Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Walter Benona Sharp and Estelle Boughton Sharp Collection, 1868-1978 MS 271

creator Sharp, Walter Benona
Title: Walter Benona Sharp and Estelle Boughton Sharp Collection
Dates: 1868-1978
Abstract: Correspondence, scrapbooks, business papers, ledgers, tributes and memorials, audiotapes of oral history interviews, clippings, photos, and other papers of Sharp and his wife, Estelle (Boughton) Sharp, active in Houston, Tex., civic and philanthropic affairs. Topics include oil industry, lives of the Sharp family, Howard Hughes family, growth of Houston, Spindletop Oil Field, founding of the Texas Company and Sharp-Hughes Tool Company, and establishment of United Charities.
Identification: MS 271
Quantity: 9.5 Linear Feet (19 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Sketches

Walter Benona Sharp was born on December 12, 1870, in Tipton county, Tennessee. His parents, James R. and Amanda Forrest Sharp, moved to Texas when Walter was still a young child. Sharp began his business career at a very early age, and by 1890, he was operating a successful water well drilling company with his brother James R. Sharp. Walter Sharp then branched out to the drilling of oil wells and in 1893 drilled a dry hole in what was to be the famous Spindletop Field. Sharp next moved to the Corsicana and Sour Lake areas where he found limited amounts of oil. In 1901, soon after the first gusher at Spindletop, Sharp secured his fortune by trading leases and contracting for numerous wells. He next helped form the Moonshine Oil Company and later became president of Producers Oil Company. Sharp held an interest in the Texas Company and worked closely with J.S. Cullinan in developing that company's oil holdings. Sharp was also co-founder of the Sharp-Hughes Tool Company, and aided Howard Hughes, Sr. in developing that company's famous Rock Bit. Sharp was a daring innovator, always seeking better methods of drilling and producing oil, and to him can be traced many of the techniques which made the gigantic expansion of the oil industry in Texas possible. His willingness to innovate and to be involved first hand with the problems of the oil field led him to exert tremendous effort to extinguish a large oil field fire in the fall of 1912. Weakened from his exertions, he died at age 42 on November 28, 1912.

(Bibliography: W.P.Webb, et al, Handbook of Texas, II, 597.)

Estelle Boughton Sharp was born in Flint, Michigan on June 19, 1873. Her parents, George A. Boughton and Delia Frost Boughton, were divorced when she was about 16. She later attended Oberlin College, but discontinued her education after meeting Walter Sharp on a visit to Dallas. Married in 1897, the couple were the parents of three children, Walter Bedford, Kathleen, and Dudley Crawford. Kathleen died in early childhood, but the two boys gave the Sharps a happy family life. They lived in Dallas until about 1904 when the discovery of major oil fields near Houston prompted them to move to that Gulf Coast city. While still in Dallas, Mrs. Sharp began the charity work which was to occupy so much of her later life. After the death of her husband in 1912, she turned increasingly to what she called her "hobbies": social welfare and world peace. Something of a progressive, she was one of the founders of United Charities in Houston, which later became the United Fund. She was also interested in the settlement house concept, and during the interwar years, she espoused the cause of several peace movements. Although this country was not a member of the League of Nations, Estelle Sharp served as a member of the National Advisory Council of the League of Nations Association and worked to gain U.S. entry into the League. In the 1930's, she was a member of the Texas Centennial Commission, and continued her long-standing interest in the Federated Women's Clubs of Texas. In the 1940's and 1950's, she was a member of the Community Council and contributed greatly to the Community Settlement Association. Interested also in education and the history of the oil industry in the Southwest, Mrs. Sharp gave the first endowed lectureship to Rice Institute in 1918, and gave additional gifts through the years. In the 1950's, she helped finance the Oral History of Texas Oil Pioneers at the University of Texas. After a long and active life, Estelle Boughton Sharp died on August 30, 1965, at the age of 92.

Scope and Contents

Walter Benona Sharp helped usher in the oil boom in Texas, while his wife Estelle Boughton Sharp used her wealth and talents throughout her long life for a variety of social and charitable projects. A record of their lives, their times, and the people who surrounded them may be found in the Sharp Collection. Although of only moderate size--six linear feet of shelf space, a four inch deep oversized drawer, and twelve and one-half hours of oral interviews--this collection holds much of value for those interested in the Southwest. Within the Walter B. Sharp Papers (1889-1912) are his correspondence with his family, his business papers, other personal papers, and tributes, memorials, and expressions of sympathy at the time of his death. The Estelle B. Sharp Papers (1883-1965) consist of personal correspondence, and items related to social service, the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, the Texas Centennial, world peace, Rice Institute, and the University of Texas. Business papers, various clippings, and scrapbooks comprise other portions of her papers. The Sharp Family Papers (1868-1969) include material related to the Boughton-Frost-Sharp genealogy, and letters written and received by Estelle and Walter's sons, Bedford and Dudley. Magazine articles, biographical material on the Sharps, family photographs, and assorted books related to the Boughton-Frost-Sharp families are also housed with the Family Papers. The Sharp Oral Interviews (1953-1978) pertain to the oil and gas industry in the Southwest, Estelle, Walter, and Dudley Sharp, the J.S. Cullinan family, the Howard Hughes family, and the growth and development of Houston. Prominent events dealt with in the Sharp Collection include Spindletop, the founding of the Texas Company, the founding of the Sharp-Hughes Tool Company, the establishment of United Charities, the start of settlement house work in Houston, and Dudley C. Sharp, Sr.'s years of service as Assistant Secretary and Secretary of the Air Force. Besides the Sharps, individuals associated with the collection include Howard Hughes, Sr., Howard Hughes, Jr., J.S. Cullinan, Will C. Hogg, Edgar Odell Lovett, W.L. Clayton, James L. Autry, and Clark M. Eichelberger. Much has been written on the turbulent birth of the oil industry in the Southwest--and Walter Sharp's life certainly had its share of drama--yet, perhaps even more important was the ongoing role of the entrepreneurial families which came out of these early years. Within the bounds of the Sharp Collection is an indepth look at one of these families.

The Sharp collection is a particularly appropriate acquisition because it complements the Woodson Research Center's present holdings of the papers of other 19th- and 20th-century Texas entrepreneurs in oil and gas exploration, as well as in other ventures. Some of these are the papers of Judge Harris Masterson, General William Hamman, and Judge James L. Autry (who, through his oil interests, became General Counsel of the Texas Company). The Sharp papers, along with the other entrepreneurial collections, will provide not only original source material specifically concerning the development of the petroleum industry in Texas, but also information generally useful to researchers in the economic, political, cultural and social history of this area.

Arrangement note

The first three series in the Sharp Collection are arranged by subject and then chronologically.
The oral interviews in Series IV have been divided into those done by W.A. Owens and those done as a part of the Sharp Collection Project. Within these two categories, the tapes have been arranged in alphabetical order according to the last name of the person interviewed. A subject index to the interviews done as part of the Sharp Collection Project is provided in this guide, as an Appendix to Series IV: Oral History Interviews (appearing at the end of Series IV in the Detailed Description of the Collection).
Missing Title
Series I: Walter Benona Sharp Papers, 1889-1912 (Boxes 1 - 3)
Series II: Estelle Boughton Sharp Papers, 1883-1965 (Boxes 4 -11)
Series III: Sharp Family Papers, 1868-1969 (Boxes 12-15)
Series IV: Sharp Oral Interviews, 1953-1978 (Boxes 16-19)


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Walter Sharp and Estelle Boughton Sharp - Collection must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hughes, Howard Robard
Sharp, Walter Benona
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Company
Sharp-Hughes Tool Company
United Charities (Houston, Tex.)
Oil field equipment and supplies industry
Petroleum industry and trade
Charities -- Texas
Oil fields -- Texas
Texas -- Houston
Texas -- Spindletop Oil Field
oral histories (document genres)
minutes (administrative records)
clippings (information artifacts)
letters (correspondence)
Family Names
Hughes family
Sharp family

Related Material

Texas oil entrepreneurs and their families have held a special attraction for students of Texas history. It is not surprising, then, that there are collections in the state which include additional material on W.B. Sharp and his wife Estelle. Related materials at the Woodson Research Center, Rice University include: James Lockhart Autry Papers (MS 003); the William L. Clayton Papers (MS 007), the William H. Hamman Papers (MS 006), and the Judge Harris Masterson Papers (MS 468).

Autry and Cullinan were friends as well as business partners of the Sharps, and their papers have much to say about the business dealings of the Moonshine Oil Company, Producers Company, and the Texas Company. Because Autry and Cullinan served as advisers to Mrs. Sharp after her husband's death in 1912, many estate matters are dealt with in their papers. Among these is the sale of Texas Company stock after Cullinan and Autry resigned from that company. John Hamman, William Hamman's son, had some business dealings with W.B. Sharp in the Sour Lake oil fields. Judge Masterson invested in the Moonshine Oil Company, the Producers Company, and the Texas Company.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Walter Benona and Estelle Boughton Sharp - Collection, 1868-1978, MS 271, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

The papers of Estelle and Walter Sharp and their family were donated from their estate by their son, Dudley C. Sharp, Sr. Mr. Sharp also donated funds for processing and adding to the collection. The oral interviews done by W.A. Owens in the 1950's were transferred from reel-to-reel tapes to cassette tapes. All other interviews were done as part of the Sharp Collection Project.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Walter Benona Sharp Papers (1889-1912)

Subseries A. Correspondence with family
Original Letters (1896-1911)
box folder
1 1 WBS to EBS 1896
2 WBS to EBS 1897
3 WBS to family 1898
4 WBS to family 1899
5 WBS to family 1900
6 WBS to family 1901
7 WBS to family 1902
8 WBS to family 1903
9 WBS to family 1904
10 WBS to family 1905
11 WBS to family 1908
12 WBS to family 1909
13 WBS to family 1910
14 WBS to family 1911
15 WBS to family undated
Typescripts of Originals (2 Volumes, with index)
box folder
1 16-17 Volume I 1897-1900
17 Volume II 1901-11
Subseries B. W.B. Sharp Business Papers
box folder
2 1 Harrison and Sharp letterhead 1889
2 6 acre tract on Buffalo Bayou 1892
3 Bills and Receipts 1896
4 J.N. Wharton to WBS re marriage; oil 1896
5 Bills and receipts 1897
6 J.N. Wharton to WBS re patent 1897
7 H.H. Jones to WBS re oil 1897
8 Artesian well for Drew Co., Ark. 1897
9 WBS letterhead 1898
10 Bills and receipts 1898
11 Insurance 1898
12 Water well for Y.M.C.A. of Dallas 1898
13 Brown to WBS re Briggs Machinery and Supply Co. 1898
14 J.S. Berry to WBS re water well for St. Louis Railway Co. 1898
15 Cook Well Co. 1898
16 "City of Sherman vs. W.C. Connor" 1898
17 Mrs. Traver to WBS re trip to New York 1898
18 Water well for Whitewright, Tx. 1898
19 H.H. Patrick to WBS re oil 1898
20 C.H. Briggs to WBS re blowing engine 1898
21 F.V. Brown to WBS re well casing 1898
22 Water well for Holly Springs, Miss. 1898
23 M.S. Hotchkiss to W.H. Boggess re WBS 1898
24 Compressed air pump 1898
25 Water well for the Cotton Belt Lumber Co. 1898
26 J.R. Sharp to WBS re water well drilling 1898
27 Dallas City tax receipt 1898
28 National Bank of Commerce, Dallas--checks 1898
29 Corsicana National Bank--drafts 1898
30 Bank of Pine Bluff--checks and statements 1898
31 Bills and receipts 1899
32 Bills and receipts 1899
33 Insurance 1899
34 Elmer E. Hobbins to WBS re artesian wells in Ala. 1899
35 Cook Well Co. 1899
36 Sour Lake Field 1899
37 Contract with Sawyer and Austin Lumber Co. 1899
38 Contract with Starkville, Miss. 1899
39 Water well for Dallas Oil and Refining Co. 1899
40 Water well for Farmer's Cotton Oil Co. 1899
41 J.R. Sharp to WBS re "Sharp Bros." 1899
42 J.R. Sharp to WBS re Montgomery, Ala. well 1899
43 S.U. Hardwick to T.J. Clark re boiler for WBS 1899
44 Contract between Cotton Oil Co. and WBS 1899
45 Water well for Texas Planters Co. 1899
46 Water well for McKinney Cotton Oil Mill Co. 1899
47 Water well for Collin Co. Mill and Elevator Co. 1899
48 Bills and receipts 1900
49 Insurance 1900
50 Insurance 1901
51 WBS to Mrs. Semie Rogers re Drillers Oil Co. 1901
52 J.R. Sharp to WBS re oil wells in progress 1901
53 WBS visit to New York 1902
54 Advertisement re WBS 1902
55-56 J.N. Wharton to WBS re property in Dallas 1902
56 Frank Morby to P.D. Ball re pipeline to Oklahoma 1903
57 Ed Prather to WBS re oil around Beaumont 1904
58 I.G. Randle deed of block of land in Dallas 1904
59 J.S. Cullinan to WBS re Duval Co. oil well 1904
60 Account book--Merchant National Bank, Houston 1905
61 (2) J.R. Sharp to WBS re well near Duncan, Oklahoma 1905-6
62 Edwin B. Parker to J.S. Cullinan re competent field superintendent 1906
63 Frank Cullinan to J.S. Cullinan re Producers Oil Co. 1906
64 J.N. Wharton to WBS re Exline Stock 1906
65 WBS to J.N. Wharton re sale of residence in Dallas 1906
66 Spotts and Matthews to WBS re property in Houston 1906-9
67 W.D. Bates to Chas. H. Lane re Sharp property in Houston 1909
68 H.F. MacGregor to WBS re property in Houston 1910-11
69 Harris Lipsitz to Chas. H. Lane re Sharp real estate in Dallas 1912
Subseries C. Bound Minutes and Business Ledgers
box folder
3 1 Minutes of Directors Meeting, Commonwealth Oil Co.
2 1900 Ledger
Subseries D. Personal Correspondence
box folder
3 3 WBS to Mrs. D.A. Boughton 1897
4 W.M. Anderson to WBS re joining the 1st Presbyterian Church 1898
5 James N. Sharp to WBS re possible family connection 1904
6 Snider to Lewis re Wall Street; Y.M.C.A. 1908
7 Vito Volterra to WBS 1912
8 Harry Judson to WBS re pleasant stay in Houston 1912
9 Best wishes to WBS--King Nottoc from Carnival official Nov. 1912
10 E.R. Spotts to WBS re Carnival 1912
11 Best wishes from Aline Hughes et al 1912
12 J.S. Cullinan to Jas. L. Autry re decision to move WBS to Chicago 1912
13 J.S. Cullinan to W.C. Hogg re operation on WBS in Chicago 1912
Subseries E. Miscellaneous and Undated Material
box folder
3 14 Oil Investors Journal 1902
15 The Globe Wave Power and Electric Co. 1911-12
16 Progressive Party 1912
17 Sharp's improved capstan
18 Picture of well machinery
Subseries F. Tributes, Memorials, and Expressions of Sympathy on the Death of Walter B. Sharp
box folder
3 19 J.B. Mayberry to Mrs. WBS 1912
20 Rupert Hughes to Mrs. WBS 1912
21 Jesse H. Jones to W.C. Hogg 1912
22 Howard Hughes, Sr. to Mrs. WBS 1912
23 Tribute to WBS by Board of Directors, Producers Oil Co. 1912
24 In Memoriam to WBS 1912-13
25 Fuel Oil Journal, 3 (January 1913) 1913
26 J. S. Rice, Great Southern Life Ins. Co., to Mrs. WBS 1913
27 Picture of WBS used in Fuel Oil Journal

Series II: Estelle Boughton Sharp Papers (1883-1965)

Subseries A. Personal Papers
box folder
4 1 Estelle Boughton to Papa and Mama 1883
2 Estelle to Mother 1897
3 Mother to Dudley Crawford Sharp 1908
4 Mrs. WBS to WBS 1912
5 Letters Received 1893-94
6 Letters Received 1895
7 Letters Received 1896
8 Letters Received 1897
9 Letters Received 1899
10 Letters Received 1900
11 Letters Received 1901
12 Letters Received 1904
13 Josie Crawford to Mrs. Sharp on death of Kathleen 1904
14 Letters Received 1906
15 Hobart K. Crawford to Mrs. WBS 1910
16 E.F. Simms to Mrs. WBS re Walter's illness 1912
17 Letters Received 1913
18 Letters of thanks for pictures of WBS 1914
19 Notes from Dudley's tutors 1922
20 Victor H. Arnold to Estelle re his legal and financial problem 1923
21 M.L. Hewett to Mrs. WBS 1930
22 Mrs. H.H. Wilson to Mrs. WBS 1937
23 Hilty family 1938-41
24 Judy to Mrs. WBS 1941
25 Mrs. S.M. McAshan to Mrs. WBS 1942
26 Peter McKay to Estelle Sharp 1943
27 Lloyd to "Dearest Other Mother" 1956
28 Mrs. Ruth H. Fred to Mrs. WBS 1959
29 Katherine to Mrs. WBS 1963
30 Holiday greeting cards 1910-20
31 Victor H. Arnold's application for executive clemency 1926
32 3rd Presbyterian Church, Rochester, N.Y. 1937
33 Prayer by Mrs. WBS 1940's
34 Muriel Lester, Ways of Praying
35 Hyacinth bloom
Subseries B. Social Service, 1905-1950
box folder
5 1 Mayor Bryan L. Burry to Mrs. WBS re gift to the city of Dallas 1905
2 J. C. Harris to Mrs. WBS re United Charities 1907
3 James L. Autry to Mrs. WBS re United Charities 1910
4 United Charities Newsclip 1912
5 W. C. Hogg to Mrs. WBS re Social Service Federation 1913
6 Alfred R. Kimball to Mrs. WBS re Gifford Pinchot; social work 1913
7 A. Caswell Ellis to Mrs. WBS re social service for Women's Clubs 1913
8 Publications re social welfare 1913-14
9 Child Labor Bulletin 1914
10 Texas State Conference of Charities and Correction 1914
11 Public health nurse for Harris Co. 1914-15
12 H.F. Ring -- Joseph Fels Fund of America 1914-15
13 Letters received re a Houston department of social welfare 1915
14 Ordinance creating the Department of Charity, Benevolence, and Public Welfare in Houston 1915
15 Certificate of appreciation to Mrs. WBS from Family Service Bureau 1915
16 Houston Foundation 1916
17 Houston Foundation 1917
18 Houston Foundation 1917
19 Events at Houston settlement houses 1917
20 Mary E. Gearing to Mrs. WBS re Texas Women's Campaign for Good Government 1917
21 Correspondence re public health in Houston 1917
22 Texas School of Civics and Philanthropy 1918
23 Houston Foundation 1918
24 Houston Foundation 1919
25 $50.00 donation to the Houston Foundation 1919
26 The Community, I (May, 1919) 1919
27 Gov. James E. Ferguson 1920
28 Henry Jackson to Mrs. WBS re citizenship training 1920
29 Mrs. F.T. Perkins to Mrs. WBS re charity donation 1921
30 Texas Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor 1924
31 Dedication of Houston Art Museum 1924
32 Speech on Community Chest 1934?
33 Child Guidance Clinic of Houston 1934-35
34 Houston Community Chest -- reorganization 1937
35 "Eighth Semi-Annual Colored Domestic and Industrial Workers Institute" 1938
36 Houston Community Trust 1938
37 Houston Community Trust and E.O. Lovett 1938
38 Harold Morris to Mrs. WBS re "symphony prospice" 1938
39 Isaiah Bowman, "Science and Social Pioneering" 1939
40 Cleveland College of Western Reserve University 1932-1940
41 Who's Who in Commerce School 1940?
42 Mental health and hygiene 1940's
43 Maggie W. Barry, "Our Spiritual Heritage" 1941
44 Elmer Scott to Mrs. WBS re Old Timers Dinner 1942
45 Skylites 1945
46 Mrs. Don C. Travis, Jr. to Mrs. WBS 1949
47 Gov. Allen Shivers to Mrs. WBS re state hospital problem 1950
48 Hester House 1950's
49 The Christophers 1950's
50 James Keller to Mrs. WBS re Christopher Awards ?
51 Alfred J. Dupont to Estelle Sharp re George Washington Homestead ?
Subseries C. Social Service, 1951-1965
box folder
6 1 Community Council 1952
2 Thomas Alva Edison Foundation 1955
3 Lobbying efforts on behalf of juvenile delinquency bills before the state legislature 1955
4 San Jacinto Museum 1956
5 Texas Social Welfare Association 1957
6 Community Council, Honorary Life Member 1957
7 Community Council, A resolution honoring Mrs. WBS 1957
8 Ross P. Bennett to Mrs. WBS re grant for Mr. Zarefsky 1957
9 Community Council 1958
10 SCONA 1958
11 Texas Social Welfare Association 1959
12 League of Women Voters 1959
13 Community Council 1959
14 Neighborhood Centers Association 1959
15 COCIAD 1960's
16 SCONA 1960's
17 Neighborhood Centers Association 1960
18 Neighborhood Centers Association 1961
19 Social welfare 1961
20 Community Council 1961
21 Neighborhood Centers 1962
22 W.B. Sharp Neighborhood Center 1962
23 Community Council 1962
24 Y.M.C.A. Annual Meeting; honor to Mrs. WBS 1962
25 Family Service Bureau 1963
26 Neighborhood Centers Association 1963
27 Neighborhood Centers Association 1964
28 Community Council 1964
29 Neighborhood Centers 1965
30 Fellowship for Dr. Mae McMillan 1965
Subseries D. Women's Clubs
box folder
7 1 Polly to Mrs. WBS re Women's Club charity work in Dallas 1908
2 The Key to the City of Houston, I (December, 1908) 1908
3 Federation Club programs 1915
4 Social Service Committee 1914-17
5 Dept. of Rural Life 1917
6 Dept. of American Citizenship 1923
7 G. H. Kinsolving to Mrs. Davidson re Mrs. WBS's trip to England 1923
8 Dept. of International Relations 1931
9 Mrs. W.A. Cooper to Mrs. WBS re Women's Club 1931
10 Houston Studio Gardens 1931
11 Houston Studio Gardens - Consultation - Miss Egleston 1931
12 Flower Show Committee 1936
13 Letters sent by Mrs. WBS re Japanese-style flower show 1936
14 Garden Club of America Trip to Japan 1936-37
15 "Squanto, the Indian" by W.J. Cameron 1938
16 Dedication of Varner-Hogg State Park 1958
17 Downtown Club Roster 1961-62
18 Women's Club publications ?
19 Speech before Women's Club--committee on social service ?
20 Speech on Verner White for Women's Club ?
21 Publications of Texas Federation of Women's Clubs ?
22 Speech for Wednesday Club ?
Subseries E. Texas Centennial
box folder
7 23 Planning Committee 1934
24 Texas Centennial News, I 1934
25 Texas Centennial Commission 1934-36
26 Letters Received re Texas Centennial 1934-36
27 Senator Walter Woodul to Mrs. WBS re Texas Centennial Commissioners 1934
28 Letters sent re Texas Centennial 1934
29 Letters sent re Texas Centennial Commission 1935
30 Miscellaneous Texas Centennial
31 Michael Scully, This Is Texas 1936
32 Texas Historical and Biographical Association 1936
Subseries F. World Peace
box folder
8 1 J.S. Cullinan to the National Economic League re "Conditions necessary to lasting peace between nations" 1915
2 E.A. Peden to Mrs. WBS re U.S. Food Administration 1918
3 Henry Watterson to Mrs. WBS re his opposition to the League of Nations 1919
4 Claudia O. Murphy to Mrs. WBS re Kenyon Bill before Congress 1919
5 Austrian Bonds 1921
6 re "Why War Must Cease" 1920's
7 "League of Nations News" 1929
8 League of Nations--Journal of the Tenth Assembly 1929
9 Mrs. WBS on League Board 1930
10 "American Cooperation With the League of Nations" 1930
11 Report on the fifth conference on the Cause and Cure of War 1930
12 India's Declaration of Independence 1930
13 "The Significance of the German Elections" 1930
14 Cause and Cure of War 1930-32
15 Miss Lutie E. Stearns 1930?
16 Raymond B. Fordick, "A Way of Escape" 1931
17 "News Bulletin"--National Council for Prevention of War 1931
18 Disarmament, II (May, 1932) 1932
19 Peace or War in 1937 1937
20 Constructive Neutrality Policy 1937
21 League of Nations 1938
22 National Peace Conference 1938-39
23 League of Nations--W.L. Clayton 1939
24 League of Nations Pavilion--New York World's Fair 1939
25 League of Nations--World Peace 1940
26 League of Nations--World Peace 1941
27 Telegrams to Mrs. WBS re Clark M. Eichelberger's speech 1941
28 League of Nations Association 1942
29 Commission to Study the Organization of Peace 1949
30 American Association for the United Nations 1949
31 Notes for a speech on peace and welfare by Mrs. WBS 1950's?
32 Richard E. Byrd to Mrs. WBS re International Rescue Committee 1955
33 National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy 1958
34 Everett L. Goar to Mrs. WBS re moral rearmament 1959
35 Houston Pan American Round Table 1944-62
Subseries G. Rice Institute
box folder
9 1 Sharp Lectureship in Civics and Philanthropy 1916-19
2 E.O. Lovett to Mrs. WBS re Sharp Lectureship 1919
3 E.O. Lovett to W. Bedford Sharp re Sir Henry Jones' Lecture 1920
4 E.O. Lovett to Mrs. WBS re Sharp Lectureship; school for Dudley in England 1920
5 Joseph C. Ritler to Mrs. WBS re Fellowship 1923
6 E.O. Lovett to Lady Jones introducing Mrs. WBS 1923
7 (8 carbons) Mrs. WBS to E.O. Lovett re Sharp Mem. Fund 1930-34
8 E.O. Lovett to Mrs. WBS re W.B. Sharp Memorial Fund 1930
9 (carbon) Mrs. WBS to Mr. Kyger re gift to Rice Institute 1930
10 (2 carbons) Mrs. WBS to Paul Timpson re gift to Rice Institute 1930-31
11 Paul Timpson to Mrs. WBS re gift to Rice Institute 1931
12 Mrs. WBS to Martin Wiess re Dallas property transferred to Rice 1931
13 E.O. Lovett to Mrs. WBS re Sharp Memorial Fund 1931
14 Deed of trust from Estelle B. Sharp to Rice Institute 1931
15 E.O. Lovett to Mrs. WBS re Sharp Memorial Fund 1932
16 E.O. Lovett to Mrs. WBS re Sir Robert A. Falconer's Lecture 1933
17 W. T. Thom, Jr. to Mrs. WBS re Sharp Memorial Fund 1933
18 E. O. Lovett to Mrs. WBS re history of the petroleum industry in the Southwest 1934
19 Sharp Memorial Fund 1935
20 E.O. Lovett to Mrs. WBS-- thanks and best wishes 1941
21 W.B. Sharp Memorial Fund 1947
22 Robert C. Cotner re Sharp Memorial Fund 1948-49
23 Sharp Memorial Fund 1950
24 Ima Hogg to Mrs. WBS re donation of typescript of J.S. Hogg papers to Rice 1951
25 Sharp Memorial Fund 1952
26 Sharp Memorial Fund 1953
27 Sharp Memorial Fund 1955
28 Sharp Memorial Fund 1958
29 (2) W.V. Houston to Mrs. WBS re Sharp Memorial Fund 1958
30 Awards from W.B. Sharp Memorial Fund 1931-61
31 W.T. Thom, Jr., "Sharp Research Fellowship Report", (Rice Institute, 1931-32) 1931-32
32 Miscellaneous Rice Institute
Subseries H. University of Texas
box folder
9 33 Handbook of Texas 1942
34 W.B. Sharp article for the Handbook of Texas 1945
35 Sharp Fund--University of Texas 1952
36 (16) Winnie Allen to Mrs. WBS re Oral History of Texas Oil Pioneers 1952-59
37 Biographical sketch of W.B. Sharp 1954
38 re oral interview of Mrs. WBS by W.A. Owens 1955
39 Mrs. WBS to W.A. Owens re "Romantic-historical novel" 1955-57
40 W.A. Owens to Mrs. WBS re Oral History of Texas Oil Pioneers; biography or novel on W.B. Sharp 1955-57
41 Texas State Historical Association 1957
42 W.A. Owens, "Boom in Batson: the birth of an oil field" 1957
43 (2) H.H. Ransom to Mrs. WBS re Oral History of Texas Oil Pioneers 1958
44 Winnie Allen to Dudley Sharp re W.A. Owens; biography of W.B. Sharp 1958
45 Mody C. Boatright to Mrs. WBS re Oral History of Texas Oil Pioneers 1958
46 Texas State Historical Association 1959
Subseries I. Business Papers
box folder
10 1 First National Bank of Houston 1897
2 J.N. Wharton to Mrs. WBS re stock of Exline Co. 1906
3 O.S. Carlton to Mrs. WBS re Aqua Pura and Aqua Vitae 1910
4 (December) Estate of W.B. Sharp 1912
5 Estate of W.B. Sharp 1913
6 Last will and testament of Estelle B. Sharp 1913
7 Sharp-Hughes Tool Co. 1913-14
8 Letterhead of Sharp-Hughes Tool Co. 1914
9 Estate of W.B. Sharp 1914
10 Trial balance of W.B. Sharp Estate 1914
11 Estate of WBS 1915
12 Separate estate of Mrs. WBS 1915
13 Sharp-Cullinan agreement re Sharp-Hughes Tool Co. 1915
14 E.E.C. to J.S. Cullinan re Mrs. WBS's bank balance in National City, First National 1916
15 Estate of WBS 1916
16 Estate of WBS 1917
17 Separate estate of Mrs. WBS 1917
18 Estate of WBS 1918
19 Estate of WBS 1919
20 Mrs. WBS to Bedford Sharp re gift of $50,000 1926
21 Itemized statement of house expenses 1931-32
22 Stanley C. Nott to Mrs. WBS re delay in shipment of purchase 1933
23 Bills and receipts 1935
24 Purchase of Chinese prints 1939
25 List of bonds 1952
26 Ross P. Bennett to Mrs. WBS re fire damage to her building in Liberty 1957
Subseries J. Clippings and Scrapbooks
box folder
11 1 Newspaper clippings about Dudley and Tina Sharp in Washington D.C.
2 Scrapbook pages of newspaper clippings
3 Newspaper Clippings
4 Newspaper Clippings
5 2 Scrapbooks on European countries

Series III: Sharp Family Papers 1868-1969

Subseries A. Boughton-Frost Family
box folder
12 1 Marriage Certificate: Delia Frost and George Boughton 1868
2 Golden wedding anniversary--Frost Family 1872
3 Receipt for purchase of one oil painting 1881
4 Receipt for piano--Mertie Boughton 1890
5 Edward Downes to Nicholas Smith (U.S. Consul) re the missing Mr. White 1894
6 Divorce of Delia and George Boughton 1898
7 Marriage announcement of Mertie Inez Boughton to Verner White 1903
8 Insurance for Mrs. Verner White's painting 1932
9 re Verner White ?
10 Boughton-Frost family history
11 Boughton family history
12 D.A.R. Membership of Mrs. Verner White
13 Alice Frost to Mrs. Verner White re Boughton-Frost families
14 Letters re Boughton Family genealogy
15 Announcement of marriage of Estelle Lorena Boughton and Walter Benona Sharp 1897
Subseries B. Sharp Family
box folder
12 16 Sharp family tree
17 Family register (xerox from Sharp family Bible)
18 J.S. Cullinan to W.C. Hogg re J.R. Sharp 1913
19 Hobart R. Crawford to Dudley C. Sharp 1913
20 Will C. Hogg to Dudley [Sharp] 1914
21 Grandmother Boughton to Dudley 1914
22 Nina and Margaret Cullinan to Bedford Sharp August 23?
23 Bedford Sharp re WWI service 1918?
24 H. Hughes, Sr. re job for Bedford Sharp in Hughes Tool Co. 1921
25 Correspondence between Dudley Sharp and Howard Hughes, Jr. 1920's
26 W. Bedford Sharp re visit of Captain J. Edward Moran 1943
27 re Dudley C. Sharp, Sr. service as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force 1955-56
28 Winnie Allen to Dudley Sharp re family papers 1969
Subseries C. Biographical Sketches and Magazine Articles on the Sharps
box folder
12 29 Isaac F. Marcossan, "The Black Golconda", Saturday Evening Post, 16-17, 198-205 re WBS April 19, 1924,
30 The Texaco Star, XXVIII re Spindletop and WBS (October, 1941)
31 Hughes Rigway, XIV re Sharp-Hughes Tool Co.; Howard Hughes, Sr. (Fall, 1916)
32 History of W.B. Sharp
33 Biographical sketches of Estelle Boughton Sharp
34 Biographical material on the Sharps
35 Scrapbook re: Reception for Captain Moran U.S.N.
Subseries D. Photographs
box folder
13 1 Estelle B. Sharp
2 Boughton Family
3 G.A. Boughton and Delia Frost Boughton
4 W.B. Sharp and family
5 Delia Frost Boughton
6 W.B. Sharp's mother
7 Estelle B. Sharp--home and family
8 Verner White
9 Frost family
10 Mertie Boughton White
11 Family snapshots
12 Postcards
13 Frost family album
Subseries E. Bound Volumes
box item
14 1 Thomas G. Frost and Edward L. Frost, Frost Family in England and America (Buffalo, 1909)
2 Autograph album of L.O. Boughton
3 Souvenir of Oberlin
4 Hi-O-Hi Oberlin A.D. 1895
5 Holy Bible (New York, American Bible Society, 1860)
6 Holy Bible (Hartford, Andrus and Judd, 1835)
7 New Testament (New York, American and Foreign Bible Society, 1846)
Group A. Encapsulated Clippings
box folder
15 1 Walter Benona Sharp
2 Estelle Boughton Sharp and Tina Cleveland Sharp
3 Dudley C. Sharp, Sr.
4 Howard Hughes, Jr.
5 Group B. Inscriptions from Rice Institute honoring Mrs. Estelle Houghton Sharp

Series IV: Sharp Oral Interviews 1953-1978
2 Linear FeetBox 16-19

Scope and Contents Note
Box 17 includes testimonies from Mrs. Arthur Boice, Miss Nina Culinan, Miss Eva Margaret Davis, Mr. Franklin Harbach, Mr. Charles H. Lane, Mr. John Lindsey, and E. D. Nims; dates included 1956-1979.
Box 18 includes testimonies from Mrs. Arthur Boice, Miss Eva Margaret Davis, Mr. Franklin Harbach, Mr. Charles H. Lane, Mr. John Lundsey, E.D. Nims, Dudley C. Sharp, Mrs. Estelle Sharp , Mrs. Sharp Sr. and Mrs. Sharp; dates included 1953-1978
Subseries A. Interviews in audiotapes (corresponds with Access Interview CDs in Subseries B)
box cassette
16 1 Interview with Mrs. Sharp, Sr. August 8, 9, 10, 1953, Tape 1 1953
2 Interview with Mrs. Sharp, Sr. August 8, 9, 10, 1953, Tape 2 1953
3 Mrs. Arthur Boice, May 30, 1978, Tape 3
4 Taped corrections of transcription of previous interview, Estelle Sharp, November 1956, Tape 4 1956
5 Interview with Mrs. Sharp, August 8, 9, 10, 1953, Tape 5 1953
6 Dudley C. Sharp, April 12, 1978 (Second Session) Tape 6 1978
7 Miss Nina Cullinan, May 11, 1978, Tape 7 1978
8 Franklin I. Harbach, Tape 8
9 Interview with Miss Eva Margaret Davis, May 3, 1978 1978
10 Franklin Harbach, Tape 10
11 E.D. Nims, March 15, 1958, Tape 11 1958
12 Dudley C. Sharp (Second Session) April 12, 1978, Tape 12 1978
13 Charles H. Lane Interview, May 1, 1956, Tape 13 1956
14 Interview with John Lindsey, June 19, 1979, Tape 14 1979
15 Dudley Sharp Interview, April 4, 1978, Tape 15
16 E.D. Nims, March 15, 1958 (Duplicate of Tape 11) 1958
Subseries B. Access Interviews in CD-ROM format, created 2004 for preservation purposes.
box disc
17 1 Interview with Mrs. Sharp, Sr. August 8, 9, 10, 1953 (4 copies)
2 Interview with Mrs. Sharp, Sr. August 8, 9, 10, 1953 (4 copies)
3 Interview with Mrs. Arthur (Mary) Boice, May 30, 1979 (5 copies) 1979
4 Mrs. Sharp corrections, November 1956 (3 copies) 1956
5 Interview with Mrs. Sharp, Sr. August 8, 9, 10, 1953 (4 copies) 1953
6 Interview with Dudley C. Sharp, Second Session (2) April 12, 1978 (3 copies) 1978
7 Interview with Miss Nina Cullinan, May 11, 1978 (2 copies) 1978
8 Interview with Franklin Harbach (#1) (4 copies)
9 Interview with Miss Eva Margaret Davis, May 3, 1978 (3 copies) 1978
10 Interview with Franklin Harbach (#2) (4 copies)
11 Interview with E.D. Nims, March 15, 1958 (3 copies) 1958
12 Interview with Dudley C. Sharp, Second Session (1) April 12, 1978 (3 copies) 1978
13 Interview with Charles H. Lane, May 1, 1956 (4 copies) 1956
14 Interview with John Lindsey, June 19, 1979 (3 copies) 1979
15 Interview with Dudley C. Sharp, April 4, 1978 (2 copies) 1978
Subseries C. Misc. Duplicates of Audiotapes
box cassette
18 17 Mrs. Sharp #1 Copy
18 Mrs. Sharp #2 Copy
19 Mrs. Sharp #1 Master Copy
20 Mrs. Sharp #2 Master Copy
21 Mrs. Sharp (duplicate, made April 2001)
22 Interview with Mrs. Sharp, August 8, 9, 10, 1953 (duplicate, made April 2001) 1953
23 Taped corrections of transcription of previous interviews, Estelle Sharp (duplicate, made April 2001)
24 Sharp Interview April 4, 1978 (duplicate, made April 2001) 1978
25 Mrs. Arthur Boice, May 30, 1978 (duplicate, made April 2001) 1978
26 Miss Nina Cullinan, May 11, 1978 (duplicate, made April 2001) 1978
27 Interview with Miss Eva Margaret Davis, May 3, 1978 (duplicate, made April 2001)
28 Dudley C. Sharp, April 12, 1978 (Second Session) (duplicate, made April 2001) 1978
29 Dudley C. Sharp (Second Session) April 12, 1978 (duplicate, made April 2001)
Subseries D. Transcripts to Selected Interviews.
box folder
19 1 Mrs. Arthur Boice, May 30 interview with Buenger (transcript)
2 Charles H. Lane, May 1956 interview with Owen (transcript)
3 Mrs. Sharp, August 1953 interview with Owen (transcript)
4 Franklin Harbach, May 1978 interview with L. Marchiafava (transcript)
5 Notes of Mary Boice on EBS, 1978 1978