University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John V. Clay Collection, ca. 1768, undated.



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Clay, John V., 1912-1986 -- Archives
Title: Clay, John V., Collection
Dates: ca. 1768, undated
Abstract: Undated maps of Spanish presidios and photographs of Liberty County houses comprise the John V. Clay Collection.
Accession No.: 67-164; 72-111
Extent: 33 items
Language: Materials are written in English. and Spanish.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

In 1965, John V. Clay (1912-1986), an amateur historian discovered El Orcoquisac, a Spanish presidio located in Chambers County, Texas. He was also fascinated with old houses in Chambers and Liberty counties, managing to photograph almost all of them. Before turning his attention to history, Clay worked for Shell Oil Company, except for a stint as a Seabee in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Source:

Ladd, Kevin. "John V. Clay (1912-1986)." Accessed March 23, 2011.


Scope and Contents

Eighteenth century maps of Spanish presidios and undated photographs of Liberty County houses comprise the John V. Clay Collection. Created by Spanish cartographer Joseph Urrutia in the mid-eighteenth century, the maps document the presidios of San Saba, San Luis del las Amarillas, Nuestra Senora del Pilar del paso Vejar, San Juan del Rio Grande del Norte, and Bahia del Epiritu Santo.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Clay, John V., 1912-1986 -- Archives
Subjects
Historic buildings -- Texas -- Liberty County (Tex.)
Spaniards -- Texas -- History
Architecture, Domestic -- Texas
Places
Liberty County (Tex.)
Texas - Discovery and exploration -- Spanish
Texas -- History -- To 1846

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John V. Clay Collection, ca. 1768, undated, 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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3S109 Maps of Spanish presidios
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3Y96 Liberty County house photographs