University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Asa Brigham Papers, 1832-1837



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brigham, Asa, ca. 1790-1844
Title: Brigham, Asa, Papers
Dates: 1832-1837
Abstract: Asa Brigham 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). 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.
Accession No.: 1937
Extent: 8 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

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).

Source:

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Brigham, Asa,"http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbr49 (accessed October 25, 2010).


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Brigham, Asa, ca. 1790-1844 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Austin’s Colony (Tex.)
Places
Brazoria (Tex.)
Columbia (Tex.)
Texas -- Emigration and immigration
Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1845

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Asa Brigham Papers, 1832-1837, 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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3H90 Asa Brigham Papers, 1832-1837