During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries there was a surge of popular interest in identifying soldiers who had fought in the Revolutionary War. State officials who were custodians of records documenting war service received thousands of letters of inquiry, some of which are described in this section. Their responses were often based on examination of records later destroyed in the State Capitol fire of 1911.
STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. Office of State History.
13910. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1895-1976. 24.9 cubic feet (9 volumes)
Arrangement: Chronological or by subject within five subseries.
This series consists of a mixture of letterpress volumes and files of correspondence of the State historian. Included in the pre-1945 correspondence are letters inquiring about Revolutionary War soldiers and the State historian's responses, based on records now held by the State Archives. There is no access by name of Revolutionary War soldier.
Finding aids: Container list providing major subject headings.
Indexes: Some bound correspondence is indexed by name of correspondent.
A1363. Outgoing Correspondence Replying to Inquiries About Records of Soldiers of the Revolutionary War, 1904-1909. .6 cubic foot (3 volumes)
These letterpress copies of letters sent provide information on Revolutionary War soldiers from records formerly in the comptroller's office but now held by the State Archives.
An online name index to correspondents is available.
A3168. Unpublished Annual Report and Typescripts of "Mexican War Papers" and State Historian's Correspondence, 1846-1904 (bulk 1846-1850, 1897-1904) (collated 1903-1904). .2 cubic foot
Arrangement: By subject and page number.
One section of this unpublished annual report includes transcribed letters to and from the State historian. The bulk of these letters concern genealogical questions relating to service in the Revolutionary War. There is no access to information by name of soldier.