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Amerman-Collings Papers

Identifier: MSS 0061


  • 1830-1919

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Amerman-Collings Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of the 19th century correspondence and papers of the family of A. Earl Amerman, mayor of Houston from 1918 to 1921. It includes materials concerning Augustus and Melissa Moore Amerman, Almeron F. and Mary Collings Amerman, George W. and Catherine Earl Collings and Charles Granger Collings. Some financial records of George Fisher, James Brewster and M. H. Shyrock also are available. The collection is most valuable for items relating to social and business history of Houston and for the Civil War correspondence from Charles G. Collings, who served with the Confederate Army in Galveston and San Antonio from 1861 to 1864. Several interesting photographs illustrate life in early twentieth century Houston.


8.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

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Wherever possible, materials are grouped by family and within the family group by type of material. Because of the many miscellaneous items, researchers should consider the entire folder description list for the documents and papers included.

Series Arrangement

  1. Series 1: Papers of Almeron Fields Amerman and Mary Francis Amerman
  2. Series 2: Papers of George W. Collings
  3. Series 3: Papers of Charles Granger Collings
  4. Series 4: Papers of Augustus Henry Amerman and Melissa Moore Amerman
  5. Series 5: Civil War Related Materials
  6. Series 6: Pratt-Collings Correspondence
  7. Series 7: Photographs
  8. Series 8: Written Works

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jane Amerman Vanzant, January 18, 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Pam Barron, January 1978.
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


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