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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 Robert G. Brown Papers, 1890-1921



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brown, Robert G.
Title: Brown, Robert G., Papers
Dates: 1890-1921
Abstract: Papers concerning Robert G. Brown (1844-1896), Lavon cotton farmer, landowner, and business man, and his son, R. L., who took over Brown's affairs upon his death, document Brown's land interests in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
Accession No.: 84-228
OCLC No.:
Extent: 11 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Robert G. Brown was born in San Patricio, Louisiana, on February 18, 1844. Little is known of his early life, but by 1890 he had settled in Lavon, Collin County, Texas. Brown amassed extensive landholdings in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas, growing cotton and farming out land to sharecroppers. In addition he owned a merchandise store in Sabine, Louisiana. Brown and his wife Mary (1852-1923) had six children; the eldest, R.L., continued overseeing the family’s interests when Brown died in Lavon on August 16, 1896. R.L. Brown became active in local government, serving as an overseer of a Collin County road in 1897 and as a trustee of the Lavon school district from 1898 to 1900.

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Scope and Contents

The papers span the years 1890-1921, with the bulk of the collection consisting of correspondence to Brown and, upon his death, his son, R.L., from agent T.W. Lynch and cotton factor S.P. Walmsley, from 1895 to 1900. Lynch’s correspondence concerns the Browns’ landholdings in Louisiana, particularly the cotton crop conditions, business transactions, and sharecropping. Walmsley’s correspondence concerns his cotton transactions, on behalf of the Browns. There is also correspondence from some of Brown’s sharecroppers and from relatives living in Louisiana and Mississippi concerning family news.

Materials include financial records of the Browns’ business expenditures, primarily receipts and bills of lading from the Browns’ account with Walmsley, from 1894 to 1899. Other financial records document purchases of cotton from Brown by the firm of Moore and Rollow, land and rent transactions, some involving sharecropping, a checkbook of R.L. Brown, receipts from Keatchie Male and Female College (which several of Robert Brown’s children attended), canceled checks, tax receipts, and miscellaneous bills and receipts.

A small portion of the collection includes legal documents pertaining to Lynch’s appointment as a road overseer and school board trustee. Printed material includes business cards and bank reports.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Brown, Robert G.--Archives
Subjects
Cotton
Sheep farming--Texas
Merchants and Stores--Texas
Land titles--Texas
Places
Collin County (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert G. Brown Papers, 1890-1921, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2J148 Correspondence, business
Lynch, T.W., to Brown, 1895-1896.
Lynch, T.W., to Brown, 1897-1900.
Walmsley, S.P., to Brown, 1895-1900.
Other business correspondence to Brown, 1895-1899.
Correspondence, family, 1894-1907.
Legal documents, 1895-1898 and undated.
Printed material, 1894-1897 and undated.
Financial records - business expenditures
Walmsley, S.P., receipts, 1894-1896.
Walmsley, S.P., bills of lading and others
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2J149 Financial records - business expenditures (continue)
Moore and Rollow, 1895-1897.
Land and rent transactions, 1893-1896.
Miscellaneous, 1891-1899 and undated.
Checkbook, 1897-1899.
Financial records - personal expenditures
Keachie Male and Female College receipts, 1895-1897.
Brown, Mary, canceled checks, 1896-1897.
Brown, Mary and Brown, R.G., tax receipts, 1895-1921.
Curtis, Aron, tax receipts, 1890-1894.
Ogilvie, W.B., bills and receipts, 1894-1896.
Others, 1894-1899.

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