Sharps Rifle Company Records, 1874-1884, and undated

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Biographical Sketch

The Sharps Rifle Company was founded in 1851 by Christian Sharps (1811-1874), and was originally called the Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company. After legal difficulties the company was reorganized as the Sharps Rifle Company in 1874. The company ceased operations in 1881.

Scope and Content

The Sharps Rifle Company Records contains letters written to the Sharps Rifle Company from persons in Texas, primarily comprising purchase requests for firearms and parts. The collection covers various aspects of life in Texas such as buffalo hunting, business dealings, and the necessity of firearms. Also includes the circular, "A Description of Shackelford County, Texas."


The Sharps Rifle Company Records are organized by the following series: Correspondence, Correspondence and Broadsides.


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.

Subjects (Persons)

  • Arrington, George Washington, 1844-1923.
  • Bullis, John L.
  • Flayderman, Norm.
  • Jackson, T. E.
  • Mooar, J. Wright (Josiah Wright), 1851-1940.
  • Subjects (Places)

  • Albany (Tex.)
  • Fort Griffin (Tex.)
  • Shackelford County (Tex.)
  • Subjects

  • American bison.
  • Firearms -- History.
  • Hunting -- Texas -- History.
  • Indians -- warfare.
  • Rifles -- History.
  • Sharps firearms.
  • Sharps rifle -- History.

  • Related Material

    Mr. John R. Cook oral history interview [sound recording]

    Description of Shackelford County, State of Texas, U.S.A. : its creation, organization, wealth and productiveness, with a synopsis of its soil, climate, products, etc

    Administrative Information

    Preferred Citation

    Sharps Rifle Company Records, 1874-1884, and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


    Collection accession #(s): n/a

    Gift, 1960

    Processed by

    n/a, 1960; Robert Weaver, 2016.


    Box 1

    Folder 1, Letters received from Texas, 1875-1884, and undated

    Correspondence and Broadsides

    Box 1

    Folder 2, Correspondence and Broadsides, 1874-1882, and undated