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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

The Adventures of Samuel Swartwout in the Age of Jefferson and Jackson

Bass, Feris A., Jr., 1973-1975 and undated

Fragile Empires: The Texas Correspondence of Samuel Swartwout and James Morgan 1836-1856

The Correspondence of James Treat

Texas Land and Development Company

General Files, 1955-1989 and undated

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Billy Ray Brunson:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1806-1989 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Brunson, Billy Ray
Title: Billy Ray Brunson Papers,
Dates: 1806-1989 and undated
Abstract: The collection consists of manuscripts and research material generated by Billy Ray Brunson in preparation of his books.
Collection # S126.1
Quantity: 7 Boxes (7.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Billy Ray Brunson was born in Chico, Texas in 1924. During World War II, Brunson served in the United States Army. Later he attended Texas Tech University where he received a Ph. D. after completing his dissertation The Texas Land and Development Company in 1960. Billy Ray taught history at Texas Tech University from 1956-1960 and 1963-1964. He left in 1965 to begin teaching at Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) where he continued until his death in 1988. His publications include The Texas Land and Development Company: A Panhandle Promotion, 1912-1956 (1970), Fragile Empires: The Texas Correspondence of Samuel Swartwout and James Morgan 1836-1856 (1978 with co-editor Feris A. Bass, Jr.), and The Adventures of Samuel Swartwout in the Ages of Jefferson and Jackson (1989).

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Scope and Contents

Manuscript drafts and research materials generated during preparation of Billy Ray Brunson's books constitute the bulk of the collection with lesser amounts of correspondence concerning publication. The research material includes photocopies of the James Morgan Papers held by the Rosenberg Library in Galveston, Texas as well as copies of material from other collections.

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Organization

The collection is organized into the following series:
The Adventures of Samuel Swartwout in the Age of Jefferson and Jackson (Boxes 1-4)
Feris A. Bass, Jr. (Box 4)
Fragile Empires: The Texas Correspondence of Samuel Swartwout and James Morgan 1836-1856 (Boxes 4-7)
Madeleine T. Manford (Box 7)
Texas Land and Development Company (Box 7)
General Files (Box 7)

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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)
Brunson, Billy Ray, 1924-1988
Morgan James, 1786-1866
Swartwout, Samuel, 1783-1856
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Land and Development Company
U. S. Customs Service--Officials and employees--Biography
Subjects
Embezzlement--United States--History--19th Century
Texas--History to 1846 --Sources
United States--History--1815-1861
Republic of Texas--History

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Related Material

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

  • Texas Land and Development Company Records, 1912-1956
  • William Frederick Lowe Oral History Interview [sound recording], 1958
  • David Dell Bowman Oral History Interview [sound recording], 1958
  • Homer Rook Oral History Interview [sound recording], 1959
  • Hanley Wasson Oral History Interview [sound recording], 1959
  • Fred Watson Oral History Interview [sound recording], 1958
  • William Jeff Williams Oral History Interview [sound recording], 1959

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Billy Ray Brunson Papers, 1806-1989 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.

Preferred Citation for material from other collections: Please contact holding institution for proper citation information.

Collection accession #(s):
2001-0136-B

Gifts, 1960 and 2001.

Processed by

Karen Hicks, 2004.

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Collection Inventory

 

The Adventures of Samuel Swartwout in the Age of Jefferson and Jackson, 1806-1989 and undated

Correspondence
box folder
1 1 Bill Brunson, undated
2 Publisher Search, 1985-1987
3 Book Promotion/Order Forms, circa 1989
Manuscript
box folder
1 4 Pre-pages, undated
5 Introduction, handwritten, undated
6 Introduction - typed draft, undated
"Origins"
box folder
1 7 Handwritten, undated
8 Typed draft, undated
9 Galley Proof, undated
"Adventures in Wonderland"
box folder
1 10 Handwritten, undated
11 Typed draft, undated
12 Galley Proof, undated
"United States v. Bollman and Swartwout"
box folder
1 13 Handwritten, undated
14 Typed draft, undated
"Ex Parte Bollman and Ex Parte Swartwout"
box folder
1 15 Handwritten, undated
16 Typed draft, undated
"United States v. Aaron Burr"
box folder
1 17 Typed draft, undated
"After Richmond"
box folder
1 18 Handwritten, undated
19 Typed draft, undated
20 Galley Proof, undated
"Toward a Corrupt Bargain in the Era of Good Feelings"
box folder
1 21 Handwritten, undated
22 Typed draft, undated
23 Galley Proof, undated
24 "The Largest Plum of All" - Handwritten, undated
"The General Scramble for Plunder"
box folder
1 25 Typed draft, undated
26 Typed draft and research material, undated
27 Galley Proof, undated
28 "Swartwout's Early Years as Collector" - Handwritten, undated
"A Popular Collector"
box folder
1 29 Typed draft, undated
30 Galley Proof, undated
"Texas"
box folder
1 31 Typed draft, undated
32 Galley Proof, undated
"Swartwout's Last Year as Collector"
box folder
1 33 Typed draft, undated
34 Galley Proof, undated
"Rumors, Speculations, and Accusations of Defalcations"
box folder
1 35 Handwritten, undated
36 Typed draft, undated
37 Galley Proof, undated
38 Research material (Photocopies), 1841-1843 and undated
"Confiscations, More Defalcations, and Proposals for Reform"
box folder
1 39 Handwritten, undated
40 Typed draft, undated
"An Unlucky Number--Document No. 13"
box folder
1 41 Typed draft, undated
42 Research material (Photocopy), undated
"How Many Copies?"
box folder
1 43 Handwritten, undated
44 Typed draft, undated
45 Research material (Photocopies), 1838-1859
"By Speaker or by Ballot?"
box folder
1 46 Handwritten, undated
47 Typed draft, undated
48 Research material (Photocopies), 1839
"The Select Committee"
box folder
1 49 Handwritten, undated
50 Typed draft, undated
51 Research material, undated
"Jesse Hoyt"
box folder
1 52 Handwritten, undated
53 Typed draft, undated
"The Majority Report"
box folder
1 54 Handwritten, undated
55 Typed draft, undated
56 Research material (Photocopy) House of Representatives Report # 313, 1839
"The Minority Report"
box folder
2 1 Handwritten, undated
2 Typed draft, undated
3 Galley Proof, undated
"An Involuntary Exile"
box folder
2 4 Handwritten, undated
5 Typed draft, undated
"Swartwout's Return Home"
box folder
2 6 Handwritten, undated
7 Typed draft, undated
8 Research material (Photocopies), 1842-1844
"The Final Years"
box folder
2 9 Handwritten, undated
10 Typed draft, undated
"The Uses and Abuses of Samuel Swartwout"
box folder
2 11 Handwritten, undated
12 Typed draft, undated
13 Galley Proof, undated
14 Bibliography, undated
15 Index, undated
16 Corrections, undated
17 Computer disks (22) operating system not known, undated
18 "Original Copy" Typed draft (partial), undated
19 Typed draft, undated
Galley Proof
box folder
2 20 "Best Copy", undated
21 Complete with Corrections noted, undated
22 From Edwin Mellen Press, 1989
23 Final version, 1989
24 Preface through Chapter 14, undated
box folder
3 1 Various versions, unlabelled, undated
Research Material
box folder
3 2 Conclusions, undated
3 Miscellaneous notes and preparations, undated
4 Newspaper sources, undated
5 Notes, undated
6 Notes on events 1828-1850 (from The Diary of Phillip Hone)
7 Notes from newspapers, undated
8 Note cards (Labeled Chapters), undated
9 Note cards (unlabeled), undated
10 Note cards, undated
11 Note cards - References, undated
Photocopies
box folder
3 12 Appointment as Collector of Customs, 1939-1969 and undated
13 Journal of the Select Committee of the House of Representatives of the U. S. to Investigate the Defalcations of Samuel Swartwout and Others, 1839
box folder
4 1 Letters from Alexander Hamilton to Martin Van Buren, undated
2 "The Lives and Opinions of Benjamin Franklin Butler and Jesse Hoyt", by William L. MacKenzie, 1845
3 New York Newspapers re Samuel Swartwout, 1837-1839 and undated
4 Niles National Register, 1825-1843
5 "Opinions of General Andrew Jackson of the Annexation of Texas", 1844
6 Photocopies - miscellaneous, 1807-1969 and undated
7 Political Sketches of Eight Years in Washington by Robert Mayo, 1839
8 Research material - miscellaneous, 1806-1962 and undated

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Bass, Feris A., Jr., 1973-1975 and undated

box folder
4 9 Anthropology Notes, undated
10 Archaeological Reports, 1974-1975 and undated
11 Archeological Survey, Laredo International Bridge II, 1973-1975 and undated
12 Archaeology - General, 1974 and undated
13 Archaeology Notes, 1974 and undated
Class Notes
box folder
4 14 Archaeology Foundations and Background, 1973-1974
15 Archaeology of Mesoamerica, 1974
16 Texas Archaeology, 1973 and undated
17 Mexican American Art, 1973 and undated
18 Southern Texas Archaeological Association, 1974

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Fragile Empires: The Texas Correspondence of Samuel Swartwout and James Morgan 1836-1856, 1830-1978 and undated

Correspondence
box folder
4 19 Brunson, Billy Ray and Bob Dalehite, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas, 1971
20 Brunson, Billy Ray with Judy Timborg, Shoal Creek Publishers, 1978
Manuscript Draft
box folder
4 21 Preface and Introduction, undated
22 Pages 1-410, undated
23 Pages, 411-819, undated
24 Partial, undated
25 Footnotes, undated
26 Miscellaneous, 1846 and undated
Research Material
box folder
5 1 Research Material - General, undated
Photocopies of Correspondence
box folder
5 2 To James Morgan from Augustus W. Radcliff, 1845-1848
3 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1835-1840
4 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout [and notes], 1836
5 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1836
6 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1837
7 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1838
8 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1840
9 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1841
10 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1841
11 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1842
12 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1842
13 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1843
14 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1843
15 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1844
16 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1845
17 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1845-1847
18 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1846
19 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1847
20 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1851
21 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1852
22 James Morgan to Samuel Swartwout, 1856
23 James Morgan and Colonel James Watson Webb, 1839-1851
24 James Morgan - Miscellaneous, 1836-1853
25 James Morgan - Miscellaneous, 1838-1844
26 James Morgan - Miscellaneous, 1836 and undated
27 James Morgan and Samuel Swartwout, 1836-1848
28 James Morgan and Samuel Swartwout, 1836-1853
29 James Morgan and Samuel Swartwout [and notes], 1837
30 James Morgan and Samuel Swartwout [and notes], 1838
31 James Morgan and Samuel Swartwout, 1838-1853
32 James Morgan and Samuel Swartwout [and notes], 1840
33 James Morgan and Samuel Swartwout [and notes], 1841
34 James Morgan and Samuel Swartwout [and notes], 1846
35 James Morgan and Samuel Swartwout [and notes], 1847
36 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1834
37 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1836
38 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1836
39 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1836
40 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1836-1839
41 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1836-1841
42 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1837
43 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1837-1839
44 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1837-1841
45 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan [and notes], 1837-1848
46 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan [and notes], 1838
47 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1838
48 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1838
49 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan [and notes], 1839
50 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1840
51 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1840-1848
box folder
6 1 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan [and notes], 1841
2 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan [and notes], 1842
3 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan [and notes], 1842-1843
4 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1843
5 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan [and notes], 1844
6 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1844
7 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan [and notes], 1845
8 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1845
9 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1846
10 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1847
11 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1847-1849
12 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan [and notes], 1848
13 Samuel Swartwout to James Morgan, 1848
14 Unidentified correspondents, undated
15 Miscellaneous, 1844
Photocopies from James Morgan Papers, Archives Collection, Rosenberg Library
box folder
6 16 Financial Material, 1835-1863 and undated
17 General, 1835-1926 and undated
18 Land Grants, 1830
19 Legal Material, 1830-1867
20 Legal Material, 1850 and undated
21 Legal Material - Deed of Sale (Tax Sale), 1849
22 #31-00123 through #31-0229 (Partial), 1836
23 #31-0230 through #31-0316 (Partial), 1836
24 #31-0316 through #31-0574 (Partial), 1836-1841
box folder
7 1 #31-0577 through #31-898 (Partial), 1841-1923
2 Miscellaneous, undated

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Manford, Madeleine T. - The Correspondence of James Treat, 1971,

box folder
7 3 Research Material - Photocopies of correspondence from the James Morgan Papers, 1836-1839

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Texas Land and Development Company, 1981-1960 and undated

box folder
7 4 Correspondence, 1958-1960
5 Correspondence - Letters Collected, 1918-1960
6 Dissertation, 1960
7 Picture Postcard - "Lake Plainview Park, Texas Land and Development Co., Plainview Tex.", undated
8 Research Material - Notes from Interviews, 1958-1959

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General Files, 1955-1989 and undated

box folder
7 9 Correspondence, 1966-1989
10 Academe, November-December, 1985
11 Carter/Leonard/Sloan Family Record - Genealogical material (Family of Martha Luan Carter Brunson), undated
12 "Cattle Brands of Texas", Forward by Wayne Gard, Published by First National Bank in Dallas, circa 1955
Class Material
box folder
7 13 American History (History 3346) Lessons 1-13 Questions, undated
14 Bibliography "Texas", undated
15 Faculty Senate Newsletter, 1977
Hays Consolidated Independent School District
box folder
7 16 Computers, undated
17 Curriculum - Spanish, 1981
18 Literary Production - "Swartwout" - draft, undated
James Morgan Family
box folder
7 19 Genealogy of James Morgan Family, undated
20 Genealogy of James Morgan Family, 1988
21 "The Morgan Family and Descendents" - Morgan Genealogy, undated
22 Photographs - Descendents/Family of James Morgan, undated
23 "Reflections on the Dream Factory - The American Film Industry as a Historical Field", undated
24 Research Material - Bibliography (Texas History), undated
25 "Truman Foreign Policy: A Traditionalist View" (Photocopy), by Robert H. Ferrell, The Alternative, Vol. 6 No. 7:9-29, 1973
26 Sermon/riddle, undated
27 Texas Tech University Foundation 1970 Report, 1971
28 Wimberley Independent School District, undated
29 Windchill Table, undated
30 Miscellaneous, 1969-1987 and undated

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