Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution (TXSSAR) Records, 1896 - 2019Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

By Thomas Pickens Jr., E. Aparicio, and Hailey LaRock

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Title: Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution (TXSSAR) Records, 1896 - 2019Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Predominant Dates: 1980 - 2019
ID: 01/ AR0758
Primary Creator: Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution (TXSSAR)
Extent: 105.0 Linear Feet

The TXSSAR collection has been divided according to the distinct levels of operation in the Society.  As such, series have been set aside for national, state, and chapter papers as well as for artifacts and other items held within the collection.

Series three demands special mention due to its numbering scheme.  The series itself has been broken down into eleven sub-series that reflect the distriction divisions of TXSSAR.  Chapters are divided in each sub-series based on their district afflicaiton, so a chapter that is in District 1 will be listed under Sub-series 1.

Boxes for each chapter also have their own unique numerical identifier based on their chapter number within the organization.  For example, Chapter 23 is the Denton Chapter of TXSSAR so the first part of the number for each box belonging to the Denton Chapter begins with 023 and the second part of the number indicates the box number in that set.  This means that the first box of records for the Denton Chapter is labeled 023.001, the second box would be 023.002, and so forth.  This creates a unique subset for each chapter and allows for continued growth of the collection.

Languages: English


In late December of 2003, an agreement was signed which made the Rare Book & Texana Collections of the UNT Libraries the official repository of the archives of the Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

With this agreement, two very important things happened: The archives of the Society found a permanent home where they will be preserved, organized, and made available to researchers, scholars, and visitors; and the Rare Book & Texana Collections fulfilled an important part of its mission—to preserve and make available important historic and cultural materials for current and future generations.

The TXSSAR Archives includes more than 105 linear feet of materials, both processed and unprocessed. As the collection is processed and cataloged, more complete lists will be made of the contents and of the "gaps" that are discovered. Our primary goal is to organize the TXSSAR Archives in order to document the history of the Society in Texas; its activities, projects, and accomplishments. We hope that members and chapters will be able to fill the gaps by providing missing newsletters, sending in scrapbooks, and by providing any type of materials or artifacts to help make the TXSSAR Archives a truly complete record of the Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Additionally, other materials relating to the American Revolution are being added to the collection.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Published materials

The collection contains various published books by and about the Sons of the American Revolution, including histories of chapters and societies, rosters, annuals, books on various aspects of the Revolutionary War, and other patriotic subjects.

Additionally, the collection contains many individual issues of chapter, state, and national newsletters, but no complete run of any title. Most, if not all, of these newsletters are not recorded in other collections, and no copies are preserved in other libraries or archives to be available to future researchers. We are actively seeking missing issues, and will gratefully accept donations for the TXSSAR Archives.


The collection holds over 50 scrapbooks assembled by the State Historian and by members from various chapters and groups. Scrapbooks contain original photographs of members and events, letters, artwork, newsletters, clippings, documents, etc. Each is a unique item recording the activities of TXSSAR and its chapters and groups.


Correspondence, e-mails, reports, minutes of meetings, and the files of a number of officers and chapters are preserved in the TXSSAR Archives. Examples of specific holdings include the files of the Hill Country Chapter, the files of Frank A. Gibson, files from the Plano Chapter, and files from the Liberty Chapter.

The Archives holds microfilm copies of the early membership applications, as well as 33 bound volumes of the original and supplemental applications.

Signed proclamations, original charters for closed chapters, research on chapter histories and on TXSSAR founding member Ira Hobart Evans, and materials from the collection of Past President General Clovis Brakebill are also part of the holdings of the TXSSAR Archives.


Albums of photographs, as well as groups of photos of events are included in the collection. The bulk of the photographs date from between 1985 and 2001.


Plaques, trophies, medals, badges, flags, flag streamers, and other objects relating to the history and activities of the Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution and to the Sons of the American Revolution are an important part of the TXSSAR Archives

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: Accession numbers 2013-06, 2013-49, 2014-81, 2015-012, 2016-014, 2016-019, 2016-039, 2016-056, 2017-004
Acquisition Method: Gift
Related Materials: Digitized and born-digital materials from this collection can be viewed in the Portal to Texas History For more information please see https://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/TSSAR/.
Preferred Citation: Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution (TXSSAR) Records, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History: August 2018 by Nicole Yatsonsky - added Sub-series 1-3 in Series 2 and described all items therein, updated Scope/Content to reflect new items, added access/restriction info.
Other URL: https://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/TSSAR/


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