Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Walter E. Grover Collection

Manuscript Collection: MC129

Collection Summary

Creator: Grover, Walter E.
Title: Walter E. Grover collection
Dates: 1882
Abstract: The collection contains poetry based on the Battle of San Jacinto and photographs documenting the Grover Family of Texas.
Identification: MC192
Quantity: 9 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Walter E. Grover, son of George W. and Eliza Crane Grover, was born on April 17, 1869, in Galveston, Texas. Grover was an accountant and bookkeeper and eventually became an authority in the field of land titles. Grover was a skilled sailor and ardent hunter and fisherman in his youth and in his adulthood devoted his time to historical research, and writing. After retiring in 1950, he served as president of the Galveston Historical Society.

Walter E. Grover married Kate Duble in 1905; they did not have any children. Grover died on February 6, 1960, and was buried in the Episcopal Cemetery in Galveston, Texas.

Scope and Content Note

The Walter E. Grover Collection is comprised of an 1882 creative work, a photographic album and additional photographs. The creative work is a five page poem written in April of 1882 by Mary Hunt McCaleb in memory of the battle of San Jacinto. A typescript of the poem is included. The bound leather photo album, which belonged to Mrs. F. H. Merriman is comprised of about 100 carte de visite photographs ranging in subject from statues to famous portraits to Civil War soldiers. In addition to these photographs, there are 6 loose photographs which were found inside the back of the album. These photographs include an 1866 Congress Avenue, Austin, carte de visite, one Victoria card photograph of an unidentified young woman, and three cabinet card photographs: an 1869 unidentified woman dressed as Ganem in the forty thieves, Minne-ha-ha waterfalls and an unidentified woman in royal robes. Also included is a more recent snapshot of a young unidentified boy.


Arrangement is chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

McCaleb, Mary Hunt
Merriman, F. H.
Brenham (Tex.)--History
Brenham (Tex.)
Creative Works

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Walter E. Grover Collection, MC129, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Walter E. Grover, July 1954 and Feb. 1958.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.


"Grover, Walter E." The Handbook of Texas Online.


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169.4 1 Creative Work: Poem 1882 April 21

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169.4 2 Album undated

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169.4 3 Photographs undated