A Guide to the Sheriff’s Association of Texas Records, 1876-1907
One of the oldest law enforcement associations in the United States, the Sheriff’s Association of Texas was established on August 14, 1874, in Corsicana, Texas. Organized by soldier, politician, and university president for the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) Lawrence Sullivan (Sul) Ross (1838-1898), the association began annual training sessions in 1878, which are today the largest gathering of law enforcement professionals in Texas.
"History of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas." Sheriff’s Association of Texas. Accessed February 25, 2011. http://www.txsheriffs.org/about/about.htm..
Benner, Judith Ann. "Ross, Lawrence Sullivan (Sul)."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 25, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fro81.
Comprised of correspondence, speeches, bylaws, minutes, rosters, and financial papers, the Sheriff’s Association of Texas Records, 1876-1907, document the association’s activities shortly after it’s founding. Correspondence consists of two letters written by John P. Kirk, secretary and treasurer of the association, which concerns the Anti-Free Pass Act and the amendment of article 1054 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Drafts of a speech delivered at the annual meeting in Galveston in 1895, minutes, and several versions of bylaws pertain to the development of the association, while rosters list members, and financial documents, such a record book of checks, document the association’s financial activities.
This collection is open for research use.
Sheriff’s Association of Texas Records, 1876-1907, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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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