University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Nathaniel Hart Davis Papers, 1835-1918, 1941



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Davis, Nathaniel Hart, 1815-1893
Title: Davis, Nathaniel Hart, Papers
Dates: 1835-1918, 1941
Abstract: The Nathaniel Hart Davis Papers, 1835-1918, 1941, concern Davis’s time as county judge, the clients of his and his brother’s law firm, his association with the Republican Party in Texas, and Davis family history. Materials include correspondence, land titles, wills, notebooks about court cases, account books, tax receipts, newspaper clippings, speeches, photographs, genealogical notes, and other legal and business papers related to Davis’s law practice.
Accession No.: 1951; 67-085
Extent: 3 ft., 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Attorney Nathaniel Hart Davis (1815-1893) grew up in Alabama, before attending Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. After moving to Texas, he joined the Somervell Expedition (1847) under Col. Joseph L. Bennett. In 1851, Davis married Sarah Elizabeth White, with whom he had seven children and several grandchildren, including Nat Hart Davis and Margaret Davis Cameron. He then served as a Montgomery County commissioner, chief justice, and judge of the Thirteenth Judicial District (1867-1870). With his brother James R. Davis, he also partnered in a private practice law firm.

Sources:

Nathaniel Hart Davis Papers, 1835-1918, 1941, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Davis, Nathaniel Hart", http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/DD/fda45.html (accessed July 8, 2010).


Scope and Contents

The Nathaniel Hart Davis Papers, 1835-1918, 1941, concern Davis’s time as county judge, the clients of his and his brother’s law firm, his association with the Republican Party in Texas, and Davis family history. Materials include correspondence, land titles, wills, notebooks about court cases, account books, tax receipts, newspaper clippings, speeches, photographs, genealogical notes, and other legal and business papers related to Davis’s law practice.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Davis, Nathaniel Hart, 1815-1893 -- Archives.
Davis, James R.
Dupree, Lewis.
Foster, John A.
Fowler, William A.
Lewis, Susan.
Pankey, Lou.
Springer, Elizabeth.
Willis, Peter J.
Willis, Richard S.
Subjects (Organizations)
Republican Party (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Texas. Supreme Court -- History -- Sources.
Subjects
Judges -- Texas -- Montgomery County.
Land titles -- Texas -- Montgomery County.
Practice of law -- Texas -- Montgomery County.
Wills -- Texas -- Montgomery County.
Places
Montgomery County (Tex.) -- History -- Sources
Texas -- History -- Sources.
Alabama -- History -- Sources.
Kentucky -- History -- Sources.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Briscoe Center Library.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nathaniel Hart Davis Papers, 1835-1918, 1941, 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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3K396 Correspondence
Business papers
Legal papers
Tax receipts
Land titles
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3K397 Legal papers
Notes
Lists of Republican candidates for office
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3K398 Legal papers
Genealogical notes
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3K399 Legal papers
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3K400 Legal papers
Literary production
Clippings
(photocopies)
Annotated UT catalog, 1886-1887
(photocopies)
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3K401 Account books
Notebooks
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3K402 Notebooks on court cases
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3K403 Notebooks on court cases
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3Y24 Black and white portrait of a man
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2.325/V3 Land title, Montgomery County, 1848
Two manuscript notices of sheriff’s sale of land, Montgomery County, 1872