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T. C. Stroter Papers

Identifier: MSS 0017

Scope and Contents

The collection in 4 boxes contains the personal and business papers of members of the T.C Stroter family spanning multiple generations. The bulk of the collection consits of family papers, personal, and business correspondence, and photographs from 1885 to 1973. The collection is organized chronologically within each series.

Series 1 contains the Stroter family's deeds and land records from 1845 to 1926. The Family owned Texas property in Harris, Travis, San Patricio, and Shelby counties. The Majority of the land records pertain to a property held by H.W Stroler, Sr. in Travis County known as the Bee Springs Tract, which was on the west bank of the Colorado River near the Dam and included the land surrounding Bee Creek. The oldest deed in the collection is a deed issued in 1845 from the Republic of Texas for property in Harris County.

Series 2 contains papers and correspondence of the Stroter family. The series is organized by general family household papers, by papers offamily members, then by correspondence. Stroter family correspondence includes includes war time correspondence between family members during World War I and World War II, as well as correspondence with Stroterfamily members still living in Germany.

Series 3 contains a collection of gift cards and post cards received by Stroter family members from 1910 to 1968.

Series 4 is a collection of over 750 photographic images from the Stroter family. The photographs are in the following general order: portraits, family photographs, family outings and trave, business photograhs, military photographs, and historic events. Historic events that were photographed include the August 1915 hurricane that caused significant flooding and damage to Galveston and Port Arthur, Texas. Photographs numbered from 0180 to 0187, from 441 to 650, and from 0570 to 0594 were taken with a camera that had a damaged bellows.

Series 5 consists of oversized items: Two photographs ( MSS0017-0779 and -0780) are in a seperate box due to their large size. Official Program and 3 Ring Circus Painting and Drawing Book from the Sells Floto Circus 1925 season.


  • 1885-1964 1912-1945
  • Majority of material found within 1912 - 1945

Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

Although this collection is named for Houston resident T.C Stroter, the collection spans several generations in the Stroter family ( original spelling Stroeter) and includes personal and buisness papers for multiple Stroter family members.

The first subject in the T.C Stroter collection is H.W Stroeter, Sr., a German immigrant who arrived in the UNited States around 1870. He married Minnie Cramer in Texas in 1882. Mr.Stroter invested in real estate in both Texas and California. Although the family owned property in California, they remained in the state of Texas and lived in several counties. The colllection holds the family's records of these investments, including correspondence, deeds and land records.

H.W Stroter, Sr. and Minnie had five children : H.W. Stroter, Jr., Theodore C.Stroter, Ernest F. Stroter, and Adolph ( Nun) Stroter.

T.C. Stroter, second of five children of H.W Stroter, Sr, lived in Houston and ran an insurance company that was headquartered in the Houston Cotton Exchange Building. T.C Stroter, Sr. was married twice. He and second wife, Clara Dahl, had two two children, a daughter, Clara Eloise born in 1921 and a son, Theodore C. Stroter Jr. born in 1924. T.C Stroter, Sr. died in Jnauary 1967 in Harris County, Texas.

T.C Stroter, Jr. grew up in houston and after seerving in the U.S Merchant Marine from 1943 to 1945, he became a marine insurance agent in Houston, Texas in the 1950s. He was married twice and divorced twice, first to Marian Hazel Vanleek and then to Billie Inez Robinson. He had children with each of his wives. He died in March 1973 in Harris County.


3 ( 4 boxes) Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Deeds and Land Records Series 2: Family Papers Series 3: Postcards and Greeting Cards Series 4: Photographs Series 5: Oversized Items

Series 4 Photographs are numbered sequentially and arrnaged in the following general order: portraits, family photographs, family travel, business photographs, militray photographs, and historic events.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Anonymous, 1976.


Graphic Materials of an adult nature are contained in Series 2 ( Box , Folders 2 and 18).

Processing Information

Processed by: Virginia Off, 1977 Revised by: Patricia S. Vredenburg, 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


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