Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Howard Family:

An Inventory of Their Papers, 1919-1978 and undated, in the Southwest Collection, Special Collections Libraries

Descriptive Summary

Creator Howard family
Title: Howard Family Papers,
Dates: 1919-1978 and undated
Abstract: Papers relating to Amos Howard's tenure as Postmaster of Lubbock County, Texas, his business interests, and the interests of other family members.
Collection # S 1622.1
Quantity: 6 boxes (6 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Amos Howard was born in Tennessee May 13, 1895. He moved to Lubbock after discharge from the U.S. Army in 1919. He married Una May Coleman in 1923. Amos Jr. was born on November 19, 1924. The Howards also had a daughter, Elizabeth. Amos had a farm near Lubbock and interests in several oil leases scattered throughout the region. He owned Security Abstract and Title from the 1920's until he sold it to Amos, Jr. in the 1950's. Amos was appointed Postmaster of Lubbock County in May of 1935 and served until 1965. Prior to becoming Postmaster, he was County Clerk. The family lived at 2309 17th Street.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of official Postmaster correspondence between Postmaster Howard and Senator George H. Mahon from 1935-1965. News clippings from his tenure as Postmaster and office files from Amos Howard's other business interests are included as well. Extensive bank statements and cancelled checks of Howard family accounts also represent a large portion of this collection. Amos' personal materials include only his Army discharge papers.

Amos Jr. is represented by high school papers, flight logs and diaries. The diaries are nearly complete, with an entry for nearly every day from 1937 to 1945. The school papers, dated and undated are extensive. Flight logs and study materials, some dated, some undated, document his interest in flying and his progress as a pilot.

Una May and Elizabeth have relatively few materials. Una May's portion of the collection is a scrapbook, two items of clothing and some bank statements. Elizabeth's portion is a scrapbook and a few pieces of personal correspondence.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

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)
Howard family
Howard, Amos H., 1895-
Howard, Amos H., 1895- --Correspondence
Howard, Amos, 1924-
Howard, Amos, 1924- --Diaries
Howard, Elizabeth
Howard, Una May
Mahon, George Herman, 1900-1985--Correspondence

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • George Herman Mahon Oral History Interview [sound recording], 1980
  • George Herman Mahon Papers, 1887-1985 and undated
  • South Plains Postmasters Reference File
  • Amos H. Howard Photograph Collection, SWCPC 768

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Howard Family Papers, 1919-1978 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gift, 1999

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, December 2002

Collection Inventory


Amos H. Howard, 1918-1975 and undated

box folder
1 1 Personal, 1927 to 1974
2 Postmaster, undated
3 Postmaster, 1935 to 1939
4 Postmaster, 1940 to 1945
5 Postmaster, 1946 to 1949
6 Postmaster, 1950 to 1959
7 Postmaster, 1960 to 1965
Financial Materials
box folder
1 8 Bank Statements, American State Bank, 1973-1975
9 Bank Statements, Citizens National Bank, 1924, 1941-1949
box folder
2 1 Bank Statements, Citizens National Bank, 1950-1959, 1973
2 Bank Statements, Citizens National Bank, Misc Materials, 1941-1959
3 Bank Statements, First State Bank Abernathy, 1940-1976
4 Bank Statements, Lubbock National Bank, 1937-1938
5 Bank Statements, Muleshoe State Bank
6 Bank Statements, Texas Commerce Bank
box folder
3 1 Income Tax Returns, 1938-1943
2 Miscellaneous Materials
3 Postmaster Salary documents, 1954-1963
4 Tax Receipts, 1937-1954
Legal Materials
box folder
3 5 Deed, 1931
6 Election Records, 1934
7 Insurance Policies, Auto, 1948-1975
8 Insurance Policies, Home, 1949-1975
9 Insurance Policies, Life, 1940-1965
10 Insurance Policy, Business, 1948
11 Oil Interests, 1935-1964
12 Pins, undated
13 News Clippings, 1945-1974 and undated
Office Files
box folder
3 14 Farm, 1939-1973
15 Postmaster, undated
16 Postmaster, 1937-1964
box folder
4 1 Security Abstract and Title, 1929-1950
2 Military Record, 1919


Una May Howard, 1919-1978 and undated

box folder
4 3 Gloves and Scarf, undated
Financial Materials
box folder
4 4 Bank Statements, Citizens National Bank, 1956-1958
5 Ledger Book, 1956
box folder
4 6 Postcards, undated
7 Travel Brochures, undated
8 School Paper, 1919
9 Book, 1978


Amos H. Howard, Jr., 1936-1945 and undated

box folder
4 10 Bank Statements, Citizens National Bank, 1948-1949
11 Miscellaneous Memorabilia, undated
12 News Clippings 1938-1945
Personal Materials
box folder
5 1 Diaries, 1937-1945
2 Flight Logs and Study Materials, 1936-1944 and undated
3 Military Paper, 1945
4 School Equipment, protractor and compass, undated
5 School Papers, 1940-1943 and undated
6 School Papers, 1940-1943 and undated
7 School Papers, 1940-1943 and undated
8 School Papers, 1940-1943 and undated
9 School Papers, 1940-1943 and undated
10 School Papers, 1940-1943 and undated


Elizabeth Howard, undated

box folder
5 11 Personal Correspondence, undated
12 Personal Materials, undated


Miscellaneous Items, undated

box folder
6 1 Meritorious Service Award Plaque to Amos Howard, 1964
2 Una May Howard's Scrapbook on Sans Souci, 1933-1944
3 Elizabeth Howard's Scrapbook, 1940-1944
4 Miscellaneous Memorabilia Items, 1928-1965