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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr Papers, 1861-1916



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Barr, Amelia Edith Huddleston
Title: Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr Papers
Dates: 1861-1916
Abstract: Picture and letters of Barr (1831-1919), novelist, concern her personal and professional activities and contain descriptions of events in Austin in 1861, in Galveston during Reconstruction, and in New York at the turn of the century.
Extent: 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Amelia Barr, writer, daughter of William Henry and Mary (Singleton) Huddleston, was born in Ulverston, Lancashire, England, on March 29, 1831. Her father was a Methodist minister. She was educated in music and literature and taught in a girls' school before she married Robert Barr, an accountant, of Glasgow. After Barr lost his fortune, the couple sailed for America. They lived briefly in Chicago and Memphis and in 1856 settled in Austin, Texas, where Barr found employment as an auditor for the state of Texas. During the ten years in which Austin was their home, Amelia Barr took an active part in the social life of the frontier capital and wrote in her diary vivid pictures of many Texans and local events and scenes. Her reputation as a novelist was firmly established with the publication in 1885 of Jan Vedder's Wife. Remember the Alamo, the novel for which Texans know her best, was published in 1888. From 1885 to 1911 a single firm published forty-two novels by Amelia Barr. Other publishers launched additional books, and countless shorter pieces flowed from her pen. Her literary success brought her comfort, security, and considerable means, as well as fame. Mrs. Barr died in New York on March 10, 1919, and was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

From: Adams, Paul. “Barr, Amelia Edith Huddleston.” In Handbook of Texas Online, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/fba75.html (accessed April 2008).

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Scope and Contents

Picture and letters concern her personal and professional activities and contain descriptions of events in Austin in 1861, in Galveston during Reconstruction, and in New York at the turn of the century. Originals, Photostats, and typescripts are included.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Barr, Amelia Edith Huddleston, 1831-1919 -- Archives.
Subjects
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Women.
Places
Galveston (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Texas -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
New York -- History -- Sources.

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Related Material

See also TXC Photograph Collection

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr Papers, 1861-1916, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Revisions were made by Laurel Rozema, October 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2B38 Correspondence, February 1861-November 1916 and undated
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3S105 Halftone reproduction of photograph of Amelia Barr

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