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Heather and Thistle, Scottish Society Collection

Identifier: RG E 0093

Content Description

The collection is comprised of photographs, videos, and scrapbooks taken of events held by the Heather and Thistle Society. The photo albums contain images of various events held by the Heather and Thistle Society. Also provided are negatives of various events such as the Houston Highland Games and various balls and suppers hosted by the Heather and Thistle society. The scrapbooks hold mixtures of photos, newsletters, newspaper clippings, sctottish images and tartan patterns. Also included in the collection is membership directories, mailing lists, financial records, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, newsletters, invitations, event flyers and programs, general correspondence and a tartan sash pin.


  • Other: 1953-2013

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Heather and Thistle Society Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Heather and Thistle Society was founded in 1953. It was established by Scots living in Houston with the intent to cultivate an interest in and fond recollections of Scotland along with its history, literature and traditions. The society works to promote Scottish/Celtic culture and heritage. It was also created to provide opportunities for good fellowship and social contact through typically Scottish functions and to help keep Scottish culture alive in Houston.Through the society they also created the Robert Burns club in 1984 which holds readings of his poetry, prose, letters along with discussions about the history surrounding Robert Burns' time. The Heather and Thistle Society also holds an annual Robert Burns Supper & Ball. The Heather and Thistle Society worked with the City of Houston to place a Robert Burns Bust in Hermann Park in 2003.


5 Linear Feet (2 record storage boxes, 1 half doc box, and 2 scrapbooks)

Language of Materials



Series 1 Heather and Thistle Society Records Series 2 Multimedia Series 2.1 Photographs Series 2.2 Videos Series 2.3 Negatives Series 3 Scrapbooks

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Robert Boyd in 2014.

Heather and Thistle, Scottish Society Collection
Claudia Cardenas
June 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002