Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Julia Ideson Collection MSS.0032

Descriptive Summary

Creator Ideson, Julia B., 1880-1945
Title: Julia Ideson Collection
Dates: Bulk, 1920-1930
Dates: 1885 to 1944; 1920 to 1930
Identification: MSS.0032
Quantity: 5.0 Linear feet, 6 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Julia Bedford Ideson became the first head librarian of the Houston Public Library in 1904 and served in this capacity until her death in 1945. She was born on July 15, 1880 in Hastings, Nebraska and moved with her family to Houston as a child. She later earned her library science degree as part of the inagural program at the University of Texas.

Miss Ideson oversaw the tremendous growth of the Houston Public Library not only in terms of use and acquisitions but also in the expansion of physical facilities throughout the city. She was also the first woman from Houston listed in Who's Who in America. Her other numerous honors included serving both as President of the Texas Library Association and as the first vice-president of the American Library Association. She was a lifelong supporter of many civic causes including providing library services for African Americans and women's suffrage. Julia Ideson died on her birthday in 1945 while visiting her sister in Pennsylvania, but she continues to be remembered for her outstanding achievements as a librarian and contributions to the city of Houston.

Scope and Contents

The clippings, correspondence and manuscripts in this collection deal largely with Miss Ideson's library activities. Also included are several folders of printed material and photographs dealing with other civic and political organizations such as the Philosophic Society of Texas, the Texas Commission on Interracial Cooperation, the Texas League of Women Voters, and the U. S. Food Administration.



The collection is arranged in nine series contained in six boxes. Box 1 is Miss Ideson's correspondence and speeches. Box 2 contains clippings, published materials and a scrapbook which reflect Miss Ideson's varied interests. Boxes 3 and 4 contain books from Miss Ideson's childhood and artifacts. The two remaining boxes contain photographs.
Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Speeches
Series 3: Clippings
Series 4: Professional Organizations
Series 5: Houston Public Library
Series 6: Travel
Series 7: Miscellaneous
Series 8: Artifacts
Series 9: Photographs


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

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

Index Terms

Houston Public Library
Ideson, Julia B., 1880-1945
National League of Women Voters (U.S.)
Philosophic Society of Texas
Texas Commission on Interracial Cooperation
Texas Library Association
United States Food Administration
Civic leaders--Houston (Tex.)
Civil service--Texas--Houston
Community leadership
Travel--20th century
War--Economic aspects--United States.
Women in community service--Texas--Houston
Women in history
World War, 1914-1918

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Julia Ideson Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Artifacts donated by: Louise Franklin, December 6, 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bruce Weber, November 12, 1976.

Detailed Description of the Collection



Box Folder
1 1 Letters, 1900 to 1919
2 Letters, 1919 to 1973
3 Letters, 1933 to 1945
4 Letters, no date



Box Folder
1 5 Speeches and manuscript material, 1910 to 1940
6 Speeches and manuscript material, 1940 to 1944
7 Speeches and manuscript material, no date



Box Folder
2 1 Assorted newspaper and magazine clippings, 1918 - 1944


Professional Organizations

Box Folder
2 2 Historical sketch by Julia Ideson. Texas Library Association. June 30, 1934


Other Organizations

Box Folder
2 3 Texas Commission on Interracial Cooperation, 1940 - 1942
4 Philosophic Society of Texas, 1939 - 1941
5 Texas League of Women Voters, 1939 - 1943


Houston Public Library

Box Folder
2 6 Reports, 1903 - 1938



Box Folder
2 7 Seminar in Mexico, 1929
8 European travel, 1914 - 1933



Box Folder
2 9 Scrapbook. Torchbearer, 1929
10 Unknown Author. "The Private Journal of Juan Nepomureno Almone." Southwestern Historical Quarterly, February 1, 1836 - April 16, 1836



3 Books belonging to Julia Ideson during childhood. Various titles.
4 Photographs, minute book, Indian cloth, samplers, silver cup, brooch.



5 and 6 Content
U. S. Food Administration, Texas
Food Conservation and War Rations
World War I