University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Cattle and Ranch Collection, 1847-1940



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cattle and Ranch Collection
Title: Cattle and Ranch Collection
Dates: 1847-1940
Abstract: The Cattle and Ranch Collection, 1847-1940, contains financial and legal records, correspondence, newspaper clippings, a brand book, historical narratives, and reminiscences, which concern ranching, the cattle trade, and cattle drives.
Accession No.: 90-251; 2001-240
Extent: 4 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

The Cattle and Ranch Collection, 1847-1940, contains financial and legal records, correspondence, newspaper clippings, a brand book, historical narratives, and reminiscences, which concern ranching, the cattle trade, and cattle drives. The majority of the collection consists of newspaper clippings collected by archives staff about the cattle trade and ranching industry in Texas from the 1900s to 1940. Original correspondence and transcriptions of letters, 1858-1875, discuss stray cattle and life on Texas ranches. Collected by historian J. Evetts Haley, the narratives and reminiscences, [ca. 1924-1935], pertain to the history of specific ranches, memoirs of cattlemen and cowboys, and the cattle trade and cattle drives in Texas and the west. Original financial and legal documents include an 1847 estray bond; an 1875 power of attorney; an 1883 bill of trust; an 1877 Calloway County tax receipt; a debt cancellation; and numerous bills of sale for cattle and supplies purchased by N. C. Gullett and others, dated from 1857 to 1890. The undated brand book contains clippings of different cattle brands in Colorado.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Haley, J. Evetts (James Evetts), 1901-1995.
Gullett, N. C.
Subjects
Cattle brands -- Colorado.
Cattle breeders -- Texas.
Cattle drives -- West (U.S.)
Cattle trade -- West (U.S.)
Cattle trade -- Texas.
Ranches -- Texas.
Ranching -- Texas.
Ranching -- West (U.S.)
Places
Texas -- History.
West (U.S.) -- History.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Vertical Files.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cattle and Ranch Collection, 1847-1940, 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

box
3L120 Newspaper clippings
Transcriptions of letters
Narratives and reminiscences, [ca. 1924-1935]
Brand book, undated
box
2.325/A75c Cattle and ranching documents, 1847-1890
Financial
Estray bond, 1847
Bills of Sale
J. Davis & Company, 1857
Taylor Meyer & Company, undated
N. C. Gullet, 1878-79
F. Bokel, 1890
Calloway County tax receipt, 1877
Debt cancellation, undated
Legal
Power of Attorney, 1875
Bill of Trust, 1883
Letters, 1874-1875
Newspaper clipping, undated