A Guide to the Asa Brigham Papers, 1832-1837
Asa Brigham (ca. 1790-1844) moved to Texas with his family in April 1830. He served the precinct of Brazoria as síndico procurador (1830-1831), comisario (1831-1832), member of the board of health (1831), treasurer (1832), and alcalde (1835). Additionally, Brigham ran a ferry and mercantile business and raised sugar, cotton, corn, and cattle. He helped establish the Brazoria Masonic lodge and the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas in 1837. At the Convention of 1836, Brigham represented Brazoria and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. In the Republic of Texas, he served as state auditor under interim president David G. Burnet (1836), as state treasurer under presidents Sam Houston and Mirabeau B. Lamar (1836-1842), and as the fourth mayor of Austin (1842-1843).
Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Brigham, Asa,"http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbr49 (accessed October 25, 2010).
The Asa Brigham Papers, 1832-1837, consist of four original letters and a Photostat of a fifth letter from Asa Brigham to his brother and sister, discussing his life in Austin’s Colony and his reasons for moving to Texas. Additionally, transcriptions of three of the original letters are included.
This collection is open for research use.
Asa Brigham Papers, 1832-1837, 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