University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William Barret Travis Papers, 1831-1924

Descriptive Summary

Creator Travis, William Barret
Title William Barret Travis Papers,
Dates: 1831-1924
Extent 10 in.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

As commander of the doomed Alamo garrison, Colonel William Barret Travis became a legendary figure in Texas history. Born in South Carolina in 1809, Travis went on to study law and marry Rosanna Cato before moving to Texas. He left his family behind and settled in Stephen F. Austin's colony to practice law. With the coming of war with Mexico, Travis became an army officer and was ordered to reinforce the Alamo garrison in San Antonio de Bexar. He took command after James C. Neill gave up the post to attend to family matters. Facing an overwhelming force of Mexican troops under the command of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Travis commanded the 180 defenders of the Alamo, including such figures as David Crockett and Jim Bowie. The Alamo fell on March 6, 1836, ending Travis' life at age 26.

Scope and Contents

Diary, papers, and correspondence document the life of William B. Travis.


Use Restrictions

Access to the original diary is restricted for preservation.

Administrative Information

Cite as

William Barret Travis Papers, 1831-1924, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Detailed Description of the Collection



2J83 Diary, August 1833 - June 1834
General [from William B. Travis], 1831-1836
Pertaining to Travis [Samuel E. Asbury], 1924
2R207 Papers relating to William B. Travis
Diary of William B. Travis, August 30, 1833 - June 26, 1834
4Zc158 [RESTRICTED] Original diary of William B. Travis, August 30, 1833 - June 26, 1834