Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Adele Briscoe Looscan Collection

Adele Briscoe Looscan Papers, Manuscript Collection: MC041

Collection Summary

Creator: Looscan, Adele Briscoe, 1848-1935
Title: Adele Briscoe Looscan papers
Dates: 1633-1935
(Bulk: 1881-1920)
Abstract: Correspondence, creative and collected works, printed materials, financial documents, photographs, legal documents, scrapbooks and albums, works of art, surveyor's notes and sketches and maps document the life of Adele Lubbock Briscoe Looscan.
Identification: MC041
OCLC Record No.: 50151388
Quantity: 36 boxes (13.5 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Adele Lubbock Briscoe Looscan, the fifth child of Andrew Briscoe and Mary Jane Harris Briscoe, was born on February 5, 1848, in Harrisburg, Texas. When only 20 months old, her father died of yellow fever in New Orleans and the family moved to her grandfather Briscoe's plantation near Port Gibson, Claiborne County, Mississippi. Her mother returned to Texas in 1852 and Adele grew up in Anderson, Galveston, Harrisburg, and Houston. She graduated valedictorian from Miss Mary B. Brown's Young Ladies' School at Houston in 1866.

In 1885 Adele Looscan began her long career as a club woman when she founded the Ladies' Reading Club and became its first president. Devoted to the study of history and literature, the club was one of the first women's clubs in Texas. In 1891 she helped to organize the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) and served as historian and chairman of the executive committee for nine years. In 1907 during the annual meeting in Austin, the DRT split into two factions over the control of the Alamo. Adina De Zavala, Adele Looscan and the other women on the executive board were successfully sued by the DRT. Looscan continued to oppose the DRT's proposed use of the Alamo and her argument eventually won. She was also a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a charter member of the Houston Pen Women, the Texas Woman's Press Association, and the Texas State Historical Association. Looscan served as president of the TSHA from 1915-1925.

Looscan expressed her interest in history, genealogy, and travel in her writing. She began to publish articles in the 1880s in newspapers and magazines under the pseudonym "Texan." She contributed three articles to Dudley G. Wooten's A Comprehensive History of Texas (1898) and wrote several articles for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly including "Harris County, 1822-1845" much of which was drawn from original documents in her possession. In 1905 Looscan self-published a tribute to her mother: A Brief Sketch of the Life and Characteristics of Mrs. Mary Jane Briscoe: Showing the Estimation in Which She Was Held By Her Friends and the Public Generally.

In 1881 Adele Briscoe married Major Michael Looscan, a Houston attorney and Confederate veteran. They had no children. After her husband's death in 1897, she moved into her mother's home. After the death of Mary Jane Briscoe in 1903 and of her brothers Parmenas in 1906 and Andrew Birdsall in 1912, Looscan assumed a matriarchal role within her extended family. She assumed financial responsibility for an aunt of her husband's after his death and maintained a correspondence with his niece for 23 years. Looscan continued an active correspondence with her nieces and nephews and cousins well into her later years. She became an invalid in 1929 and died in 1935.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, creative and collected works, printed materials, financial documents, photographs, legal documents, scrapbooks and albums, works of art, surveyor's notes and sketches and maps document the life of Adele Lubbock Briscoe Looscan. The photographs are from all the fonds within the Adele Briscoe Looscan Collection.


Organized into two groups: Personal Papers and Daughters of the Republic of Texas; arrangement is alphabetical, chronological, and by subject.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Alford, J. R.
Asbury, Samuel E. (Samuel Erson), 1872-1962
Ballinger, Betty
Barker, Eugene C. (Eugene Campbell), 1874-1956
Bringhurst, Antoinette Power Houston, 1852-1932
Briscoe family
Briscoe, Andrew, 1810-1849
Briscoe, Andrew Birdsall, 1841-1912
Briscoe, Mary
Briscoe, Mary Jane Harris, 1819-1903--Photographs
Briscoe, Parmenas, 1839-1906
Daniels, Josephine F.
De Zavala, Adina, 1861-1955
Davis, M. E. M. (Mollie Evelyn Moore), 1852-1909
Dienst, Alex, 1870-1938
Dunovant, Adelia A.
Fisher, Rebecca Jane Gilleland, 1831-1926
Garrison, George Pierce, 1853-1910
Gallagher, Julia Hite
Harris family
Harris, Dilue Rose, 1825-1914
Harris, Jane, 1794-1869--Photographs
Harris, Minnie S.
Howe, Jessie Briscoe, 1845-1920
Looscan, Adele Briscoe, 1848-1935--Archives
Looscan, Mary
Looscan, Michael, 1838-1897
McAran, Winefred Looscan
McArdle, Henry Arthur, 1836-1908
McQueen, Mollie
Perry, Hally Ballinger Bryan, 1868-1955
Phelps, Carrie
Saunders, Mary
Scarff, William Gwinn
Sholars, Kate Briscoe Shaifer
Stone, Cornelia Branch
Urwitz, Marie Bennet
Waul, T. N. (Thomas Neville), 1813-1903
Windsor, Mary Payne Briscoe
Yarrington, L. W.
Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Ladies Reading Club (Houston, Tex.)
Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs
Texas State Historical Association
Land tenure--Texas

Archivist's Note

Other related papers from the Adele Briscoe Looscan Collection include the Mary Jane Harris Briscoe Papers, the Parmenas Briscoe Papers, the Andrew Birdsall Briscoe Papers, the Jessie Wade Briscoe Howe Papers, and the Michael Looscan Papers. All photographs are located in the Adele Briscoe Looscan Papers.

Adele Looscan's papers can also be found at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library, Houston, Texas, and the Center for American History, University of Texas, Austin, Texas.

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Adele Briscoe Looscan Papers, MC041, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Mr. and Mrs. George A. Hill, Jr., Houston Public Library, Annie Hume, 1939-1940.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2002.


"Daughters of the Republic of Texas." The Handbook of Texas Online.

"Looscan, Adele Lubbock Briscoe." The Handbook of Texas Online.

Davis, Ellis A. and Edwin H. Grobe, eds. "Major Michael Looscan,"The New Encyclopedia of Texas, 852-853. Dallas: Texas Development Bureau, 1925.


Personal Papers

Correspondence 1865-1933 (Bulk: 1892-1920)
Quantity: 16 boxes (6.2 linear ft.)
Correspondence received documents Adele Briscoe Looscan's involvement with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), her interests in history, writing, and genealogy, and her management of financial and family affairs. The bulk of the correspondence concerns the DRT during its development, through the increasing controversy over the purchase and development of the Alamo property, the events leading to the split of the organization at the Austin meeting in 1907, and the aftermath of lawsuits and defeat. Of particular interest is the correspondence from Adina De Zavala (143), Hally Ballinger Bryan (64), Betty Ballinger (54), Nettie Houston Bringhurst (33), Rebecca Jane Fisher (80), Cornelia Branch Stone (64), Mrs. L. de L. Tuttle (15), and Marie Bennet Urwitz (24). Correspondence with fellow historians Samuel E. Asbury, Dr. Alex Dienst, and George Garrison records her interest in the Texas State Historical Association and in the history of Texas. Letters from participants in Texas historical events, among them Dilue Rose Harris (15), 1903-1909 and T. N. Waul (26) 1889-1902 document her desire to record firsthand accounts related to Texas history. Correspondence with William Gwinn Scarff (1894-1897), Sara Hartman (1894-1895) and A. C. Gray (1905-1906) deals with publication of her writings. Family correspondence documents her extensive genealogical investigations into the Harris and Briscoe families and her changing role in the family as her husband, mother, and brothers die. Letters from members of Michael Looscan's family, Mary and Michael Looscan and Winefred McAran, document Adele Looscan's generosity and sense of duty. Correspondence from family members brims with news while often seeking her advice and financial help. Her distant cousin Ki B. Venchiarutti (1901-1910) appeals to Looscan for help in selling inherited Texas lands especially after the death of Parmenas Briscoe.
Correspondence sent reveals her thoughts in responding to events in her life. Of particular interest are those letters sent to Mark Kelly (1871) and later returned. Letters sent to Mrs. J. J. McKeever and other members of the DRT document Looscan's deep sense of betrayal and hurt after the lawsuit. Third party correspondence is comprised primarily of letters sent to her to read. The envelopes are arranged in chronological order by year.
Correspondence: Received
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97 1 W. C. Abney 1915-1920
2 I. D. Affleck 1905
3 J. R. Alford, M. D. 1888-1890
4 J. R. Alford, M. D. 1892-1894
5 Mary A. Anderson 1904-1909
6 Clement Appleyard 1904, undated
7 Dora Fowler Austin 1895-1906, undated
8 Samuel E. Asbury 1919-1922
9 Samuel E. Asbury 1923
10 Samuel E. Asbury 1924
11 Samuel E. Asbury 1923-1932, undated
12 Millie Gaston Ashe 1891-1892, undated
13 Bettie G. Austin undated
14 Betty Ballinger 1896-1910
15 Betty Ballinger undated
16 Betty Ballinger undated
17 J. M. Ballinger (Mrs.) 1897
18 Eugene C. Barker 1904-1929
19 H. Y. Benedict 1920
20 Belle Blandini 1896-1897
21 Norma T. Bonner 1895-1897
22 Millie G. Boyd 1893-1894, undated
23 Gamaliel Bradford 1917-1925
24 Nettie Houston Bringhurst 1891-1895
25 Nettie Houston Bringhurst 1896-1921, undated
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98 1 Guy M. Bryan 1890-1896, undated
2 Guy M. Bryan, Jr. 1897, undated
3 Hally Ballinger Bryan 1893-1896
4 Hally Ballinger Bryan 1897
5 Hally Ballinger Bryan 1900-1925
6 Hally Ballinger Bryan undated
7 J. W. Campbell 1897-1908, undated
8 J. M. Carlisle 1896-1897
9 Paul B. Cassidy 1904-1905
10 Louise N. Cleveland 1896
11 O. B. Colquitt 1911-1912
12 Crescent News and Hotel Company 1904
13 Annie Cooke 1906-1907
14 Nellie Stedman Cox 1906-1908, undated
15 Kate S. Curry 1920-1925
16 Katie Daffan 1906-1926
17 Ella Dancy Hall 1894-1895
18 Josephine F. Daniels 1892-1904
19 Josephine F. Daniels 1906-1930
20 Katherine M. Darden (Mrs. L. H.) 1906-1930
21 Stephen H. Darden 1894-1896
22 James T. Davis 1919-1924, undated
23 Mollie Moore Davis 1897, undated
24 Delaware Punch Company 1928-1930
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99 1 Adina De Zavala 1893-1897
2 Adina De Zavala 1902-1904
3 Adina De Zavala 1905
4 Adina De Zavala 1906
5 Adina De Zavala 1907
6 Adina De Zavala 1908-1909
7 Adina De Zavala 1911-1931
8 Adina De Zavala undated
9 Adina De Zavala undated
10 Adina De Zavala (fragments) undated
11 Mary De Zavala 1904-1930, undated
12 Louise O. Dickson 1895-1899
13 Dr. Alex Dienst 1915-1922
14 Dr. Alex Dienst 1923-1924
15 Dr. Alex Dienst 1925-1931, undated
16 J. Frank Dobie 1926-1928
17 George P. Donehoo 1915
18 H. C. Duffy 1897-1902
19 William H. Egle 1892, undated
20 Anna Ehinger 1892-1896
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100 1 Belle Fenn 1895-1897
2 R. M. Fenn 1893-1895
3 Tom Finty, Jr. 1911-1920
4 Rebecca Jane Fisher 1892-1893
5 Rebecca Jane Fisher 1894
6 Rebecca Jane Fisher 1895
7 Rebecca Jane Fisher 1896
8 Rebecca Jane Fisher 1897, undated
9 Fannie Fox (Mrs. A. S.) 1895
10 Carrie Fraser 1921-1930
11 W. J. Frederick 1896-1897
12 James H. French (Mrs.) 1891-1892
13 Z. T. Fullmore 1909
14 George P. Garrison 1897-1902
15 George P. Garrison 1903-1910
16 M. E. Gibson 1897
17 A. C. Gray 1894-1907
18 R. Greenhill 1896
19 Joseph W. Hale 1929-1933
20 Lewis Hancock 1896
21 William D. Hardeman 1892-1894
22 D. N. Harris 1906
23 Dilue Rose Harris 1903-1909, undated
24 J. T. Harris 1898
25 T. G. Harris 1896
26 Mattie B. Harrison 1894-1895, undated
27 Sara Hartman 1894-1895
28 Mattie Austin Hatcher 1928
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101 1 Margaret Roberts Hodges 1911-1912, undated
2 James S. Hogg 1894-1897
3 Sallie Hogg 1893
4 A. J. Houston 1896-1931
5 Jennie Martha Hunter 1895-1898, undated
6 Julia Ideson 1905-1927
7 Jeffords Schoenman Produce and Brokerage Co. 1915
8 Cone Johnson (Mrs.) 1904-1907
9 Janie Moore Johnson 1898
10 Mary Jones 1892-1897
11 W. Goodrich Jones 1927-1928
12 May L. Kehoe 1925-1927
13 Mark J. Kelly 1871-1872
14 Carrie Franklin Kemp 1893-1895, undated
15 Margery Lamar Kendall undated
16 M. C. Kimball 1892, undated
17 Nettie J. Kuykendall 1894-1896
18 F. R. Lubbock 1894-1905
19 Clarence Martin 1904-1905
20 Tom P. Martin 1927
21 H. A. McArdle 1894
22 H. A. McArdle 1895-1896
23 E. P. McIlhenny 1896, undated
24 May F. McKeever (Mrs. J. J.) 1894-1909, undated
25 Lena White McKenzie (Mrs. E. W.) 1904-1905
26 P. E. McMahon 1901-1907, undated
27 Sister Mary Barromes 1901-1902
28 Sister Mary Stanislaus Campbell 1889-1897
29 Lucy B. Mills 1900-1908
30 Emily Perry Moore 1895-1899
31 Jno. M. Moore 1904
32 M. J. Munger (Mrs. S. S.) 1892-1895
33 Pat Neff 1922-1925
34 Elisabet Ney 1894, undated
35 Emma B. Nixon 1909, undated
36 Lucie Norton 1921
37 Adele Monssier O'Keefe 1931
38 J. E. Pearce 1920-1923
39 Anna J. H. Pennybacker 1895-1909
40 Emily M. Perry 1894, undated
41 Robert S. Perry 1899
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102 1 C. W. Raines 1895-1905
2 John H. Reagan 1893-1902
3 C. D. Redding 1894-1911
4 Terese Bryan Robbins 1907
5 Eva H. Robertson 1915-1926
6 James Jeffrey Roche 1897-1898
7 Mary Saunders 1894-1899
8 Mary Saunders 1900-1909
9 Mary Saunders undated
10 Mary Saunders undated
11 Mary Saunders undated
12 William Gwinn Scarff 1894-1895
13 William Gwinn Scarff 1896-1897
14 R. E. Siegmund 1898
15 Carrie H. Simmons 1903-1904
16 W. W. Simpson 1904-1907
17 Julie Lee Sinks 1894-1904
18 N. H. Skinner 1895-1897
19 F. H. Snider 1882-1891
20 Mary E. Springfield 1926-1930
21 Cornelia Branch Stone 1893-1894
22 Cornelia Branch Stone 1895
23 Cornelia Branch Stone 1896
24 Cornelia Branch Stone 1897-1905, undated
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103 1 Martha A. Taber 1911, undated
2 Kate S. Terrell 1893-1907
3 Mary Y. Terrell 1899-1904
4 John G. Tod 1901-1907
5 Adella Turner (Mrs. E. P.) 1903-1904
6 L. de L. Tuttle (Mrs.) 1906-1916
7 George W. Tyler 1902-1927
8 Kate Underwood 1894, undated
9 United States Government: Treasury Department and War Department 1911-1923
10 Marie Bennet Urwitz 1892-1899
11 Marie Bennet Urwitz undated
12 Minnie P. Vasmer 1891-1897, undated
13 W. Von Rosenberg 1898
14 D. R. Wallace 1893-1897
15 William M. Walton 1893
16 T. N. Waul 1889-1897
17 T. N. Waul 1898-1902
18 Kate Beatty Wheeler 1904-1905
19 Virginia S. Wiegers 1907-1910
20 Cora B. Willcox 1897
21 Olivia Tuttle Willrich 1905-1932
22 William H. Wilson 1907-1934
23 A. V. Winkler 1893-1907
24 Ernest Winkler 1905-1914
25 L. W. Yarrington 1894-1897
26 L. W. Yarrington 1902-1905
27 L. W. Yarrington 1907-1908, undated
28 W. P. Zuber 1904
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104 1 General A 1892-1928, undated
2 General Ba-Bo 1894-1928, undated
3 General Br-By 1882-1930, undated
4 General Ca-Cl 1894-1931, undated
5 General Co-Cu 1892-1926, undated
6 General Da-De 1871-1932, undated
7 General Di-Du 1893-1925, undated
8 General E 1892-1928, undated
9 General F 1893-1932, undated
10 General G 1886-1930, undated
11 General Ha-He 1892-1930, undated
12 General Hi-Hy 1893-1930, undated
13 General I-J 1893-1929, undated
14 General K 1894-1926, undated
15 General L 1892-1926, undated
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105 1 General Ma-McC 1894-1931, undated
2 General McG-Mu 1883-1930, undated
3 General N-Q 1886-1930, undated
4 General Ra-Ri 1894-1931, undated
5 General Ro-Ru 1894-1930, undated
6 General Sa-Sj 1893-1928, undated
7 General Sm-Sy 1890/1931, undated
8 General T-Y 1888-1930, undated
9 General Wa-We 1894-1931, undated
10 General Wh-Z 1891-1931, undated
11 Correspondent Unknown 1895-1914, undated
12 Correspondent Unknown: Postcards 1906-1927, undated
13 Greeting Cards: Christmas, signed 1905-1925, undated
14 Greeting Cards: Christmas, unsigned undated
15 Greeting Cards: Easter, signed 1916-1925, undated
16 Greeting Cards: Easter, unsigned undated
Correspondence: Received: Family
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106 1 Andrew Birdsdall Briscoe 1868-1907
2 Andrew Birdsall Briscoe 1908-1911, undated
3 Annie Payne Briscoe 1879-1891, undated
4 Birdsall Parmenas Briscoe 1889-1927
5 Carrie Briscoe West 1896-1921, undated
6 Clara Briscoe Shaifer 1890
7 Emily Briscoe 1890, undated
8 Louise Briscoe 1920-1924, undated
9 Mary Payne Briscoe Windsor 1895-1907
10 Mary Payne Briscoe Windsor 1914-1930
11 Mary Jane Harris Briscoe 1886-1896, undated
12 Parmenas Briscoe 1865, 1905
13 Payne Briscoe 1914-1929
14 Briscoe - General 1889-1919, undated
15 Sarah E. and Anna M. Buell 1907
16 Julie Hite Gallagher 1909-1910
17 Julie Hite Gallagher 1911-1912
18 Julie Hite Gallagher 1919-1929, undated
19 Julie Hite Gallagher (fragments) 1910, undated
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107 1 Adele Harris 1896-1921, undated
2 Belle [Harris] 1907, undated
3 Lew B. Harris 1896-1922
4 Minnie S. Harris 1889-1906, undated
5 Minnie S. Harris 1921-1928
6 Sally Latimer Harris 1910-1922
7 Harris - General 1865-1926
8 Margaret B. Howard (Mrs. S. E.) 1898-1912, undated
9 Jessie Wade Briscoe Howe 1870-1919
10 Joseph Milton Howe 1920-1931, undated
11 Knox Briscoe Howe 1925-1926
12 Annie Hume 1896-1930, undated
13 Bradner Lee 1911-1921
14 Mary Looscan 1897-1900
15 Mary Looscan 1901-1905
16 Mary Looscan 1906-1920, undated
17 Michael Looscan 1888-1896
18 Michael Looscan 1921, undated
19 Looscan - General 1898-1902
20 Winefred Looscan McAran 1897-1904
21 Winefred Looscan McAran 1905-1906
22 Winefred Looscan McAran 1907-1916, undated
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108 1 Mollie McQueen (Mrs. C. R.) 1908-1909
2 Mollie McQueen (Mrs. C. R.) 1910-1922
3 Mary S. Michie 1899-1922, undated
4 J. E. and Amy Morris 1898-1899
5 Clara Beard Northington 1927, undated
6 Kate Briscoe Shaifer Sholars 1895-1897
7 Kate Briscoe Shaifer Sholars 1904-1925
8 Mildred S. Thatcher 1897-1912
9 Fenton Michie Tod 1924, undated
10 Ki B. Venchiarutti 1901-1910, undated
11 Louis Venchiarutti 1901
12 T. M. Windsor 1920-1926
13 General 1892-1930
14 Unknown Correspondent 1920-1927, undated
Correspondence: Sent
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108 15 R. V. Davidson 1907
16 Jefford Schoenman Produce and Brokerage Co. 1915
17 Mark Kelly 1871, undated
18 Mrs. J. J. McKeever 1907-1909
19 F. H. Snider 1882-1883
20 General A-H 1882-1925
21 General J-W 1883-1931
22 Unknown undated
Correspondence: Third Party
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108 23 Ladies' Reading Club undated
24 Wilson, Dabney & King 1915-1917
25 General A-W 1881-1927
26 Family - General 1899-1912, undated
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109 1 Received 1868-1880
2 Received 1882-1889
3 Received 1890-1893
4 Received 1894-1895
5 Received 1896
6 Received 1897
7 Received 1898-1899
8 Received 1901
9 Received 1902
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110 1 Received 1903
2 Received 1904-1905
3 Received 1906
4 Received 1907
5 Received 1908
6 Received 1909-1910
7 Received 1911-1914
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111 1 Received 1915-1919
2 Received 1920-1921
3 Received 1922-1924
4 Received 1925-1927
5 Received 1928-1929
6 Received 1930-1933
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112 1 Received "Adele Briscoe" undated: before 1881
2 Received "Adele Briscoe" undated: before 1881
3 Received undated
4 Third Party 1902-1917, undated
5 Family 1888-1935
6 Fragments undated
7 Cancelled Stamps undated
Financial 1873-1935 (Bulk: 1898-1925)
Quantity: 2 boxes (.6 linear ft.)
Banking records, receipts and statements of account, bills of lading, stumpage reports, and promissory notes reveal Adele Briscoe Looscan as a woman taking charge of her financial affairs after the death of her husband. Rental property records document a strong businesswoman and landlord. The Harrisburg Lumber Company accounts and stumpage reports record her use of inherited land to produce income and document the amount of lumber harvested from the land 1911-1931. Receipts concerned with the care of Winefred McAran reveal Looscan's generosity and sense of duty. Of interest are receipts from William L. Foley 1880-1881 for her trousseau purchased prior to her marriage in September 1881.
Financial: Banking
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113 1 American State Bank, Harrisburg, Texas: Account Book 1922-1927
2 The Farmers State Bank, Crawford, Texas: Statements, deposit slips 1925-1935
3 First National Bank of Houston, Houston, Texas: Account Book 1903-1906
4 First National Bank of Houston, Houston, Texas: Account Book 1903-1904
5 First National Bank of Houston, Houston, Texas: Checks 1879-1920
6 First National Bank of Houston, Houston, Texas: Statements 1923-1925, undated
7 First National Bank of Houston, Houston, Texas: General 1909-1931, undated
8 T. W. House, Houston, Texas: Account Book 1897-1901
9 T. W. House, Houston, Texas: Account Books 1898-1904
10 T. W. House, Houston, Texas: Statement 1898-1903
11 Memoranda 1923, undated
Financial: Receipts / Statements of Account
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113 12 Receipt Books 1898-1904
13 Receipt Books 1908-1909
14 Receipt Books 1909-1911
15 Court Costs 1899-1900
16 William L. Foley 1880-1881, 1903
17 Insurance 1930-1934
18 Levy Brothers Dry Goods 1932-1934
19 Winefred McAran 1902-1910, undated
20 Postal 1894-1910
21 Organizations 1892-1928, undated
22 Tax: City of Houston 1898-1909
23 Tax: Harris County 1898-1906
24 Tax: Other Counties 1901-1908
25 Tax: Memoranda undated: circa 1924
26 Utilities 1900-1931
27 General 1873-1932, undated
Financial: General
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113 28 Bills of Lading 1898-1921
29 Harrisburg Lumber Company: Accounts 1911-1921, undated
30 Harrisburg Lumber Company: Stumpage Reports 1919-1921
31 Promissory Notes 1914, 1929
Financial: Rental Property
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114 1 Statements of Account: J. R. Alford, M.D. 1892-1894
2 Statements of Account: Houston Land and Trust Company 1910-1911
3 Statements of Account: Houston Land and Trust Company 1912-1913
4 Statements of Account: E. N. Mills 1924-1925
5 Statements of Account: Lilienthal Brothers 1914
6 Statements of Account / Receipts: Contractors 1909-1932
7 Memoranda 1914-1915
Legal 1846-1931 (Bulk: 1897-1921)
Quantity: (.2 linear ft.)
Contracts, agreements, leases, estate papers, a lawsuit, and lists and notes and memoranda briefly document Adele Looscan's legal dealings. The bulk of the series records transactions either selling or leasing land. The single lawsuit concerns the misuse of property by a leasee, Charles Poulson. Of particular interest are the records of the Estate of Carrie Phelps, her mother's servant. Looscan assumed the financial and legal care of Phelps during her later years. Correspondence between Phelps and her sister Kate Thompson are included in the estate papers. Letters from Thompson to Looscan after the death of Phelps are included in the correspondence received series.
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114 8 Contracts, Agreements 1846-1917
9 Estate of Parmenas Briscoe: Insurance Receipts 1910
10 Estate of Michael Looscan undated
11 Estate of Carrie Phelps: Correspondence to Carrie Phelps from Kate Thompson 1897-1898, undated
12 Estate of Carrie Phelps: Financial 1905-1907
13 Ki B. Venchiarutti: List of legal documents sent by John G. Tod undated
14 Leases: Business 1883-1929
15 Leases: Business 2531 Washington, Houston, Texas 1909-1921
16 Leases: Oil / Pipelines 1921-1931, undated
17 Lawsuit: Mrs. A. B. Looscan et. al. vs. Charles Poulson 1910-1917
18 Notes and Memoranda undated
Printed Materials 1852-1932 (Bulk: 1880-1920)
Quantity: 7 boxes (2.8 linear ft.)
Announcements and invitations, circulars, business, membership and calling cards, certificates, educational materials, ephemera, blank forms and stationery, funeral memorials, programs, government documents, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets illuminate Adele Briscoe Looscan's interests in history, family and friends, genealogy, civic affairs, church, and participation in various organizations throughout her life. The birth announcement of distant cousin Dolph Briscoe II records the birth of a future govornor of Texas. Theater programs and broadsides from the tours of Edwin Boothe and Lawrence Barrett and John McCullough reveal Looscan's interest in the theater. Of interest are 2 documents, a General Order No. 22 issued by Major General J. B. Magruder in 1862 and a Quarantine Passport allowing the bearer to travel on trains in Texas in 1885. Programmes of Exercises, Annual Reports, and Programmes of Study from the Ladies' Reading Club 1885-1922 demonstrate the importance of the organization to Looscan. The clippings series contains newspaper clippings concerning Texas history, Houston, and general interest removed from scrapbooks. Of interest is "A Visit to Texas in 1831" [incomplete] published circa 1923, a first hand observation of the geography, flora and fauna of Texas and of her early settlers. 1400 unprocessed clippings, many of which may be multiple copies, fill 3 solander boxes with articles related to the James S. Hogg campaign of 1892, obituaries, Texas history, Michael Looscan, and the Alamo 1903-1915. 86 pamphlets reveal Adele Looscan's interests in Texas History, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Federation of Women's Clubs (Houston), the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, the Texas Woman's Press Association, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Texas State Historical Association. Of interest is Ashbel Smith's self-published defense of his brother's reputation in 1880. Some of Looscan's published writings are also included in the pamphlets series.
Printed Materials
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115 1 Birth Announcements 1919-1923
2 Bulletins: Church and School 1894-1932
3 Business and Membership Cards 1906-1931, undated
4 Calling Cards undated
5 Certificates [acknowledging donation of A Brief Sketch of the Life and Characteristics of Mary Jane Briscoe] 1906-1930
6 Circulars 1895-1929, undated
7 Educational Materials [San Jacinto Day, Confederate Memorial Day] 1899, undated
8 Ephemera 1852-1897, undated
9 Forms, Stationary, Envelopes - Blank undated
10 Funeral Materials undated
11 Invitations 1895-1929, undated
12 Invitations, Wedding 1899-1929
13 Maxims undated
14 Programs, General 1894-1930, undated
15 Programs, Organizations 1888-1931
16 Programs, Theater 1881, undated
17 Christ Church, Houston, Texas 1884-1895
18 Daughters of the American Revolution Membership Materials 1893-1915, undated
19 Government Documents 1862-circa 1922
20 Ladies' Reading Club: Programme of Exercises 1890-1899, undated
21 Texas State Historical Association 1897-1915, undated
Printed Materials: Clippings
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115 22 "A Visit to Texas in 1831" Chpts I - XIII (inc.) undated: circa 1923
23 "A Visit to Texas in 1831" Chpts XIII - XXIX (inc.) undated: circa 1923
24 General 1903-1926, undated
25 From Scrapbook #3647: Houston Club Women 1928
26 From Scrapbook #3647: Rice University 1921-1929
27 From Scrapbook #3647: International 1918, undated
28 From Scrapbook #3647: Legal System 1921-1922
29 From Scrapbook #3647: A. W. Terrell and John Sjolander 1911-1921
30 From Scrapbook #3647: Texas State Senate 1921-1929
31 From Scrapbook #3647: General Interest 1915-1926
32 From Scrapbook #3647: General Interest undated
S07 Approximately 422 newspaper clippings [many may be multiple copies] include the Hogg Campaign of 1892, obituaries, Texas history, articles of local interest
S08 Approximately 598 newspaper clippings [many may be multiple copies] include articles and obituaries about Major Michael Looscan (d. 1897), early clippings
S09 Approximately 380 clippings [many may be multiples] concerned primarily with the Alamo 1903-1915
Printed Materials: Pamphlets
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116 1 Allan's Texas Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 1 1867 June/
2 Eugene C. Barker "The Organization of the Texas Revolution" 1901
3 Eugene C. Barker "The Finances of the Texas Revolution" 1904
4 Eugene C. Barker "Public Opinion in the Texas Preceding the Revolution" 1913
5 Eugene C. Barker "United States and Mexico 1835-1837" 1914
6 Herbert E. Bolton "Spanish Mission Records at San Antonio" 1907
7 Brewster County Chamber of Commerce "In the Heart of Davis Mountains - Alpine" undated
8 W. N Bryant Bryant's Railroad Guide 1875
9 Lester Bugbee "Slavery in Early Texas" 1898
10 Frederick C. Chabot "The Villa Capital of the Province of Texas" 1923
11 Robert Carlton Clark "The Beginnings of Texas 1684-1718" 1907
12 The Confederate Museum "In the Capitol of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia" undated
13 Daughters of the American Revolution "By-laws of the Texas State Conference" 1905
14 Daughters of the American Revolution "Constitution and By-Laws of the National Society" 1903
15 Daughters of the Revolution "Constitution of the General Society" 1898
16 Daughters of the Revolution "Proposed Constitution of the General Society" 1896
17 Mollie E. Moore Davis "Ode to Texas: Written for the Occasion of the Ladies' Bazaar for the Benefit of San Jacinto Battleground" undated
18 Mollie E. Moore Davis "The Quest. Dedicated to the Ladies' Reading Club of Houston, Texas" undated
19 X. B. Debray "A Sketch: A History of Debray's 26th Regiment of Texas Cavalry" 1884, 1894, undated
20 Adina de Zavala "The Margil Vine: Legend of the First Christmas at the Alamo" 1916
21 Adina de Zavala Pioneer Magazine of Texas, Vol. IV, No. 10 "Looking Backward Through Magic Crystal""Our Own State - Texas" 1923 December
22 Adelia A. Dunovant "A Paper Read by Miss Adelia A. Dunovant, Historian of the R. E. Lee Chapter, Daughters of the Confederacy, Houston Texas" undated
23 Adelia A. Dunovant "Study of History: Paramount Importance of Its Study being Adopted by Daughters of the Confederacy" 1899
24 Federation of Women's Clubs The Key to the City of Houston, Vol. 1, No. 2 1908
25 Z. T. Fulmore "The Importance of the Place Relation in the Teaching and Study of Our History" undated
26 Joseph A. Hofmann Glimpses of California 1889
27 "Houston Public School Art League" 1904
28 Fanny Chambers Gooch Iglehart "The Boy Captive of the Texas-Mier Expedition" undated
29 Robert G. Ingersoll "A Tribute to the Dead" undated
30 Robert G. Ingersoll "Declaration of Independence" undated
31 Normal G. Kittrell "Address, Delivered in Memory of Jefferson Davis at a Memorial Meeting, at Navasota, Texas, Dec. 11, 1889" 1889 December 11
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117 1 Ladies' Reading Club "Constitution and By-laws" 1885
2 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Annual Report" 1886
3 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Annual Report" 1887
4 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Annual Report" 1888
5 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Annual Report" 1889
6 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Annual Report" 1890
7 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Annual Report" 1891
8 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Annual Report" 1892
9 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Annual Report" 1893
10 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Annual Report" 1894
11 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Annual Report" 1895
12 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Annual Report" 1896
13 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Annual Report" 1897
14 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Annual Report" 1899
15 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Programmes of Study" 1899-1900
16 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Programmes of Study" 1902-1903
17 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Programmes of Study" 1905-1906
18 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Programmes of Study" 1906-1907
19 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Programmes of Study" 1908-1909
20 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Programmes of Study" 1919-1920
21 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Programmes of Study" 1920-1921
22 Ladies' Reading Club of Houston "Programmes of Study" 1921-1922
23 Bradner Wells Lee "Captain Thomas Lee: A Soldier of the Revolution and some of His Descendants" 1902
24 Adele B. Looscan (Texan) The Ladies Messenger, Vol. II No. 4 1888 April
25 Adele B. Looscan "The Old Mexican Fort at Velasco" 1898
26 Adele B. Looscan "The Old Fort at Anahuac" 1898
27 Adele B. Looscan "The Daughters of the Republic of Texas"The Silver Cross, 11th Year, No. 4 1898 August 13
28 Mary Maverick McGarraugh "The Spanish Governor's Wife: A Legend" undated
29 J. W. Mitchell "The Light Guardsman, A Military Drama in Five Acts" 1882
30 Pat M. Neff "Farewell Address of Pat M. Neff: Governor of Texas 1921-1925" 1925
31 "Official Proceedings of the Ex-Confederate (Hood's Texas Brigade) Held At Somerville, Texas" 1906
32 Mary Saunders The Southern Tribute Vol. 1, No. 4 "In Memoriam: Major Michael Looscan, of Houston, Texas" 1898
33 The Situation: A Manufacturers' Paper, Vol. 1, No. 4 1899 July
34 Ashbel Smith - A bound collection of printed correspondence answering slanders being circulated against his dead brother, Judge Henry G. Smith, by Judge Smith's widow, Harriet F. Smith 1880
35 Bella French Swisher The American Sketch Book. An Historical and Home Journal Vol. VII, No. 2 1881
36 Texas Bar Association Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Session of the Texas Bar Association and Rules for the Courts of Texas Report of the Committee on Deceased Members, pg. 34, Michael Looscan 1898
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118 1 Texas Federation of Women's Clubs "Year Book" 1900-1901
2 Texas Federation of Women's Clubs "Year Book" 1902-1903
3 Texas Federation of Women's Clubs "Year Book" 1904-1905
4 Texas Federation of Women's Clubs "Year Book" 1905-1906
5 Texas Library and Historical Commission First Biennial Report / 1909-1910 / Accompanied by the / Secret Journals of / The Senate / Republic of Texas / 1836-1845 1911
6 Texas Library and Historical Commission First Biennial Report / 1909-1910 / Accompanied by the / Secret Journals of / The Senate / Republic of Texas / 1836-1845 1911
7 Texas Woman's Press Association "Twelfth Annual Convention" 1905
8 Texas Woman's Press Association "Thirteenth Annual Convention" 1906
9 Woman's Club of San Antonio "Annual Report" 1903-1904
10 United Confenderate Veterans, Dick Dowling Camp, Houston, Texas Confederate Gray Book undated: circa 1909
11 United Daughters of the Confederacy The Report of the President-General to the 35th Annual Convention 1928
12 United Daughters of the Confederacy "Minutes of the Second Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Division" 1898
13 United Daughters of the Confederacy, Texas Division "Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Convention" 1900
14 United Daughters of the Confederacy, Texas Diviision "Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Convention" 1904
15 Emma C. Wescott "Memories of the Old South" 1912
16 E. J. Winslow, Jr. The University of Virginia Magazine, Vol. XXXVII, No. 6, "Fall of the Alamo," pg. 274-280 1894 March
17 J. W. Winters "True Veterans of Texas. An authentic account of the Battle of San Jacinto" undated
18 J. F. Wolters "Dawson's Men and the Men of Mier" 1904
19 A. Ysabeau Botanique Élémentaire 1885
Creative Works 1837-1931 (Bulk: 1886-1925)
Quantity: 6 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Manuscripts, works written in Spanish, speeches, subject files, genealogy research, notes and memoranda, and the Mary Saunders Project document Adele Briscoe Looscan's writings, research, and a proposed publication. Drafts to published manuscripts are included in the manuscript series. Many were written for the Ladies' Reading Club or are the result of her historical research. The Spanish manuscripts reveal a woman serious about learning and increasing her fluency in the Spanish language. Looscan wrote four of the 7 speeches. "Senior's Address" (1864) and "Valedictory" (1866) reveal the thoughts of a young, well-educated woman embarking on life. The subject files contain research done or collected by Looscan and often support completed manuscripts. Often information in the subject files became available to her through correspondence with the people involved in the events. Notes, copied articles and letters primarily comprise the genealogical research series. Located at the end of the series are her applications to various patriotic societies. Lists and inventories compiled by Looscan are in the notes and memoranda series. Of particular interest are members of the Sons of the Republic of Texas in April 1893, names of people she sent her mother's memorial volume in December 1905, inventories of books, and lists of documents sent to Eugene Barker at the University of Texas.
Mary Saunders, a close personal friend of Adele Looscan's and operator of Walnut Grove Ranch guesthouse near Boerne, Texas, began writing poetry early in her life. First published at 18 by a San Antonio newspaper, she continued to write her entire life. Often, her letters to Looscan are infused with poems composed while performing her daily chores. The Mary Saunders Project records Looscan's attempt to compile and publish a book of Saunders' poetry.
Creative Works: Manuscripts
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119 1 "Acrostic on San Jacinto" undated
2 "Artistic Gardening" 1897
3 "Battle of Sabine Pass" undated
4 "Capture of the Morning Light" undated
5 "The Charmed Life of an Indian Chief" undated
6 "Christ Church Parish" undated
7 "Daughters of the Republic of Texas" 1898
8 "Early Houston Society and It's Relation to Libraries" undated
9 "An Episode in the Life of Sam Houston" 1921
10 "Evolution of the Texas Flag" undated
11 "A Few Words About the Family Who Interested the French Emigré and Readers of His Journal" undated
12 "The First Newspaper One Hundred Years Ago in Austin's Colony" undated
13 "Fredericksburg in the Late Autumn of 1925, the Late Summer of 1925" 1925
14 "Gifted Writers I Have Known" 1923
15 "Good Wishes" undated
16 "Harrisburg and the First French Colonists in Texas" undated
17 "The Heroic Age of Texas History" 1920
18 "Historic Shrines" 1923 February
19 "History of Mexico 1530-1734" undated
20 "A History of the Purchase of the Alamo Mission by the State of Texas" undated
21 "Jessie Briscoe Howe" Obituary circa 1920
22 "La Isleta Maligna (The Mystery Man of the Island)" undated
23 "Kiamesha: A Legend of Mission San Saba" undated
24 "Ladies Reading Club of Houston, Texas" 1925
25 "Letter from a Mier Prisoner to His Mother" undated
26 "Libraries, Magazines, and Available Reading Matter in 1866" 1916
27 "Carrie G. Ennis Lombardi" Obituary 1921
28 "The Lone Star Flag" 1915
29 "Miss Mary B. Browne's Young Ladies' School" 1916
30 "The Mission of Ann Pamela Cunningham, Preserver of Mount Vernon" 1925
31 "My First Recollections of Christmas" undated
32 "Las Nubes (The Clouds)" undated
33 "An Old Family Graveyard at Harrisburg" undated
34 "The Old Mission San Jose, near San Antonio is to be preserved" undated
35 "100 Years Ago in Austin's Colony" 1930
36 "Our Wild Flower Gardens" 1925
37 "The Pioneer Women of Texas" undated
38 "Poesy and Prophecy" 1929 September 23
39 "Professor Rueter's School..." undated
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120 1 "Relics of French Colonists" 1931
2 "Reminiscence of T. J. Williams" undated
3 "Resolutions on the death of Carrie G. Ennis Lombardi..." 1921
4 "Roads and Traders: Historical Notes Made About 1894" 1924
5 "Romance Found Among Business Ledgers" undated
6 "Santa Fe" undated
7 "Schools at Harrisburg and Houston" undated
8 "Science in Spain as Affected by the Moors" undated
9 "A Sketch of General T. N. Waul" 1904
10 "Sketch of the Life of Jane Long" 1886
11 "Sketch of Lorenzo De Zavala" undated
12 "Story of the Journal of a French Emigré" 1924
13 "Sunset in Autumn" undated
14 "Tea" undated
15 "Toast at the Luncheon of the Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter" 1923
16 "Tomochichi, Indian Chief" 1915
17 "Tribute to Policarpo Rodriguez" 1924
18 "Use and Abuse of Maxims" undated
19 "The Woman of the Western Star" undated
20 "Vanity Fair" undated
Creative Works: Written in Spanish
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120 21 "El Alamo" 1928
22 Poetry undated
23 Poetry undated
24 Prose undated
Creative Works: Speeches
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120 25 "Captain Andrew Briscoe" Author Unknown undated
26 "Excerpt from Address of Mrs. M. Looscan. Ladies' Reading Club - Tenth Anniversary" 1895
27 "Greetings to our Honor [sic] Guest" undated
28 "Mrs. L. insists that I must open..." Marion Crawford undated
29 "Senior's Address" 1864
30 "Valedictory" 1866
31 "We have come from Bayland to Houston..." Author Unknown 1870 July 4
Creative Works: Subject Files
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121 1 Alamo undated
2 Anahuac undated
3 Samuel E. Asbury 1925
4 Henry Austin undated
5 Stephen F. Austin undated
6 D. U. & P. I. Barziza undated
7 John Birdsall undated
8 Mary Jane Briscoe undated
9 Joshua D. Brown undated
10 David Burnet undated
11 Civil War - Notes undated
12 Civil War - Reminiscences undated
13 Sarah B. Dodson undated
14 Early Pioneers undated
15 French Colonists at Harrisburg undated
16 Harris County undated
17 John Harris and "The Harris Clock" 1884-1885
18 J. S. Hogg, Anti-Prohibition 1887
19 Houston, Harris County undated
20 Sam Houston undated
21 Michael Looscan undated
22 Mrs. Sam A. Maverick undated
23 Tom Ochiltree undated
24 Bishop Paine 1909
25 Philosophical Society of Texas 1837, undated
26 Diary of Pleasant W. Rose undated
27 Battle of Sabine Pass undated
28 San Jacinto Ball - 1837 undated
29 Battle of San Jacinto undated
30 San Jacinto Monument, 1881 1894, undated
31 Captain Charles Schreiner undated
32 Songs undated
33 Spanish Missions undated
34 Texas - the word origin undated
35 Texas Flags undated
36 Texas Indians (fragment) undated
37 Texas, Reminiscences of the Texas Revolution, Julia D. Welder 1930
38 Texas, Revolutionary Times undated
39 Texas, Seal of undated
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122 1 William B. Travis undated
2 Woman's Suffrage undated
3 Women - Texas Revolution undated
4 General undated
5 General - fragments undated
Creative Works: Genealogy
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122 6 Akin Family undated
7 Birdsall Family undated
8 Birdsall Family undated
9 Briscoe Family undated
10 Briscoe Family undated
11 Briscoe Family undated
12 Henry Coursey undated
13 Harris Family undated
14 Harris Family undated
15 William P. Harris undated
16 Nathaniel Lee undated
17 Miller Family undated
18 Montgomery Family undated
19 Richardson Family undated
20 Applications for Membership in "patriotic societies" 1890, undated
Creative Works: Notes and Memoranda
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123 1 Lists and Inventories 1897-1924, undated
2 "Index to Scrap-book. Compiled 1886 to December 1902 by Adele Briscoe Looscan" undated
3 General 1890-1908, undated
4 Memorandum Books 1903, undated
5 Written on Envelopes undated
6 Written on Envelopes undated
7 Written on Enveoples undated
Creative Works: Projects: Mary Saunders
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123 8 Biographical Sketch by Adele Briscoe Looscan undated
9 Correspondence Received: Mary Saunders 1897-1902
10 Poetry 1867-1909
11 Poetry undated
12 Speeches undated
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124 1 Creative Works - MS Texas Kalavela "Index to Texas Kalavela and other poems" undated
2 Creative Works - MS Texas Kalavela "Vol. 2" pp. 1-61 undated
3 Creative Works - MS Texas Kalavela pp. 64-106 undated
4 Creative Works - MS Texas Kalavela pp. 110-180 undated
5 Creative Works - MS Texas Kalavela pp. 183-266 undated
6 Creative Works - MS Texas Kalavela pp. 268-326 undated
7 Creative Works - MS Texas Kalavela pp. 327-391 undated
8 Creative Works - MS Texas Kalavela pp. 392-443 undated
9 Creative Works - MS Texas Kalavela pp. 444-558 undated
10 Creative Works - MS Texas Kalavela pp. 3-84 undated
11 Creative Works - MS Texas Kalavela possibly separated poems undated
Collected Works 1633-1885 (Bulk: 1828-1849)
Quantity: 1 box (.4 linear ft.)
Transcripts of historical documents, both handwritten and typed, a journal found in the attic of her grandmother Harris' house, poetry, and prose record Adele Briscoe Looscan's historical interests and the works of others important to her. Family letters and documents, copies of newspaper articles, a reminiscence copied from a diary returned to its owner, and a translation of the Diario Militario del General José Urrea comprise the transcripts kept by Looscan. The Journal of a French Emigré records the impressions of a young immigrant to Texas. Looscan wrote several articles based on the journal. Collected poetry and prose reveal Looscan's literary and philosophical tastes.
Collected Works: Transcripts
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125 1 Abstract to J. R. Harris League 1824
2 John Birdsall 1838-1839
3 Sir John Briscoe, M.D. 1633
4 Andrew Briscoe 1828-1847
5 To Mary Jane Harris Briscoe from Captain Thomas Cook 1862-1863
6 Harris Family 1795-1885
7 Harrisburg Town Company 1847-1849
8 Personal Memoirs of Juan Seguin 1834-1842
9 Diary of Picayune Smith undated
10 "The Texas Gazette. Austin, Texas. Sept. 25, 1829" 1829
11 Texas Independence 1835-1885
12 William Barrett Travis 1836
13 Eliza Ban Tuyle 1840, undated
14 "Autobiographical Sketch of T. J. Williams, Early Texan" undated
15 Diario Militario del General Jose Urrea... Translation from the Spanish 1838
Collected Works
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125 16 Journal of a French Emigré 1852
17 Poetry 1866, undated
18 Poetry undated
19 Prose undated
20 Prose undated
21 Prose, Maxims undated
Photographs 1854-1931 (Bulk: 1880-1915)
Quantity: 1 box (.3 linear ft.)
All photographs from the Adele Briscoe Looscan Collection are arranged within the Adele Briscoe Looscan Papers. The photographs are arranged in four subseries: people, places, objects, and photonegatives. Of particular interest is a daguerreotype of Mary Jane Harris Briscoe and her brother Lewis Birdsall Harris possibly prior to his departure for California in 1849. Interior shots of Michael Looscan's office in the mid-1890s reveal a relatively sparse workspace lined with law books. Photographs of family homes document the comfortable life led by Adele Looscan and her family. Photographs of graveyards, memorials, and markers document much of the genealogical and historical research done by Looscan. 13 stereoscopic views of the San Antonio Missions record their physical condition circa 1890-1910. A view of a doorway with objects placed in front of it may very likely be some of the relics collected by Adele for the Daughters of the Republic, both the San Jacinto Chapter and the state organization.
Photographs: People
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126 1 Jane Harris undated
2 Mary Jane Harris Briscoe 1854-1900
3 Mary Jane Harris Briscoe and Louis Birdsall Harris undated
4 Andrew Briscoe undated
5 Parmenas Briscoe 1893-circa 1904
6 Andrew Birdsall Briscoe undated
7 Jessie Wade Briscoe Howe undated
8 Adele Lubbock Briscoe Looscan 1869-circa 1925
9 Briscoe Family Members - Group Photographs circa 1858-1903
10 Michael Looscan 1868-1894
11 Michael Looscan Family Members undated
12 Andrew Birdsall Briscoe Family Members undated
13 Jessie Wade Briscoe Howe Family Members 1891-1915
14 Birdsall Family undated
15 Briscoe Family - Other 1891-1895, undated
16 Harris Family - Other circa 1907, undated
17 Friends and Acquaintances: Arthur L. Livermore and Family undated
18 Friends and Acquaintances: Mary Saunders 1895, undated
19 Friends and Acquaintances: Men 1856-1906, undated
20 Friends and Acquaintances: Women 1851-1931, undated
21 Friends and Acquaintances: Children 1877-1888, undated
22 Famous People undated
23 Unidentified Men undated
24 Unidentified Women undated
25 Unidentified Children undated
26 Unidentified Groups undated
27 Unidentified Groups (Probably Texas Veterans Association and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas - joint meetings) undated
Photographs: Places
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126 28 Looscan Office and Home, Houston, Texas 1895, undated
29 Graveyards, Memorials, Markers 1897-1903, undated
30 Fredericksburg, Texas undated
31 San Antonio, Texas (13 stereoscopic views) undated
32 General - Identified 1929, undated
33 General - Unidentified undated
Photographs: Objects
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126 34 General 1881-1897, undated
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126 35 San Jacinto Battleground - Markers undated
Scrapbooks and Albums 1881-1926
Quantity: 4 items
A souvenir photo album of St. Louis, Missouri, (1881) and an empty "Floral" cabinet and carte d'visite card photograph album demonstrate two uses for photographs in the late 19th century. Two scrapbooks compiled by Adele Briscoe Looscan contain primarily newspaper clippings, but also notes and photographs. The loose clippings from Accession No. 3647 were reformatted and foldered.
Scrapbooks and Albums
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126 36 Album: Souvenir of St. Louis, Witteman Brothers, publishers circa 1881
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14 4 Album (#2817); "Floral" cabinet and carte d'visite photograph album undated
4 Scrapbook (#4417c): Newspaper clippings, notes, photographs (pg. 71-73 Knox Briscoe Howe, pg. 75 Annie Hume, Patricia McKnight) undated
4 Scrapbook (#3647): 2 clippings, 1911, 1926. Other clippings from scrapbook in Box 116, Folders 25-32, 1 note in Box 123, Folder 2 1911-1926
Field Notes, Sketches, and Maps 1910-1917
Quantity: 7 items
A field note, 3 hand-drawn maps, a plot plan of the rear premises of her Commerce Steet Property (1910), and 2 blueprint copies of maps of the John Jones Survey, Harris County, Texas, (1917) briefly record Looscan's land and business interests.
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126 37 General 1910-1917, undated
Works of Art undated
Quantity: 4 items
A drawing and two etchings of family members, and a watercolor comprise the works of art series.
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126 38 Drawings: Dr. Lewis A. Birdsall undated
39 Etching: Joshua Lee of Pen Yan, New York undated
40 Etching: Michael Looscan undated
41 Watercolor: Ladies' Reading Club Program Cover undated

Daughters of the Republic of Texas 1853-1913 (Bulk: 1892-1913)
Quantity: 3 boxes (1 linear feet)

Correspondence, minutes, legal documents, printed materials, creative works, and notes and memoranda document the first decade of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the power struggle which split the organization into two factions over the control of the Alamo, the resulting lawsuits and court judgements, and the final disposition of Alamo property. The series are arranged by subject and chronologically. The handwritten minutes taken at the 1907 Austin annual meeting record the proceedings of the meeting that split the DRT. Correspondence received by Adele Looscan's niece, Mary Briscoe, Secretary General, from Looscan and Adina De Zavala reveal their thoughts and strategies in dealing with the lawsuit and their attempts to continue running the organization. Documents concerned with "Daughters of the Republic of Texas vs. Miss Adina de Zavala, et. al.," include the complete transcript of the court testimony, the court decision, and the appeals. A manuscript written about Lorenzo de Zavala defends Adina De Zavala from slander concerning her "Mexican" heritage.
Mrs. Anson Jones, President General
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127 1 Correspondence 1892-1900, undated
2 Executive Committee 1897-1899, undated
3 "Inception, Organization and Work of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas" 1904
4 Projects: Catalpa Tree Verses 1893
5 Projects: DRT Medal - Drawing undated
6 Projects: Educational Materials 1895-1905, undated
7 Projects: McArdle Painting Purchase 1894-1895
8 Projects: Texas Flag Song Contest: Announcement 1901
9 Projects: Texas Flag Song Contest: Correspondence / Notes 1901
10 Projects: Texas Flag Song Contest: Envelopes / Notes 1901
11 Projects: Texas Flag Song Contest: Entries C-N [by author] 1901
12 Projects: Texas Flag Song Contest: Entries P-W, unknown [by author] 1901
13 Creative Works undated
14 Transfer of Title: Perry Cannon 1899
Chapter Materials
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127 15 De Zavala Chapter 1900-1907, undated
16 San Jacinto Chapter 1894-1929, undated
17 General 1893, undated
Austin Annual Meeting
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127 18 Minutes 1907
19 Votes, Proxies 1907
Mrs. Wharton Bates, President General
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127 20 Applications for Membership 1908
21 Correspondence 1907-1908
22 Executive Committee 1907-1908
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128 1 Mary Briscoe, Secretary General: Beaumont Annual Meeting 1908
2 Mary Briscoe, Secretary General: Correspondence Received: Adele B. Looscan 1907
3 Mary Briscoe, Secretary General: Correspondence Received: Adina de Zavala 1907-1908
4 Mary Briscoe, Secretary General: Correspondence Received: General 1906-1907
5 Mary Briscoe, Secretary General: Correspondence Received: General 1908-1909
6 Mary Briscoe, Secretary General: Correspondence Received: Envelopes 1907-1909
7 Printed Materials undated
The Alamo
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128 8 "America's Thermopylae: The Alamo." Alamo Monument Association circa 1879
9 Alamo Mission Fund 1903-1907, undated
10 Memorials and Appeals to the 29th Texas Legislature 1905
11 Bill to Purchase the Alamo 1905
12 Adina de Zavala - Writings 1906-1908, undated
13 Clara Driscoll - Writings; "To the Daughters of the Republic of Texas" 1907-1913, undated
14 Lawsuit - Daughters of the Republic of Texas vs. Hugo Schmelzer & Co. 1908
15 Legislative Record - 29th Legislature 1905 January 19-23
16 33rd Legislature - House Journal 1913 July 23-24
17 Memorials and Appeals to the 33rd Texas Legislature 1913
18 Draft, Notes for "A Correct Statement of the Intention and Purpose of the State in Buying the Alamo Mission Property at San Antonio" Adele Briscoe Looscan and Jessie Briscoe Howe 1913
19 "A Correct Statement of the Intention and Purpose of the State in Buying the Alamo Mission Property at San Antonio" Adele Briscoe Looscan and Jessie Briscoe Howe 1913
20 "Message of Governor O. B. Colquitt to the Thirty-third Legislature Relating to the Alamo Property" 1913
Legal: Constitution
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129 1 Constitution and Amendments, Drafts 1893-1907, undated
2 Constitutional Amendments, Printed Materials 1898-1911, undated
3 Resolutions 1907-1910, undated
Legal: Daughters of the Republic of Texas vs. Miss Adina de Zavala, et al.
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129 4 Defendants Brief, notes 1907
5 "Daughters of the Republic of Texas: Statement of the Situation" 1908
6 Transcript of Testimony 1908
7 Decision of Court circa 1908
8 "Court of Civil Appeals for the First Supreme Judicial District of Texas at Galveston / Miss Adina De Zavala, et al., Plaintiffs in Error versus The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Defendant in Error / Writ of Error from the District Court of Harris County" circa 1908
9 "In the Court of Civil appeals for the First Supreme Judicial District of Texas at Galveston / Miss Adina De Zavala, et al., Plaintiffs in Error versus The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Defendant in Error. / Writ of Error from the District Court of Harris County. / Brief for Defendant in Error" circa 1908
10 Artifact Documents 1853-1910
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129 11 Printed Materials 1907-1911, undated
12 Notes and Memoranda by Adele Briscoe Looscan 1907, undated
13 Notes and Memoranda written on envelopes undated
14 Lorenzo de Zavala - written in defense of the ancestry of Adina De Zavala undated