The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 7
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To Whom Credit Is Due
The Bexar Archives alone form an indispensable foundation
for the history of Texas for a hundred years prior to the Texas
Revolution. In the course of time they came into the custody of
the commissioners of Bexar County; and in 1898 Bugbee, with
the assistance of friends and officials in San Antonio, induced
the commissioners to transfer them to the University.
Without the Austin Papers no satisfactory history of the Anglo-
American colonization of Texas would be possible.
The warm friendship of Colonel Guy M. Bryan, owner of the
Papers, for Garrison and Bugbee lay at the bottom of the unre-
stricted donation of this precious collection to the University.
About 1896 and 1897 Bugbee worked in the Papers at Quintana,
where Colonel Bryan had them stored in his bedroom. Bugbee
so completely won the confidence of Colonel Bryan that he was
allowed to use the Papers the following summer without super-
vision while Colonel Bryan was traveling. In 1898, at the con-
tinuous insistence of his daughter Hally, Colonel Bryan moved
the Papers to Austin to escape the danger of storm damage and
stored them in the west basement of the capitol. There he saw
the Papers used by a graduate class that Professor Garrison was
teaching in Texas history. I think he became convinced then
after jealously guarding the Papers for nearly fifty years, that
he had at last found the place for the temporary safety and
maximum usefulness of the Papers. Of the final disposal of the
Papers, Mrs. Hally Bryan Perry writes: "Though they could have
been used by a chosen biographer of Stephen F. Austin on pro-
tracted loan, Colonel Bryan always intended the papers to go
eventually to Texas.
"In the early summer of 1898, when he made his will, leaving
them to the State, he was undecided to which department they
should go. His literary executors Hally Bryan, his daughter, and
Beauregard Bryan, his nephew, were thus faced with the decision.
Another daughter, Mrs. Laura Bryan Parker in Washington, D.
C., served, by Beauregard Bryan's request, in his stead. The
daughters went through the collection and the four children of
Guy M. Bryan chose the University of Texas as the proper state
repository. Early in 19o2 they were presented through Dr. Gar-
rison, Bugbee having died."
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