Compiled by Roger Griffin, Ph.D.
Professor of History Emeritus
Austin Community College
(Locations: The Center for American History is in Sid Richardson Hall on Red River Street, next to the LBJ Library. PCL refers to the Perry-Castaņeda Library at the corner of Speedway and 21st Street. It is UT-Austin's main library. The Undergraduate Library is just west of the Tower Building.
Introducton: This list, consisting mainly of some general collections and multi-volume works, is just a small sample of the many primary source materials havng to do with Texas history that one may find and use in the UT Library System. Most are at the Center for American History. To find more primary sources, go to the UT-Austin Libraries Online Catalog.
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Austin, Moses, and Stephen F. Austin. The Austin Papers. Edited by Eugene C. Barker. 3 vols. in 4. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1924-1928. (Vols. 1 and 2 are in the Annual Report of the American Historical Association, 1919. The first volume is divided into Part 1 and Part 2. Vol. 3 was published by the University of Texas in 1927. A collection of documents accumulated by the Austins from the period of Moses Austin's business in Virginia, through his business ventures in Missouri and Arkansas, and culminating in the establishment (by Moses) and development (by Stephen) of an Anglo-American colony in Mexican Texas in the 1820s and '30s. Also, material on the Texas Revolution and beginning of the the Republic. Useful not only for persons interested in the Austins but also for anyone doing research into Anglo-American life in Texas between 1821 and the beginning of 1837. Contents: Vol. l, Part 1, 1789-1824; Vol. 1, Part 2, 1825-1827; Vol. 2, 1828-1834; Vol. 3, 1834-1837.) Center for American History: T976.403 AU76A (Circulating copies are in the PCL Stacks: F 389 A92 1924.)
Barker, Eugene C., ed. Readings in Texas History for High Schools and Colleges. Dallas, Tex.: Southwest Press, 1929. PCL Stacks, Undergraduate Library, Center for American History: F 386 B32
Barker, Eugene C. Studies in Texas History, Chiefly of the Revolutionary Period. 3 vols. Various publishers, 1900-1925. ("Reprints and extracts from various sources." Some are primary sources; some secondary sources. Vol. 3 includes seven brief works titled Source Readings in Texas History.) Center for American History: T976.4 B241ST
Binkley, William C., ed. Official Correspondence of the Texan Revolution, 1835-1836. 2 vols. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, Incorporated, 1936. PCL Stacks, Center for American History: F 390 B58
Connor, Seymour V., ed. Texas Treasury Papers: Letters Received in the Treasury Department of the Republic of Texas, 1836-1846. 4 vols. Austin: Texas State Library, 1955. PCL Stacks, Center for American History: HJ 713 A52
Gammel, H. P. N., comp. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1904. 10 vols. Austin: The Gammel Book Company, 1904. Center for American History: TXC-ZZ Collection KFT 1230.5 G35 A3 1904. (Index, TXC-Z Collection: TZ 345 T312L Index F.) These volumes are in the Reading Room of the CAH.
Garrison, George P., ed. Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic of Texas. 3 vols. Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1908-1911. Center for American History. T976.407 T312D. (Circulating copies are in the PCL Stacks: E 172 A60 1907.)
Headquarters Records of the District of the Pecos, 1878-1881. (Microfilmed United States army records (manuscripts) from the National Archives, Washington, D.C.) 5 reels of microfilm. (Letters and telegrams sent and received, general and special orders, reports of scouting expeditions, etc. Should be useful for persons doing research on the closing years of Indian fighting in the western part of Texas.) Center for American History: FILM 20,014
Holman, David, comp. Letters of Hard Times in Texas, 1840-1890. Austin: Roger Beacham, 1974. Center for American History: TXC-K Collection F 386.5 H6
Houston, Sam. The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813-1863. Edited by Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker. 8 vols. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938-1943. (Should be useful to anyone doing research in the military or political history of Texas from the early 1830s to the early 1860s.) PCL Stacks, Center for American History: F 390 H828
Jenkins, John H., general ed. The Papers of the Texas Revolution, 1835-1836. 10 vols. Austin: Presidial Press, 1973. (Military papers.) Center for American History: F 390 J43
Lamar, Mirabeau Buonaparte. The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar. 6 vols. New York: AMS Press, 1973. (Reprint of 1921-1927 ed. Useful not not only to persons interested in Lamar, who was the second president of the Republic of Texas, but to others doing research into the history of Texas during the Revolution, the Republic, and early statehood.). Center for American History: F 390 L196 1973
Lankevich, George, ed. The Presidents of the Republic of Texas: Chronology, Documents, Bibliography. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, 1979. Center for American History: F 389 P88
McLean, Malcolm D., comp. Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas. 18 vols. to date. Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1974- . (May prove useful if you are researching Anglo-American colonization/settlement and pioneer life in Texas during the nineteenth century.). Center for American History: Q- F 389 M22
Vexler, Robert I., ed. Chronology and Documentary Handbook of the State of Texas. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, 1979. ("Includes a chronology of events in Texas from 1519 to 1977, a biographical directory, and selected pertinent documents."). PCL Stacks; Center for American History: F 386.5 C47
Winkler, E. W., ed. Manuscript Letters and Documents of Early Texians, 1821-1845, in Facsimile. Austin, Tex.: Steck, 1937. PCL Stacks, Center for American History: -Q- F 389 W74
Winkler, E. W., ed. Platforms of Political Parties in Texas. Austin: University of Texas, 1916.(Years covered: 1846-1916. Includes all political parties. Often there is additional information, including names of state party officials.). Center for American History: T329 W729. (A circulating copy is in the PCL Stacks: JK 2295 T4 W5.)
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