Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Courtlandt Place Collection:

Records of the Courtlandt Association at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Courtlandt Association
Title: Courtlandt Place Collection
Dates: 1906-1982
Dates (Bulk): 1974-1979
collection number MSS 1130
Quantity: 2.0 linear feet: approximately 475 items, manuscripts and photographs
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center,Houston Public Library

Historical Note

Courtlandt Place is one of Houston's oldest elite residential subdivisions. It is a privately owned, one-block-long divided boulevard south of downtown. The Courtlandt Improvement Company purchased the land in 1906, in what was at that time prairie land on the outskirts of the city. The first houses were built in 1909. Access to the subdivision was limited by gates at the end of the street. Deed restrictions stipulated land use, minimum cost, and house size.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains material created during the Courtlandt Association's work for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in the mid-1970's.


Use Restrictions


Index Terms

Land use, Urban--Texas--Houston
Schlumberger, Pierre
Schlumberger, Lesley
Courtlandt Place (Houston, Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Courtlandt Place Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Pierre and Lesley Schlumberger in May 1995

Processing Information

Processed by Charles Stephenson and Andrew Hempe, March 2000

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Manuscripts

box folder
1 1 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, outgoing correspondence.September 1974-November 1975.
7 items.
2 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, outgoing correspondence.January-March 1976.
11 items.
3 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, outgoing correspondence.April 5-9, 1976.
6 items.
4 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, outgoing correspondence: Materials in support of National Historic Registration nomination. April 9, 1976.
9 items.
5 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, outgoing correspondence.April 14-30, 1976.
16 items.
6 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, outgoing correspondence.May 1976.
5 items.
7 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, outgoing correspondence.June 1-9, 1976.
12 items.
8 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, outgoing correspondence.June 10-July 16, 1976.
9 items.
9 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, outgoing correspondence. Materials related to founding of Courtlandt Place that were transmitted to Marie Landon. Transmittal letter dated July 20, 1976. Includes photocopies of charter (1906), certificates of stock in The Courtlandt Improvement Company (1906-1910), correspondence (1914-1919), agreement creating Courtlandt Association (1912), "Guide to Papers of James Lockhart Autry in the Woodson Research Center of the Rice University Library" (1975).
37 items.
10 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, outgoing correspondence.July 22-September 3, 1976.
9 items.
11 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, outgoing correspondence.October-December, 1976.
11 items.
12 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, outgoing correspondence.(February-December, 1977) - 1979.
20 items.
13 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, incoming correspondence.1974 - (February-April, 1976).
10 items.
14 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, incoming correspondence.May-July 1976.
10 items.
15 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, incoming correspondence. Includes letter from Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.October-December 1976.
4 items.
16 Pierre & Lesley Schlumberger, incoming correspondence.1977-1979.
6 items.
17 Other correspondence regarding various concerns of Courtlandt Place residents.1973-1977.
14 items.
18 Photocopies of Articles of Incorporation, various other historic preservation associations: Historic Preservation League, Inc. Dallas, 1972; Galveston Historical Foundation, Inc., 1958; King William Association, San Antonio, 1967.
4 items.
19 Maps.
5 items.
20 Miscellaneous items. Includes Courtlandt Place Deed Restrictions, notes, timeline of time spent on Courtlandt Place historic district project, agreement creating Courtlandt Association, list of former Courtlandt Place residents, description of #8 Courtlandt Place, 1974 address to City Council, minutes to November 3, 1982 Courtlandt Association meeting.
8 items.
21 Photocopies of newspaper clippings.
12 items.

II. Photographs

For specific information about photographs in the collection, please contact archives staff.
2 Photographs: MSS 1130.001-082: Prints and negatives
3 Photographs: MSS 1130.083-117: Prints
4 Photographs: MSS 1130.171-255: Slides
5 Photographs: MSS 1130.118-151: Prints, contact prints
6 Photographs: MSS 1130.152-169, 256-260: Prints, contact prints