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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the David B. Gracy II Papers, 2000-2007



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gracy, David B. II
Title: Gracy, David B. II, Papers
Dates: 2000-2007
Abstract: The David B. Gracy II Papers consist of materials used in Gracy's work as the Governor Bill Daniel Professor in Archival Enterprise in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin and as the Texas State Archivist. The collection includes manuscripts, printed materials, photographic negatives, computer files, and VHS tapes related to Gracy's study of the José Enrique de la Peña historical manuscript.
Accession No.: 2016-126
OCLC No.: 951431559
Extent: 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Dr. David B. Gracy II is the Governor Bill Daniel Professor Emeritus in Archival Enterprise in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. Gracy spent 11 years directing archival programs at Texas Tech and Georgia State universities and nine years as State Archivist of Texas.

He is a former President of both the Society of American Archivists and the Academy of Certified Archivists, and a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association. Gracy's research interests include the history of archival enterprise, of archives and libraries in Texas, and of the information domain. He is author of Archives and Manuscripts: Arrangement and Description; of Littlefield Lands: Colonization on the Texas Plains, 1912-1920; and of Moses Austin: His Life.

In 2000, Gracy participated in examining a 19th century manuscript purportedly written by José Enrique de la Peña, a Mexican soldier present at the Battle of the Alamo. Critics had challenged the authenticity of Peña's writing because it described the surrender and execution of Davy Crockett and others after the battle's end. At the request of Dr. Don Carleton, Director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, Gracy and a team of students and instructors from the UT School of Information analyzed the manuscript's paper, ink, and handwriting, determining its authenticity.

Sources:

Gracy, David B. II. "'Just as I Have Written It': A Study of the Authenticity of the Manuscript of José Enrique de la Peña’s Account of the Texas Campaign," Southwest Historical Quarterly. October, 2001: 254-291. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101222/m1/285/ (accessed May 17, 2016), from The Portal to Texas History.

Gunn, Brenda. "Controversy in the Archives: A Documentary Saga of Davy Crockett's Death," Texas Library Journal. Vol. 80 No. 1, pp. 10-15.

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Scope and Contents

The David B. Gracy II Papers consist of manuscripts, printed materials, photographic negatives, computer files, and VHS tapes related to Gracy's study of the José Enrique de la Peña historical manuscript.

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Restrictions

Access to portions of this collection are restricted. Contact repository for further information.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Crockett, Davy, 1786-1836--Death and burial.
Peña, José Enrique de la, 1807-1841 or 2--Diaries.
Subjects
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836--Campaigns.
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836--Personal narratives, Mexican.
Places
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)--Siege, 1836--Personal narratives, Mexican.

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Related Material

See also the José Enrique de la Peña Collection.

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Unit.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David B. Gracy II Papers, 2000-2007, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Colleen Hobbs, May 2016.

This collection contains unprocessed materials.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2K237 Peña Published Materials
Journals, clippings, and programs, 2000-2004 and undated
Peña Research Files
Center for American History, de la Peña talk, 2000
Ink, 2000
Testing, 2001
Chemical and paper tests, 2000
Paper watermark, 2001
Gomez-Farias papers, 2000
Handwriting, 2000
Pages, undated
Ricks ms., 2000-2007
Manuscripts, 2000
Forgery cases, 2000
Millsaps letter, 2000-2002
Groneman, undated
Musso letter, 2001
"Just As I Have Written It" article
manuscript, [2000?]
manuscript, 2001
corrected proofs, 2001
Discovery Channel program
Forensic history, 2002
Audiovisual materials
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2P15 Unsolved History, de la Peña, VHS [2002?]
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2P29 Photographic negative sheets (8 sheets) [2001?]
Photographic negatives (1 roll) [2001?]
3 1/2" diskette, "de la Peña Project" forgery cases, [2000?]
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2F301 Restricted material
student paper, 2005 [RESTRICTED]

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