University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James M. Cook Papers, 1888-1898

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cook, James M., 1858-
Title: James M. Cook Papers
Dates: 1888-1898
Abstract: Photostats of correspondence and a legal document comprise the James M. Cook Papers, 1888-1898, relating to Cook’s business affairs as a cattle rancher.
Accession No.: AR 1932
Extent: 1 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Washington County, Arkansas, James M. Cook (1858-1940), also known as “Jim Lane,” was a cattle rancher and manager of the XIT Ranch, one of the largest cattle ranches in Texas. After his service in the Civil War as a captain in the Confederate Army, Cook settled in Texas and became a cattle rancher. In 1888, he became foreman for the XIT Ranch’s Escarbada Division. Cook was elected sheriff of Deaf Smith County in 1890, only to be fired a year later for killing a cowboy. Following the death of his wife, Cook traveled throughout the western United States and Canada in the early 1890s, prospecting and working as a wilderness guide. In 1912, he published the book, The Canadian Northwest as It Is Today. In later life, he returned to Texas and became well known for his frontier and pioneering lifestyle.

Anderson, H. Allen. “Cook, Jim.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed on May 13, 2011.

Scope and Contents

Photostats of correspondence and legal documents, in a bound volume, comprise the James M. Cook Papers, 1888-1898, document to Cook’s business affairs as a cattle rancher. Correspondence and telegrams relate to the conditions of cattle in the care of Cook and his relationships with his business partners.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Cook, James M., 1858- -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
XIT Ranch (Tex.) -- History.
Cattle and cattle industry -- History.
Ranches and ranching -- History.
Higgins (Tex.) -- History.
Texline (Tex.) -- History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James M. Cook Papers, 1888-1898, 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



2D1 Photostats of letters, 1888-1898