Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Robert G. Carter:

An Inventory of His Records, 1904-1956, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Carter, Robert G.
Title: Robert G. Carter Papers,
Dates: 1904-1956
Abstract: The Robert G. Carter Papers bulks with correspondence, and also contains a small number maps and financial records.
Collection # S 1829.1
Quantity: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Captain Robert Goldthwaite Carter (October 29, 1845–January 4, 1936) served as an officer in the U.S. Cavalry, both during the Civil War and the Indian Wars. He received the Medal of Honor for single-handedly holding off a Comanche raiding party in Blanco Canyon near the Brazos River (Texas) on October 10, 1871. The citation reads:

“Held the left of the line with a few men during the charge of a large body of Indians, after the right of the line had retreated, and by delivering a rapid fire succeeded in checking the enemy until other troops came to the rescue.”

Carter authored several books, the most notable pertaining to this collection being On the Border with Mackenzie (1935). It documented his service under Colonel Ranald Mackenzie in northern Mexico in the late 1870s, and his service more generally during the Indian Wars.

Scope and Content

The Robert G. Carter Papers consists of correspondence between Captain Carter and researchers, manuscript publishers, family members, and others. It bulks with correspondence about On the Border with Mackenzie (1935), but also documents discussions about his other manuscripts, such as their contents, sale, and distribution. A small amount of correspondence with his family is present, as is correspondence relating to his finances. Lastly, two folders of material consist exclusively of letters exchanged with Clifford B. Jones of the Swenson Cattle Company (and the Spur Ranch) and Freeport Sulphur Company.

Note that the collection has been digitized in its entirety, and can be found among the Southwest Collection's digital collections.


The Robert G. Carter Papers are organized by the following series:


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)
Carter, Robert Goldthwaite, 1845-1936.
Jones, Clifford Bartlett, 1885-1972.
Mackenzie, Ranald Slidell, 1840-1889.
Parker, Quanah, 1845?-1911.
Subjects (Organizations)
Freeport Sulphur Company.
Glendale Sanitarium and Hospital (Glendale, Calif.)
Order of the Indian Wars.
Society of Veterans of Indian Wars of the United States.
Spur Farm Lands.
Spur Ranch (Tex.)
Swenson Land and Cattle Company--History.
United States. Army.
United States. Army. Cavalry, 4th.
Subjects (Places)
Blanco Canyon.
Fort Sill (Okla.)
Brazos River (Tex.)
Spur (Tex.)
Comanche Indians.
Indians of North America--Wars--1866-1895.
Medal of Honor.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert G. Carter Papers, 1904-1956, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 2017

Processing Information

Processed by: Robert Weaver, 2017


Carter, Robert. G.On the Border with Mackenzie.1935.

Carter, Robert. G.On the Trail of Deserters: a Phenomenal Capture by Captain Robert Goldthwaite Carter.1920.

Carter, Robert. G.Record of the Military Service of First Lieutenant and Brevet Captain Robert Goldthwaite Carter, U.S. Army.1904.

Carter, Robert. G.The Mackenzie Raid into Mexico.1919.

Carter, Robert. G.The Old Sergeant’s Story.1926.

Collection Inventory

Binder 1

box folder
1 1 Correspondence, Robert Bruce, July 1929 - Feb. 1934
2 Correspondence, Cox, Smyth, Norfleet, Feb. 1930 - Mar. 1933
3 Correspondence, Donoghue, Jan. 1933
4 Correspondence, Gibson, Nov. - Dec. 1928
5 Correspondence, Hill, May 1925
6 Correspondence, Hunter, Dec. 1926 - July 1928
7 Correspondence, Osborne, Mar. 1927 - Feb. 1929
8 Correspondence, Dennis, Powell, Horton, Mar. 1929 - Mar. 1933

Binder 2

box folder
1 9 Correspondence, Charles A. Jones, others, 1926-1933
10 Correspondence, Charles A. Jones, others, 1926-1933

Binder 3

box folder
1 11 Correspondence, Fort Sill, July 1928 - Oct. 1933
12 Correspondence, Wrather, May 1925 - Mar. 1927
13 Correspondence, Tillman, Mar. 1929 - Feb. 1934
14 Correspondence, Crimmins, 1934
15 Correspondence, Lull, Grant, 1933
16 Correspondence, Webb, July 1928 - Jan. 1933
17 Correspondence, Herold, 1929
18 Correspondence, Donaldson, Feb. 1930 - Feb. 1931
19 Correspondence, Taulman, Mar. 1929 - Feb. 1930
20 Correspondence, Dean, 1934
21 Correspondence, 1926-1934

Binder 4

box folder
1 22 Correspondence, Spaeth, Dec. 1924 - Jan. 1934
23 Correspondence, Family and Personal, 1904-1933
24 Correspondence, RE: Deaths, 1917-1932
25 Correspondence, Sewell, 1931
26 Correspondence, Military Affairs, 1905-1933
27 Correspondence, With Publishers, 1912-1933

1 Binder 5
28 Correspondence, Union Trust Company RE: Finances, Sept. - Dec. 1931
29 Correspondence, Post Office Chief Inspector, 1932-1933
30 Clippings, correspondence, manuscripts, and maps, 1927-1933
31 Correspondence, assorted, 1926-1928