A Guide to the George Travis Wright Family Papers, 1824-1917
The Wright family of North Texas was involved in government, law enforcement, early settlement of the Arkansas Territory, the Texas Revolution, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Clayborn (or Claiborne Wright) came to the Red River Valley from Tennessee with his family in 1816 and became the first sheriff of Miller County. His sons Travis G. Wright (1806-1875) and George W. Wright (1809-1877) fought in the Texas Revolution and were members of the legislatures of Arkansas and Texas, respectively, while living in the same house in Jonesboro, Texas. George W. was also the founder of Paris, Texas, and voted against leaving the Union at the Texas secession convention. Travis G. Wright’s son, Samuel J. Wright went to the University of Virginia and fought in the Civil War. George Travis Wright, the donor of the papers, was the son of Samuel J. and inherited the family’s Red River County plantation, Kiomitia.
The George Travis Wright Family Papers, 1824-1917, include correspondence, journals, military papers, receipts, court records, plantation records, broadsides, and printed material related to the Wright family and to the economic and social history of the Eastern Red River Valley of Texas and Arkansas from 1824 to 1917. The papers document Travis G.’s roles as United States scout (1834), Arkansas legislator (1836), plantation owner, and Confederate quartermaster during the Civil War; as well as the experiences of his son Samuel J. Wright at the University of Virginia. Furthermore, the papers contain the memoirs of George W. Wright and records of Miller County in Arkansas Territory (1830-1838). Additional subjects include social, political, and economic life in Texas prior to, during and after the revolution; conflicts with Native Americans; the Memphis, El Paso and Pacific Railroad; and the Populist Party.
This collection is open for research use.
George Travis Wright Family Papers, 1824-1917, 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.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.
The following folders from the George Travis Wright Family Papers Box 2H415, are available on microfilm reels 42-44:
Detailed Description of the Papers