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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

Calendar page

Description: Front page of calendar, found in the room in which O. Henry passed away, with June (month of death) showing.
Date: June 1910
Item Type: Text
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

Patent 87, Volume 40-A

Description: This document was issued to the Houston & Texas Central Railroad Company as the final instrument in the land grant process, assigning ownership to the railroad company for 640 acres in Tom Green County, section 21, block 20, as described in the patent. O. Henry wrote a fictional account of illegal proceedings concerning a land certificate, Bexar Scrip 2692, in the short story "Bexar Scrip 2692.” This is the patent that ultimately gave land ownership to the railroad via that certificate.
Date: July 18, 1928
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Item Type: Legal Document
Partner: Texas General Land Office

O. Henry As I Knew Him

Description: Article from unknown magazine where Mrs. Porter discusses her experience being courted by O. Henry
Date: March 1939
Creator: Porter, Sara L. C.
Item Type: Article
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Copies of unsigned publishing contracts]

Description: Two unsigned copies of publishing contracts by two different publishing houses: H. H. McClure and Co., and Phillips Publishing Co.
Date: October 21, 1907
Creator: H. H. McClure and Co.
Item Type: Legal Document
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

School attended by O. Henry

Description: Postcard with an illustration of a small, one-story building surrounded by a fence with a forest in the background; text beneath the image says, "Little School House Where O. Henry Went to School." Printed text on the back of the postcard reads: "This is the only school that O. Henry (Wm. Sydney Porter) ever attended. He was taught by his Aunt, Miss Lina Porter, and left this school when he was only fifteen."
Date: 1937
Creator: Bridges, Earley W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

O. Henry Book has Wealth of Fact

Description: Newspaper clipping containing a review of the "O. Henry Bibliography."
Date: January 8, 1939
Creator: O'Quinn, Trueman
Item Type: Clipping
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

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

[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

The Crucible

Description: Three-stanza poem by O. Henry. "O. Henry's last poem...One of two poems found in a notebook after his death."
Date: September 1910
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

O. Henry's Last Story

Description: Partially finished short story about a criminal on death row. O. Henry was unable to complete this story before his death. Story illustrated with facsimiles of the original manuscript.
Date: September 1910
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library