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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Julia Lee Sinks Papers, 1817, [ca. 1840]-1904



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sinks, Julia Lee, 1817-1904
Title: Sinks, Julia Lee, papers
Dates: 1817, [ca. 1840]-1904
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 60-010; 61-001; 2014-020
Extent: 1.5 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

"Sinks, Julia Lee."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 24, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fsi31.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Sinks, Julia Lee, 1817-1904 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas State Historical Association.
Subjects
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Places
Fayette County (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century.
Texas -- History -- 19th century.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Julia Lee Sinks Papers, 1817, [ca. 1840]-1904, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

Box
2N242 Clippings
Correspondence
Literary productions
Notebooks
Material on the history of Fayette County: “Chronicles of Fayette County” and extracts from “The History of Fayette County”
Box
3M11 Scrapbook materials
"Early Days in Texas"
Box
2.325/K70d Novel written by Sinks
“Lost Opportunity: Virginia”
“Abiding Faith: Connecticut”
“The Works of Our Hands Have Strange Uses: Delaware”
“Dicey Langston: A Story of South Carolina”
“Like a Man: Pennsylvania”
“The New Hampshire Recruit”
“Early Reminiscences”
Letter to Sinks from M.M. Kenney re. Indians, 1896
Notes
Newspaper clippings

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