The mission of the Thomason Special Collection department is to preserve and maintain unique books and manuscripts of Newton Gresham Library for generations to come. We hope to provide academic support for ongoing student and faculty research through the best possible arrangement and description of the materials housed in Thomason Special Collections department.
As the "treasure room" of the Newton Gresham Library, the Thomason Room houses such rare books and fine bindings as have come to this institution over its many years of existence. The Thomason Room also collects and maintains subject specialties such as Texana, Civil War, criminal justice, avant-garde poetry and local history.
Below is a listing of collections from Thomas Special Collections found in the Digital Collections.
- Britton Hispanic Texana collection
This collection of rare broadsides, original manuscripts, decrees, proclamations and military orders, documents the Hispanic heritage of the Spanish Province, Mexican Colony, and the Independent Republic of Texas.
- Collection of slavery materials
A collection of 23 documents relating to slavery, including slave inventories, selling slaves, third party hiring of slaves and valuation of slaves in Texas.
- Col. John W. Thomason drawings and photographs
A large collection of drawings and photographs from US Marine and Huntsville resident John. W. Thomason. Topics covered in these drawings range from wild life, WWI, the Civil War, and life in China in the 1930s.
- Goree Family Papers, 1833-1996 The Goree Family Papers consists of documents, correspondence, articles, and photographs concerning the Goree family of Walker County, Texas. The majority of the collection is the original correspondence of Thomas Jewett Goree who served as aide to General James Longstreet during the Civil War.
- Texana Documents Collection
The manuscript collection begins with the personal papers of Henderson Yoakum, who wrote the first comprehensive history of Texas. They include a muster roll from his Cherokee campaign, discharge orders and payment authorizations for his troops, as well as Yoakum’s license to practice law. The Texana Documents collection also includes papers and letters related to early Texas, primarily annexation issues, ranging from 1842-1845.
- Thomason Map collection, 1499-2005
This collection contains fifty early maps of the lands which came to be known as Texas. These items were acquired from the Clark Texana Collection, through private gifts and purchases, as well as "Keepsake" facsimiles.
- Wild Dog Collection, 1961-2011
The Wild Dog Collection contains correspondence documenting the lives and writing careers of authors and poets who started their careers writing for a small, campus magazine called Wild Dog during the early 1960s (the Beat period). The collection contains material documenting the small press publishing industry as demonstrated by the “Wild Dog” magazine, including correspondence between “Wild Dog” and other small presses. It also documents editorial workings that sustained the press during its short existence. This collection contains manuscript and first edition versions of poems and short stories written by the many authors who got their start writing for “Wild Dog.” The original artwork in the Wild Dog Collection includes various sketches for magazine covers.
- Werner Family Collection, 1839-2010 This collection contains the personal correspondence, scrapbooks, journals, articles, obituaries, photographs, and documents of the Werner family of Huntsville, Texas. The correspondence includes letters concerning the Werner family and friends with specific instances regarding the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. The collection also includes many photographs of the Werner family and friends. Significant photographs include historic Werner family pictures, Robert A. Werner’s Air Force pictures, and Carolyn Werner’s travel pictures. Many of the family pictures contain images of the city of Huntsville in the 1950s and 1960s.