Austin History Center

Frank D. Quinn Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Quinn, Frank, 1894-1971
Title: Frank D. Quinn Papers
Dates: 1865-1971
Abstract: Frank D. Quinn (1894-1971) was a Mississippi native that moved to Austin in 1939, where most notably, he was the Executive Director and later Chairman of the Board of the Texas National Park. The papers (1865, 1886, 1896, 1902, 1913-1971) document both his personal and business affairs and contain correspondence, biographical materials and genealogical research, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, financial records and legal documents.
Identification: AR.Y.003
Quantity: 2.4 linear feet (6 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks, qAR
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Frank D. Quinn (1894-1971) was born on October 21, 1894 in Ackerman, Mississippi to David H. and May Tims Quinn. He married Margaret Montgomery in 1915. Before moving to Austin, Texas he served as the general manager of Delta Pipe and Land Co., president of Sal-Mar Oil Corporation and manager of the Sequin Chamber of Commerce (1934-1939). In 1939 he moved to Austin where, most notably, he was Executive Director and later Chairman of the Texas State Parks Board. In this capacity he was involved with acquiring the land for Big Bend National Park. While in office, Quinn successfully kept the public informed and promoted good use of the Texas State Parks. Quinn was a supporter and promoter of Lyndon Baines Johnson starting in the late 1930s through his presidential campaigns in the 1960s. In addition he served as the chairman of the South Texas Chamber of Commerce Baseball Spring Training Committee, president of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, a member of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Board, and was involved with the University Presbyterian Church, the Salvation Army and the United Fund. Margaret Quinn was also active in Austin civic and social life and centered her interest particularly with the Junior Helping Hand Home for Children.

Margaret Montgomery Quinn died on October 2, 1970. Frank David Quinn died on July 15, 1971 in Austin, Texas.

Scope and Contents

The Frank D. Quinn papers (1865, 1886, 1896, 1902, 1913-1971) document both his personal and business affairs with the majority of the materials focusing on correspondence with his family members, his interest in researching family genealogy and his interest and involvement with various Lyndon B. Johnson political campaigns. The papers include personal and business correspondence, biographical materials and genealogical research, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, financial records and legal documents. The series is divided into two subseries: I. Personal and Civic Affairs and II. Business Affairs.

The Personal and Civic Affairs series (1865, 1886, 1896, 1902, 1913-1971) includes biographical information about Frank Quinn and his wife, Margaret Montgomery Quinn; correspondence with family members and close friends; genealogical research; family photographs; financial and real estate records; as well as correspondence and memorabilia associated with their involvement with social and civic organizations and their personal lives. Though he and his wife Margaret had no children of their own, Frank Quinn was a diligent correspondent with his extended family. Among the family members with whom he wrote are: his grandfather Houston Quinn, his parents David H. Quinn and May Tims Quinn, and their four sons and a daughter - Tims B. Quinn (wife Mary, son Tims Alford Quinn), Harry H. Quinn (divorced from Ola Quinn, two daughters Julia May and Sarah Quinn), James E. Quinn (wife Mary, son James Houston Quinn "Little Jimmy"), and his sister Evelyn Starcke (husband Max, daughter Mary Frances). In addition, Frank Quinn had an interest in compiling the family's genealogical record (paternal Quinn, maternal Tims) and corresponded heavily with both direct and distant family members to retrieve that data and collect family photographs dating back to 1865. Two cousins in particular were influential in gathering the family history, Eugene C. "Chap" Tims (wife Maud) and Austin Tims. It was Eugene C. Tims who published the Tims family history that is included in the collection. Correspondence, campaign ephemera and newspaper clippings provide insight into Quinn's relationship with Lyndon B. Johnson and his efforts to support Johnson's various election campaigns. Also of interest is the correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings, local (Austin Senators, Austin Pioneers, Babe Ruth League), statewide (Dallas Eagles, San Antonio Missions, Tyler Tigers), and national (Memphis Chicks, Denver Bears, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers and Major League Negro All-Stars) baseball scorecards, programs and other memorabilia related to Quinn's efforts as chairman of the South Texas Spring Training Committee to bring baseball teams to Texas for spring training and his failed attempt to bring the Pittsburgh Pirates to Austin for spring training. The real estate records include abstracts of title for the Tobin & Johnson Addition and loan and deeds of trust documents. Assorted life insurance policies are included as well.

The Business Affairs series (1928-1968) contains a limited amount of materials regarding Frank's involvement with the Austin Motor Company, the Mid-South Lumber Company, Quinn Brothers Lumber, Sal-Mar Oil Corporation and the Texas State Parks Board. Included are newspaper clippings, expense reports, correspondence, company letterhead, charter of incorporation, resolutions and photographs. Of interest is a letter from the director of the United States Department of the Interior with the deed executed by Governor Coke Stevenson and Quinn conveying to the United States the land for Big Bend National Park.


Arranged into two series:

  • Personal and Civic Affairs
  • Business Affairs


Restrictions on Access


Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Boyd, Mollie.
Dupre, Jaques.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Jessee, Ballard.
Jessee, Bowdon.
Jessee, Burke.
Johnston, Alex.
Johnston, Irene Tims.
Johnston, Kate.
Knebel, Ed.
Quinn, Frank David
Quinn, David Houston.
Quinn, Frank David, 1894-1971.
Quinn, Harry Houston.
Quinn, James E.
Quinn, James Houston.
Quinn, John.
Quinn, Julia May.
Quinn, Margaret.
Quinn, May Tims.
Quinn, Michael Houston.
Quinn, Pauline.
Quinn, R. E.
Quinn, Robert D.
Quinn, Tims Alford.
Quinn, Tims B.
Robinson, Effie.
Starcke, Evelyn Quinn.
Starcke, Max Hugo, 1884-1972.
Sutton, Pauline Quinn.
Tims, Bill.
Tims, Eugene.
Tims, Patti.
Thompson, Olive.
Austin Baseball Club (Tex.).
Austin Motor Company.
Austin Pioneers (Baseball team).
Austin Senators (Baseball team).
Big State League (Tex.).
Mid-South Lumber Company.
Quinn Brothers Lumber.
Sal-Mar Oil Corporation.
South Texas Chamber of Commerce.
South Texas Baseball Spring Training Committee.
Texas. State Parks Board.
Austin (Tex.)--Commerce.
Big Bend National Park (Tex.).
Ackerman (Miss.).
Seguin (Tex.)
Texas--Politics and government.
Baseball teams--Texas--History.
Parks--Texas--History--20th century.
Political campaigns--Texas.
Document Types:
Black-and-white photographs.
Color photographs.
Financial records.
Legal documents.
Minutes (administrative records).
Greeting cards.
Clippings (information artifacts).
Lyndon B. Johnson for President Newsletter
Johnson/Humphrey Texas Campaigner
Washington Newsletter from Lyndon B. Johnson

Related Material

AF Biography - Frank D. Quinn

Archives & Manuscripts - AR.S.003 Max Starcke Papers

Other Repositories - Frank David Quinn Papers at the Briscoe Center for American History

Separated Material

Some of the front page and editorial sections from The Austin American and The Austin Statesman were discarded-see list below for dates. Unless otherwise noted Quinn retained the front page of the newspaper. Microfilm versions of these issues are available in the Reading Room of the Austin History Center.

The Austin Statesman

  • February 21, 1958
  • August 14, 1958
  • August 27, 1964
  • August 28, 1964
  • November 29, 1963 (editorial page)
  • September 29, 1964 (editorial page)
  • August 27, 1964
  • September 15, 1964
  • November 4, 1964
  • November 5, 1964

The Austin American

  • August 15, 1958
  • August 29, 1961 (editorial page)
  • September 16, 1964
  • November 2, 1964
  • November 4, 1964
  • January 5, 1965
  • July 6, 1965
  • August 2, 1965
  • October 6, 1966
  • December 15, 1966
  • June 27, 1967

The Austin American-Statesman

  • November 1, 1964
  • January 17, 1965
  • July 3, 1965
  • November 30, 1966 (editorial page)
  • November 25, 1966 (editorial page)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frank D. Quinn Papers (AR.Y.003). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1999/005

Donation Date: 1999

Donor information is only known for the Lyndon B. Johnson related materials. Donor for the remaining materials is unknown but appear to have been donated along with the Max Starcke Papers (AR.S.003).

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults and Mallori White in 2016.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Frank D. Quinn Papers, 1865, 1886, 1896, 1902, 1913-1971

Personal and Civic Affairs, 1913-1971, undated
Biographical Materials, 1938-1961, undated
Box Folder
1 1 Frank D. Quinn, 1938-1957, undated
2 Margaret Montgomery Quinn, 1942, 1961, 1970
Frank D. Quinn Correspondence, 1913-1971, undated
Box Folder
1 3 Nick and Dorinda Crawford, 1945-1970
4 Kathryn Lange , 1944-1946, 1954
5 L.C. and Dora Hoyle (Quinn) Murphree, 1965-1970
6 David H. Quinn, 1917-1947
7 Harry H. Quinn, 1939-1967
8 James Houston Quinn, 1943-1958, 1968-1969
9 James "Buddy" E. and Mary Quinn, 1943-1952
10 James "Buddy" E. and Mary Quinn, 1953-1956
Box Folder
2 1 James "Buddy" E. and Mary Quinn, 1957-1968, undated
2 John J. and Juanita Quinn, 1940
3 Julia May Quinn, 1950-1967
4 Margaret Quinn, 1942-1962
5 May Tims Quinn, circa 1913
6 Ola Quinn, 1939-1958
7 Sarah Quinn, 1939-1946, 1965-1967
8 Tims Alford and Sally Quinn , 1944, 1954-1955, 1962
9 Tims Alford Quinn, Jr. and Clare Cadenhead Quinn, 1965-1969
10 Tims B. and Mary Quinn, 1915, 1930, 1942-1959
Box Folder
3 1 Tims B. and Mary Quinn, 1960-1967
2 Tims B. and Mary Quinn, 1968- 1970
3 Austin Tims, 1955-1971
4 Eugene C. and Maud Tims, 1964-1971, undated
5 Regarding Michael Quinn, 1962
6 Regarding Frank S. Quinn, 1957
7 Assorted, 1922, 1939, 1952-1971
Margaret Quinn Correspondence, 1932-1955
Box Folder
3 8 Regarding Frank Quinn's automobile accident, 1932
9 Assorted correspondence, 1946-1955
Financial and Real Estate Records, 1920-1970
Box Folder
3 10 Franklin Life Insurance, 1928-1957
Box Folder
4 1 Assorted life insurance records, 1920, 1929, 1951-1961
2 Real estate abstracts of title (Tobin & Johnson Addition, City of Austin), loans and deeds, 1940-1970
Genealogical Research and Biographical Materials, 1917-1969, undated
Box Folder
4 3 Tims Family genealogy, 1931, 1944, 1954-1965
4 Quinn Family genealogy, 1936, 1941-1948, 1964-1965
5 David H. Quinn biographical materials, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1931, 1938-1939, 1946, undated
6 Harry H. Quinn biographical information, 1964, 1969
7 Houston Quinn, 1961, undated
8 James Houston Quinn "Little Jimmy" biographical materials, 1933, 1950, undated
9 Genealogy research, 1967, 1969
10 Robert D. Quinn biographical information, 1919-1920
11 Ackerman, Mississippi, 1942, 1949-1950
12 Quinn Surname, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1958
13 Tims B. Quinn legal documents, 1930-1933
Photographs, 1865, 1886, 1896, 1902, 1920, 1942-1946, 1961-1968, undated
Box Folder
6 5 Family portraits (#001-029), 1896, 1920, circa 1900s-1968, undated
6 Family portraits (#030-046), circa 1870s-1880s
7 Family portraits (#047-055), 1902-circa 1920s, circa 1940s
Location ArchivesCollection
qAR qAR photo box B.P.O.E. Seguin Lodge No. 1229 (#056), 1934
qAR photo box Ackerman, Mississippi school class (#057), undated
Politics, 1937-1967
Box Folder
5 1 Correspondence with Lyndon B. Johnson, 1937-1965
2 Lyndon B. Johnson for President campaign correspondence, 1960-1964
3 Democratic National Committee correspondence, 1959-1964
4 Assorted political correspondence, 1957-1964, undated
5 Invitations to Lyndon B. Johnson campaign and inaugural events, 1960-1967
6 Lyndon B. Johnson newsletters, 1959
7-8 Newspaper clippings and scrapbook pages about Lyndon B. Johnson, 1937-1967, undated
Some of the front page and editorial sections from The Austin American and The Austin Statesman were discarded. See Separated Materials section for list of titles and dates. Microfilm versions of these issues are available.
9 National newspaper editorials endorsing Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964
10 George Bush for Senate, 1964
Social and Civic Organizations, 1946-1962
Box Folder
6 4 Margaret Quinn civic organizations, 1946-1962
Spring Training, 1949-1956
Box Folder
5 11 South Texas Baseball Spring Training Committee correspondence and reports, 1949-1956
12 Pittsburgh Pirates spring training in Austin, 1954
Box Folder
6 1 Programs and scorecards - Austin Senators, Austin Pioneers and Babe Ruth League, 1955-1956
2 Programs and score cards - state and national, 1954-1956
3 Assorted Spring Training Committee materials, 1938, 1953-1956
Assorted Materials, 1925-1958
Box Folder
6 8 Ephemera, 1925, 1938-1946, undated
9 Valentine's Day cards, 1938, 1949-1958, undated
Business Affairs, 1928-1968
Box Folder
6 10 Austin Motor Company, 1946-1947
11 Mid-South Lumber Company, 1928
12 Quinn Brothers Lumber, 1952, 1968, undated
13 Tims B. Quinn, 1940s-1960s
14-15 Sal-Mar Oil Corporation, 1935-1946, undated
16 Texas State Parks Board, 1939-1947, 1966, undated