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Bureau of East Texas Research

Identifier: UA-110

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is made up of correspondence by Dr. Robert Maxwell trying to solicit materials for the Bureau.


  • Creation: 1906-1966

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Bureau of East Texas Research was organized in 1953 under the direction of Dr. Robert S. Maxwell of the History Department.  It sought to locate, acquire, and preserve materials that emphasized the agricultural business and industrial development of the East Texas Region.  From its inception the materials that the Bureau collected ended up in the Special Collections Department of the Library.  One collection that was of significance was that of the Mr. E. L. Kurth and the Angelina County Lumber Company.  This collection started the influx of Lumber Companies that donated their materials to SFA.  As a result of all of these Forestry Collections, the Forest History Foundation designated the Special Collections an official North American Forestry History Repository in 1959. The Bureau of East Texas Research was taken into the Special Collections Library, which in turn was renamed the East Texas Research Center in 1994.  The work of the Bureau of East Texas Research helped to establish a connection with Lumber Companies which allowed the Special Collections/East Texas Research Center continue to expand its collection in this field of study.


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Appraisal Information

There were a number of folders that were personal manuscripts that Dr. Maxwell had written that were not related to the Bureau of East Texas Research.  These manuscripts were removed from the collection and added to the Dr. Maxwell’s personal paper collection.

Related Materials

Angelina Lumber Company. ETRC Forest History Collection. F-1 East Texas Research Center. ETRC University Archives. UA-60 Maxwell, Robert S. and Robert D. Baker. Sawdust empire : the Texas lumber industry, 1830-1940. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, c1983.  ETRC HD9757.T45 M38 1983

Other Descriptive Information

Formerly UA 90

Greg Bailey, August 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository