Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Amerman-Collings Collection MSS.0061

Descriptive Summary

Title: Amerman-Collings Collection
Dates: 1830-1919
Identification: MSS.0061
Quantity: 8.5 Linear feet, 7 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of the 19th century correspondence and papers of the family of A. Earl Amerman, mayor of Houston from 1918 to 1921. It includes materials concerning Augustus and Melissa Moore Amerman, Almeron F. and Mary Collings Amerman, George W. and Catherine Earl Collings and Charles Granger Collings. Some financial records of George Fisher, James Brewster and M. H. Shyrock also are available. The collection is most valuable for items relating to social and business history of Houston and for the Civil War correspondence from Charles G. Collings, who served with the Confederate Army in Galveston and San Antonio from 1861 to 1864. Several interesting photographs illustrate life in early twentieth century Houston.


Wherever possible, materials are grouped by family and within the family group by type of material. Because of the many miscellaneous items, researchers should consider the entire folder description list for the documents and papers included.
Series 1: Papers of Almeron Fields Amerman and Mary Francis Amerman
Series 2: Papers of George W. Collings
Series 3: Papers of Charles Granger Collings
Series 4: Papers of Augustus Henry Amerman and Melissa Moore Amerman
Series 5: Civil War Related Materials
Series 6: Pratt-Collings Correspondence
Series 7: Photographs
Series 8: Written Works


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Amerman-Collings Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

Amerman family
Collings family
Collings, Charles Granger
Financial statements
Soldiers--Confederate States of America

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Amerman-Collings Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jane Amerman Vanzant, January 18, 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Pam Barron, January 1978.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Papers of Almeron Fields Amerman and Mary Francis Amerman

Box Folder
1 1 Almeron Fields Amerman: History Statement of Military Record Discharge, correspondence with Missouri, Kansas and Texas RR
2 Mary Amerman: Correspondence concerning U. S. Grant's autograph
3 Almeron Fields Amerman and Mary Amerman: Correspondence concerning estate settlements, 1885 to 1886
4 Almeron Fields Amerman and Mary Amerman: Deeds, Insurance policies, Citations, Stock certificates
5 Almeron Fields Amerman: Business correspondence, primarily land searches and estate settlements, 1887 to 1891
6 Almeron Fields Amerman and Mary Amerman: Correspondence, Business and personal papers
7 Photographs: Unidentified family members, Judge Almeron Earl Amerman, Nona Amerman, Charles Henry Amerman
8 Amerman-Collings family tree and history. Amerman-Collings home: architectural plans

Papers of George W. Collings

Box Folder
2 1 Business correspondence
2 Financial Records: Receipts
3 Financial Records: Statements
4 George W. Collings and Catherine E. Collings: Miscellaneous records, Tax receipts, Amnesty Oath
5 Orders for Collings Brick
Box Folder
3 1 Catherine E. Collings: Personal correspondence, Will
2 George W. Collings: Personal correspondence

Papers of Charles Granger Collings

Box Folder
3 3 Personal correspondence, Received
4 Correspondence from Charles Granger Collings while a Private in the Confederate Army, 1861 to 1864
5 Correspondence to Charles Granger Colllings, 1861 to 1864
6 Military records, papers
Box Folder
4 1 Personal and business papers
2 Correspondence, 1865 to 1874
3 Anna Collings Hartridge, Katherine S. Collings: Correspondence
4 Amerman-Collings: Miscellaneous family correspondence, Wills

Papers of Augustus Henry Amerman and Melissa Moore Amerman

Box Folder
5 1 Financial records, Statements and receipts, Augustus Henry Amerman's death notice, Houston Republic
2 Tax receipts, ca. 1850's, 1860's
3 Correspondence and legal papers
4 Melissa Moore Amerman: Photographs

Civil War Related Materials

Box Folder
5 5 George Fischer: Tax Receipts, 1841 to 1848; Sheriff's Tax deed, 1841
6 George Fischer: Tax Receipts, 1850 to 1857
7 M. H. Shyrock: Houston and Harris County tax receipts, 1846 to 1858
8 1845; Petition, 1845; Deed, John H. Sterrett: Deed, 1846
9 1893; Lease, Henrietta R. Long, 1871; Petition, R. Warner vs. Van Alstyne and Taylor, Summons, Charlotte Barstow vs. Anna E. Hogg, 1857
Box Folder
6 1 1830 to 1836; Military Orders, 1835; Marriage certificate, Contract of Apprenticeship, James Brewster: Expenses, 1824
2 Amerman-Collings: Civil War Extras, Houston Telegram
3 Amerman-Collings: General Orders, Confederate Army, primarily signed by General J. B. Magruder
4 Amerman-Collings: Confederate soldier's journal; List of yellow fever deaths of 2nd Regiment, Texas Voluntary Infantry, Galveston, 1864; Orders from Houston mayor's office
5 Amerman-Collings: Printed speeches, Sam Houston
6 Amerman-Collings: Clippings of Civil War poems
7 Photographs: Charles G. Collings: Catherine Collings; George W. Collings at Collings Home; Views of Houston, Photos and negatives
8 Amerman-Collings: 19th Century Mementos-Invitations, Funeral notices, Commencement programs
9 1917; Deed, 1915; Certificate of Notary Public, Amerman-Collings: Miscellaneous documents-Oil lease, 1905; List of members of Company A, Lone Star Rifles
10 Amerman-Collings: Miscellaneous unidentified papers. Includes partial unidentified letter concerning Civil War naval encounter
11 Kate Collings: Poems, essays, misc.
12 Miscellaneous clippings

Pratt-Collings Correspondence

Box Folder
7 1 Correspondence from Maria E. Jones to C. W. Collings, 1866 to 1868
2 Correspondence from Maria Jones Pratt to C. W. Collings, 1869
3 Correspondence from Maria Jones Pratt to C. W. Collings, January 1870 to April 1870
4 Correspondence from Maria Jones Pratt to C. W. Collings, May 1870 to August 1870
5 Correspondence from Maria Jones Pratt to C. W. Collings, September 1870 to December 1870
6 Correspondence from Maria Jones Pratt to C. W. Collings, January 1871 to March 1871
7 Correspondence from Maria Jones Pratt to C. W. Collings, April 1871 to July 1871
8 Charles W. Collings: Miscellaneous papers and correspondence


Box Folder
7 9 Photographic Reproductions

Written Works

Box Folder
7 10 Original manuscript of memoirs of Almeron Fields Amerman, 1844-1919 written 1902