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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 Jean Baptiste LaCoste Papers, 1856-1908



Descriptive Summary

Creator: LaCoste, Jean Baptiste, 1823-1887
Title: LaCoste, Jean Baptiste, Papers
Dates: 1856-1908
Abstract: Composed of correspondence, business and legal documents, financial records, and printed material, the Jean Baptiste LaCoste Papers, 1856-1908, chronicle LaCoste’s business and familial affairs.
Extent: 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Gascony, France, Jean Baptiste LaCoste (1823-1887) immigrated to the United States in 1848. LaCoste settled in San Antonio, Texas, where worked as a merchant and established the first ice plant in the city. In 1852, he married Manuela Menchaca, with whom he had six children. In addition to LaCoste’s business endeavors, he served as treasurer of Bexar County and supported the regime of Emperor Ferdinand Maxmillian and moved the Matamoros, Mexico, for a short time to support his cause.

Source:

Pease, S. W. "LaCoste, Jean Baptiste."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 1, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fla10.

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Scope and Contents

Composed of correspondence, business and legal documents, financial records, and printed material, the Jean Baptiste LaCoste Papers, 1856-1908, chronicle LaCoste’s business and familial affairs. Correspondence concerns his mercantile business and local politics in San Antonio, Texas, legal and business documents relate to the sale of cotton to the Confederate Army during the Civil War as well as the purchase of land, and financial papers consist of records of transactions and account books. Additionally, printed material includes pamphlets and circulars pertaining to such products as ice machines.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
LaCoste, Jean Baptiste, 1823-1887 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America -- Commerce.
Subjects
Ice -- Manufacture -- Texas -- San Antonio.
Merchants -- Texas -- San Antonio.
Places
San Antonio (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Texas -- Politics and government.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jean Baptiste LaCoste Papers, 1856-1908, 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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2E310 Correspondence, business and legal documents, and financial records, 1856-1908
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2E311 Correspondence, business and legal documents, financial records, and printed material, 1856-1908

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