Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Adele Briscoe Looscan Collection

Adele Looscan Texana Collection: Manuscript Collection: MC059

Collection Summary

Creator: Looscan, Adele Briscoe, 1848-1935
Title: Adele Looscan Texana collection
Dates: 1826-1928
Abstract: Subject files, correspondence, financial and legal records, printed materials, notes and memorandum, and surveyor's notes represent the documents located in the Adele Looscan Texana Collection.
Identification: MC059
OCLC Record No.: 50121323
Quantity: 1 box (.4 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish.
Repository: San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

The Adele Looscan Texana Collection was derived from documents located in the Adele Briscoe Looscan Collection which could not be directly related to a specific group of records. The previous arrangement of the original collection, chronological without regard to creator or series, destroyed any provenance which may have indicated the original order of the documents. The Adele Looscan Texana Collection holds documents with no identifiable relationship to members of the Harris-Briscoe-Looscan families.

Scope and Content Note

Subject files, correspondence, financial and legal records, printed materials, notes and memorandum, and surveyor's notes represent the documents located in the Adele Looscan Texana Collection. The subject files illustrate early Houston life and Texas history and include documents associated with A.C. and J.K. Allen, Nathaniel Lynch, Sidney Sherman, and Thomas William Ward. Correspondence consists of individual letters (many authors or recipients unknown) written from 1837-1849. The 56 financial records include bank drafts, certificates, promissory notes, receipts, statements of account, and general records. The legal records consist of an abstract of title, an 1839 bill to charter the Bank of Texas, contracts and agreements, certificates, deeds, estate and probate records, a power of attorney document and a summons. Of interest is an 1842 indictment issued by the Republic of Texas against James M. McGee for playing cards. The Texana printed materials contain broadsides dating from the time of the Texas Revolution to the Civil War era, a Stephen F. Austin calling card, Confederate and Texian bond certificates, and election tickets. The collection also contains nine notes and memorandum and four surveyor's sketches and field notes. All fragments (39) and photostats (27) associated with the Adele Briscoe Looscan Collection are arranged within this collection.


Organized into nine series; arrangement is 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

Allen, A. C. (Augustus Chapman), 1806-1864
Allen, J. K. (John Kirby), 1819-1838
Barrett, William, b. ca. 1811
Eastland, William M., 1806-1843
Hitchcock, L. M. (Lent Munson), 1816-1869
Lynch, Nathaniel, d. 1837
McGee, James M.
Richardson, Stephen, 1794-1860
Sherman, Sidney, 1805-1873
Sims, Bartlett, 1793-ca. 1862
Ward, Thomas William, 1807-1872
White, Abel H.
Land tenure--Texas
Houston (Tex.)--Social life and customs
Broadsides--United States--Texas--19th century

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Adele Looscan Texana Collection, MC059, 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 Melissa Calderwood, 2002.


Subject Files

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141 1 A.C. [Augustus Chapman] and J.K. [John Kirby] Allen 1835-1837, undated
2 William Garrett 1857-1860, undated
3 William Kernaghan 1861-1862
4 Nathaniel Lynch 1837
5 Daniel and Stephen Richardson 1840-1862, undated
6 Sidney Sherman 1842, 1852
7 Thomas William Ward 1843-1844
8 Abel H. White 1836-1867


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141 9 L.B. Brown to Mr. Lee 1837 July 14
10 [unk.] (W. Mc----y) to [unk.] 1837 July 15
11 Bartlett Sims to William M. Eastland 1838 May 15
12 L.M. Hitchcock to [unk.] 1838 July 27
13 F. Prentiss to J.H. Waffield 1838 November 5
14 T.J. Ashbury to Mrs. Marian Martin 1844 March 6
15 [unk.] to [unk.] 1849 July 10
16 W.H. Fowler to [unk.] undated


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141 17 General 1838, 1869, undated
18 Bank Drafts 1857-1868
19 Certificates 1865-1868, undated
20 Promissory Notes 1828-1868
21 Receipts 1827-1877, undated
22 Statements of Account 1829-1881, undated


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141 23 General 1826-1854, undated
24 Abstract of title - Jackson County, MS, for Joseph E. and Julia A. Field 1867 May 24
25 Bill, to charter the Bank of Texas 1839
26 Contracts and Agreements 1839-1851
27 Certificates 1836-1840
28 Deeds 1838-1866
29 Estate and Probate Records 1837-1836
30 Indictment - Republic of Texas vs. James M. McGee 1842 May 21
31 Power of Attorney - George W. Henrick 1839 May 11
32 Summons - District Court of Galveston County to Sheriff of Harris County 1845 October 9

Printed Materials

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141 33 Broadsides 1832-1861
34 Calling Card - Stephen F. Austin undated
35 Certificates, Bond 1862-1864
36 Tickets undated

Notes / Memorandum

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141 37 Notes and memorandum 1837-1928, undated

Surveyors Notes

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141 38 Field Notes, sketches undated

Fragments, Adele Briscoe Looscan Collection

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141 39 Document Fragments 1832-1883, undated

Photostats, Adele Briscoe Looscan Collection

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141 40 Document Photostats 1835-1883, undated