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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Kendall Family Papers. The Kendall Papers include letters, diaries,
memoranda, newspapers, photographs, books, and artifacts that docu-
ment the life of George Wilkins Kendall and his family. Kendall, born
in 18o9, was one of the most influential men of his day. He founded the
New Orleans Picayune newspaper in 1837 and built it into one of the
leading voices of the South. Kendall also was an avowed expansionist
who worked and wrote vigorously for Texas annexation. In 1841 he
joined the ill-fated Texan Santa Fe Expedition as a reporter, was cap-
tured in New Mexico, and held prisoner for two years. After his re-
lease, he wrote the best-selling Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition,
which was published in 1844. During the Mexican-American War of
1846-1848, Kendall received notoriety as the first modern war corre-
spondent. He rode with the Texas Rangers and served as aid-de-camp
to Gen. William Jenkins Worth, all the time sending dramatic front-line
stories to the Picayune where they were picked up and reprinted in
newspapers across the country. After the war, he and European artist
Carl Nebel published an illustrated portfolio of the conflict that con-
tains, according to some historians, the "very best American battle
scenes in existence." In the 185os, Kendall moved to Texas and even-
tually settled on a 4,ooo-acre ranch called the Post Oak Spring Ranch
located in present-day Kendall County (named after him). There, he
introduced sheep from the French Rambouillet Merino flocks to Texas.
Kendall, as a result, is known as the "father of the sheep business in
Texas." Kendall died in 1867 and was survived by his wife, Adeline de
Valcourt Kendall, and his children: George William, Caroline Louise,
Henry Fletcher, and Georgina de Valcourt. The papers also document
Kendall's family, including Mrs. Kendall's management of the ranch
after her husband's death and Georgina's untiring efforts to publish the
literary works of her father. The papers consist of eleven cubic feet of
historical material and date from 18o9-1947. Association member
Gerald Saxon, assistant director for Special Collections at UTA, com-
mented concerning the papers: "UTA is most pleased to bring such an
important collection back to Texas and make it available for research
and study. The Kendall Papers are as important for the study of nine-
teenth- and twentieth-century women's history as they are for the study
of Kendall himself." The papers will be arranged, described, cataloged,
and opened for research within the next year. For more information,
please contact Dr. Gerald D. Saxon, Assistant Director for Special Col-
lections, Box 19497, UTA Libraries, Arlington 76019; 817/273-3393.
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