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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Joseph Tweedy Papers, 1876-1899, 1908



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tweedy, Joseph, 1849-1928
Title: Joseph Tweedy papers
Dates: 1876-1899, 1908
Abstract: Correspondence, a diary, and photographs comprise the Joseph Tweedy Papers, 1876-1899, 1908, and relate to the activities of Tweedy's Knickerbocker Ranch near San Angelo, Texas.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01862
Extent: 3.5 inches
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Pioneer sheep rancher Joseph Tweedy (1849-1928) was born in New York City in 1849. Tweedy helped run the family business, the clothing manufacturing firm Schepflin, Baldwin, and Tweedy, until 1876 when he, Joel Barlow Reynolds, and Morgan and Lawrence Grinnell sailed from New York City to Galveston. They purchased several herds of sheep and settled near Fort Concho in what became Tom Green County in 1877, eventually turning the area into an international wool production center. Tweedy's ranch, The Knickerbocker Ranch on Dove Creek, eventually became the town of Knickerbocker. Tweedy founded the Wool Grower's Association at San Angelo in 1881 and became its first president. In 1885, Tweedy started the San Jose Irrigation Company, one of the earliest irrigation enterprises in Texas. Additionally, Tweedy served as Tom Green County commissioner, a bank director, and a civic leader in San Angelo, Texas.

Source:Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Tweedy, Joseph," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/TT/ftw1.html (accessed August 3, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, a diary, and photographs comprise the Joseph Tweedy Papers, 1876-1899, 1908, and relate to the activities of Tweedy's Knickerbocker Ranch near San Angelo, Texas. The papers contain Tweedy's letters from 1876 to 1885, pertaining to his migration to Texas and his establishment of a West Texas sheep ranch. Additionally, the papers include letters from his partner, E. M. Grinnell, and letters from Joel Barlow Reynolds' son, Sam W. Reynolds. E. M. Grinnell's letters concern his involvement in Tweedy's sheep ranch. Sam W. Reynold's letters, written to his parents in 1908, pertain to his work on the ranch during that summer. The papers also contain a transcript of Joel Barlow Reynolds' diary, kept from 1876 to 1877, describing the boat voyage to Texas from New York and his first year raising sheep in Texas. The undated photographs depict Joseph Tweedy.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Grinnell, E. M.
Grinnell, Lawrence
Grinnell, Morgan
Reynolds, Joel Barlow
Reynolds, Sam W.
Tweedy, Joseph, 1849-1928
Corporate Names
San Jose Irrigation Company (San Angelo, Texas)
Subjects
Sheep ranches
Wool industry
Places
Knickerbocker
San Angelo
Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph Tweedy Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1964-128; 1966-024; 1966-060; 1966-066

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Chester V. Kielman, July 1964. Subsequent revisions were made by Walter H. Richter, September 1965 and July 1966.

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.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

box
2L151 [SRH1230009517] Letters, 1876-1885
box
3C17 [SRH1230015434] J. B. Reynolds diary, 1876-1877
(transcript)
Sam W. Reynolds letters, 1908
(transcript)
E. M. Grinnell letters, 1881-1899
(photocopies)
box
3T230/3T231 [SRH1230021861] Photographs of Joseph Tweedy

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