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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 Gilbert D. Kingsbury Papers, 1855-1874



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kingsbury, Gilbert D.
Title: Gilbert D. Kingsbury Papers
Dates: 1855-1874
Abstract: The Gilbert D. Kingsbury Papers, 1855-1874, comprise business documents, correspondence, and writings by Kingsbury from Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico.
Accession No.: 1932
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Gilbert D. Kingsbury (d. 1877) was a writer, farmer, and postmaster, born in Dartmouth, New Hampshire. He attended Lebanon Academy (1848 to 1850), studied law in New York in 1851, and taught school in Florida (1851-1854). Using the name F.F. Fenn, he returned to New York and married a woman named Anna. As F.F. Fenn, he became the postmaster of Brownsville, Texas, in 1858, and his wife died a year later. A unionist at the outbreak of the Civil War, he was imprisoned and charged with treason. Escaping across the Rio Grande to Matamoros, Mexico, he returned after the Union captured Brownsville. After the war, Kingsbury remarried, had a son, E.G. Kingsbury, and lived as an orator until his death in 1877.

Source: “Kingsbury, Gilbert D.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed January 26, 2011.http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fki26.

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Scope and Contents

The Gilbert D. Kingsbury Papers, 1855-1874, comprise business documents, correspondence, and writings by Kingsbury from Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico. The letters primarily describe his relations with the citizens of Brownsville and Matamoros during the Civil War. Additional letters by E.G. Kingsbury concern his father. The collection also includes an 1859 census of Brownsville, Brownsville public school reports, two account books of the Brownsville post office, and lectures written by Gilbert Kingsbury about the history of Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kingsbury, E.G.--Archives
Kingsbury, Gilbert D., d.1877--Archives
Subjects
Postal service--Texas--Brownsville.
Places
Brownsville (Tex.)--History--19th century--Sources.
Matamoros (Tamaulipas, Mexico)--History--19th century--Sources.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Public opinion.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gilbert D. Kingsbury Papers, 1855-1874, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2E290 Business documents:
Legal document, Cameron County 1860
Account books, Brownsville, Texas post office 1861
Brownville public school reports, 1855-1856
Correspondence:
Letters from Gilbert D. Kingsbury, 1850-1866
Letters to Gilbert D. Kingsbury, 1858-1872
E.G. Kingsbury letters, 1923
Miscellaneous printed materials, 1864
Writing:
Articles about Brownville Area
Literary productions
Lectures on Texas
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2R72 Letters, reports, and writings, 1858-1872
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3S177 Census of the City of Brownsville, 1859

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