J. P. Osterhout was a lawyer and judge in Texas, as well as postmaster of Belton, Texas for several years; he also published a newspaper and ran for Congress (though he lost all three elections).
Most of the items in the collection are , sent between Osterhout and his family while he traveled as a circuit judge, and among his children while they were at college. They discuss local news, such as a ; news from school, such as Gertie Osterhout's letter about ; and various .
For more information about J. P. Osterhout, also check out his biography on The Handbook of Texas Online.
--submitted by Hannah Tarver, Head, Digital Projects Unit