A Guide to the Houston Post, Washington D.C. Bureau, Collection, 1963-1995
The Houston Post was a newspaper, established in February 1880 by Gail Borden Johnson and absorbed into the Houston Chronicle in 1995. The Chronicle, with bureaus in Washington, D.C., and Austin, is a part of the Hearst Corporation.
In 1881, Johnson combined the Post with the Houston Telegraph. Three years later it was sold to William R. Baker and other Houston citizens, but the investment could not save the paper from going under. In April 1885, the longest-running and most recent incarnation of the Post was established via the combination of the Houston Morning Chronicle and the Houston Evening Journal. The Houston Dispatch was also merged into the Post, in 1924.
In the 1920s the Post owned Houston radio station KPRC, and by the 1950s had acquired the KPRC television station as well. The company went on to purchase the News Publishing Company in 1963, which resulted in the ownership of the Galveston News, the Galveston Tribune, and the Texas City Sun. Throughout its history there has been a number of well-known Texas citizens working for the Post, including Henry F. MacGregor, both William P. Hobby, Sr. and Jr., and William H. Gardner.
Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Houston Post," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/HH/eeh4.html (accessed July 21, 2010).
Newspaper clippings, business files, press releases, and campaign finance records comprise the Houston Post, Washington D.C. Bureau, Collection, 1963-1995. Included in the collection are Washington Bureau Chief (1984-1995) Kathy Kiely’s collected files, pertaining to Texans in Washington, the Bush family, George Wallace, column ideas, sports, military issues, and politics. The clippings, organized into Subject Files, Biographical Files, and “Texans in Washington,” reflect various people, topics, and issues addressed by the Post, including George and Barbara Bush, Barbara Jordan, Lady Bird Johnson, John B. Connally, Walter Mondale, Tom DeLay, nuclear arms, Afghanistan, and Houston Conventions.
The collection is open for research use.
This collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Houston Post, Washington D.C. Bureau, Collection, 1963-1995, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Deborah Bloys, August 1996.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
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