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This collection of National Geographic magazines, stamp albums, Texas Power and Light Company newsletters, and other material was created by Don C. Hall throughout his life, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s. His neighbor donated these materials after Mr. Hall passed away in 2015.
This collection comprises some 46.4 cubic feet of correspondence, political campaign materials, souvenir photographs, scrapbooks of news clippings, books, and awards and memorabilia. The bulk of the material relates to specific times in the life of John Hannah Jr., documenting his career as Texas State Representative, 1966-1972, District Attorney, 1972-1977, United States Attorney, Eastern District of Texas, 1977-1981, his unsuccessful campaign for election as Attorney General for the state of Texas, 1982, his years as Secretary of State for Texas, 1991-1994, as United States District judge, 1994-2001, and as Chief Judge, United States Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 2001 until his death. In terms of bulk, the largest groups of material are the awards and memorabilia, the book collection, and the scrapbooks.
The Houston East and West Texas Railway Company Director’s Record, 1889-1891, contains 1 volume (48 pages of information) of minutes and associated information concerning the Houston East and West Texas Railway Company’s bankruptcy and the directors’ actions during that time.
The Houston, East & West Texas Railway Company was chartered on March 11, 1875, to build a narrow gauge railroad between Houston and Texarkana and to connect Houston with Corpus Christi and Laredo through Victoria and Goliad. At the state boundary the 191-mile HE&WT connected with the affiliated forty-mile Shreveport and Houston Railway Company, and the two railroads formed a through line between Houston and Shreveport, Louisiana. This collection consists of a single payroll volume documenting wages paid to railroad employees and attorneys of the Houston East & West Texas Railway and the Houston & Shreveport Railroad Company for January 1921.
The Houston Oil Company of Texas Recruise Timberlands Volumes document the determination of the gross and net product volume and value (timber quality) for timber tracts owned by Houston Oil Company of Texas during the 1910s. These volumes depict timber tracts in Texas counties: Angelina, Jasper, Jefferson, Hardin, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, and Tyler; and Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish. The information includes acreage, soil description, topography, pine production, merchantable pine statistics such as total feet and tree measurements, statistics for hardwoods such as ties and feet values, and hand drawn maps depicting the layout of the virgin pine forests.
The Humason Family Collection covers the approximate years 1890-1945, with the majority of the collection covering the decades of 1900-1930. It includes photographs, correspondence, newspapers, newspaper clippings, four scrapbooks, and miscellaneous memorabilia.