A Guide to the Lyman Brightman Russell Papers, 1839-1936
Born in Goliad, Texas, Lyman Brightman Russell (1850-1940) was the son of Emeline Camilla and Charles Arden Russell. In 1872, Russell married Sarah Alice Beem with whom he had seven children. He held a variety of jobs, beginning as postmaster and telegraph operator in Rockport from 1873 to 1876. Moving to Comanche he practiced law, edited the Comanche Chief as well as the Vanguard, and served as mayor in 1904 and 1905. Russell was also a genealogist and wrote the Royal Life of the Beeman-Deming Family from William the Conqueror.
"Russell, Lyman Brightman" Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 23, 2011.
Comprised of correspondence, minutes, clippings, election returns, muster rolls, photographs and literary productions, the Lyman Brightman Russell Papers, 1839-1936, document Russell’s personal and professional life. A Photostat copy of Russell’s autobiography, Grandad’s Autobiography, relates his experiences from childhood to his 78th year, such as growing up in Goliad, life during the Civil War, and his careers as an editor and lawyer in Comanche, among other topics. Essays on specific aspects of Russell’s life, such as “School Days in Early Texas,” are also among his papers. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, both business and personal, of Lyman Russell and his father, Charles Arden Russell. Additionally, the papers contain genealogy work done by Russell, largely concerning his family history.
This collection is open for research use.
Lyman Brightman Russell Papers, 1839-1936, 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