University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the J. R. Coryell Collection, 1801-1901

Descriptive Summary

Creator: John Austin and J. R. Coryell
Title: Coryell (J. R.) Collection
Dates: 1801-1901
Abstract: The J. R. Coryell Collection contains the personal correspondence of J. R. Coryell, a Galveston land merchant, and the personal papers of John Austin, 1801-1833, Texas settler and merchant.
Accession No.: 83-350
Extent: 13 ft., 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

J. R. Coryell ( 1840-1901) was a land merchant from the mid 1870s. He lived in Galveston, Texas, with his wife and four children. Coryell collected material relating to John Austin (1801-1833), a distant relative of Stephen F. Austin.

Scope and Contents

The J. R. Coryell Collection, 1801-1901, includes correspondence, legal deeds, original correspondence, court petitions, deeds, field notes, sheriff’s sale, bond guarantee and contracts. The documents concern Coryell’s business endeavors, and discuss mortgages, prices, and the selling of land, potential clients, and legal issues. Additionally, the collection contains twenty-six items relating to John Austin, including correspondence from Stephen F. Austin.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Adams, Henry
Austin, John, 1801-1833 -- Archives
Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836
Austin, William
Chisholm, R. H.
Coryell, J. R. (-1901) -- Archives
Gray, P. W.
Masterson, James
McKinney, Thomas Freeman, 1801-1871
Miller, James B.
Pierpont, Elizabeth
Ryan, William
Smith, Benjamin
Townes, Robert J., 1806-1865
Williams, Samuel May, 1795-1858
Real property -- Texas -- History -- Sources
Texas -- History -- Sources
Galveston (Tex.)

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts Collection and the Photographs Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

J. R. Coryell Collection, 1801-1901, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, 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.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3G367-404 J. R. Coryell Collection, 1801-1901