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Biographical Note

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University of Texas Arlington

James A. McAmis Letters:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: McAmis, James A.
Title: James A. McAmis
Inclusive Dates: 1872-1890
Bulk Dates: 1874-1879
Abstract: Tennessee native, James A. McAmis was a house painter by trade who found his way to Texas by way of Alabama. Letters written to his sister indicate that he lived in Dallas, Mansfield, Breckenridge, and Albany between the years 1874 and 1883. McAmis was appointed the first postmaster of Breckenridge, Texas on December 15, 1876. This series of seven letters written home to an unnamed sister (probably Matilda) provide great insight into the hardships of life in Texas during the Reconstruction era following the Civil War.
Identification: GA212
Extent: 1 folder (0.02 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Tennessee native, James A. McAmis was a house painter by trade who found his way to Texas by way of Alabama. Letters written home to his sister indicate that he lived in Dallas, Mansfield, Breckenridge, and Albany between the years 1874 and 1883. McAmis moved to Breckenridge on June 1, 1876. Friends from Tarrant County helped establish him there as a merchant with a small stock of goods on August 31, 1876. He was appointed the first postmaster of Breckenridge on December 15, 1876.

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Scope and Contents

This group of seven letters were written by James A. McAmis to his sister (probably Matilda) in Alabama between 1874 and 1883. The letters begin in Mansfield with great optimism and a goal of owning 80 acres of land, but the tone of his letters soon change to reflect the hard times he experienced during this Reconstruction period following the Civil War. The letter written from Breckenridge on October 27, 1879 provides great insight into economic conditions, citing prices of agricultural commodities, crop failures, and widespread drought conditions. Two envelopes dated 1872 and 1890 bookend the collection of letters.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
McAmis, James A.--Archives.
Subjects
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--Texas.
Texas--Economic conditions--19th century.
Places
Breckenridge (Tex.)--History.
Mansfield (Tex.)--History.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum, 2009 .

Citation

James A. McAmis Letters, GA212, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Purchase, 2009.

Accessioned as number 2009-64.

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