University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

James H. Dunn Family Papers, 1843-1932

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dunn, James H., -1893
Title: James H. Dunn family papers
Dates: 1843-1932
Abstract: Collection documents the lives of the extended family of Dr. James H. Dunn and his wife Rebecca Micheaux.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00555
Extent: 1.75 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical / Historical Note

Collection documents the lives of the extended family of Dr. James H. Dunn and his wife Rebecca Micheaux who filed for bankruptcy in Virginia in 1873 and subsequently moved to Texas where they and their children lived in various parts of the state.

Scope and Contents

Personal and business correspondence including financial and legal papers, postcards, greeting cards, domestic material, newspaper clippings, and photographs, arranged chronologically by subject. .

Collection includes letters written by Dunn's sons and daughters and their aunts, uncles, and cousins still residing in Virginia, especially those from the Micheaux (sometimes spelled Michaux) and Dickinson branches of the family, make up the bulk of the collection. Included is material dealing with postbellum life on the Virginia plantation (Cork) belonging to the Micheaux family; the affairs of Hampden-Sydney College and the town of the same name in Prince Edward County, Virginia; land concerns in Texas relating to crops, rentals, and oil leases; alcohol and drug addiction treatments; and the daily affairs of life and death.

In addition the papers include letters from a West Point cadet (1874-1875), from members of the Dunn family during a stay in Los Angeles, and from cousins who have emigrated to northern California (1870-1884).


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Dunn, Henry T.
Dunn, James C.
Dunn, James H., -1893
Dunn, Jessie
Dunn, Mary Marshall
Dunn, Rebecca Micheaux 1822-1901
Dunn, Shuggie (Henriette M.)
Michaux, Robert V., Jr.
Micheaux, Jennie (Virginia), -1897
Woods, Evelyn Micheaux
Family Names
Anderson (Family)
Dickinson (Family : Dickinson, Robert M.)
Corporate Names
Hampden–Sydney College
Texas Ensor Remedy Company
United States Military Academy
Decedents' estates
Farm life
Land titles
Manners and customs
Oil and gas leases
Cork Plantation
Darlington Heights

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James H. Dunn Family Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Briscoe Center staff. Subsequent revision by Colleen Hobbs, June 2021.

OCLC Number


Detailed Description of the Collection


2J84 [SRH1230008664] Inventory (copy of finding aid, separation sheets)
Rebecca and James H. Dunn correspondence, 1843-1886, undated
Letters to Henriette (Shuggie) and Mary Dunn
2J84 [SRH1230008664] Letters to Henriette (Shuggie) and Mary Dunn, 1868-1880
approximately 305 pages
Letters to Henriette (Shuggie) and Mary Dunn, 1881-1906
approximately 195 pages
Letters to Henriette (Shuggie) and Mary Dunn, 1907-1920
approximately 120 pages
Letters to Henriette (Shuggie) and Mary Dunn, 1921-1932, undated
approximately 270 pages
Letters from Mary Dunn, 1877-1929
approximately 270 pages
Letters from Mary Dunn, from Virginia and unspecified, undated
approximately 180 pages
2J85 [SRH1230008665] Letters from Mary Dunn, undated, from Texas and California
Letters from Henrietta (Shuggie) Dunn, 1876-1920, undated
James C. Dunn correspondence, 1872-1927, undated
Henry T. Dunn correspondence, 1870-1920, undated
Letters from Jessie Dunn and family, 1871-1903, undated
Letters from land managers
2J85 [SRH1230008665] W. G. Eustis (Charlie, Texas), 1903, 1914-1919, undated
I. J. Tinney and E. R. Cummings (Charlie, Texas), 1916-1921, undated
T. J. Wells (Petrolia, Texas), 1912-1928
Dunn family legal affairs, 1849-1898, undated
2J86 [SRH1230008666] Dunn family financial affairs: Dr. James H. Dunn's bills and notes, 1845-1876, undated
Dunn Family Financial Affairs; Miscellaneous, 1892-1931, undated
Virginia (Jennie) Micheaux correspondence, 1873-1883
Virginia (Jennie) Micheaux correspondence, 1884-1886
Virginia (Jennie) Micheaux correspondence, 1887-1892
Virginia (Jennie) Micheaux correspondence, 1893-1897, undated
Evelyn Micheax Woods correspondence, 1875-1897
Evelyn Micheax Woods correspondence, 1898-1899
Evelyn Micheax Woods correspondence, 1900-1912, undated
Robert M. Dickinson family correspondence, 1874-1908, undated
Virginia (Jennie) Micheaux correspondence, 1873-1897, undated
2J87 [SRH1230008667] Evelyn Micheaux Woods correspondence, 1875-1912, undated
Letters from Robert V. Micheaux, Jr., at West Point, 1874-1875
Letters from the Anderson family in California to the Dunn sisters, 1870-1884
Invitations and programs, 1868-1925, undated
Miscellaneous memoranda and cards, undated
Newspaper clippings, 1877-1896, 1930, undated
Domestic affairs, 1880-1920, undated
Poems, songs, essays, undated
Greeting cards, 1909-1932, undated
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1875-1908, undated
2.325/V5 [SRH1230002580] Oversize deeds, 1856, 1857
3Y27 [SRH1230028299] Photographs
3S119d [SRH1230029321] Postcards