A Guide to the Richard Byrd Burleson Papers, 1855-1881
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.
"Burleson, Richard Byrd."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 7, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbu43.
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.
This collection is open for research use.
Richard Byrd Burleson Papers, 1855-1881, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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