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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Cater Joseph Family Papers

Austin History Center

Cater Joseph Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Joseph family
Title: Cater Joseph Family Papers
Dates: 1897-1989
Abstract: Cater Joseph Cater immigrated to the United States in 1881, opening a general mercantile store and eventually Joseph's Man's Shop. The collection contains clippings, letters, photographs and printed material related to the family and the store dating from 1897 to 1989.
Accession number: AR.2016.030
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks, qAR
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

In 1881, Cater Joseph Cater immigrated to the United States from Roumieh, Lebanon at the age of 14. His father sent him and later his four brothers to the United States to avoid being drafted into the Turkish Army. His name was shortened to Cater Joseph upon passing through Ellis Island. Joseph’s first business was as a peddler traveling to surrounding towns selling goods to farmers. In 1890, Joseph opened his general mercantile store on Congress Avenue. At one time Joseph had three retail stores downtown: Joseph’s Man Shop, Majestic Man’s Shop and Joseph’s Department Store. Joseph retired in the 1920 and his business passed on to his sons Ernest and Harry who famously outfitted President Lyndon Johnson with his signature Stetson hats. Cater Joseph passed away on August 15, 1947 at the age of 80.

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Scope and Contents

The Cater Joseph Family Papers documents the business of the Joseph family in Austin, primarily the Joseph's Man's Shop under Ernest Joseph's management. Joseph's was the main hat outfitter for President Lyndon Baines Johnson, and information about the Johnson family relationship with the Joseph's store is present, including photographs. Collection consists of photographs, news clippings, correspondence, and Cater Joseph's Naturalization Certificate. The photographs include images of President Johnson in the store as well as other images of the shop.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

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.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Joseph, Cater Jr., -1947.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Joseph, Ernest, 1903-1974.
Subjects (Organizations)
Joseph's Man's Shop.
Subjects
Department Stores--Texas--Austin.
Lebanese Americans--Texas--Austin.
Family--Texas--Austin.
Business enterprises--Texas--Austin.
Clothing and dress.
Immigrants--Texas--History.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Social conditions.
Austin (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Document Types
Black-and-white photographs.
Certificates.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Financial records.

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Related Material

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Cater Joseph, Jr., -1947
  • AF House Building - 1610 Virginia Avenue
  • AF Subject - Clothing and Dress - Men - Joseph's Men Store C5230(10) P

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cater Joseph Family Papers (AR.2016.030). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2016/048

Donation Date: 2016

Processing Information

Collection processed, arranged, and finding aid created and encoded by Mike Miller in 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Cater Joseph Family Papers

Box Folder
1 1 Joseph's Man's Shop, 1945-1988
2 Cater Joseph Department Stores - Receipts, 1922-1927
3 Photographs, 1920s-1960s
4 Condolences - Ernest Joseph, 1974
Location BoxItem
qAR 078/006 Naturalization Certificate for Cater Joseph, December 2, 1895
qAR photo box Photographs, 1920s-1960s

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