A Guide to the Philander B. Muse Family Papers, 1823-1954
Born to planter James S. and Margaret Muse in Missouri, Judge Philander B. Muse (1851-1901) moved with his family to McKinney, Texas, in the late 1850s. The family established the Muse Academy, or Mt. Pleasant High School, where James taught Greek and Latin and his daughters also taught local children until the school closed in 1871. A graduate of the school, Philander eventually began practicing law and became Judge of the District Court of Collin and Grayson counties.
"James S. Muse, Early Settlers of Collin County." Collin County, Texas History and Genealogy Webpage by Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc. Last modified July 11, 2009. http://www.genealogyfriends.org/history/Early_Settlers/alphabet/mfolder/musejames.htm.
"Muse Academy – Schools of Collin County." Collin County, Texas History and Genealogy Webpage by Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc. Last modified July 11, 2009. http://www.genealogyfriends.org/history/schools/museacademy.htm.
Composed of correspondence, business records, legal documents, literary productions, notebooks, printed material, and photographs, the Philander B. Muse Family Papers, 1823-1954, document the career of Muse as an attorney and judge as well as his family’s personal affairs and administration of the Mt. Pleasant High School in McKinney, Texas. The primary component of the collection, correspondence describes personal familial matters. The legal documents, 1855-1890, consist mainly of deeds and appointments, and the business records, 1827-1903, of bills, receipts, and account books, which chronicle the business activities and transactions of the Muse family. Printed material concerning the legal profession and Mt. Pleasant High School includes essays, broadsides, and newspaper clippings, while the literary productions are creations of Muse family members. Additionally, the collection contains notebooks with handwritten notes on legal cases and photographs of early Austin and Texas.
This collection is open for research use.
Philander B. Muse Family Papers, 1823-1954, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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