Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tweed Family

Title: Tweed Family Papers

Dates: 1836-1932 and undated

Abstract: The Tweed Family Papers consists primarily of correspondence. Diaries, essays and poetry, newspaper clippings, and financial and legal material are also present, along with photographs.

Collection # S 1093.1

Quantity: 1 box (1 linear foot)

Language: English

Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch:

Mrs. Richard Tweed, upon whom the majority of the materials focus, was the sister-in-law of William Marcy ("Boss") Tweed, who controlled the Democratic political machine at New York City's Tammany Hall during the mid-19th century. He and his associates misappropriated public funds on a large scale, leading to his arrest and imprisonment in 1871.

Scope and Content:

The Tweed Family Papers consists primarily of correspondence between Mrs. Richard Tweed and her children, relatives, and friends. Diaries, essays and poetry written by family members, newspaper clippings (photocopies), and financial and legal material are also included, as are a handful of photographs. All related primarily to the life of Mrs. Richard Tweed and her descendants.


The Tweed Family Papers are organized by the following categories: Correspondence, Newspapers, Literary Production, Photographs, Financial Material, Printed Material, Scrapbook Material, Legal Material, and Artifacts.


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)

  • Tweed, Alfred
  • Tweed, Anna
  • Tweed, Boss, 1823-1878
  • Tweed, Mary Hollis
  • Tweed, Richard, Mrs.
  • Tweed, William M., 1823-1878
  • Tweed family--History
  • Subjects (Organizations)

  • Democratic Party (New York, N.Y.)
  • Tammany Hall (New York City)
  • United States. Congress
  • United States. Congress. House of Representatives
  • Subjects (Places)

  • Borger (Tex.)
  • New York (N.Y.)--Politics and government--To 1898
  • New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs
  • Subjects

  • Tweed Ring
  • Related Material

    Mary Hollis Tweed oral history interview [sound recording], 1977.

    Administrative Information

    Preferred Citation

    Tweed Family Papers, 1836-1932 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


    Gift, 1976

    Processed by

    Kitty Johnson, 1976; Katie White, 2013

    Collection Inventory


    Box 1


    Literary Production


    Financial Material

    Printed Material

    Scrapbook Material

    Legal Material


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