Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

T. W. House Papers MSS.0029

Descriptive Summary

Creator House, Thomas William
Title: T.W. House Papers
Dates: 1849-1906
Identification: MSS.0029
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet, 1 box
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Born in 1814, T. W. House immigrated to Houston from England (via New Orleans) in 1838. By 1853, he had become Houston's most successful merchant and dry goods dealer. House was instrumental in the formation of several freight transportation firms vital to the city's early economy. His later success as a cotton factor eventually made him one of Texas' most prominent private bankers and investors and helped identify him as an invaluable contributor to Houston's early growth. House was succeeded by five children, of whom Edward Mandell House (an advisor of Woodrow Wilson) was the best known.

Scope and Contents

The collection is small, but includes here a number of leaves of correspondence and an interesting though fragmentary journal which documents a trip by House to England during the Civil War. The bulk of the collection is composed of legal documents and fragmentary business records.



The collection is arranged chronologically within material types: legal documents, business records, correspondence, etc.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the T. W. House Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

House family
Seaman family
Cotton industry, Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

T. W. House Papers. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Mrs. Roy Needham.

Processing Information

Processed in 1976.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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1 1 Miscellaneous Manuscripts relating to the Estate of H. A. Seaman and John Seaman, 1849-1872

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1 2 Account Book / Ledger Sheets, 1871-1872, 1906

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1 3 Correspondence / Journal Fragments, 1844-1904

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1 4 Labor Contracts, 1866

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1 5 Abstracts of Judgement, 1885-1889

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1 6 Business Receipts, 1855-1890

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1 7 Miscellaneous Legal Documents

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1 8 Miscellaneous Legal Documents