Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Oscar Holcombe Collection MSS.0020



Descriptive Summary

Creator Holcombe, Oscar, 1888-1968
Title: Oscar Holcombe Collection
Dates: 1921-1957
Identification: MSS.0020
Quantity: 30.5 Linear feet, 8 boxes and 48 volumes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Oscar F. Holcombe (1888-1968) was elected eleven times as Mayor of Houston between 1921 and 1957. He was born in Mobile, Alabama, on December 31, 1888. His family moved to Texas in 1891, and first came to Houston in 1907. When he first ran for mayor in 1921, he was an established lumberman and building contractor. During the 22 years he served as mayor, the population of Houston increased from 140,000 in 1921 to nearly 1 million in 1957.


Scope and Contents

The collection, consisting of 8 boxes and 48 scrapbooks, deals with a wide range of subjects pertaining to Holcombe's years as mayor. The material deals primarily with the later years of Holcombe's career. Some correspondence is available for the 1924 mayoral campaign. Material for the later years includes speeches, official statements, and a large number of clippings. Some clippings also exist for the early years. Of particular interest is the material available on the development of the Hermann Park and Braes Bayou areas of Houston during the 1920's. Blue-print drawings and reports are included in the collection.


 

Arrangement

The collection has been organized by subject and follows whenever possible the original arrangement. Correspondence for each subject is arranged chronologically. The scrapbooks are arranged by year and are a rich source of information on city politics and elections.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

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


Index Terms

Holcombe, Oscar, 1888-1968
Local elections--Texas--Houston
Mayors--Texas--Houston
Political campaigns--Texas--Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Oscar Holcombe Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs. H. Crosswell on August 12, 1976.

Processing Information

Processed in 1977.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Mayoral Campaigns

Box Folder
1 1 Mayoral Campaign, 1924: Correspondence, November 15-December 18, 1924
2 Mayoral Campaign, 1924: Correspondence, December 5, 1922-November 14, 1924
3 Mayoral Campaign, 1926: Statements of Congratulations
4 Miscellaneous Correspondence: 1954-1955
5 Miscellaneous Clippings, 1920's



 

Mayoral Appointment - Projects and Reports

Box Folder
2 1 Braes Bayou Project (McGregor Way): correspondence and blueprints, December 1925-August 1928
2 Braes Bayou Project (McGregor Way): correspondence and blueprints, August-November 1928
3 Industrial Belt Highway, (Navigation Blvd.): correspondence and blueprints, August 10, 1925-November 24, 1926
4 Industrial Belt Highway, (Navigation Blvd.): correspondence and blueprints, January 6, 1927-November 20, 1928
5 Kirby Drive Improvements: correspondence, May 1, 1924-August 9, 1928
6 Hermann Drive Extension: correspondence, August 5, 1926-August 25, 1928
7 Memorial Drive and Park Improvements: correspondence and blueprints, August 16, 1926-February 4, 1929
Box Folder
3 1 Auditor's Report: Examination of the Books and Accounts of the City of Houston, Texas, December 31, 1921
2 Auditor's Report: Examination of the Books and Accounts of the City of Houston, Texas, December 31, 1924
3 Report of the City Planning Commission, 1929
4 Report of the Water Supply Investigations for the City of Houston, 1933
5 Mayor Holcombe Expense Book, 1933; Elizabeth Holcombe Home Room Club Minutes



 

Mayoral Appointment - Speeches and Proclamations

Box Folder
4 1 Mayor Holcombe's Campaign Speeches, October 18, 1946-November 4, 1946
2 Mayor Holcombe's Official Speeches and Statements, January 2, 1947-December 7, 1947
3 Mayor Holcombe's Charter Amendment Statements, July 21, 1947-July 25, 1947
4 Mayor Holcombe's Campaign Speeches and Biographical Sketches of Candidates on the People's Ticket, September 10, 1948-October 16, 1948
5 Mayor Holcombe's Official Speeches and Statements, February 5, 1948-July 1948
6 Mayor Holcombe's Campaign Speeches, February 17, 1948-October 11, 1948
7 Mayor Holcombe's Campaign Speeches, October 11, 1948-October 15, 1948
8 Mayor Holcombe's Speeches and Official Statements, January 6, 1949-November 16, 1949
9 Mayor Holcombe's Speeches and Official Statements, January 20, 1950-October 13, 1950
10 Mayor Holcombe's Speeches and Official Statements, January 31, 1951-December 31, 1951
11 Mayor Holcombe's Speeches and Official Statements, February 16, 1952-November 18, 1952
Box Folder
5 1 Mayor Holcombe's Official Campaign Speeches, May 6, 1940-November 4, 1940
2 Mayor Holcombe's Official Press Releases to the Houston Post and Chronicle, October 11, 1942-November 2, 1942
3 Mayor Holcombe's Official Proclamations, January 3, 1947-November 23, 1947
4 Mayor Holcombe's Official Proclamations, February 4, 1948-December 21, 1948
5 Mayor Holcombe's Official Proclamations, January 10, 1949-December 9, 1949
6 Mayor Holcombe's Official Proclamations, January 16, 1950-November 16, 1950
7 Mayor Holcombe's Official Proclamations, January 15, 1951-December 26, 1951
8 Mayor Holcombe's Official Proclamations, January 10, 1952-December 15, 1952
9 Mayor Holcombe's Official Proclamations, 1950-1952



 

Demographics

Box Folder
6 1 Bracey's Block Maps of the City of Houston, 1922
2 Names and Addresses of Leaders Among the Negro People, 1948 Mayoral Campaign
3 Prominent Women, Names, Addresses, Telephone Numbers, 1948 Mayoral Campaign
4 List of Union Leaders, Titles, Names, and Addresses, 1948 Mayoral Campaign
5 Presiding Judges, City Voting Precincts and Total Votes in Each, October 16, 1949
6 Miscellaneous Items from Holcombe's Campaign in City Democratic Primary Election, October 1948
7 City Charter Amendments, 1951
8 Census - Prepared by Research and Statistics Committee of the Houston Chamber of Commerce, 1954
9 Labor Agreements, 1955
10 Harris County Freeway Committee, correspondence, July 14, 1955-August 15, 1955
11 Port of Houston, correspondence, March 1955-April 1955



 

Newspaper Clippings

Box Folder
7 1 Houston Press Political Clippings, August 8-November 14, 1957
2 Houston Press Political Clippings, November 14-December 30, 1957
3 Houston Chronicle Political Clippings, August 7-November 15, 1957
4 Houston Chronicle Political Clippings, November 16-December 30, 1957
Box Folder
8 1 Houston Post Political Clippings, August 11-November 10, 1957
2 Houston Post Political Clippings, November 11-December 31, 1957



 

Scrapbooks

Volume
1 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
2 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
3 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
4 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
5 1939 - Houston Press
Volume
6 1939 - Houston Chronicle
Volume
7 1939 - Houston Post
Volume
8 1940 - Houston Post
Volume
9 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
10 1940 - Houston Press
Volume
11 1940 - Houston Chronicle
Volume
12 1941-1942 - Houston Press
Volume
13 1941 - Houston Post
Volume
14 1941-1942 - Houston Chronicle
Volume
15 1941 - Houston Chronicle
Volume
16 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
17 1941 - Houston Press
Volume
18 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
19 Chronicle and Press
Volume
20 1947 - Houston Post
Volume
21 1948 - Houston Chronicle
Volume
22 1948 - Houston Press
Volume
23 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
24 1949 - Houston Chronicle
Volume
25 1949 - Houston Post
Volume
26 1949 - Houston Press
Volume
27 1950 - Taxi Strike and Bus Strike in Houston Post
Volume
28 1951 - Houston Post
Volume
29 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
30 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
31 1950 - Bus News in the Houston Chronicle
Volume
32 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
33 1950 - Houston Press
Volume
34 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
35 1951 - Horsemeat, McArthur, HTA, City Council, Mayor Holcombe, HPD in the Houston Chronicle
Volume
36 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
37 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
38 1951 - Houston Press
Volume
39 Chronicle, Post, and Press
Volume
40 1956 - HPD, Holcombe, Annexation, Bond Issue in the Houston Post
Volume
41 1956 - Houston Press
Volume
42 1956 - Houston Chronicle
Volume
43 1957 - Freeways and Holcombe/Cutrer in the Houston Post
Volume
44 1957 - Houston Press
Volume
45 1957 - Houston Chronicle
Volume
46 1956-1957 - Houston Chronicle
Volume
47 City Democratic Primary Election, October 1948: Election clippings, notices, correspondence
Volume
48 City Democratic Primary Election, December 1950: Election clippings, notices, correspondence