Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Binz Family Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC140

Collection Summary

Creator: Binz family
Title: Binz family papers
Dates: 1894-1903
Abstract: Printed materials and photographs document the Binz and Moser families of Houston in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Identification: MC140
Quantity: 7 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Jacob Binz is credited with building the first "skyscraper" in Houston, the Binz Building. The Binz Building was built in 1894 at 413-419 Main Street. The original Binz Building has since been demolished and replaced by a new building which retained the name and location of the original historic building. Jacob Binz married Anna Yeager. Their daughter Adaline married August Moser in 1880. After the death of Moser, Adaline married Fred Carl in 1904; she died at the age of 89 in 1925. She was survived by her son, Ernst A. Moser, who was born in 1883. Ernst Moser married a Miss Schultz, daughter of Mary Jane Coon Schultz. Mr. and Mrs. Moser are the donors of the collection.

Scope and Content Note

A collection of printed materials and photographs document the Binz family from photographs illustrating life in the early 1900s to images of the historic Binz Building, Houston's first "skyscraper." Printed materials include a Houston City street railway ticket circa 1868. There is a print from a magazine of the Binz Building, which features a hand colored sky. Photographs include a daguerreotype of Anna Yeager Binz at age thirty, a hand colored photograph of W. J. Lemp's Beer and Ice Vaults, a photograph of the W. J. Lemp's Beer Depot, and two photographs from the early 1900s featuring Chicago motor vehicles in Houston, Texas.


Organized into two series.


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

Binz, Anna Yeager
Binz Building (Houston, Tex.)
W. J. Lemp's Beer amd Ice Vaults (Houston, Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Binz Family Papers, MC140, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ernst A. Moser, May 1956.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2011.


box folder
159.1 1 Printed Materials, circa 1868, 1894

box folder
159.1 2 Photographs, 1903, undated