University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Virgil N. Lott Narrative, 1953



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lott, Virgil N., 1878-1960
Title: Lott, Virgil N., Narrative
Dates: 1953
Abstract: Composed of an unpublished original manuscript of “The Rio Grand Valley”, the Virgil N. Lott Narrative, 1953, chronicles the history and culture of the Rio Grande Valley.
Extent: 1 item
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in 1878, Virgil N. Lott worked as both a journalist and writer, covering the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. In 1909, he quit his job with the Galveton Daily News and established The Monte Christo Hustler, an early English language newspaper in south Texas. Six months later, Lott moved to Mission and founded the Mission Times in 1911. He then moved to Roma and worked for the U. S. Immigration Service and the U. S. Customs Service. After retiring in 1949, Lott wrote several historical narratives such as The Kingdom of Zapata, People and Plots on the Rio Grande, and "The Rio Grande Valley." He died in 1960.

Source:

Longoria, Arturo. "Virgil Lott, Journalist."Texas Highways, January 1998. Accessed July 8, 2011.


Scope and Contents

Composed of an unpublished original manuscript of “The Rio Grand Valley”, the Virgil N. Lott Narrative, 1953, chronicles the history and culture of the Rio Grande Valley. Topics include the Mexican War, peyote, bull fighting, agriculture, commerce, education, religion, military affairs, and politics in the Valley. Additionally, the narrative mentions such notable individuals as Robert E. Lee, George Meade, Antonio de Lopez de Santa Anna, and Zachary Taylor.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Lott, Virgil N., b. 1878 -- Archives
Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870
Meade, George Gordon, 1815-1872
Santa Anna, Antonio Lopez de, 1794?-1876
Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850
Subjects
Mexican War, 1846-1848
Agriculture -- Texas -- Rio Grande Valley
Places
Rio Grande Valley -- History
Rio Grande Valley -- Social life and customs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Virgil N. Lott Narrative, 1953, 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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2R87 Virgil N. Lott Narrative, 1953