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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 Philip Nolan Papers, 1797-1808



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Nolan, Philip, 1771-1801
Title: Nolan, Philip, Papers
Dates: 1797-1808
Abstract: Composed of Photostat copies of correspondence and government documents, the Philip Nolan Papers, 1797-1808, document the Spanish reaction to his expeditions.
Extent: 9 in.
Language: Materials are written in Spanish.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to Peter and Elizabeth (Cassidy) Nolan in Ireland, Philip Nolan (1771-1801) became a noted mustanger and possible filibuster in Spanish Texas. Before arriving in Texas, Nolan worked as a bookkeeper and shipping clerk for General James Wilkinson in Kentucky and New Orleans, where he learned of business opportunities in Texas. Nolan began mustanging in 1791, though suspicions grew among Spanish authorities about his true intentions due to his connections with Wilkinson and illegal trade. A year after marrying Frances Lintot in 1799, Nolan set out with a group of well-armed men on his fourth expedition to catch horses in Texas. After building a small fortification and corrals, Nolan began catching mustangs. He was killed, however, in March 1801 by Spanish forces sent to intercept him, while his captured men were tried and imprisoned.

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Scope and Contents

Composed of Photostat copies of correspondence and government documents, the Philip Nolan Papers, 1797-1808, document the Spanish reaction to his expeditions.

Source:

Jackson, Jack. "Nolan, Philip."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 26, 2011.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Nolan, Philip, 1771-1801 -- Archives
Subjects
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas
Filibusters -- Texas -- History
Spaniards -- Texas -- History
Places
Texas -- History -- To 1846

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Philip Nolan Papers, 1797-1808, 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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2Q241 Documents relating to Philip Nolan, 1797-1804
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2Q242 Documents relating to Philip Nolan, 1801-1808

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