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Clyde L. Dyer Shamrock Hotel Collection MSS.1453

Descriptive Summary

Creator Dyer, Clyde L., 1898-1976
Title: Clyde L. Dyer Shamrock Hotel Collection
Dates: 1940 to 1950
Identification: MSS.1453
Quantity: 3.0 Linear feet, 1 flat box
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Clyde L. Dyer was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania in 1898. As did many others during the early 20th century, he left school in 6th grade to provide an additonal income to his family. He held many jobs during his young adulthood. When he became an accountant, he worked for several years with Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation. For this job, he relocated to various cities throughout the United States and Canada.

Eventually he resided in Houston in 1946. He met and married his wife, Eleanor Lewis Dyer, the prior year while they were both employed to work on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. To the relief of the couple, Mr. Dyer's next assignment was as an accountant for the proposed Shamrock Hotel in Houston. This post is reported by his daughter to have been a much cherished position, and Mr. Dyer and his wife collected many items commemorating Mr. Glenn McCarthy and the Hotel. The Dyers took part in employee barbeques hosted by Mr. McCarthy (the family), chasing celebrities Andy Devine and Robert Stack through the hotel to get their autograph (Mrs. Dyer), and taking part in the studio audience of the airing of The Breakfast Club radio show from the Shamrock Hotel (Mrs. Dyer).

Daughter Nancy (Dyer) Kinsey has noted that the family was saddened when they had to leave Houston and always spoke of returning to live there permanently.

Scope and Contents

The Clyde L. Dyer Shamrock Hotel Collection is comprised of photographs, clippings, memorabilia and articles related to the early days of the Shamrock Hotel. Particular emphasis is focused on the construction and opening of the Hotel between the years 1946 and 1949.


The Clyde L. Dyer Shamrock Hotel Collection is arranged in three series by format:
  • Series 1: Memorabilia
  • Series 2: Published Materials
  • Series 3: Photographs


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Clyde L. Dyer Shamrock Hotel Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.

Index Terms

Dyer, Clyde L., 1898-1976
Shamrock Hotel (Houston, Tex.)
Celebrations—Texas—Houston—20th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Clyde L. Dyer Shamrock Hotel Collection. Collection Number MSS 1453. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Nancy (Dyer) Kinsey, June 27, 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by: Tammy Jordan, July 6, 2007. Biographical Note contributed by Nancy (Dyer) Kinsey.

Digitized Materials

An oral history related to this collection is available at: http://digital.houstonlibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/Interviews/id/436/rec/11

Other digitized material related to this collection is available at: http://digital.houstonlibrary.org/cdm/search/collection/images/searchterm/Shamrock%20Hotel/field/all/mode/all/conn/and/order/nosort/ad/asc

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Memorabilia

Box Folder
1 1 Christmas Greeting Card. From Glenn McCarthy (printed). December 25, 1948
2 Program. Easter Sunday Concert Tea. April 17. No date
3 Menu. Shamrock Room Dinner. March 23, 1949
4 Introduction, Program and Menu. Formal Opening Banquet of the Shamrock Hotel. St. Patrick’s Day. March 17, 1949
5 Hugh Herbert autograph. March 17.1949
5 Flyer. Breakfast Club radio program. March 17, 1949
5 Napkins from the Shamrock Hotel
5 Brochure. The Shamrock, A Fabulous New Experience in Hospitality. No date

Series 2: Published Materials

Box Folder
1 6 Newspaper clippings. No dates.
6 Includes reference list of related newspaper articles.
7 Magazine article. Unknown author. (March 28, 1949). $21 million hotel opens. Life, 26 (13), p. 31.
General note
Loose in box
Newspaper supplement. The Shamrock: A New Superlative. The Citizen. No date


Box Number
1 MSS 1453.001 Shamrock Hotel at night with windows lit. 1948
MSS 1453.002 Construction of Shamrock Hotel. c. 1947
MSS 1453.003 Site of Shamrock Hotel before it was built. 1946
MSS 1453.004-MSS 1453.010 Construction of the Shamrock Hotel. 1947 to 1948
MSS 1453.011 Portrait. C. L. Dyer, accountant. Shamrock Hotel