Heritage, Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 1987 Page: 7
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"This valuable, priceless volume will shed new
light on the history of the republic," adds
Robert L. Schaadt, director-archivist of the
center. "When a comparison is made between
this volume and the Writings of Sam Houston
published in 1940, only about one-fourth of
the documents have been published, and very
few of the legislative messages seem to be
available elsewhere. I am certain that scholars
will find the volume to be invaluable in shedding
further light on the history of the republic
and of President Houston. The center
at Liberty is extremely fortunate in receiving
this gift from Mrs. Darby."
The volumes contains copies of letters to the
major figures of the period, including Andrew
Jackson, Francis Lubbock, G. W. Hockley,
Edward Burleson, James Davis, Joseph Ellis,
Anson Jones, Dr. Ashbel Smith, Thomas J.
Rusk, Gail Borden, James Morgan and General
Antonio L6pez de Santa Anna. The last
document recorded is Houston's speech on his
retirement from the presidency, delivered
to the members of Congress of the the Republic
at Washington-on-the-Brazos on December
"There being no carbon paper available, most
of the letters and other documents were
copied into this volume by his personal secretary,
Washington D. Miller. A few of the
letters appear to be in Houston's handwriting,"
Schaadt says. "However, the copy of every
document is signed with the well-known signature
of President Houston."
A photographic copy of the 571 pages will be
available to researchers in order to preserve
The book is encased in secure plexiglass on
top of a special mahogany case constructed by
the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio.
The case and enclosed stand were
presented to the center by Governor and
Mrs. Price Daniel in honor of Mrs. Darby.
Mrs. Daniel is a great-great granddaughter of
Sam Houston and a cousin of Mrs. Darby.
The Sam Houston Center, a part of the Local
Records Division of the Texas State Library, is
the state historical depository for ten southeastern
counties. Of the twenty-four statewide
depositories operated by the Texas State Library
and Archives Commission, the one at
Liberty is the largest and the only one with its
own separate building. It is located three miles
north of Liberty on Governor's Road west of
State Highway 146.
For further information, contact DirectorArchivist
Robert L. Schaadt, Sam Houston
Center, Box 989, Liberty, Texas 77575; 409336-7097,
or Susan Hildebrand, Information
Specialist, Texas State Library, Box 12927,
Austin, Texas 78711; 512-463-5460.
continued on page 47
"John James Audubon:
An American Original"
Star of the Republic
Box 317, Washington,
"John James Audubon: An American Original," an exhibit of original bird and mammal
prints by Audubon and personal artifacts from Audubon's life, will be presented at
the Star of the Republic Museum at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park
from March 1 through October 15, 1987. John James Audubon (1785-1851) is undoubtedly
considered the preeminent American bird scientist and artist, and this exhibit
examines his scientific as well as artistic achievements. Audubon traveled extensively
throughout the United States and even made a brief visit to the Texas coast in
1837; these travels, his contributions to natural history, the production of his monumental
works, Birds of America and Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, as well as
the myths and controversies surrounding the man, are all highlighted in this unique
Organized and produced by the museum staff, the exhibit will contain more than
twenty original Audubon engravings and lithographs, numerous mounted mammal
and bird specimens, documents, journals, letters, and personal artifacts. Many institutions,
including Princeton University, Harvard University, the Missouri Historical Society,
and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, are generously lending
objects to be displayed.
All of the mammal and bird prints as well as the mounted specimens are species which
were found prominently in nineteenth-century Texas, and many of the mammals were
labeled by Audubon as Texan. A few of the species to be exhibited are today considered
extinct or endangered, such as the ivory-billed woodpecker and the Carolina
Additional material on Audubon will be available in the museum store. The museum
and the exhibit are free, and programs for organized groups are available by calling for
reservations. The museum is located within Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical
Park between Brenham and Navasota off State Highway 105. Beginning March 1,
the museum is open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information, contact D. Ryan Smith.
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