Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

James Edgar Abbott Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Judith Abbott
Title: James Edgar Abbott Collection
Dates: 1913-1947
Identification: MA14-4
Quantity: 1 Box cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Dallas Public Library  1515 Young Street  Dallas, TX 75201 

Biographical Note

James Edgar “Ed” Abbott born in 1878, designed and constructed bridges for the Texas Highway Department as a Bridge Contractor. Ed started the Brown Abbott Company in 1919 in partnership with Mr. S.E. Brown. The main office was located in the Wilson Building in Dallas. The Company specialized in highway bridge work. Abbott’s work is praised by Gilchrist, a state highway engineer, as “the best in Entire United States”. Ed Abbott died in Dallas on August 24, 1942

Scope and Contents

This Collection features mostly photos of bridges being constructed and finished and portraits of Abbott and workers. The scrapbook contains photos taken by Chester Abbott between the 1920s and 40s. There are also news clipping on “Ed” Abbott as well as Abstract of Titles for land in Sunset Hill.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
James Edgar Abbott
Ed Abbott
Family Names:
Bridge Construction
Bridge Contractor

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA14-4 James Edgar Abbott Collection, Texas Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Acquisition Information

Acquired by Judith Abbott

Processing Information

Processed by Crystal Brooks

Detailed Description of the Collection


Photographs from Scrapbook

Box Folder
1 1 Pages 1-10

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1 2 Pages 11-20

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1 3 Pages 21-30

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1 4 Pages 31-40

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1 5 Pages 41-50

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1 6 Scrapbook Binding



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1 7 5 Photos of J.E. Abbott, his Wife and Others

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1 8 18 Photos of Miscellaneous Bridges

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1 9 Large Photo of Magnolia Petroleum Car on Bridge

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1 10 Hand Colored Photo of Bridge

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1 11 2 Postcards of Bridges


News Clippings and Programs

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1 12 News Clippings relating to Ed Abbott

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1 13 Program, Dallas 1936

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1 14 2 Programs from Starlight Operettas, 1947


Abstract of Title

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1 15 Sunset Hill, Jan. 22, 1913

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1 16 Sunset Hill, April 24, 1920

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1 17 Sunset Hill, Feb. 4, 1921

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1 18 Sunset Hill, April 30, 1921,

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1 19 Sunset Hill, April 25, 1922