Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Joseph W. Evans Collection MSS.0016

Descriptive Summary

Creator Evans, Joseph W.
Title: Joseph W. Evans Collection
Dates: Bulk, 1919-1951
Dates: 1912-1962
Identification: MSS.0016
Quantity: 23.0 Linear feet: 5 boxes, 20 ledgers
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Joseph W. Evans and his wife Emily (nee Scott) owned the Evans & Company cotton buyers and exporters which was organized in 1908. Evans & Company was a major business in Houston throughout the early 20th century and was located in the eminent Houston Cotton Exchange Building.

As president of the Houston Cotton Exchange and Board of Trade, Mr. Evans worked to establish the Port of Houston's Houston Ship Channel as a main thoroughfare for cotton producers. His work was crucial in developing the ship channel into its present status as the center of international trade.

Until his death in 1962, Mr. Evans remained active in advancing Houston's local economy and promoting awareness in other areas. Among other posts, locally he was chairman of the Houston War Work campaign during World War I. He served as president for the Houston Chamber of Commerce and helped organize the Houston Community Chest.

Scope and Contents

The Joseph W. Evans Collection is comprised of financial records from Evans & Company between 1912 and 1962. There are also two boxes of correspondence related to the business. Bibliographic materials which were dedicated in Mr. Evans' name are located at The University of Houston.



The Joseph W. Evans Collection is comprised of two series, which are organized by subject and then either alphabetically (correspondence) or chronologically.
Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Financial Records


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Joseph W. Evans Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

Evans & Company
Evans and Company
Evans, Emily Scott
Houston Cotton Exchange and Board of Trade
Houston Ship Channel (Tex.)
Port of Houston Authority
Civic leaders
Cotton industry, Texas
World War, 1914-1918

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Joseph W. Evans Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Alice Evans Pratt, daughter of Joseph W. Evans, July 14, 1975.

 General note 

Sources: King, John. The Handbook of Texas (online version).

Detailed Description of the Collection



1 Correspondence, A through H
2 Correspondence, I through Z


Financial Records

3 Income Tax, 1919-1927
4 Income Tax, 1928-1936
5 Income Tax, 1937-1951
1 to 4 Ledgers, 1912-1920
5 to 13 Cash journals, 1912-1957
14 to 17 Trial balance books, 1913-1962
18 to 19 Loose leaf account books, 1920-1957
20 Standard column book, 1958-1962