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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. 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.
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 1: Papers of Almeron Fields Amerman and Mary Francis Amerman
- Series 2: Papers of George W. Collings
- Series 3: Papers of Charles Granger Collings
- Series 4: Papers of Augustus Henry Amerman and Melissa Moore Amerman
- Series 5: Civil War Related Materials
- Series 6: Pratt-Collings Correspondence
- Series 7: Photographs
- Series 8: Written Works
Donated by Jane Amerman Vanzant in 1977. Additional materials donated by Mrs. Jack Amerman in 1979 and 1982.
Processed by Pam Barron, January 1978.
- Financial statements Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Houston (Tex.)--History--19th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Soldiers -- Confederate States of America Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Texas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Amerman-Collings Papers
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Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository