Austin History Center

James B. Gillett, Six Years With the Texas Rangers, Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Straithmore, Muriel
Title: James B. Gillett, Six Years With the Texas Rangers, Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1921-1924
Abstract: Small collection of records pertaining to Muriel Straithmore's purchase of Gillett's book for Col. E. M. House.
Identification: AR.2010.017
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Creator Note

It is assumed that this collection was created by Muriel Straithmore as most of the correspondence in the collection is connected to her. Straithmore was an artist/writer living in New York in the 1920s and 1930s. She was born on October 8, 1862, in Maine and died on October 10, 1945, in Alameda, California. Her publication credits include illustrations in Women at Home and Table Talk magazines. Her connection to Col. House in not known.

Captain James B. Gillett was born in Austin, Texas on November 4, 1854. In 1875 he joined the Texas Rangers, Daniel Webster Roberts's Company D Frontier Battalion, and served for six years. His service for the Rangers was the subject of his book. After leaving the Rangers, he worked as rancher in various parts of Texas and New Mexico before retiring to Marfa, Texas. He died on June 11, 1937.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the book, Six Years With the Texas Rangers by James B. Gillett and a few letters and assorted materials relating to Muriel Straithmore's interest in the book and Gillett.


The supplemental materials that accompanied the book are arranged in chronological order after the book.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Gillett, James Buchanan
Straithmore, Muriel
Texas Rangers

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was purchased from Buckingham Books in July 2010. The archival material accompanying the book was folded and tucked inside the book.

Preferred Citation

James B. Gillett, Six Years With the Texas Rangers, Collection (AR.2010.017). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Purchase Date: July 1, 2010

Processing Information

Encoding and Finding Aid by Mike Miller/2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

James B. Gillett, Six Years With the Texas Rangers, Collection

Box Folder
1 1 James B. Gillett, Six Years With the Texas Rangers, 1875-1881. Austin: Von-Boeckmann-Jones Co., 1921
Includes pencil notation on back cover, "N. H. Rowe Box 463."
2 Letter, Marvin Hunter to Muriel Straithmore, November 30, 1924
3 Photo postcard of James Gillett and Herman Lehman, circa 1924
4 Letters from Muriel Straithmore about writing Gillett's story as a play or movie, undated
5 "The Killing of Sam Bass," Lloyd's Magazine, undated