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Joe H. Eagle Papers

Identifier: MSS 0073

Scope and Contents

The Eagle Papers generally cover the period from 1933 to 1955 and include political, business, and personal correspondence. The 1936 Senatorial campaign is documented as well as congressional patronage for postal jobs. Of note is correspondence related to efforts to remove potential Communist sympathizers from the United States Postal Service (USPS).


  • 1908-1955
  • Majority of material found in 1933-1955

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. This collection has been microfilmed and the microfilm is the use copy. Originals will only be pulled if staff determine that items are missing from microfilm version or if the microfilm is illegible.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Joe H. Eagle Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Joe Henry Eagle was born in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, on January 23, 1870. He moved to Houston in 1895 and served six terms in Congress as a Democrat from 1913 to 1921 and from 1933 to 1937. While in the House of Representatives, Eagle secured the establishment of Ellington Air Force Base in 1917 and an appropriation of four-million dollars to deepen and widen the Houston Ship Channel in 1919. In 1936, he ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator against Morris Sheppard, then retired from Congress for a second time to practice law in Houston until 1957. Eagle died on January 10, 1963.


4 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into four series and within those series chronologically.

I. Personal Correspondence II. Business and Legal Papers III. Political Correspondence IV. General Materials and Scrapbooks

This collection has been microfilmed.
Joe H. Eagle Papers
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Script of description
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002