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Joseph Stephen Cullinan Family Papers

Identifier: MSS 1297

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Craig F. Cullinan's business and personal correspondence, dating approximately from 1920 to 1950, and Joseph S. Cullinan's financial correspondence, statements, journals, and ledgers, dating from the 1880's to 1937.


  • 1880s-1950

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Joseph Stephen Cullinan Family Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Historical Note

Joseph S. Cullinan was one of the major figures in the history of Houston and the early oil industry. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1860 and after his arrival in Corsicana, Texas, as a young man, he became involved in the exploration and production of the Corsicana oil fields. After 1902, Cullinan moved his prosperous oil firm to Houston, where he soon became president of the newly formed Texas Oil Company. By the 1920's, Cullinan had organized the American Republics Corporation, which became one of the major petroleum-producing companies of the Southwest. He also contributed to the development of Houston through his many civic activities until his death in 1937. His son, Craig F. Cullinan, became president of American Republics Corporation in 1936 and he remained in that position untili his death in 1950.


25 Linear Feet (15 boxes and 10 oversized items)

Language of Materials



The collection is divided into 15 storage boxes and 10 oversized items. The first five boxes are the business and personal correspondence of Craig F. Cullinan, sorted alphabetically. The last ten boxes are Joseph S. Cullinan's financial correspondence, statements, journals, and ledgers, sorted by year. The ten oversized items are Joseph S. Cullinan's financial journals, ledgers, and loose spreadsheets.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lucie Wray Todd, 1998.

Related Materials

MSS 0069 Joseph S. Cullinan Papers (on microfilm)

Processing Information

Processed by Mark Carley, 1999.
Joseph Stephen Cullinan Family Collection
Mark Carley
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002