A Guide to the Britton Collection of Texana, 1818-1846, 1864-1866, 1885
The Britton Collection of Texana, 1818-1846, 1864-1866, 1885, is comprised mainly of documents, letters, broadsides, maps, treasury notes, and similar materials relating to Texas history, especially the Republic of Texas period (1836-1845). Included in the collection are sixteen items by Stephen F. Austin, thirteen items by David G. Burnet, nine items by Mirabeau B. Lamar, and nine items by Sam Houston. Additionally, the collection contains papers written by students in Dr. Gracy’s Seminar in Forged Historical Documents pertaining to the historic materials found in the collection as well as DVD copies of Power Point presentations for the students’ papers.
A special item of note in the collection is an autographed letter from Stephen F. Austin to Sam Houston, November 21, 1836, regarding the translation and publication of a pamphlet that gives the history of the military movements and views of the enemy during the invasion of Texas by the Mexican Army. Also found in the papers is a "Secret Joint Resolution authorizing the President to send a Commission to Mexico," authored by David Burnet and Mirabeau B. Lamar, concerning the establishment of amicable relations with Mexico, September 27, 1841. Furthermore, the collection contains a certified copy of the Convention of 1838 between the Republic of Texas and the United States to establish the boundary between the two, April 25, 1838, as well as documents of Major General Sam Houston to President of the Republic of Texas David G. Burnet containing a detailed account of the Battle of San Jacinto, 1836.
The collection is open for research.
Britton Collection of Texana, 1818-1846, 1864-1866, 1885, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection is unprocessed. Contact repository for more 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