924-1966
box folder
2 1 Land Sales, 1940-1966
2 Spur Town Lot Sales, 1941-1959
3 Correspondence, 1963-1966 and undated
4 Correspondence: Cravy, T. H. (Dick), Post, Texas, RE-Land Trade, Sec., 4750, Blk. 8, Garza County, Texas, 1947 and undated
5 Correspondence: Fractional Acreage, 1945-1947
6 Land Prices, 1937-1940
7 Lot Prices, 1939-1946
8 Spur Ranch Reversions and Sales, 1923-1925

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Correspondence, Ranch Headquarters, 1914-1952 and undated

box folder
2 9 Correspondence, Ranch Headquarters, Land Leases, Land Sales and Notes, A-G, 1941-1949
10 Correspondence, Ranch Headquarters, Land Leases, Land Sales and Notes, H-J, 1941-1952
11 Correspondence, Ranch Headquarters, Land Leases, Land Sales and Notes, K-R, 1914-1949
12 Correspondence, Ranch Headquarters, Land Leases, Land Sales and Notes, S-Z, 1914-1952

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Correspondence, New York Headquarters, 1939-1964 and undated

box folder
2 13 Correspondence, New York Headquarters, Land Leases, Land Sales and Notes, 1939-1946
14 Correspondence, New York Headquarters, Land Leases, Land Sales and Notes, 1946-1951

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Correspondence Received, 1889-1902 and undated

box folder
2 15 Files, A-D, 1889-1902 and undated
16 Files, E-G, 1889-1902 and undated
box folder
3 1 Files, H-I, 1889-1902 and undated
2 Files, J-K, 1889-1902 and undated
3 Files, N-R, 1889-1902 and undated
4 File, S, 1889-1902 and undated
5 Files, T-V, 1889-1902 and undated

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box folder
3 6 Correspondence, Miscellaneous, File D-Z, 1896-1899

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Correspondence, 1886-1907

box folder
4 1 London and Ranch Headquarters; Transference of London Management and General Ranch Affairs, 1886-1907 and undated
2 London and Ranch Headquarters; Transference of London Management and General Ranch Affairs, 1886-1907 and undated
3 London and Ranch Headquarters; Transference of London Management and General Ranch Affairs, 1886-1907 and undated
4 Spur Land Leases vs. S. M. Swenson, 1914-1915 and undated
5 Correspondence, 1967-1979 and undated

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Correspondence in Book Format, 1885-1905 and undated

box folder
4 6 Correspondence, Book #1, 1900-1908
7 Correspondence, Book #2, 1906-1907
8 Correspondence, Book #3, 1907-1908
9 Correspondence, Book #4, 1908
10 Letters Sent, Ranch Headquarters, Bookkeeper's Reports to London Office, 1886-1895
11 Letters Sent, Ranch Headquarters, General, 1887-1888
box folder
5 1 Letters Sent, Ranch Headquarters, Manager's General Letters, 1889-1891
2 Letters Sent, Ranch Headquarters, General, 1888-1889
3 Letters Sent, Ranch Headquarters, Manager's Reports to London Office (General 1886), 1887-1890
4 Letters Sent, Ranch Headquarters, Manager's Reports to London Office, 1899-1903
5 Letters Sent, Ranch Headquarters, Manager's Reports to London Office, 1896-1899
6 Letters Sent, Ranch Headquarters, General, 1885-1886
7 Letters Sent, Ranch Headquarters, Manager's General Letters, 1897-1900
8 Letters Sent, Ranch Headquarters, Manager's General Letters, 1894-1897
9 Letters Sent, Ranch Headquarters, Manager's General Letters, 1903-1905 and undated

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Literary Production, 1887-1915 and undated

box folder
6 1 Diary, Ranch Headquarters, Jan. 3, 1888 (?) - April 30, 1895 and undated
2 Diary, Ranch Headquarters, Jan. 13 - Dec. 31, 1900 and undated
3 Diary of Work on Range, May 30, 1908 - Jan. 30, 1909 and undated
4 Diary, Ranch Headquarters (E. W. Lomax), Jan. 1, 1887 - Feb. 11, 1887 and undated
5 Diary, Ranch Headquarters (Fred Horsbrough), Jan. 1 - Dec. 17-1887(?)
6 Diary, Ranch Headquarters, Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 1901 and undated
7 "Report on the Economic Geology of the Spur Ranch", 1915

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Legal Documents, 1889-1949

box folder
6 8 Lease Agreements, 1889-1908
9 Miscellaneous, 1889-1908
10 Miscellaneous (Bank Officer List, Photo, Receipts, Letters, Survey), 1921-1949

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Financial Material, 1884-1941 and undated

box folder
6 11 Public Record Office, photocopies, 1884-1895
12 Public Record Office, photocopies, 1890-1908
13 Check Stubs, 1885-1909
box folder
7 1 Check Stubs and Books, 1885-1909
2 Ledger, Miscellaneous, 1890-1896
3 Ledger, General, 1886-1892
4 Store Journal: Daily Sales, Aug. 17, 1898 - Dec. 24, 1902
5 Store Journal: Daily Sales, Jan. 1, 1903 - May 6, 1905
6 Store Journal: Daily Sales, May 8, 1905 - Feb. 1, 1906
box ledger
8 Ledger 1 Journal, Ranch Headquarters, 1899-1904
Ledger 2 Store Journal, Company Records, 1892-1899
Ledger 3 Branding Register, 1884-1909
Ledger 4 Stock Register and Ranch Record Book, 1885-1895
Ledger 5 Account Book, Ranch Headquarters, Misc., 1885-1896
Ledger 6 Supply Account Book, 1885-1892
Ledger 7 Supply Account Book, 1892-1896
Ledger 8 Store Journal, Daily Sales, 1899-1900
Ledger 9 Feed Account Book, 1891-1895
Ledger 10 Store Inventory of Stock, 1897-1899
Ledger 11 Store Inventory of Stock, 1900-1901
Ledger 12 Store Inventory of Stock, 1902-1903
box ledger
9 Journal 1 Receipts and Journal, 1913-1921
Journal 2 Receipts and Journal, 1920-1923
Journal 3 Receipts and Journal, 1924-1926
Ledger 4 Ledger, General, 1912-1922
Ledger 5 Ledger, General, 1923-1926
Ledger 6 Store Ledger, 1888-1890
ledger
Ledger 1 Cash Book, Ranch Headquarters, 1888-1892
ledger
Ledger 2 Cash Book, Ranch Headquarters, 1902-1905
ledger
Ledger 3 Cash Book, Ranch Headquarters, 1892-1897
ledger
Ledger 4 Cash Book, Ranch Headquarters, 1897-1902
ledger
Ledger 5 Journal, Ranch Headquarters, 1885-1888
ledger
Ledger 6 Store Cash Book (Misc. Cash Entries), 1902-1907
ledger
Ledger 7 General Accounts, Ranch Headquarters, 1899-1906
ledger
Ledger 8 General Accounts, Ranch Headquarters, 1888-1898
ledger
Ledger 9 Journal, Ranch Headquarters, 1895-1904
ledger
Ledger 10 Store Ledger, 1904-1907
ledger
Ledger 11 Store Ledger, 1896-1899
ledger
Ledger 12 Store Ledger, 1899-1900
ledger
Ledger 13 Payroll, 1885-1887
ledger
Ledger 14 Payroll, 1888-1898
ledger
Ledger 15 Payroll, 1898-1909
ledger
Ledger 16 Store Ledger, 1900-1902
ledger
Ledger 17 Store Ledger, 1902-1903
ledger
Ledger 18 Store Ledger, 1890-1896
ledger
Ledger 19 Ranch Headquarters Ledger, 1885-1888
ledger
Ledger 20 Store Purchase Journal, 1898-1906
ledger
Ledger 21 Supply Account Book, 1907-1908
ledger
Ledger 22 Ranch Headquarters Journal, 1888-1894
ledger
Ledger 23 Notary Public, Record of Acknowledgement, William Dawson, 1899-1902
ledger
Ledger 24 Cash Book, Ranch Headquarters, 1885-1888
ledger
Ledger 25 Trial Balance Book, 1901-1907
ledger
Ledger 26 Miscellaneous Ledger, 1884-1891 and undated
ledger
Ledger 27 Journal, Blank unused Book, undated
ledger
Ledger 28 Land Sales No. 1, 1908-1913
ledger
Ledger 29 Land Sales No. 2, 1913-1916
ledger
Ledger 30 Land Sales No. 3, 1916-1919
ledger
Ledger 31 Land Sales No. 4, 1919-1941
ledger
Ledger 32 Land Sales, Texas and Sundry Business, 1923-1934

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