A Guide to the Texas Declaration of Independence Autograph Collection, 1822-1881, 1929-1952
The Texas Declaration of Independence formally declared the autonomy of the Republic of Texas from Mexico during the Texas Revolution. A committee, led by George C. Childress (1804-1841) and including James Gaines, Edward Conrad, Collin McKinney, and Bailey Hardeman, drafted the document on March 1, 1836 during the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. On March 2nd, 54 delegates, each representing one Texas settlement, approved and signed the declaration. Five copies were made of the original document and dispatched to Bexar, Goliad, Nacogdoches, Brazoria, and San Felipe.
Texas State Library & Archives Commission. “Texas Declaration of Independence.” Texas State Library & Archives Commission. (accessed October 18, 2010).
The Texas Declaration of Independence Autograph Collection, 1822-1881, 1929-1952, includes photostats of the Texas Declaration of Independence and photocopies of documents containing some of the signers’ signatures (1822-1881), as well as newspaper clippings, correspondence, and memorandum by historians about the Texas Declaration of Independence (1929-1952).
This collection is open for research use.
Texas Declaration of Independence Autograph Collection, 1822-1881, 1929-1952, 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.
Detailed Description of the Papers