Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

J.W. and J.R. Neal Collection MSS.0004

Descriptive Summary

Creator Neal, J.W. and J.R.
Title: J.W. and J.R. Neal Collection
Dates: 1906-1940
Identification: MSS.0004
Quantity: 1.5 Linear feet, 3 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

J.W. Neal was a prominent Houston philanthropist and businessman. He came to Houston in 1903, opening a branch of the Cheek-Neal Coffee Company, a distributor of Maxwell House Coffee. In 1928, the Cheek-Neal Coffee Company was sold to General Foods and J.W. Neal became chairman of the board of the Second National Bank, a position he held until his death in 1940. J.W. Neal supported various philanthropic organizations, including the Memorial Hospital Children's Fund. J. W. Neal died August 31, 1940.

Neal's son, J. Robert Neal, served as Vice-President of the Second National Bank while his father served as chairman of the board. J. Robert Neal also served as head of the Houston Park Board in 1938.

Scope and Contents

The J.W. and J.R. Neal Collection contains materials relating to the Second National Bank, as well as other business endeavors of the Neals. Also included are materials from the Houston Park Board.



This collection is arranged topically and by types of materials. The first 2 boxes contain business correspondence and other miscellaneous business materials, while the third box contains Houston Park Board materials and personal correspondence.


Use Restrictions


Index Terms

Cheek-Neal Coffee Company
Neal, J. Robert
Neal, John Wesley
Second National Bank (Houston, Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

J.W. and J.R. Neal Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Speck, April 19, 1979.

Detailed Description of the Collection


I. Business Correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 22477013283001
Incoming, 1928-1931
2 22477013283002
Incoming, 1932-1933
3 Incoming, 1934-1935
4 Incoming, 1936-1942
5 Outgoing, 1928-1939


II. Miscellaneous

Box Folder
1 6 J.W. Neal private ledger, 1906-1925
7 J.W. Neal business log, 1930-1939
Box Folder
2 1 Office memos: Second National Bank, 1932-1933, 1940
2 Miscellaneous materials: Navarro Oil Company, 1937
3 Legal documents
4 Stock certificates
5 Financial statements and receipts
6 Miscellaneous materials: estate of Mrs. O.J. Holt
7 Blueprints: Allee


III. Houston Park Board

Box Folder
3 1 Incoming correspondence, 1937-1939
2 Outgoing correspondence, 1938
3 Minutes, 1938


IV. Personal Correspondence

Box Folder
3 4 Incoming, 1928-1937
5 Incoming, 1938-1939
6 Incoming, 1940
7 Outgoing, 1929-1939
8 Incoming telegrams, 1936-1940


V. Clippings

Box Folder
3 9 1938-1940