University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George W. Grover Papers, 1841-1842



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Grover, George W.
Title: Grover, George W. Papers
Dates: 1841-1842
Abstract: Photostats and typescripts comprise the George W. Grover Papers, 1841-1842, which document Grover’s experiences on the Texan Santa Fe Expedition.
Accession No.: 1934
Extent: 37 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

George Washington Grover (1819-1901), Galveston merchant and city leader, participated in the Texan Santa Fe expedition in 1841, an effort to bring New Mexico under Texas’ jurisdiction. Prior to the expedition, Grover, who moved to Texas in 1839, served in the battle of Plum Creek, 1840, with Mathew Caldwell. During the Texan Santa Fe expedition, Grover, along with other members of the expedition, was captured near San Miguel, New Mexico, and imprisoned in Mexico City. During his incarceration, Grover edited a manuscript newspaper, The True Blue, under the name Simon Pure. Grover intended The True Blue, which included foreign news and short stories, to lighten the mood of his fellow Texan prisoners. After his release in April 1842, Grover wrote a memoir of his experiences, entitled Minutes of Adventure from June, 1841. He joined the California Gold Rush in the later half of the 1840s, but eventually returned to Texas to engage in the mercantile business. A civic leader, Grover served as an alderman, 1861, and as mayor pro tem. Grover died in Galveston in 1901.

Source:Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Grover, George Washington," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/GG/fgr78.html (accessed July 15, 2010).


Scope and Contents

Photostats and typescripts comprise the George W. Grover Papers, 1841-1842, which document Grover’s experiences on the Texan Santa Fe Expedition. The papers contain photostats of his prison newspaper, The True Blue, as well as photostatic newspaper clippings concerning the Texan Santa Fe Expedition. The papers also contain both a photostat and a typed transcript of Grover’s memoirs, Minutes of Adventure from June, 1841. The memoirs constitute one of the principal primary sources documenting the Texan Santa Fe Expedition. Furthermore, the papers include a photostatic muster roll for the expedition and a typed list of the Texas prisoners captured during the Mier Expedition in 1842, listing the various companies and their fates.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Grover, George Washington, 1819-1901--Archives.
Brenham, Richard Fox, 1810-1843.
Cooke, William Gordon, 1808-1847
Subjects
Texan Santa Fé Expedition, 1841.
Texan Mier Expedition (1842-1844)
Places
Santa Fe (N.M.)
San Miguel (San Miguel County, N.M.)
Mexico City (Mexico)
Galveston (Tex.)

Related Material

For the originals of these papers see the George Washington Grover Papers, 1824-1896, at the Galveston and Texas History Center Rosenberg Library.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George W. Grover Papers, 1841-1842, 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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2D224 Photostats:
Muster roll
Literary Efforts:
Newspaper clippings
The True Blue newspaper, 1842
Minutes of Adventure from June, 1841
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2R6 Typescripts:
Minutes of Adventure from June, 1841
List of the Texas prisoners captured at Mier