University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Caryl Clyde Hill Papers, 1823, 1832-1916, 1958

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hill, Caryl Clyde
Title: Hill, Caryl Clyde Papers
Dates: 1823, 1832-1916, 1958
Abstract: Caryl Clyde Hill was an avid collector of materials documenting the early history of the Republic of Texas, government and military affairs, and biographies and histories of famous Texas leaders.
Extent: 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Caryl Clyde Hill (1874-1962) was born in Angola, New York, to John Welch Hill and Emogene Catherine Covey. He was an avid collector of materials documenting the early history of the Republic of Texas, government and military affairs, and biographies and histories of famous Texas leaders.

Scope and Contents

The Caryl Clyde Hill Papers, 1823, 1832-1916, 1958, include letters, a proclamation, a bill of sale, clippings, an affidavit, photographs, drawings, a certificate, a promissory note, a bill of lading, a letter-patent, a circular, a newspaper, biographical sketches, historical sketches, a pamphlet, notes, poems, and proverbs collected by Hill. The papers relate to the early history of the Texas Republic, particularly to the business, personal, and domestic affairs of the Austin-Bryan-Perry families, such as the literary career of Mary Austin Holley and the career of Stephen F. Austin, including his imprisonment in Mexico. The papers also pertain to political unrest and discord in Texas, ca. 1835; Ira Randolph Lewis’ 1832 altercation with George Morse Collinsworth, et al., and his mission to the United States; Thomas Jefferson Chambers’ efforts to raise men and money for the Texas Revolution; and Indian depredations in Gonzales County, 1835.

Other topics alluded to in the collection include the siege of Bexar and the death of Benjamin Rush Milam; the Battle of San Jacinto; the independence, recognition, and annexation of Texas; Thomas Jefferson Rusk’s 1838 campaign against the Kickapoo Indians; and the capture of the Santa Fe Expedition. Additionally, the papers pertain to deprivations suffered in Texas during the Civil War; William Howard Taft and Porfirio Diaz’s visit to El Paso, 1909; and garrison life in the Mexican Army and United States Army, ca. 1910, in El Paso, Juárez, Mexico, and New Mexico, including the imprisonment of Victoriano de la Huerta at Fort Bliss.

Furthermore, the papers include biographies of Jesse James and Robert Edward Lee; documents reflecting Texas historiography; and materials dealing with Hill’s professional career.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hill, Caryl Clyde--Archives.
Almonte, Juan Nepomuceno, 1803-1869
Austin, Henry, 1782-1852
Austin, John, 1790-1859
Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836
Bastrop, Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de, 1759-1827
Bryan, Beauregard, 1862-1918
Bryan, Guy M. (Guy Morrison), 1821-1901
Bryan, Laura H. Jack
Bryan, Moses Austin, 1817-1895
Bryan, William Joel
Cazneau, William Leslie
Chambers, Thomas Jefferson
Collinsworth, George Morse
Collinsworth, James, 1806-1838
Cos, Martín Perfecto de, 1800-1854
DeMorse, Charles, 1816-1887
Díaz, Porfirio, 1830-1915
Hammeken, George Louis
Holley, Mary Austin, 1784-1846
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863
James, Jesse
Kendall, Geo. Wilkins (George Wilkins), 1809-1867
Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870
Lewis, Ira Randolph
Love, James
Mexía, José Antonio, 1790-1839
Mier y Teran, Manuel de
Perry, Emily Austin Bryan, 1795-1851
Perry, James Franklin, 1790-1853
Rusk, Thomas Jefferson
Swartwout, Samuel, 1783-1856
Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
Williams, Samuel May, 1795-1858
San Jacinto, Battle of, Tex., 1836
Texan Santa Fé Expedition, 1841
Indians of North America--Texas
Kickapoo Indians--Texas
United States. Army
Mexico. Ejército
Lexington (Ky.)
New Orleans (La.)
Juárez (Chihuahua, Mexico)
Matamoros (Tamaulipas, Mexico)
Mexico City (Mexico)
New Mexico
Buffalo (N.Y.)
Brazoria County (Tex.)
Brenham (Tex.)
El Paso (Tex.)
Fort Worth (Tex.)
Galveston (Tex.)
Gonzales County (Tex.)
Independence (Tex.)
Matagorda County (Tex.)
Nacogdoches (Tex.)
San Felipe (Tex.)
Velasco (Tex.)
Washington (Tex.)
Ysleta (Tex.)
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Caryl Clyde Hill Papers, 1823, 1832-1916, 1958, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Subsequent revisions were made by Lawrence A. Landis, December 1990.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2J110 Papers
3T235 Photographs:
Moses Austin Bryan
Beauregard Bryan
Ira. R. Lewis
Robert E. Lee
Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, New Mexico
El Paso, Texas
Fort Bliss
Mexican soldiers in Juarez
Looking at Beauregard Bryan papers in the basement of C. C. Hill's optometry shop