Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Ballinger and Associates Collection MSS.0043



Descriptive Summary

Creator Ballinger and Associates
Title: Ballinger and Associates Collection
Dates: Bulk, 1854-1907
Dates: 1836-1907, bulk dates 1854-1907
Identification: MSS.0043
Quantity: 38.5 Linear feet, 90 document boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Born in Barboursville, Kentucky, in 1825, William Pitt Ballinger moved to Galveston in 1845 to study law with his uncle, James Love. In 1850 he became the United States district attorney for the Texas district leaving that office in 1854 to organize the Galveston firm. Soon a leading attorney in the city, Ballinger served as legal counselor for the Galveston Wharf Company and strongly supported the island's economic growth. As a moderate-minded conservative, Ballinger refused to take a stand on the gubernatorial conflict between Runnels and Houston in 1859, but he later helped to organize the Bell-Everett Club of the Constitutional Union Party. After secession, he served as receiver for the Confederacy at Galveston until the end of the Civil War, when he went to New Orleans to negotiate the surrender of Texas. Although he declined two appointments to the Texas Supreme Court, Ballinger did accept membership to the Judicial Committee of the Constitutional Convention of 1875. He died January 20, 1888.


Scope and Contents

The collection of the Galveston law firm of Ballinger and Associates is a large holding of nineteenth century correspondence relating to economic, legal and political affairs of Texas, particularly the Gulf Coast area. The name of the firm varied during the 1855-1907 period of this collection. Partnerships included those of Ballinger and Jack, Ballinger and Mott, Willie, Campbell and Ballinger, Terry, Ballinger and Smith, and Terry, Cavin and Mills. For archival purposes, all will be referred to as Ballinger and Associates. The collection also contains a volume of letters to Thomas M. League and the 1875-1876 correspondence of the law firm of Willie and Cleveland. The University of Houston deposited the Ballinger papers in the HMRC in January, 1977.


 

Arrangement

The collection of incoming correspondence to the Ballinger firm is arranged chronologically followed by outgoing correspondence and the volumes relating to Thomas M. League and Willie and Campbell. Within each of the ninety boxes the letters are usually, but not always, arranged alphabetically and sometimes indexed at the beginning of the volume. A separate index is available. It is complete and listed by correspondent up to Box 68, where it becomes selective and listed by either correspondent or subject. Correspondence for 1856, 1864, 1897 and A though K of 1898 is missing. Up to Box 56 (1887) the contents of most letters are summarized on the backs of the letters. The papers include information concerning slavery, secession, the Civil War, the Buckley-Bell controversy, Texas politics, railroads, navigation companies and land development.

Restrictions

Use Restrictions

None


Index Terms

Baker, Botts and Baker
Citizen's Electric Light and Power Company (Houston, Tex.)
Coke, Richard
Galveston City Railroad Company
Galveston Wharf Company
Galveston, La Porte, and Houston Railway Company
Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad
Houston & Texas Central Railway Company
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863
International and Great Northern Railway Company
Johnston, Albert Sidney
Missouri Pacific Railroad Company
Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company
New York & Texas Steamship Company
San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway Company
Elections--Texas
Fires--Texas--Galveston
Freedmen--Texas
Galveston (Tex.)--History--19th century
Immigrants--Texas
Lawyers--Texas--Galveston
Railroads--Texas
Reconstruction--Texas
Secession
Slave insurrections--Texas
Slavery--Texas
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Texas. Constitutional Convention (1875)
Yellow fever--Texas--Galveston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ballinger and Associates Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Pam Barron, Jan. 3, 1978.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Incoming Correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 Ab-Ay October - December, 1854; 1855
2 Ba-Be October - December, 1854; 1855
3 Bi-Bu October - December, 1854; 1855
4 Ca-Ch October - December, 1854; 1855
5 Ch-Co October - December, 1854; 1855
6 Co-Cu October - December, 1854; 1855
7 Da-Do October - December, 1854; 1855
8 Du-Dw October - December, 1854; 1855
9 Ea-Gid October - December, 1854; 1855
10 Gil-Gr October - December, 1854; 1855
Box Folder
2 11 Ad-Co 1857
12 Co-Gl 1857
13 Go-Ho 1857
Box Folder
3 14 Ir-La 1857
15 La-Ly 1857
16 Ma-McKe 1857
17 McKi-Mo 1857
18 Mu-Pa 1857
19 Pa-Pot 1857
20 Pow-Ru 1857
Box Folder
4 21 Ru-St 1857
22 St-Tu 1857
23 Tu-Yo 1857
Box Volume
5 1 Abrams-Davis 1858
2 Davis-Ireland 1858
Box Volume
6 1 Jack-Sykes 1858
Box Volume
7 1 Abrams-Frothingham 1859
Box Volume
8 1 Gaither-Procter 1859
Box Volume
9 1 Race-Ziner 1859
Box Folder
10 24 Ad-Be 1860
25 Be-Br 1860
26 Br-Ch 1860
27 Ch-Cu 1860
28 Da-Du 1860
29 Du-Fr 1860
Box Volume
11 1 Gamble-Owings 1860
Box Volume
12 1 Paddock-Zinck 1860
Box Volume
13 1 Abercrombie-Jones 1861
Box Volume
14 1 Kendall-Young 1861
Box Volume
15 1 Ayres-Williams 1862
2 Allen-Williams 1863
Box Volume
16 1 Adams-Guess 1865-1866
Box Volume
17 1 Haber-Murdock 1865-1866
Box Volume
18 1 Neil-Young 1865-1866
Box Volume
19 1 I-J; A-C 1867
2 H-L 1867
Box Volume
20 1 M-P 1867
2 Q-V 1867
3 W-Y 1867
Box Volume
21 1 A-B 1868
2 C-F 1868
Box Volume
22 1 G-J 1868
2 I-M 1868
Box Volume
23 1 N-R 1868
2 S-W 1868
Box Volume
24 1 A-D 1869
Box Volume
25 1 E-J 1869
Box Volume
26 1 K-P 1869
2 Q-Y 1869
Box Volume
27 1 A-D 1870
Box Volume
28 1 E-J 1870
2 Q-Z 1870
Box Volume
29 1 A-D 1871
2 E-L 1871
Box Volume
30 1 M-R 1871
2 S-Y 1871
Box Volume
31 1 A-F 1872
Box Volume
32 1 G-O 1872
Box Volume
33 1 P-Y 1872
Box Volume
34 1 A-F 1873
2 G-Pal 1873
Box Volume
35 1 Par-Z 1873
Box Volume
36 1 F-L 1874
2 M-R 1874
Box Volume
37 1 S-Y 1874
Box Volume
38 1 A-G 1875
2 H-O 1875
Box Volume
39 1 P-Y 1875
Box Volume
40 1 A-G 1876
Box Volume
41 1 H-M 1876
2 N-Y 1876
Box Volume
42 1 A-E 1877
2 F-M 1877
Box Volume
43 1 N-Y 1877
Box Volume
44 1 A-F (not in order) 1878
2 H-O 1878
Box Volume
45 1 P-Y 1878
Box Volume
46 1 A-H (I-Z missing) 1879
Box Volume
47 1 A-H 1880
Box Volume
48 1 K-S 1880
2 T-Y 1880
Box Volume
49 1 A-H 1881
2 I-W 1881
Box Volume
50 1 I-Y (A-H missing) 1882
Box Volume
51 1 A-W 1883
Box Volume
52 1 A-H 1884
Box Volume
53 1 I-Y 1884
Box Volume
54 1 A-H 1885
2 K-L 1885
3 J-W 1885
Box Volume
55 1 A-H 1886
2 I-W 1886
Box Volume
56 1 C-H (A-B missing) 1887-1888
Box Volume
57 1 I-R 1887-1888
2 S-Z 1887-1888
Box Volume
58 1 A-C 1889
Box Volume
59 1 D-O 1889
2 P-Z 1889
Box Volume
60 1 A-E 1890
2 F-P 1890
3 R-Z 1890
Box Volume
61 1 A-K 1891
2 L-Z 1891
Box Volume
62 1 A-K 1892
Box Volume
63 2 International and Great Northern Railway Company; Houston and Texas Central Railway; Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway. 1891-1892
Box Volume
62 2 L-Z 1892
Box Volume
63 1 Aransas Pass and Houston and Texas Central Railway Companies. 1889-1892
Box Volume
64 1 A-K 1893
2 L-Z 1893
Box Volume
65 1 A-K 1894
2 L-Z 1894
Box Volume
66 1 A-K 1895
2 L-Y 1895
Box Volume
67 1 A-K 1896
2 L-Z 1896
Box Volume
68 1 L-Z 1898
Box Volume
69 1 A-K 1899
Box Volume
70 1 L-Z 1899
Box Volume
71 1 Correspondence Concerning Galveston City Railroad: A-Z. Statement of Liabilities, Earnings and Expenses. 1897-1901
Box Volume
72 1 A-H 1900
Box Volume
73 1 I-Z 1900
Box Volume
74 1 A-H 1901
Box Volume
75 1 I-Z 1901
Box Volume
76 1 I-Z 1902
Box Volume
77 1 A-K 1903
Box Volume
78 1 L-Z 1903
Box Volume
79 1 A-G 1904
2 H-Z 1904
Box Volume
80 1 A-H 1905
2 I-Z 1905
Box Volume
81 1 H-L 1906
Box Volume
82 1 M-Z 1906
Box Volume
83 1 A-H 1907
2 I-Z 1907



 

Outgoing Correspondence

Box
84 Indexed. 1855, 1870,
Box
85 (Partial) Indexed. October, 1877-November, 1878; 1880-1881
Box
86 C.C. and Santa Fe Railroad. Indexed. July 5, 1880-April 8, 1884.
Box
87 Indexed. December 21, 1899-February 21, 1900; Feb. 21, 1900-May 21, 1900; September 7, 1900-December 24, 1900.
Box
88 Indexed. December, 1900-March, 1901; March, 1901-May 1901; May, 1901-August, 1901.



 

Thomas M. League, Incoming legal and personal correspondence

Box
89 Thomas M. League, Incoming legal and personal correspondence: 1836-1837; 1853-1860; 1865.



 

Willie and Cleveland, Incoming Correspondence

Box
90 Willie and Cleveland, Incoming Correspondence: 1875-1876.