University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Francis Marschalk Family Papers, 1865-1911

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Marschalk, Francis, ca.1841-1891
Title: Marschalk, Francis, Family Papers
Dates: 1865-1911
Abstract: Composed primarily of correspondence, the Francis Marschalk Family Papers, 1865-1911, document the personal and business affairs of newspaper publisher Francis Marschalk and his family.
Accession No.: 62-98
Extent: 3 ft., 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Mississippi, Francis Marschalk (ca. 1841-1891) was the son of Andrew Marschalk (1767-1838), an English immigrant, Revolutionary War veteran, and publisher of the Mississippi Herald, who was known as the “father of the Mississippi press.” The younger Marschalk followed in his father’s footsteps, founding the fist newspaper of Delta, Texas in 1859. After three years of service in the Confederate Navy during the Civil War, Marschalk returned to Mississippi where he worked as proprietor and editor of the Port Gibson Standard in the 1870s. Before his death, he published the Gregg County Clarion in Longview, Texas, for nearly a decade. Marschalk and his wife Sophia had two daughters.


“Francis Marschalk.” Dallas Morning News. January 1, 1891. 10.

Seybert, Tony. The Natchez slavery press and the road to disunion, 1800-1865. MA thesis, California State University, Northridge, 2005.

Scope and Contents

Composed primarily of correspondence, the Francis Marschalk Family Papers, 1865-1911, document the personal and business affairs of newspaper publisher Francis Marschalk and his family. Concerning local news for Port Gibson, Fayette, and Natchez, Mississippi and Longview, Texas; family illnesses and travel; and the publishing industry, letters, postcards, and telegrams compose the correspondence between Marschalk; his wife Sophia; and their family, including Marschalk’s daughter Sydney and father Andrew in Natchez, Mississippi. Letters to Marschalk’s business associates as publisher of the Port Gibson Standard and Gregg County Clarion relate to printing, legal issues, and controversies with other publishers. Receipts and account books chronicle the Marschalks’ business and personal spending, such as printer’s fees, groceries, and tuition. Additionally, notes, clippings, railway passes, invitations, brochures, literary productions, reminiscences, and drawings concern the Marschalks’ social and personal activities like travel, parties, and education. A map in the collection illustrates Savannah, Georgia.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Marschalk, Andrew, 1767-1838
Marschalk, Francis, ca.1841-1891 -- Archives
Marschalk, Sophia
Marschalk, Sydney
Marschalk family -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Gregg County clarion.
Port Gibson standard.
Newspaper publishing -- Mississippi -- History -- 19th century
Newspaper publishing -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Fayette (Miss.) -- History -- 19th century
Longview (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century
Natchez (Miss.) -- History -- 19th century
Port Gibson (Miss.) -- History -- 19th century

Related Material

See also Andrew Marschalk Papers in the Natchez Trace Small Manuscript Collections

Administrative Information

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



2N479 Correspondence:
2N480 1879-1885
2N481 1886-1891
2N482 1892-1895
2N483 1896-1897
2N484 1898-1909
2N485 1910-1911
Undated fragments
Postcards, 1875-1911
Telegrams, 1872-1890
2N486 Miscellany:
Announcements and invitations
Literary production
Railway passes
School notes
Miscellaneous notes
Calling cards
Newspaper clippings
Map of Savannah, Georgia
2N487 Receipts, business and personal
Account books
3S117d Printed postcards:
Scenes of Austin, Dallas, El Paso, New Braunfels, and Sherman, Texas; Louisiana; El Reno, Oklahoma; and Stratford-on-Avon, England
Public School, Big Sandy, Texas
First Presbyterian Church, Greenup, Illinois