A Guide to the Reading Wood Black Papers, 1847-1892, 1934
Reading Wood Black (1830-1867) of Uvalde, Texas, was alandowner and merchant at the head of the Leon River, a commissioner to the Comanche and Kickapoo Indians, and a member of the Texas Legislature (1866). His opposition to treatment of German settlers by Confederate soldiers caused him to flee as a refugee to Mexico during the Civil War. Tom Wall killed Black, who had aroused local resentment by his Unionism and attempts to found a Loyal Union League in Uvalde.
Papers of Black include correspondence, diaries, business papers, legal papers, obituaries, and photographs of Black and his family and contain information on his activities as landowner, Indian commissioner, refugee, and legislator. Family papers include correspondence between Mary Wills and Jane Black after Black’s murder.
Reading Wood Black Papers, 1847-1892, 1934, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Detailed Description of the Papers