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A Guide to the David B. Gracy II Papers, 2000-2007
Dr. David B. Gracy II is the Governor Bill Daniel Professor Emeritus in Archival Enterprise in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. Gracy spent 11 years directing archival programs at Texas Tech and Georgia State universities and nine years as State Archivist of Texas.
He is a former President of both the Society of American Archivists and the Academy of Certified Archivists, and a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association. Gracy's research interests include the history of archival enterprise, of archives and libraries in Texas, and of the information domain. He is author of Archives and Manuscripts: Arrangement and Description; of Littlefield Lands: Colonization on the Texas Plains, 1912-1920; and of Moses Austin: His Life.
In 2000, Gracy participated in examining a 19th century manuscript purportedly written by José Enrique de la Peña, a Mexican soldier present at the Battle of the Alamo. Critics had challenged the authenticity of Peña's writing because it described the surrender and execution of Davy Crockett and others after the battle's end. At the request of Dr. Don Carleton, Director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, Gracy and a team of students and instructors from the UT School of Information analyzed the manuscript's paper, ink, and handwriting, determining its authenticity.
Gracy, David B. II. "'Just as I Have Written It': A Study of the Authenticity of the Manuscript of José Enrique de la Peña’s Account of the Texas Campaign," Southwest Historical Quarterly. October, 2001: 254-291. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101222/m1/285/ (accessed May 17, 2016), from The Portal to Texas History.
Gunn, Brenda. "Controversy in the Archives: A Documentary Saga of Davy Crockett's Death," Texas Library Journal. Vol. 80 No. 1, pp. 10-15.
The David B. Gracy II Papers consist of manuscripts, printed materials, photographic negatives, computer files, and VHS tapes related to Gracy's study of the José Enrique de la Peña historical manuscript.
Access to portions of this collection are restricted. Contact repository for further information.
David B. Gracy II Papers, 2000-2007, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Colleen Hobbs, May 2016.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.