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O. Henry's Wedding

Description: Original copy of statement by Lawrence K. Smoot, as recorded by Ralph Bickler, a court reporter, and furnished to [Trueman] O‘Quinn, relating the events surrounding the marriage of William Sydney Porter and Athol Estes at the Smoot home one July evening in 1887, with Lawrence as an “unofficial” witness when he was about 12 years of age. The date of the wedding was actually July 1, 1887 as a notice of the marriage appeared the next day in the Austin Daily Statesman.
Date: undated
Creator: Bickler, Ralph A. & Smoot, Lawrence K.
Item Type: Book
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

O. Henry Relics Guarded by State Land Office

Description: Photo essay containing images of photos, maps, and documents describing the General Land Office Archives holdings related to O. Henry. Includes a photo of Land Commissioner Bascom Giles standing next to O.Henry's drafting table in the Land Office.
Date: September 7, 1941
Creator: Dallas Morning News
Item Type: Clipping
Partner: Texas General Land Office

My Recollections of O. Henry (W. S. Porter)

Description: Short character sketch of O. Henry as a young man, before he was a published writer, when he worked as a draftsman at the General Land Office and for Maddox Brothers and Anderson.
Date: 191?
Creator: Frank Maddox
Item Type: Text
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Athol Estes Porter Autograph book

Description: Autograph album belonging to Athol Estes, includes 10-line two stanza poem. First letters of first five lines acrostically spell Athol (first letters of lines) and Estes (last letters of lines). Signed "W.S.P."
Date: September 25, 1885
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Item Type: Book
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Effie Roach Hofer Autograph Album]

Description: Autograph album belonging to Effie Roach Hofer. It includes page a 10-line verse poem entitled "Poetry," with drawing of fiddle and pointing finger and hand, signed "W.S. Porter/Secretary Jolly Brothers."
Date: August 2, 1885
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Item Type: Book
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Letter from O. Henry to Belle Palm]

Description: Letter detailing programme for a musical event to be held on October 1, 1886, in which Belle Palm is on the program and O. Henry is the Musical Director.
Date: September 23, 1886
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Stories of the Old Land Office

Description: Pamphlet printed by the Texas Capital Visitor's Center. Contains a foreward and two O. Henry short stories: "Bexar Scrip 2692" and "Georgia's Ruling." Both stories take place in the old land office building where O. Henry worked as a draftsman, and both are about Texas land grants.
Date: 2001~
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910.
Item Type: Pamphlet
Partner: Texas General Land Office

In O. Henry's Memory

Description: Photo essay includes images of O.Henry's life in Austin, including the Hill City Quartette, houses O. Henry lived in, sketches by O. Henry and letters by his daughter Margaret Porter.
Date: February 18, 1932
Creator: Houston Chronicle
Item Type: Clipping
Partner: Texas General Land Office

[Lawrence K. Smoot]

Description: Back of photograph reads, "Lawrence K. Smoot Age 13 years Height 4 ft 4 in."
Date: 1887
Creator: Marks, H. R.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Statement by Judge J.W. Maxwell

Description: Regarding William S. Porter's note on some debt he owed Hatzfeld and Co.
Date: June 1936
Creator: Maxwell, J.W.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

The Texas Trail of O. Henry

Description: Newspaper article includes sketches and photos of O. Henry and friends. Describes O.Henry's life and his time in Austin.
Date: July 15, 1923
Creator: Minatra, Odie
Item Type: Clipping
Partner: Texas General Land Office

[Letter from Jane Smoot to Trueman O’Quinn]

Description: Letter referencing photograph of Lawrence Smoot at age twelve (12) that he witnessed the marriage of William Sydney Porter and Athol Estes.
Date: August 17, 1975
Creator: Smoot, Jane
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Receiver's Memorandum

Description: These two pages are exerpts from a 141-page Receivers Memorandum dated 1887-1888. Pages appear to show payroll advances to O. Henry, here identified by his given name William S. Porter or W.S. Porter, for the months of June 1887 through December 1887. These pages are written in O. Henry's hand, and show his signature several times.
Date: 1887-06/1888-12
Creator: Texas General Land Office
Item Type: Text
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Roster of Employees in the General Land Office

Description: Ledger contains lists of General Land Office employees, their job titles, and monthly earnings. Excerpted here are 98 pages covering January 1887-January 1891, which are the dates O. Henry was employed at the land office. W.S. Porter, later known as the writer O. Henry, is listed as draftsman, compiling draftsman and assistant draftsman, earning $100 per month. Porter's name appears on roughly half of the pages.
Date: 1881/1891
Creator: Texas General Land Office
Item Type: Text
Partner: Texas General Land Office

[Cancelled Checks to W. S. Porter]

Description: Cancelled checks written by Maddox Bros. & Anderson all made out to W. S. Porter. Some are endorsed on the back by Porter.
Date: 1886
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Drafting table

Description: Pine drafting table. It has a slant top, straight legs and three drawers. This drafting table was used at the Texas General Land Office around 1890, when O. Henry worked in the department.
Date: 1880/1900~
Partner: Texas State Preservation Board

Drafting table

Description: Pine drafting table. It has a slant top with hinges and no drawers. This drafting table was used at the Texas General Land Office around 1890, when O. Henry worked in the department.
Date: 1880/1900~
Partner: Texas State Preservation Board

Drafting table

Description: Pine drafting table. It has a slant top with two drawers and wood pulls. This drafting table was used at the Texas General Land Office around 1890, when O. Henry worked in the department.
Date: 1880/1900~
Partner: Texas State Preservation Board

Drafting table

Description: Drafting table with a single metal pedestal. This drafting table was used at the Texas General Land Office around 1915.
Date: 1915
Partner: Texas State Preservation Board

Drafting table

Description: Drafting table with a single metal pedestal. This drafting table was used at the Texas General Land Office around 1915.
Date: 1915
Partner: Texas State Preservation Board

Flat files

Description: Oak flat files in four sections, stacked vertically. The base has four legs and there are 12 drawers with metal pulls. These files were used to store maps at the General Land Office around 1900.
Date: 1900
Partner: Texas State Preservation Board

Flat files

Description: Wood flat files in three sections, stacked vertically. The base has four legs, box top and 15 drawers with metal pulls. These files were used to store documents and maps at the Texas General Land Office around 1915.
Date: 1915
Partner: Texas State Preservation Board