University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James Pearson Newcomb, Sr. Papers, 1835-1941



Descriptive Summary

Creator Newcomb, James P. (James Pearson), 1837-1907
Title James Pearson Newcomb, Sr. Papers
Dates: 1835-1941
OCLC Record Number: 21509352
Extent 7 ft.
Language English
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Newcomb's San Antonio pro-Union newspaper, the Alamo Express, was destroyed by a mob on 13 November 1861, and his life was threatened. He fled to Mexico and then California where he joined Col. J.H. Carleton's California Column on its trek through Arizona and New Mexico. He later went on mining expeditions in Arizona and published a newspaper in San Francisco before returning to Texas in 1867.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence; letterbook; notebooks and scrapbook; journals and diaries; speeches and reports; business, political, and legal documents; newspaper clippings; and copies of the WPA Historical Records Survey of the Newcomb material as well as photographs and genealogy arranged chronologically by subject.

Papers concern the career of James Pearson Newcomb, a newspaper publisher and journalist who, as a Union supporter, was forced to flee to California by way of Mexico during the Civil War but returned to Texas after the war, served in the Reconstruction government, founded and wrote for newspapers in the San Antonio area, and was a leader in state Republican politics. Papers document his activities as registrar of voters during Reconstruction and secretary of the state of Texas under Governor Edmund J. Davis (1869-1873), his appointment as San Antonio postmaster (1883), and his role as a member and officer of various important Republican organizations. Included also are papers of James Pearson Newcomb, Jr., and his notes on his father's papers.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Carleton, James Henry, 1814-1873.
Clark, William T. (William Thomas), 1831-1905.
Davis, Edmund Jackson, 1827-1883.
DeGress, Jacob C., 1842-1894.
Evans, Ira Hobart, 1844-1923.
Hamilton, Morgan Calvin, 1809-1893.
MacGregor, Henry Frederick, 1855-1923.
Newcomb, James Pearson, Jr., b. 1881.
Newcomb, James P. (James Pearson), 1837-1907--Archives.
Newcomb family.
Ruby, George T., b. 1841.
Siemering, August, 1828-1883.
Subjects (Organizations)
Historical Records Survey (Tex.).
Republican Party (Tex.)--History--19th Century--Sources.
Republican Party (Tex.) State convention (1896: Houston)
Union League of America--History--Sources.
Texas. Constitutional Convention, 1868-1869.
Alamo express (San Antonio, Tex.: 1860-1861)
Evening light (San Antonio, Tex.: 1881)
San Antonio express (San Antonio, Tex.: 1875)
Subjects
Elections--Texas--History--19th century.
Journalists--Texas.
Newspapers--Texas.
Politicians--Texas.
Reconstruction--Texas.
Statesmen--Texas.
Places
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--Sources.
San Francisco (Cal.)--History--Sources.
Texas--Governors.
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Texas--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Other Authors
Davis, Edmund Jackson, 1827-1883.

Separated Material

James Pearson Newcomb Papers, San Antonio Public Library, 203 Saint Mary's Street, S., San Antonio, Texas 78205, U.S.A.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Pearson Newcomb, Sr., Papers, 1835-1941, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Newcomb papers:

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2F105 General correspondence:
1857-May 1871.
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2F106 June 1871-July 1872.
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2F107 August 1872-1881.
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2F108 1882-1907 and undated.
James Pearson Newcomb, Jr., correspondence, 1908-1941.
Letters to Nettie (Mrs. James Pearson Newcomb, Sr.), 1871-1873.
Letters to his children from James Pearson Newcomb, Sr., 1887-1907.
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2F109
Political documents, 1861-1900 and undated.
Letterpress pages, 1870-1875.
Letterpress, 1870-1875.
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2F110 Legal papers, 1879-1906.
Notebooks, 1835-1856 and undated.
Journals and diaries, 1857-1871.
Thomas Newcomb [?] travel journal, (transcript, 2 copies). 1836-1837
Family history, 1836-1872 and undated.
Receipts and certificates, 1847-1882.
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, 1862-1905 and undated.
Clippings scrapbook, 1867-1876.
Land and mines stock certificates, 1864-1907.
Newcomb letter inventory (alphabetical).



 

WPA Historical Records Survey:

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2F111 Letter inventory
(2 copies)
1839-1870.
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2F112 1871.
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2F113 1872-1873.
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2F114 1874-1888.
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2F115 1889-1907 and undated.
Newspaper inventory
(2 copies):
Alphabetical.
Chronological.
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2F116 Book inventory
(2 copies):
Fiction and miscellaneous.
Textbooks and miscellaneous.
Texas-related and miscellaneous.
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2F117 Magazine inventory
(2 copies).
Pamphlet and circular inventory
(2 copies).
Miscellaneous document inventory
(2 copies).
Art work inventory
(2 copies).
Map inventory and miscellaneous
(2 copies).
Bibliography and document inventory, WPA arrangement.
Books and pamphlets, WPA arrangement.
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2F118 Newspaper inventory, WPA arrangement.
Working papers:
Kennedy-Pitts.
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2F119 Kennedy-Pitts.
Spain-Kennedy.
Kennedy-Rogers.
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2F120 Kennedy-Rogers.
Seymour-Barnes.



 
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3S34 Photographs.
Photographs.



 
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4L858 Newcomb family Bible.
Newcomb family Bible.



 
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2.325/V53 Oversize documents.