A Guide to the William L. Mann Papers, 1834-1949
Historian and physician William L. Mann, Jr. (1884-1953), was born in Georgetown, Texas. After graduating from Southwestern University in the early 1900s, Mann earned his M.D. from Harvard in 1908. The same year, he became a lieutenant in the Navy’s Medical Corps, advancing to the rank of rear admiral by 1943. Stationed in the U. S. and around the world, Mann held the posts of surgeon for the Fleet Marine Force, commanding officer of Corpus Christi’s Naval Hospital, and commanding officer of the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. During his decades of service, Mann helped develop the Navy’s techniques for evacuation and treatment of wounded men during wartime and served as President of the Association of Military Surgeons (1932) and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Additionally, Mann was an avid historian, collector of historical materials, and active freemason.
“William L. Mann, Jr.” in 10,000 famous freemasons 2, From K to Z. Edited by William R. Denslow and Harry S. Truman, 128. Trenton, Mo.: pub, 1959.
Correspondence, literary productions, notes, printed material, scrapbooks, legal papers, and photographs comprise the William L. Mann Papers, 1834-1949, documenting Mann’s naval career and interest in Texas history, with a focus on the history of the Anderson, Glascock, and Taliaferro families; Williamson County; and the Baptist Church in Texas. Containing land deeds, field notes, receipts, and letters of Thomas Washington, John D. Anderson, Robert Hay Taliaferro and Annie Taliaferro Taylor, correspondence and documents collected by Mann relate to the Glascock, Anderson, and Taliaferro families and their property, primarily in Williamson County. Research and writing by Mann and Annie Taliaferro Taylor on Williamson County, Texas history, and family history. A scrapbook of history-related clippings, pamphlets, and broadsides concern general Texas history, with an emphasis on the Baptist Church. The historical scrapbook also contains a land grant from Governor Mirabeau B. Lamar to William Anderson. Three additional scrapbooks of clippings, photographs, and printed material chronicle Mann’s service in the U. S. Navy.
This collection is open for research use.
William L. Mann Papers, 1834-1949, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection processed by W. Glazener, 1951.
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