Friday, June 19, 2015

About this blog, which is not really a blog

This is a frequently list of links to on-line editions of out-of-copyright books on Texas (or relevant to Texas) plus links to PDFs available elsewhere from legitimate sources on the web. Most links are to texts available from the nonprofit Internet Archive ( and Project Gutenberg ( 

Please know that I am not necessarily recommending these books; I have created this list, and will be adding to it, for my own reference as I am working on World Waiting for a Dream: A Turn in Far West Texas. I invite you to 
learn more about my work at

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A - J

Babb, T.A. In the Bosom of the Comanches, 1912

Bartlett, John Russell, Personal Narrative of Explorations and Incidents in Texas, New Mexico, California, Sonora, and Chihuahua, Connected with the United States and Mexican Boundary Commission During the Years 1850, 51, 52, and 53.
vol. 1, 1854; vol. 2, 1854

Camp, Frank Bernard, Mexican Border Ballads. 1916.

Catlin, George, Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life. Ninth edition, 1891.

- - - Life Among the Indians. 1889.

Domenech, Abbé Emmanuel. Missionary Adventures in Texas and Mexico: A Personal Narrative of Six Years' Sojourn in Those Regions. Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1858.

Davis, Richard Harding. The West from a Car-Window, Harper & Brothers, 1892.

Flipper, Henry O. The Colored Cadet at West Point: Autobiograohy of Lieutenant Henry Ossian Flipper, USA, First Graduate of Color from the U.S. Military Academy. H. Lee & Co., 1878.

Geiser, S.W. Naturalists of the Frontier. Southern Methodist University, 1937.

(See chapter on Charles Wright, especially p. 237-)

Gillett, James B. Six Years with the Texas Rangers, 1875-1881. Von Boeckmann-Jones Co., 1921.

Gregg, Josiah. Commerce of the Prairies: Or the Journal of a Santa Fe Trader During Eight Expeditions Across the Great Western Prairies and a Residence of Nearly Nine Years in Northern Mexico. Two Vols, J.W. Moore, 1851. Fifth Edition.

Hofland, Barbara. The Stolen Boy: A Story, Founded on Facts. W.B. Gilley, 1830.

K - R

María de Agreda, Mystical City of God. 1914.

McCoy, J.G. Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade. Ramsey, Millet & Hudson, 1874.
According to Wallace Stegner: "The most authoritative account of the beginning of the cattle drives" (Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, footnote 8, p. 400)

Otis, James, Philip of Texas: A Story of Sheep Raising in Texas. American Book Company, 1916.

Pike, Albert, Prose Sketches and Poems Written in the Western Country. Light and Horton, 1834. 

Potter, Woodburne, The War in Florida: Being an Exposition of Its Causes, and an Accurate History of the Campaigns of Generals Clinch, Gaines, and Scott. Baltimore, Lewis and Coleman, 1836.

Priestly, Herbert Ingram, José de Gálvez, Visitor-General of New Spain (1765-1771), University of California Press, 1916

Remington, Frederic, Crooked Trails. Harper and Brothers, 1899.

--- Pony Tracks, Harper and Brothers, 1895.

Ruxton, George Frederick Augustus, Adventures in Mexico, 1915 (originally published 1861)

> See esp. Ch. XIX p. 278 "The Barbarians of the North"

--- Life in the Far West, William Blackwood and Sons, 1868.

> See also King, Richard, "Obituary Notice of Lieutenant George Augusts Frederic Ruxton," January 1, 1850

S - Z

Santleben, August, A Texas Pioneer: Early Staging and Overland Freighting Days on the Frontiers of Texas and Mexico. Edited by I.D. Affleck. The Neale Publishing Company, 1910.

Sherman, William T. The Memoirs of General William T. Sherman. D. Appleton and Co., 1886.

Tatum, Lawrie, Our Red Brothers and the Peace Policy of President Ulysses S. Grant. 1899.

Welch, Michael, Landscape of Ghosts, River of Dreams: An Administrative History of Big Bend National Park, January 2002. (PDF download available from the National Park Service website).

Whipple, T.K. Study Out the Land. 1943
The chapter "The Myth of the Old West"

Williams, R.H. (Robert Hamilton), With the Border Ruffians: Memories of the Far West 1852-1868. University of Nebraska Press, 1907.

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Bodhurtha, Hannah Marie. A Record of the Bodhurtha Family (1645-1896) Agawam, Massachusetts, 1896.

Cullum, George W. Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, from 1802-1867. Revised Edition, with a Supplement Continuing the Register of Graduates to January 1, 1879.

Leo, André. Les duex filles de Monsieur Plichon. Librairie de Achille Faure 1865.

Muir, John. The Yosemite.  The Century Company, 1912.

Pope, Charles Henry. The Pioneers of Massachusetts: A Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns and Churches and Other Contemporaneous Documents. 1900.
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