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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: U.S. Problems

Series II: Legislation

Series III: Committees

Series IV: Texas Problems

Series V: Harris County, TX

Series VI: Houston Port

Series VII: Houston City

Series VIII: Pasadena and Other Cities

Series IX: School Districts

Series X: Universities

Series XI: Campaigns and Elections

Series XII: Speeches

Series XIII: People

Series XIV: Personal

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Albert Thomas Papers 1937-1965



Descriptive Summary

Title: Albert Thomas papers
Date: 1937-1965
Abstract: This collection of speeches, correspondences, reports, and photographs documents the work of Albert Thomas, U.S. Representative for Harris County, Texas, from 1936-1966. Albert Thomas was the first Rice Alumnus to serve in Congress. He graduated from Rice Institute in 1920.
ID: MS 262
Extent: 8 cubic feet
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

Albert Thomas was the first Rice Alumnus to serve in Congress. Thomas was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on April 12, 1898. As a child, he attended Public Schools in Nacogdoches and worked in his father's store. During World War I, Thomas served as a second lieutenant in the army. He graduated from Rice Institute in 1920 and from University of Texas law school in 1926. Thomas was married to Lera Millard in 1922. He was elected county attorney in Nacogdoches in 1927, and served there until 1930, when he moved to Houston to become assistant United States district attorney for the southern district of Texas. Thomas was elected to represent the Eighth District of Texas (Harris County) in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1936, a position he held until his death. Thomas served on numerous committees and was instrumental in locating the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. He became chairman of the House Subcommittee on Independent Office Appropriations in 1949, chairman of the Texas House delegation in 1950, and chairman of the House Democratic caucus in 1964. Thomas died while in office in 1966 after a long illness.

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Scope and Contents

The Collection consists of Thomas' Congressional correspondence. The collection covers 30 years of service by Thomas in the U.S. House of Representatives. Thomas made few speeches on the House floor and attached his name to only a few bills; however, his correspondence illustrates his continuing behind-the-scenes statesmanship. Included in the collection are sections on U.S. problems, legislation (including Albert Thomas bills), Texas problems, Harris County, Houston Port, Pasadena, school districts, universities, campaigns and elections, and speeches. The collection is composed of 21 document boxes containing typescript, typed copy, photocopy, documents, and photographs. The collection comprises a total of 8 cubic feet.

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Arrangement

The collection is divided into fourteen series, which are listed below.
Series I: U.S. Problems
Series II: Legislation
Series III: Committees
Series IV: Texas Problems
Series V: Harris County
Series VI: Houston Port
Series VII: Houston City
Series VIII: Pasadena & Other Cities
Series IX: School Districts
Series X: Universities
Series XI: Campaigns & Elections
Series XII: Speeches
Series XIII: People
Series XIV: Personal

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Albert Thomas Papers must be obtained from Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library. Copyright release on published materials must be obtained from the publication.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Congress. House--Members' papers--Texas.
Subjects
Legislation--United States.
Harbors--Texas.
School districts--Texas.
Universities and colleges--Texas.
Elections--Texas.
Texas--Politics and government.
United States--Politics and government--20th century.
Harris County (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)--Geographical features--Harbors.
Texas--Geographical features--Harbors.
Pasadena (Tex.)
Texas--Education--Public schools.
Texas--Education--Universities and colleges.
Rice University--Alumni and alumnae.
Formats
Correspondence
Speeches
Photographs

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Albert Thomas Papers, 1937-1965, MS262, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

The Albert Thomas Papers were received on September 2, 1966 from Mrs. Lera Thomas, widow of the late Albert Thomas.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 
Box
1-3 Series I: U.S. Problems
Box Folder
1 1 Cancer Research Bulletin, 1960
2 Civil Aeronautics Authority, 1939-40
3 Commerce Department - Bureau of Census, 1940
4 Defense Housing, 1940-42
5 Defense Housing, 1941-43
6 Defense Housing, 1942-44
7 Defense Projects, 1941-42
8 Demobilization, 1946
9 Federal Housing Administration, 1937-39
10 Federal Housing Administration, 1939
Box Folder
2 1 Goose Creek W.P.A., 1937-38
2 H.E.W. Office of The Secretary, Washington D.C. Congressional Liaison, 1961-64
3 National Housing Agency, 1942-43
4 Navy Department, 1937-40
5 P.W.A., 1938-40
6 P.W.A. Proposal Projects, 1938-39
7 Reciprocal Trade Agreement, 1937-39
8 Report on Russia by Vice Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, USN., 1959
9 Southern Interstate Nuclear Compact, 1961-65
10 U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas, 1963-64
11 U.S. Territorial Expansion - Memorial Commission, 1949
12 Veterans Administration Facilities (Contact Unit), 1937-38
13 Veterans Administration Facilities (Regional Hospital), 1938
14 War Department, 1937-39
15 War Department, 1939-40
Box Folder
3 1 War Department, 1941-42
2 War Department, 1942
3 War Department, 1942-43
4 War Department, 1943
5 War Production Board, 1941-43
6 W.P.A. - Harris County, 1938-39
7 W.P.A. - Harris County, 1940
Box Folder
4 1 W.P.A. - Harris County, 1940-41
2 W.P.A. - Houston Office, 1938-89
3 W.P.A. - Low Income Housing, 1939
4 W.P.A. - Washington, 1939

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Box
4-7 Series II: Legislation
Box
4-5 Subseries A: Albert Thomas Bills
Box Folder
4 5 Bills 78th Congress, 1943-44
6 Bills 79th Congress, 1945-46
7 Bills 80th Congress, 1947-48
8 Bills 81st Congress, 1949-50
9 Bills 82nd Congress, 1951-52
10 H.R. 5935 - Reginald Wynne Davis, 1951-52
11 H.R. 6423 - Russell William Karback, 1952-53
12 H.R. 7387 - Re: Child Care, 1952
13 H.R. 7570 - Kimie Ishimura, 1952-53
14 Bills 83rd Congress, 1953-54
15 H.R. 1703 - Janie Ng Chen, 1952-53
16 H.R. 2437 - Jean May Hopkins, 1953
17 H.R. 2675 - Mr. & Mrs. Alkos G Giagtzis, 1953-54
18 H.R. 3465 - John Base, 1953-54
19 H.R. 3681 - Nathan L. Laufman, 1953
20 H.R. 3834 - Jerry F. Markantonis, 1953-54
21 H.R. 4021 - Reginald Wynne Davis, 1953
22 H.R. 4022 - Lorenzo D. Meadows, 1953
23 H.R. 4387 - Dr. Roger Post Adams, 1953
24 H.R. 5467 - Francis A. Reilly, 1953
25 Miscellaneous Bills, 1952-54
Box Folder
5 1 Bills 84th Congress, 1955-56
2 Bills 85th Congress, 1957-58
3 H.R. 5678, 1958
4 Bills 86th Congress, 1959-60
5 H.R. 6679, 1959-60
6 H.R. 10399, 1960
7 Bills 87th Congress, 1961-62
8 Bills 88th Congress, 1963-64
9 Bills 89th Congress, 1965-66
Box Folder
6 1-6 Subseries B: Other Bills
1 Miscellaneous Bills, 1957-59
2 National Labor Relations Act, 1940
3 Truth in Fabric Bill, 1939-40
4 U.S. Housing Act, 1937-40
5 Wage & Hour Law, 1937-40
6 Wage & Hour Law, 1939-40
Box
6-7 Subseries C: Congressional & Presidential
Box Folder
6 7 Annual Report to the President, 1964
8 Congressional District Atlas of U.S., 1960
9 Congressional District Data Book, 1961
10 Docket, 1932-40
Box Folder
7 1 Presidential Messages, 1937-39

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Box Folder
7 2-8 Series III: Committees
2 Committee on Appropriations - Independent Offices, 1960-61
3 Committee on Ways & Means, 1936-39
4 Independent Offices Subcommittee, 1961
5 Independent Offices Committee, 1962
6 Kennedy - Johnson Natural Resource Advisory Committee, 1960-61
7 Labor Subcommittee, 1937
8 Pensions Committee, 1937-39

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Box
7-8 Series IV: Texas Problems
Box Folder
7 9 Naval Base, 1939-42
10 Rayburn (Sam) Library Foundation, 1950-62
Box Folder
8 1 San Jacinto Parks Commission, 1960-62
2 Texas, State of - Attorney General, 1949-50
3 Texas, State of - Governor of Texas, 1940-6
4 Texas, State of - House of Representatives, 1962-66
5 Texas Air National Guard, 1957-60
6 Trinity River - Correspondence, 1962-65
7 Trinity River - Livingston Reclamation Project, 1961-66
8 Trinity River - Wallisville Reservoir, 1960-63
9 Trinity River - Wallisville Reservoir, 1954-61
10 Trinity River - Wallisville Reservoir, 1965-66

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Box
8-10 Series V: Harris County, TX
Box Folder
8 11 Brays Bayou, 1938
12 Clear Creek Channel, 1938
13 Ellington Field, 1940
Box Folder
9 1 Flood Control - Harris County, 1937-38
2 Flood Control - Harris County, 1937-39
3 Flood Control - Harris County, 1937-39
4 Flood Control Letters, 1938
5 Fort Sam Houston, 1940-42
6 Harris County Flood & Drainage Project, 1937-41
7 Harris County Flood Control Newspaper Clippings, 1939-65
8 Harris County Flood Control District, 1940-62
Box Folder
10 1 Harris County Sports Stadium - Newspaper Clippings, 1961-63
2 Harris County Sports Stadium - Fallout Shelter Project, 1961
3 Harris County Sports Stadium - Fallout Shelter Project, 1964
4 Industrial Waste Disposal Corporation, 1959
5 Industrial Waste Disposal Corporation, 1959
6 Industrial Waste Disposal Corporation, 1960
7 Juvenile Delinquency & Youth Offenses, 1962
8 Wooster Water & Sanitary Improvement Committee, 1941

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Box
11-12 Series VI: Houston Port
Box Folder
11 1 Houston, City of - Port of Houston - Food & Drug Laboratory, 1961-62
2 Houston, Port of, 1937-42
3 Houston, Port of, 1942-47
4 Houston, Port of, 1947-51
5 Houston, Port of, 1951-53
6 Houston, Port of, 1954-63
7 Houston, Port of, 1959-63
Box Folder
12 1 Houston Port & Traffic Bureau, 1939-48
2 Houston Port & Traffic Bureau, 1949-51
3 Houston Port & Traffic Bureau, 1952-53
4 Houston Port Commission, 1963-66
5 Houston Ship Channel - Army Engineers' Report, 1937-41
6 Houston Ship Channel - Barbour's Cut, 1962
7 Houston Ship Channel - Resurvey, 1950-55
8 Houston Ship Channel - Resurvey, 1955-58
9 Houston Ship Channel - San Jacinto River, 1956-60

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Box
13-16 Series VII: Houston City
Box Folder
13 1 Three Photographs of Houston Areas, n.d.
2 Airplane Plant, 1940
3 Citizen's National Bank & Trust Co., Baytown, 1939-64
4 Depelchin Faith Home Orphanage, 1937-39
5 Hedgecroft Hospital & Clinic, 1946-58
6 Hermann Hospital, 1949-59
7 Hermann Hospital Estate, 1955-1957
8 Houston, City of, 1939-46
9 Houston, City of - Civil Defense, 1951-65
10 Houston, City of - Department of Aviation, 1961-62
11 Houston, City of - Houston Housing Authority, 1939-58
12 Houston, City of - Houston Intercontinental Airport, 1963-66
13 Houston, City of - Houston International Airport, 1960-66
Box Folder
14 1 Houston, City of - Recreation Department, 1938-43
2 Houston, City of - Urban Renewal, 1959-66
3 Greater Houston Action for Youth, 1961-62
4 Greater Houston Action for Youth, 1962-63
5 Greater Houston Action for Youth, 1964-66
6 Houston Chamber of Commerce, 1937-39
7 Houston Chamber of Commerce, 1939-40
8 Houston Chamber of Commerce, 1940
9 Houston Chamber of Commerce, 1941-43
Box Folder
15 1 Houston Chamber of Commerce, 1943-46
2 Houston Chamber of Commerce, 1962-64
3 Houston Chronicle, 1937-46
4 Houston Customs Appraisers Warehouse Building, 1937-41
5 Houston Federal Office Building & Courthouse, 1960-64
6 Houston Federal Office Building - Replies to Invitations, 1962
7 Houston Housing Authority, 1937-38
8 Houston Housing Authority, 1938-39
9 Houston Housing Authority, 1939
10 Houston National Guard Coast Artillery Regiment, 1937
11 Houston Negro Hospital, 1942-59
Box Folder
16 1 Houston - New Orleans Lighted Airways, 1936-38
2 Houston Press, 1937-46
3 Houston Public Library, 1938
4 Houston Pure Food & Drug Laboratory, 1936-37,1961
5 Houston - Water Division, 1940-64
6 Houston Youth Center, 1961-63
7 Jefferson Davis High School, 1959-60
8 Jefferson Davis Hospital, 1939-54
9 Park Place Library -- P.W.A., 1938-40

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Box
16-17 Series VIII: Pasadena and Other Cities
Box Folder
16 10 Bellaire Sewer Project, 1938-39
11 City of West University Place Water Works Project, 1939
12 City of West University Place W.P.A., 1940
13 Goose Creek Street Project, 1939-40
14 Humble Cantonment, 1941
15 Two Maps of Pasadena, n.d.
16 Pasadena, City of, 1956-65
17 Pasadena Armory, 1956-60
18 Pasadena Street Improvement Project, 1939-40
Box Folder
17 1 Pelly City of, (R.F.C.), 1939
2 Shoreacres, Village of, 1957-63
3 Tomball, City of, 1941-60
4 Tomball Hospital, 1946-49
5 Wilshire Village, 1939-40

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Box Folder
17 6-17 Series IX: School Districts
6 Aldine Independent School District, 1938-45
7 Almeda School District, 1937
8 Cedar Bayou Independent School District, 1938-46
9 Channelview Common School District #18, 1938
10 Channelview Independent School District, 1946-54
11 Galena Park Public Schools, 1941-45
12 Goose Creek Independent School District, 1936-39
13 Goose Creek Independent School District, 1951-52
14 Houston Independent School District, 1938-42
15 North East Houston Independent School District, 1938-66
16 Pasadena Independent School District, 1937-46
17 Spring Branch Independent School District, 1938-56

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Box
17-18 Series X: Universities
Box Folder
17 18 Rice Institute, 1937-46
19 Rice Institute Re: Atomic Energy, 1956-58
Box Folder
18 1 University of Houston, 1937-40
2 Stephen F. Austin State College, 1963-66

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Box
18-19 Series XI: Campaigns and Elections
Subseries A: Campaigns
Box Folder
18 3 Campaign - Labor Endorsements, 1940
4 Files on Campaigns, 1930-46
5 Files on Campaigns, 1940
6 Files on Campaigns, 1937-61
Box Folder
19 1 Files on Campaigns, 1940
2 Files on Campaigns, 1961-66
3 Kennedy - Johnson Campaign, 1960
Subseries B: Elections
4 Committee on Elections #3, 1940
5 Committee on Elections #3, 1940
6 Election Results, 1936
7 Election Results, 1938
8 Election Results, 1940
9 Election Results, 1942
10 Election Results, 1944
11 Election Results, 1946
12 Election Results, 1948
13 Election Results, 1950
14 Election Results, 1952
15 Election Results, 1954
16 Election Results, 1956
17 Election Results, 1958
18 Election Results, 1960
19 Election Results, 1962
20 Election Results, 1964

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Box
20 Series XII: Speeches
1 Thomas Speeches, 1938-41
2 Thomas Speeches, 1940-63
3 Thomas Speeches, 1942-43
4 Thomas Speeches, 1943-46
5 Thomas Speeches - Congressional Record, 1942-44
6 Thomas Speeches - Congressional Record, 1947
7 Thomas Speeches - Radio, 1942-43,1948

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Box Folder
21 1-13 Series XIII: People
1 Baruch, Bernard, 1949-50
2 Biggers, E.M., 1935-40
3 Cannon, Clarence, 1942-62
4 Gonzales Menchaca, - Edilberto, 1952-53
5 Hubert Humphrey Letters & Autographed Speech, 1965-66
6 Jaworski, Leon, 1949-63
7 Johnson, Lyndon B., 1957-66
8 Lintelman, Fred H., 1943-47
9 Rayburn, Sam (Hon.), 1936-65
10 Sheppard, Morris (Hon.), 1937-41
11 Steelman, John R., 1947-50
12 Truman, Harry S., 1956-64
13 Visitors to Washington, 1954-58

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Box Folder
21 14-19 Series XIV: Personal
14 About Albert Thomas (includes some photos), 1963
15 Congressional Record - Eulogies to Albert Thomas, 1966
16 Form Letters, 1942-45
17 Correspondence with Constituents
18 Albert Thomas Scholarships, 1962
19 Six NASA Photos, 1966

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