A Guide to the Thomas R. Burnett Papers, 1857-1916
Thomas R. Burnett (1842-1916), newspaperman, journalist, and Church of Christ evangelist, moved to Texas from Tennessee in 1850. While serving in Polignac’s Brigade, Texas Cavalry, in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, Burnett wrote and published a compilation of poetry and short stories, The Confederate Rhymes. Besides this compilation, Burnett produced several works of religious poetry and religious dialogs during his lifetime.
Following the Civil War, Burnett became a journalist, founding the Bonham News and the Ladonia Enterprise. Burnett also established the Christian Messenger in Bonham in 1876 after his conversion to the Church of Christ. Before moving to Dallas in 1888, Burnett traveled Texas extensively, preaching and debating. In Dallas, Burnett continued to publish the Christian Messenger, even after it merged with the Gospel Advocate in 1894. By 1898, Burnett started Burnett’s Budget, a religious publication, which originally began as a column written by Burnett in the Gospel Advocate. He published Burnett’s Budget until his death in 1916.
Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Burnett, Thomas Robert," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/fbu92.html (accessed July 1, 2010).
A notebook and journal, account books, cashbooks, and clippings comprise the Thomas R. Burnett Papers, 1857-1916, and relate to Burnett’s career as a journalist and Church of Christ evangelist. Of particular note in the papers is Burnett’s notebook and journal, 1876-1888, which documents Burnett’s religious sermons and debates while he traveled through North Texas.
Thomas R. Burnett Papers, 1857-1916, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Archives staff, March 1980.
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.
See the Microfilm Collection for Burnett’s notebook and journal, 1876-1888, roll 835.77 (service copy).
Detailed Description of the Papers