A Guide to the William Stuart Red Papers, 1926-1927
Born to George Clark Red and Rebecca Stuart in Gay Hill, Texas, Williams Stuart Red (1857-1933) graduated from Austin College in 1882, after studying briefly at the Southwestern Presbyterian University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Red studied Theology at several institutions, including the Columbia Theological Seminary, and finally graduated from the Austin School of Theology in 1886. The following year, Red became an ordained Presbyterian minister and assumed pastoral duties at numerous churches throughout Texas, such as the First Presbyterian Church of Navasota, the Hardy Presbyterian Church in Houston, and the Bee Cave Presbyterian Church. Following his role as chaplain of Texas A & M University from 1892 through 1894, he served as moderator of the Synod of Texas while also establishing a school for girls at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1902. Red developed an interest in historical research after his retirement in 1919, authoring The Texas Colonists and Religion in 1924 and A History of the Presbyterian Church in Texas, published posthumously in 1936.
Hughes, Richard B. "Red, William Stuart."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed August 10, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fre10.
A typescript containing correspondence, diary excerpts, reminiscences, petitions, and newspaper clippings composes the William Stuart Red Papers, 1926-1927, documenting Red’s research on 19th century Texas history, specifically Washington-on-the-Brazos as the capitol of Texas. Correspondence concerns the provisional government following the revolution, while excerpts from the diary of William F. Gray pertain to the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Reminiscences also relate to the signing of the declaration as well as the construction of the capitol building and petitions regarding land grants to soldiers of the revolution. Additionally, newspaper clippings discuss the history of Washington-on-the-Brazos.
This collection is open for research use.
William Stuart Red Papers, 1926-1927, 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.
Detailed Description of the Papers