The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 266
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Daniel inspected the archives as the occupancy of the new
building began (picture opposite). During the two weeks which
followed, the priceless archival documents were packed and
trucked to their new quarters. In all, the records and books com-
prised approximately sixty truck loads. After the actual moving
was completed, one week was required for unpacking and ar-
ranging, and the Archives Division was ready to receive researchers
on Monday, August 21. Gerald A. Pierce from the University of
Mississippi was the first person to sign the new register.
Since the maturity of a state can be measured by the facilities
provided for its archives, the new depository is a credit to Texas.
A modern, pleasant archives search room is supported by well-
lighted stack areas, ample office space for employees, and separate
microfilm and typing areas. Provisions are also made for the dis-
play of some of the more important documents relating to Texas
The "Twin Sisters," two iron cannon, were cast in Cincinnati
in late 1835 and given by citizens of the town to help Texas in its
struggle for independence. They arrived by boat through New
Orleans and Brazoria in time to be used by Sam Houston's troops
at the battle of San Jacinto. After many travels, some damage, and
the wear of years without proper care, the cannon disappeared
during the Civil War. One story contends that they were buried
near Harrisburg in August, 1865, by discharged Confederate sol-
diers. Lending a note of interest to that tale and to the continuing
search for these most famous of the yet unfound relics of the Texas
Revolution is the following letter from Jim McKee, 5th and
Harris Streets, Kemah, Texas.
During my research as an electronic prospector I accidentally ran
across some important reports that deal with the location of the "Twin
Sisters." I have this site located, in the northwestern part of Harris
County. I have every reason to believe the "Twin Sisters" are buried
in a gully that is about two or three miles long. As you know, it is
quite expensive to look for lost valuables, such as these cannon, and
it takes lots of time, patience, and know-how. It will take me about
thirty to ninety days there on this exploration for them. If the people
of Texas are interested enough to find these lost cannon then they will
donate to a public fund for the recovery. If found, they could be re-
paired, polished, and put on public display at the San Jacinto Battle-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962, periodical, 1962; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101195/m1/298/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.