A Guide to the William D. Foulke Papers, 1886-1891
A native of Pennsylvania, William D. Foulke moved to Texas as a rancher, living at Melissa Ranch, Mountain Home, and Kerrville. In 1889, Foulke was arrested for murder, but the charges were dismissed the next year.
The William D. Foulke Papers, 1886-1891, consist of 24 letters from Foulke in Kerrville and Mountain Home, Texas, to his family near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and describe ranching problems and cattle rustling, awaiting trial for murder and the subsequent dismissal of the charges, and Foulke’s distaste for Texas and Texans. One 1889 letter also includes a newspaper clipping about the jurors who would hear Foulke’s case.
This collection is open for research use.
William D. Foulke Papers, 1886-1891, 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