A Guide to the Charles William Ramsdell, Jr., Papers, [ca. 1938]
Born in Austin, Texas, Charles William Ramsdell, Jr. (1909-1973), was the son of Charles William Ramsdell, Sr. (1877-1942), and Susanna Griffith. Like his father, Ramsdell attended the University of Texas at Austin and was an historian. A prolific writer, he authored San Antonio, a Historical and Pictorial Guide (1959), as well as many articles on Texas history. Ramsdell worked at the National Park Service and as a staff writer for the San Antonio Express Magazine. On June 13, 1933, Ramsdell married Josephine Miller Bramlett (1905-1957), with whom he had one son, Charles Michael Ramsdell.
Bass, J. Horace. "Ramsdell, Charles William."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 23, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fra25.
Charles Ramsdell Papers, 1949-1964, Col 9278, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas. Accessed February 23, 2011. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/drtsa/00018/drt-00018.html.
Comprised of typescripts of correspondence and historical sketches in two volumes, the Charles William Ramsdell, Jr., Papers, [ca. 1938], document Ramsdell’s research on 18th and 19th century Texas history. The first volume, Refugio Mission, 1793-1825, consists of the correspondence of missionaries concerning the Refugio Mission, translated from Spanish to English. The second volume, Spanish Goliad, relates the history of Goliad, Texas, from its founding in 1749 to its partial destruction and rebuilding in 1840. The latter also discusses the Presidio La Bahía, and the Texas Revolution as well as James Walker Fannin, Jr., and his role in the Goliad massacre in 1836.
This collection is open for research use.
Charles William Ramsdell, Jr., Papers, [ca. 1938], 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.
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