Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Adele Briscoe Looscan Papers MSS.0037

Descriptive Summary

Title: Adele Briscoe Looscan Papers
Dates: 1826-1926
Identification: MSS.0037
Quantity: 4.0 Linear feet, 3 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Adele Briscoe Looscan was born in Harrisburg, but lived most of her life in Houston, Texas. Throughout her life she was active in social and literary circles. In 1885 she helped organize the Laties' Reading Club of Houston and in subsequent years contributed articles to the Ladies' Messenger, Texas Magazine, Southwestern Quarterly, and other publications. Her writings dealt with historical topics, particularly those pertaining to early Texas. Mrs. Looscan was a registered charter member of the Texas State Historical Association in 1897 when the organization was founded. She served as president of the Association from 1915 to 1925.

Scope and Contents

The collection, consisting primarily of correspondence and clippings, deals with Adele Looscan's activities as president of the Texas Historical Association. Among the most prominent correspondents represented in the collection are Eugene C. Barker, Charles W. Ramsdell, and Ernest W. Winkler, all of whom served as officers for the Texas Historical Association during 1911-1926. None of her own letters are in the collection. The correspondence consists only of letters she recieved between 1911 and 1926. The clippings deal with historical topics and the activities of the Association. Three of the four scrapbooks deal with historical subjects, while the fourth contains material pertinent to the Looscan family.



The correspondence is arranged alphabetically according to author with letters from the same author arranged chronologically. Newspaper clippings are arranged alphabetically. The scrapbooks are not arranged in any particular manner. Volume six has an index compiled by Mrs. Looscan. Most of the clippings are undated. Only four of the six volumes are included in the collection.


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Index Terms

Looscan family
Texas Historical Association

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Adele Briscoe Looscan Papers. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Mrs. E. M. Dupree in September 1962.

Processing Information

Processed by: Louis Marchiafava, Jan. 18, 1975.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Correspondence and Clippings

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence: Arnold thru Fulmore, 1889-1924
2 Correspondence: from Eugene C. Barker, 1911-1924
3 Correspondence: Garrison thru Ideson, 1889-1924
4 Correspondence: Jones thru Ropet, 1889-1924
5 Correspondence: from Charles W. Ramsdell, 1916-1924
6 Correspondence: Smith thru Young, 1890-1925
7 Correspondence: from Ernest W. Winkler, 1911-1926
8 Newspaper clippings
9 Miscellaneous: notes, cards, pamphlets, photographs


Scrapbooks and Other Volumes

3 Newspaper clippings
4 Looscan family material
5 Newspaper clippings
6 Newspaper clippings
2 Harris Family Bible, Harrisburg, Texas, 1850
A Companion for the Altar by John Hobart, Episcopal Church, 1819. Inscribed by Mrs. Jane Harris, June 5, 1826


Business Correspondence and Records

Box Folder
3 1 Correspondence: Unknown authorship, Personal notations, Invitation to a ball, 1870-1920
2 Business Correspondence: regarding property; Alexander thru Turnley, 1889-1925
3 Business Correspondence: to Adele Loscan from W. H. Abney, 1916-1920
4 Business Correspondence: regarding Mr. W. H. Abney; Hale thru Washan and Unknown author, 1916-1921
5 Business Records: Miscellaneous receipts, bills, and bonds, 1870-1916
6 Business Records: Property, 1857-1900
7 Business Records: Taxes, Transactions, 1839-1869
8 Business Records: Taxes, Transactions, 1870-1879
9 Business Records: Taxes, Transactions, 1880-1889
10 Business Records: Taxes, Transactions, 1890-1899
11 Business Records: Taxes, Transactions, 1900-1909
12 Business Records: Taxes, Transactions, 1910-1914
13 Business Records: Taxes, Transactions, 1915-1919
14 Business Records: Taxes, Transactions, 1920-1926