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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John R. Hill Papers, 1826-1878



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hill, John R.
Title: Hill, John R. Papers
Dates: 1826-1878
Abstract: John R. Hill was a successful Texas planter, known for encouraging Polish immigration to Texas. Correspondence, broadsides, receipts, financial records, bonds, currency, legal documents, contracts, memoranda, and certificates comprise the papers.
Accession No.: 1934; 1938
Extent: 1 ft., 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

John R. Hill (d.1878) was a successful Texas planter, known for encouraging Polish immigration to Texas, mainly to alleviate the labor problems he faced during the mid 19th century. Hill and eleven others organized the Waverley Emigration Society, to bring Polish farmworkers to East Texas. He persuaded five families to move from overseas to his plantation with the promise of work and compensation. Hill served as a trustee of the Marion Male and Female Academy and as president of the Waverly Institute, established in 1856 in Waverly, Texas.

Sources: Calvert, Robert A. "The Freedmen and Agricultural Prosperity."The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 4 (Apr., 1973), pp. 461-472.

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Waverly, Texas," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/WW/hnw24.html (accessed July 20, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, broadsides, receipts, financial records, bonds, currency, legal documents, contracts, memoranda, and certificates comprise the John R. Hill Papers, 1826-1878. The papers relate to the business and legal affairs of Hill, including the operation of Hill’s plantation, the purchase of goods and slaves, land sales and purchases, litigation over land titles, and matters of estate settlement. Additionally, the papers contain a contract for the Waverly Emigration Society, 1867.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hill, John R.--Archives.
Bailey, Rufus William, 1793-1863.
Briggs, James.
Cole, David R.
Echols, Edward H.
Griffith, John.
Harris, William A.
Hill, Adam.
Hill, C. T.
Hill, James A.
Hill, Robert.
Moore, John W.
Mosley, Charles.
Ray, John.
Scott, James E.
Traylor, John.
Subjects (Organizations)
Waverly Emigration Society.
Subjects
Plantations--Texas.
Slaves--Texas.
Land titles--Registration and transfer--Texas.
Administration of estates--Texas.
Places
Mobile (Ala.).
Marion (La.).
New Orleans (La.).
Abbeville (S.C.).
Portersville (Tenn.).
Port Lavaca (Tex.).
Walker County (Tex.).
Waverly (Tex.).

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John R. Hill Papers, 1826-1878, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Subsequent revisions were made by Sara Clark, April 1992.

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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2E240 Correspondence, 1837-1878
Information on schools in Walker County, Texas
John Traylor letters, 1857-1868
Account papers, 1826-1862
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2E241 Account papers, 1863-1875, undated
Legal documents, 1830-1871, undated
Land papers, 1847-1878
Unidentified and undated fragments
Printed, undated
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2E242 Two memorandum books, 1837-1856
Account book:
1846-1851
1847
Account book for the estate of Benjamin E. Davis, 1846-1847
Negro accounts, 1854-1861
Ledger, 1859-1869
Daybook, 1846
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2.325/D31c Account book:
1834-1846
1851-1866
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2.325/K69a Contract for the Waverly Emigration Society, 1867

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