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Ed Kilman Papers

Identifier: MSS 0080

Scope and Contents

The collection contains personal and business correspondence, articles and books by Ed Kilman and other writers. It starts with correspondence, items of personal interest, articles on him, and information on the organizations with which he was involved. It continues with correspondence relating to his work with the Houston Post, some chronologically, some under the correspondent's name. Then appear his Texas Heartbeat columns, copies of his speeches, copies of his articles, including a series on the history of the Houston Post, followed by articles and information listed by subject matter, including correspondence and information on his European trips. Next are writings, manuscripts, research materials on his books, both published and unpublished, followed by research materials, topics of interest, manuscripts, and writings by other people, sorted alphabetically. There follows four boxes of small books, booklets, pamphlets and monographs in the order used by Kilman, and the proceedings of the Philosophical Society of Texas from 1946 to 1969. Finally there is a scrapbook, a booklet on Texas, a copy letter book, and a box of 113 photographs.


  • 1905-1989

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from MSS 0080 Ed Kilman Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Edward Wolf Kilman was born at Ennis, Texas, in 1896, moved to Houston in 1902, was educated in Houston public schools and Sam Houston Normal Institute (Huntsville, Tex.), and the Texas National Guard Training Camp. He was secretary to State Senator Dean, Lt. Governor Lynch Davidson, and Senator Jeff Strickland. He joined the Houston Post in 1925, becoming Austin correspondent in 1927, editor in 1943, and in 1962 editor emeritus of the editorial page. In 1946 he went with other American newspaper editors to the European theater of war at the request of the army and returned to England in 1949 to observe Britain's experiment in socialism, his articles being published nationally. He wrote a Sunday column, Texas Heartbeat,, many editorials specializing in Texas history and politics, and actively engaged in writing on political campaigns and elections. With Louis Ward Kemp, he wrote the book Texas Musketeers, and a booklet on the San Jacinto battle and campaign. With Theon Wright, he wrote a biography of Hugh Roy Cullen,1881-1957, published in 1954, and with Charles E. Gilbert, he wrote The Cullens: Two Great Texans. His book Cannibal Coast, a history of the Karankawa Indians, was published in 1960. He wrote a biography of Ross S. Sterling which was not published. In 1940 he was given an award of merit by the American Legion for the outstanding editorial of the year. In 1944 he was awarded the Good Citizenship Medal by the Paul Carrington Chapter of the The Sons of the American Revolution, and was awarded citations from the Managing Editors Association of Texas and the Associated Press.

Among his civic activities, he was on the boards of the Houston Boy Scouts Council and the American Red Cross, was a member and president of the Houston Downtown Kiwanis Club, president of the Harris County Historical Society, a member of the Texas Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Houston Chamber of Commerce, and was an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. He attended the Presbyterian Church. In 1945, he was appointed to serve on the Centennial of Statehood Commission, and in 1955 was appointed to the Texas State Parks Board. He was married and had one daughter and two grandchildren. Kilman retired May 1, 1965, and died on June 8, 1969.


14 Linear Feet (12 record storage cartons, 2 document boxes, 1 flat box)

Language of Materials



Ed Kilman was a newspaperman in Houston for many years, working as a reporter, columnist, and an editor for the Houston Post. He also wrote a number of books on Texas history. This collection contains many of his writings, as well as personal correspondence and papers.



  1. Series 1: Personal correspondence and related materials
  2. Series 2: Houston Post correspondence
  3. Series 3: Texas Heartbeat columns
  4. Series 4: Ed Kilman Speeches
  5. Series 5: Newspaper Articles by Ed Kilman
  6. Series 6: European trips
  7. Series 7: Notes and Other Writings
  8. Series 8: Women of the Southwest, proposed book materials
  9. Series 9: Proposed book on Ross Sterling
  10. Series 10: Research material, topics of interest, manuscripts, and writings by other people
  11. Series 11: Publications by writers other than Ed Kilman
  12. Series 12: Philosophical Society of Texas
  13. Series 13: Scrapbook, etc.
  14. Series 14: Photographs

Acquisition Information

Donated to HMRC by Alice Kilman, January 1978.

Related Material

RG D 006 - Houston Post Photographic Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Mary D'Albertson, Frank Gregg, and Kay Burford; completed in June 1997.
Ed Kilman
Pending Final Review
June 1997
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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
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002