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Albert Aldrich Nelson Papers

Identifier: A-0022

Scope and Contents

In addition to a diary of Nelson's adventures on a whaling ship, the collection includes business, legal and personal correspondence pertaining to topics like surveying and local politics.


  • Creation: 1833-1965


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Albert Aldrich Nelson was born on May 15, 1814 in Milford, Massachusetts. As a young man he went to sea, and among these papers is the typescript of his diary of his adventures on a whaling voyage in the Pacific Ocean (1833-1838). He came to Texas in 1838, staying first with Aldrich relatives in Crockett then settling in Nacogdoches where he became first the Nacogdoches Land District Surveyor and later the County Surveyor (c.1841-1850). He also served as an alderman and mayor of Nacogdoches. During the Civil War he served as Paymaster in the Confederate Navy and under Gen. H. H. Sibley in New Mexico, where he was wounded at Glorieta. He spent part of the war languishing in a Federal prison, but ended it with an important post in Richmond. Following the war he returned to Nacogdoches and was an active participant in the Texas Veterans Association. He died on September 25, 1892.

("NELSON, ALBERT ALDRICH." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Fri Jun 18 13:39:19 US/Central 2004 ]).


0.75 Cubic Feet


This collection consists of 267 items described in 24 folders and housed in two clamshell boxes. It is organized at the item level.

Guide to the Albert Aldrich Nelson Papers
Pam Palmer
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository