University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William D. Foulke Papers, 1886-1891



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Foulke, William D.
Title: Foulke, William D., papers
Dates: 1886-1891
Abstract: The William D. Foulke Papers, 1886-1891, consist of 24 letters from Foulke in Texas to his family in 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.
Accession No.: 87-022
Extent: 24 letters
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Foulke, William D. -- Archives.
Subjects
Trials (Murder) -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Cattle trade -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Cattle stealing -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Places
Kerrville (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century.
Mountain Home (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William D. Foulke Papers, 1886-1891, 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
2.325/E484a Letters, 1886-1891