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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence, 1909-1956

Financial Material, 1913-1956

General Files, 1947-1950

Legal Material, 1951

Miscellaneous, 1925-1948 and undated

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

R. C. Couch:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1909-1956 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Couch, R. C.
Title: R. C. Couch Papers,
Dates: 1909-1956 and undated
Abstract: The collection consists of correspondence and other documents generated by the business, civic, and personal activities and interests of R. C. Couch of Haskell, Texas from 1909-1956 and undated.
Collection # S 1683.1
Quantity: 5 boxes (5.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

R. C. (Riley Carlton) Couch was a long-time resident of Haskell, Haskell County, Texas. He was born in the early 1880s in Coleman County and moved with his wife Ada Baker Couch from Munday in Knox County to Haskell in 1915. In addition to managing his farming and cattle interests, Couch served as an officer for a number of West Texas banks and held land in a number of West Texas counties. In 1919, Couch, his brothers E. C. Couch, D. R. Couch, and brother-in-law R. L. Reeves, established the Weslaco Townsite Company which promoted the development of the town of Weslaco in the Rio Grande Valley. Civic posts held by Couch include Postmaster of Munday and Haskell, Mayor of Haskell, President and member of Haskell School Board, President of Haskell Chamber of Commerce, and Vice President and member of the Executive Board of the West Texas Chamber of Commerce. Couch was active in the Southern Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School classes and served as Superintendent. Politically, Couch was an active member of the Republican Party.

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Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence sent and received by R. C. Couch. The material relates to Couch's activities in his various business enterprises, civic affairs, and some family and personal matters. Topics include agriculture, agricultural and oil industry leasing, banking, finance and credit, and land sales. The material provides a view of how the depression of the 1930s affected banking and other businesses in which Couch and his associates were engaged.

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Organization

The material was housed in letter file boxes and the original organization has been retained. In addition to correspondence, the collection includes lesser amounts of financial material and legal material, much of which was filed with the correspondence. The original organization is generally alphabetical. The basis for alphabetizing includes name of correspondent, business, subject, or place origin of correspondence. Correspondence with brothers E. C. and D. R. Couch is found in "C." Materials concerning various banking ventures are filed by the town in which a particular bank was located. Chronological arrangement of the material within files was generally from most recent to more distant. The material is organized by the following series: Correspondence, Financial Material, Legal Material, Miscellaneous.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Couch, R. C.
Couch, E. C.
Couch, D. R.
Subjects
Agriculture--Texas, West--History
Banks and banking--Texas--History
Cattle industry--Texas, West--History
Depressions--1929--Texas
Haskell (Tex.)--History
Hidalgo County (Tex.)--History
Weslaco (Tex.)--History

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Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Virgil Sonnamaker oral history interview [sound recording], 1976

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

R. C. Couch Papers, 1909-1956 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
89-0135-B; 90-0032-B; 90-0264-B

Gifts, 1989-1990.

Processed by

Karen Hicks, 2004

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Collection Inventory

 

Correspondence, 1909-1956

box folder
1 1 Business, 1949-1951
2 Cattle Sales, 1949-1951
3 Cotton Seed Products, 1950
General
box folder
1 4 General, 1909-1914
5 A-G, 1915-1916
6 H-K, 1914-1916
7 L-R, 1914-1916
8 S-Z, 1914-1916
9 A-G, 1917-1919
10 H-M, 1916-1919
11 N-Z, 1917-1919
12 A-C, 1920-1922
13 D-H, 1920-1922
14 I-O, 1920-1922
15 P-Z, 1920-1921
16 A-B, 1922-1923
17 C, 1921-1922
18 D-M, 1922-1923
19 N-Z, 1922-1923
box folder
2 1 A-C, 1925-1926
2 B, 1925
3 D-L, 1925
4 M-Z, 1925
5 A-C, 1927
6 D-J, 1927
7 K-Z, 1927
8 A-B, 1928
9 C, 1928
10 K-L, 1927-1928
11 M-Z, 1927-1928
12 A-B, 1928-1929
13 C, 1928-1929
14 D-M, 1928-1929
15 N-Z, 1928-1929
box folder
3 1 A-B, 1930
2 C, 1930
3 D-J, 1930
4 H-Z, 1930
5 A-B, 1931
6 C, 1931
7 D-L, 1931
8 M-Z, 1931
9 A-C, 1932
10 D-F, 1931-1932
11 G-L, 1932
12 M-Z, 1932
13 A-C, 1933-1934
14 D-L, 1933-1934
15 M-W, 1933-1934
box folder
4 1 A-D, 1934-1936
2 E-G, 1934-1935
3 H-P, 1934-1936
4 R-Z, 1934-1936
5 A-D, 1936-1938
6 E-J, 1934-1937
7 K-M, 1934-1937
8 N-Z, 1933-1937
9 A-D, 1938-1939
10 E-K, 1937-1939
11 L-Z, 1938-1939
12 A-C, 1940-1941
13 D-G, 1940-1941
box folder
5 1 H-L, 1940-1941
2 M-Z, 1939-1941
3 A-D, 1945-1949
4 E-L, 1946-1948
5 M-Z, 1944-1948
6 A-B, 1951-1955
7 C-O, 1948-1954
8 P-Z, 1952-1954
9 A-Z, 1955-1956
10 Insurance, 1949-1950
11 Personal, 1949-1951
12 West Texas Chamber of Commerce, 1930

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Financial Material, 1913-1956

box folder
5 13 General, 1949-1951
14 Loan agreements, Invoices, Receipts, and Statements, 1953-1956
15 Returned checks, 1913-1917

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General Files, 1947-1950

box folder
5 16 Cattle, 1950 and undated
17 American Hereford Records - Pedigree Certificates, 1947-1949

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Legal Material, 1951

box folder
5 18 Real Estate Lease, 1951

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Miscellaneous, 1925-1948 and undated

box folder
5 19 Miscellaneous, 1925-1948 and undated

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