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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

1. Annual Meeting Minutes

2. Cotton Exchange Building Company

3. Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Related Material

4. Second Mortgage and Securities & Exchange Commission Conflict

5. Telegrams

6. Daily Quotations

7. Garage and Sundry Charge Register

8. Record of Houston Cotton Movement

9. Cotton Seed Quotations

10. Record of Houston Port Movement

11. Cash Journal Voucher Records

12. Visitors Registers

13. Payrolls

14. Floor Records

15. Daily Transactions

16. Light and Power Records

17. Receipts

18. Futures Markets

19. Record of Steamers

20. Cash Books

21. Miscellaneous Financial Ledgers

22. Blank Stock Certificates

23. Photographs

Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Houston Cotton Exchange Collection:

An Inventory of Its Records at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Houston Cotton Exchange
Title Houston Cotton Exchange Collection
Identification RG D 16
Extent 2 document boxes, 1 record storage carton, and 90 Ledger Volumes; approximately 40 linear feet.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

From its earliest years, Houston served as a collection, marketing, and transshipment center for cotton grown in the hinterland around it. In 1874 a group of the city's businessmen decided that the volume of cotton traffic passing through Houston, as well as the increasing complexity of trading it on a rational and uniform basis, required the establishment of a central, regulatory exchange. That year the Board of Trade and Cotton Exchange--later renamed the Houston Cotton Exchange and Board of Trade--was founded. It became the place, wrote one observer, "where King Cotton holds court in Houston."

Stimulated by its cotton trade, which was the second largest in the world by 1900, a network of support facilities was built in Houston to maximize both efficiency and profits. These included a modern port with state-of-the-art warves and fittings, a connecting canal to the Gulf Coast, and early railroad and telegraph service. In a retrospective survey of the historical role of cotton and the Cotton Exchange, the Houston Chronicle concluded that "no other organization has done more to build Houston's commerce and industry, stabilize its economy, develop its port, or furnish its civic leadership than the Houston Cotton Exchange. Cotton forced the building of transportation and handling facilities, and played a major part in the success of banks and other businesses and industries. Cotton money built Houston. Every phase of its life has been guided by the members of the Cotton Exchange."

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Scope and Contents

It consists of financial records, the meeting minutes and correspondence of the Board of Directors, photographs, and other material pertaining to the history of the Exchange and Houston that will be of particular interest to those investigating economic and political topics.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged by the type of material. Each different kind of material is in chronological order. Most of it is contained in the original, heavy-duty ledger volumes of the Cotton Exchange, except for the minutes and correspondence indicated on the following Container List.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None

Use Restrictions

None

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Index Terms

Subjects
Boards of trade--Texas--Houston
Cotton trade--Employees--Texas--Houston
Cotton--Prices--Louisiana--New Orleans
Cotton trade--Texas--Houston
Cottonseed
Houston Ship Channel (Tex.)
Shipping--Texas-Houston
Organizations
Chicago Cotton Exchange
Houston Cotton Exchange and Board of Trade
Liverpool Cotton Exchange (England)
New Orleans Cotton Exchange
New York Cotton Exchange
Port of Houston Authority
United States. Securities and Exchange Commission

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Houston Cotton Exchange Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Acquisition Information

The Houston Cotton Exchange Collection was transferred to Houston Metropolitan Research Center from the Houston Cotton Exchange in 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Howard Beeth; completed April 21, 1982

Alternative Format

The collection has been partially microfilmed.

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Detailed Description

 

1. Annual Meeting Minutes

Volume
1 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Annual Meeting Minutes, 1878-1889
Volume
2 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Annual Meeting Minutes, 1906-1922

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2. Cotton Exchange Building Company

Box Folder
1 1 Cotton Exchange Building Company: Record Book, 1893-1907

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3. Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Related Material

Box Folder
1 2 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1923-1929
3 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1930-1939
4 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1931
5 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1932
6 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1933
7 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1934
8 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1935
9 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1936
10 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1937
11 Houston Port and Traffic Bureau: Monthly Reports, 1936-1937
Box Folder
2 1 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1940-1945
2 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1946
3 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1947
4 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1948
5 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1949
6 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Annual Stockholders Meeting Papers, 1950-1951
7 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Jan-June, 1950
8 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, July-Dec, 1950
9 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Jan-June, 1951
10 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, July-Dec, 1951
11 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Annual Stockholders Meeting Papers, 1952
12 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Jan-June, 1952
13 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, July-Dec, 1952
14 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Annual Stockholders Meeting Papers, 1953
15 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Jan-March, 1953
16 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, April-June, 1953
17 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, July-Sept, 1953
18 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Oct-Dec, 1953
19 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Annual Stockholders Meeting Papers, 1954
20 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Jan-March, 1954
21 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, April-June, 1954
22 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, July-Sept, 1954
23 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Oct-Dec, 1954
24 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Annual Stockholders Meeting Papers, 1955
25 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Jan-March, 1955
26 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, April-June, 1955
27 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, July-Sept, 1955
28 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Oct-Dec, 1955
29 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Annual Stockholders Meeting Papers, 1956
30 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Jan-March, 1956
31 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, April-June, 1956
32 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, July-Sept, 1956
33 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Oct-Dec, 1956
34 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Annual Stockholders Meeting Papers, 1957
35 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Jan-March, 1957
36 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, April-June, 1957
37 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, July-Sept, 1957
38 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Oct-Dec, 1957
39 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Jan-March, 1958
40 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, April-June, 1958
41 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, July-Sept, 1958
42 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Oct-Dec, 1958
43 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Jan-March, 1959
44 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, April-June, 1959
45 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, April-June, 1961
46 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, July-Sept, 1961
47 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Oct-Dec, 1961
48 Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, Jan-Feb, 1962

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4. Second Mortgage and Securities & Exchange Commission Conflict

Box Folder
3 1 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: 2nd Mortgage and Securities & Exchange Commission Conflict, no date
2 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: 2nd Mortgage and Securities & Exchange Commission Conflict, 1923
3 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: 2nd Mortgage and Securities & Exchange Commission Conflict, ca. 1930's
4 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: 2nd Mortgage and Securities & Exchange Commission Conflict, 1933
5 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: 2nd Mortgage and Securities & Exchange Commission Conflict, 1936
6 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: 2nd Mortgage and Securities & Exchange Commission Conflict, July-Sept, 1936
7 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: 2nd Mortgage and Securities & Exchange Commission Conflict, Nov. 1936
8 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: 2nd Mortgage and Securities & Exchange Commission Conflict, Dec. 1936
9 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: 2nd Mortgage and Securities & Exchange Commission Conflict, Jan. 1-14, 1937
10 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: 2nd Mortgage and Securities & Exchange Commission Conflict, Jan. 15-31, 1937
11 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: 2nd Mortgage and Securities & Exchange Commission Conflict, Feb. 1937

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5. Telegrams

Volume
3 Chicago Telegrams, 1924-1949
Volume
4 Liverpool Telegrams, 1881-1888
Volume
5 Liverpool Telegrams, 1881-1895
Volume
6 Liverpool Telegrams, 1888-1895
Volume
7 Liverpool Telegrams, 1900-1905
Volume
8 Liverpool Telegrams, 1911-1924
Volume
9 Liverpool Telegrams, 1933-1941
Volume
10 New York Telegrams, 1881-1884
Volume
11 New York Telegrams, 1884-1888
Volume
12 New York Telegrams, 1888-1894
Volume
13 New York Telegrams, 1918-1931
Volume
14 New York Telegrams, 1931-1947
Volume
15 New York Telegrams, 1947-1963
Volume
16 New Orleans Telegrams, 1881-1887
Volume
17 New Orleans Telegrams, 1887-1893
Volume
18 New Orleans Telegrams, 1893-1900
Volume
19 New Orleans Telegrams, 1900-1908
Volume
20 New Orleans Telegrams, 1908-1918
Volume
21 New Orleans Telegrams, 1918-1931
Volume
22 New Orleans Telegrams, 1931-1946
Volume
23 New Orleans Telegrams, 1946-1962

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6. Daily Quotations

Volume
24 Daily Quotations, Houston Cotton Exchange, 1923-1924
Volume
25 Daily Quotations, Houston Cotton Exchange, 1924-1926
Volume
26 Daily Quotations, Houston Cotton Exchange, 1926-1928
Volume
27 Daily Quotations, Houston Cotton Exchange, 1928-1931
Volume
28 Daily Quotations, Houston Cotton Exchange, 1931-1933
Volume
29 Daily Quotations, Houston Cotton Exchange, 1933-1935
Volume
30 Daily Quotations, Houston Cotton Exchange, 1935-1939
Volume
31 Daily Quotations, Houston Cotton Exchange, 1939-1943
Volume
32 Daily Quotations, Houston Cotton Exchange, 1943-1963

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7. Garage and Sundry Charge Register

Volume
33 Garage and Sundry Charge Register, 1924-1926
Volume
34 Garage and Sundry Charge Register, 1926-1927

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8. Record of Houston Cotton Movement

Volume
35 Record of Houston Cotton Movement, 1891-1899
Volume
36 Record of Houston Cotton Movement, 1899-1908
Volume
37 Record of Houston Cotton Movement, 1908-1919
Volume
38 Record of Houston Cotton Movement, 1919-1930
Volume
39 Record of Houston Cotton Movement, 1930-1942

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9. Cotton Seed Quotations

Volume
40 Cotton Seed Quotations, 1895-1915
Volume
41 Cotton Seed Quotations, New York, 1915-1929
Volume
42 Cotton Seed Quotations, New York and New Orleans, 1929-1937
Volume
43 Cotton Seed Quotations, New York and New Orleans, 1937-1945

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10. Record of Houston Port Movement

Volume
44 Record of Houston Port Movement, 1926-1937
Volume
45 Record of Houston Port Movement, 1938-1949
Volume
46 Record of Houston Port Movement, 1949-1963
Volume
47 Record of Houston Port Movement, 1963-1976

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11. Cash Journal Voucher Records

Volume
48 Cash Journal Voucher Record, 1925-1926
Volume
49 Cash Journal Voucher Record, 1926-1929
Volume
50 Cash Journal Voucher Record, 1929-1933
Volume
51 Cash Journal Voucher Record, 1933-1937
Volume
52 Cash Journal Voucher Record, 1937-1944
Volume
53 Cash Journal Voucher Record, 1944-1947

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12. Visitors Registers

Volume
54 Visitors Register, Houston Cotton Exchange, 1894-1905
Volume
55 Visitors Register, Houston Cotton Exchange, 1924-1941

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13. Payrolls

Volume
56 Payroll Book, 1924-1926
Volume
57 Janitors Weekly Payrolls, 1925-1926
Volume
58 Payroll Book, 1936

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14. Floor Records

Volume
59 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: Floor Record No. 1, 1924-1925
Volume
60 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: Floor Record No. 2, 1925-1927
Volume
61 Houston Cotton Exchange Building Company, Inc.: Floor Record No. 3, 1927-1934

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15. Daily Transactions

Volume
62 Houston Cotton Exchange Daily Transactions, 1934-1942
Volume
63 Daily Quotations, Houston and Galveston Cotton Exchanges, 1909-1923

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16. Light and Power Records

Volume
64 Light Record No. 1, 1924-1925
Volume
65 Light and Power Record, 1925-1926
Volume
66 Light and Power Record, 1926-1930

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17. Receipts

Volume
67 Daily Receipts to all U.S. Ports, 1881-1900
Volume
68 Houston Port Receipts, 1900-1918

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18. Futures Markets

Volume
69 New York and New Orleans Futures Markets, 1963-1969

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19. Record of Steamers

Volume
70 Record of Steamers, Port of Houston, 1931-1959

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20. Cash Books

Volume
71 Cash Book, 1906-1909
Volume
72 Cash Book, 1909-1912
Volume
73 Cash Book, 1912-1916
Volume
74 Cash Book, 1916-1921
Volume
75 Cash Book, 1921-1925
Volume
76 Cash Book, 1926-1928
Volume
77 Cash Book, 1925-1931
Volume
78 Cash Book, 1945-1950

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21. Miscellaneous Financial Ledgers

Volume
79 Miscellaneous Financial Ledger, 1897-1901
Volume
80 Miscellaneous Financial Ledger, 1897-1908
Volume
81 Miscellaneous Financial Ledger, 1901-1903
Volume
82 Miscellaneous Financial Ledger, 1903-1908
Volume
83 Miscellaneous Financial Ledger, 1908-1912
Volume
84 Miscellaneous Financial Ledger, 1908-1914
Volume
85 Miscellaneous Financial Ledger, 1924-1925
Volume
86 Miscellaneous Financial Ledger, 1928-1935
Volume
87 Miscellaneous Financial Ledger, 1936-1945
Volume
88 Miscellaneous Financial Ledger, 1951-1955

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22. Blank Stock Certificates

Volume
89 Blank Stock Certificates, Houston Cotton Exchange & Board of Trade

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23. Photographs

Volume
90 Photograph Album

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