University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William S. Pierson Collection, 1795-1906



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pierson, William S.
Title: Pierson, William S. Papers
Dates: 1795-1906
Abstract: William Seward Pierson, Jr. (1815-1879) was an attorney and financier. The collection includes correspondence, legal papers, financial papers, printed materials, land documents, broadsides, newspapers, and maps relating to Pierson's business dealings and partnerships; Pierson's dealings in railroads; his assignment during the Civil War; and Texas legislative documents and maps.
Accession No.: 67-24; 71-85
Extent: 7 ft., 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

William Seward Pierson, Jr. (1815-1879) was an attorney and financier who conducted a variety of political, business, and land dealings in Texas during 1842-1879. Furthermore, he was an officer and Commanding Officer in the Civil War.


Scope and Contents

The William Pierson Collection, 1795-1906, includes correspondence, legal papers, financial papers, printed materials, land documents, broadsides, newspapers, and maps relating to Pierson's business and political activities. Specifically, the collection pertains to business dealings with S. M. Swenson; the Kidd Salvage Project; the Wildman Mills-Pierson partnership; Pierson's dealings in railroads; his assignment during the Civil War; his partnership with Pitt Cooke; and Texas legislative documents and maps. The collection also includes the wills of Pierson and his father, inventories and division of their respective estates, and other personal correspondence.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Pierson, William S., 1815-1879--Archives.
Swenson, S. M. (Svante Magnus), 1816-1896
Cooke, Pitt, b. 1819
Pease, E. M. (Edmund Morris), 1828-1906
Cooke, Jay, 1821-1905
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863
Subjects
Lawyers--Texas
Capitalists and financiers
Salvage--United States
Railroads--Texas
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)
La Grange (Tex.)
Galveston (Tex.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William S. Pierson Collection, 1795-1906, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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