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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

INVENTORY:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George W. Tyler, 1840-1926



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tyler, George W.
Title: Tyler, George W. Papers
Dates: 1840-1926
Abstract: Letters, diaries, notes, account papers, and research on Bell County comprise the George W. Tyler Papers (1840-1926), which document Tyler’s activities as a lawyer, politician, local historian, regent for the University of Texas, and Free Mason.
Accession No.: 73-164
Extent: 7 ft., 11 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

George W. Tyler was a Texas historian, attorney, and politician born in Coryell County in 1851. He graduated from Salado College in 1871, and attended law school in Tennessee, graduating in 1874. He practiced law in Belton, Texas. From 1888 to 1892, Tyler represented the 23rd district in the Texas Senate. During this time, he authored the Texas Arbor Day law and may have originated the idea for the Railroad Commission. Dedicated to education, Tyler was the president of the board of trustees for the Belton public schools and from 1925 to 1927 served on the Board of Regents for the University of Texas. Tyler was the Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Texas, and helped create the first Masonic lodge in Mexico. Upon his retirement in 1912 and before his death in 1927, Tyler devoted his time to the study of local history. His History of Bell County was edited and published posthumously by Charles W. Ramsdell in 1936.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. “George W. Tyler,” http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/TT/fty1.html (accessed May 12, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

Letters, diaries, notes, account papers, and research on Bell County comprise the George W. Tyler Papers (1840-1926), which document Tyler’s activities as a lawyer, politician, local historian, regent for the University of Texas, and Freemason. The papers primarily consist of letterpresses and letters from 1871 to 1926 and relate to Tyler’s business and personal dealings, such as his legal practice and his involvement with the University of Texas Board of Regents. The papers also pertain to the Texas Railroad commission. Furthermore, the papers contain materials concerning the history of Bell County and Tyler’s book on the subject.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Tyler, George W., 1851-1927--Archives.
Ramsdell, Charles W. (Charles William), 1877-1942.
Subjects (Organizations)
Railroad Commission of Texas.
University of Texas at Austin. Board of Regents.
Texas. Legislature. Senate
Subjects
Local history--Texas.
Freemasonry--Texas.
Places
Belton (Tex.)--History.
Bell County (Tex.)--History

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Separated Material

A map of Belton, Texas has been separated to the Map Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George W. Tyler Papers, 1840-1926, 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.

Processing Information

Subsequent revisions were made by Ralph Elder, May 1979.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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2H89 Transcript of court minutes, Bell County, 1850-1918
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2H90 Letters, 1856-1926
Literary productions concerning Bell County history
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2H91 Newspaper clippings
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2H92 Newspaper clippings
Notes on the Belton Masonic Lodge
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2H93 Notes of the Belton Masonic Lodge
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2H94 Newspaper clippings, 1896-1924
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2H95 Newspapers clippings, 1924
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2H96 Newspaper clippings, 1924
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2H97 Newspaper clippings, 1924
Letter presses:
1871-1876
1876-1880
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2H98 1876-1877
1878
1878-1880
1880-1881
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2H99 1882-1884
1884-1885
1887-1889
1891-1893
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2H100 1893
1894
1894-1895
1895
1895-1896
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2R101 1896
1896-1897
1897-1898
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2H102 1898-1900
1901-1901
1902-1903
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2H103 1905-1906
1906-1907
1908-1909
Letter book:
M-K-T, 1895
1895-1897
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2H104 M-K-T, 1897-1900
1901-1905
1905
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2H105 Walter E. Manteith, 1901-1911
Notes on Bell County
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2H106 Letters, 1909-1926
Clippings, 1924
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4J265 "Notes on the History of Bell County,": [ca. 1923]
List of contents
Introduction
Pre-Bell County history to 1850
Bell County history, [ca. 1850-1874]
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4J266 Bell County history, [ca. 1874-1923]
Biographical sketches, A - Y
Appendices
Miscellaneous notes and clipping
"Fire Side Tales; or, Tales of Early Texas," by Colonel Hermon Aiken
Plat map [copy] of Belton, 1850
The Belton Independent:
June 10, 1858
June 28, 2858
July 3, 1858
July 10, 1858 [incomplete]
March 26, 1859
April 2, 1859
April 9, 1859

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