Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

David Nathan Arnett:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1866-1939, in the Southwest Collection, Special Collections Libraries

Descriptive Summary

Creator Arnett, D. N. (David Nathan), 1847-1934
Title: David Nathan Arnett Papers,
Dates: 1866-1939 and undated
Abstract: Records relating to David Nathan Arnett's activities as a rancher and banker in West Texas including his management of the Spade Ranch.
Collection # S 40.1
Quantity: 4 boxes (4.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

D. N. (David Nathan) Arnett was a West Texas rancher, trail boss, ranch manager, and banker. He was born in 1847 in Milam County, Texas. Arnett served in the Civil War as Texas Home Guard and later joined the regular Army (CSA). In 1867 he became a Texas Ranger. His career in ranching began in 1870, and he was employed as "trail boss" by D.H. and J.W. Snyder from 1877-1879, later becoming the manager of the Snyder's Yellow Wolf Ranch in Coke County, Texas, in 1881. Soon thereafter, in 1882, Arnett acquired his own ranch, the Scissors Brand Ranch, in Mitchell County, Texas. From 1891-1912, he managed the Renderbrook and Spade Ranches owned by barbed wire manufacturer, Isaac L. Ellwood. He later raised cattle near Colorado City, Texas, and helped organize the City National Bank of Colorado City, Texas, where he served as bank vice-president. Arnett died 1934 in Colorado City, Texas.

Scope and Contents

Includes personal and business correspondence, financial and printed material, and literary productions. Collection bulks with personal and business correspondence (1908-1909), general files (1866-1939), and financial records pertaining to Arnett's career as manager of Ellwood's ranching business (1895-1917). Some of the correspondence was written by J. Frank Norfleet, foreman of the Spade Ranch from 1891-1904, which details weather and business concerns of ranch life. Content of the general files includes receipts, account statements, checks, and correspondence, much of which is from his son W. D. Arnett regarding a ranch in Terry and Hockley Counties.



The records are organized in the following series:
Correspondence (Box 1)
Financial Material (Box 1)
General Files (Box 2-4)
Literary Production (Box 4)
Printed Material (Box 4)


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)
Arnett, D. N. (David Nathan), 1847-1934
Arnett, Tom
Elwood, Isaac Leonard, 1833-1910
Colorado City (Tex.)--History
Hockley County--Texas--History
Terry County--Texas--History
Mitchell County--Texas--History
Renderbrook Ranch (Tex.)
Spade Ranch (Tex.)
Banks and banking--Texas--Colorado City--History
Cattle trade--Texas--History
Cattle drives--Texas--History
Ranch managers--Texas--History
Terry County--Texas--History

Related Material

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

  • Isaac L. Ellwood Papers, 1878-1935, 1878-1919
  • Ellwood Estates Records, 1860-1966, 1878-1966
  • Spade Ranch Photograph Collection, 1900-1932
  • Frank Reeves Photograph Collection, 1914-1975

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Nathan Arnett Papers, 1866-1939, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gift, 1977

Processed by

Karen Hicks, June 2003


Kelton, Steve. Renderbrook: A Century under the Spade Brand. Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1989.

Collection Inventory



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1 1 Correspondence, 1903-1909


Financial Material

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1 2 Ledgers, 1895-1900
3 Ledgers, 1903-1906
4 Ledgers, 1912-1917


General Files

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1 5 General Files, 1866-1892
6 General Files, 1893-1895
7 General Files, 1896-1899
8 General Files, 1901-1902 and undated
9 General Files, 1900
10 General Files, 1902
11 General Files, 1903
12 General Files, 1904, January through July
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2 1 General Files, 1904, July through December
1 General Files, 1905
3 General Files, 1906, January through July
4 General Files, 1906, August through December
5 General Files, 1907, January through May
6 General Files, 1907, June through December
7 General Files, 1908, January through July
8 General Files, 1908, August through December
9 General Files, 1909, January through May
10 General Files, 1909, June through December
11 General Files, 1910, January through August
12 General Files, 1910, September through December
13 General Files, 1911
14 General Files, 1912
15 General Files, 1913, January through May
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3 1 General Files, 1913, June through December
2 General Files, 1914, January through May
3 General Files, 1914, June through September
4 General Files, 1914, October through December
5 General Files, 1915, January through April
6 General Files, 1915, May through August
7 General Files, 1915 (September through December)-1917
8 General Files, 1916, January through May
9 General Files, 1916, June through October
10 General Files, 1916, November through December
11 General Files, 1917, January through March
12 General Files, 1917, April through July
13 General Files, 1917, August through October
14 General Files, 1917, November through December
14 General Files, 1918, January through April
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4 1 General Files, 1918, May through December
2 General Files, 1919, January through June
3 General Files, 1919, July through December
4 General Files, 1920
5 General Files, 1921
6 General Files, 1922
7 General Files, 1923
8 General Files, 1924-1925
9 General Files, 1930-1939
10 General Files, Undated
11 General Files, Undated
12 General Files, Undated
13 Undated
14 General Files, Undated


Literary Production

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4 15 Notes: Pharmaceutical Laboratory - W. D. (Dudley) Arnett, 1909


Printed Material

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4 16 New Testament and Psalms, undated
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