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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Houston Ship Channel 50th Anniversary Collection, 1926-1964



Descriptive Summary

Title: Houston Ship Channel 50th Anniversary Collection
Dates: 1926-1964
Abstract: Although the Buffalo Bayou had been used for boat navigation in Houston as early as 1839, the Houston Ship Channel was established in 1914. In 1841, the mayor of Houston established the Port of Houston, which was supported by the city and later by the state of Texas. In 1880, Congressional legislation was introduced which began the involvement of the federal government in the Ship Channel. There are 66 items in the collection, dating from 1926-1964. Included is a typed manuscript history of the Port of Houston and Buffalo Bayou, a typed version of the ordinance establishing the Port of Houston, and photos documenting the history of the Port of Houston .
Identification: 1982-001
Quantity: 1 box; 66 items
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Historical Note

The Houston Ship Channel was established in 1914; however, Buffalo Bayou, which flows through Houston, had been used for boat navigation as early as 1839. In 1841, the mayor of Houston established the Port of Houston, which was supported by the city and later by the state of Texas. In 1880, Congressional legislation was introduced which began the involvement of the federal government in the Ship Channel.

The Houston Ship Channel was completed in 1914, although many additional improvements and changes have been made since that date. These include the dredging of the turning basin, allowing for larger ships to navigate the channel, and widening the entrance to the channel.

Several books have been written about the Port of Houston. For additional information, see:

  • Sibley, Marilyn McAdams. The Port of Houston: A History. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1968.
  • Ball, Thomas Henry. The Port of Houston: How It Came to Pass. Houston, Tex., 1944.

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Scope and Contents

There are 66 items in the collection, dating from 1926-1964. Included is a typed manuscript history of the Port of Houston and Buffalo Bayou, as well as a typed version of the ordinance establishing the Port of Houston, in 1841.

In addition are 40 photographic prints. The photographs include shots of an exhibit highlighting the history of the Port of Houston, as well as photographs from the fiftieth anniversary of the Port of Houston, taken on November 10, 1964. The anniversary photographs were taken at the Shamrock Hilton and on Wharf Number 25 at the Ship Channel. People in these photographs have not been identified.

Two items were removed from the collection for cataloging. One of the items is a pamphlet, “Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, 1820-1926.” The other item is a promotional broadside, showing the layout of the city of Houston and railroads in the area.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.
Subjects
Harbors Texas History.
Harbors Texas Houston
Formats
Photographs
Typescripts

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Administrative Information

Acquisition

The collection of materials was donated to Special Collections by Edward L. Horn in 1982.

Processed by

Andrea Bean Hough, 1995.

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Detailed Description

 

box folder
1 1 An ordinance establishing the Port. [1841]
2 Story of Buffalo Bayou. 1926
3 Photographs--Exhibit. [1964]
4 Photographs--Exhibit. [1964]
5 Photographs--Exhibit. [1964]
6 Photographs--Exhibit. [1964]
7 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
8 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
9 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
10 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
11 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
12 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
13 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
14 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
15 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
16 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
17 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
18 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
19 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
20 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
21 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
22 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
23 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
24 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
25 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
26 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964
27 Photographs--Fiftieth Anniversary. 1964

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