A Guide to the Benjamin Carroll Tharp Papers, 1920-1921
Benjamin Carroll Tharp (1885–1964) was a botanist, born in Pankey, Grimes County, Texas. He earned his B.A (1914) and M.A. (1915) from the University of Texas. He served as plant pathologist at the Texas Department of Agriculture, 1915 to 1917, and associate professor of biology at Sam Houston Normal Institute, 1917 to 1919, before joining the University of Texas faculty as a botany instructor. His work on the ecological survey of 1921 greatly contributed to the settlement of the Texas-Oklahoma boundary dispute. Tharp retired in 1956.
Sources: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Boundaries," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/mgb2.html (accessed May 27, 2010).
Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Tharp, Benjamin," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/TT/fth1.html (accessed May 27, 2010).
The Benjamin Carroll Tharp Papers, 1920-1921, include legal documents relating to the Oklahoma-Texas Red River Boundary dispute. The papers contain materials such as an abstract of evidence for Oklahoma vs. Texas, investigations on the Red River, and stenographic reports.
Benjamin Carroll Tharp Papers, 1920-1921, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Chester V. Kielman, September 1962 and March 1963.
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