University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Dudley Hiram Snyder Family Papers, 1851-1923

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Snyder, Dudley Hiram Family
Title: Snyder, Dudley Hiram Family Papers
Dates: 1851-1923
Abstract: Dudley Hiram Snyder (1833–1921) was a cattleman, and in 1868 formed a partnership with his brother, John W. Snyder, with whom he drove large herds of cattle from Texas into Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming. Family papers relate to the brothers' cattle ranching enterprise and other family interests.
Accession No.: 67-152; 73-3; 73-87
Extent: 4 ft., 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Dudley Hiram Snyder (1833–1921), cattleman, was born in Mississippi and moved to Round Rock, Texas, in 1854. He delivered beef cattle to the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Furthermore, he served as a conscription officer in Williamson County. After partnering with his brother, John W. Snyder, in 1868, they drove cattle to Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas from Texas.

Snyder owned ranches in Cooke, Mitchell, Stonewall, Lamb, and Hartley counties. In addition, he contributed to the construction of a link line from Granger to Austin, which was eventually purchased by the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railway Company. A supporter of education, he donated funds to Southwestern University. Snyder was married to Mary Oatts of Round Rock, and they had nine children. He died in Georgetown in 1921.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Snyder, Dudley Hiram", (accessed June 2, 2010).

Scope and Contents

The Dudley Hiram Snyder Family papers include correspondence, account books, checks and check stubs, promissory notes, receipts, deeds, ledgers, order books, herd registers pamphlets newspaper clippings and photographs. The papers concern the cattle ranching enterprise of Snyder, his brothers, John Wesley and Thomas, and other members of the family in the Texas Panhandle, South Plains, Colorado, and Wyoming. Furthermore, the papers relate to Snyder's interest in Southwestern University, the Civil War, and the family's mining activities in Sinaloa, Mexico.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hyer, Robert Stewart, 1860-1929
Snyder, John W. (John Wesley), 1895-1985
Snyder, Dudley Hiram, 1833–1921--Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Southwestern University (Georgetown, Tex.)
Mineral industries--Mexico--Sinaloa (State)
Cooke County (Tex.)
Georgetown (Tex.)
Hartley County (Tex.)
Lamb County (Tex.)
Mitchell County (Tex.)
Round Rock (Tex.)
Tom Green County (Tex.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Sinaloa (Mexico: State)

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Photograph Collection, Artifact Collection, and Library Unit.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dudley Hiram Snyder Family Papers, 1851-1923, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by William Richter, August 1967. Subsequent revisions were made by M. J. Ellison, Sr., March and April 1976.

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.

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