University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Charles L. Jessup Papers, 1913-1936



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jessup, Charles L., b. 1865
Title: Jessup, Charles L., Papers
Dates: 1913-1936
Abstract: Two scrapbooks containing correspondence, newspaper clippings, legal documents, financial records, and printed material compose of the Charles L. Jessup Papers, 1913-1936, chronicling Jessup’s involvement in the construction of the deep-water port in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, Texas.
Extent: 2 vols.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Friendswood, Indiana, Charles L. Jessup (b. 1865) attended Earlham College and became an ordained Quaker minister before marrying Hannah T. Pratt in 1893. Jessup worked as an itinerant preacher until problems with his voice compelled him to move to a warmer climate. In 1908, he settled in Brownsville, Texas, where he served as director and vice president of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, president of the Rio Grande Valley Water Users Association, and vice president of the Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce. Jessup became chairman of a campaign to secure a deep-water port for the Lower Rio Grande Valley in 1919, helping to raise $125,000 for the project. In addition to his civic duties, he worked as manager of both the Rio Grande Hardware and Machinery Company as well as the Piper Plantation.


Scope and Contents

Two scrapbooks containing correspondence, newspaper clippings, legal documents, financial records, and printed material compose of the Charles L. Jessup Papers, 1913-1936, chronicling Jessup’s involvement in the construction of the deep-water port in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, Texas. Correspondence concerns the financial and logistical arrangements, while newspaper clippings include articles on the construction of the port, the Rio Grande Railroad, and Jessup’s activities. Legal documents consist of contracts with various companies and financial papers relate to expenditures for the project. Additionally, printed material includes circulars and reports pertaining the construction of Port Isabel, among other topics.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Jessup, Charles L., b. 1865 -- Archives.
Subjects
Harbors -- Design and construction -- Texas -- Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Places
Brownsville (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Lower Rio Grande Valley (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Port Isabel (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles L. Jessup Papers, 1913-1936, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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

 

Inventory

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4L312 Scrapbook, 1913-1932
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4L300 Scrapbook, 1932-1936