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Adina Emilia De Zavala papers

Identifier: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00218

Scope and Contents

Papers concern the activities of De Zavala (1861-1955) as a founder of the De Zavala Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (1893) and its efforts to preserve and administer the Alamo; as a founder of the Texas Historical and Landmarks Association (1912) and its preservation activities for historic sites in Texas, particularly San Antonio's Spanish Governors' Palace and the Spanish missions; as a charter member and officer of the Texas Historical Association; as a member of the Texas Historical Board and the Texas Centennial Committee; as collector and writer of Texana; and as a devout Roman Catholic. Collection also contains papers relating to members of the De Zavala family and their property, particularly to Adina's brother Augustine and his military service in the Spanish-American War; a diary of Rev. Edmond John Peter Schmidt; land titles record books for Bexar County, 1875-1882; and correspondence registry for military posts in Texas (1852, 1860-1861). Materials include correspondence, literary productions, speeches, research notes, page proofs, account and record books, financial and legal documents, newspaper clippings, plats and maps, scrapbooks, photographs, and lithographic prints.


  • 1776
  • (1831-1955)


Biographical Note

Adina Emilia De Zavala was instrumental in preserving many of Texas' historical landmarks and documenting her family's experiences in the Republic of Texas.


33.5 Linear Feet : manuscript, typescript, printed, pictorial, cartographic, photographic.

Language of Materials




Papers include a variety of documentation belonging to the founder of the De Zavala Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, historical preservation activities and personal papers of the De Zavala family.

Adina Emilia De Zavala Papers, 1766 (1831-1955)
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Part of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History Repository

2300 Red River Street
Austin TX 78712