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Augustus Maverick felt such strong connections with the Alamo, having
been present until just days before the final assault, that he built his home
at the corner of Alamo Plaza and Houston Street where the Gibbs Build-
ing now stands.
It was in consideration of her family's attachment to San Antonio and
the Alamo that Laura Maverick Graves Avery of Eugene, Oregon, decided
to present to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo
one hundred letters of Maverick family correspondence. Several photo-
graphs and memorabilia are also included.
The letters date from 1852 to 1895, and were exchanged by several
members of the family of Samuel Augustus Maverick, San Antonio busi-
nessman, landowner, and legislator. Many of the letters were sent or re-
ceived by Maverick's son, William H. "Willie" Maverick, many of those dat-
ing from his time as a student in the Bastrop Military Institute in the years
immediately before and during the war. Letters from his parents contain
news of home, commentary on events, and advice. His older brothers,
soldiers in Confederate service, wrote of military life in Texas camps and
offered their counsel on matters of education and deportment.
Willie Maverick's own letters to family range from his schoolboy days
through his years in college in Virginia and North Carolina and express
his interest in events and his occasional frustrations with academic life.
Some of the most detailed letters were sent by Mary Ann Adams Maverick
to her children, and show her eye for the details of social and political life
Virginia Van Cleave, president general of the DRT, commented that
these family letters give researchers new insights into the dynamics of this
prominent San Antonio family in the turbulent Civil War era.
Other family members represented in the papers include Lewis Maver-
ick, George M. Maverick, Mary Brown Maverick, and Laura Maverick.
J. Bruce Bugg Jr., chairman and co-trustee, and Leroy G. Denman Jr.,
co-trustee of the Tobin Endowment in San Antonio recently presented to
the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee a group of
eighteen digital images of maps, which preserve in electronic format the
integrity of the original Tobin map collection. Virginia Van Cleave, presi-
dent general, of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, also accepted for
the library a framed edition of the Hoffman and Walker Pictorial Historical
Map of Texas. Bugg stated that the Hoffman and Walker map was a favorite
of Robert Tobin's. The maps are available on a compact disc that can be
used at any of the library's public access computer terminals. Reproduc-
tions of the maps can be ordered through library staff.
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