Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Temple Houston Morrow:

An Inventory of the Sam Houston Family Papers, 1836-1969 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Houston, Samuel, 1793-1863.
Title: Temple Houston Morrow: Sam Houston Family Papers,
Dates: 1836-1969 and undated
Abstract: The collection consists of letters and other documents from the Samuel Houston family.
Collection # S727.1
Quantity: small box (0.2 linear feet)1
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Temple Houston Morrow, longtime president of Traders and General Insurance Company of Dallas, Texas, was the son of Nancy Elizabeth Houston Morrow and a grandson of Samuel and Margaret Lea Houston. He and his wife moved to Lubbock, Texas, in 1945 following his retirement. Samuel Houston is one of Texas’ most prominent historical figures. His efforts to free Texas from the Mexican government are remembered in the historic battles sites, which live on to this day in Texas history.

Scope and Contents

These materials, which were collected by the Honorable Temple Houston Morrow, grandson of Samuel and Margaret Lea Houston, reveal the life of the Sam Houston Family through letters, which were composed principally by Mrs. Houston; and through assorted documents and receipts, which recorded some of the business transactions of the family during that era. The Sam Houston’s correspondence are from the period when he served Texas as a United States Senator and as Governor of the state. It also includes some letters written by Sam Houston, Jr., when he served with a confederate artillery battery in Louisiana.

The entirety of this collection has been digitized in its entirety, and its contents can be viewed among The Southwest Collection's digital collections.


The collection is organized into the following series:
Sam Houston
Mrs. Sam Houston
Sam Houston, Jr.
Houston Family Manuscripts


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

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Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by either the archives or the creators and authors of items in this collection, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

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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)
Houston, Samuel, 1793-1863.
Houston, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1894.
Houston, Margaret Moffette Lea, 1819-1867.
Morrow, Temple Houston.
Houston family--Correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Temple Houston Morrow: Sam Houston Family Papers, 1836-1969 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gift, 1965

Processed by

A. Ramirez, 2004

Collection Inventory

Houston Family

1 Correspondence: Miscellaneous Letters, 1870-1935 and undated
2 Printed Material: News clipping and flyer, 1898-1939
3 Photographs: Portrait and Town Scenes, undated
4 Oversized Materials: Correspondence and News clippings, 1836-1939

Houston, Sam

5 Correspondence: Letters to Houston, 1842-1862
6 Correspondence: Letters to Houston, 1846-1863
7 Correspondence: Letters from Houston, 1836-1860
8 Financial Documents: Bills and Receipts, 1853-1862
9 Literary Production: Short Biography, 1861 and undated
10 Printed Material: Newspaper items, 1857

Houston, Mrs. Sam

11 Correspondence: Letter from William Alexander, 1866
12 Correspondence: Letters to Mrs. N. Lea (1862) and to Sam Houston, Jr., 1859-1864
13 Literary Production: Poems, 1839-1856
14 Miscellaneous: Correspondence from Temple Houston Morrow and Clifford B. Jones, 1866-1969

Houston, Sam, Jr.

15 Correspondence: Letters to Mother, 1859-1867
16 Correspondence: Letters from Rillie H. Eddy, 1862
17 Literary Production: Poems, 1863-1865