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Map of Webb County

Description: Cadastral map of Webb County, Texas in the South Texas Plains region. Some features are marked in color and some sketched illustrations around the title. Scale ca. 1:133,334 (4000 varas per inch). Authorship is attributed to W.S. Porter, later known as the short story writer O. Henry.
Date: June 1888
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Item Type: Map
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Map of Kent County

Description: Cadastral map of Kent County, Texas in the Panhandle Plains region. Scale ca. 1:133,334 (4000 varas per inch). Shows boundaries and ownership of land, including that of several railroad companies. Compiled and drawn by William S. Porter, later known as the short story writer O. Henry. Map is notable for its landscape drawings near the top.
Date: July 1889
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Item Type: Map
Partner: Texas General Land Office

[Lobby of First National Bank, Austin, Texas]

Description: Photograph of the lobby of First National Bank, including the bank teller window behind a grill. William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) is the teller. Another man stands behind the front counter, one is seated in back, and a customer is at the teller window. The man behind the open counter is listed as Brackenridge.
Date: [1890,1900]
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

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: Oak flat files in two sections, stacked vertically. There are 10 drawers with metal pulls. These files were used to store documents and maps at the Texas General Land Office around 1900.
Date: 1900
Partner: Texas State Preservation Board

Flat files

Description: Oak flat files stacked vertically. There are eight drawers with metal pulls. These files were used to store documents and maps at the Texas General Land Office around 1900.
Date: 1900
Partner: Texas State Preservation Board

Flat files

Description: Oak flat files in three sections, stacked vertically. There are 15 drawers with metal pulls. These files were used to store documents maps at the Texas General Land Office around 1900.
Date: 1900
Partner: Texas State Preservation Board

Georgia's Ruling

Description: Short story about the General Land Office in Austin, Texas. Story was published while O. Henry was in prison in Columbus, Ohio.
Date: June 30, 1900
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Money Maze

Description: A short story set in Central America. This story is said to have served as the literary foundation of "Cabbages and Kings."
Date: May 1901
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Rouge et Noire

Description: A short story about the banana trade in Central America based on O. Henry's experiences in Honduras in the late 1890s. This is perhaps the first instance of O. Henry's use of the term "banana republic."
Date: December 1901
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Bulger's Friend

Description: Short story about an old man who joins the Salvation Army.
Date: December 26, 1901
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

The Flag Paramount

Description: A short story set in Central America and based on O. Henry's experiences in Honduras in the late 1890s.
Date: January 1902
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Handwritten letter from O. Henry to F.M. Maddox]

Description: Handwritten letter from O. Henry asking F.M. Maddox to loan him $75 to relocate to New York City from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Date: March 18, 1902
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

The Marionettes

Description: Short story about a doctor who leads a double-life as a burglar.
Date: April 1902
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

His Courier

Description: A short story about a boy tasked with delivering a message.
Date: May 1902
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library