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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Alexander Gilmer Papers, 1872-1929



Descriptive Summary

Creator Gilmer, Alexander
Title Alexander Gilmer Papers
Dates: 1872-1929
Extent 101 ft., 10 in.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Alexander Gilmer (1829-1906) was a shipbuilder, sailor, and lumber man. A native of Ireland, Gilmer immigrated to Georgia and later moved to Texas, where he participated in the Civil War Battle of Sabine Pass. Gilmer went on to build an enormous lumber empire in East Texas despite serious setbacks from a series of sawmill fires. He moved to San Antonio and eventually died while travelling in New York City.

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Scope and Contents

Papers relate to the business operations of Alexander Gilmer's sawmills and lumber businesses, from acquisition of timber land to the shipping of finished lumber to yards in Texas, other states, and abroad.

Included are books, letter presses, payroll records, blueprints, maps, plats, log books, financial records, invoices, checks, correspondence, typescripts, and photographs.

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Restrictions

Use Restrictions

Most of collection is stored off-site; contact repository in advance for retrieval.

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Administrative Information

Cite as

Alexander Gilmer Papers, 1872-1929, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory

Stored off-site:
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2M407 Carbon copies of order books, 1891-1894
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2M408 Carbon copies of order books, undated
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2M409 Bank books, 1895-1905
Check stubs, 1888-1906
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2M410 Check stubs, 1895-1906
Unused check book, 1905
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2M411 Check stubs:
1888-1904
1926
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2M412 1892-1900
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2M413 1889-1902
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2M414 1889-1892
1901
Cancelled checks, 1891-1897
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2M415 Cancelled checks, 1902-1904
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2M416 Cancelled checks, 1880-1896, 1900-1903
Receipts, 1880-1896
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2M417 Promissory notes, 1879-1896
Credits and debits, 1889-1896
Business account papers, 1872-1886
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2M418 Business account papers:
1887-1894
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2M419 1895-1898
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2M420 1898-1899
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2M421 1900-1901
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2M422 Invoice books:
1887-1889
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2M423 1889-1890
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2M424 1890
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2M425 1890-1891
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2M426 1891-1892
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2M427 1892-1894
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2M428 1895
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2M429 1895-1897
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2M430 1897-1898
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2M431 1898-1899
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2M432 1899-1901
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2M433 1901-1903
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2M434 1903-1907
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2M435 Sales books:
1888-1889
1892
1899
1906
Papers concerning loans, payment and collection of notes, 1900
Recapitulations book, 1893-1896
Shipping receipts books, 1886-1887
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2M436 Shipping record books, 1891-1893
Collections book, 1878
Delinquent accounts books: 1877, 1887-1889
Odd entries books, 1869-1897
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2M437 Accounts payable and receivable books, 1887-1902
Claims books, 1881-1902
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2M438 Credit memorandum book, 1899
Book listing lumber dealers
Freight bills, 1903
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2M439 Receipts, 1902-1903
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2M440 Receipts, 1903-1904
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2M441 Corporation record of Lemon Lumber Company, 1901-1902
Stock book of Lemon Lumber Company, 1901
Stock book of Yoakum Opera House Company, 1902
Secretary's register book of Southern Mutual Building and Loan Association, Orange Branch, 1889-1890
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2M442 Reference books of Lumbermen's Credit Association, 1899-1900
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2M443 Reference books of Lumbermen's Credit Association: 1901, 1903
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2M444 Manufacturers's catalogs, 1884-1906
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2M445 Papers in account with suppliers:
1882-1901
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2M446 1882-1901
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2M447 Bills, 1877-1901
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2M448 Saw mill orders, 1899-1900
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2M449 Saw mill orders, 1901
Filled saw mill orders, 1899
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2M450 Filled saw mill orders:
1899
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2M451 1899
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2M452 1899
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2M453 Order books, 1889-1894
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2M454 Order books, 1896
Day books, 1878
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2M455 Day books:
1878
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2M456 1878-1879
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2M457 Day books:
1879-1880
1886-1889
Tally books, 1877-1878, undated
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2M458 Tally books:
1890-1893
1897
1899
Secretary's cash book, 1886
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2M459 Cash books:
1898-1899
1901-1902
1905-1906
Time books:
1886-1892
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2M460 1896-1898
1901-1902
Weekly payroll books:
1892
1898-1899
Stocksheets, inventories, and tallies:
1897
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2M461 1898
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2M462 1898-1899
Stockbooks:
undated
1892
1895
1897-1899
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2M463 1894-1900
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2M464 1899-1904
Inventory books:
undated
1888
1900
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2M465 Letter presses:
1885-1888
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2M466 1887-1888
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2M467 1888-1890
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2M468 1889-1890
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2M469 1890-1891
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2M470 1891-1892
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2M471 1892-1893
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2M472 1893-1894
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2M473 1894-1895
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2M474 1895
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2M475 1895-1896
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2M476 1896-1897
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2M477 1896-1897
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2M478 1897
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2M479 1897-1898
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2M480 1898
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2M481 1898-1899
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2M482 1899
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2M483 1899-1900
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2M484 1900-1901
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2M485 1901
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2M486 1901-1902
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2M487 1902-1903
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2M488 1903-1905
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2M489 1903-1904
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2M490 1904-1905
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2N1 1905
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2N2 1905-1907
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2N3 Expense account books:
1877-1878
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2N4 1878-1879
1885-1886
1889-1892
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2N5 1890-1892
1896-1897
1899
undated
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2N6 1904
1907
Business account books:
1869-1873
1883
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2N7 1881-1884
1894-1896
1897-1899
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2N8 1900
Treasurer's book of Sabine Tram Company: 1889-1890, 1891
Supply books, 1890
Order book, 1890
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2N9 Business account books:
1903-1906
1914-1916
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2N10 1917-1921
undated
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2N11 Business letters:
1892
1902
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2N12 1902
1904
1895-1909
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2N13 Circulars and papers from Lumbermen's Associations, 1888-1904
Wage papers of Lemon Lumber Company, 1901
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2N14 Business papers of Lemon Lumber Company, 1901-1902
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2N15 Business papers of Lemon Lumber Company, 1902
Form papers of Lemon Lumber Company, 1902
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2N16 Lemon Lumber Company form papers:
1902
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2N17 1903
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2N18 1903
undated
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2N19 Abstracts of title to lands, 1902
Registry receipts, 1884-1899
Envelopes
Notes
Magazines, 1904, 1923
Inner office papers, 1883-1898
Notebook
Mill and Yard Logbook, 1879-1885
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2N20 Yard book, 1892-1893
Log cut books, 1894-1897
Mill log book, 1897-1899
Sawing record book, 1899-1901
Board book, 1906-1907
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2N21 Letters and papers concerning lumber machinery:
1882-1890
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2N22 1891-1893
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2N23 1894-1895
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2N24 1895-1897
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2N25 1897-1898
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2N26 1898-1899
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2N27 1900-1901
undated
Lumber machinery catalogs and advertisements
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2N28 Papers concerning fire losses, property and fire insurance, 1888-1901
Papers concerning office supplies, 1894-1901
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2N29 Letters and papers of Sabine Tram Company, 1888-1896
Sabine Tram Company, letter press, 1895-1898
Sabine Tram Company, financial papers:
1889-1890
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2N30 1891-1898
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2N31 Cancelled checks, 1889-1896
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2N32 Letters:
1891-1896
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2N33 1897-1899
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2N34 Sabine Tram Company Letters, 1900-1901
Mill reports, 1891-1901
Mill reports, 1891-1901
Monthly statements, 1891-1896
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2N35 Book of invoices for Carey Lombard Lumber Company, 1892-1893
Unused letter press
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2N36 Papers concerning rentals and repairs, 1883-1901
Employees, 1902-1903
Convict labor, 1893-1894
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2N37 Applications for employment, 1882-1901
Applications for white collar employment, 1887-1896
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2N38 Applications for white collar employment, 1888-1901
Papers concerning wages, 1877-1897
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2N39 Papers concerning wages, 1897-1901
Cancelled checks, 1892-1897
Papers concerning strikes, 1891-1893
Papers concerning casualty insurance, 1892-1901
Papers concerning land transactions: 1872-1894
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2N40 Papers concerning land transactions: 1895-1901
Papers concerning land-lumber trades, 1891-1897
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2N41 Papers and correspondence concerning legal matters, 1874-1901
Letters and orders from Beeville yard, 1890-1895
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2N42 Letters, orders, and papers from Cuero yard, 1892-1900
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2N43 Letters and orders:
Halletsville yard, 1896-1901
Kansas City yard, 1892-1896
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2N44 Karnes City yard, 1897-1901
Runge yard, 1892-1897
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2N45 Runge yard, 1898-1901
Velasco yard, 1891-1895
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2N46 Velasco yard, 1896-1901
Victoria yard, 1894-1896
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2N47 Victoria yard, 1897-1901
Yoakum yard, 1892-1894
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2N48 Letters and orders from Yoakum yard, 1895-1901
Letters concerning W. A. Fink Lumber Company of Yoakum, 1898-1899
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2N49 General reports:
Beeville yard, 1891-1895
Cuero yard, 1892-1899
Halletsville yard, 1896-1900
Karnes City yard, 1893-1896
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2N50 Karnes City yard, 1897-1900
Runge yard, 1893-1900
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2N51 Velasco yard, 1892-1900
Victoria yard, 1894-1900
Yoakum yard, 1892-1900
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2N52 Orange yard, 1883-1896
Purchase and sale of yards and changes in personnel, papers concerning, 1892-1900
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2N53 Papers:
Traveling salesmen, 1887-1901
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2N54 1894-1901
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2N55 R. M. Williamson: 1895-1900
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2N56 R. M. Williamson: 1901
Transportation bills:
1888-1890
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2N57 1892-1896
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2N58 1897-1899
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2N59 1900-1901
Papers concerning railroad shipments, 1881-1893
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2N60 Papers concerning railroad shipments, 1894-1901
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2N61 Papers of R. S. Stephens, 1890-1901
Employment agency letter, 1893
Papers concerning machinery, 1882-1895
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2N62 Papers concerning Gilmer estate, 1919-1924
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2N63 Papers concerning Gilmer estate, 1925-1929
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2N64 Poll tax receipts, City of Orange, 1914, 1916, 1918
Telegrams, 1883-1896
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2N65 Post cards, 1892-1901
Mail registry and express receipts, 1880-1890
Business letters, 1892-1904
Assorted business papers, undated
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2N66 Assorted business papers, undated
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2N67 Books concerning lumbering:
1897
1905
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2N68 1890
1895
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2N69 1887
1892
1906
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2N70 1885
1891
1895
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2N71 Papers concerning credit ratings, 1883-1901
Special letter file concerning lumber industry, politics, 1891-1904
Papers concerning periodicals subscriptions, 1882-1901
Papers concerning Orange Board of Trade, 1900-1901
Papers concerning water hyacinths, 1897-1899
Assorted papers concerning Gilmer family, 1888-1901
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2N72 Alexander Gilmer personal financial papers, 1882-1895
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2N73 Alexander Gilmer personal financial papers, 1896-1901
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2N74 Business letters:
Out-of-state and abroad:
1887-1898
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2N75 1898-1900
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2N76 1901
Texas and Louisiana:
1873-1888
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2N77 1890-1891
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2N78 1891
From Carey-Lombard Lumber Company, 1892
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2N79 Texas and Louisiana:
1892
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2N80 1892-1893
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2N81 1893
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2N82 1893-1894
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2N83 1894
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2N84 1895
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2N85 1895
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2N86 1896
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2N87 1896-1897
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2N88 1897
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2N89 1897-1898
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2N90 1898
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2N91 1898
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2N92 1898-1899
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2N93 1899
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2N94 1899
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2N95 1899
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2N96 1899-1900
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2N97 1900
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2N98 1900-1901
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2N99 1901
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2N100 1901
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2N101 1901
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2N102 1902
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2N103 1902-1903
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2N104 1903
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2N105 1903
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2N106 1903
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2N107 1903
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2N108 1904
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2N109 1904
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2N110 1904
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2N111 1904
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2N112 1904
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2N113 1904
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2N114 1904
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2N115 1905
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2N116 1905
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2N117 1905
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2N118 1905
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2N119 1905-1906
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2N120 1906
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2N121 1906
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2N122 1906
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2N123 1907
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2N124 1908-1911
From Union Lumber Company of Texarkana, Arkansas, 1895-1896
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2N125 Empty envelopes
Assorted business papers and letters, 1879-1926
Papers concerning land, 1904
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2N126 Assorted business papers, 1898-1899
Papers concerning local lumbermen's associations, 1887-1897
Papers concerning journal subscriptions and credit ratings, 1880-1896
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2N126 Papers concerning business accounts, 1873-1895
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2N127 Papers concerning advertising, 1894-1899
Assorted business papers, 1892-1904
Papers concerning lumber transactions, 1872-1901
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2N128 Log scale bills, 1895-1901
Obituary, 1906
Index of Alex Gilmer collections
Newspaper clippings, 1934
Papers concerning acquisition of Gilmer collection, 1933-1942
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4K343 Payroll book, December 31, 1887 - September 29, 1888
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4K344 Payroll book, October 6, 1888 - May 31, 1889
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4K380 Sales book, August 1, 1890 - March 11, 1891
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4K381 Business account book, ledger number 11, 1888-1890
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4K345 General Ledger, January 1, 1898 - January 1903
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4K346 Business account book, ledger, 1892-1893
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4K347 Timber book, 1885-1887
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4K382 Business account book, ledger, 1898-1904
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4K383 Cash book, June 1, 1888 - April 29, 1895
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4K384 Payroll book, December, 1890 - March, 1893
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4K385 Payroll book, June, 1889 - November, 1890
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4K348 Timber book, March, 1880 - March, 1888
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4K349 Trial balance book, 1899
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4K350 Trial balance book, 1898
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4K351 Collection register, November 18, 1896 - September 29, 1899
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4K352 Trial balance book, 1899-1905
Lemon Lumber Company, financial statement, 1903
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4K353 Register of notes and drafts, 1894-1904
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4K386 Saw mill book, number 2, January 1876 - January 1878
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4K387 Recapitulation of shipments book, July 1895 - April 1, 1901
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4K388 Payroll book, December 3, 1898 - January 25, 1902
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4K389 Payroll book, July 1895 - November 1898
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4K390 Sales book, March 12 - November 23, 1891
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4K391 Sabine Tram Company journal, January 1, 1892 - September 30, 1895
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4K354 Sales book (with shipment in back), 1892-1895
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4K392 Sales book (with shipment in back), 1895-1897
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4K393 Sales book (with shipment in back), January 1, 1898 - January 14, 1901
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4K394 Purchase book, July 1, 1895 - February 1, 1899
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4K395 Sales book, January 1901 - July 1907
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4K355 Cash book, December 12, 1855 - September 24, 1887
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4K396 Business account journal, December 27, 1888 - December 31, 1890
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4K397 Business account journal, January 1, 1891 - December 31, 1897
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4K398 Cash book, May 1, 1895 - November 9, 1898
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4K399 Orange County account ledger, 1888-1890
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4K400 Day book, January 1, 1887 - December 26, 1888
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4K401 General ledger, number 11, 1891-1897
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4K356 Business account journal, 1876-1877
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4K402 Business account journal, January 1, 1885 - December 31, 1887
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4K357 Petty ledger, 1891-1897
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4K358 Petty ledger, number 12
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4K403 Cash book, January 12, 1883 - May 31, 1888
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4K404 Cash book, February 12, 1901 - June 1903
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4K405 Payroll book, August 8, 1892 - July 6, 1895
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4K406 Business account ledger:
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4K406 1885-1888
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4K407 1906
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4K408 1904-1905
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4K409 1879-1880
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4K410 1901-1903
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4K411 1878-1879
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4K412 Business account book, 1878-1879
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4K413 Order book:
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4K413 March 8, 1890 - November 11, 1891
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4K414 January 1, 1890 - June 22, 1891
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4K415 January 2, 1893 - April 1895
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4K416 June 29, 1891 - June 12, 1892
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4K417 Business account journal, January 1900 - January 1902
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4K418 General ledger, number 10, 1885-1888
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4K419 Order book, November 25, 1891 - December 31, 1892
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4K420 Sales book:
March 28 - July 31, 1890
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4K421 October 18, 1889 - March 27, 1890
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4K422 May 25 - October 18, 1889
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4K423 October 16, 1888 - May 25, 1889
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4K436 March 1 - October 18, 1888
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4K437 June 1, 1887 - February 29, 1888
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4K438 Business account journal, number 13, January 3, 1898 - January 31, 1903
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4K439 Cash book, July 1, 1901 - April 29, 1905
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4K440 Cash book, November 12, 1898 - July 1, 1901
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4K441 Business account ledger, 1903-1906
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4K442 Order book, July 1, 1896 - October 2, 1897
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4K443 Order book, April 1, 1895 - June 29, 1896
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4K359 Order book, 1890-1893
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4K444 Index to ledger number 11
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4K445 Statements book, September 1897
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4K446 Drafts, January 7, 1887 - March 25, 1896
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4K447 Checks: Numbers 1-296, February 4, 1891 - February 29, 1892
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4K448 Checks: Numbers 1-289, February 26, 1891 - July 11, 1892
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4K449 Index to petty ledger, 1889
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4K360 Business account ledger, 1896-1899
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4K450 Order book, November 23, 1885 - December 19, 1887
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4K451 Business account journal, March 1 - July 16, 1906
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4K452 Order books:
Dry kiln and planer, December 20, 1888 - June 7, 1889
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4K453 Saw mill, October 1, 1888 - May 30, 1889
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4K454 March 12 - December 31, 1889
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4K455 December 20, 1887 - March 6, 1889
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4K456 Business account ledger: Number 5, 1875-1876
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4K457 Business account ledger: Number 6, 1877
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4K458 Cash book, 1873-1883
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4K459 Business account ledger, 1883-1884
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4K460 Blank forms
Miscellaneous papers
Fragments
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4K468 Day book, blotter 21, January 1875 - March 1878
Stored on-site:
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4N8d Land book, property
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3Y552 Photographs regarding the lumber business
Photograph: portrait of Alexander Gilmer, copy from the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, TX [donated by Philip J. Pennington, great-grandson of Alexander Gilmer]
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3S177 Insurance certificates
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3S193 Mill log scales, balance sheets
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3S194 Mill log scales, balance sheets
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OD1277 Blueprints
Land plats

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