University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the South (Walter S.) Diaries, 1860-1890



Descriptive Summary

Creator: South, Walter S., 1824-1890
Title: Walter S. South Diaries
Dates: 1860-1890
Abstract: The Walter S. South Diaries, 1860-1890, consist of four transcribed diaries describe South’s daily activities of travel, hunting, and religious study.
Accession No.: 1938
Extent: 1 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Reverand Walter S. South (1824-1897) was a Methodist clergyman, farmer, and circuit rider, born in Kentucky. He moved to Texas in 1847, settling in the town of Bryan in Brazos County, Texas in 1863. South’s duties as a circuit rider required him to travel throughout Texas in an effort to minister to settlers and organize congregations.

Source: “Statewide County NcArchives Obituaries.....Freeman, Andrew 1894”. TX Gen Web Project. Accessed on February 28, 2011. http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/statewide/obits/f/freeman2141ob.txt.


Scope and Contents

The Walter S. South Diaries, 1860-1890, consist of four transcribed diaries describe South’s daily activities of travel, hunting, and religious study. Additionally, the diaries discuss funeral services he performed for communities, most often in the aftermath of a skirmish with the local Native Americans.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
South, Walter S., 1824-1897 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Methodist Church -- Texas -- History.
Methodist Church -- Texas -- Clergy.
Subjects
Immigration & Society -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Circuit riders -- Texas.
Places
Bryan (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century.
Texas -- History -- 19th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Walter S. South Diaries, 1860-1890, 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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2R186 Diary, 1860-1866
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2R187 Diary, Nov. 1866 - June 1869
Diary, Jan. 1873 - Nov. 1882
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2R188 Diary, 1885-1890