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Alfred Shire Papers

Identifier: MSS 0486

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection is comprised by the research conducted by AL Shire for the Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Book. This includes interviews and contacts used, the various drafts, corrections and final copy of the memorial book. The collection also provides copies of articles from the Houston Post, Indian research, and personal correspondence and cards with friends.


  • 1942 - 2013
  • Majority of material found within 1995-1997

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Alfred Shire Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.

Biographical / Historical

Alfred Price Shire Sr. was born April 2, 1923 in Paris, Kentucky to parents William Shire and Ruth Rosenbaum. He attended college at the University of Kentucky where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism. After completing his degree, he then went on to serve as an infantryman in the United States Army during World War II. After World War II Al Shire got a job working as a journalist at the Texas City Sun. A few years into his employment at the Texas City Sun Al Shire began submitting stories to the Houston Post which eventually lead to The Houston Post offering him an editorial position. Once at the Houston Post he moved from makeup editor to assistant news editor. Then concerned by how the news was covering the Vietnam War Al Shire applied for and won a fellowship to attend the University of Texas to take graduate level courses in Asian Studies. Once his studies were completed he returned to the Houston Post and along with Oveta Culp Hobby and her son Bill Hobby created for the Post a Sunday magazine called Tempo. The magazine was discontinued after three years and Al Shire moved on to become editor to Spotlight the Post’s weekly entertainment magazine. A few years later at age 66 Al Shire decided to retire along with his wife Nora Krisch Shire who had also worked as a Houston Post writer. Alfred Price Shire Sr died September 7, 2017 in Houston, TX.


3.5 Linear Feet (3 records storage boxes, 1 document box)

Language of Materials



Series 1 Oveta Culp Hobby Research and Book Series 2 Indian Research Series 3 Houston Post Articles Series 4 Personal Papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Tom Kennedy in 2018.

Related Materials

MSS 1356 Oveta Culp Hobby Papers and Photographs

Processing Information

Claudia Cardenas March 2019

Alfred Shire Papers
Pending Final Review
Claudia Cardenas
March 2019
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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