Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Thomas G. Rice Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC141

Collection Summary

Creator: Rice, Thomas Geale, 1905-1962
Title: Thomas G. Rice papers
Dates: 1830, 1845
Abstract: Two documents show Thomas G. Rice's interest in the history of Texas during the colonial and republic periods.
Identification: MC141
Quantity: 2 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Thomas G. Rice, musician, historian, journalist, and photographer, was born in Port Arthur on October 11, 1905, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Rice, of the Thomas Rice Steamship Co. Tommy Rice, as he was known, graduated from Ball High School and attended Rice Institute. He studied music in Europe and after an unsuccessful try at the steamship business, Rice focused on his love of music, history and journalism. Rice became a reporter for the Galveston News and eventually the Houston Post. Prior to his death he was working on a book on the history of Galveston. During World War II Rice and his family were in England, where he married Irene, an English woman. Rice died in 1962 from an accidental fall, leaving behind two children, John E. Rice and Susan Rice. A collection of his papers can be found at the Rosenberg Library, where he served on the board of trustees for many years.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of two items. The first document is a signed land deed issued in 1830 by Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company to J. Moreau, Jr. for one labor of land, that was originally granted to empresarios Lorenzo de Zavala, Joseph Vehlein and David G. Burnet. Of note is a map at the bottom of the deed shaded to illustrate the company's land. The second item is an 1845 printed and handwritten invitation from the Lord Chamberlain, commanded by the Queen inviting the Texian Chargé D'Affaires, Ashbel Smith, to a ball at Buckingham Palace.


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

Moreau, J.
Smith, Ashbel,1805-1886
Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company
Land tenure--Texas

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Thomas G. Rice Papers, MC141, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of Thomas G. Rice, February 9, 1951.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2011.


"Tommy Rice Enriched Isle Culture" News-Tribune, April 1965.


box folder
158.4 1 Land deed 1830 October 16

box folder
158.4 2 Invitation 1845 May 19