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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

[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

O. Henry

Description: Poem in honor of O Henry's death, first published by Mr. Christopher Morley in the "New York Evening Post", June 5, 1915.
Date: unknown
Creator: Morley, Christopher
Item Type: Poem
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

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: unknown
Creator: Bickler, Ralph A. & Smoot, Lawrence K.
Item Type: Book
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Lawrence K. Smoot]

Description: Lawrence K. Smoot at his desk in the Texas Supreme Court, where for many years he was the editor (usually called ‘Reporter’) of the Supreme Court’s official publications of the Court’s opinions.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[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

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

[Original drawing from O. Henry's "Law and Order"]

Description: Excerpt from O. Henry's "Law and Order" with original drawing by John Groth. Design and typography by William R. Holman. 1 of 200 printed on Hosho paper.
Date: unknown
Creator: Groth, John
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Presbyterian Church]

Description: The Presbyterian Church at Lavaca and Sixth Streets where William Sydney Porter and Athol Estes sang in the choir.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Smoot House]

Description: The Smoot home at 1316 West Sixth Street, where William Sydney Porter and Athol Estes were married by Dr. R. K. Smoot, pastor of the Southern Presbyterian Church where Will and Athol sang in the choir.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Text of record of O. Henry's voice

Description: Transcribed text of O. Henry’s voice recording and "L’Envoi of Judge Trueman E. O’Quinn."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

W. C. Porter Drug Store

Description: Back of postcard reads: "Greensboro, N. C. W. C. Porter Drug Store is partially reconstructed in the O. Henry section of Greesboro Historical Museum. Wm. Sidney Porter (better known as O. Henry) was born in Greensboro, and worked in the store as a boy. This is the largest collection of O. Henryana in America."
Date: unknown
Creator: Hutchins Post Cards
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Letter from Trueman O'Quinn to Dudley Frasier

Description: Letter thanking Frazier for copy of "The Heart of O. Henry." O'Quinn mentions that he reviewed the book for KTBC-TV.
Date: April 20, 1955
Creator: O'Quinn, Trueman
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library