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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Henry Garrison Askew Papers, 1852-1921



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Askew, Henry Garrison
Title: Henry Garrison Askew Papers
Dates: 1852-1921
Abstract: Papers concerning the business activities and personal affairs of Askew (1845-1921), the first auditor for the Texas Railroad Commission (1891-1906), contain correspondence, letterbook, bills, receipts, checks, reports, legal documents, maps, an autobiography and other literary productions, newspaper clippings, and photographs.
Accession No.: AR 89-81
Extent: 1 foot, 6 inches
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Henry Garrison Askew (1845-1921), born December 17, 1845 in Marshall, Texas, was active in Texas Railroad and banking industries. He is most noted for his position as the first auditor of the Texas Railroad Commission, 1891-1906. In mid-1863 Askew joined the Confederate forces and served to the end of the war. He remained active in Confederate Veteran organizations throughout his life. Soon after the end of the Civil War Askew became involved in the railroad industry: first in the service of several independent lines, namely the Tyler Tap Railroad, the Texas & St. Louis Railway Company, and the Kansas & Gulf Short Line Railway, and then in his role as auditor of the Texas Railroad Commission. About 1888 the First National Bank of Tyler was organized with Mr. Askew serving as Vice-President. He served in this capacity in addition to his activity in the railroad industry and with the Railroad Commission. Upon leaving the Railroad Commission in 1906 Askew accepted a position as general statistician with Principal Texas Railways, an organization formed by several railroad companies to handle matters which concerned all Texas railroads. He served in this capacity until his death in 1921.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, financial documents, literary works, material relating to business affairs, material relating to personal affairs, military papers, photographs, and various other material collected by Henry Garrison Askew dating 1852-1921. The Askew papers bulk with general correspondence which includes personal as well as some Askew family correspondence, and a letterbook with correspondence ranging from 1880-1907 in random chronological and subject arrangement. The series containing literary works is of particular interest as it includes an autobiography and a couple of lengthy feature articles written by Askew. About one-third of the papers consist of material relating to business affairs. The material concerning the Texas Railroad Commission and railroad industry is generally routine correspondence. Material relating to Askew's real estate interests includes correspondence, legal documents (including many deeds), and property inventories largely from Hubbard (Hill County), Texas, where Askew and other family members had extensive land holdings. A small body of material relates to personal affairs including organizations Askew was involved with such as the Union of Confederate Veterans and the United Order of the Golden Cross, and material on the Texas Philatelic Association. The series containing material collected by H. G. Askew includes several manuscripts relating to various historical aspects of Tyler and Smith County, Texas. Most, however, are undated and anonymous. Rounding out the papers are a series of seemingly unrelated military papers and some photographs including three portraits of Henry Askew.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

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Index Terms

Subjects
Askew, Elizabeth.
Askew, Henry Garrison.
Jones, Jim.
Rowland, H.H.
Austin, Texas.
Hill County, Texas.
Hubbard, Texas.
Smith County, Texas.
Tyler, Texas.
Kansas & Gulf Short Line Railway.
Railroads.
Real estate.
Texas & St. Louis Railway Company.
Texas Philatelic Association.
Texas Railroad Commission.
Tyler Tap Railroad.
United Confederate Veterans.
United Order of the Golden Cross.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Henry Garrison Askew Papers, 1852-1921, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2L190 General Correspondence, 1870-1917 and undated:
Letterbook, 1880-1907 (bulk 1896-1906)
Personal, 1875-1900
Personal, 1901-1911
Personal, 1912-1917 and undated
Family, 1870-1912 and undated
Other, 1885-1910, 1921 and undated
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2L191 Financial documents, 1876-1921:
Bills and receipts, 1876-1921
Checks and check register, 1902-1916
Bankruptcy notice of H.H. Rowland, 1903
Auditor's reports, 1889
Literary works, 1897, 1912, 1917 and undated:
Autobiography, 1917
Manuscripts, undated
Newspaper clippings, 1897, 1912
Business affairs, 1870-1918 and undated:
Railroad Commission:
Correspondence, 1892-1906
Notes, undated
Newspaper clippings, 1898-1914 and undated
Railroad industry activities:
Correspondence, 1881, 1882 (bulk 1906-1917)
Court claim, 1915
Real estate interests:
Correspondence:
General, 1884-1906
General, 1907-1918
With Jim Jones of Hubbard, Texas, 1910-1918
Legal documents:
Deeds, 1885-1916
Petition, 1912
Court order of the sale of property of Harmon Wynne, 1870
Property inventories, 1907-1914 and undated
Notes and memoranda, 1908-1916 and undated
Street map, undated
Personal affairs, 1882-1920 and undated:
Organizations:
United Order of the Golden Cross:
Commissions, 1882, 1889
Membership material, 1900, 1914, 1917
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2L192 United Confederate Veterans:
General orders, minutes, resolutions, programs, 1894-1916 and undated
Articles from Confederate Veteran, 1920
Newspaper clippings, 1894-1921
Undated
Hobbies:
Conchology:
Nautilus (four issues), 1896, 1901
List of shells, undated
Philately:
Newspaper clippings concerning the Texas Philatelic Association, 1896-1899 and undated
Military records:
Letter, military order from Henry McCulloch, 1865
Material collected by Henry Askew, 1852-1915 and undated:
Newspaper article by Mrs. H. G. (Elizabeth) Askew, 1912
Manuscripts, 1870-1915 and undated
Printed material, 1852-1900 and undated
Notes relating to Civil War, undated
Other, 1854-1870 and undated
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3S26 Photographs, 1891 and undated:
Portrait of H. G. Askew, 1891
Portrait of H. G. Askew, undated
Portrait of H. G. Askew, undated
Portrait of unidentified woman and child, undated
Portrait of John H. Reagan, undated
Portrait of Robert E. Lee, undated
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2.325/V1 Oversize documents, 1897, 1911 and undated:
Article on the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, undated
Hand-drawn real estate map, undated
Property inventories (2), 1911
Railroad shipping vouchers, 1897
Reprints of letters, United Confederate Veterans, 1916

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