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Overview

Biographical Sketch: John Henry Kirby

Biographical Sketch: Cooper Kirby Ragan

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Organization of the Papers

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Reminiscences and writings, 1925, 1939-1940, undated

Land transactions, 1899-1976, undated

Correspondence, 1908-1951

Clippings, 1951-1953, 1970, 1988

Maps, 1898-1956, undated

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

John Henry Kirby Papers:

An Inventory of the John Henry Kirby Papers at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Archives, 1898-1988, undated, bulk 1912-1946



Overview

Creator: Kirby, John Henry, 1860-1940.
Title: John Henry Kirby papers
Dates: 1898-1988, undated
Dates (Bulk): bulk 1912-1946
Abstract: John Henry Kirby was a prominent East Texas lumberman and timberland owner. The John Henry Kirby papers consist primarily of correspondence, deeds, leases, promissory notes, other legal documents, abstracts of title, tax records, maps, manuscripts, and clippings. The majority of the materials pertain to land, timber, and oil and gas transactions involving John Henry Kirby, the John Henry Kirby estate, Kirby Lumber Company, or other Kirby entities. The transactions primarily involve the Kirby family property in Peach Tree Village, Tyler County, and other land owned by John Henry Kirby or Kirby entities in the Gavino Araujo Survey in Tyler and Polk Counties. Other counties represented include Chambers, Liberty, and Newton Counties. A small portion of the materials pertain to John Henry Kirby's life in East Texas; another portion pertains to the early life and career of attorney Cooper K. Ragan, who served as legal counsel for Kirby Petroleum Company from 1930 to 1956. Material dates from 1898 to 1988 and undated, with the bulk dating from 1912 to 1946. Information dates from 1825 to 1988.
TSLAC Control No.: TXSH0027
Quantity: 2.04 cubic ft.
Location: These records are located at the Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center, P.O. Box 310, Liberty, Texas 77575, 936-336-8821.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Biographical Sketch: John Henry Kirby

John Henry Kirby, lumberman and East Texas timberland owner, was born on a farm near Peach Tree Village, Tyler County, on November 16, 1860, the son of John Thomas and Sarah Payne Kirby. His formal education was limited to intermittent sessions at Tyler County's rural schools and less than one semester at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas. He studied law under State Senator Samuel Bronson Cooper, who helped him obtain an appointment as calendar clerk of the Texas Senate in 1882. He served in that position through the summer of 1884. He married Lelia Stewart of Woodville in November 1883 and was admitted to the bar in the fall of 1885. After practicing law in Woodville for four years and after the birth of his daughter, Bessie May, the Kirbys moved to Houston.

In 1887, a group of Boston investors engaged Kirby’s legal services at Cooper’s recommendation. Together they formed the Texas and Louisiana Land and Lumber Company and the Texas Pine Land Association to speculate in East Texas timberlands, which provided Kirby with a small fortune. Those successes led him, in company with Bostonians Nathaniel D. Silsbee and Ellington Pratt, into the building of the Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City Railway in 1896. Kirby sold the railroad to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in 1901, and around the same time he and Patrick Calhoun organized the Houston Oil Company of Texas and the Kirby Lumber Company. Mutual distrust and charges of misrepresentation by Kirby and Calhoun led to receivership for both companies and prolonged litigation. Nonetheless, at one time the Kirby Lumber Company controlled more than 300,000 acres of East Texas pinelands and operated thirteen sawmills.

Kirby was a founder and five-time president of the Southern Pine Association, served two terms as president of the National Lumber Manufacturers' Association from 1917 to 1921, and briefly served as southern lumber director of the United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation during World War I. In addition, he served two terms in the Texas legislature and was a delegate to the 1916 Democratic National Convention.

As a strong opponent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, Kirby co-founded the Southern Committee to Uphold the Constitution and contributed his money and energies to other anti-New Deal organizations. In 1933, financial bankruptcy ended his active control of his lumber company and of the Kirby Petroleum Company, which he had organized in 1920, although he continued to serve as chairman of the boards of both companies until his death on November 9, 1940.

(Sources include: Morgan, George T., Jr., "Kirby, John Henry," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed on October 12, 2018.)

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Biographical Sketch: Cooper Kirby Ragan

Cooper Kirby Ragan, lawyer and historian, was born in Newton, Texas, on June 15, 1905, the son of Daniel Jones and Leila (Lee) Ragan. John Henry Kirby was a family friend of the Ragans. Ragan received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Texas in 1925 and an LL.B. (bachelor of laws) in 1928. He was admitted to the Texas bar in 1928 and worked as an attorney with Huggins, Kayser, and Liddell in Houston for a year. He was then general counsel and director of Kirby Petroleum Company in Houston from 1930 to 1956.

Ragan married Susan Menefee Wilson on June 6, 1945. After 1964, he was a partner in the firm of Ragan, Russell, and Rorschach and a director of the Edson Petroleum Company and the Pritchard Rice Mills Company. During World War II he served as a lieutenant commander in charge of LST-462, Seventh Amphibious Force, in the South Pacific. He was chairman of the Texas Civil War Committee from 1959 to 1963 and secretary-treasurer of the Jefferson Davis Association. Ragan became a member of the Texas State Historical Association in 1946 and served as president from 1970 to 1971. He was an avid collector of Texana. He was a 32nd degree Mason, president of the Houston Civil War Round Table, and a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Phi Delta Phi, and the American Law Institute. Ragan authored numerous articles in professional journals, along with two books, Josephus Somerville Irvine, 1819–1876: The Worthy Citizen (1963) and Massachusetts Bay and the Lone Star State: Shall the Twain Never Meet? (1971). He died on December 30, 1986.

(Sources include: Kleiner, Diana J., "Ragan, Cooper Kirby," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed on October 12, 2018.)

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

John Henry Kirby was a prominent East Texas lumberman and timberland owner. The John Henry Kirby papers consist primarily of correspondence, deeds, leases, promissory notes, other legal documents, abstracts of title, tax records, maps, manuscripts, and clippings. The majority of the materials pertain to land, timber, and oil and gas transactions involving John Henry Kirby, the John Henry Kirby estate, Kirby Lumber Company, Kirby Petroleum Company, or other Kirby entities. The transactions primarily involve the Kirby family property in Peach Tree Village, Tyler County, and other land owned by John Henry Kirby or Kirby entities in the Gavino Araujo Survey in Tyler and Polk Counties. Other counties represented include Chambers, Liberty, and Newton Counties. A small portion of the materials pertain to John Henry Kirby's life in East Texas; another portion pertains to the early life and career of attorney Cooper K. Ragan, who served as legal counsel for Kirby Petroleum Company from 1930 to 1956. Material dates from 1898 to 1988 and undated, with the bulk dating from 1912 to 1946. Information dates from 1825 to 1988.

Notable items include correspondence regarding a timber contract between Kirby Lumber Company and W.T. Carter and Brother Lumber Company from 1919-1921; timber reports on the Peach Tree Village property in the 1930s and on Kirby Lumber Company land in the Gavino Araujo Survey in Tyler County in 1920; correspondence to attorney Cooper K. Ragan from his uncle Adolphus Ragan, a New York city government official, advising Cooper on his education and career during the 1920s; an 1898 Texas General Land Office land grant map of Newton County; plats showing oil and gas production in Chambers County in the 1950s; and plats showing land owned by various Kirby entities in southeast Texas.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

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Organization of the Papers

The papers are organized into five series:
Reminiscences and writings, 1925, 1939-1940, undated, 0.1 cubic ft.
Land transactions, 1898-1976, undated, 1.15 cubic ft.
Correspondence, 1908-1951, 0.2 cubic ft.
Clippings, 1951-1953, 1970, 1988, 0.05 cubic ft.
Maps, 1898-1956, undated, 0.54 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate but may be used in the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center reading room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Law of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished works are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The term of copyright for published materials varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Some materials may be too large or too fragile to photocopy. Please see Archives staff for assistance.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Carter, W. T., 1856-1921.
Ragan, Adolphus.
Ragan, Cooper K.
Corporate Names:
Kirby Lumber Company.
Kirby Petroleum Company.
W.T. Carter and Brother Lumber Company.
Subjects:
Land grants--Texas.
Lumber trade--Texas.
Oil well drilling--Texas.
Petroleum industry and trade.--Texas.
Timber--Texas, East.
Places:
Chambers County (Tex.)--Maps.
Newton County (Tex.)--Maps.
Polk County (Tex.)--History, Local.
Polk County (Tex.)--Maps.
Tyler County (Tex.)--History.
Tyler County (Tex.)--Maps.
Document Types:
Clippings (information artifacts)--Texas.
Correspondence--Texas.
Deeds--Texas.
Legal documents--Texas.
Manuscripts (documents)--Texas.
Maps (documents)--Texas.
Publications (documents)--Texas.
Reports--Texas.
Tax records--Texas.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library
Kirby Lumber Company collection, circa 1900-1940s, 66 linear ft.
Stephen F. Austin State University
Kirby Lumber Company, 1886-1985, 300 linear ft.
University of Houston
John Henry Kirby papers, 1884-1944, 209 linear ft.
Publications
Lasswell, Mary. John Henry Kirby: Prince of the Pines. Austin: Encino Press, 1967.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), John Henry Kirby papers, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2016.043

The John Henry Kirby papers were donated to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center on December 21, 2016, by Kathleen Chandlier Kirby Young.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa Meisch, May 2017

EAD encoding and description edits by Tiffany Criswell, October 2018

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Detailed Description of the Papers

Reminiscences and writings, 1925, 1939-1940, undated
0.1 cubic ft.

John Henry Kirby was born and reared in Tyler County, Texas. This series consists primarily of manuscripts pertaining to the life of John Henry Kirby and 19th-century life in East Texas, primarily Polk and Tyler Counties. Items include manuscripts dictated by John Henry Kirby containing stories of his early life and an account of an 1884 speech given in Tyler County by Senator Richard Coke, and a brief biography of John Henry Kirby. Material consists of originals and photocopies and dates 1925, 1939-1940, and undated. Some documents contain information that dates 1884, 1885, and 1888.
Arrangement
Materials are arranged in no particular order.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Reminiscences and writings, John Henry Kirby papers, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
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2016.043-1 Untitled typed manuscripts dictated by John Henry Kirby pertaining to Kirby's life and 19th century life in East Texas, including Tyler and Polk Counties, 1939-1940, undated
Untitled typed manuscript dictated by John Henry Kirby pertaining to a speech given by Senator Richard Coke at Woodville, Texas, on October 4, 1884, undated
Life of John Henry Kirby, booklet by Jack Dionne, undated
John Henry Kirby's licenses to practice law in the inferior and district courts and Supreme Court of Texas, 1884, 1885, 1888 (dates of originals)
Financial statement of John Henry Kirby, June 1, 1925

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Land transactions, 1899-1976, undated
1.15 cubic ft.

John Henry Kirby, Kirby Lumber Company, and other Kirby entities owned a significant amount of land in East Texas, primarily in Polk and Tyler Counties. This series consists of correspondence, legal documents, reports, and tax records pertaining to sales of land, timber transactions, legal disputes concerning land ownership, and right of way grants involving John Henry Kirby and/or various Kirby entities. A significant portion of this series pertains to transactions involving the Kirby family’s Peach Tree Village property in Tyler County and land owned by Kirby entities in the Gavino Araujo Survey in Polk and Tyler Counties. Notable items include 1931 timber caliper reports on Kirby properties at Peach Tree Village, 1930s-1940s property tax records for the Peach Tree Village property, 1910-1912 correspondence between John Henry Kirby and W.T. Carter of W.T. Carter and Brother Lumber Company concerning an exchange of land in the Gavino Araujo Grant, 1919-1921 correspondence concerning a timber contract between Kirby and W.T. Carter and Brother, and deeds for right-of-way grants between John Henry Kirby and various pipeline and oil companies in 1930-1931. Materials date 1899-1976 and undated. Some documents contain information dating 1825-1834 and 1898.
Arrangement
Materials are arranged by geographical subject.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Land transactions, John Henry Kirby papers, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2016.043-1 Certification, lands constituting the Kirby home at Peach Tree Village, Tyler County, Texas, February 1919
Correspondence among various persons pertaining to calipering of Kirby timber at Peach Tree Village, 1930-1931
Timber caliper reports to John Henry Kirby on Kirby properties at Peach Tree Village, 1931
Correspondence pertaining to Kirby and W.T. Carter & Brother contract for removal of timber on Kirby property at Peach Tree Village, 1932, 1936-1940
[[2 folders]]
Correspondence and deeds pertaining to John Henry Kirby's purchases of Priest family property at Peach Tree Village, 1923-1931, 1936-1938
[[2 folders]]
Correspondence and legal documents pertaining to John Henry Kirby and Reagan Priest partition suit (Peach Tree Village property), 1937-1939
[[3 folders]]
Correspondence pertaining to various transactions by John Henry Kirby for Peach Tree Village property, 1930-1940
[[6 folders]]
Correspondence and deed pertaining to John Henry Kirby's purchase of right-of-way near Peach Tree Village farm from Waco, Beaumont, Trinity & Sabine Railway Company, 1936-1937
Correspondence between John Henry Kirby and J.H. Slack, Chester Consolidated School superintendent, regarding possible abandonment of Peach Tree Village school, May 1939
Property tax receipts, notices, and related correspondence, Peach Tree Village property of John Henry Kirby or John Henry Kirby estate, Polk and Tyler Counties, 1936-1942
[[3 folders]]
Inventory of property rendered for assessment of taxes, Peach Tree Village property of John Henry Kirby or John Henry Kirby estate, Polk and Tyler Counties, 1937-1942
Typed transcriptions of excerpts from deeds pertaining to Peachtree Village properties, undated
[Original deeds dated 1898, 1925, and 1936.]
Affidavit of appraisers appointed by the Referee in Bankruptcy regarding fair market value of Peach Tree Village land, minerals, and timber of John Henry Kirby, 1935
[Includes attachments with details of timber values.]
Affidavits and plat pertaining to the use and possession of the Peach Tree Village Farm, Polk and Tyler Counties, 1912, 1972, 1973
Correspondence and deed between J.M. and M.C. Futch and John Henry Kirby for Kirby's purchase of property in Gavino Araujo Survey, Tyler County, Texas, 1909-1910
Correspondence and deed, purchase of property in Gavino Araujo Survey by John Henry Kirby from J.F. Powell, 1910-1912
Correspondence pertaining to W.T. Carter and John Henry Kirby exchange of land, 1910-1916
[[3 folders]]
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2016.043-2 Correspondence pertaining to W.T. Carter and John Henry Kirby exchange of land, 1919-1921
[[2 folders]]
Correspondence pertaining to Kirby-Purifoy and W.T. Carter & Brother timber contract, 1919-1921
[[4 folders]]
Timber reports, Kirby Lumber Company, primarily land in Gavino Araujo Survey, September-October 1920
Correspondence pertaining to John Henry Kirby purchase of L.P. Lewis land in Gavino Araujo Survey, 1912-1917
Deed, John Henry Kirby to Clinton Powell for sale of 106¾ acres in Gavino Araujo Survey, Block 38, 1918
Correspondence and promissory note, John Henry Kirby sale 63.6 acres in Gavino Araujo Survey to Clinton Powell, January-October 1923
[[2 folders]]
Correspondence pertaining to Bunk Hardy sale of land in Gavino Araujo Survey to John Henry Kirby, 1927, 1930-1932
[[2 folders]]
Correspondence and legal and tax documents pertaining to John Henry Kirby purchase of land in the Benfield Tract, Gavino Araujo Survey, 1928-1938
[[3 folders]]
Correspondence and map pertaining to ownership of blocks in the eastern half of the Gavino Araujo Survey, 1929
Correspondence, deeds, and map pertaining to the Burnham tract, Gavino Araujo Survey, and timber ownership in that tract, 1930
Correspondence and legal documents pertaining to Mount Zion farm tracts in the Gavino Araujo Survey, 1932-1953
[[5 folders]]
Correspondence and deed, sale by John Henry Kirby of Lambert tract, Gavino Araujo Survey, to Carr Barnes, 1938
Correspondence and deeds for right-of-way grant from John Henry Kirby to the State of Texas for Highway 106, over Block nos. 58 and 61, Gavino Araujo Survey, Tyler County, Texas, March and June 1930
[Includes original deed executed in March 1930 and correction deed executed in June 1930.]
Correspondence and deed for right-of-way grant from John Henry Kirby to Gulf Pipe Line Company and Gulf Production Company over Block nos. 1, 16, 18, 29, 30, and 59 of the Gavino Araujo Survey, Tyler County, Texas, October 1930
Correspondence, deed, and map for right-of-way grant from John Henry Kirby to Pure-Van Pipe Line Company over the Gavino Araujo Survey, north of the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity and Sabine RR Company right-of-way, 1930-1931
Correspondence and deed for right-of-way grant from Southeast Texas Mineral Company to Sun Pipe Line Company over lands in the Gavino Araujo Survey, Tyler County, Texas, 1931
[[2 folders]]
Correspondence and deed for right-of-way grant from Southeast Texas Mineral Company to Texas Pipe Line Company over lands in the Gavino Araujo Survey, Tyler County, Texas, 1931
Portion of abstract of title, Block 20 of the subdivision of the east half of the Gavino Araujo Five-League Grant, Tyler County, Texas, January 27, 1954
[Copy. Information dates from 1825 to 1834.]
Index to abstract of title, 1385.54 acres in the Gavino Araujo Five-League Grant and the David Millhome League, Tyler County, Texas, December 29, 1971
Box
2016.043-3 Legal descriptions of various tracts out of the Gavino Araujo Survey, Tyler County, Texas, after 1923
Report, field notes, and plat prepared for John Henry Kirby by D.G. Mann, surveyor and timber estimator, regarding tracts or blocks owned by Kirby in the southeast portion of the Gavino Araujo Survey, 1937
Agreement between Chester Consolidated Common School District and John Henry Kirby regarding use of land donated for school purposes, September 25, 1931
Unsigned draft of oil, gas, and mineral lease for 5089.1 acres in the Gavino Araujo Survey between Texas Commerce Bank National Association and Cooper K. Ragan, Testamentary Trustee under will of Lelia Stewart Kirby, deceased, and attached maps, June 1971
Original title opinion and supplemental title opinion to Amoco Production Company from attorney Will A. Knight regarding four tracts of land in the Gavino Araujo Survey, Tyler County, Texas, May 1972
List of land holdings of John Henry Kirby in the Gavino Araujo Survey, Tyler County, Texas, October 12, 1924
Certified history of the Gavino Araujo Survey, Texas General Land Office, August 30, 1973
[Information dates from 1830 to 1834.]
Deed, International and Great Northern Railroad Company to John S. Kennedy and others for sale of land in numerous Texas counties, including Liberty, Newton, Polk, and San Jacinto Counties, March 15, 1879 (date of original)
Deed and promissory note, Texas Yellow Pine Lumber Company to John Henry Kirby for purchase of 7,389 acres in Tyler County, January 1899
Release of deed of trust or mortgage by Francis Peabody Jr. to John Henry Kirby, for land in Tyler, Newton, Jasper, Orange, and Parker Counties, July 5, 1899
List of abstracts of title and other legal documents pertaining to John Henry Kirby land under mortgage to William Marsh Rice Institute, September 9, 1918
[Includes land in Shelby, Hardin, Jasper, Tyler, and Liberty Counties.]
Deed, sale by John Henry Kirby of 61 tracts of land in various East Texas counties to Kirby Lumber Company, October 17, 1921 (date of original)
[Includes land in Jasper, Liberty, Newton, Sabine, Shelby, Hardin, and Tyler Counties.]
Correspondence and legal documents pertaining to sale of land by John Henry Kirby in the Peter Mason League, Liberty County, Texas, 1926-1928, 1935
Oil, gas, and mineral deed for four tracts of land in the Texas & New Orleans Railroad Company Survey and James W. Griffin Grant, Liberty County, Texas, from John Henry Kirby to R.L. Weathersby, September 10, 1928
Affidavit of Lelia Stewart Kirby regarding John Henry and Lelia Kirby's ownership of Block 12, Hadley and Franklin addition, City of Houston, August 4, 1947 (date of original)
Certified history of the David Millhome survey, Texas General Land Office, August 20, 1973
Chain of title, field notes, plats, and Texas Railroad Commission application for permit to drill, International and Great Northern Railroad Company Sections 8 to 16, inclusive, Polk County, Texas, 1976
List of lands owned by John Henry Kirby in Hardin, Jasper, Liberty, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Sabine, Shelby, and Tyler Counties, undated
[Includes name of survey and acreage owned in each.]
Leather-bound notebook with lists of land grants and possibly acreage owned in various Texas counties, including Jasper, Polk, Jefferson, Tyler, Sabine, and Freestone Counties, undated
"Reforestation," typed manuscript by E.V. Clark, undated
[Pertains to methods of reforestation of cut-over land owned by Kirby Lumber Company.]

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Correspondence, 1908-1951
0.2 cubic ft.

This series consists of correspondence among various individuals, including John Henry Kirby, on subjects other than land transactions. Notable items include 1920s correspondence to attorney Cooper K. Ragan from his uncle Adolphus Ragan, a New York City government official and friend of John Henry Kirby, in which Adolphus advises his nephew on the latter’s education and career; a portion of Adolphus Ragan’s correspondence files from 1908 to 1920 that include letters from John Henry Kirby, United States Senator Joseph W. Bailey Sr., and Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt; a letter to John Henry Kirby from the wife of United States Congressman Samuel Bronson Cooper, Kirby's mentor; and correspondence among George W. Armstrong, Cooper K. Ragan, and Lelia (Mrs. John Henry) Kirby regarding establishment of a foundation to help pay taxes on the Kirby homestead in Tyler County. Materials consist of originals and carbon copies and date from 1908 to 1951.
Arrangement
Materials are arranged in original order.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence, John Henry Kirby papers, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
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2016.043-3 Correspondence from Adolphus Ragan to Cooper K. Ragan, and between Adolphus Ragan and various individuals, including John Henry Kirby and Joseph W. Bailey, regarding political issues, Adolphus Ragan's career, and family matters, 1908-1920, 1932
[Adolphus Ragan apparently sent the 1908-1920 letters to Cooper K. Ragan in 1932.]
Correspondence from Adolphus Ragan primarily to Cooper K. Ragan, regarding Cooper's education and legal career, 1920-1926
[[4 folders]]
Three postcards with New York City scenes and a Christmas postcard from Adolphus Ragan to Cooper K. Ragan, 1908, 1918, 1920
New Year's "check" to Cooper Kirby Ragan from "Uncle Pete" (Adolphus Ragan) for "Three hundred and sixty-five Happy Days", 1913
Correspondence from John Henry Kirby to Cooper K. Ragan regarding Kirby Petroleum Company, 1935
Correspondence among George W. Armstrong, Cooper K. Ragan, and Lelia (Mrs. John H.) Kirby regarding payment of taxes on Kirby homestead, establishment of John Henry Kirby Memorial Association, other activities of George W. Armstrong, 1946-1951
[Includes 1949 clippings pertaining to George W. Armstrong that may have been enclosed with correspondence.]
Phebe Cooper (wife of United States Congressman Samuel Bronson Cooper) to John Henry Kirby, regarding life in Washington, D.C., March 7, 1900
Clinton Powell to John Henry Kirby regarding sale of unidentified land, September 14, 1917

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Clippings, 1951-1953, 1970, 1988
0.05 cubic ft.

John Henry Kirby owned entities that were involved in oil and gas production. Cooper K. Ragan served as general counsel of Kirby Petroleum Company. The relationship between John Connally and Kirby or Kirby-owned entities is unknown. This series consists of newspaper clippings on various subjects. Notable items include 1950s clippings pertaining to oil drilling operations in Polk and San Jacinto Counties by various companies. Materials consist of originals and photocopies and date 1951-1953, 1970, and 1988.
Arrangement
Materials are arranged in chronological order.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Clippings, John Henry Kirby papers, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
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2016.043-3 Clippings from unidentified newspapers, 1951-1953
Pertaining to oil drilling operations in Polk and San Jacinto Counties by various oil companies.
"An Object Lesson in Collecting…," Houston Chronicle, October 4, 1970
Pertaining to Cooper K. Ragan and his book collection.
"Closing Connally Auction Ups Total to $2.7 Million," Houston Chronicle, January 27, 1988
Pertaining to the auction of former Texas Governor John Connally's personal belongings.

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Maps, 1898-1956, undated
0.54 cubic ft.

This series consists of plats and maps of land in Texas, primarily southeast Texas, several of which indicate tracts owned by Kirby entities, including Kirby Lumber Company and Kirby Petroleum Company, and other entities. Notable items include an 1898 Texas General Land Office land grant map of Newton County showing acreage owned by several Kirby entities in various land surveys; a 1933 map of Polk County indicating tracts owned by Kirby Lumber Company and another lumber company; and plats in Chambers County showing oil and gas production in those areas in the 1950s. Material dates from 1898-1956 and undated.
Arrangement
Materials are arranged by size and are otherwise in no particular order. Oversize items are arranged separately in this series.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Maps, John Henry Kirby papers, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
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2016.043-3 Plat Showing Location 160 Acres and Also Boundaries 100 Yds from Houses, September 1936
[[1 plat (map)]]
[Hand-drawn. Specific location is unidentified but is probably land owned by John Henry Kirby, possibly in Peach Tree Village; shows areas of timber and location of "Negro School."]
200 Acres Land Surveyed Out of Gavino Araujo Grant, Tyler County; 640 Acres Land Out [of] Araujo Grant in Tyler Co. Texas, March 1936
[[2 plats (maps)]]
[Includes cover letter from surveyor, C.D. Oliphant, with information about timber on the 200 acres.]
Land ownership maps in Chambers County, Texas, showing oil and gas production, 1950s
[[9 plats (maps)]]
[Some plats include brief reports on oil and gas production in the areas shown.]
South Cotton Lake Area, Chambers County, Texas, undated
[[1 plat (map)]]
Benjamin Winfree, Solomon Borrow (Barrow), James Grant, A.B.J. Winfree (portion), J.L. Hill, J. Townsend, R.A. West Leagues, Chambers County, Texas, undated
[[1 plat (map)]]
General Land Office map of Chambers County, Texas, undated
[[1 map (document)]]
[Reproduction.]
Lease and Ownership Map of Part of Chambers Co., Texas, undated
[[1 map (document)]]
Advertisement for land and leases coming on the market (submerged oil and gas areas) - Chambers and Jackson Counties, undated
[[1 map (document)]]
Ownership map of the eastern portion of Newton County, Texas, and western Louisiana, and the Sabine River, undated
[[1 plat (map)]]
Map-drawer
34 Map Showing All Sales as Made by Gladys City Oil, Gas & Manufacturing Company, Subdivisions of the John A. Veatch Survey (Jefferson County), 1926,
[1 plat (map)]
Map of Newton County, General Land Office, Austin, Texas, May 16, 1898,
[1 plat (map)]
[Shows acreage owned by John Henry Kirby, Kirby Lumber Company, and Houston Oil Company.]
Polk County, Texas, April 1933,
[1 plat (map)]
[Note: Top half of map is missing.]
[Shows tracts owned by Kirby Lumber Company and S.W. Lbr. Co. of N.J.]
(Kirby Oil & Gas Company Old River Lands) Barbers Hill, Chambers and Liberty Counties, February 1956,
[1 plat (map)]
Map Showing Kirby Petroleum Co.'s "Old River Land," Liberty and Chambers Counties, Texas, 1934-1935,
[1 plat (map)]
Map-drawer
75 Frost Thorn Estate on Araujo Grant in Tyler County, Texas, undated,
[1 plat (map)]
Map of Texas Compiled from Surveys Recorded in the Land Office of Texas, originally published by John Arrowsmith, Soho Square, London, undated,
[1 map (document)]
[Reproduction. Original published in 1841.]
East Texas-Oklahoma with New Mexico-West Texas, Texaco touring map, Rand McNally & Co., 1944,
[1 map (document)]
Portion of Tyler County, May 1924,
[1 plat (map)]
[Plat shows Gavino Araujo, David Millhome, Isaac Conway, Thomas Williams, A.J. Eaves, and L. Castillion Grants.]
Tracts 23-B and 24, T. & N.O.R.R. Section 1 & Dan Jergins Survey, Chambers County, Texas, November 1934,
[1 plat (map)]

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