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Amerman-Collings Papers

Identifier: MSS 0061

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. Of note are items relating to social and business history of Houston and for the Civil War-era correspondence from Charles G. Collings, who served with the Confederate Army in Galveston and San Antonio from 1861 to 1864. There are also several images of early 20th century Houston.

Augustus Henry Almermon and Melissa Moore Amerman moved to the Houston area with their son, Almeron Fields Amerman from New York. Almeron's wife was born Mary Frances Collings in Houston. Her father, George W. Collings was born in Philadelphia, and her brother, Charles Grainger Collings was born in Mobile, Alabama.

All of these extended family members are buried in Houston's Glenwood Cemetery.


  • 1830-1919

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. However, access to some items in this collection is by appointment only due to the rare and fragile nature of the materials. Please contact the archive for more information.

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.


8.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials



Wherever possible, materials are grouped by family and within the family group by type of material. Because of the many items of unknown origin, 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 in 1977. Additional materials donated by Mrs. Jack Amerman in 1979 and 1982.

Processing Information

Processed by Pam Barron, January 1978.

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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002