University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Isaac Van Zandt Papers, 1835-1865, 1948

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Van Zandt, Isaac
Title: Van Zandt, Isaac Papers
Dates: 1835-1865, 1948
Abstract: Papers concern Isaac Van Zandt (1813-1847) who served the Republic of Texas as Congressional representative from 1840 to 1842 and as charge d'affaires to the United States from 1842 to 1844 and also authored the Texas Homestead Act.
Accession No.: 82-106
Extent: 8 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Isaac Van Zandt (1813-1847) was a general store owner, lawyer, legislator, diplomat, and founder of Marshall, Texas. Following the 1837 failure of his Coffeeville, Mississippi, general store, he moved to Texas in 1838 to practice law. Van Zandt married Frances Cooke Lipscomb in 1833.

Van Zandt served the Republic of Texas as a representative of Harrison County in the House of the Fifth and Sixth Congresses, 1840–42. In 1842 Sam Houston appointed him chargé d'affairs to the United States. Furthermore, Van Zandt authored the Texas Homestead Act and worked in Washington for the annexation of Texas to the Union. He returned to Texas in time to attend the Convention of 1845. He was campaigning for the office of governor in 1847, when he caught yellow fever and died in Houston. Van Zandt County is named after Isaac Van Zandt.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Van Zandt, Isaac," (accessed May 27, 2010).

Scope and Contents

The Isaac Van Zandt Papers, 1835-1865, 1948, include correspondence, legal documents, financial papers, newspaper clippings, notes and photostatic copies of documents, which concern his career, family affairs, and the problems and desires of his constituents while he was in the Congress of the Republic of Texas. The papers also relate to political problems between Texas and the United States as well as Van Zandt's experiences and personal observations on life in Washington, D. C.

In addition, the papers contain the official correspondence of Van Zandt's son, Khleber Miller Van Zandt (1836-1930), Confederate soldier, banker, and businessman in Fort Worth, as well as obituaries of Van Zandt’s grandson W. L. Van Zandt (1875-1948). The papers also relate to activities of Khleber Miller Van Zandt during and especially immediately following the Civil War.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Van Zandt, Isaac, 1813-1847--Archives.
Brower, John Hamil, 1801-1881
Butler, Pierce, 1807-1867
Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell), 1782-1850
Gilmer, Thomas W. (Thomas Walker), 1802-1844
Henderson, James Pinckney, 1808-1858
Jones, Anson, 1798-1858
Miller, W. D. (Washington D.), 1814-1866
Raymond, Chas. H. (Charles H.), b. 1816
Tod, John Grant, 1808-1877
Upshur, A. P. (Abel Parker), 1790-1844
Van Zandt, K. M. (Khleber Miller), 1836-1930
Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Congress. House
Texas. Constitutional Convention (1845)
Cotton trade--Texas
Political science
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Texas--Annexation to the United States
Texas--Politics and government
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846
Texas--History--To 1846--Congresses
Texas--Foreign relations
Harrison County (Tex.)
Marshall (Tex.)
Washington (D.C.)

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Unit. See list of separated material in Box 2Q438.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Isaac Van Zandt Papers, 1835-1865, 1948, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sara Clark, November 1983. Subsequent revisions were made by Sara Clark, September 1985.

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



2Q438 W. L. Van Zandt newspaper obituaries, 1948
Isaac Van Zandt materials:
Typed transcripts, 1839-1847
2.325/V8 Correspondence with wife Frances (Fannie) Cooke Lipscomb Van Zandt (originals and photostats), 1835-1847
General correspondence (originals and photostats), 1838-1841
2.325/V9 General correspondence (originals and photostats), 1842-1847 and undated
Fragments, undated
Khleber Miller Van Zandt correspondence, 1861, 1865, and undated