University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Richard Byrd Burleson Papers, 1855-1881



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Burleson, Richard Byrd, 1822-1879
Title: Burleson, Richard Byrd, Papers
Dates: 1855-1881
Abstract: Composed of correspondence, reports, a speech, a grade book, and obituaries, the Richard Byrd Burleson Papers, 1855-1881, document Burleson’s career as a professor at Baylor University and as a geologist.
Extent: 19 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born near Decatur, Alabama, Richard Byrd Burleson (1822-1879) was the son of Jonathan Burleson and Elizabeth Byrd. After graduating from the State University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1842, he became an ordained Baptist minister and married Sarah Leigh five years later. In 1855, Burleson moved to Austin, Texas, where he served as the pastor of the First Baptist Church. Following the death of Sarah, he married Mary Halbert in 1857 and began teaching in the department of natural sciences at Baylor University. From 1874 through 1875, Burleson served as the Texas state geologist before returning to teaching.

Source:

"Burleson, Richard Byrd."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 7, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbu43.


Scope and Contents

Composed of correspondence, reports, a speech, a grade book, and obituaries, the Richard Byrd Burleson Papers, 1855-1881, document Burleson’s career as a professor at Baylor University and as a geologist. Correspondence concerns familial affairs and Baylor University, while reports relate to geological surveys in Texas. Additionally, the collection contains a graduation speech, Burleson’s grading book, and several obituaries for Burleson.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Burleson, Richard Byrd, 1822-1879 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Baylor University. Faculty.
Subjects
Geological surveys -- Texas.
Geologists -- Texas.
Places
Waco (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Richard Byrd Burleson Papers, 1855-1881, 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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2B176 Correspondence, reports, speech, grade book, and obituaries, 1855-1881