(Texas Forgeries), (David, Charles Dorman). Sale of Rare Texas Historical Manuscripts and Autograph Materials: Being Letters, Documents, and Broadsides From The Collection of C. Dorman David To Be Sold To The Highest Bidder At The Warwick Hotel, Houston, June 22, 1971 At Exactly 8:10 P.M.; Auctioneer: Tom Cloud. Houston: The Bookman, 1971. Printed staple bound wraps. 8vo., 35pp.
Of the seventy-seven lots in this sale, true ownership of at least seventeen of them could be traced back to public institutions. For a number of years, from the 1960s thru the 1970s, looting of historical letters and documents from Texas institutions was rampant. In the case of C. Dorman David it is unclear if he acted directly in obtaining this material, yet he certainly must have had knowledge of the ongoing thefts. If, in fact, David had consulted his list of "Reference Books Used" found on page 3 of this catalogue he would have known Lot 5, for instance, an Austin Letter from Prison belonged to the University of Texas, having been published on page 8 of volume 3 in Barker's The Austin Papers. Perhaps, he would have discovered Lot 10, Peter Dimmitt from Fort Goliad published in Binkley's Official Correspondence of the Texan Revolution with the location given as Texas State Library or that Lot 15 belonged to University of Texas; Lot 23: Texas State Library; Lot 26: Rosenberg Library in Galveston.1
1Taylor, W. Thomas. Texfake. An Account of the Theft and Forgery of Early Texas Printed Documents. Austin: W. Thomas Taylor 1991
Davis, Robert E. 1933-2003.
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