A Guide to the Louise Horton Papers, 1932-1995
Historian and author, Louise Horton (1916-2005) was born Louise Charlotte Walthall in Granbury, Texas. In 1938, she married Claude Wendell Horton (1915-2002), a professor of physics at the University of Texas at Austin, and the couple had two children, physicist C. Wendell Horton and Margaret Horton Morefield. Louise Horton graduated with a B. A. degree from Rice University in 1938. While living in Austin, she worked as an archivist at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and published numerous research articles and book reviews on Texas and southern history. Her publications include Samuel Bell Maxey: A Biography (1974), In the Hills of Pennyroyal: A History of Allen County, Kentucky, from 1815 to 1880 (1975), and Houston: A Novel (1982).
The Louise Horton Papers, 1932-1995, contain journals and memoirs, correspondence, maps and nautical charts, news clippings, photographs, working notebooks, and drafts of manuscripts, which document the published and unpublished works of Louise Horton and her professional and personal relationships. Drafts, notebooks, and correspondence with potential publishers illustrate the research, writing, and publishing processes for Horton’s novels Houston, The Siblings, and The Second Is Like It, also called The Autobiography of Charlotte Collingtree; short stories and articles, such as “The Mystery of the Attic Door” and “A Girl of the Sixties;” and numerous biographies and histories, like Samuel Bell Maxey: A Biography and In the Hills of Pennyroyal. Furthermore, the papers include reviews, book orders, rights and permissions for quoting, contracts and royalty statements, and source material for Horton’s books and articles.
The papers also contain Horton’s journals and memoirs, 1967-1988, and correspondence to Louise Horton from Claude W. Horton, C. Wendell Horton, Margaret Horton Morefield, several Episcopalian nuns, Iris Murdoch, and Dorothy Walthall Hill, among others. Photographs and photo albums depict the Horton family, their homes, and areas where they resided. Maps and nautical charts represent the Gulf Coast, Galveston Bay, the city of Houston, and other areas in Texas.
This collection is open for research use.
The copyright of unpublished materials belonged to Louise Horton (now deceased).
Louise Horton Papers, 1932-1995, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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.
Detailed Description of the Papers