A Guide to the William S. Pierson Collection, 1795-1906
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.
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.
The collection is open for research.
William S. Pierson Collection, 1795-1906, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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