University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the W. G. Sharp Collection, 1817-1923

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sharp, W. G.
Title: W. G. Sharp Collection
Dates: 1817-1923
Abstract: Miscellanseous documents collected by W. G. Sharp relating to the history of Texas and San Augustine city and county. The materials concern slave and cotton trading, legal affairs, and the Civil War, and also include mentios of many famous Texans and Texas families.
Accession No.: 67-6
Extent: 1 ft., 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in German and English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

San Augustine, Texas, banker and civic leader W. G. Sharp was descended from George Washington Teel, one of the original 300 settlers Stephen F. Austin brought to San Felipe, Texas, in 1824 and moved to San Augustine in 1827. Sharp was a lifelong lover of Texas history and collected documents relating to Texas history.

Scope and Contents

The W. G. Sharp Collection, 1817-1923, contains printed materials, correspondence, legal and business papers, and announcements related to sales of slaves and cotton, taxes, legal affairs, and the Civil War in San Augustine and Grimes Counties. The collection represents a number of famous Texans and Texas, including David G. Burnet, the Cartwright family, James Pinckney Henderson and family, Sam Houston, David Spangler Kaufman, Oran Milo Roberts, Thomas Jefferson Rusk, and William Barret Travis among others.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Blount family.
Blount, Stephen W. (Stephen William), 1808-1890.
Bryan, Moses Austin, 1817-1895.
Burnet, David Gouverneur, 1789-1870.
Cartwright family.
Cartwright, Matthew, 1807-1870.
Ford, John Salmon.
Garrett family.
Hanks, Wyatt, 1795-1862.
Henderson, James Pinckney, 1808-1858.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Kaufman, David S. (David Spangler), 1813-1851.
Miller, William P. (William Parsons) [ca. 1802]-1862.
Roberts, Oran Milo, 1815-1898.
Rusk, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1803-1857.
Sharp family.
Sharp, W. G. -- Archive
Teel, George Washington, 1784-1856.
Travis, William Barret, 1809-1836.
Cotton trade -- Texas -- History -- Sources.
Family archives -- Texas.
Slavery -- Texas.
Taxation -- Texas.
Grimes County (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Nacogdoches (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
San Antonio (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
San Augustine (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
San Augustine County (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Texas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Texas -- Social life and customs -- History.

Related Material

David Gouverneru Burnet Papers, 1798-1965

Cartwright Family Papers, 1836-1984

James Pinckney Henderson Family Papers, 1837-1881

Sam Houston Papers, 1814-1957

David Spangler Kaufman Papers, 1841-1848

Oran Milo Roberts Papers, 1815-1897

Thomas Jefferson Rusk Papers, 1824-1859

William Barret Travis Papers, 1831-1924

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W. G. Sharp Collection, 1817-1923, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jane O'Brien, March 1967.

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



3H443 San Augustine County material
3G444 San Augustine County material
3G445 San Augustine County material
4M252 Grimes County material
4M253 Grimes County material
4M254 Cover for Travis's "Victory or Death" letter
4N48j Scrapbook, 1810-1931