A Guide to the Julia Lee Sinks Papers, 1817, [ca. 1840]-1904
The daughter of George and Mary (Morse) Lee, historian Julia Lee Sinks (1817-1904) moved with her family from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Austin, Texas, in 1840. There, she married and had six children with George W. Sinks. A Texas historian, Julia published numerous articles for the Galveston News and Dallas Morning News. A member of the Texas Veterans Association, Sinks also contributed to the Texas State Historical Association’s publications and served as the organization’s vice president and Executive Council member from its founding in 1897 until her death in 1904.
"Sinks, Julia Lee."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 24, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fsi31.
Comprising manuscripts, notes, correspondence, and newspaper clippings, the Julia Lee Sinks Papers, 1817, [ca. 1840]-1904, document her historical research on Texas, particularly Fayette County, and early Texas settlers. A manuscript volume of Sinks’ "Chronicles of Fayette County" describes the history and formation of the county, including its early buildings, the naming process for roads and landmarks, and the early lives of pioneers. Extracts from the "History of Fayette County" consist of manuscript notes, newspaper clippings, and correspondence to Sinks about county history and prominent citizens. The "Early Days in Texas" notebook comprises typescripts of newspaper articles Sinks wrote in 1876. Originally organized by Sinks for the Texas State Historical Association, deconstructed scrapbooks contain personal correspondence, legal, and financial records, certificates of appointments, and reminiscences by early Texas settlers. Arranged alphabetically by surname of the subjects in scrapbook, a manuscript index compiled by Sinks briefly describes each document’s contents and date in the scrapbook material.
This collection is open for research use.
Julia Lee Sinks Papers, 1817, [ca. 1840]-1904, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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