University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Andrew W. George Papers, ca. 1880-1930



Descriptive Summary

Creator: George, Andrew W.
Title: George, Andrew W. Papers
Dates: ca. 1880-1930
Abstract: Andrew W. George was born into slavery, possibly in South Carolina, around 1852. In New Orleans he was sold to the George family of Elgin, Texas about 1858. After the Civil War, George worked as a janitor in the Travis County Courthouse, as well as a cook and domestic servant for judge Alexander Watkins Terrell, and as a camp cook for the state and U.S. geological surveys (1880s). Papers include seven manuscript items, approximately 190 photographs and postcards, and two photograph albums.
Accession No.: 1930s; 68-80; 71-82
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Andrew W. George was born into slavery, possibly in South Carolina, around 1852. In New Orleans he was sold to the George family of Elgin, Texas about 1858. After the Civil War, George worked as a janitor in the Travis County Courthouse; as a cook and domestic servant for judge Alexander Watkins Terrell; and as a camp cook for the state and U.S. geological surveys (1880s). Subsequently, he did various types of domestic work for several families in Austin. Andrew George never married and died in late 1932 or 1933.


Scope and Contents

The Andrew W. George Papers, ca. 1880-1930, consist of seven manuscript items, approximately 190 photographs and postcards and two photograph albums. The manuscript materials, arranged by format, include a biography of George written by Mildred Pickle Mayhall, a 1906 Oklahoma tax receipt, part of a letter, and newspaper clippings. The photographic materials are also arranged by format: photographs, albums, and postcards. Photographs include images of George, his friends, families he worked for, geological surveys near Llano, and stereoviews of San Antonio. Several photo postcards, possibly taken by George, include scenes of airplanes, an airplane crash, and houseboats. They were removed from an album for preservation purposes. A photopostcard album shows views of Melissa, Texas, after a 1921 tornado.


 

Arrangement and Organization

The Andrew W. George papers are arranged into series, as follows:
Manuscript material
Photographs
  • Persons
  • Places
  • San Antonio Stereoviews
  • Photograph Album
  • Photo Postcard Album
  • Photo Postcards
Postcards

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Mayhall, Mildred P.
Terrell, Alexander Watkins, 1827-1912
Brackenridge, George Washington
George, Andrew--Archives.
Subjects
Cityscapes--Texas--Pictorial works.
Farms--Texas--Pictorial works.
Camps--Texas--Pictorial works.
Cookery--Texas--Pictorial works.
Agriculture--Texas--Pictorial works.
Geology--Texas--Pictorial works.
Houseboats--Texas--Pictorial works.
Missions--Texas--Pictorial works.
Parks--Texas--Pictorial works.
Springs--Texas--Pictorial works.
Tornadoes--Texas--Melissa--Pictorial works.
Slavery--Texas
Freedmen--Texas
Places
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)--Siege, 1836
Austin (Tex.)
Llano (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Melissa (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Kansas City (Kan.)

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Unit.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Andrew W. George Papers, [ca. 1880-1930], 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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