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Houston Philosophical Society Records

Identifier: RG E 0008

Scope and Contents

The Houston Philosophical Society Records contain a small ledger with meeting minutes and a large scrapbook with speeches, meeting notes, and a few newspaper clippings. The collection also includes several additional meeting notes and speeches given by members and guests of the Society and some correspondence.


  • 1858-1900
  • Majority of material found within 1899-1900

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Houston Philosophical Society Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.


The Houston Philosophical Society was founded on January 22,1899 and held its meetings at Lyceum Hall. The group initially had seven members but grew to thirty within its first year. The Society was created by two women who wished to discuss philosophical ideas with others. The topics discussed included politics, religion, women’s issues, public schools, taxes, freedom, other philosophers’ ideas, etc. Committee members included M. H. Kimpton, W. H. Clute, and V. F. Phelps. The club continued to meet and have speakers through the 1910s and 1920s. They met frequently at Rice Institute and later may have merged with the American Philosophical Society.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)

Language of Materials



Many of the meeting notes and speeches were originally loosely placed in the front and back of the large scrapbook. They were rehoused in archival folders to prevent loss and/or damage.

Ginger Berni
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002