A Guide to the James T. Cumley Papers, 1908-1912, 1933
Land developer James T. Cumley was an avid promoter of the community of Shafter Lake, Texas. As editor of the Shafter Lake Herald, Cumley authored several articles extolling the town, which he circulated throughout the country. He also promoted land in Howard and Glasscock counties and ran for a seat in the state legislature in 1912.
Carlson, Paul H. "Shafter Lake, TX."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 16, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvs73.
Comprising correspondence and circulars, the James T. Cumley Papers, 1908-1912, 1933, documents Cumley’s career as a land promoter. Correspondence with real estate and immigration businesses concern the sale of land in Shafter Lake as well as Howard, Glasscock, and Ward counties, Texas, the building of railroads, and his 1912 bid for a seat in the state legislature. Additionally, circulars advertise land for sale in Glasscock and Ward counties.
This collection is open for research use.
James T. Cumley Papers, 1908-1912, 1933, 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.
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