University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lonn Taylor Papers, 1936-2013

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Taylor, Lonn
Title: Taylor (Lonn) Papers
Dates: 1936-2013
Abstract: Research reports, notes and drafts on 19th century Texas furniture and Texas political history.
Accession No.: AR 80-26; 84-224; 96-072; 99-121; 2012-225; 2014-172
Extent: 26 ft., 9 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Historian and curator Lonn Taylor (1940-) of Fort Worth received his bachelor’s degree in history and government from Texas Christian University in 1961, and held a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in government at New York University during 1961-1962. Between 1965 and 1969 he did graduate work at the University of Texas in history, museology, and historic preservation. From 1970 to 1977, Taylor worked at the University of Texas at Austin’s Winedale Historical Center in Round Top as director and curator of collections. While at Winedale, Taylor (with David B. Warren) completed "Texas Furniture: The Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840-1880" (1975, The University of Texas Press). He later served as a curator for the Dallas Historical Society and the American Folklife Center, and directed the New Mexico Furniture History Project at the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe. In 1984 Taylor joined the staff of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History where he served for 18 years, conducting research, directing and curating exhibits. His work as historian for the Smithsonian's Star-Spangled Banner Preservation Project led to his 2000 book, "The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem." He has also written books on American cowboys, New Mexican furniture and Southwestern history. Lonn Taylor retired from the Smithsonian in 2002. He has served as a consultant on exhibit planning for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Alamo, and the cities of Grapevine and San Antonio. He has also chaired the Advisory Council of the Center for Big Bend Studies at Sul Ross University. In 2013, Taylor curated the exhibition, Texas Furniture From The Ima Hogg Winedale Collection, at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. The exhibit was co-sponsored by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

Scope and Contents

Research notes, surveys, reports, articles, drafts, conference papers, and correspondence document the work of 19th-century Texas artisans in textiles, cabinetmaking, woodworking, leather work and other crafts. Most of the collection consists of research notes and surveys generated for books on Texas furniture-making and other professions. Rough and clean drafts of "Texas Furniture," with associated notes and correspondence, illuminate the development of that book. Other correspondence in the collection concerns negotiations with colleagues, and with collectors and philanthropists such as Miss Ima Hogg (1882-1975) of Houston. The collection also includes Taylor's personal papers and juvenilia.


Access Restrictions

Portions of the collection are stored offsite at Library Storage Facility. Please contact repository for retrieval.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted Use

Index Terms

Taylor, Lonn, 1940-
Hogg, Ima, 1882-1975.
Furniture industry and trade--Texas--History.
Furniture industry and trade--New Mexico--History.
Furniture, American.
University of Texas Press.
Texas--Social life and customs.
New Mexico--Social life and customs.
Textile fabrics--Texas--History--19th century.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Lonn Taylor Papers, the Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff. Subsequent revisions were made by Esther Kirchner, 2014.

Detailed Description of the Papers

[at LSF]
2.325/A142a Correspondence, 1968-1973
Notes and correspondence, 1971-1975
“Trees and Lumber” by Ed Hamilton, 1972
“Partial list of TWT books [U.T. Winedale?], [undated]
“German Craftsmen on the Texas Frontier” and “Introduction to Texas Furniture,” notes and correspondence, 1968-1971
“An Introduction to Texas Furniture”
Correspondence, 1970-1974
Drafts, [circa 1973]
"Texas Furniture: The Cabinetmakers and Their Work," typescript, [circa 1975]
News clippings, 1974 and [circa 1974]
2.325/B68 Democrats of Texas, 1956-1967
Progressive Democrats, 1936
Travis County Legislative Conference papers, 1956-1958
Young Democratic Club of Travis County, membership list, [circa 1940]
Young Democratic Clubs of Texas, 1960-1966
Socialist Labor Party (SLP) pamphlets, [undated]
"The Thermal Tax," by Augustine John Tucker, 1960
Mexican-Americans, 1967-1968
United Farm Workers, 1966-1967
2.325/B109 “Copy for German Americans,” draft, 1974
"Texas Furniture," glossary, appendix and correspondence, 1974-[1975]
Furniture, provenance and research reports, [circa 1969-1974]
2.325/B110 “Texas Furniture,” draft, [undated]
“An Introduction to Texas Furniture,”
Lists, announcement, correspondence, 1969-1972
Drafts, [undated]
Cabinetmakers, [undated]
Texas Furniture, manuscript, [circa 1975]
“Nineteenth century Texas: Its Land, People and Society,” by James M. Mc. Reynolds, academic paper, manuscript, 1972
Notes and Correspondence, 1970-1975
96-072/1 Artisan occupational survey files:
Furniture Reports
United States Census, artisans, Texas, 1870
Woodworking machinery
County Surveys:
[12 counties]
96-072/2 Bexar--Caldwell,
[11 counties]
96-072/3 Calhoun--Comal,
[12 counties]
96-072/4 Comanche--Fannin
[20 counties]
96-072/5 Fayette-Galveston,
[6 counties]
96-072/6 Gillespie--Hardin,
[10 counties]
96-072/7 Harris--Houston,
[11 counties]
96-072/8 Hunt--Nacagdoches,
[23 counties]
96-072/9 Navarro--Robertson,
[17 counties]
96-072/10 Rockwall--Trinity,
[21 counties]
96-072/11 Travis--Walker,
[9 counties]
96-072/12 Waller--Zavala,
[13 counties]
96-072/13 Textile Project
Census forms, April, 1976
Worksheet, June 1976
Contracts, Rawenga, 1977-1980
Textile Project, Census forms, April 1976
Census correspondence with Gerryeanna Green, [undated]
Returned questionnaires to be answered Sample textile worksheets, [undated]
Weaving, Texas Winedale Textile Project, [undated]
Returned questionnaires answered, [undated]
Questionnaires, [undated]
First textile canvas, January 4-15, 1977
Extra textile questionnaire sheets, [undated]
Textile project, completed worksheets, [undated]
County Files: textile, saddlers and weavers
Textile and paper preservation, [undated]
Textile Project worksheets on textiles to be examined, [undated]
Saddlemakers, [undated]
Textile survey: preliminary report, March, 1977
Research correspondence
General weaver research
Saddles, "Western Horseman," volume 39, number 2, February 1974
Wall paintings in Texas

[at SRH]
4Zf239 Texas Furniture: Research reports and notes
Irion County
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1969
Jack County
Carpenters, [undated]
Millwrights, [undated]
Wheelwrights, [undated]
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1969
Jackson County
Anderson, John A., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Francisco, J.M., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Johnson, George, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Swann, Robert, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Wilkins, John, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Carpenters, [undated]
Coopers, [undated]
Ginwrights, [undated]
House carpenters, [undated]
Joiners, [undated]
Millwrights, [undated]
Ship carpenters, [undated]
Wheelwrights, [undated]
Jasper County
Blake, G.W., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Harrell, Elisha, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Isabel Samuel B., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Carpenters, [undated]
Coach makers, [undated]
Coopers, [undated]
Ginwrights, [undated]
House carpenters, [undated]
Mill wrights, [undated]
Wagon makers, [undated]
Wheelwrights, [undated]
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1969
Jeff Davis County
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1969
Jefferson County
Beaumont, John A., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Glover, Edward C., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Harris, William, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Simpson, Henry E., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Vosburg, W.H., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Carpenters, A-H, [undated]
Carpenters, H-Z, [undated]
Ginwrights, [undated]
House carpenters, [undated]
Millwrights, [undated]
Sawyers, [undated]
Shingle makers, [undated]
Ship carpenters, [undated]
Wagon makers, [undated]
Wheelwrights, [undated]
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1972-1973
Unattributable pieces, photos and information, [undated]
Jim Hogg County
Jim Wells County
Johnson County
Anthony, Peter, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Crow, James, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Cummins, J.C., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Gates, W.E., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Jones, William A., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Nickless, Jacob, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Carpenters, [undated]
Carriage makers, [undated]
Coach makers, [undated]
Coopers, [undated]
House carpenters, [undated]
Millwrights, [undated]
Upholsterers, [undated]
Wagon makers, [undated]
Wheelwrights, [undated]
Wood workmen, [undated]
Miscellaneous correspondence, [undated]
Jones County [empty]
Karnes County
Pack, R., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Carpenters, [undated]
House carpenters, [undated]
Sawyers, [undated]
Wagon makers, [undated]
Wheelwrights, [undated]
Unattributable pieces, photos and information, [undated]
Kaufman County
Beard, William H., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Back, Jacob, Jr., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Boze, T.B., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Gardner, Edward, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Gardner, James W., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Hall, J.D., cabinetmaker, [undated]
McClure, B.N., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Rierson, Charles, N., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Walker and Harr, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Carpenters, [undated]
Coopers, [undated]
Wagon makers, [undated]
Wheelwrights, [undated]
Kendall County
Arhelger, William, cabinetmaker, (empty), [undated]
Brinkmann, Otto, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Scott, W.B., cabinetmaker, (empty) [undated]
Serger, Emil, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Steves, Eduard, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Wendler, Henry, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Carpenters, [undated]
Wagon makers, [undated]
Unattributable pieces, photos and information, (empty) [undated]
Kennedy County
Kerr County
Scott, W.B., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Serger, Emil, cabinetmaker, (empty) [undated]
Steves, Eduard, cabinetmaker, (empty) [undated]
Carpenters, [undated]
Millwrights, [undated]
Sawyers, [undated]
Wagon makers, [undated]
Wheelwrights, [undated]
Kimble County
Kinney County
Carpenters, [undated]
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1969
Kleberg County
Lamar County
Allen, D.H. cabinetmaker, [undated]
Ashnarth, James, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Ashnarth, Orman, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Ashworth, James, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Askew, T.J., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Babcock, Willet, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Barnes, Joseph, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Bland, E.T., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Brackney and Collins, cabinetmakers, [undated]
Bramlette, Gilbert, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Collins, J.T., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Dewitt, C.W., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Dewitt, L.W., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Geron, Jack, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Herrington, John, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Huffman, John A., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Irwin, Thomas J., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Irwin, W.B., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Lawhorn, W.J., cabinetmaker, [undated]
McCurey, William, cabinetmaker, [undated]
McGan, G.O., cabinetmaker, [undated]
McGan, William M., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Overstreet, H.W., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Plunkett, J.W., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Poindexter, T.C., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Richey, Barney cabinetmaker, [undated]
Richey, Brown, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Richey, William, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Rodgers, James W., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Roland, John, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Thomas, J.D., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Walker, A.A., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Walker, B.A., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Williams, L.R., cabinetmaker, [undated]
Williams. Monroe, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Carpenters, A-J, [undated]
Carpenters, J-Z, [undated]
Carriage makers, [undated]
Coach makers, [undated]
Coopers, [undated]
Gin wrights, [undated]
House carpenters, [undated]
Mill wrights, [undated]
Turners, [undated]
Upholsterers, [undated]
Wagon makers, [undated]
Wheelwrights, [undated]
Unattributable pieces, photos and information, (empty) [undated]
Miscellaneous correspondence, [undated]
Lamb County
Miscellaneous correspondence, [undated]
Lampasas County
Carpenters, [undated]
Carriage makers, [undated]
House carpenters, [undated]
House joiners, [undated]
Millwrights, [undated]
Sawyers, [undated]
Wagon makers, [undated]
Wheelwrights, [undated]
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1969-1970
LaSalle County
Lavaca County
Riemenschnider, Valentin, cabinetmaker, [undated]
Carpenters, [undated]
House carpenters, [undated]
Millwrights, [undated]
Wagon makers, [undated]
Wheelwrights, [undated]
Unattributable pieces, photos and information, (empty), [undated]
Lee County
Unattributable pieces, photos and information, (empty), [undated]
Leon County
Culbertson, Thomas, [undated]
Tardy, John, [undated]
Warmock, John, [undated]
Carpenters, [undated]
Ginwrights, [undated]
House carpenters, [undated]
Millwrights, [undated]
Ship carpenters, [undated]
Wagon makers, [undated]
Wheel wrights, [undated]
4Zf231 Texas Furniture: The Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840-1880:
Manuscript draft, [circa 1975]
4Zf232 Manuscripts, [circa 1975]
4Zf233 Galley proofs, 1975
Page proofs, 1975
Notes, [circa 1975]
Furniture provenance reports, 1972
4Zf234 Research notes, 1972
presentation notes and promotional pamphlets, [circa 1975]
Ima Hogg, 1971-1974
Mae Mertz, 1969-1970
Lonn Taylor, 1971-1973
Photographs, [circa 1975]

[at SRH] (accession no. 2012-225)
4S5 Personal papers, 1957-2002
Personal correspondence, 1994-2002
4S6 Personal correspondence, 1996-2001
4S7 Letters to Anna Harriet Heyer, 1996-2002
Pocket Calendars, 1980-2001
4S8 HemisFair 68, 1966-1968
T.C.U. Debate Team, 1958-1961
Texas Young Democrats, 1964
Diplomas, 1957, 1961
2.325/D24d Personal photos, [circa 1998 and undated]
4S8 Clippings and articles, 1958-1986
"The American Cowboy" exhibit, 1983
Exhibit publicity, 1983
Scrapbook, 1983
Research notes, 1979-1980
Clippings, 1983
Book reviews and publications, 1975-1986
Dallas Historical Society, 1977-1979
2.325/D20e "Survival and revival on the New Mexico furniture project," scrapbook Jan. 22, 1983
4S9 Watriss-Baldwin black rodeo exhibit, 1980
2.325/D24d Watriss-Baldwin black rodeo exhibit photos, 1980
4S9 Research notes, 1970-2001
Lee Stryker, 1939-1940, 1978-2001
2.325/D24d Photo of unidentified man, [undated]
4S9 Museum of New Mexico, 1982-1985
En Busco de Catarino Garza, Vol. I-II, 1992
Finnish architecture, 1994
Museums in movies and mysteries, 1994-1995
Arts and crafts movement, 1985
Louis Melcher photos (photocopies), 1894-1895
Eddleman-McFarland House, Fort Worth, 1981
Jim Bratcher "Don't cut your foot," 2000
Southern herding articles, 1970-2001
Joseph Kleiber letters (transcribed), 1866
"The second battle of the Alamo" by L. Robert Ables, [undated]
Chimayo research, 1970-2001
Attakapas region, 1970-2001
Landforms of America, [undated]
Al Luckett collection, 1997-1999
Gardens and vegetables, 1970-1984
Enola Gay exhibit, 1994-1995
Karnes Co., Texas "The Census Taker" (reprint from 1890), 1994
Winedale development guidelines, 1972
Las Trampas, N.M., 1967
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, GAO study, 2001
Spanish language newspapers in Texas, 1970
Cowboy songs, 1939
Taos revolt, 1970-1984
Finns in Astoria, 1970-1984
Winedale census records, 1970-1984
Miscellaneous topics, 1986-2001
4S10 Assorted bibliographies on notecards, [undated]
Research notes, history of St. Margaret's Church, 1996
Assorted research notes on notecards, 1996 and [undated]
4S11 Assorted research notes on notecards, [undated]
4S12 Research notes, [undated]
Research notes, 1984-1996
Research notes, 1995-2001
2.325/D24d Research photos, [circa 1995-2001]
4S12 Cowboy crafts, 1999
Ranch oak chair, 1998
Ranch oak chair photos, 1993
Western artisans, 1994-1996
History and philosophy of museums, [circa 1989]
Williamsburg antiques forum, February 5-7, 1996
Preserving the star-spangled banner, 2000-2001
2.325/F265 VHS tapes, 2000
4S12 State of the flag report, 2001
Glosnop table, 1986
2.325/D24d Glosnop table photos, 1986
4S12 Preservation ordinances, 1987
Common agenda for history museums, 1989
The artisan's frontier, 1987-1994
Regionalism and furniture, 1989-1997
2.325/D24d Photos of tiles and pottery, [circa 1995]
4S12 Research notes, 1990-2000 and [undated]
Research notes, 1991-1996
Research notes, 1990-1996
Research notes, 1981-1992
4S13 Research notes, 1981 and [undated]
Research notes, [circa 1974-1975]
New Mexican furniture, 1980-1983
Research notes, [undated]
Photos of New Mexican furniture and décor (photocopies), [circa 1910-1949 and undated]
Assorted articles, [circa 1943], 1971 and [undated]
Publications by Lonn Taylor, 1974-1989 and [undated]
2.325/D24d Photos of New Mexico from Karen Loveland (reproductions), 1885-1925
Photos of furniture and craftsmen, [undated]
Photos of New Mexican furniture and décor (reproductions), [circa 1857-1916], 1959-1982 and [undated]
4S13 Bourke, John G., 1970 and [undated]
W.W.H. Davis, 1977 and 1988
"Outside Santa Fe in the seventeenth century" article, [undated]
McCulloch, Samuel, [undated]
German settlers in Texas (reproductions), 1830-1856, 1907, 1951
Battle of Medina River (reproduction), 1813
Von Roeder family, [undated]
Henry Muñoz letters, 1943-1946
Hale, Edward Everett letters (reproduction from the Hale papers, NY State Library, Albany), April 1876
Gillmore expedition in the Philippines, 1987 and [undated]
2.325/D24d Slides of pottery and craftsmen (reproductions), [circa 1910-1950], 1970 and [undated]
Slides of furniture and décor (reproductions), 1862, 1880 and [undated]
4S13 Museum of New Mexico controversy, 1983-1984
Juvenilia, 1948-1961
Elementary and high school, 1948-1957
Texas Christian University, 1957-1961
2.325/D24d Personal photos, [circa 1948-1961]
2.325/D20e Scrapbooks, 1945-1952
2.325/D20f Scrapbooks, 1947-1955

[at SRH] (accession no. 2014-172)
4Zf348 Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum exhibit, 2003-2013
Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum, 2003-2006
Tinker catalog, 2013
Chisholm Trail map (print out from auction), undated
Chisholm Trail sources, 2012
Chisholm Trail exhibit, 2013
Chisholm trail heritage, 2010
Ranching heritage of the Guadalupe River Valley exhibit, 2012
Bullock Museum Texas Furniture exhibit, Austin, 2012-2013
Texas furniture exhibit, Bullock Museum, 2013
Winedale furniture exhibit, June 2012-March 2013
Winedale II, February 2013-July 2013
Winedale furniture exhibit, 2013
Book signing expenses, November 2012
Correspondence, 2011-2013
Texas People, Texas Places manuscript, 2013
Thinking like a mountain foundation, 2009-2012
Historic roads in Big Bend Ranch State Park, 2010
4Jc55a Jeff Davis County Historical Commission, 2008
Marilyn Caldwell obituary, 2011
Research files, 2002-2012
Hubbell House, Albuquerque, 2009-2012
Jeff Davis County Jail, 2009
Casas Grandes Meteorite, 2002-2003
Runaway scrape, 2011
Pecos cantaloupe, 2011-2012
J. Frank Norris, 2011
Texas State longhorn herd, 2009
Ray Hegy, Marfa, TX, 2009
Archibald Hill, 2011
Bruce Colvin, 2011
Artesia, N.M., undated