University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Redford Family Diaries, 1875-1923

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Redford, James.
Title: Redford Family Diaries,
Dates: 1875-1923
Creator Abstract: The Redford family moved from Canada to the Texas Hill Country in 1877.
Content Abstract: These diaries contain a regular entries regarding weather conditions and community matters.
Identification: MS 290
Extent: 2 linear feet (6 volumes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

James Redford, Sr. was born in Glasgow on September 18, 1821. He moved to Canada with his parents as a young man. Redford and his wife, Elizabeth, had 8 children. He was a banker, owned land, a lumber yard, a foundry and sundry other properties. Redford served in the Canadian Parliament from 1867-1872 as the first representative from Perth. As a consequence of serious financial problems, Redford and some of his family moved to free land in the Texas Hill Country. The family homestead was 640 acres south of Sandy, Texas. James Redford died December 18, 1908. His youngest son, Alexander, was extremely religious, never married, and died of skin cancer in the 1950s.

Scope and Content Note

The first volume of the diaries starts in Stratford, Ontario. The first Texas entry is February 7, 1877. The diaries contain a daily recording of weather conditions, crop yields, livestock, and family and community matters. The entries were from January 1, 1875- June 27, 1907 were primarily kept by James Redford, Sr. During periods of ill health, Redford's family would provide notations. The diaries were maintained by Alexander Redford from June 27, 1907-April 24, 1923.


Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish materials from the collection must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Redford, James.
Redford, Alexander.
Crops and climate--Texas--Blanco County.
Agriculture--Texas--Blanco County.
Frontier and pioneer life--Texas--Blanco County.
Pioneers--Texas--Blanco County.
Blanco County (Tex.)--Climate.
Blanco County (Tex.)--History.
Texas Hill Country (Tex.)--Biography.
Local Subjects
Family Collections
Texas History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Redford Family Diaries, MS 290, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received from Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Coleman in March 1985 (Acc. 1985-999).

Processing Information

Faculty Research grant recipient, Joel Gunn, transcribed 5 of the 6 diaries from 1986-1987. Gunn compiled biographical information about the Redford family. He also documented processes used in transcribing the materials.

Finding aid written and encoded by Nikki Lynn Thomas, Manuscripts Curator, September 2008.

Note to Researchers

A Twitter feed with selected excepts from the Redford Diaries and historical information about the family and town of Sandy, TX can be found at the following URL:

Detailed Description of the Collection


OM1 Volume I, 1875-1884
Volume II, 1884-1889
Volume III, 1889-1893
OM2 Volume IV, 1893-1898
Volume V, 1898-1902
Volume VII, 1906-1923