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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George Travis Wright Family Papers, 1824-1917



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wright family; Wright, George Travis
Title: Wright, George Travis, family papers
Dates: 1824-1917
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 93-004
Extent: 11 ft., 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

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.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Wright, Claiborne, 1779?-1829
Wright, George Travis -- Archives.
Wright, George W., 1809-1877
Wright, Samuel J.
Wright, Travis G., 1806-1875
Wright family -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Virginia -- History -- 19th century.
Subjects
Plantation life -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Populist Party -- History -- 19th century.
Places
Confederate States of America -- Armed Forces.
Miller County (Ark.)
Red River Valley (Tex.)
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836.

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Travis Wright Family Papers, 1824-1917, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing 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.

Processing Information

This collection contains unprocessed materials.

Alternate Format Available

The following folders from the George Travis Wright Family Papers Box 2H415, are available on microfilm reels 42-44:

  • Miller County, Arkansas, documents, 1830-1836 and undated
  • Ben Milam documents, Miller County, Arkansas, 1835
  • Red River County land grants, 1833-1868

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2H408 Daybook, 1869
Plantation records, 1869
box
2H409 Plantation records
box
2H410 Plantation records
box
2H411 Plantation records
box
2H412 Plantation records
box
2H413 Plantation records
box
2H414 Plantation records
Cotton book, 1872-1874
Book 2, 1840-1841
Wright and Ashbrook
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2H415 Personal correspondence, 1827-1859
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2H416 Papers, 1860-1869
box
2H417 Scrapbooks:
1-4
box
2H418 5-10
box
2H419 11
13-17
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2H420 Letters
Undated receipts
Scrapbook
box
2H421 Scrapbooks
box
2H422 Miller County, Arkansas, records:
July 26,1830 - June 5, 1835
October, 1830 - June 6, 1835
1833-1834
Book of accounts, 1832
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2H423 Family papers, 1870-1889
box
4L352 Plantation supplies, 1878-1880
box
4L368 Plantation record, 1880-1882
box
4L369 Settlements, Wright and Perot, 1882
box
2R312 George W. Wright, memoirs
box
3S193 Bond, 1873
box
2.325/G122a Unprocessed material
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2.325/G122b Unprocessed material
box
2.325/G122c Unprocessed material
box
2.325/G122d Unprocessed material
box
2.325/G36a Ledger

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