A Guide to the Tarkington Cotton Company Records, 1949-1967
The Tarkington family founded the Tarkington Cotton Company in Cuero, Texas, in the mid 20th century. Shelley Grant Tarkington (1868-1939) married Lelia Lay (1869-1941) in 1890 and they had seven children, six of whom survived to adulthood. Their children were Jane Lay (1891-1945), Georgia Ellen (1893-1985), Shelly Grant (1895-1962), Friench Simpson (1898-1954), Powis Franklin (1900-1977), Lelia (1905-1978), and Leland Henry (1905-1906).
Source: Personal Ancestral File. "Descendants of John Tarkington." http://www.angelfire.com/falcon/vbd/pafg20.htm (accessed July 29, 2010).
The Tarkington Cotton Company Records, 1949-1967, consist of the day-to-day business records of the company, including receipts, vouchers, invoices, bills, weight records, sales and purchase records, memos, correspondence, code materials, and regulations. The records pertain to buying, selling, and shipping cotton. Additionally, they contain photographs of Shelley Grant Tarkington, Sr., Shelly Grant Tarkington, Jr., Powis F. Tarkington, and the H. K. Williams School.
The collection is open for research.
A portion of these records is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Tarkington Cotton Company Records, 1949-1967, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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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