A Guide to the Lee C. Harby Papers, 1890
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Lee Cohen Harby (1849-1918) was the fifth child of Marx E. and Armida Harby Cohen. In 1869, she married her cousin, John de la Motta Harby. Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to Galveston, Texas, and then to Houston in 1879. During this time, Harby published several essays on historical and social topics, including "Christmas Before the War" in a Galveston newspaper (1873), "On Women and their Possibilities" (1883), "Texas Types and Contrasts" in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (1890), and "The Earliest Texas" in the American Historical Association Annual Report (1892). In addition, Harby published poetry and short stories in several magazines and newspapers, including Ladies’ Home Journal and Neale’s Monthly. An active member of several state historical associations, Harby was also a member of the American Historical Association, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Jones, Nancy Baker. "Harby, Lee Cohen."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed January 14, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhaem.
Consisting of notes, a letter, and a bibliography, the Lee C. Harby Papers, 1890, document Harby’s historical research on Spanish missions in Texas. Darby’s letter to a bishop concerns the mission at San Antonio and the records of Fray Diego Martin García in 1690 and 1691. Harby’s notes and bibliography pertain to Native Americans at various missions, Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission near Nacogdoches, and historical research on other missions and missionaries in late 17th and early 18th century Spanish Texas.
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Lee C. Harby Papers, 1890, 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