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[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]
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
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
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.
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.
Partner: Texas General Land Office

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

Description: Multiple typescript copies of a short character sketch describing O. Henry as a young man in the late 1800s, before he was a published writer. O. Henry worked as a draftsman at the General Land Office and for Maddox Brothers and Anderson.
Date: 191u
Creator: Maddox, Frank
Partner: Texas General Land Office