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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketches

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Personal and Family, 1864-1997

Series II: Philanthropy, 1929-1990

Series III: Business, 1917-1991

Series IV: Scrapbooks, 1926-1991

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Gus S. Wortham family and business records, 1864-1997



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wortham, Gus S., 1891-1976.
Title: Gus S. Wortham family and business records
Dates: 1864-1997
Abstract: Correspondence, financial records, awards, memorials and photographs documenting the family and business life of Gus S. Wortham. Wortham was a pioneer in the insurance industry in Texas , founding the American General Life Insurance Company, one of the first multi-line insurance firms, in 1926. Gus S. and Lyndall F. Wortham were very generous philanthropists in Houston, supporting the arts in many ways.
Identification: MS 514
Extent: 35 cubic feet (70 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Rice University Archives, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Biographical Sketches

WORTHAM, GUS SESSIONS (1891-1976). Gus Sessions Wortham, businessman and civic leader, son of John Lee and Fannie (Sessions) Wortham, was born in Mexia, Texas, February 18, 1891. He attended Tarleton State University and the University of Texas at Austin, and served in World War I as an aerial gunnery instructor and commander of the 800th Aerial Squadron of the United States army. Wortham's career in the insurance industry started in 1912, when he was hired by the Texas Fire Rating Board in Austin. In 1915 he and his father moved to Houston and cofounded an insurance agency, John L. Wortham and Son. Eleven years later, Wortham, along with Houston businessmen Jesse H. Jones, James A. Elkins, and John W. Link, organized American General Insurance Company (later American General Corporation). Incorporated in Texas, the company was one of the first "multi-line" insurance companies in the nation. Multi-line underwriting allowed smaller companies with fewer customers to compete with insurance companies based on the east coast, which dominated the industry at that time. Wortham served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of American General for almost five decades. Under his leadership, the company expanded from two agents to more than 12,000, with operations in every state in the nation. American General is now a $61 billion diversified financial services company and one of the largest publicly traded companies with corporate headquarters in Houston.

Wortham was instrumental in building civic support for the Houston Symphony Orchestra and other cultural organizations. He established the Wortham Foundation to continue his support of cultural activities and development of parks in the Houston area. The Wortham Theater Center, which was built entirely with private donations, is home to the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. Wortham was also a member of the "8-F Crowd," a group of Houston business leaders and friends who frequently met for lunch in Suite 8-F of the Lamar Hotel in downtown Houston. Along with other 8-F members, he played an important role in Houston's civic affairs, including the building of Rice University's football stadium in the 1950s and the Harris County Domed Stadium (the Astrodome) in the 1960s. He also was extensively involved in cattle ranching, primarily raising Santa Gertrudis cattle, at several ranches in Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico. He served two consecutive terms as president of the Houston Chamber of Commerce and was a director of Texas Commerce Bank, Texas Eastern Transmission Company, Longhorn Portland Cement Company, the Missouri Pacific Railroad, Rice University, Texas Children's Hospital, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Wortham also took an active interest in politics throughout his life, starting with his father's service as railroad commissioner and secretary of state of Texas under Governor Oscar B. Colquitt. He was an adviser, friend, and benefactor of many state and national politicians. In addition to the Wortham Theater Center, several other public places in Houston are named for Wortham, including Gus Wortham Park, Gus Wortham Memorial Fountain, Wortham Fountain at the Texas Medical Center, Wortham House (home of the University of Houston chancellor), Wortham IMAX Theater at the Museum of Natural Science, Wortham World of Primates at the Houston Zoo, and Wortham Tower in the American General Center. Wortham was married to Lyndall Finley (see WORTHAM, ELIZABETH L. F.) of Sherman and Galveston on October 4, 1926. They had two daughters. Wortham died in Houston on September 1, 1976.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Fran Dressman, Gus Wortham: Portrait of a Leader (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1994). John A. Adkins Handbook of Texas Online, "Wortham, Gus S.," http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/WW/fwo34.html (accessed November 7, 2006).

WORTHAM, ELIZABETH LYNDALL FINLEY (1892-1980). Lyndall Finley Wortham, civic leader and benefactor, was born in Sherman on July 22, 1892, to Alfred Phillip and Eudora (Traynham) Finley. She attended public schools in Sherman and graduated from Kidd Key College in 1909. After receiving a bachelor of arts degree and teaching certificate from the University of Texas in 1912, Finley taught in Galveston and New York City. In 1924 she financed in part a 4½-month cruise trip around the world by working as a hostess on the ship. Her letters to her mother, which were posted from Panama, Hawaii, Japan, China, the Philippines, India, Egypt, Greece, Palestine, and various points in Europe, were published serially in the Dallas Morning News from March 1924 to July 1925. They were published again in 1968 as a travelogue titled Around the World on a Frayed Shoestring. Finley lived in New York City for a short period after her trip and then returned to Texas in 1926. She married Gus S. Wortham, whom she had known during their days at the University of Texas, on October 4, 1926, about six months after he organized American General Insurance Company. The couple made their home in Houston and had two daughters. Gus Wortham parlayed his insurance company into a multimillion dollar business, and Lyndall Wortham devoted her time and energy to serving the Houston community. She worked as a volunteer in local hospitals, served as secretary of the Harris County Cancer Society, and was a vice president of the Houston Speech and Hearing Center. She expressed her concern for disadvantaged girls by taking a special interest in Girlstown U.S.A., serving on the board of directors from 1959 to 1973 and as president of the board from 1970 to 1973.

Wortham also supported the Theater under the Stars program, was vice chairman of the board of the Houston Grand Opera, and served as a member of the advising committee of the Ballet Foundation of Houston, the board of directors of the Miller Memorial Theater, and the Society for Performing Arts. With her husband she established the Wortham Foundation, through which they funded a number of gifts, including a fountain on Allen Parkway, landscaping plans for a park in the Buffalo Bayou area, and the Wortham IMAX theater at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The foundation also made a substantial contribution to the Gus S. Wortham Theater Center, a $72 million opera and ballet facility. The Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the United Fund also received support from the Wortham Foundation.

From 1963 to 1979 Wortham served on the University of Houston's board of regents. She was also active in the YWCA, Houston Garden Club, Galveston Historical Foundation, Colonial Dames of America, Harris County Heritage Society, Ex-Students' Association of the University of Texas, and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. A supporter of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Wortham was a charter member of his American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry in New York City. She was awarded the Theta Sigma Phi Matrix award as outstanding woman civic leader of Houston in 1964. Wortham filled her home with fine antique furniture and a collection of paintings by artists such as Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, George Inness, George Elmer Browne, and Porfirio Salinas. Lyndall Finley Wortham died on July 12, 1980, in Houston and was buried in Magnolia Cemetery. Her contributions to the arts community are commemorated by the Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre on the University of Houston campus, established in her honor by her husband.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Houston Post, July 14, 1980. Vertical Files, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin. Kendall Curlee. Handbook of Texas Online, "Wortham, Elizabeth Lyndall Finley," http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/WW/fwo37.html (accessed November 7, 2006).

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, financial records, awards, memorials and photographs documenting the family and business life of Gus S. Wortham. Correspondence between Gus. S. and Lyndall F. Wortham reveals their deep devotion to each other and their family. Trusts, scholarships, donations and other forms of philanthropy directed towards the Worthams' family and loved ones, colleagues and students, the city of Houston's arts and parks communities and other groups are represented here. Among the businesses documented are: American General Life Insurance Company, Nine Bar Ranch, and Agricultural Livestock Finance. Gus S. Wortham's individual land, oil and cattle interests are also documented.

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Arrangement

Series I: Personal and Family, 1864-1997
Series II: Philanthropy, 1929-1990
Series III: Business, 1921-1985
Series IV: Scrapbooks, 1926-1991

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Gus S. Wortham family and business records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Wortham, Lyndall Finley, 1892-1980
Wortham, John L., d. 1926
Subjects (Organizations)
American General Life Insurance Company.
Nine Bar Ranch
Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation
Subjects
Businesspeople--Texas--Biography.
Insurance--Texas.
Insurance--history.
Philanthropy and society
Formats
Correspondence
Financial records
Photographs
Awards

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Gus S.Wortham family and business records, MS 514, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by the Wortham Foundation in 2005.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Personal and Family, 1864-1997

Subseries A: Gus S. Wortham personal
Gus S. Wortham biography: “Interviews with Mr. Gus S. Wortham of American General Life Insurance Company, 1970”
Biographical notes and sketches
Newsclippings, 1947-1980
Appreciation resolution, 1973
Death claim, American General Insurance, 1926-1976
Portrait of a Leader correspondence, 1989-1997
Wortham Connection, order form, 1991
Military service: Correspondence regarding service, 1917-1920
Military service: The Fly Paper, three 1918 issues
Military memorabilia (1 of 2): The Soldiers’ French Phrase Book, Headquarters Hop invitation, 1919; Anniversary Dinner of the 800th Aero Repair Squadron, 1919; State National Bank checks made out to cash, 1922; newspaper fragment from Leipziger Neuefte Nachrichten, Oct. 10, 1918
Military memorabilia (2 of 2): Patches (3); Colonial Fancy Buttons, one sheet of 6 metal buttons; Testament and Psalms (1 bound volume); Wallet with calling cards; Watch with cracked crystal, leather bands; French postal stamps, 5c and 15c; Sewing kit; Pin (1); Leather purse with 1 live round
Financial documents, 1926-1927
Wedding, 1926 (announcement, newsclipping, ephemera related to Honolulu honeymoon)
Speeches, 1934-1968 and undated
George Henry Tyne award correspondence, 1956
GSW income tax, 1960s
Retirement agreement, 1972
Securities beneficiary information, 1972
Trusts for nieces, grand nieces, and grand nephews
Trust agreements for daughters and grandchildren of Cad Wortham Ferguson, 1961-72
Trust agreements for June Davis Arnold and her children, 1963-1973
E.R. Barrow estate correspondence, 1973
Various estate information, 1956-1976
Wortham estate, American General Officers' questionnaires, 1965-1972
GSW cash flow statements, 1974
Trusts, 1974
Personal bequests, 1975
Jewelry appraisals, 1972-1975
Gus S. Wortham obituaries, 1976
Gus S. Wortham appreciation resolution by Texas Commerce Bank, 1976
Correspondence regarding Wortham's death, Sept.-Nov., 1976
Skeens trusts, 1979
Wortham family history (printed materials and correspondence)
Subseries B: Lyndall Finley Wortham, 1924-1984
Original manuscript of travel for L.F. Wortham's book Around the World on a Frayed Shoestring, n.d.
Travel brochures related to travel book (international, domestic, many featuring art-deco artwork, some including notes and minor correspondence), ca. 1924
Travel brochures
Travel brochures
Picture postcards, fan and coins
L.F. Wortham biographical sketches
Mrs. A.P. Finley’s deeds regarding land in Grayson County and Harris County, 1914-1932
Finley genealogical correspondence and notes, ca. 1944, many regarding Benjamin Posey family of Maryland
L.F.Wortham, death, 1980
L.F. Wortham estate and auction publicity, 1980-1984
Finley family history, typescript pages 2-174
Sketch of the life of William R. Davie
Subseries C: John L.Wortham, 1914-1936
Correspondence between John L. Wortham, his son Gus, and his wife, ca. 1914- 1924 (photocopies, some originals)
Photographs
Business correspondence, 1918-1923
Business correspondence, 1919-1922
Business correspondence, 1923-25 (1 of 3)
Business correspondence, 1923-25 (2 of 3)
Business correspondence, 1923-25 (3 of 3)
National Bank of Commerce checks and stubs, 1924
John L. Wortham estate correspondence, 1920-1934
Subseries D: Family correspondence
1860s (courtship of W.R. Davie and Henrietta C. Wortham)
September 3 1864
August 4 1868
October 2 1868
December 20 1868
February 4 1869
March 8 1862
June 12 1869
August 1 1869
August 1 1869
August 3 1869
1870s (courtship and marriage of W.R. Davie and Henrietta C. Wortham)
July 16 1870
July 25 1870
August 31 1870
September 8 1870
September 19 1870
October 13 1870
November 18 1870
December 3 1870
May 23 1871
May 25 1871
November 12 1871
September 26 1872
October 9 1873
October 18 1873
May 11 1876
June 19 1876
January 18 1877
December 20 1877
September 10 1879
February 19 1879
1881
1883-1884
1886
1887
1888-89
1890
1892
1894
1895-1897
1898-1905
1906-07
1908
1909-1910
1911
1912
1913
Jan. - Feb. 1914
March - April 1914
May-June 1914
July 1914
August 1914
Sept. - Oct. 6, 1914
1915
1917-1920
March 1920
1921-1924
Dallas News, 1924
Dallas News, 1925
Dec. 31 1924 - April 3, 1925
April - October, 1925
Jan. - July 1926
Aug. - Sept. 1926
Oct. - Nov. 1926
1927-1930
1930
1931
1932-1942
1950s
1962-1968
1970s
Political correspondence, 1936 and 1970s
Presidential correspondence, 1960-1972
Undated
Undated
Subseries E: Photographs
Gus S. Wortham
Gus and Lyndall Wortham
Lyndall Finley Wortham, childhood
Lyndall Finley Wortham, adulthood
Wortham family
Wortham House 1505 South Blvd.
GSW personal effects
A. P. Finley house, Sherman, TX
Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Finley
Finley family
Scrapbook
Negatives and Contact Sheets
Awards and Parties
Wortham family vacations
Nine Bar Ranch
Houses and Memorials
Family and Friends
Unidentified

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Series II: Philanthropy, 1929-1990

GSW Personal contributions, 1969
GSW Personal contributions, 1970-1971
GSW Personal contributions, 1972
GSW Personal contributions, 1973
GSW Personal contributions, 1974
June Davis Arnold and family, 1963-1976
Eudora Finley, 1929-1937
Marvin Hall, 1970-1974
North Texas State University, Sept. 1969-Oct. 1970
Rice University, 1962-1971
St. Joseph Hospital, historical development
Wortham sisters, 1938-1947
GSW Christmas, 1974-1978
GSW scholarships: Theresa Adams, 1970-1974
GSW scholarships: Charles B. Coleman, James R. Coleman, Charles B. Clinton, Dean W. Coleman, and Jane Cuello, 1972-1974
GSW scholarships: James R. Coleman, 1973-1974
GSW scholarships: Edward Evans, 1973
GSW scholarships: Alan H. Fenton, Jr., Leslie Leverton Fenton, 1970
GSW scholarships: Royden R. Hopkins, 1969
GSW scholarships: Monte Jacoby, 1968-1972
GSW scholarships: Glennon D. Johnson, Jr., and Charles G. Clinton, 1972
GSW scholarships: Martha Alicia Lopez, 1971-1974
GSW scholarships: Kelly Jean McChesney, 1971-1975
GSW scholarships: Vernon McGaw, 1969-1971
GSW scholarships: John R. Peters, 1968-1971
GSW scholarships: Jocelyn F. Randle, 1972-1974
GSW scholarships: Sharon Roge and Nathaniel Matthews, 1971-1973
GSW scholarships: Victoria E. Storey, 1970-1973
GSW scholarships: Martin Terry, 1972
GSW scholarships: Kenneth Williams, 1968-1972
Gus S. Wortham memorial events and publications
"Centennials Celebrated," birthdays of Mr. & Mrs. Gus Wortham, Oct. 2, 1990
Wortham exhibit reception planning and publicity, 1990
Lyndall Wortham Seymour interview, Oct. 1, 1990 (transcript)
Memorials, 1976-1978
Wortham Center, newsclippings and brochures,1984
Wortham Foundation, 1988 report
Wortham Memorial Fountain, 1978

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Series III: Business, 1917-1991

Subseries A: American General Insurance Company, 1917-1991
Box Folder
21 1 History, 1927-1931, 1962-1965, undated
2 The Baby is Born, "The Story of American General's First Fifty Years," chapters I-XIV, by Kenneth Fellows and "A Financial Services Supermarket," The American General Story, by Benjamin N. Woodson, 1974
3 The Baby is Born, "The Story of American General's First Fifty Years," chapters XV - Management Roster, 1926-1976
4 The Baby is Born, "The Story of American General's First Fifty Years," 2nd draft, 1926-1976
5 The Baby is Born, "The Story of American General's First Fifty Years," 2nd draft, 1926-1976
6 John L. Wortham & Son, brochures, 70th anniversary, 1985
Box Folder
22 1 Early business correspondence, includes letters of introduction for Gus S. Wortham, 1917-1918
2 Business correspondence, memoranda, 1928-1972
3 Correspondence, Gus S. Wortham and Life and Casualty Insurance Company of Tennessee, other, 1966-1969
Stock price data, 1956-1962
5 Stock price data, 1962-1969
6 American General Insurance Company, "A History of Well-Chosen Corporate Acquisitions," 1963
7 Financial information, balance sheets, 1957 April 30
8 American General Journal, notes, 1951-1971
9 News releases, 1971, 1974
Box
23 Minutes, executive committee, bound volume, 1926-1946
Minutes, stockholder's meetings, bound volume, 1926-1954
Box
24 Minutes of meetings of stockholders, board of directors, executive committee, Seaboard Life Insurance Company, American General Insurance Company, bound volume, 1940 March 12 - 1952 January 20
1 News clippings, 1958-1967
2 Photographs, American General center construction, #141-141.6, 1963
3 Photographs, American General center construction, #141.7 - 141.19, 1964
4 Photographs, American General center construction, #141.20-, 1965
5 Photographs, American General group construction, #142-143, 1973
6 Photographs, American General center construction, #144, 1976
7 Photographs, American General center construction, #144.19, 1977
8 Photographs, American General center, exterior
9 Photographs, American General center, lighting
10 Photographs, American General center, mechanical
11 Photographs, American General center, test unit
Box Folder
25 1 Photographs, Bankers? Mortgage Building, circa 1920's
2 Photographs, Maryland Casualty Company construction, Baltimore, MD, 1968-1969
3 Photographs, construction, Life and Casualty building, other
Photographs, individuals, various locations listed on back of photographs, Austin, Abilene, Beaumont, others
Folder
1 Photographs, individuals, Wheelus Studio, Kerrville, Texas
Box Folder
26 2 Photographs, Cal-Western Life building, others
3 Photographs, portraits, John Delaney, F.W. Wrightson, Josephe F. Gilbert, others
4 Photographs, individuals, office images
Box
27 Photographs and clippings, oversize, mounted
Box
28 Awards, citations, and photographs, oversize, includes, "1974 Texas Dinner at Houston, honoring American General Insurance Company and Gus S. Wortham, April 29," phonograph records, 1974
Box
29 Plaques, awards, 1958, undated
Box Folder
30 1 19th Annual Brotherhood Awards Dinner, 1968 March 19
2 Wortham Park dedication, 1955-1991
3 Tributes, awards and honors
4 Certificates
5 Memberships
Box
31-32 Plaques, awards, certificates, memberships,
Subseries B: Nine Bar Ranch and other cattle interests,
Box Folder
33 1 Nine Bar Ranch, party and sale, 1954-1968
2 Nine Bar Ranch, party and sale, 1969
3 Nine Bar Ranch, party and sale, catalogs, invitation, 1970
4 Nine Bar Ranch, party and sale, 1970
Box Folder
34 1 Nine Bar Ranch, party and sale, 1970
2-5 Nine Bar Ranch, party and sale, 1971-1975
Box Folder
35 1 Nine Bar Ranch, last sale, mounted photographs, 1974 October
2 Bulls, pedigree information, 1968-1969
3 Bull growth records and sales, 1969-1971
4 Nine Bar Ranch bull sales, 1970-1973
5 King Ranch bull sales, 1972
6 Nine Bar Ranch rice production,
7 Nine Bar Ranch rice production, 1963-1971
8 Federal bank loan,
9 Nine Bar Ranch capital gains, 1966
10 Nine Bar Ranch data, Texas A&M College of Agriculture, 1968-1969
Box Folder
36 1 Santa Gertrudis Breeder's International, 1971
Subseries C: Other companies, business interests associated with Gus Wortham,
Box Folder
36 2 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, annual meetings, 1924-1939
3 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, annual meetings, 1940-1947
4 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, annual meetings, 1948-1953
5 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, annual meetings, 1954-1959
6 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, annual meetings, 1960-1964
Box Folder
37 1 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, by-laws, charter, correspondence, 1922-1960
2 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, city and county tax statements, correspondence, 1923-1947
3 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, city and county tax statements, correspondence, 1948-1965
4 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, income tax returns (form 1096), correspondence, 1921-1939
5 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, income tax returns (form 1096), correspondence, 1940-1959
6 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, income tax returns (form 1099), correspondence, 1960-1964
Box Folder
38 1 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, income tax returns (form 1120), 1921-1941
2 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, income tax returns (form 1120), 1942-1959
3 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, financial statements, Farm Credit Administration, 1925-1938
4 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, financial statements, Farm Credit Administration, 1939-1948
5 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, financial statements, Farm Credit Administration, 1950-1965
6 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, financial statements, Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of Houston, 1962-1966
Box Folder
39 1 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, loan and pledge agreements (FCIB), 1935-1961
2 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, correspondence, agreements, contracts, 1935-1936
3 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, correspondence, agreements, contracts, 1937-1939
4 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, correspondence, agreements, contracts, 1940-1941
5 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation,
6 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, furniture and fixtures, 1959-1964
7 Agricultural Livestock Finance Corporation, John S. Brown memoriam, 1963 October
8 American General Realty Company, income/expenditure statements, 1965-1967
Box Folder
40 1 Century Investment Company, balance sheets, 1938-1942
2 Century Investment Company, balance sheets, 1942-1944
3 Century Investment Company, correspondence, 1940-1942
4 David Barge Company, articles of partnership, contracts, 1952-1954
5 David Barge Company, correspondence, 1951-1957
6 David Barge Company, financial statements, 1952-1962
7 David Barge Company, bank statements, 1953-1957
8 David Barge Company, bank statements, 1957-1962
Box
41 Longhorn Portland Cement Company, correspondence, 1936-1941
2 Longhorn Portland Cement Company, correspondence, 1942
3 Longhorn Portland Cement Company, correspondence, 1943
4 Longhorn Portland Cement Company, correspondence, 1944
5 Longhorn Portland Cement Company, correspondence, 1945
6 Longhorn Portland Cement Company, minutes, general correspondence, and statements regarding refinancing plan, 1940-1941, undated
7 Longhorn Portland Cement Company, reports, 1937, 1941
8 Longhorn Portland Cement Company, comparative statements, 1935-1940
9 Longhorn Portland Cement Company, salary schedules, benefits, 1929-1941
10 Service Station Associates, financial statements, 1954-1960
11 Service Station Associates, cash receipts and disbursements, 1958-1960
12 Service Station Associates, general ledger, 1960
13 Smith Brothers Properties, statements, correspondence, 1931-1936
Box Folder
42 1 Smith Brothers Properties, statements, correspondence, 1936-1937
2 Smith Brothers Properties, financial reports, 1933-1937
3 Smith Brothers Properties, stock correspondence, 1937, 1943
Smith Brothers Properties, Smith-Young Tower suit, 1928, 1937
5 Wortham Land & Cattle Company, bank records, 1955-1957
6 Wortham Land & Cattle Company, receipts, statements, 1958-1959
Box Folder
43 1 Wortham Land & Cattle Company, insurance, 1955-1961
2 Wortham Land & Cattle Company, Wortham-Rayzor-Barrow real estate syndicate, 1956-1957
3 Wortham Land & Cattle Company, Denton County land, 1956-1957
4 Wortham Land & Cattle Company, Houston Country Club property, 1956-1958
5 Wortham Land & Cattle Company, Houston Private Homes land, 1958
6 Wortham Land & Cattle Company, Little Eva Plantation, 1956-1958
Wortham Land & Cattle Company, Nine bar Farm, 1957-1961
8 Wortham Land & Cattle Company, Travis County land, 1957-1958
9 WTB Corporation, correspondence, memoranda, 1940-1942
10 WTB Corporation, reorganization and acquisition correspondence, documents, 1937-1941
11 Texas Advisory Committee, correspondence, 1944-1946
Box Folder
44 1 Cement Antitrust suit documents, 1948, undated
2 Bailey-Van Nuys Bill, Senate Bill 1362, correspondence, reports, 1943
3 Bailey-Van Nuys Bill, Senate Bill 1362, correspondence, reports, 1944-1945
4 Other agreements and contracts, 1937
Subseries D: Other land and oil interests,
Correspondence, receipts, tax documents, contracts relating to various companies and properties. Box 56 contains general information files.
Box Folder
44 4 Andrau Farm, Hunter's Ranch, Katy Road, 1945
5 Atlas Realty Co., Austin/Hollingsworth, 5.07 acres, tax statements, receipts, 1929-1961
6 Atlas Realty Co., Austin/Hollingsworth, 4.444 acres, tax statements, receipts, 1949-1967
7 Austin real estate, 1955 May 27 - 1970 August 5, undated
8 Austin, Travis County, 1932-1961
9 Ballard area lease, Union County, Arkansas, 1957 December 9 - 1970 July 30
10 Bayou Land Company property, tax receipts, 1927-1958
Box Folder
45 1 Belknap "B" lease, E.L. Wood lease, Karnes County, Texas, correspondence, 1966 November 11 - 1976 February 11
2 Belknap "B" lease, W.H. Radford lease, E.L. Wood lease, statements, 1965 January 14 - 1967 November 13
3 Belknap "B" lease and E.L. Wood lease, purchase statements, 1964 October - 1967 August
4 Boldt lease, Monarch Refining Company, 1959 May 11
5 Broadacres, correspondence, tax receipts, 1950 - 1967
6 Cemetery Statute, article 912a-24, "location of cemetery," undated
7 Columbia County, Arkansas, royalty interests, 1970-71
8 Columbus Field Unit, Colorado County, Texas, 1955 July 18 - 1957 January 16
9-10 Crescent Plantation, Madison Parish, Louisiana, 1969 December 31 - 1970 October 8
Box Folder
46 1 Danaho Refining Company, 1962 October - 1963 January
2 Daubert Oil and Gas, Roos Field Area, 1957 May 27 - 1976 November 10
3 Daubert Oil and Gas, DeLange Gas Unit, Roos Field Area, statements, correspondence, 1963 November - 1965 February
4 Daubert, Delange lease, 1961 November 2 - 1976 November 19
5 Daubert, Delange Gas Unit, Roos Compressor Facility, 1958 March - 1980 February
6 Dawson County, Lamesa, Texas, tax receipts, 1961-1872
7 Delta Drilling Company, 1959 September 4 - 1980 May 9, undated
8 Delta Drilling Company, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, royalty statements, 1962 December - 1964 October
9 Dixon Management Corporation, Paraffin Oil Corporation lease, 1957 May 14 - 1972 November 9
Box Folder
47 1 Dixon Management Corporation, Paraffine lease, statements, receipts, 1963 January 10 - 1964 December 28
2 Doherty, R.P., lease, mineral deed, 1957 December
3 Doherty, R.P., lease, McWood Corporation, 1963 April 26 - 1964 September 18
4 Dopslauf, Fritz, grazing lease, 1962, 1975 November 26 - 1976 November 4
5 Duval County, correspondence, tax receipts, 1957 August 28 - 1958 June 2 and 1967 December
6 Federal Land Bank loan, Phillips estate property, 1968 April 30 - 1975 June 16
7 Flour Bluff Field, Nueces County, Texas, 1936 August 6 - 1958 March 6
8 Getty Oil Company, oil, gas and mineral lease, 1972 August-September
9 Gilmore Royalty, MB Lawrence survey, Montgomery County, Texas, 1963 December 21
10 Goliad, Texas, tax receipts, 1948-1972
11 Galveston, Texas, tax receipts, 1953
12 Graham, George W., Caruthers gas sales, 1962 November - 1964 June
13 Gulf Oil Corporation, Liberty County, Texas, statements, 1963-1964
14 Gulf Oil Company, W.S. Jacobs, 1971 December 27 - 1978 April 28
15 Halbouty, Michael T., Jefferson County, Texas, statements, 1963 January 24 - 1964 November 25
16 Highway dedication proposal, letter to Commissioner Robert Eckels from Jerri Reidy, 1977 May 3
Box Folder
48 1 Houston Country Club property, 1955, 1971-1977
2 Houston Private Homes Corporation, stockbooks
3 Humble Oil and Refining Company, Duval County, statements, 1962 December - 1964 Nov
4 Humble Oil and Refining Company, Wilcox royalty statements, 1963 January - 1964 October
5 Humble Oil and Refining Company, Nueces County, Reter lease, statements, 1962 December - 1964 November
6 Humble Oil and Refining Company, Gaines County, 1963-1964
7 Hunt, H.L., Wilshire Oil Company, Jacobs Livestock Well, no. 34-98, 1956 December
8 J.C. Trahan Drilling Contractor, Inc., 1962
9 Jackson County, Tex., tax receipts, 1952-1972
10 Jacobs Livestock lease, 1964, 1973
11 Jackrabbit Road property
Box Folder
49 1 Jackrabbit Road property
2 Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, John Tupper Farm, South Elton Field, West Mermentar Field, Johnson-Boudreaux 1 & 3, 1962-1964
3 John Wirt survey, sale to John H. Baker III, Trustee, 1976 November 24 - 1977 February 3
4 Kilroy Properties, Jefferson County, Texas, royalty statements, 1962-1964
5 Kingsville, Texas
6 Lavaca Production Company, 1963-1964
7 Lehmann property, 1964-1965
8 Liberty, Texas, tax receipts, 1940-1958
9 Liberty County, Texas, leases, 1957-1959
10 Lindsey, C.M., option agreement, tax statements, 1964, 1971 December 9 - 1974 February 3
11 Little Eva Plantation, newsclippings, 1968
12 Main Street Realty Company, Harris County Acreage, 1955 September 9
13 Mandred Wood survey (former Phillips Estate), 1963-1972
14 Martyn, Phil F., oil lease service accounts, 1963
15 McDermott (J. Ray) & Co., San Patricio County, 1962-1964
Box Folder
50 1 McDermott (J. Ray) & Co., Nueces County, 1953-1959
2 Marathon Oil Company, Davies lease, 1962-1963
3 Midwest Oil Corporation, 1963-1964
4 Mobile Oil Corporation
5 Montgomery County, Texas
6 Morton, W.P., Tr 11 Island
7 MPS Production Company
8 Nueces County, Texas
9 Nueces River Gas Plant, statements, 1962 December - 1964 November 5
10 Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Jefferson Lake
11-12 Oil Lease Operating Company, 1959-1964
13 Oxy Petroleum
14 Pan American Petroleum Corporation, Ballard & Philyaw lease
15 Pan American Petroleum Corporation, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana
Box Folder
51 1 Pan American Petroleum Company, lease, 1966 February 24 - 1970 January 22
2 Permian Corporation, Emil Cihal lease, Jackson County, Texas
3 Petroleum Property Management
4 Phillips Petroleum Company
5 Philyaw & Ballard, lease payments, 1957-1959
6 Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas
7 Prudential Drilling Company, Jefferson County, Texas
8 Purifoy lease, Miller County, Arkansas
9 R-B-W Syndicate
10 Reinerman, J., correspondence, tax receipts, 1960-1973
11 River Oaks, Homewood section
12 Rock Island, Colorado County, Texas
13 Rowles (Richard) survey, 50.12 acres, A-670, Harris County, Texas
14 Saunders, Hahl's Suburban Farm, other properties, tax receipts, inventories, correspondence, 1960-1968
15 Saunders Farm, Union County, Arkansas, Pan American Petroleum Company, Clinton Oil Company, 1968, 1970-1971
Box Folder
52 1 Saunders property maps, 1959 December - 1977 March
2 Saunders, proposed sale
3 Saunders, escrow file
4-5 Saunders, 1959-1972
6 Saunders, 1975
8-9 Saunders, sale
Box Folder
53 1 Saunders, deeds
2 Scurlock Oil Company, 1955 March 15 - 1964 November
3 Sinclair Oil Company, 1955 march 15 - 1964 November
4 Sinclair Oil Company, Duval County, 1955 September 21 - 1958 September 26
Skinner Corporation, W.J. Schorre, Jr., statements, 1962 November
5 Smith Mosbacher Harms, tax statements, 1969-1973
7 South Francitas area, 1957 March 15
8 South Lucky Field, Matagorda County, Texas, 1973 April 17-1975 July 29
9 Southwestern Bell easement, 1975 November 13 - December 16
10 Sun Oil Company, Transoceon Oil Inc., Redfish - Mustang Island Field, 1954 June 16 - 1980 February 15
11 Sun Oil Company, Red Fish Bay Field
12 Sun Oil Company, Liberty County, Wirt Davis lease, 1962 December - 1964 November
13 Sun Oil Company, Paraffine lease, Hardin County, Texas, tax statements, 1962 December - 1964 November
Box Folder
54 1-2 Sunray DX Company, Red Fish Bay area, San Patricio County, Texas, 1963 January 14 - 1964 December 11
3 Sunset International Petroleum Company, statements, 1963-1964
4 Suntide Refining Company, H.C. Knootz lease, 1963-1964
5 Tex-Star Oil & Gas Corporation, Cihal lease, 1963 January - 1964 March
6 Texaco, Inc., statements, 1963-1964
7 Texaco Pacific Coal & Oil Company, Jacobs Livestock, Upton County, Texas, 1956 march 9 - 1980 February 20
8 TexKan Oil Company, 1963
9 Toronto Pipeline Company, statements, 1962 December - 1964 September
10 Tucker, F.L., homestead sale, 1962 April 10 - 1975 September 10
11 Tucker property, 1960-1972
Box Folder
55 1 Union Production Company, Burnell Field, 1962 September - 1964 September
2 United Gas Pipeline Company, Cabeza Creek Gas Plant, 1962 December - 1964 November
3 Upton County, Texas, tax, redemtion receipts, 1960-1972
4 Upton County, Texas, royalty statements, 1962 November - 1964 November
5 Upton County, Texas, Jacobs Livestock, Jack Herbert Field, 1961-1962
6 Victoria County, Texas, Texas Oil and Gas Corporation
7 Walker Creek Unit, Cities Service Oil, Brigham No. 1, Bodcaw Co., 1970 October 8 - 1976 December 20
8 Waller County, Texas
9 Walthall County, Jones County
10 Webb County, Texas
11 West Oak
12-13 Wirt Davis lease, Liberty County, Texas, 1957 November 18 - 1968 September 24
14 Woodson, B.N. (owner), Graham survey
Box Folder
56 1 Field notes, correspondence, General Land Office, Austin, Tex., 1917
2 Field notes, surveys, 1917
3 Correspondence, financial documents regarding loans, Cresent Plantation, "Wortham Tract," and others
4 General ledge, various properties, 1959-1974
5 Lease rentals, 1954-1964
6 Oil and gas properties, inventories, general information, 1950-1971
7 Property tax schedules, various properties, 1969, 1972
8 Proposed purchase, FM 1960 and FM 529, corner, 4.65 acres, 1971, 1976

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Series IV: Scrapbooks, 1926-1991

Box
57 Roy W. Haley scrapbook, book 1, 1988-1991
Box
58 Gus S. Wortham scrapbook, book 1
Box
59 Gus S. Wortham scrapbook, book 2
Box
60 Gus S. Wortham scrapbook, book 3, 1963-1965
Gus S. Wortham scrapbook, book 4, 1966-1975, 1977
Box
62 Gus S. Wortham scrapbook, book 6, 1926-1927, 1929-1930, 1933, 1940-1941, 1952, 1957, 1961-1966, 1968-1969, 1973-1977
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63 Gus S. Wortham scrapbook, book 7, 1948, 1950-1952, 1955, 1960-1967, 1971, 1973-1974, 1976, 1980
Box
64 Gus S. Wortham scrapbook, book 8, 1928, 1954-1955, 1959-1964, 1969-1970
Box
65 Nine Bar Ranch sales, Little Eva Plantation, book 1, 1947, 1954-1956, 1958-1959, 1961, 1963-1965
Box
66 Nine Bar Ranch sales, book 2, 1959-1966
Box
67 Nine Bar Ranch sales, book 3, 1966-1967
Box
68 Nine Bar Ranch sales, book 4, 1967-1971, 1974
Box
69 Nine Bar Ranch sales and other ranch pictures, book 5
Box
70 Scrapbook inventory

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