University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Thomas James Arithmetic Book, 1802

Descriptive Summary

Creator: James (Thomas) (1785- )
Title: Thomas James Arithmetic Book
Dates: 1802
Abstract: The James (Thomas) Arithmetic Book consists of a handwritten arithmetic text by Thomas James.
Accession No.: 2014-177
Extent: 1 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Thomas James (1785- ) was born in Virginia. Few details remain about James, but it is known that he married Margaret Hoard (1800- ) and he taught school. When he was 17 and already teaching, James created the arithmetic text that constitutes the collection. It is thought that he died in Fulton, Missouri. Douglas Batson, James’s great-great-great grandson, and his wife, Amanda Batson, donated the text.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of an arithmetic text written by Thomas James. The cover is made of hand-woven linen and the contents are handwritten in ink.


Access Restrictions

Restricted access. In-person use by appointment only. Please contact the mathematics archivist.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
James, Thomas.
Virginia (state)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James (Thomas) Arithmetic Book, 1802, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Carol Mead, September 2014.

Detailed Description of the Papers



4RM236 Arithmetic book, 1802