Thomas W. Streeter Collection of Austin Family and Texas Revolution Papers
Scope and Contents
Manuscript legal and financial documents, correspondence, and military records documenting the history of Texas and the Spanish Southwest. Included is manuscript material generated by the families of Moses and Stephen F. Austin during the settlement of Texas, including an 1827 transcription of the will of Baron de Bastrop; military records pertaining to the Mier Expedition and the capture of San Antonio de Bexar during the Texas Revolution; and Thomas W. Streeter's research files on the history of Texas and the Spanish Southwest.
- 1786 - 1942
- Majority of material found within 1814 - 1858
- Streeter, Thomas W. (Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965 (Collector)
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Thomas W. Streeter Collection of Austin Family and Texas Revolution Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Thomas W. Streeter, 1962.
Organized into three series: I. Austin Family Papers, 1786-1858. II. Texas Revolution Papers, 1836-1852. III. Thomas W. Streeter Research Files, 1942, undated.
0.63 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
Legal and financial documents, correspondence, and military records documenting the history of Texas and the Spanish Southwest. Included is manuscript material generated by the families of Moses and Stephen F. Austin during the settlement of Texas; military records pertaining to the Mier Expedition and the capture of San Antonio de Bexar during the Texas Revolution; and Thomas W. Streeter's research files on the history of Texas and the Spanish Southwest.
Thomas W. Streeter
Thomas W. Streeter (1883–1965), businessman, collector, and bibliographer, was born in New Hampshire and received degrees from Dartmouth College (B.L., 1904) and Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1907). Streeter worked as a businessman, including in the oil industry. He retired in 1939 and devoted his time to collecting and bibliography for Americana and Texana.
Streeter compiled the five volume Bibliography of Texas 1795-1845, published in three parts. In 1957, he sold his collection of Texas imprints to Yale University.
Stephen F. Austin
Stephen F. Austin (1793–1836), founder of Anglo-American Texas, was born in Virginia to Moses Austin and Maria Brown Austin. Moses Austin moved his family from Virginia to Missouri in pursuit of opportunities managing lead mines. After this pursuit failed, Moses traveled to San Antonio in 1820, where he made a successful request for a land grant in Spanish Texas and the ability to bring 300 families to the region. Moses was aided in this endeavor by his association with the Baron de Bastrop, who encouraged the governor of Spanish Texas, Antonio Maria Martinez, to accept Austin's bid.
Moses Austin died of pneumonia shortly after his return to Missouri, and Stephen assumed responsibility for the settlement charge. Austin began bringing settlers to Texas in 1821, shortly after Mexico achieved independence from Spain. Austin managed immigration and established and maintained the land system from the colony's capital, San Felipe de Austin. He also had civil and military control over the colony until 1828, when the Constitution of Coahuila and Texas went into effect and facilitated integration of the colony into the larger Mexican government.
Upon Mexico's independence from Spain, the Mexican government began to have growing concerns about revolutionary activities in Texas. In 1831, Austin was arrested in Mexico City on allegations of attempting to incite insurrection; he was freed in July 1835 and returned to Texas. Later that year, the Texas Revolution began. Texas achieved independence in June 1836, and Austin was appointed the Republic's first Secretary of State. He died in office two months later, on December 27, 1836. His sister Emily Austin Perry's husband, James F. Perry, served as executor of his estate. After Austin's death and the independence of the Republic of Texas, border disputes with Mexico continued, such as in the Mier Expedition of 1842.
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This collection received a basic level of processing in 2014, including rehousing and minimal organization.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Former call number: Uncat WA MS 92
- Austin, Moses, 1761-1821
- Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836
- Bastrop, Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de, 1759-1827
- Coahuila (Mexico : State)
- Coahuila and Texas (Mexico) -- Colonization
- Conveyances -- Texas -- 19th century
- Land grants -- Texas
- Land grants -- Texas -- 19th century
- Legal documents -- Texas -- 19th century
- Mexico -- Foreign relations -- Texas
- Military records -- Mexico -- 19th century
- Real property -- Texas
- Streeter, Thomas W. (Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965
- Texas -- Colonization
- Texas -- Emigration and immigration
- Texas -- Foreign relations -- Mexico
- Texas -- History -- 1846-1950
- Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846
- Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836
- Texas -- History -- To 1846
- Texas -- Politics and government
- Wills -- Texas -- 19th century
- Guide to the Thomas W. Streeter Collection of Austin Family and Texas Revolution Papers
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- by Alison Clemens
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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