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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 Cooke County History Collection, 1843-1967



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gunter, Lillian
Title: Cooke County History Collection
Dates: 1843-1967
Abstract: The Cooke County Historical Collection contains typed transcripts of all the articles, clippings, original interviews, chapter excerpts, correspondence, and handwritten research compiled by Lillian Gunter in preparation for the writing of a book recounting the history of Cooke County and the Red River region of Texas.
Accession No.: 2013-186
OCLC No.: 859683243
Extent: 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Lillian Gunter (1870-1926) was a scholar, a librarian, and a historian during the late 19th to early 20th century in Texas. An activist both for libraries and women’s suffrage, she authored and lobbied for the legislation that created the Texas County Library System, and was the first woman in her native Cooke County to vote. After moving from Sivill’s Bend to Gainesville, Texas in 1901, she successfully campaigned for the award of a Carnegie library to her new city, the second in the state. As head librarian of Gainesville, she encouraged the development of local libraries in the surrounding communities, and assisted these institutions through one of the first bookmobile programs in the Southwest.

In her spare time, Lillian prepared to author a book on the history of Cooke County and the Red River region of her birth. Though the volume was never completed, she amassed a wealth of material, ranging from articles and published works to handwritten notes and the transcribed recollections of early settlers. These papers were gathered together by her sister, Rosa Gunter Beasley, and deposited in the archives of what is now the University of North Texas. Pete A.Y. Gunter, a published author and professor emeritus at UNT today, took it upon himself to have the original documents compiled and created by his ancestress typed and organized. In addition, Gunter annotated and added to the revised collection, consecutively numbering all 803 pages, including more information on Lillian herself as well as the Red River area, and producing a general index which references 321 names and topics.

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Scope and Contents

The Cooke County Historical Collection contains typed transcripts of all the articles, clippings, original interviews, chapter excerpts, correspondence, and handwritten research compiled by Lillian Gunter in preparation for the writing of a book recounting the history of Cooke County and the Red River region of Texas. The local and regional history recorded in the collection includes many personal stories, opinions, and first-hand recollections from the earliest residents of Gainesville, Texas and the surrounding areas. Some of the diverse topics covered include early agriculture, cattle drives, business, education, folk music, Native Americans, African Americans, the American Civil War, the Great Hanging at Gainesville, Confederate guerillas such as William Quantrill and Bloody Bill Anderson, and the Reconstruction period. Many families and individuals are represented, particularly those who played a major role in the settlement, defense, and development of the region. This includes Colonel James Bourland, Judge Lewis Lindsay, Colonel John Young, Colonel William Fitzhugh, W. O. Davis, Daniel Montague, Marion Redmon, Kate Ticknor, William R. “Uncle Bill” Strong, H. P. Wear, W. T. G. Wear, and the Gunter family, as well as more widely known individuals such as Quanah Parker, Deaf Smith, John Chisum, and U.S. Senator Joe Bailey.

Archivist's note: An alphabetical, general subject index to the collection is available. A copy is located in Folder 1 of the collection and another is attached to the printed version of this finding aid.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gunter, Lillian, 1870-1926 -- Archives.
Gunter, Pete A. Y.
Gunter family.
Quantrill, William Clark, 1837-1865.
Anderson, William T. “Bloody Bill”, 1840-1864.
Parker, Quanah, 1845-1911.
Smith, Erastus “Deaf”, 1787-1837.
Chisum, John, 1824-1884.
Bourland, James G., 1801-1879.
Bailey, Joseph “Joe” Weldon, Sr., 1862-1929.
Montague, Daniel, 1866-1912.
Subjects
Education -- Texas.
Genealogy and local history -- Texas.
Cattle drives.
American Civil War.
Reconstruction (1865-1877).
Native Americans.
African Americans.
Business.
Agriculture.
Places
Gainseville, Texas.
Rosston, Texas.
Sivells Bend, Texas.
Warrens Bend, Texas.
Denison, Texas.
Red River County (Tex.)
Cooke County (Tex.)
Clear Creek river -- Harris County (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cooke County History Collection, 1843-1967, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Keelee James, September 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

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4Q263 Folder 1: Index, Introduction, Pages 1-132
Folder 2: Pages 133-297
Folder 3: Pages 298-429
Folder 4: Pages 430-579
Folder 5: Pages 580-746
Folder 6: Pages 747-803

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