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Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Accession Number

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Palm Family Papers, 1850-1921 (bulk 1870-1890)



Title: Palm family papers
Dates: 1850-1921,
Dates (Bulk): 1870-1890
Abstract: The Palm Family papers, 1850-1921 (bulk 1870-1890), relate to the activities of the Palm family, particularly Anders (Andrew) J. Palm (1839-1928) and his cousin Swen M. Swenson (1816-1896), merchant, rancher, and business associate of Swante Palm; their efforts to assist Swedish immigrants in Texas; and the establishment of the Palm Valley School. Included are correspondence, receipts, bills, legal documents, scrapbook material, genealogical records, printed materials, and photographs.
Identification: camh-arc-004163
Extent: 6 inches
Language: Materials are written in Swedish and English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical / Historical

The Palm family, ranchers and founders of Palm Valley, Williamson County, Texas, and the Palm Valley School, were Swedish immigrants to Texas in the mid-19th century. Andrew (Anders) J. Palm (1839-1928) and his cousin Swen M. Swenson (1816-1896), nephews of Swante Palm (1815-1899), assisted their Swedish countrymen in migrating to Texas. Palm family members were active in obtaining financial support for the establishment of the Palm Valley School, as well as collecting genealogical information about Swedes in Texas. Two houses constructed by Andrew J. Palm, the Palm House, built in 1873, and the Palm Mansion, built in 1912, are designated as Texas Historical Landmarks. Both are located in Round Rock, Texas, into which Palm Valley was eventually incorporated.

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Scope and Contents

The Palm Family papers, 1850-1921 (bulk 1870-1890) contain genealogical materials, immigration records, Palm Valley School records, letters, financial and legal documents, and photographs relating to the Palm family and Swedish settlers in Texas, primarily from the years 1870 to 1890. While the collection primarily relates to the Palm family, it also consists of genealogical research notes about Swedes in Texas, as well as information about the establishment of the Palm Valley School and lists of those pledging support to the school.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Palm, Andrew J. (Anders), 1839-1928
Swenson, S. M. (Svante Magnus), 1816-1896
Family Names
Palm family
Subjects
Emigration and immigration
Swedish Americans
Places
Palm Valley (Williamson County, Texas)
Round Rock

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Related Materials

See also:

Swante Palm Papers, 1834-1897

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Separated Material

Palm Family album (97 photographs), undated, separated to the Photograph Collection 3Y37.

Letterhead: Round Rock, Texas--Jno. A. Nelson & Co, Bankers and Hardware Store, ca. 1920 separated to Photograph Collection 3Y37.

Broadside, "Auction Sale" for A. J. and L. M. Palm, Round Rock, ca. 1920 separated to TXC-224.

Program, 90th Anniversary of Palm Valley Ev. Lutheran Church, Round Rock, Texas, November 24, 1960 separated to TXC-224.

The Round Rock News, Round Rock, Texas, December 21, 1888 separated to the Newspaper Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Palm Family Papers, 1850-1921 (bulk 1870-1890), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Mullin, April 1986. Subsequent revisions made by Caroline Collins, December 2019.

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Accession Number

82-387

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

Correspondance
box
2J112 [SRH1230008692] Letters to Andrew J. Palm, 1866?, 1882-1889
Financial Documents
box
2J112 [SRH1230008692] Notes, 1861-1888, undated
Receipts, 1868-1889
Statements, 1874, 1887
Bills, 1884-1886
Legal Documents
box
2J112 [SRH1230008692] County elector certificates, 1867-1873
Title transfer, 1882
Scrapbook Material
box
2J112 [SRH1230008692] Subscription for busts of O. M. Roberts and Swante Palm, 1898
Auction notice, 1920
August B. Palm obituary, 1921
Book, Frithiofs Saga af Esaias Tegner (in Swedish), circa 1850
Swedish Immigration
box
2J112 [SRH1230008692] Genealogical material, 1878-1894, undated
Financial and legal documents, 1879-1887
Palm Valley School Records
Financial Documents
box
2J112 [SRH1230008692] Receipts, 1882-1903
Pledges of support, 1887-1892
School trustee documents, 1894-1910
Photographic Material
box
3Y37 [SRH1230028312] Palm family photo album (97 photographs), undated

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