University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William L. Mann Papers, 1834-1949



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mann, William L., 1884-1953
Title: Mann, William L., Papers
Dates: 1834-1949
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 1951
Extent: 11 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

“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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Anderson, John D., 1819-1849
Anderson family
Glascock family
Mann, William L., 1884-1953 -- Archives
Taliaferro, Robert Hay, 1824-1875
Taliaferro family
Taylor, Annie Taliaferro
Washington, Thomas
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Navy -- Surgeons -- Biography
Subjects
Baptists -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Baptists -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Deeds -- Texas -- Williamson County
Land grants -- Texas
Places
Texas -- History
Williamson County (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century
Williamson County (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William L. Mann Papers, 1834-1949, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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

 

Inventory:

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2E465 Correspondence:
Thomas Washington and John D. Anderson family, 1840-1903
Glascock Family, 1834-1869
Robert Hay Taliaferro family, 1848-1875, undated
Annie Taliaferro Taylor, 1920-1941
William L. Mann, 1941-1949
box
2E466 Personal and printed items, 1838-1947
Documents, 1835-1931
box
3L340 Historical scrapbook
box
4M21 Scrapbook
box
4M22 Scrapbook
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4M67 Scrapbook