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Isaac Van Zandt Papers:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Van Zandt, Isaac, 1818-1847
Title: Isaac Van Zandt Papers
Dates: 1842-1844
Abstract: The Isaac Van Zandt Papers provide a perspective into the attitudes leading up to and at the time of the United States' annexation of Texas.
Identification: GA47
Extent: 7 folders
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Born in 1813, Isaac Van Zandt practiced law in Marshall, Texas where he settled in 1838. He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1840 to 1842. In 1845, he was a member of the convention that considered and approved the annexation of Texas to the United States. he died in 1847.

Scope and Contents

Papers contain primarily letters to the postmaster in Washington, D.C., but includes a photostat letter to Wm. W. Holman which reports the activities of the Texan Delegation and the attitude of Washington toward Texas. Also included is a treasury voucher.


Items are no discernible order.



Open for research.

Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Van Zandt, Isaac, 1813-1847--Archives.
Texas--Politics and government--1836-1846--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information


Isaac Van Zandt Papers, GA47, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Gift, 1974.

Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.

Container List

box folder
1 1 Isaac Van Zandt to Post Master (Washington, D.C.) re. delivery of the Texian Delegation's mail, 13th Dec. 1842
S/Mrs. Bowens
Reverse: "Post Master of the City Post Office. Washington. For boy William Gray." Remains of seal.
ANS. 21 x 13.6 cm., as folded. 4 pp., text on (1).
2 Isaac Van Zandt to Post Master (Washington, D.C.) re. delivery of Texian Delegation's mail, 9th April 1843
S/Van Zandt.
Reverse: "Mr. P.M."
ANS. 15.7 x 19.9 cm., as folded. 4 pp., text on (1). Top edge ragged; bottom edge torn irregularly.
3 Isaac Van Zandt to Col. Wm. W. Holman, 26th March 1843
Report on the activities of the Texian Delegation and the attitude of people in Washington toward Texas.
PsL. 25.4 x 19.9 cm. as folded. 8 pp. as folded.
4 Isaac Van Zandt to George Temple, May 28th, 1844
Van Zandt is subscribing to a series of Peter's Official Reports.
S/Isaac Van Zandt.
ALS. 25.1 x 19.4 cm. as folded. 4 pp., text on (1) File note on back. 3 horizontal creases.
5 Voucher from the Treasury of the Republic of Texas to Van Zandt for services rendered, to be redeemed for taxes, December 19, 1844
PsD. Page: 27.7 x 21.4 cm. Voucher: 18.2 x 10.8 cm.
6 Isaac Van Zandt to the Post Master (Washington, D.C.) requesting any mail for the Texian Legation,
S/I. Van Zandt.
Reverse: "Mr. P.M., City Post Office. Wm. H. Gray." Remains of Seal.
ANS. 21 x 13.6 cm. as folded. 4 pp., text on (1). Bottom edge of page (1) torn. 2 horizontal creases.
7 Isaac Van Zandt to Mr. P.M. (Post Master, Washington) re. mailing a letter to Mrs. Van Zandt,
ANS. 22.3 x 15.3 cm. Left & right edges ragged. Top left corner missing. Foxed. Two horizontal creases. Place mended middle right edge.