Guide to the Austin Family Documents,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin Family
Title: Austin Family Documents
Dates: 1860-1920 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 139
Summary: A variety of documents from the Austin family of Liberty, Idaho. Included are land patent certificates, water records, brand inspections, and Paris, Idaho co-operative scrip.
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

The Austin family resided near the Liberty, Idaho area.

Content Description

The collection contains an array of items spanning a period from the 1860s into the 1920s. Included are land patent certificates, livestock brand inspections, water records, and Paris, Idaho Co-operative scrip.

The two significant items in the collection are the water documents and the Paris Co-operative scrip. The water related papers pertain to the Liberty Town and Ditch Company. Included here are two affidavits that describe the construction of the first canal in 1886. The other items are two pieces of Paris Co-operative scrip. One is for fifty cents and the other is for five cents and both are dated 1886. Currently these are the only known surviving copies of scrip from the Paris Co-operative.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Austin Family Documents must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Austin Family Documents USU_COLL MSS 139, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 139, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

This collection is arranged by subject.

Processing Note :  

Processed in May of 2006

Acquisition Information :  

Acquisition information is unknown.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Family Documents, 1891-1904
1 1 Documents from the Liberty Town and Ditch Company 1886, 1924-1929
Item 1: Affidavits
Concerning the initial construction of the canal.
Item 2: Minutes from the company and the articles of incorporation 1924-1929
1 2 Land patent certificates
Four land certificates file on land in the Liberty, Idaho area.
Item1: Filed by Lida Austin 1989 October 23
Item2: Filed by William Bradbury 1900 April 9
Item3: Filed by Josiah Orr 1900 July 12
Item4: Filed by George Hands 1891 March 6
Item5: Filed by Richard Orr 1904 March 1
1 3 Brand Inspection Certificates for T.L. Austin Undated
1 4 Utah Oil Refining documents - associated with A.C. Austin in Liberty, Idaho Undated
1 5 Paris Co-operative Institution Scrip
One fifty cent certificate for the Paris Co-operative.One five cent certificate for the Paris Co-operative.Both are dated 1886 and are the only known copies in existence.

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    • Family Names :
    • Austin family.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Liberty Town and Ditch Company (Liberty, Idaho)
    • Paris Co-operative Institution (Paris, Idaho)
    • Subject Terms :
    • Irrigation--Idaho--Liberty
    • Geographical Names :
    • Liberty (Idaho)--History.

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