University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Erin Bryan Diary, 1853



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bryan, Erin
Title: Bryan, Erin, Diary
Dates: 1853
Abstract: The Erin Bryan Diary, 1853, was kept by Bryan during an expedition to West Texas searching for mines that included stops at Comanche Springs and Phantom Hill.
Extent: 2 volumes
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Erin Bryan was part of an expedition that traveled to West Texas in 1853 in search of mines.


Scope and Contents

The Erin Bryan Diary, 1853, includes two transcripts of a diary kept by Bryan during an expedition to West Texas searching for mines that included stops at Comanche Springs and Phantom Hill. The narrative begins August 5, 1853 and describes the conditions and events of the trip, including weather conditions, encounters with Native Americans and bears, unfavorable weather conditions, camping and hunting, and illnesses. The diary ends on October 22, while the expedition was still in progress and before it had found any mines.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bryan, Erin -- Archives.
Subjects
Indians of North America -- Texas, West -- History.
Mines and mineral resources -- Texas, West -- History.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- Diaries.
Places
Comanche Springs (Tex.)
Phantom Hill (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Erin Brady Diary, 1853, 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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2Q453 Diary, 1853