Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Robert W. Kneebone Collection MSS.0022

Descriptive Summary

Creator Kneebone, Robert W.
Title: Robert W. Kneebone Collection
Dates: Bulk, 1950-1969
Dates: 1949-1976 and 1950-1969
Identification: MSS.0022
Quantity: 5.0 Linear feet, 4 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Robert W. Kneebone (1899-1976) was involved in Houston business and civic affairs beginning in the 1930's. A 1921 graduate of the University of Michigan, Kneebone entered the banking industry in 1932. In 1950, he became vice-president of the National Bank of Commerce, later renamed the Texas Commerce Bank. His involvement in charity was varied throughout his years in Houston, but centered around two organizations, the Texas Youth Council and the United Fund. Kneebone served as chairman of the Texas Youth Council from 1957 until he resigned the post in 1973. Kneebone also served as a volunteer member of the United Fund organization and as vice-chairman and chairman of various United Fund Chest Campaigns and USO fund drives. He later served on the United Fund National Board of Directors. In 1973, he was awarded the first annual Robert Kneebone Award by the United Fund.



This collection has been arranged topically by types of material, and chronologically within each subject area. The topics include correspondence, brochures, announcements, and articles from publications. The subject areas include the Texas Youth Council, the United Fund and the Texas Commerce Bank.
Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Announcements
Series 3: Recognition
Series 4: Articles
Series 5: Photographs


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

Texas Commerce Bank.
Texas Youth Council
United Fund
United Service Organizations (U.S.)
University of Michigan
Civic leaders--Houston (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert W. Kneebone Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Robert Kneebone, December 20, 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by: Laura Speck, December 1978.

Detailed Description of the Collection



Box Folder
1 1 Texas Youth Council: Letters of acknowledgement, 1957-1976
2 Texas Youth Council: Resignation letter, 1962-1973
3 United Fund: Letters of acknowledgement, 1951-1976
4 Letters of acknowledgement, 1950-1963
5 Letters of acknowledgement, 1964-1969
Box Folder
2 1 Letters of acknowledgement, 1970-1976
2 Letters of acknowledgement, undated
3 Miscellaneous correspondence, personal and business



Box Folder
2 4 Texas Youth Council: Brochures and programs, 1957-1969
5 United Fund: Brochures, programs and miscellaneous, 1953-1976
6 Speaking Engagements: Brochures and announcements, 1951-1962
Box Folder
3 1 Speaking Engagements: Brochures and announcements, undated
2 Brochures and invitations



Box Folder
3 3 Awards and certificates of appreciation
4 Cards of appreciation, telegrams



Box Folder
3 5 Texas Youth Council: Clippings, 1957 - 1975 and undated
6 United Fund: Clippings, 1953-1976
7 Texas Commerce Bank: Clippings and newsletters, 1950-1974
8 Miscellaneous clippings, 1949-1976
9 Miscellaneous clippings, undated
Box Folder
4 1 Texas Youth Council: Newspaper clippings, 1957-1974
2 United Fund: Newspaper clippings, 1950-1975
3 United Fund: Newspaper clippings, undated
4 Texas Commerce Bank: Newspaper clippings, 1950-1966
5 Newspaper clippings, 1952-1963
6 Newspaper clippings, 1964-1976
7 Newspaper clippings, undated



MSS 22.1 Jesse Jones portrait
MSS 22.2 to MSS 22.80 United Fund Campaign, 1956
MSS 22.81 to MSS 22.102 Dedications, Ceremonies and Celebrations
MSS 22.103 to MSS 22.134 Texas National Bank of Commerce
MSS 22.135 to MSS 22.149 United Service Organization
MSS 22.150 to MSS 22. 151 U.S. Savings Bonds Program
MSS 22.152 to MSS 22.153 Texas Youth Council
MSS 22.154 to MSS 22.157 Weirton Steel Company
MSS 22.158 to MSS 22.159 Texas Tourist Council