University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Benjamin Carroll Tharp Papers, 1920-1921

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tharp, Benjamin Carroll
Title: Tharp, Benjamin Carroll Papers
Dates: 1920-1921
Abstract: Legal papers including an abstract of evidence, investigations, and stenographic report of Benjamin Carroll Tharp, botanist and professor, relate to the Red River Boundary dispute between Oklahoma and Texas, 1920-21.
Accession No.: 63-6; 63-72
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Benjamin Carroll Tharp (1885–1964) was a botanist, born in Pankey, Grimes County, Texas. He earned his B.A (1914) and M.A. (1915) from the University of Texas. He served as plant pathologist at the Texas Department of Agriculture, 1915 to 1917, and associate professor of biology at Sam Houston Normal Institute, 1917 to 1919, before joining the University of Texas faculty as a botany instructor. His work on the ecological survey of 1921 greatly contributed to the settlement of the Texas-Oklahoma boundary dispute. Tharp retired in 1956.

Sources: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Boundaries," (accessed May 27, 2010).

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Tharp, Benjamin," (accessed May 27, 2010).

Scope and Contents

The Benjamin Carroll Tharp Papers, 1920-1921, include legal documents relating to the Oklahoma-Texas Red River Boundary dispute. The papers contain materials such as an abstract of evidence for Oklahoma vs. Texas, investigations on the Red River, and stenographic reports.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Tharp, Benjamin Carroll, 1885-1964--Archives.
Sellards, E. H. (Elias Howard), 1875-1961
Hill, Raymond Thompson, b. 1883
Bowman, Isaiah, 1878-1950
Water boundaries
Boundaries, State
Red River (Tex.-La.)

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Map Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Benjamin Carroll Tharp Papers, 1920-1921, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Chester V. Kielman, September 1962 and March 1963.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2N333 State of Oklahoma versus State of Texas, part II, abstract of evidence
Investigations on the Red River
Stenographic report, volumes 52, 53, 54, 67