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Scanlan-Moody Papers

Identifier: MSS 0236

Scope and Contents

This collection contains bills and receipts for numerous Houston area stores and businesses at the start of the 20th century. The receipts seem to be for the De Bajligethy household. There is also a folder of correspondence, primarily from T.H. Scanlan to a De Bajligethy, probably Bonaparte N.C. De Bajligethy. Additionally, the collection contains two railway maps and schedules and a business advertisement.


  • 1900 - 1930

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Scanlan-Moody Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Historical Note

Born in Ireland on November 10, 1832, Thomas Howe Scanlan immigrated to the United States in his childhood. In the 1850s, Scanlan moved to Houston and began working as a merchant. He made his fortune by smuggling cotton during the Civil War. Radical Republican Governor Edmund J. Davis appointed Scanlan mayor of Houston in 1870, an office Scanlan held until 1874. Later, Scanlan acted as president of the Houston Water Works Company and vice-president of the Houston Gas Light Company. He died in Chicago on July 9, 1906. He is buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.


2.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is divided into 2 series based on subject.

I. Business and Household Records II. Railroad Schedules and Business Advertisement

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Margaret Moody in 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Suzanne Summers, February, 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