A Guide to the Joseph Milton Nance Papers, 1875-1994
Joseph Milton Nance (1913-1997) was born in Kyle, Texas, and married Eleanor Glen Hanover, with whom he had a son, James "Jim" Nance. In 1941, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a doctorate in history. From 1941 until his retirement in 1979, Nance taught in the Department of History at Texas A&M University, serving for fifteen years as department head. He was senior editor for the Texas State Historical Association’s New Handbook of Texas from 1983 until its publication in 1996. Furthermore, Nance wrote nine books, including After San Jacinto: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1836-1841 (1963), Attack and Counterattack: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1842 (1964), and Dare-Devils All: The Texan Mier Expedition, 1842-1844 (1998).
The Joseph Milton Nance Papers, 1875-1994, reflect the career and family history of Nance and contain correspondence, lectures, maps, classified files, edited drafts of books, business records, financial ledgers, and Nance family documents. Joseph Milton Nance’s academic correspondence, research notes, article and book drafts, classified files, and lectures, 1962-1994, document his research for publications on Texas history, his activities with the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) and other Texas historical and educational organizations, as well as his teaching activities at Texas A&M University. The drafts and research files, [ca. 1980s-1994], illustrate his research efforts for Dare-Devils All: The Texan Mier Expedition, 1842-1844, his relationship with editors, and his work with the TSHA and their publication, New Handbook of Texas. The research files also compile Texas historical notes and articles on the Mier expedition, the Texas revolution, the Republic of Texas, the U.S. Civil War, Brazos and Hays counties, assorted battle and military regimental histories, the Snively expedition, Moses Austin, Adrian Woll, and other topics. Furthermore, Nance annotated thirty-five 20th century maps within the collection for his research.
In addition to his professional papers, class notes, a draft of Nance’s Ph.D. thesis, typescripts of articles and essays, and organizational material, 1936-1941, relate to his student years at the University of Texas at Austin. Family correspondence, business records, and the financial ledgers pertain to the Nance, Hutchison, and Hanover families; Dr. T. H. Franklin; and the estate of Nance’s wife, Eleanor.
Some financial records have been restricted in order to protect the confidentiality of Social Security Numbers.
Jim Nance maintains the copyright for all materials produced by Joseph Milton Nance.
Joseph Milton Nance Papers, 1875-1994, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, 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.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.
Detailed Description of the Papers