University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Reed (Jefferson) Family Papers, 1830-1901



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Reed, JeffersonReed family
Title: Reed (Jefferson) Family Papers
Dates: 1830-1901
Abstract: Business letters, legal documents, financial papers, and broadsides comprise the Reed (Jefferson) Family Papers, 1830-1901, documenting the personal affairs of the Reed family.
Accession No.: 83-224
Extent: 10 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Colonist and farmer Jefferson Reed moved to Robertson Colony, Texas, from Mississippi in the early 1830s. The Reed family, including Jefferson’s wife Patsy Reed, Michael Reed, Volney Reed, William Reed, and Lucy Reed, farmed cotton and bred cattle. Due to issues with agricultural cultivation and cotton production, the Reed family engaged in the horse breeding business in the 1870s and 1880s.


Scope and Contents

Business letters, legal documents, financial papers, and broadsides comprise the Reed (Jefferson) Family Papers, 1830-1901, documenting the personal affairs of the Reed family. Legal documents and financial papers concern Jefferson Reed’s cotton production and livestock breeding, while also including a slave bill of sale, memoranda booklets, receipts, and promissory notes. Letters written by Reed to business partners shed light on the difficulty of agriculture and problems with the land and soil in central east Texas.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Reed, Jefferson -- Archives
Reed family -- Archives
Reed, John
Reed, Lucy M.
Reed, Michael
Reed, Patsy
Steele, William H.
Subjects
Agriculture -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Places
Mississippi -- History -- 19th century.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- History -- 19th century.
Robertson County (Tex.) -- History.
Texas -- History -- 19th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Reed (Jefferson) Family Papers, 1830-1901, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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

 

Inventory

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2F455 Papers, 1830-1889
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2F456 Papers, 1890-1901
Broadsides, 1856-1890, undated
Memoranda books, 1874-1890