University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Reading Wood Black Papers, 1847-1892, 1934



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Black, Reading W. (Reading Wood), 1830-1867.
Title: Reading Wood Black Papers
Dates: 1847-1892, 1934
Abstract: Papers of Black include correspondence, diaries, business papers, legal papers, obituaries, and photographs of Black and his family, as well as correspondence between Mary Wills and Jane Black after Black’s murder.
Extent: 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Black, Reading W. (Reading Wood), 1830-1867 -- Archives.
Subjects
Crime and criminals.
Indians of North American--Government relations.
Unionists (United States Civil War) -- Texas.
Legislators--Texas.
Places
Uvalde (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Reading Wood Black Papers, 1847-1892, 1934, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3H52 Correspondence, 1852-1892
Spanish documents, 1867, 1868, 1883
Legal papers, 1847-1884
Diaries, 1854-1856
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3S143 Certificate authorizing the election of Clinton R. Short as collector and assessor of Uvalde County, undated
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3S109 Family photographs, undated
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3H52 Assorted