City of West University Place Collection
Identifier: RG M 0005
Scope and Contents
The collection, created by the members of the West University Place Historical Society, contains research on the development and history of the City of West University Place. The collection contains newspaper articles, original research, oral histories, and a large number of photographs and street files, detailing the history of individual homes within the city.
- 1908 - 2004
- Majority of material found within 1992 - 1998
Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the City of West University Place Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder. The oral history from James Richard Willet, Box 25 Folder 33, may not be used in published research, pursuant to the stated intentions of the interviewee.
The City of West University Place was founded in 1917, incorporated in 1924, and was immediately popular with faculty at the nearby Rice Institute. Refusing to join the City of Houston, “West U,” as it is called, remains a fully-functioning independent community surrounded by Houston and Bellaire. While new million-dollar houses are appearing throughout West University, many of the original houses from the 1920s and 1930s still stand. When the surviving original residents reached advanced age, June Begeman and other citizens developed the West University Place Historical Society to gather their memories.
20 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
For ease of access, some of the street files have been kept in their binders, protected by document sleeves.
Donated by: Sonja Bohman McKinnon and Suzanne Evants in September, 2008.
Processed by: Marguerite Radhakrishnan in 2008.
- West University Place (Tex.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- West University Place (Tex.)—History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- West University Place Historical Society (West University Place, Tex.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- City of West University Place Collection
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- Finding aid written in English.