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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Print Materials, 1940-2005 and undated

Photograph Albums, 1950-1986 and undated

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Peyton Colony Records, 1940-2005



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Peyton Colony
Title: Peyton Colony Records
Dates: 1940-2005
Creator Abstract: Peyton Colony was founded by Peyton Roberts in 1866 as a community for freedmen.
Content Abstract: The majority of the collection consists of scrapbooks and newspaper clippings. It also includes correspondence and assorted printed materials.
Identification: MS 205
Extent: 2.25 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language: English
Repository University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

In 1866 Peyton Roberts, an ex-slave from Lockhart, acquired public land in Blanco County and established a freedmen’s colony called Peyton Colony (also known as Boardhouse)m. He started his settlement with a wagon, livestock, and supplies gifted from his old master. Other freedmen followed and built on land nearby, establishing a community that would reach a population of 400 at its height.

In 1989, Peyton Colony received two historical markers. The first, Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, was founded in 1874 by Reverend Jack Burch. The church began as a tent where meetings and sermons were held until a log cabin was built. Before the schoolhouse was built, the church also served as a classroom. The second historical site is a lime kiln used by Peyton Roberts in building the first structures at Peyton Colony.

As of 2000, Peyton Colony’s population rested at 30. Descendants of founders still live there and maintain the historical sites and hold sermons at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains six photograph albums and nine folders consisiting of newspaper clippings and historical notes about the community, correspondence, print materials, photographs, and one operator's license. Print materials consist of sermon transcripts, brochures, obituaries, and documentation of the dedication of Peyton Colony's two historical spots, Mt. Horeb Baptist Church and the lime kiln.

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Organization of Collection

Print Materials
Scrapbooks

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Restrictions

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.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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Index Terms

Persons
Jones, Catherine
Lambeth, Maggie
Organizations
Peyton Colony
Subjects
African American life.
African Americans.
African Americans--Colonization--Texas.
Communities.
Freedmen.
Places
Blanco County (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Contact sheets.
Correspondence.
Newspaper clippings.
Photograph albums.
Printed materials.
Local Subjects
African Americans
Texas History

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Related Material

There are no other known archival collections from the Peyton Colony at the time of accessioning.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Peyton Colony Records, MS 205, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Maggie Lambeth, September 2005.

Processing Information

Inventoried G. Schaad, K. Kisner, October 2005 and Rose Rodriguez, April 2009.

Processed by Amber Harmon, Library Assistant II, October 2017.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Print Materials, 1940-2005 and undated

Box Folder
1 1 Assorted newspaper publications, 1959, 1983-1992
2 Assorted pamphlets and brochures, 1986, 1989 and undated
Box
OM2 Binder cutouts with mailing information, undated
Box Folder
1 3 Contact sheets, October 20, 1974
4 History, 1940-2005 and undated
5 Lilly of the Valley Missionary Baptist Church 27th Anniversary souvenir journal, undated
6 Major League Baseball magazine with correspondene and inserts, 1984 and undated
7 Members of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, 1974
8 Texas Department of Public Safety Operators License, 1977
9 The Old Lime Kiln, by Robert Erroll, 1969

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Photograph Albums, 1950-1986 and undated

Box
OM1 Photograph album, 1959-1983 and undated
Photograph album, 1961-1986 and undated
Photograph album, 1984 and undated
Box
OM2 Photograph album, 1950-1984 and undated
Photograph album, 1972-1985 and undated

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