Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

W. P. Soash Land Company:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1907-1918, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator W. P. Soash Land Company
Title: W. P. Soash Land Company Records,
Dates: 1907-1918
Abstract: The collection consists of three bound record books related to the W. P. Soash Land Company.
Collection # S 943.1
Quantity: 3 ledgers (0.3 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Founded by William Pulver Soash in 1905, the W.P. Soash Land Company sold land tracts in the Texas Panhandle, and the land developer and colonizer used excursion trains to promote lands which were available through his company. A company magazine entitled The Golden West was used to advertise and create an interest in the areas being opened. The magazine also included social, economic, and political discussions. In 1912, Soash was forced to close the land company due to three years of drought in the Texas Panhandle region.

The Handbook of Texas has published a more in-depth online biography of William Pulver Soash at http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/search.html


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of three bound record books related to the W.P. Soash Land Company, of which two volumes are entitled " Record of Land Sales, W.P. Soash Land Company,"; while the other is marked as "Note Register, W.P. Soash Land Company Waterloo, Iowa." These records contain notations concerning the purchase and sale of lands, buyers and sellers, costs, and location and size of lands. The material deals primarily with the land company, but records pertaining to the Florida Fertile Lands Company are also included.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Because not all collections materials have been digitized, please contact the Reference Archivist at least 10 days prior to arrival in order to coordinate digitization. Though we can digitize much of our holdings within two weeks, some media may be fragile and require specialized digitization outsourcing, which can take up to three months for completion.


Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Soash, W. P. (William Pulver), 1877-1961.
Subjects (Organizations)
W. P. Soash Land Company.
W. P. Soash Land Company--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Agriculture--Texas, West--History.
Depressions--1929.
Land companies--Texas--History--Sources.
Land settlement--Texas--Littlefield--History--Sources.
Land settlement--Texas, West.
Ranches--Texas, West.
Ranching--Texas, West.
Real estate business--Texas, West.
Real estate development--Texas, West.

Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:
  • David B. Gracy Papers, 1966-1968
  • R. L. Slaughter Papers, 1892-1969
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Oral History Collection:
  • Lee Cooper oral history interview [sound recording], 1970
  • Jimmy DeLoach oral history interview [sound recording], 1969
  • Owen McWhorter oral history interview [sound recording], 1976
  • Hanley Wasson oral history interview [sound recording], 1959
  • Many more oral histories may be found among our oral history abstracts as well as among our oral history transcripts.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W. P. Soash Land Company Records, 1907-1918, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
n/a

Gift, 1962

Processing Information

Processed by: Abel Ramirez, August 2000


Bibliography

Seymour V. Connor, ed. Builders of the Southwest. Lubbock: Southwest Collection, Texas Technological College, 1959.


Collection Inventory

Financial Materials

Item
Ledger #1 Note Register Book, 1907-1911
Item
Ledger #2 Record of Land Sales, 1909
Item
Ledger #3 Record of Land Sales, 1909-1918