University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Henry W. Dailey Papers, 1845-1942

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dailey, Henry W., b. 1879
Title: Dailey, Henry W., Papers
Dates: 1845-1942
Abstract: Materials collected or written by Dailey (b. 1879) concern the history of Karnes County and include land records, pioneer reminiscences, photographs, maps, automobile registerations, and school rosters. Also included are Civil War muster rolls, quartermaster records and veterans rosters; a scrapbook concerning Gregorio Cortez; and correspondence of Caleb J. Church (d. 1890), teacher in New Braunfels and Karnes County.
Accession No.: 1973-043
Extent: 1 foot, 2 inches
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The son of Christopher P. Dailey, Henry W. Dailey was born in Kenedy, Texas, in 1879. He served as town mayor at the time it was incorporated in 1910. Dailey wrote numerous articles about the history of Karnes County and other historical subjects, primarily during the 1930s and 1940s. Along with writing history, Dailey avidly collected materials relating to Karnes County's past, including newspapers, Confederate army muster rolls, photographs, and maps.


Thonhoff, Robert H. "Kenedy, TX." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed November 9, 2010.

Scope and Contents

The Dailey Papers, 1845-1942, principally consist of materials written by or collected by Henry W. Dailey related to the history of Kenedy and Karnes County, Texas. The collection includes the correspondence of Caleb J. Church and others; a scrapbook covering the manhunt and trial of Gregorio Cortez (1901) and genealogy of Karnes County residents; land records and deeds; reminiscences of pioneer and frontier life from various people; Karnes County newspapers (circa 1890s); Confederate army muster rolls; Karnes County maps (1927-1935), and historical writings by other authors.

Dailey’s finished manuscripts and notes largely cover the history of Karnes and Kenedy Counties. Titles include “Karnes County and Its Pioneers,” “The Bloody Trail of Cortez,” “Religious Development in Karnes County,” and “A Historical Review of the Post Office at Kenedy, Texas.”


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Dailey, Henry W., b. 1879--Archives
Church, Caleb J., d. 1890
Cortez, Gregorio, 1875-1916
Martinez, Carlos
Frontier and pioneer life--Texas--Karnes County
Postal Service--Texas--Karnes County
Karnes County (Tex.)--History
Kenedy (Tex.)--History
Karnes County (Tex.)--Automobiles
Karnes County (Tex.)--Aviation
Bexar County (Tex.)
Goliad County (Tex.)

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Unit

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Henry W. Dailey Papers, 1845-1942, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff.

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



2J96 Literary productions
Land records
Civil War records
Caleb J. Church correspondence, 1845-1890
2J97 Literary productions
Land records
Gregorio Cortez scrapbook, 1901
3S170 Muster rolls, 1862-1865
Elevation and floor plans of Kenedy High School, circa 1936
Maps of Karnes County, 1927-1935
3Y23 Photographs
2.116/OD 1198 Muster roll and muster-out roll, 1862-1865