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 Decade: 1880-1889
 Language: English
 Collection: O. Henry Project
Athol Estes Porter Autograph book

Athol Estes Porter Autograph book

Date: September 25, 1885
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Autograph album belonging to Athol Estes, includes 10-line two stanza poem. First letters of first five lines acrostically spell Athol (first letters of lines) and Estes (last letters of lines). Signed "W.S.P."
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
[Cancelled Checks to W. S. Porter]

[Cancelled Checks to W. S. Porter]

Date: 1886
Creator: unknown
Description: Cancelled checks written by Maddox Bros. & Anderson all made out to W. S. Porter. Some are endorsed on the back by Porter.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
[Effie Roach Hofer Autograph Album]

[Effie Roach Hofer Autograph Album]

Date: August 2, 1885
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Autograph album belonging to Effie Roach Hofer. It includes page a 10-line verse poem entitled "Poetry," with drawing of fiddle and pointing finger and hand, signed "W.S. Porter/Secretary Jolly Brothers."
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
[Letter from O. Henry to Belle Palm]

[Letter from O. Henry to Belle Palm]

Date: September 23, 1886
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Letter detailing programme for a musical event to be held on October 1, 1886, in which Belle Palm is on the program and O. Henry is the Musical Director.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Map of Kent County

Map of Kent County

Date: July 1889
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Cadastral map of Kent County, Texas in the Panhandle Plains region. Scale ca. 1:133,334 (4000 varas per inch). Shows boundaries and ownership of land, including that of several railroad companies. Compiled and drawn by William S. Porter, later known as the short story writer O. Henry. Map is notable for its landscape drawings near the top.
Contributing Partner: Texas General Land Office
Map of Webb County

Map of Webb County

Date: June 1888
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Cadastral map of Webb County, Texas in the South Texas Plains region. Some features are marked in color and some sketched illustrations around the title. Scale ca. 1:133,334 (4000 varas per inch). Authorship is attributed to W.S. Porter, later known as the short story writer O. Henry.
Contributing Partner: Texas General Land Office
Receiver's Memorandum

Receiver's Memorandum

Date: 1887-06/1888-12
Creator: Texas General Land Office
Description: These two pages are exerpts from a 141-page Receivers Memorandum dated 1887-1888. Pages appear to show payroll advances to O. Henry, here identified by his given name William S. Porter or W.S. Porter, for the months of June 1887 through December 1887. These pages are written in O. Henry's hand, and show his signature several times.
Contributing Partner: Texas General Land Office
Roster of Employees in the General Land Office

Roster of Employees in the General Land Office

Date: 1881/1891
Creator: Texas General Land Office
Description: Ledger contains lists of General Land Office employees, their job titles, and monthly earnings. Excerpted here are 98 pages covering January 1887-January 1891, which are the dates O. Henry was employed at the land office. W.S. Porter, later known as the writer O. Henry, is listed as draftsman, compiling draftsman and assistant draftsman, earning $100 per month. Porter's name appears on roughly half of the pages.
Contributing Partner: Texas General Land Office