Grant Helps Effort To Save Stephen F. Austin Papers

By: AP
By: AP

AUSTIN (AP) - Efforts to preserve and repair numerous documents
by the "Father of Texas" will get a boost from a National Park
Service grant.
Thousands of papers produced by Stephen F. Austin and his
father, Moses, are threatened by the passage of time and the use of
iron gall ink.
The Center for American History at the University of Texas
papers houses the papers. The items are deteriorating with small
holes where the ink pooled.
Center official Brenda Gunn tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
that the feds are providing nearly $174,000 so experts can repair
the papers. That effort starts next month.
Information on the restoration came on San Jacinto Day -- the
172nd anniversary of the rout of Mexican troops at the Battle of
San Jacinto.
That battle was a decisive victory in the Texas fight for

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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