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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William P. Huff Journal, 1849-1850



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Huff, William P., 1811-1886
Title: Huff, William P., Journal
Dates: 1849-1850
Abstract: Comprising two typescripts of a journal, the William P. Huff Journal, 1849-1850, documents Huff’s overland journey from Richmond, Texas, to Mariposa, California, during the Gold Rush.
Accession No.: 2001-174
Extent: 2 vols.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Georgia, William P. Huff (1811-1886) was the son of George Huff, one of Stephen F. Austin’s "Old Three Hundred colonists." In 1825, he moved with his family to San Felipe de Austin, Texas, where he worked as a newspaper editor. Huff was also a paleontologist and geologist, collecting fossils as well as remains of mastodons and prehistoric bison, some of which have been exhibited in the British Museum. From 1849 through 1850, Huff traveled from Richmond, Texas, to Mariposa, California, in search of wealth during the Gold Rush. Following the Civil War, he served as county and district clerk in Fort Bend County, Texas.

Sources:

"Huff, George."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed June 16, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhu10.

"Meet William P. Huff." Texas Parks and Wildlife. Accessed June 16, 2011. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/webcasts/huff/huff.phtml.

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Scope and Contents

Comprising two typescripts of a journal, the William P. Huff Journal, 1849-1850, documents Huff’s overland journey from Richmond, Texas, to Mariposa, California, during the Gold Rush. The journal discusses the geology and geography of the landscape, flora and fauna, and the route to southern California. Additionally, maps and drawings illustrate parts of West Texas, the Rio Grande River, and the San Saba silver mine, among other sites.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Huff, William P., 1811-1886 -- Archives.
Subjects
Gold mines and mining -- California.
Silver mines and mining -- Texas -- San Saba.
Places
California -- Description and travel.
Texas -- Description and travel.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William P. Huff Journal, 1849-1850, 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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3H124 Two typescripts of journal, 1849-1850

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