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An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 26 Aug 2010

Biographical History

Dudley Goodall Wooten (1860-1929) was a United States representative from Texas, and the author of several books on Texas history.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Texas Collection consist of typescripts of three articles on Texas history.

"Texas: The Lone Star State" considers first the derivations of the name "Texas" from a common root shared by the names of several Native American tribes. The complex naming of missions and pueblos is covered next, involving the combining of Spanish and Indian nomenclature. A general history of the area follows, from Spanish ownership through war to protection of the United States. Finally, the author touches on the geography of the area.

"The Indian Territory" speak to the problems of the several tribes in the southwestern U.S., predicting that lands and population would both diminish.

"Texas at the World's Fair" is first a blunt indictment of the Texas legislature and business community for their combined failure to assure a Texas entry in the 1893 World's Fair, and second a paean of praise to the men and women who succeeded, in the space of a few days, in organizing, collecting funds for, and achieving that entry. References are made to the contributions of Collis P. Huntington of the Southern Pacific Railroad ($5000), George J. Gould of the Missouri Pacific Railroad ($5000), and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway ($2000). The author especially praises these financiers because the Texas legislature had historically been hostile to the proposed plans of these transportation barons.

A description of the building follows, although the architect's name is not given. Elizabeth Ney, born in Munich, Germany and an immigrant to Texas, was chosen to sculpt the statues of Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston. Later, marble copies were to be placed in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Benedette B. Tobin is given full credit, and a short family history, for the Texas entry.

Arrangement of the Collection

No particular order.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Wooten, Dudley G.

Corporate Bodies

World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)


Indians of North America -- Southwest, New.
Indians, Treatment of -- Southwest, New.


Southwest, New -- History.
Texas -- History.

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts for publication.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Texas Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1969.

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