Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Tweed Family:

An Inventory of Their Papers, 1836-1932 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Tweed Family
Title: Tweed Family Papers,
Dates: 1836-1932 and undated
Abstract: The Tweed Family Papers consists primarily of correspondence. Diaries, essays and poetry, newspaper clippings, and financial and legal material are also present, along with photographs.
Collection # S 1093.1
Quantity: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Mrs. Richard Tweed, upon whom the majority of the materials focus, was the sister-in-law of William Marcy ("Boss") Tweed, who controlled the Democratic political machine at New York City's Tammany Hall during the mid-19th century. He and his associates misappropriated public funds on a large scale, leading to his arrest and imprisonment in 1871.

Scope and Content

The Tweed Family Papers consist primarily of correspondence between Mrs. Richard Tweed and her children, relatives, and friends. Diaries, essays and poetry written by family members, newspaper clippings (photocopies), and financial and legal material are also included, as are a handful of photographs. All relate primarily to the life of Mrs. Richard Tweed and her descendants.

The Tweed Family papers may also be found among the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library digital holdings at


The Tweed Family Papers are organized by the following categories: Correspondence, Newspapers, Literary Production, Photographs, Financial Material, Printed Material, Scrapbook Material, Legal Material, and Artifacts.


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)
Tweed, Alfred
Tweed, Anna
Tweed, Boss, 1823-1878
Tweed, Mary Hollis
Tweed, Richard, Mrs.
Tweed, William M., 1823-1878
Tweed family--History
Subjects (Organizations)
Democratic Party (New York, N.Y.)
Tammany Hall (New York City)
United States. Congress
United States. Congress. House of Representatives
Subjects (Places)
Borger (Tex.)
New York (N.Y.)--Politics and government--To 1898
New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs
Tweed Ring

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Tweed Family Papers, 1836-1932 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Gift, 1976

Processed by

Kitty Johnson, 1976; Katie White, 2013

Collection Inventory


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1 1 Correspondence, 1836-1843
2 Correspondence, 1844-1849
3 Correspondence, 1850-1856
4 Correspondence, 1857-1858
5 Correspondence, 1859-1869
6 Correspondence, 1870-1874
7 Correspondence, 1875-1876
8 Correspondence, 1877-1881
9 Correspondence, 1882-1883
10 Correspondence, 1884-1888
11 Correspondence, 1889-1903 and undated
12 Correspondence, 1892 and undated


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1 13 Newspaper Clippings, 1873-1932 and undated

Literary Production

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1 14 Literary Productions, 1843-1868 and undated


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1 15 Photographs, 1874-1921 and undated

Financial Material

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1 16 Financial Material, 1863-1890 and undated

Printed Material

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1 17 Printed Material, 1876-1918 and undated

Scrapbook Material

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1 18 Scrapbook Material, 1890-1890 and undated

Legal Material

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1 19 Legal Material, 1843-1873


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1 20 Artifacts, undated