Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Henry Harrison Campbell:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1869-1898 and undated, in the Southwest Collection, Special Collections Libraries

Descriptive Summary

Creator Campbell, H. H. (Henry Harrison), 1840-1911
Title: Henry Harrison Campbell Papers,
Dates: 1869-1898 and undated
Abstract: Papers related to Henry Harrison Campbell's ranching activities in Motley County in West Texas.
Collection # S 152.1
Quantity: 1 wallet (0.1 linear feet))
Language English.
Repository Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

A Civil War veteran (20th Texas Regiment), cattleman, founder of the Matador Ranch (1878), and the first county judge of Motley County Texas (1891), Campbell was born in 1840, and came to West Texas in 1877 and established the Matador Cattle Company, the parent company of the West Texas ranch. He sold the ranch in 1883 to the Scotland syndicate and then established the Campbell Ranch. Campbell helped organize Motley County and later homesteaded a section of land on which the town of Matador, Texas, is now located. His wife was the town's first postmaster. Campbell died in 1911.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence and invitations, financial records such as receipts, an unidentified journal and cash book, and Mr. Campbell's weather diary from 1890. Of particular interest is a letter from A. M. Britton.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Campbell, H. H. (Henry Harrison), 1840-1911
Campbell, H. H. (Henry Harrison), 1840-1911--Archives
Britton, A. M. (Andrew Markham)
Subjects (Organizations)
Koch Matador Cattle Company
Matador Ranch (Tex.)
Motley County (Tex.)
Cattle trade--Texas

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Matador Land and Cattle Company Records, 1874-1960 and undated
  • Alexander Mackay Papers, 1886-1936

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Henry Harrison Campbell Papers, 1869-1898 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gift, 1954

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, May 2003


Pearce, William Martin. The Matador Land and Cattle Company. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1964.

Bean, Tom. The Matadors and Other Stories.Dell City, Texas: C. Warren, 1990.

Collection Inventory


Correspondence, 1869-1882

1 Personal and Invitations, 1869-1882


Financial Documents, 1879-1898

2 Receipts, Notes, and Journal, 1879-1898


Literary Production, 1890

3 Campbell's Weather Diary, 1890


Scrapbook Material, undated

4 Invitations and Photograph, undated