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Joseph W. Evans Papers

Identifier: MSS 0016

Scope and Contents

The Joseph W. Evans Papers is comprised of financial records from Evans and Company between 1912 and 1962. There are also two boxes of correspondence related to the business. Bibliographic materials which were dedicated in Mr. Evans' name are located at The University of Houston.


  • 1912-1962
  • Majority of material found within 1919 - 1951

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from MSS 0016 Joseph W. Evans Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Joseph W. Evans and his wife Emily (nee Scott) owned the Evans and Company cotton buyers and exporters which was organized in 1908. Evans and Company was a major business in Houston throughout the early 20th century and was located in the eminent Houston Cotton Exchange Building.

As president of the Houston Cotton Exchange and Board of Trade, Mr. Evans worked to establish the Port of Houston's Houston Ship Channel as a main thoroughfare for cotton producers. His work was crucial in developing the ship channel into its present status as a center of international trade.

Until his death in 1962, Mr. Evans remained active in advancing Houston's local economy and promoting awareness in other areas. Among other posts, locally he was chairman of the Houston War Work campaign during World War I. He served as president for the Houston Chamber of Commerce and helped organize the Houston Community Chest.


23 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 20 ledgers)

Language of Materials



The Joseph W. Evans Papers is comprised of two series, which are organized by subject and then either alphabetically (correspondence) or chronologically.


  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Financial Records

Acquisition Information

Donated by Alice Evans Pratt, daughter of Joseph W. Evans, July 14, 1975.

General note

Sources: King, John. The Handbook of Texas (online version).
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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