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Dowell-Littlefield Collection MSS.0050

Descriptive Summary

Creator Dowell family
Creator Littlefield family
Title: Dowell-Littlefield Collection
Dates: 1868-1906
Identification: MSS.0050
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet, 1 box
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

The Dowell family included Dr. Greensville S. Dowell (1822-1881), a prominent Galveston physician who served as dean and professor of surgery at the Galveston Medical College, his first wife, Sallie White Dowell, and their two sons, Shelton and John W. Dowell. Sallie White Dowell was the half-sister of Major George Littlefield (1842-1920), who served in Terry's Texas Rangers and in 1890 organized the American National Bank of Austin.

Scope and Contents

The Dowell-Littlefield collection consists of correspondence from the Dowell family, as well as a relative, Major George Littlefield of Gonzales. Correspondence dates back to 1868 and is mainly personal in nature.



The collection is arranged topically, according to each individual's correspondence. A chronological order is also maintained within each folder.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

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

Index Terms

Dowell, Greensville, 1822-1881
Dowell, John W.
Dowell, Sarah White
Dowell, Shelton
Galveston (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dowell-Littlefield Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dudley R. Dobie, Jr. on April 22, 1977.

Processing Information

Completed by Laura Speck, February 1, 1979.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Dr. Greenville S. Dowell: Correspondence, 1868-1874

Box Folder
1 2 Sallie White Dowell: Correspondence, 1869

Box Folder
1 3 George W. Littlefield: Correspondence, 1869-1906

Box Folder
1 4 Shelton Dowell: Correspondence, 1869-1881

Box Folder
1 5 John W. Dowell: Correspondence, 1871-1889

Box Folder
1 6 Miscellaneous Correspondence: William L. Prather, Laura Dowell, Arthur P. Duggan

Box Folder
1 7 Receipts and Bills of Sale

Box Folder
1 8 Clippings: George Littlefield

Box Folder
1 9 Miscellaneous

Box Folder
1 10 Photographs: Shelton Dowell, George Littlefield, Littlefield Home