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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William H. Morrow Collection, 1764-1997



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Morrow, William H., 1909-2002
Title: Morrow, William H., collection
Dates: 1764-1997
Abstract: Comprising correspondence, legal and financial documents, printed material, publications, photographs, maps, posters, and newspaper clippings, the William H. Morrow Collection, 1764-1997, documents the collecting activities of Morrow as well as the social and business experiences of early pioneers and historical figures of Texas and the American South, including Sam Houston, Gail Borden, J. W. E. "Jim" Airey, Armond Soubie, and A. M. Morisund. The collection primarily illuminates the business activities of individuals and governments within Texas from the time of statehood in Mexico through the early 20th century. Additionally, Morrow’s correspondence, notes, and other documents concern his efforts in acquiring the material within the collection, his friendships with rare books dealers and historians, and his career at the Humble Oil and Refining Company.
Accession No.: 1982 through 98-176; 2001-041; 2008-335
Extent: 2 ft., 10 in.
Language: Materials are written in English, Spanish, and French.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to Dr. William H. and Lula Durham Morrow in Snyder, Texas, William H. Morrow, Jr. (1909-2002) married Dora Toepperwein in 1933, and the couple had one daughter, Dana, who married Denwood Butler. Following graduation from the University of Texas at Austin’s Law School, Morrow worked as an attorney at the Humble Oil and Refining Company, opening its exploration office in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1940. In 1961, he joined the Exxon Corporation in Houston, Texas, retiring first to Austin in 1975 and then to Fort Worth in 1998. An avid Texana collector, Morrow was a member of the Texas State Historical Association and the Book Club of Texas in addition to the Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity and the Chancellor’s Council of the University of Texas, among other clubs and organizations.

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Scope and Contents

Comprising correspondence, legal and financial documents, printed material, publications, photographs, maps, posters, and newspaper clippings, the William H. Morrow Collection, 1764-1997, documents the collecting activities of Morrow as well as the social and business experiences of early pioneers and historical figures of Texas and the American South, including Sam Houston, Gail Borden, J. W. E. "Jim" Airey, Armond Soubie, and A. M. Morisund. The collection primarily illuminates the business activities of individuals and governments within Texas from the time of statehood in Mexico through the early 20th century. Additionally, Morrow’s correspondence, notes, and other documents concern his efforts in acquiring the material within the collection, his friendships with rare books dealers and historians, and his career at the Humble Oil and Refining Company.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Morrow, William H., 1909-2002 -- Archives.
Soubie, Armand, fl. 1852-1900.
Airey, J. W. E.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Army.
Subjects
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas.
Deeds -- Texas.
Places
Texas -- History.
Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846.
Southern States -- History.
Coahuila and Texas (Mexico) -- History.

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Separated Material

Some materials have been separated to the Briscoe Center Library, Artifacts Collection, Map Collection, Newspaper Collection, and assorted manuscript collections.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William H. Morrow Collection, 1764-1997, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was revised by Laurel Rozema, April 2011, and Amanda Reyes, February 2015.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2K337 Texas papers:
Sam Houston papers, 1973-1863 [undated typescripts by Morrow].
Edward McCarthy, 1899 [undated Photostat].
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2K337 Jim Bowie legal document, 1831 [undated Photostat].
Ochiltree family, undated typescripts of 1858 documents, 1938-1940.
Chauncey Goodrich, 1895, 1900 [undated Photostats and typescripts].
"Stray Shot and Shell," undated [typescript].
Michel Branamour Menard, [undated typescripts].
Anson Jones papers, 1859 [undated typescripts].
Matagorda County, Texas, legal records, 1839-1840, 1852, 1866 [undated typescripts].
Alabama papers:
William Munn receipts, 1822-1824.
Booklet, "Last Hours of Charles S. Boyington," 1835.
Mississippi papers:
Military order, 1862.
"True Life Story of Will Purvis" booklet, 1935.
Printed minutes, 1858.
Legal and financial records, 1785-1841, undated.
Mino-Duncan-Lintot-Bingaman family, 1800 [original], 1857-1947, undated [typescripts and Photostats].
Kate Foster's friendship album, 1860-1865, 1871.
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2K339 Armand Soubie papers, 1849-1857.
Oath by Henry Clay, 1827.
J.W.E. "Jim" Airey papers:
Chief Baldwin Parker, 1936-1940.
Joe W. Hutt, 1921-1938, undated.
Rebecca James, 1936-1941.
Arizona Bill, 1937-1940.
Al Jennings, 1916, 1927, 1937-1940.
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2K338 Broncho John, 1937. 1951.
Nate Salsbury, 1938, undated.
George Washington Coe, 1939.
Letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1935.
Diamond Dick Tanner, 1937-1940.
Booklets, "Pawnee Bill," and "Texas Odd Fellow Centennial Jubilee," 1938-1939.
Andrew Jackson Houston, 1937, 1940.
Tom Tobin, 1904, 1935-1936, undated.
William S. Hart, 1937-1941.
P.P. Ackley, Longhorn Chisholm Trail Association, 1937.
Fort Sumner and Billy the Kid, 1936-1941.
Photographic prints from Rose collection of old time photographs
Photographic material
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2K328 Correspondence:
W.H. Ford to D.P. Rock (on ornate letterhead showing scenes of Wootan Wells, Tyler County, Texas), April 22, 1981.
J.A. Carroll legal correspondence, Denton County Texas [ca. 1860]-1876.
James W. Fannin letter to Mrs. Thompson, September 15, 1835.
Certificate:
Confederate tax registration form, Dr. V.E. Jones, August 8, 1864.
Financial papers of Peter Ellis Bean:
Promissory notes/receipts, December 1840.
Republic of Texas, Municipality of Nacogdoches, land grant document, 1836.
Early land grant documents, Estado de Coahuila y Texas [1820s-1830s].
Document of indenture for William Henry, Mississippi, May 10, 1814.
Land deeds of Thomas J. Green and James L. Truehart, Republic of Texas, 1844-1845.
John Coffee Hays documents:
Probate court, Republic of Texas, Bexar County 1845.
Correspondence regarding slave, Jackson, 1844.
Moses B. Maclay, Texas Commissioner in New York, documents regarding indenture of Gail Borden, [ca. 1860].
Subscription receipts for Galveston Weekly News and other receipts, [ca. 1850s].
Printed bill: A bill suspending all laws for the collection of debts and liabilities on bonds, promissory notes, bills of exchange, and contracts for the payment of money, State of Texas, 1864.
Sterling C. Robertson, signed letter of approval for colonization, 1834.
Deposition of Francis W. Johnson, Galveston County, Texas, 1864.
Certificate of baptism for Albert Reynolds, 1832.
Land deed of Martin Parmer, Republic of Texas, County of St. Augustine, 1838.
Letter from R.M. Williamson ("Three Legged Willie") regarding a horse race, 1831.
Various early Texas legal documents:
Bill of Complaint, Bexar County, filed and signed by Henry Castro, retraining John James from his colonizing and surveying activities, 1847.
Land deeds, in Spanish, Nacogdoches, 1834-1835.
Land deed, from Henry Teal to Thomas Breed, San Augustine, 1834.
Promissory note signed by Thomas Rusk, Nacogdoches, 1839.
Land deed, signed by James Gaines, San Augustine, 1836.
Land deed, signed by James Gaines, Bastrop County, 1848.
Three sepia studio photographic prints of unidentified scouts or traders, undated.
Printed program from the United Irish Society St. Patrick's Day Celebration, Houston 1907.
Flier from Corpus Christi Railway and Light Company, regarding the installation of electric lights in households, typed in Spanish, 1916.
Newspaper clipping regarding benefits of phonograph machine, unidentified newspaper, undated.
Miscellaneous manuscript research notes on people and businesses of Matagorda, Texas
Report of the Veteran Board of the State of Texas, 1881.
Legal correspondence, Hadley and Terry attorneys, Houston, 1848.
Certificate of indenture from Fayette County, Republic of Texas, [ca. 1840].
Letter concerning remuneration for the castration and death of a horse, written by Jacob Betts, 1833.
Letter concerning the opening of new road on the banks of the Brazos River, signed by the Board of Commission on Roads, 1838.
Promissory note of Charles Taylor for $37.50, Nacogdoches, 1834.
Land deed, Republic of Texas, County of Angelina, 1860.
Letter concerning the extension of an existing road in Fort Bend County, signed by the Commissioners Court of Ford Bend County, 1838.
Certificate of enlistment in the army of the Republic of Texas for George Keesucker, 1837.
Promissory note for $1,424.98, New Orleans, 1843.
Autographed note of Charles III of Spain, 1764.
Signed certificate from the Consulate of the Republic of Texas in New Orleans, signed by Edward Hall, and related documentation of land and financial matters, 1844.
Certificate regarding the execution of deceased man, Republic of Texas, County of Travis, 1840.
Letter regarding the resignation of Gail Borden, Jr. as executor of the Peter Grayson estate, 1852.
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3.325/D10v Rolled poster for the Kennedy Center's Imagination Celebration Fort Worth, [ca. 2000].
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2F392 Judge A.M. Morisund and Fredericksburg, Texas, legal documents, 1852-1925 (bulk 1911-1925).
Republic of Texas, County of San Augustine, paid by Almanzon Huston, 1840.
Documents signed by Texas governors, 1837-1889.
Tax and financial documents, [19th century].
Research materials, 1865-1953.
Nicholas Lynch deed, 1853.
Harris County, 1845-1865.
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, including Texas counterfeit money
Fort Bend County Papers
Gillespie County Papers
Miscellaneous Galveston imprints
Confederate documents
Dunbar lineage, 1800-1957.
Assorted, 1802-1876.
Montgomery County, Texas, History by Mary Davis
Correspondence between Ed and Joan Hertzberg and William and Dora Morrow, 1985-1990.
Essays on the battles of Sabine Pass, San Jacinto, and New Orleans by R.D. Bowen, undated.
Reports, letters, maps, etc., re: Texas Gulf Coast, Corpus Christi Houston ship channel, 1940-1949.
Sarah Ridge Pascal/Paschal, 1944.
Stephen F. Austin Collection inventory, [ca. 1980s].
Miscellaneous book notes by William Morrow, undated.
Receipt and account books, [ca., 19th century}.
Prospectus for Buck Schiwetz' Texas with introduction by Walter P. Webb and sample drawing prints, 1960.
Advertisement for the Bookman of Houston, Texas, with copy of map said to be in Santa Anna's position at time of capture at the Battle San Jacinto, undated.
El Paso, Texas, postcard, [1921?].
"Estado que manifesta el número de…," 1844.
Newspaper clippings on George Wilkins Kendall, Houston's Odd Fellow Celebration, and Tom Lea, 1937, 1938. 2001.
Printed material, ephemera, and publications, 1856-1966, undated.
Photocopies of letters and original envelopes to Morrow from Thomas W. Streeter, 1956, 1960-1961.
Art prints, 1807, undated.
Scrapbook pages with newspaper clippings and portraits of influential people in Texas history, [ca. 1930s-1966].
Postcard for Jack Dempsey's Restaurant, signed by Dempsey, undated .
Portrait prints of Napoleon Bonaparte, A.S. Johnston, James Wilson, Ongpatonga (Big Elk), and Mirabeau B. Lamar, [ca. 1800s].
Texas Sketchbook by E.M. Schiwetz, 1955.
Photograph of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, [ca. 1930s].
Prints of Capitol Building in Houston, Texas, and the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, [ca. 1920s], 1943.
Letter to Edgar Towns of Humble Lil and Refinery Co. in Houston, Texas, from Worth S. Ray, Austin, Texas, July 10, 1940.
Articles, "1000 Years Ago in Houston," by W. Marshall Black, and "The San Jacinto Memorial," by Rosa Todd Hamner, 1938, 1964.
Ink drawing of a man by [Duink?], undated.
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, poems, and drawings, pasted on top of a volume of The Signal (Washington, D.C.) 1852, undated.
Black and white print of Holbein's portrait of Erasmus von Rotterdam, undated .
Photograph album:
European trip, [ca. 1920s-1930s].
European trip, 1930.
Parties and portraits, [ca. 1920s-1930s].
Dogs, [ca. 1910s-1920s].
Asian trip, [ca. 1910s-1920s].
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2AA49 Legal and financial documents [ca. 1800]-1869.
Mississippi slave bills of sale and transfers, 1802, 1807, 1836, 1842, 1856.
Mississippi Governor J.W. Matthews documents, 1848.
Galveston County, Texas, General Land Office, 1841.
Letter from Condy Raguet in Rio de Janeiro to U.S. Secretary Samuel L. Southard, 1826.
Mississippi bond, [ca. 1800].
Mississippi mortgage, 1840.
Lebeus K. Mervin and Charles Hopkins legal documents, 1812, 1814.
Texas land grant signed by Governor E.M. Pease, 1852.
Estate debt for the late William Moss, 1803.
Mississippi bill of sale between Adolph Esdra and John B.F. [Manent?], 1839.
Texas land grants signed by Governor P.H. Bell, 1846, 1852.
Two U.S. land grants signed by James Monroe, 1818.
"A Statement of the Results of Lodge Insurance," Houston, November 18, 1869.
Texas Centennial Central Exposition program, August 27, 1936.
Republic of Texas Consolidated Fund Bond for Samuel L. Peters in Houston [very fragile], 1837.
Tom Lea: A Portfolio of Six Paintings with an Introduction by J. Frank Dobie, Austin: University of Texas Press, 1953.
Color reproductions from Humble Oil, including E.M. Schiwetz, undated.
Prints of University of Texas and poster for Littlefield Society, 1997, undated .
John Audubon prints, undated.
Frederic Remington reproduction prints, [ca. 1950s-1960s].
Book Club of Texas prints, 1985-1995.
Maps, "Washington County M.T." and "Mata de la Ciudad de Oaxaca de Juarez," 1967, undated.
Jaffé Facsimile, portrait of Duke of Reichstadt by Moritz Michael Daffinger, undated.
Print of "The Cad to the Man Wot Drives the Sovereign" by T. McLean, April 1829.
Photostats of publications, maps, and legal documents, 1794-1965.
"Texas Children, Texas Memories, 1997 Calendar, The University of Texas at Austin," 1997.
Newspaper clippings [very fragile]:
"Sun-Kee, the Arrow Maker, Has Gone to Happy Hunting Grounds and Tribe Mourns," and "Chief's Death Leaves White Man Head of Alabama Tribe," Houston Chronicle, September 15. 1935.
Nacogdoches News, March 23 and June 15, 1882.
Galveston Tribune, including article about Shanghai Pierce's death, December 26, 1900.
The Texas and Oklahoma Official Railway and Hotel Guide Map, undated.
Evening Tribune (Galveston, Tex.), April 18, 1891.
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2K328 Papers relating to Philip Nolan:
Correspondence, transcriptions, research, Nolan family history, bibliography and journal articles
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3X9a Manuscripts and printed material, 1834-1946.
Annie Oakley photograph information, undated.
Photographs and lithographs, 1763-[ca. 1940s].
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2.325/OD12 Map of prehistoric irrigation canals in Arizona (oversize), 1922.
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4D235 [2003-047]
Affleck's Southern Rural Almanac and Plantation and Garden Calendar, 1861, 1860.
The Burr Conspiracy, Miss Militia expenses 1806-1807.
The Burr Conspiracy, 1806-1840.
Letter of Andrew Jackson, April 23, 1817.
Letter from President David G. Burnett accepting resignation of Jason Collinsworth, Secretary of State, 1836.
William B. Travis, Edmund Andrews, 1830-1841.
William Barret Travis receipt, February 14, 1834.
John W. Stevens, Texas Confederate Diary, October 2-3, 1861.
James Dunlop, John Bowyers, Reuben Kemper, Robert Cochran, 1802-1813.
Erastus ("Deaf") Smith, 1816.
Natchez Documents, 1803-1809.
Jas. Wilkinson, 1799.
Letter from Baron de Carondelet, City of Mexico to Mr. Walsh, April 27, 1798.
Clements R. Johns, Circular to Clerks and Sheriffs of District Courts, May 18, 1859.
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2.325/N36c [2003-047]
Broadsides, Prints, etc.:
Some Account of Some of the Bloody Deeds of General Jackson, broadside, ca. 1828.
R.L. Fulton to the people, The Issue, Galveston, ca. 1883.
Bankrupt Estate of R.C. Donaldson sale, broadside, Austin, August 6, 1869.
James Maxwell Reward poster, Nashville, September 5, 1816.
Le General Charles Lallemand engraving, undated.
Land Grant, Mississippi Territory, August 1, 1805.
Washington Republican, Vol. I, No. 23, September 15, 1813.
Rules and Regulations for the Government of the Mobile Hotel, November 1823.

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