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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Martha Washington Harpold Scrapbook, 1888-1892, 1934



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Harpold, Martha Washington, 1852-1934
Title: Harpold, Martha Washington, Scrapbook
Dates: 1888-1892, 1934
Abstract: Consisting of newspaper and magazine clippings, the Martha Washington Harpold Scrapbook, 1888-1892, 1934, documents the writing career of Harpold while living in Clarendon, Texas.
Accession No.: 84-182
Extent: 1 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Shelbyville, Texas, Martha Washington Crawford Harpold (1852-1934) was the daughter of William C. and Rhoda (Watkins) Crawford. In 1859, Harpold moved with her family to Pittsburg, Texas, where she worked as postmistress until her marriage to Clay Harpold (1849-1933) in 1876. The couple had five children together, three of whom died in infancy. Traveling widely with her husband, who was employed in the railroad industry, Harpold also worked as an immigration agent and literary writer for the Fort Worth and Albuquerque Railroad. Writing under several pen names, including "Mother Jones,""M.W. Hardtoil," and "Irene Halstead," Harpold was also a contributor to several Texas periodicals and a charter member of the Texas Woman’s Press Association. Irene, Texas, is said to be named in her honor.

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Scope and Contents

Consisting of newspaper and magazine clippings, the Martha Washington Harpold Scrapbook, 1888-1892, 1934, documents the writing career of Harpold while living in Clarendon, Texas. Articles in the scrapbook discuss life in the Panhandle region, political and social issues affecting women in Texas, book reviews, and the construction of railroads in new cities and regions, among other topics (1888-1892). The scrapbook also contains Harpold’s obituary (1934).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Harpold, Martha Washington Crawford, 1852-1934 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Fort Worth and Albuquerque Railroad -- History -- 19th century
Subjects
Railroads -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Women’s issues -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Women writers -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Places
Clarendon (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century
Irene (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century
Panhandle (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Martha Washington Harpold Scrapbook, 1888-1892, 1934, 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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4L471 Scrapbook, 1888-1892, 1934

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