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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

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

Bexar Scrip 2692

Description: Land Grant file for land issued to the Houston & Texas Central Railway Company in the Bexar Land District. Includes a folder jacket with table of contents and notes about the land grant (filed July 12, 1928); field notes by M.J. Doyle, Deputy Surveyor, Bexar Land District for Section 21 Block 20 (January 13, 1873); the affidavit of ownership of S.N. Allen (July 12, 1928); and a note by Land Commissioner J.H. Walker indicating that the file has no relation to the O. Henry story of the same name (December 4, 1933). O. Henry’s story tells the tale of a Railroad baron taking a poor homesteader’s land by stealing this file. Walker notes that although the file was missing for a period, due to office procedures the land fraud could not have occurred.
Date: 1873/1928
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Item Type: Legal Document

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

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

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

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

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. A patent is the original deed given by the state to the person or organization who receives first title to the land. It is the legal instrument by and through which the state surrenders title to land. 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

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

Map of Limestone County

Description: Map of Limestone County, Texas including the Prairies and Lakes region.
Date: February 1877
Creator: Blau, F. G.
Item Type: Map

Revised Map of Jefferson County, Texas.

Description: Cadastral map of Jefferson County, Texas in the Gulf Coast region. Scale ca. 1:133,334 (4000 Varas to 1 inch, and about 2 Miles to 1 inch).
Date: 1898
Creator: Higgins, Pattillo
Item Type: Map

Kaufman County

Description: Map of Kaufman County, Texas including the Prairies and Lakes region.
Date: December 1854
Creator: Martin, Joseph
Item Type: Map

Montgomery County

Description: Map of Montgomery County, Texas including the Piney Woods region.
Date: 1861
Creator: Grothaus, F.
Item Type: Map

Map of Liberty County, Texas

Description: Cadastral map of Liberty County, Texas, including the Piney Woods region. Scale ca. 1:133,334 (4000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1879
Item Type: Map

Ward County

Description: Map of Ward County, Texas in the Big Bend Country region. Scale [ca. 1:133,334] (4000 varas per inch).
Date: August 1890
Item Type: Map

Hopkins County

Description: Cadastral map of Hopkins County, Texas, including the Prairies and Lakes region. Scale [ca. 1:133,334] (4000 varas per inch).
Date: 1850~
Creator: Pressler, Charles W.
Item Type: Map

[Titus County]

Description: Cadastral map of a portion of the Piney Woods region covering Titus, Cass, Morris and Marion County, Texas. Scale [ca. 1:133,334] (4000 varas per inch).
Date: 1858
Item Type: Map

Map of Van Zandt County

Description: Cadastral map of Van Zandt County, Texas in the Prairies and Lakes region. Major governmental and geographic features are marked including Mercer's Colony Line. Scale ca. 1:133,334.
Date: August 1853
Creator: Pressler, Charles W.
Item Type: Map

Map of Titus County

Description: Cadastral map of Titus County, Texas including the Piney Woods region. A separate paper containing a legal statement is affixed to the lower-right corner of the map. Scale ca. 1:133,334 (4000 varas per inch).
Date: October 31, 1857
Creator: Riddle, Elam
Item Type: Map

Coleman County

Description: Map of Coleman, Callahan, and Brown counties in the Panhandle Plains region of Texas. Scale [ca. 1:133,334] (4000 varas per inch).
Date: December 1852
Item Type: Map

Travis County

Description: Cadastral map of Travis County in the Hill Country region. Scale ca. 1:133,334 (4000 varas per inch).
Date: May 14, 1870
Creator: Lungkwitz, Herman
Item Type: Map

Denton County

Description: Cadastral map of Denton County, Texas in the Prairies and Lakes region. There are notes in red and black ink and a notation for Pilot Point on the Charles Smith Survey. Scale [ca. 1:133,334] (4000 varas per inch).
Date: October 1871
Creator: Pressler, Charles W. & Lungkwitz, Herman
Item Type: Map