Austin History Center

Roger A. Griffin Papers

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Griffin, Roger A., 1934-2016
Title: Roger A. Griffin Papers
Dates: 1967-1973
Abstract: Roger A. Griffin was an award winning history teacher and scholar at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas from 1973-2001 where he was an expert on E.M. Pease and Texas history during the time of his governorship. The collection consists of Griffin’s dissertation research materials on E.M. Pease including drafts of his dissertation “A Connecticut Yankee in Texas: A Biography of Elisha Marshall Pease”, bibliographical information, and E.M. Pease Family Research Cards.
Identification: AR.2016.016
Quantity: 6.4 linear feet (11 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe PO BOX 2287 Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Roger A. Griffin was born on November 11, 1934 to Leo and Eunice Griffin in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. Griffin attended high school at Sunset High School where he graduated in 1953. He received his Bachelors of Science in Education from the University of North Texas. This was where he met his wife Wilma Pitts, together they had two children a son, Greg and daughter, Martha. During his undergraduate years Griffin worked part time as a Minister of Music and Education for local churches around Denton, Texas.

Griffin began his teaching career in 1960 at Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas. After teaching for a couple of years Griffin pursued his Masters in History from the University of North Texas in 1966. He went on to University of Texas for his PhD which he received in 1973. Griffin's focus at the University of Texas was on E.M. Pease and Texas during E.M. Pease's life (1812-1883). His PhD dissertation was titled "A Connecticut Yankee in Texas: A Biography of Elisha Marshall Pease."

After receiving his PhD Griffin taught at Southwest Texas State University for one year than and then transitioned to Austin Community College where he taught until his retirement in 2001. During his time teaching at Austin Community College Griffin received the teaching excellence award in 1980, two nominations for the Texas Piper Professor Award, and he served as President of the Texas Community College Teachers Association in 1981.

Griffin was known to be an expert on E.M. Pease and Texas during the nineteenth century. He gave numerous public talks and lectures around the state on these topics. He would often take his students on "Time Machine trips" throughout the state to important sites of Texas history. His academic work included editing and revising "Lure of the Land: Maps of Texas Settlement to 1900," an article on the founding of the University of Texas for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, entries in the Handbook of Texas, a detailed bibliography of Texas history primary source documents, and many other articles throughout his life.

Griffin died on January 16, 2016.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials compiled by Roger A. Griffin's while researching his dissertation "A Connecticut Yankee in Texas: A Biography of Elisha Marshall Pease." Included are drafts and final copies of Griffin's dissertation and his bibliographic research materials which consist of handwritten notes, research cards, subject files, bibliographic cards, accordion files, and correspondence.

The Dissertation series (1967-1973) includes multiple chapter drafts with notes along with Griffin's final copy from 1973.

The Research Materials series (1967-1923) features two sections: Bibliographic Notes and E.M. Pease Family Research Cards. Bibliographic Notes feature notecards of Griffins draft and final works cited, an accordion file with handwritten notes and small notecards, a notebook with handwritten notes, and correspondence related to one of his sources. The E.M. Pease Family Research cards features subject files of the Pease family with a focus on E.M. Pease and research notes Griffin gathered of E.M. Pease's life organized by date (1812-1884)(which are ordered chronologically.)


This collection is arranged into two series:
I. Dissertation Materials
II. Research Materials
  • a. Bibliographic Notes
  • b. E.M. Pease Family Research Cards


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Pease, E. M. (Elisha Marshall), 1812-1883.
University of Texas.
Austin Community College (Austin, Tex.).
Texas State University.
University of North Texas.
Travis County (Tex.).
Austin (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Civic activities-Texas-Austin.
Civic organizations-Texas-Austin.
Civil War-United States.
Frontier and pioneer life-Texas.
Law Firms-Texas.
Universities and colleges--Texas--Austin--History.
Document Types:
Bibliography files.

Related Material

Archives and Manuscripts

  • AR.A.001 Pease, Graham, and Niles Families Papers
  • AR.C.003 Gardner Papers
  • AR.J.006 Elisabet Ney Papers
  • AR.1991.096 Graham (Mary Harriett) Family Papers
  • AR.1997.021 Shivers/Pease Mansion Memorabilia

Oral History Collection

  • Recording ## 1591, 2034-A, 2034-B, 2035-A, 2035-B, 2036-A, and 2036-B Richard Niles Graham interviewed by Walter E. Long on May 28, 1956

General Collection

  • A 346.764043 BA Barentine, Joseph Powell. Cases Of, or Attributed To, E.M. Pease.
  • A 921 P322G Griffin, Roger Allen. Connecticut Yankee in Texas: A Biography of Elisha Marshall Pease.
  • A 929.2 PE Pease David, & Austin S. Pease. A Genealogical and Historical Record of the Descendants of John Pease, Sen
  • A 976.4050922 PE Pease, E. M. Communication from Governor Pease of Texas Relative to the Troubles in that State.
  • A 976.4050922 LU Hart, Katherine, & Elizabeth Kemp. Lucadia Pease & the Governor: Letters, 1850-1857.
  • A 976.406 FR Franzetti, Robert Joseph. Elisha Marshall Pease and Reconstruction.

AF Biographical Files

  • Pease, Elisha Marshall

Other Archival Repositories

  • Briscoe Center for American History: 62-069; 91-285 Elisha Marshall Pease Papers
  • Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Governor Elisha Marshall Pease Records of his Third Term
  • Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Records of the First Two Terms, Texas Governor Elisha Marshall Pease
  • University of Texas at Arlington Special Collection Libraries: GA51 John C. Robinson Letters to Elisha M. Pease

Separated Material

A front page article about E.M. Pease and the Pease Mansion from April 25, 2002 in the Austin American Statesman was discarded. Microfilm versions of this issue are available in the Reading Room of the Austin History Center.

Colossal Hamilton of Texas: Andrew Jackson Hamilton, Militant Unionist and Reconstruction Governor by John L. Waller was separated and moved to the General Collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials donated by wife of the creator on 2016 April 22.

Preferred Citation

Roger A. Griffin Papers (AR.2016.016). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #:DO/2016/20

Donation Date: 2016 April 22

Processing Information

Final Processing and Finding Aid by Samantha Cook, November, 2016

Detailed Description of the Collection

Dissertation, 1967-1973

Box Folder
1 1 Final chapters I - V , undated
2 Final chapters VI - X, undated
3 Draft with notes chapter V "The Best Governor the State Has Ever Had", undated
4 Draft with notes chapters I - V, undated
5 Draft with notes chapters VI - X, undated
6 Draft with notes chapter sections, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Draft with notes chapter sections, undated
2 Dissertation final chapters I - V, 1973
3 Dissertation final chapters VI - X, 1973

Research Materials, 1967-1973

Bibliographic notes, 1967-1973
Box Folder
2 4 Bibliographic notes and correspondence, undated
5 Accordion file with notes, undated
Box Folder
3 1 Bibliographic cards with notes, undated
Box Folder
4 1 Final draft bibliographic cards (primary sources: manuscript - newspapers), undated
Box Folder
5 1 Final draft bibliographic cards (secondary works: manuscript - articles), undated
E.M. Pease Family Research Cards (1812-1884), undated
Box Folder
6 1 E.M. Pease Subject Files (1812-1883), undated
2 E.M Pease Notes (1812-1850), undated
7 E.M Pease Notes (1851-1854), undated
8 E.M. Pease Notes (1855-1857), undated
9 E.M. Pease Notes (1857-1867), undated
10 E.M. Pease Notes (1867-1869), undated
11 E.M. Pease Notes (1869-1884), undated