Manuscript Collections (M062)
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MC062 - North Harris County Newspaper Collection (1967 - 1983)
Twenty-one bound volumes and three individual editions of local newspapers (1967 – 1983) document the rapid growth in north Harris County from a primarily rural, agricultural economy to a suburban community. Of particular interest are the sixteen years of coverage by The North Harris County News serving the FM 1960, Klein, and Spring area. The Tomball News in 1976 and The Montgomery County Reporter covering southern Montgomery County in 1972 record the progress being made in those areas. One issue of The News (1974) and two issues of Road Runner News (1975) are also of interest. Six clippings document Henry J. Paul’s death and work as a printer and newspaper publisher.
MC063 - La Porte Home Demonstration Club Records
Correspondence, minutes, agendas, membership lists, governance documents,and financial statements (1949 - 1980) document how the La Porte Home Demonstration Club functioned. Reports, printed materials, ephemera, a single scrapbook, and photoprints (1955 - 2010) record activities and educational programs undertaken by the members of the club. Of special interest is the sheet music for “Ever Onward” written by Dorothy D. Bullock, winner of the National Home Demonstration Council song contest. The photographs document activates such as Christmas and Hobo parties.
MC064 - David Kester Collection
Promotional materials including coffee mugs, paperweights, coasters, pencils, and wall markers comprise the bulk of the David Kester Collection. Also included are three VHS tapes (1993 - 2006) concerning employee benefits, funeral programs for Commissioners Jim Fonteno and El Franco Lee, a protest sign, and former budget director Dick Raycraft’s briefcase.
MC065 - William C. Lipscomb Collection
Divided into two series, the collection is comprised primarily of land records. Twelve Abstracts of Title (1924 – 1945), two books, and photographs of the fabrication of the 1910 Harris County Courthouse pinnacle comprise the records of William C. Lipscomb. Sketches, maps, plats, field notes, and correspondence (1866 – 1919) document the work of A. E. Stimpson, a surveyor in Harris County at the turn of the 20th century. Of particular interest is a 1915 road map of Harris County and a copy of the plat of the town site for Letitia in West Harris County. The sketches prove interesting for their artistic value in addition to the information provided. Unfortunately, they are rarely dated.