Austin Family Documents, 1860-1920  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Austin Family
Austin Family Documents
1860-1920 (inclusive)
1 box, (.5 linear feet)
Collection Number
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.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The Austin family resided near the Liberty, Idaho area.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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 CollectionReturn to Top

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 InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Family Documents, 1891-1904Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
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
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
1 4
Utah Oil Refining documents - associated with A.C. Austin in Liberty, Idaho
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.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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