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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

Legal Documents

Addition of November 2005 (Accession 2005-098)

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the John William Warren Papers, 1768, 1902-1961



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Warren, John William
Title: John William Warren Papers
Dates: 1768, 1902-1961
Content Abstract: The John William Warren Papers are composed primarily of correspondence but also include legal documents. Portions of these documents are in the Spanish language. The legal documents cover the period from 1902 to 1948. Included within the papers is "Autos de General Visita de Orcasitas," a handwritten document from 1768. The John William Warren Papers represent Texas business relations with Mexico in the early twentieth century.
Identification: MS 70
Extent: 2.1 linear feet (4 Boxes plus 1 oversized folder)
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

El Celeste Irrigation Co. S.A. was founded by John William Warren (president), his brother Robert Lee Warren, and Milton I. Vought (general manager). Vought moved to Mexico in 1901 and between the years of 1901 and 1910 purchased in his own name 10,173 hectares (25,137 acres) of land known as "El Celeste."

Situated about 200 miles South of the Texas border, 40 miles from the Gulf coast, 75 miles northwest of Tampico, 5 miles from the railway and fronting about 10 miles on the Guayalejo River, El Celeste remained in Vought's name until the Mexican company was organized for the purpose of selling the land to American farmers. An abundant supply of water for irrigation purposes was a necessity. A contract was obtained from Mexican authorities for water rights to the Frio River, which lay beyond the Guayalejo. Work was in progress by May of 1913. At this point, however, political events in Mexico made the continuation of this project impossible.

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Scope and Content Note

The John William Warren Papers span the years 1768-1961 and include correspondence and legal documents. Portions of these documents are in the Spanish language. The legal documents cover the period from 1902 to 1948. Included within the papers is Autos de General Visita de Orcasitas, a handwritten document from 1768. The John William Warren Papers represent Texas business relations with Mexico in the early twentieth century.

The correspondence can be divided into four sections. The first section covers the period from 1903 through 1909. The majority of this correspondence is in Spanish between Milton Vought and Lic. Rafael L. Hernandez.

The second section of correspondence runs from mid-1909 through 1913 and consists primarily of letters between John William Warren and Milton I. Vought concerning the development of the canal and the changing political situation at the time.

The third section of correspondence runs from 1920 through 1933. Messrs. Warren and Vought attempt in this period to hold on to their land and water rights. They also file claims with the Mexican Special Claims Commission to recover financial losses suffered during the revolution.

The last section of correspondence covers the period from 1933 through 1961. The bulk of this correspondence contains letters between Robert Lee Warren and the wives and children of John Warren and Milton Vought. These letters concern their attempts through the various U.S. Commissions on Mexican Claims to recover a portion of their financial losses.

The addition includes ledgers, maps, writings and blue prints from 1903-1948.

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Arrangement

  • Correspondence
  • Legal Documents
  • Addition of November 2005 (Accession 2005-098)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the John William Warren Papers must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Warren, John William.
Warren, Robert Lee.
Vought, Milton I.
El Celeste Irrigation Company (San Antonio, Tex.)
Commercial correspondence--Texas.
Business enterprises--Mexican-American Border Region.
Businessmen--Texas.
Irrigation--Texas--History.
Mexican-American Border Region--Commerce--History.
Correspondence.
Local Subjects
Business
Mexico/Mexican History

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John William Warren Papers, 1768-1961, MS 70, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Donation by The Estate of Annie Lee Roberts, 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by Eleanor Warren Magruder Johnson, April 1992.

Addition encoded by Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, April 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Papers or Records

 

Correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 1902
2 1903
3 1908
4 1909
5 1910
6 1911
7 1912
8 1913
9 1920
10 1922
11 1923
12 1924
13 1925
14 1926
15 1927
Box Folder
2 1 1928
2 1929
3 1930
4 1931
5 1932
6 1933
7 1934
8 1935
9 1936
10 1937
11 1938
12 1939
13 1940
14 1941
15 1942
16 1943
17 1944
18 1945
19 1946
20 1947
21 1948
22 1949
23 1951
24 1953
25 1954
26 1956
27 1961

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Legal Documents

Box Folder
3 1 Autos de General Visita de Magiscatizin 1768
2 Autos de General Visita de Magiscatizin - Typed Copy 1927
3 1902
4 1903
5 1904
6 1906
7 1907
8 1908
9 1909
10 1910
11 1911
12 1912
13 1913
14 1914
15 1920
16 1921
17 1922
18 1923
19 1924
20 1925
21 1926
22 1928
23 1929
24 1930
25 1931
26 1934
27 1935
28 1936
29 1937
30 1938
31 1939
32 1940
33 1941
34 1942
35 1948

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Addition of November 2005 (Accession 2005-098)

Box Folder
1 1 Assorted material written in Spanish, undated
2 Photographs, undated
3 Map - air, undated
4 Map - auto, undated
5 Maps, 1948 and undated
6 Ledger, 1903-1912
7-8 Brochure, undated
9 Ledger, 1908-1918
10 Ledger titled Caja, 1911-1912
11 Ledger titled Mayor, 1910-1912
12 Ledger titled Diario, 1910-1913
Box
OM1 Contains an assortment of blueprints and written documents in Spanish.
Box
OM 2 The Celeste, undated

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