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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Sheriff’s Association of Texas Records, 1876-1907



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sheriff’s Association of Texas
Title: Sheriff’s Association of Texas Records
Dates: 1876-1907
Abstract: Comprised of correspondence, speeches, bylaws, minutes, rosters, and financial papers, the Sheriff’s Association of Texas Records, 1876-1907, document the association’s activities shortly after it’s founding.
Accession No.: 67-031
Extent: 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

One of the oldest law enforcement associations in the United States, the Sheriff’s Association of Texas was established on August 14, 1874, in Corsicana, Texas. Organized by soldier, politician, and university president for the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) Lawrence Sullivan (Sul) Ross (1838-1898), the association began annual training sessions in 1878, which are today the largest gathering of law enforcement professionals in Texas.

Source:

"History of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas." Sheriff’s Association of Texas. Accessed February 25, 2011. http://www.txsheriffs.org/about/about.htm..

Benner, Judith Ann. "Ross, Lawrence Sullivan (Sul)."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 25, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fro81.

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Scope and Contents

Comprised of correspondence, speeches, bylaws, minutes, rosters, and financial papers, the Sheriff’s Association of Texas Records, 1876-1907, document the association’s activities shortly after it’s founding. Correspondence consists of two letters written by John P. Kirk, secretary and treasurer of the association, which concerns the Anti-Free Pass Act and the amendment of article 1054 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Drafts of a speech delivered at the annual meeting in Galveston in 1895, minutes, and several versions of bylaws pertain to the development of the association, while rosters list members, and financial documents, such a record book of checks, document the association’s financial activities.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kirk, John P.
Subjects (Organizations)
Sheriff’s Association of Texas -- Archives
Subjects
Law enforcement -- Texas -- History
Sheriffs -- Texas -- History
Places
Galveston (Tex.) -- History
Texas -- Politics and government

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifact Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sheriff’s Association of Texas Records, 1876-1907, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The 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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3H137 Articles of Association, by-laws and resolutions Proceedings of meetings: 1879-1880
Constitution and by-laws and list of members of Inter-State Sheriff's Association, 1900
Constitution and by-laws of the Sheriff's Association of the State of Louisiana
Speech at the Sheriff's Association meeting in Galveston
Address of the Association to the People of Texas, 1895
Resolution by the Association, 1907
Letter [February 12, 1907] by John P. Kirk
Association account book, 1879
Association rolls

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