University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Mary Austin Holley Papers, 1784-1846

Descriptive Summary

Creator Holley, Mary Austin
Title Mary Austin Holley Papers
Dates: 1784-1846
OCLC No.: 38850340
Extent 1 ft., 3 in.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Mary Austin Holley (1784-1846) was a teacher and the cousin of Stephen F. Austin. Born and raised in Connecticut, she lived in Louisiana, Kentucky and Texas. She is credited with writing the first history of Texas in English. She aroused sympathy for Texas during the Texas Revolution and worked for Texas annexation. She died of yellow fever in 1846.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diary, notes and literary productions relate to Mary Austin Holley's life in Connecticut, Louisiana, Kentucky and Texas, and the history of Texas. Also included is the last will and testament of Stephen F. Austin, 1833.


Use Restrictions

Some material restricted for preservation.

Index Terms

Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836--Will.
Holley, Mary Austin, 1784-1846.--Archives.
Southern States--History--1775-1865--Sources.
Texas--Description and travel--Sources.
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846--Sources.

Administrative Information

Cite as

Mary Austin Holley Papers, 1784-1846, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Other Finding Aid

Calendar of papers available in box 2E247

Detailed Description of the Collection



2E247 Calendar of Mary Austin Holley Papers
2R39 Correspondence:
1784-1846 [typescripts]
2E247 1808-1840 [originals]
1808-1846 [photostats and typescripts]
2R40 1808-1846 [typescripts]
2R39 Letters to her daughter, 1831-1839 [typescripts]
2E247 Diary and notes, 1835-1838 [typescripts]
2E248 Literary productions:
Life of Stephen F. Austin
History of Texas
A Sketch from Nature by a Traveler, 1844
A Day in Texas
Notes on Texas history
Extracts from the notebook kept by Stephen F. Austin while imprisoned in Mexico City, Mexico
Personal notes
2R40 Notes made during interviews of prominent Texans [typescript]
2E247 Last will and testament of Stephen F. Austin, April 1833
4Zc169 RESTRICTED for preservation: Diary and notes, 1835-1838 [original]