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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George W. and James C. Fulton Papers, 1836-1916



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fulton, George W.
Creator: Fulton, James C.
Title: Fulton, George W. and James C. Papers
Dates: 1836-1916
Abstract: Correspondence, diary, business papers, account books, legal documents, land papers, broadsides, printed material, newspaper clippings, letter presses, daybooks, ledgers, and bills of George W. Fulton (1810-1893), rancher, soldier, newspaperman, railroad supervisor, and James C. Fulton (1848-1933), rancher and manufacturer.
Accession No.: 93-368
Extent: 8 ft., 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

George Ware Fulton (1810-1893) was the founder of the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company, as well as a schoolteacher, watchmaker, and maker of mathematical instruments in Indiana. He was a second lieutenant in the Army of the Republic of Texas and therefore was entitled to a grant of 1,280 acres of land, which he took in San Patricio County. He then worked as a draftsman in the General Land Office.

By using his knowledge of land titles, Fulton combined 25,000 acres to form the Aransas Land Company. He then joined in the organization of the Coleman, Mathis, Fulton Cattle Company in 1871, which became the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company in 1879. Fulton's skills soon pushed the company to become a leader in slaughtering cattle for hide and tallow and later in shipping cattle. He invented and patented methods for cooling beef during shipping.

George Ware Fulton married Harriet G. Smith in 1840, and the couple had six children, including George Ware Fulton, Jr., and James C. Fulton. Fulton died in 1893.

James C. Fulton (1848-1933) trained as a civil engineer and machinist in Ohio and Kentucky. In December 1868 he moved with his family to Live Oak Peninsula, Texas. Fulton became a member of the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company upon his father's death in 1893, but resigned in 1905. He then moved to Rockport and established a planing mill that he moved to Corpus Christi three years later. He was successful in the cattle industry in South Texas and also proved to be influential in the industrial development of Corpus Christi, where he died.

Sources:

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Fulton, George W.," (accessed May 19, 2010)

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Fulton, James C.," (accessed May 19, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diary, business papers, account books, legal documents, land papers, broadsides, printed material, newspaper clippings, letter presses, daybooks, ledgers, and bills compose the George W. and James C. Fulton Papers, 1836-1916. The collection includes George W. Fulton's diary and personal letters to his family, as well as business papers relating to his activities as a draftsman in the General Land Office and a soldier in the Texas Army. Additionally, papers relate to patents and to the Coleman, Mathis, Fulton Cattle Company, the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company, Texas Veteran Association, Aransas Lumber Company, Aransas Harbor Improvement Company, and Ocean View Hotel Company.

The papers also document James C. Fulton's activities as a civil engineer, the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company, the planing mill, the screen manufacturing business, and Fulton’s roles as a promoter of cattle industry in South Texas and in the industrial development of Corpus Christi.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Original letter presses are restricted for preservation purposes. Contact repository for more information.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Fulton, George W.--Archives.
Fulton, James C.--Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company
Aransas Harbor City and Improvement Company
Aransas Lumber Company
Ocean View Hotel Company
Texas Veterans Association
Texas. Army
Subjects
Railroads--Texas
Cattle trade--Texas
Inventions--Texas
Civil engineering--Texas
Industrialization--Texas
Land--Texas
Land titles--Texas
Places
Aransas County (Tex.)
Corpus Christi (Tex.)
Fulton (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company records, 1872-1961; 1872-1933

See also Texas Veterans Association papers, 1870-1910

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George W. and James C. Fulton Papers, 1836-1916, 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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2D172 Correspondence:
1836-1856
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2D173 1857-1876
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2D174 1877-1890
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2D175 1891-1897
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2D176 1898-1903
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2D177 George Ware Fulton diary
Business papers, 1839-1899
Account books
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2D178 Legal documents, 1837-1898
Land papers, undated
Broadsides
Printed material
Newspaper clippings
Miscellany
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2W96 Drawings
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2D179 Letter presses
(RESTRICTED)
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2D180 Letter presses
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2D181 Letter presses
Account books
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2D182 Account books
Day books
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2D183 Day books
Records
Ledgers
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2D184 Ledgers
Invoice book
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2D185 Invoice books
Blank books
Voucher file
Minutes of Directors, Organizational Meeting of Ocean View Hotel Company, December 4, 1889
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2D186 Stock ledger
Account book
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4K530 Day book of Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company, 1890-1893
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4K532 Day book, 1890 (Fulton)
Journal, July 5, 1894
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4K533 Ledger and index
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4K534 Ledger
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4K535 Ledger, 1888-1890
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4K536 Journal, 1890-1891
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4K537 Bills payable to Aransas Lumber Company
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4K538 Journal, 1872-1900
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4K539 Cash book, 1890-1909
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4K540 Trial balance, 1881-1883
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4K541 Journal, 1870-1872
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4K542 Account book of Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company, 1890-1894
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4K543 Ledger
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4K544 Bills payable to Aransas Lumber Company
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2D255 Fulton-Bruhl-Gibson family miscellany
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3S49.4 Gibson family photographs

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