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William A. Kirkland Papers

Identifier: MSS 0162

Scope and Contents

Most of the documents in this collection relate to the Shepherd and A. P. Root families as well as Kirkland's research into the history of First National Bank. It also contains correspondence between Kirkland and his immediate family.


  • 1796-1938

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the William A. Kirkland Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

William A. Kirland served as president and later chairman of First National Bank of Houston from 1955 to 1963. His maternal great-grandfather, B. A. Shepherd, founded the bank in 1866. Kirkland chronicled the history in the book Old Bank, New Bank: The First National Bank of Houston, 1866-1956.


2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



Box 1 contains correspondence, clippings and legal documents of Mr. Kirkland. Box 2 contains photographs. Box 3 contains the research materials of Mr. Kirkland with an emphasis on the history of Houston organizations, First National Bank and the Shepherd family. Box 4 contains the [copied] personal papers of members of the Shepherd and Root families.

Acquisition Information

Donated by William A. Kirkland, 1972.

Processing Information

Processed by Suzanne Summers, 1990.
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Processed by Suzanne Summers, April 1990
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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