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Oscar Holcombe Papers

Identifier: MSS 0020

Scope and Contents

The collection, consisting of 8 boxes and 48 scrapbooks, deals with a wide range of subjects pertaining to Holcombe's years as mayor. The material deals primarily with the later years of Holcombe's career. Some correspondence is available for the 1924 mayoral campaign. Material for the later years includes speeches, official statements, and a large number of clippings. Some clippings also exist for the early years. Of particular interest is the material available on the development of the Hermann Park and Braes Bayou areas of Houston during the 1920s. Blue-print drawings and reports are included in the collection.


  • 1921-1957

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

Oscar F. Holcombe (1888-1968) was elected eleven times as Mayor of Houston between 1921 and 1957. He was born in Mobile, Alabama, on December 31, 1888. His family moved to Texas in 1891, and first came to Houston in 1907. When he first ran for mayor in 1921, he was an established lumberman and building contractor. During the 22 years he served as mayor, the population of Houston increased from 140,000 in 1921 to nearly 1 million in 1957.


30.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes and 48 volumes)

Language of Materials



The collection has been organized by subject and follows whenever possible the original arrangement. Correspondence for each subject is arranged chronologically. The scrapbooks are arranged by year and are a rich source of information on city politics and elections.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs. H. Crosswell on August 12, 1976.

Processing Information

Processed in 1977.
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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
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Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002
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