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Descriptive Summary

Historical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Texas Adjutant General's Office Records, 1838-1889



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Adjutant General's Dept.
Title: Texas Adjutant General's Office Records
Dates: 1838-1889
Abstract: Special and general orders, correspondence, and reports of the Texas Rangers, State Police, and other law enforcement officers in Texas (1838-1889), primarily relate to the capture of outlaw Sam Bass and to the defense of the frontier against Native Americans and outlaws.
Extent: 11 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Sketch

The state office of adjutant general, founded in 1905 by order of the Texas legislature, aids the governor in the supervision of the state’s military department. The Republic of Texas had a similar department that ceased in 1840 and began again in 1846. In this incarnation, the office served only to verify veterans’ land claims and operated only intermittently until 1905. The adjutant general is appointed by the governor, and then makes recommendations for two assistant adjutants general. The governor then appoints the two assistants. The Texas Adjutant General’s Office is located at Camp Mabry, in Austin, Texas. The adjutant general’s responsibilities include providing aid and personnel from the military forces of Texas, in the event of war or other national emergency.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Adjutant General," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/AA/mba1.html (accessed June 2, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

The Texas Adjutant General’s Office Records include special and general orders, correspondence, memoranda, telegrams, and reports of the Texas Rangers, State Police, and other law enforcement officers in Texas (1838-1889). Most of the documents are transcripts. A section of the records pertains to the capture of outlaw Sam Bass. Additionally, the records concern the defense of the frontier against Native Americans and outlaws, including supplies for and activities of defense troops.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bass, Sam, 1851-1878
Cooke, William Gordon, 1808-1847
Higgins, John Calhoun Pinkney
Throckmorton, J. W. (James Webb), 1825-1894
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Adjutant General's Dept.--Archives.
Subjects
Texas Rangers--History--19th century
Crime--Texas--History--19th century
Frontier and pioneer life--Texas
Indians--History--19th century--Sources
Indians of Mexico--History--19th century--Sources
Law enforcement--Texas--History--19th century--Sources
Places
Washington (D.C.)
New Orleans (La.)
Coahuila (Mexico : State)
Veracruz-Llave (Mexico : State)
Galveston (Tex.)
Round Rock (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Adjutant General's Office Records, 1838-1889, 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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2D253 Documents, 1839-1879
Documents concerning Sam Bass, 1878
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2Q399 Transcript of records:
1838-1869
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2Q400 1870-1878
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2Q401 1878-1882, 1888-1889

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