University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George Washington Littlefield Papers, 1860-1942



Descriptive Summary

Creator Littlefield, George Washington, 1842-1920
Title George Washington Littlefield Papers
Dates: 1860-1942
Abstract Correspondence, account books, newspaper clippings, and printed material document the life of George W. Littlefield (rancher, banker, and philanthropist).
Quantity: 20 ft., 8 in.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

George W. Littlefield, born in Mississippi on June 21, 1842, moved to Texas as a child and grew up on his family's plantation in Gonzales County. He attended Gonzales College and Baylor University before joining Terry's Texas Rangers at the outset of the Civil War and fighting at Shiloh, Perryville, Chickamauga and finally Mossy Creek. After the war he returned to Texas to work the plantation co-owned with his brother. Early financial losses were followed by successes in livestock and real estate, and by 1881 he sold his sizable ranch and water rights for almost $250,000.

Littlefield continued to expand ranching operations, buying property and water rights in New Mexico and Texas, including the Yellow House Ranch in Hockley and Lamb counties (Texas). He also diversified his business operations by venturing into banking and founding the American National Bank in Austin. The bank was housed in the ornate 9-story Littlefield Building, complete with cast bronze doors. Littlefield also owned the historic Driskill Hotel in Austin.

In 1911 Littlefield was appointed to the University of Texas Board of Regents, and thus embarked on a period of great influence on the state's flagship university. Through a relationship with legendary historian and faculty member Eugene C. Barker, Littlefield sought to strengthen the archival collections of the university, and in 1914 he began what would eventually be well over $100,000 in support to establish the Littlefield Fund for Southern History. Littlefield's work was fundamental in the establishment of the archival resources of the Barker Texas History Center, and, later, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. He also gave generously to purchase the John Henry Wrenn Library, and donated the Littlefield home and other important landmarks to the university. Littlefield was the University of Texas' largest single financial supporter in the first fifty years of the institution's existence. After his death on November 10, 1920, George W. Littlefield was buried in Austin.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, account books, newspaper clippings, and printed material document the life of George W. Littlefield (rancher, banker, and philanthropist). Included are documents relating to Littlefield's family, Yellow House Ranch, Lamb County, and Terry's Texas Rangers.


Related Material

The George W. Littlefield Southern History Collection at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

George W. Littlefield, Texan, by Haley, J. Evetts, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1943.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Washington Littlefield Papers, 1860-1942, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2E371 Ranch account books
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2E372 Ranch account books
Multiple abstract copies
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2E373 Multiple abstract copies
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2E374 Multiple abstract copies
Letters
Ranch account books
Autobiography
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2R84 Letters:
Sept. 15, 1860 - Dec. 12, 1888
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2R85 Jan. 3, 1899 - March 18, 1919
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3A77 Yellow House Land Company, sales:
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3A77 1-254
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3A78 255-385
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3A79 387-459
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3A80 460-554
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3A81 555-699
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3A82 700-894
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3A83 895-906
Company business and sales:
A-D
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3A84 E-L
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3A85 L-R
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3A86 R-Z
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3A86 Miscellaneous, 1922-1936
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3A87 Yellow House Land Company, statements, Littlefield lands, 1920-1927
Littlefield trust number 2, 1926-1934
Littlefield properties, minutes, 1921-1925
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3F166 Littlefield estate records, disbursements, 1920-1923
Littlefield trust, statements of trustees' meetings, 1921-1923
Littlefield lands, lease contracts, 1919-1924
Notes due list, 1920-1921
Remittances, 1921-1924
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3A88 Littlefield properties, cancelled checks, 1920-1924
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3A89 Littlefield properties, cancelled checks, 1924-1942
Checkbook stubs, ca. 1920-ca. 1935
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3A90 Littlefield properties, mainly legal documents, ca. 1920-ca. 1935
Letters to persons named in will, 1920-1923
Wills of George W. Littlefield and Mrs. George W. Littlefield
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3A91 Mrs. G.W. Littlefield, canceled checks:
1924-1931
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3A92 1932-1934
Deposit books, 1924-1925
Insurance policies, 1926-1928
Bill, 1919
Littlefield Building, 1911-1912
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3A93 George W. Littlefield, The University of Texas:
Littlefield Fund, 1914-
Wrenn Library, 1918-1919
Ferguson fight, 1916-1917
Board of Regents, 1913-1920
Income tax, 1913-1920
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3A94 George W. Littlefield, John B. Hood Camp, UCV:
Financial papers, 1898-1899
Correspondence, 1890-1900
Reports
UCV printed circulars, 1895-1898
Terry's Ranger Association, ca. 1905-1918
Correspondence
Financial material
Printed material
Confederate Masonic Cemetery Association, 1912-1913
Miscellaneous
UCV
UDC
Medals
John Claiborne's Terry's Texas Ranger's Muster Roll, 1882
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3A95 George W. Littlefield:
Bennett Young letters, 1916-1919
Estates of Tom White, Louis Borho, and H.C. Storey
Autobiography
Certificates of Appointment
L.E. Daniel sketch and letters
Mr. and Mrs. Whitfield Harris Estate
Family:
Mrs. Mary Harral
Victor Harral
Alice Daniel
Family financial records, ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Mary Harral, bills and receipts, 1978-1919
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3A96 Land documents, 1868-1920
Gonzales, Texas
Austin, Texas
New Mexico
American National Bank, 1920
Luther Burbank Press, 1914-1920
Miscellaneous business
Mary Johnston, legal documents, 1919
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3A97 Financial papers, 1880-1920:
Bills, receipts, stocks, bonds, notes, checks
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3A98 Checks
Bank books (personal and business)
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3A99 Financial records, ca. 1900-1920
Checks and bank books (other activities)
Miscellaneous
Ranches, other than Yellow House Ranch
Seth Mabry
D.H. Snyder
Lampasas lawsuit
George T. Littlefield
W.P. Littlefield
Littlefield Cattle Company:
Charter of incorporation
Agreement, 1880-1885
Capitol Syndicate, 1901-1903
J.P. White, 1898, 1913-1919
Yellow House Ranch
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3A100 Yellow House Ranch:
1920-1927
1924:
Bills
Receipts
Statements
Examination
Yellow House Sheep Company
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3A101 J.P. White, manager, bank books, 1899-1920
Statements
Income tax, 1913-1920
Relics
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3A102 Littlefield Land Company
Sales:
1-74
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3A103 75-163
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3A104 164-231
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3A105 232-302
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3A106 303-395
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3A107 396-439
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3A108 Miscellaneous
Agents contracts, 1914-1917
Maps
Yellow House Ranch, proposed sale, 1915
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3A109 Chrononological file:
1911-1915 (incl. Santa Fe contract, 1912)
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3A110 1916-1920
Ross L. Malone, letterbook, 1919-1921
Legal documents, 1918
List of sales, 1916-1917
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3A111 Allison contract, abstract
Ross L. Malone, Del Valle Telephone Company, 1914-1920
Ross L. Malone:
Invoices, 1916-1919
Business letters, 1917-1920
Stenographers note book
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3A112 George W. Littlefield, and Ross L. Malone, letterbooks:
1917-1919
1918-1920
1915-1920
Bills
Receipts
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3A113 Arthur P. Duggan ledger:
1912-1915
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3A114 1916-1923
1912-1915 [includes entries for Lizzie Dowell, W.T. Littlefield, J.P. White, J.W. White, and others]
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3A115 Ledger:
1914-1920 [includes entries for Pat Boone, J.P. White, and J.W. White]
Ranch, J.P. White, manager, 1923-1924
Mrs. G.W. Littlefied, expenditures, 1921
Yellow House Land Company, expenditures, book 2, 1920-1923
Twitchell's survey of Yellow House Ranch, 1913
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3A116 Littlefield trust number II, minutes and list of disbursements, 1926
Littlefield properties, minute book, 1921-1924, 1924-1925
Bond register (Plains Investment Company)
G.W. Littlefield, will and codicils
List of land notes
Ranch inventories
Miscellaneous
Mrs. G.W. Littlefield, cash book, 1924-1925
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3A117 Central Bank and Trust Company of Austin, minutes, 1919-1911
Littlefield Land Company, cash book, 1912-1918
Checkbook, 1918-1920
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4M420 Yellow House Land Company:
Land sales, 1921-1925
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4M392 Bills receivable, sales 801-900, 1925
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4M393 Littlefield Properties:
Journal, 1923-1927
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4M394 Cash book, 1923-1942
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4M421 Ledger, 1924-1934
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4N64i Littlefield Building ledger, receipts and disbursements, 1915-1918
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4M396 Capital Bank and Trust Company of Austin, Central Bank and Trust Company of Austin, minutes, 1908-1909
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4M397 Littlefield Land Company, land notes, sales, 1-147
Littlefield State Bank, account, 1912-1917
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4M398 Littlefield Land Company, Yellow House Land Company:
Bills receivable on land sales, 1-800, 1912-1937
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4M399 Sales register A-Z, 1912-1922
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4M400 Financial papers:
Inventories
Yellow House Land Company, notes to Plains Investment Company
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4M401 Littlefield Properties, trial balances
Littlefield Cattle Company, cash account record and journal
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4M402 Miscellaneous
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3F167 Littlefield lands:
Bank statements, 1917-1919
Canceled checks, 1917-1919
Deposit slips, 1918, 1924, 1925
Bank books, 1914-1927
Adding maching tapes
Bone records, 1920
Telephone franchise, 1917
Littlefield estate:
Income tax record, 1920
Littlefield miscellaneous, Country Club notes, March 11, 1921
O.H. Bouchard, invoice, 1936
John Claiborne's Terry's Texas Rangers, muster roll, 1882
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3G364 Littlefield scrapbook
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3S185 Blueprints
Confederate bond
Newspaper article
Certificates
Drawing of tombstone
Financial papers:
Ledger sheets
Trial balance and miscellaneous
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3G50 George W. Littlefield letterpress books, 1909-1912, 1917-1918