Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Joe H. Eagle Papers MSS.0073

Descriptive Summary

Creator Eagle, Joe Henry, 1870-1963
Title: Joe H. Eagle Papers
Dates: 1908-1955
Identification: MSS.0073
Quantity: 4.0 Linear feet, 5 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Joe Henry Eagle was born in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, on January 23, 1870. He moved to Houston in 1895 and served six terms in Congress as a Democrat from 1913 to 1921 and from 1933 to 1937. While in the House of Representatives, Eagle secured the establishment of Ellington Air Force Base in 1917 and an appropriation of four-million dollars to deepen and widen the Houston Ship Channel in 1919. In 1936, he ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator against Morris Sheppard, then retired from Congress for a second time to practice law in Houston until 1957. Eagle died on January 10, 1963.

Scope and Contents

Except for one lengthy letter to John Henry Kirby in 1908, the Eagle Papers generally cover the period from 1933 to 1955 and include political, business, and personal correspondence. The 1936 Senatorial campaign is documented as well as congressional patronage for postal jobs. Correspondence concerning the effort to eliminate Victor Gluck from the post office as a suspected Communist sympathizer is particularly interesting.



The Joe Eagle Papers are organized by subject of the correspondence and within that grouping, chronologically. The last box contains scrapbooks.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Joe H. Eagle Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

Eagle, Joe Henry, 1870-1963
Anti-communist movements--United States--History--20th century
Legislators--United States

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joe H. Eagle Papers. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Texas Gulf Coast Historical Association, 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by Pam Barron, 1979.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Personal Correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 Letter to John Henry Kirby, 1908
2 Personal Correspondence, 1935
3 Personal Correspondence, 1936-1938
4 Personal Correspondence, 1939-1941
5 Personal Correspondence, 1941-1943
6 Personal Correspondence, 1944-1946
7 Personal Correspondence, 1947-1950
8 Personal Correspondence, 1951-1954
9 Personal Correspondence, 1954-1955


Business and Legal Papers

Box Folder
2 10 1924-1934
11 1935
12 1936-1937
13 1938-1939
14 1940-1942
15 1943-1955


Political Correspondence

Box Folder
3 16 Political Correspondence, 1935-1937
17 Political Correspondence, 1938-1940
18 Political Correspondence, 1941-1955
19 Correspondence with Adolph Blieden, January - March 1935
20 Correspondence with Adolph Blieden, April - August 1935


Miscellaneous Materials and Scrapbooks

Box Folder
4 21 Invitations and Letters of Recommendation
22 Miscellaneous Correspondence
23 Clippings and Campaign Materials
24 Miscellaneous Business and Legal Documents
25 Miscellaneous Political Documents and Speeches
5 Scrapbooks