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Finding Aids for Maverick Family Collections Online for the First Time

November 22, 2011

Due to the efforts of DRT Library Archivist Caitlin Donnelly and archives volunteer Tom D’Amore, finding aids for the DRT Library’s eight archival collections related to the Maverick family of San Antonio are now available online.

Previously, the finding aids were available only as paper copies in the Library’s reading room. Now, researchers can access the guides through the Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) website, the DRT Library’s online catalog, and the Library’s browse by title and browse by subject webpages. TARO also brings together information about documents to, by, and about members of the Maverick family scattered across numerous collections in multiple Texas repositories.

Together, the Library’s collections document the history of four generations of the Maverick family, starting with Texas Declaration of Independence signer Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803-1870). Indeed, one collection contains an original printed copy of the Declaration, one of two in the DRT Library’s holdings and one of about thirteen known extant examples. The copy in the Samuel Augustus Maverick family papers has been annotated by Maverick himself.

Particularly with the current sesquicentennial commemoration, also significant is the sizable number of Civil War-era letters contained in the Maverick family papers. These letters include those from Samuel Augustus Maverick and his wife Mary Ann Adams Maverick to one another and to their children and those exchanged by siblings.

The eight Maverick family archival collections at the DRT Library are:

Maverick Family Papers, 1840-1960 (bulk 1861-1909)

Albert and Jane Lewis Maury Maverick Papers, 1927-1954 (previously called the Maverick Family Collection)

Lucy Maverick Letters, 1913-1941

Maury Maverick, Jr. Papers on the Reinterment of Joseph H. Barnard, 1979-1982

Maury Maverick, Jr. Research Papers, 1857-1964

Samuel Augustus Maverick Family Papers, 1836-1909

Samuel Augustus Maverick Letter, 1861

Samuel Maverick, Jr. Letter, 1912

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