University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Ruth N. Ragsdale Papers, 1854-1925



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ragsdale, Ruth N., b. ca. 1891
Title: Ragsdale, Ruth N., Papers
Dates: 1854-1925
Abstract: Business records, legal papers, correspondence, and advertisements comprise the Ruth N. Ragsdale Papers, 1854-1925, documenting ranch interests, land deals, and the personal correspondence of Ruth N. Ragsdale.
Accession No.: 73-89
OCLC No.:
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Ruth N. Ragsdale (b. ca. 1891) lived in Cherokee County, Texas, and was the wife of rancher W. J. Ragsdale.


Scope and Contents

Business records, legal papers, correspondence, and advertisements comprise the Ruth N. Ragsdale Papers, 1854-1925, documenting ranch interests, land deals, and the personal correspondence of Ruth N. Ragsdale. Business records are composed of account books (1886-1901) detailing expenses paid, items bought and sold, and employees’ working time and compensation; a breeders certificate (1916); two promissory notes signed by John Muckleroy (1885); and receipts (1871-1912), primarily pertaining to land taxes. Legal papers include deeds (1854-1879), power of attorney documents (1877-1888), a deposition (1895), and John Muckleroy’s wills (1884-1886). Correspondence consists of a letter to Ruth N. Ragsdale, a post card to Arthur Norman from W. B. Ragsdale, a 1913 pension approval letter to W. B. Ragsdale, and two 1919 letters between the Norman family, including one to Richard C. Norman from his mother declaring her excitement that he will soon be returning home from World War I. Advertisements are for an ad for a free bible catalog, and a flyer concerning land for sale near Jacksonville, Texas.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Ragsdale, Ruth N. b. ca. 1891 –- Archives.
Ragsdale, W. J. -- Archives.
Ragsdale, W. B. -- Archives.
Muckleroy, John.
Norman, Arthur.
Norman, Richard C.
Norman, Mary.
Ragsdale family -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
American Shorthorn Breeders’ Association.
Subjects
Ranch life -- Texas -- History.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal Narratives, American.
Places
Nacogdoches County (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Cherokee County (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Jacksonville (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Troup (Tex.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ruth N. Ragsdale Papers, 1854-1925, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3F179 Business records:
Accounts, 1888-1889
Account books, 1886-1901
Breeder's certificate, 1916
Promissory notes, 1885, undated
Receipts, 1871-1912
Legal Papers:
Appointment of Administrator, 1877
Deeds, 1854-1879
Deposition, 1854-1879
Power of Attorney, 1888
Wills, 1884-1886
Correspondence, 1910-1925
Advertisements,