A Guide to the T. C. Oatts Diary, 1871-1883
A resident of Round Rock, Texas, T. C. Oatts became the first postmaster for his community in 1851. In addition, he worked as a cattle driver for rancher Dudley Hiram (D. H.) Synder during the late 19th century.
Scarbrough, Clara Stearns. "Round Rock, TX."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 26, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/her03.
Two copies of a typescript compose the T. C. Oatts Diary, 1871-1883, chronicling Oatts’ experiences as a cattle driver for D. H. Snyder. The diary concerns two cattle drives: one from Williamson County, Texas to Schuyler, Nebraska, in 1871; and another from Lampasas County to Mitchell County in West Texas. Travel conditions as well as observations of the landscape are discussed.
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T. C. Oatts Diary, 1871-1883, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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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