A self-taught artist, Sarah Ann Lillie Hardinge documented the early years of Texas’ statehood in her watercolors. The Sarah Ann Hardinge Family Papers cover the years 1836 to 1984 but focus primarily on 1850s through the 1900s. They document Hardinge’s land claims in Texas that were left to her after her brother died. The collection consists of:

  • Papers: correspondence and legal documents pertaining to land claims, family letters, writings about Texas, and her journal from a return trip to New York
  • Artworks: mostly watercolors and oils on board and a few photographs, as well as decorative art and framed items

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