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Collection Summary

Creator Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Bibliography:

Inventory

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Preliminary Report on the Location and Condition of Texas Centennial Markers in Harris County, Texas

Manuscript Collection: MC194



Collection Summary

Creator: Lenz, Louis, 1885-1967
Title: Preliminary report on the location and condition of Texas Centennial Markers in Harris County, Texas
Dates: 1958
Abstract: A report on the condition of historical markers in Harris County, Texas, as of 1958.
Identification: MC194
Quantity: 2 items
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Louis Lenz, Texana collector, was born on December 18, 1885, to Charles and Emma Lenz in Yorktown, Texas. He graduated from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) in 1907 with a degree in civil engineering. He married Neal Woodson in 1915. He worked as chief engineer for the Vacuum Oil Company until 1931 and served as district engineer for Magnolia in Lake Charles, Louisiana, until his retirement in 1951.

After retirement, Lenz moved to Houston where he started to collect Texana. In 1956, he designed the special medallion authorized by Congress to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Texas Declaration of Independence. His collection of over 4,000 books and journals was acquired by the University of Texas in 1963. At the time of his death in 1967, Lenz was vice chairman of the Harris County Historical Survey Committee, an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and a member of the Knights of the Order of San Jacinto.

The Harris County Historical Survey Committee was established in 1958 following the 1953 establishment of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee. The first committee was appointed by the Harris County Commissioners Court and Harris County Judge Robert Casey. Arthur Lefevre, Jr. was chairman with other notable members including Ima Hogg, George R. Brown, Colonel William B. Bates and Governor William P. Hobby.

In 1973, the Harris County Historical Survey Committee became the Harris County Historical Commission. The commission is responsible for reviewing all applications for state historical markers in Harris County before submission to the Texas Historical Commission and is responsible for arranging marker dedications, assisting in the preservation of historic properties and promoting the history of Harris County and Texas.

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Scope and Content Note

The Preliminary Report is a signed 14 page report on the survey made by Louis Lenz in 1958, of the location and condition of the Texas Centennial Markers and additional historical markers in Harris County, Texas. The report, with a cover letter, was sent to members of the Harris County Historical Survey Committee and its chairman, Arthur Lefevre, Jr. A contemporary photocopy of this document is included.

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Arrangement

Arrangement is numerical.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

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.

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Index Terms

Organizations:
Harris County Historical Commission
Subjects:
Historical markers--Texas--Harris County
Places:
Harris County (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Citation

[Identification of Item], Preliminary Report on the Location and Condition of Texas Centennial Markers in Harris County, Texas, MC194, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.

Acquisition

Louis Lenz, Jan. 1959.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.

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Bibliography:

"LENZ, LOUIS." The Handbook of Texas Online.http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fle30

"Harris County Historical Commission Records."Harris County Archives http://www.harriscountytx.gov/CmpDocuments/20/Finding%20Aids/FA-HCHistoricalCommissionCR56.pdf

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Inventory

 
box folder
170.5 1 Report 1958, 12/09

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