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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence, 1925-1957:

Historical research materials, 1815-1957:

Academic materials, 1924-1951:

Personal papers and biographical materials, 1895-1985:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Amelia Worthington Williams Papers, 1815-1985



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Williams, Amelia Worthington, 1876-1958.
Title: Williams, Amelia Worthington, papers
Dates: 1815-1985
Abstract: Correspondence, transcriptions of historical materials, research and class notes, printed materials, newspaper clippings, literary productions, diplomas, certificates, and photographic materials document the academic and professional careers of Amelia Williams, especially her various Texas history research projects. Includes materials related to Williams’ research on the Alamo, Sam Houston, J.W. Fannin and the Goliad Massacre, and the Mier Expedition. Correspondents include Samuel Asbury, Eugene C. Barker, L. W. Kemp, and Houston Wade. Although there are a few photostatic copies, the nineteenth-century materials do not comprise original documents, and most are available in published form.
Accession No.: 85-203, 86-88
OCLC No.: 29918962
Extent: 4 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Amelia Worthington Williams, educator and historian, was born in Maysfield, Texas on March 25, 1876, the oldest child of a merchant and cotton planter. Williams earned a B. A. degree at Southwest Texas State Normal School (1922) and B A., M. A. (1926), and Ph. D. (1931) degrees at the University of Texas. She taught in several rural Texas schools from 1904 to 1925.

From 1925 until retirement in 1951, she taught American and British history at the University of Texas. In 1935, she published Following General Sam Houston, 1793-1836. While at UT, she collaborated with Eugene C. Barker in researching and editing the eight-volume Writings of Sam Houston, 1813-1863, published in 1938. She was considered an authority on the 1836 siege of the Alamo, the subject of her doctoral dissertation. The first five chapters of her dissertation were published in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association in 1933 and 1934.

Williams died in Austin, Texas on August 14, 1958.

Source:

Jane Smoot, "WILLIAMS, AMELIA WORTHINGTON,"Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwi83), accessed December 12, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, transcriptions of historical materials, research and class notes, printed materials, newspaper clippings, literary productions, diplomas, certificates, and photographic materials document the academic and professional careers of Amelia Williams, especially her various Texas history research projects. Includes materials related to Williams’ research on the Alamo, Sam Houston, J.W. Fannin and the Goliad Massacre, and the Mier Expedition. Correspondents include Samuel Asbury, Eugene C. Barker, L. W. Kemp, and Houston Wade. Although there are a few photostatic copies, the nineteenth-century materials do not comprise original documents, and most are available in published form.

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Arrangement

The papers are arranged into four series:
  • I. Correspondence, 1925-1957
  • II. Historical research materials, 1815-1957
    • a. Alamo research
    • b. Sam Houston Research
    • c. J. W. Fannin/Goliad Massacre research
    • d. General Texas Revolution research
    • e. Mier Expedition research
    • f. Miscellaneous Texas history materials
  • III. Academic materials, 1924-1951
  • IV. Personal papers and biographical materials, 1895-1985
Subseries are arranged topically and chronologically.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Asbury, Samuel Erson, 1872-1962.
Barker, Eugene Campbell, 1874-1956.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Kemp, Louis Wiltz, 1881-.
Wade, Houston.
Williams, Amelia Worthington, 1876-1958 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas.
University of Texas at Austin.
Subjects
History -- Research -- Texas.
History -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Texas.
Women college teachers -- Texas -- Austin.
Women educators -- Texas.
Women historians -- Texas.
Places
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.) -- History -- Siege, 1836.
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836.

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Related Material

See also Texas Authors Manuscript Collection.

See also Eugene Campbell Barker Papers, 1785, 1812-1959.

See also Samuel Erson Asbury Papers, 1920-1955.

See also Samuel E. Asbury Papers, 1812-1949 at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas..

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Separated Material

Some materials have been separated to the Ephemera Collection, Newspaper Collection, Map Collection, Artifacts Collection, TXC, and vertical files.

Nitrate negatives from this collection are now being stored in the nitrate storage vault at the Austin History Center.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Amelia Worthington Williams Papers, 1815-1985, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ruth Tatsche, April 1990.

Subsequent revisions were made by Patti Woolery-Price, 1993 and Vanessa Attia, December 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Correspondence, 1925-1957:

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2N488 Samuel Asbury:
1925-1950 and undated
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2.325/D33a Oversize letters, 1930-1936, 1940-1941 and undated
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2N488 Eugene C. Barker, 1928-1945 and undated
L. W. Kemp, 1935-1950 and undated
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2N489 Houston Wade, 1934 and undated
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2N490 General:
1925-1936
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2N491 1937-1957
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2.325/D33a Oversize letters, 1930-1936, 1940-1941 and undated

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Historical research materials, 1815-1957:

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2N492 Alamo research:
Materials relating to defenders, messengers, victims, and survivors of 1836 siege:
James Bowie
David Crockett
William Barrett Travis
James Butler Bonham
Joseph and Nathaniel Kerr
Susanna Dickinson and other survivors
Moses [Louis] Rose
Excerpts from Amelia Williams’ Ph. D. dissertation, 1931
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2N493 General
Correspondence and other materials relating to the storming of Bexar [transcriptions], December 1835
Correspondence relating to Alamo defense [transcriptions], January-March 1836
Accounts of siege and fall of Alamo, 1836-1936 and undated
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2N494 Muster rolls and other lists of defenders
Discussion of discrepancies in various lists of defenders
Court of Claims vouchers, affidavits, and similar proof of Alamo service, transcriptions
Mexican army information
Burial of Alamo dead information
Descriptions of Alamo fort and its buildings
Monuments, paintings, preservation, and sale of Alamo:
Correspondence and other materials, transcriptions, 1843-1874
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2.325/D33a Oversize list of names, titled "Monument"
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2N494 Notes, comments, and criticisms of Amelia Williams’ Ph. D. dissertation, 1931
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2N495 Printed materials, 1896, 1917, 1936, 1950, 1951 and undated
Notebooks and notes, undated
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2N496 Notebooks and notes, undated
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2.325/D33a Oversize photocopies of newspaper clippings, 1930-1940, 1955, 1956, and undated
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3S49 Photostatic copies of sketches and plans of Alamo
Photographs of Alamo, battle participants, and battle music (the "Deguello")
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3S127a Oversize photostatic copies of maps and plans of Alamo
Oversize photographs of Alamo
Photocopies of color reproductions of five paintings of Alamo soldiers
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2N497 Sam Houston research:
Correspondence, transcriptions:
General, 1815-1878
Guy M. Bryan, 1852-1853
Jesse Billingsley, 1847-1880
Houston family, 1840-1861
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2N498 Newspaper articles, editorials, and letters [transcriptions], 1822-1892 and undated
Speeches and proclamations [transcriptions], 1836-1861
Legal documents [transcriptions], 1838-1860
Financial documents [transcriptions], 1838-1843
Miscellaneous Houston materials from Temple H. Morrow collection [transcriptions], 1836-1844, 1903, 1937
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2N499 "Outline of Houston’s Retreat before the Battle of San Jacinto," paper written by Amelia Williams, circa 1936
Battle of San Jacinto materials:
General information, 1836-1938 and undated
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna: Accounts of his capture and other information, 1876-1953 undated
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2.325/D33a Oversize photostatic copies of two letters from R. Hotchkiss, April 21 and 22, 1836
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2N499 Materials relating to annexation of Texas and immigration, transcriptions, 1844-1847, 1911 and undated
Navy materials, transcriptions, 1853, 1857
Materials relating to his first marriage, 1829, 1833, 1891-1901 and undated
Materials pertaining to Cherokees and other tribes:
Transcriptions and other items, 1830, 1939 and undated
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2.325/D33a Oversize documents, photostatic copies, 1836, 1838
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2N499 Biographical and genealogical materials relating to Houston and his family, transcriptions and other items, 1832-1947 and undated
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2N500 Materials relating to the compilation of Houston's writings by Amelia Williams and Eugene C. Barker:
Sources and lists
Notes and other materials, 1937-1943 and undated
Reviews of The Writings of Sam Houston, 1939, 1940 and undated
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2.325/D33a Oversize photocopies of newspaper clippings, 1936-1940 and undated
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2N500 Notebooks and notes, undated
Notecards, undated
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2J72 Notecards, undated
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2N500 Miscellaneous materials and fragments
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3Y90 Prints of Sam Houston
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2N501 J. W. Fannin/Goliad Massacre research:
Harbert Davenport collection of Fannin papers, transcriptions, August 27, 1835-March 10, 1836 and undated
Correspondence:
Transcriptions, January 10, 1835-March 6, 1836
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2.325/D33a Oversize photostatic copy of letter from W. Shackelford, April 14, 1836
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2N501 Eliza S. Fannin letters, transcriptions, 1829-1832 and undated
Muster rolls and similar lists of Fannin’s men
Andrew Jackson Hitchcock materials, undated
Philip T. Dimmitt notes, undated
Accounts of battle, transcriptions, 1853
Miscellaneous materials, transcriptions and other items, 1833 and 1936
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2.325/D33a Oversize photocopies of newspaper clippings, 1957
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2.325/OD32 Miscellaneous oversize materials
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3S127a Miscellaneous oversize materials
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2N502 General Texas Revolution research:
Correspondence, transcriptions, 1835-1836
Diaries, journals, and personal accounts, transcriptions, 1836-1898 and undated
"The Journals of the Proceedings of the General Consultation Held at San Felipe de Austin, October 16, 1835," [edited by Ralph Parker?], typescript, undated
Notes on Consultation Papers of 1835-1836
"The Texas Revolution: Distinguished Mexicans Who Took Part...," by Reuben M. Potter, typescript, 1878
Muster rolls
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2N503 Miscellaneous lists of military personnel
Headright certificate lists and notes
Texas Comptroller’s Military Service Records notes
Bounty and donation land grant lists and notes
Petitions for military service claims, transcriptions, 1837-1882
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2J58 Pension Papers notes
Newspaper references
Newspaper accounts, 1835-1836:
North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Georgia
Ohio and Mississippi
Mexican communications and propaganda directed at Texans, transcriptions, 1835-1836
Notes from published sources
Miscellaneous notes and other materials
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2J59 Mier Expedition research:
Muster rolls, lists, affidavits, and biographical materials, 1842-1843 and undated
Information from newspapers, 1842-1858 and undated
Correspondence, 1842-1845, 1935
Notebooks and notes
James A. Glasscock diary, [1842?]:
Typescript
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2J60 Manuscript copy
"Narrative of the Mier Expedition," by Jos. D. McCutcheon, 1844:
Typescript
Manuscript copy
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2.325/D33a Oversize photostatic copy of original
Oversize photocopies of newspaper clippings, 1936 and undated
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2J61 Miscellaneous Texas history materials:
Lists, indexes, and descriptions of sources:
General Land Office records
General
Correspondence, transcriptions:
James Morgan, 1836-1844
Governor Pendleton Murrah, 1863-1865
Juan N. Seguin, 1836-1837 and undated
Ashbel Smith, 1831-1879
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2J62 Samuel May Williams, 1832-1848
Governor James Pinckney Henderson, 1846-1847
General, 1832-1840
Subject files:
Early Spanish explorers: Notes and extracts from published sources, undated
Spanish missions: Notes, 1926, 1930
Early land grants, 1830 and undated
Kinney Expedition: Newspaper articles, 1855-1858
Knights of the Golden Circle: Notes from sources, 1862
Early laws of Texas, notes, 1823-1846
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2J63 Papers and publications:
"Texas Indian Fighters and Frontier Rangers," by Ben Stuart, typescript, part I - part XIII, 1916
"Sketches of Nacogdoches and Citizens Thereof," by R. B. Blake, typescript, undated
"Minutes of Adventure from June 1841," by W. Grover: Diary of the Texan Santa Fé Expedition typescript
"The English Translation of the Diary of Lieutenant Colonel and Inspector of Ruales, Don Juan Andrés Archuleta," typescript, 1841
"Index, members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846-1939," typescript
The Life and Services of Gen. Ben McCulloch, by Victor M. Rose, 1888, annotated copy
The Military and Political Career of José Joaquin de Herrera, 1792-1854, by Thomas E. Cotner, annotated review, 1949
Excerpt from unidentified book, undated
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2J64 Printed material, 1934-1948
Newspaper clippings:
1933-1956
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2.325/D33a Oversize photocopies of newspaper clippings, 1924, 1934-1957
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2J64 Biographical notes:
A - Z
Miscellaneous
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2J65 Notes, fragments, and miscellaneous items, 1832-1945 and undated
Note cards, A - Z
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2J72 Notecards, A - Z
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2J65 Miscellaneous notes on various historical topics
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2.325/D33a Miscellaneous oversize materials
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2.325/OD32 Miscellaneous oversize materials
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3S127a Miscellaneous oversize materials

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Academic materials, 1924-1951:

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2J66 Class notes and related materials:
Handwritten notes for Dr. Barker’s History 35, 1924
Typed notes for Dr. Barker’s History 35, 1930
Handwritten notes for History 25, 1925
Typed notes for Dr. Barker’s History 25, 1930
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2J67 Typed notes for History 25, 1930-1932
Typed notes for History 61 (old History 35), 1932
Typed notes for Dr. Gutsch’s History 4, 1928
Typed notes for Dr. Gutsch’s History 4, 1929
Notes for History 4, 1933
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2J68 Assignments and Instructions for History 4, the History of England, Second Semester, 1933-1934
Syllabi for History 4a and History 4b, undated
Typed notes for Dr. Richardson’s Texas History 20k, 1940-1941
Notebooks, History 361L, International Aspects of Texas History, 1949
Notes and quiz questions from various history and courses, 1925-1932
Miscellaneous notebooks and notes
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2J69 Register books for Williams’ history classes, 1944-1951
Research papers and related materials:
Papers by Amelia Williams:
"The Federalist Supremacy 1789-1800" for History 416, undated
"The Poetry of Robert Burns," undated
Papers by various students, 1927, 1944 and undated
List of theses and dissertations in History at the University of Texas, 1895-1944

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Personal papers and biographical materials, 1895-1985:

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2J70 Diplomas and certificates:
Photostatic copies, 1895-1931
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2.325/D33a Oversize permanent teacher’s certificate, 1908
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2J70 College and university transcripts, 1911, 1922-1935
University of Texas commencement programs, 1926 and 1931
Memberships:
Honorary scholastic organizations materials, 1925-1930
Patriotic and other types of organizations:
Directories, applications, programs, and other items, 1936-1943 and undated
Letters of recommendation and other correspondence relating to employment, 1904-1944 and undated
University of Texas faculty and history department materials, 1942-1956 and undated
Biographical materials, 1939, 1962, 1985, and undated
Printed materials, 1930-1957 and undated
Newspaper clippings, 1932-1957 and undated
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2J71 Miscellaneous notes and notebooks, undated
Miscellaneous materials:
1929-1958 and undated
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2.325/D33a Oversize materials, 1947-1956
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3Y90 Photograph of Amelia Williams
Print of Lester Gladstone Bugbee, by C. J. Naar, 1895

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