Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

C. C. (Christopher Columbus) Slaughter:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1877-1953 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Slaughter, C. C. (Christopher Columbus), 1837-1919
Title: C. C. Slaughter Papers,
Dates: 1876-1953 and undated
Abstract: The papers of C. C. Slaughter, a rancher who established a frontier ranch in Palo Pinto County, Texas, in 1857.
Collection # S 929.1
Quantity: 1 box (1.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Born in 1837 in Sabine County, Texas, C. C. established frontier ranch in Palo Pinto County, Texas, in 1857 with his father, George Webb Slaughter, and his brothers. During the civil war, C. C. served in the frontier militia and in the Texas Rangers. Afterwards, he drove cattle over Chisholm Trail and later moved operations to West Texas where, by 1905, he owned 40,000 cattle and controlled over one million acres.

He married twice, first to Cynthia Anna Jowell in 1861, with whom he had five children, and then to Carrie Averill in 1877, with whom he had four children. Before his death in 1919, he had founded the American National Bank of Dallas (1884), and cofounded the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (1877), the Texas Baptist Education Commission (1897) and the Baylor Hospital of Dallas, Texas (1904).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, financial and legal material, photographs, and printed material pertaining to Slaughter and his family. A large portion of the materials deal with legal materials pertaining to Slaughter's death and the division of his estate (1921).


Access Restrictions

Open for research

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)
Handley, W. B.
Slaughter, Alexander Averill, 1881-1931
Slaughter, Dorothy L.
Slaughter, C. C. (Christopher Columbus), 1837-1919
Slaughter, C. C. (Christopher Columbus), 1837-1919--Archives
Slaughter, C. C. (Christopher Columbus), 1837-1919--Estate
Slaughter, C. C. (Christopher Columbus), Jr.
Slaughter, Carrie Averill, 1852-1928
Slaughter, Robert Lee, 1870-1938
Subjects (Organizations)
C. C. Slaughter Cattle Company
Castro County (Tex.)--History
Cochran County (Tex.)--History
Grayson County (Tex.)--History
Hockley County (Tex.)--History
Howard County (Tex.)--History
Lamb County (Tex.)--History
Levelland (Tex.)--History
Palo Pinto County (Tex.)--History
Roswell (N.M.)--History
Slaughter Ranch (Tex.)
Slaughter Ranch (Tex.)--Employees
Salughter Ranch (Tex.)--History
Cattle breeders--Texas--History
Cattle trade--Texas--History
Oil well drilling--Texas, West
Petroleum industry and trade--Texas
Petroleum industry and trade--New Mexico
Ranches--New Mexico
Women ranchers--Texas

Related Material

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

  • Ira Byrd oral history interview [sound recording], 1969
  • Hiley Thompson Boyd, Jr. oral history interview [sound recording], 1970
  • Nettie Hyatt and Joe Bridges oral history interview [sound recording], 1975
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jennings oral history interview [sound recording], 1973
  • Mrs. M.C. Lindsey oral history interview [sound recording], 1975
  • Lynn County (Tex.), Photographs, 1900-1950
  • Ralph McWhorter oral history interview [sound recording], 1979
  • Mrs. J. F. Reeves oral history interview [sound recording], 1970s
  • Jot Smyth oral history interview [sound recording], 1959

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Christopher Columbus (C. C.) Slaughter Papers, 1877-1953 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Gift, 1969

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, 2000

Additional Sources

Murrah, David J. "C. C. Slaughter, Rancher, Banker, Baptist. "Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981.

Murrah, David J. "A Cattle Kingdom on Texas' Last Frontier: C. C. Slaughter's Lazy S Ranch. "Thesis (M.A.)--Texas Tech University, 1970.

Collection Inventory



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1 1 Averill, A. M., 1876
2 Averill, Alex, 1876
3 Averill, Walter, 1876
4 Slaughter, Carrie Averill, 1876-1877
5 Slaughter, Carrie Averill, 1876-1877
6 Slaughter, Christopher Columbus, 1876
7 R. G. Dun and Company, 1876
8 General, 1904-1930


Financial Documents

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1 9 C. C. Slaughter's Estate, 1920-1931
10 Board of Directors Reports, 1915-1917
11 Tax Receipts, 1885-1920
12 Account of Promissory Notes, undated
13 Audit of C. C. Slaughter Company, 1921
14 Property Inventories for Taxation, 1912-1919 and undated
15 List of Purchasers Effected by Shortage in Survey of Running Water Ranch Lands, undated
16 Tax Return, 1919
17 Land Books, 1919-1920
18 Land Books, 1919-1920


Legal Documents

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1 19 Distribution of C. C. Slaughter Lands, 1921 and undated
20 Distribution Plan of Slaughter's Estate, Exhibit A, 1920
21 Field Notes, Corrected, 1909-1924
22 Field Notes, 1909-1924
23 Promissory Notes, 1920
24 Howard County Lands, 1912-1918 and undated
25 General, 1909-1920 and undated


Literary Productions

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1 26 Passing of the Range Speech, 1907



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1 27 Children of C. C. Slaughter and Cynthia Ann Jowell, undated
28 Children of C. C. Slaughter and Carrie Averill, undated


Printed Material

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1 29 Miscellaneous, 1924-1953



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1 30 Slaughter, C. C. and Carrie Averill, 1876 and undated


Scrapbook Material

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1 31 Confederate Reunion Association Scrapbook, 1901-1902



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1 32 Original Capsules for drawing concerning division of Long S Ranch, undated