University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Marcella Perry Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator Collector Perry, Marcella
Collection Title Marcella Perry Papers
Dates 1945-1989
Identification 02/2014-011
Physical Description 5.00 linear feet
Language of Materials English, Norwegian
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

Marcella Ellen (née Donovan) Perry was born to James and Ellen Donovan in the Houston Heights in 1908. Her father, James, was the city attorney for the Heights prior to Houston's annexing of the city in 1918. In 1950, Marcella was appointed to the board of directors of Reagan State Bank in Houston, but prior to that, she was a noted dancer. In 1922, she graduated from Heights High School and debuted in New York at Greenwich Village Follies. Marcella married Glenn A. Perry in 1930 and established a dancing studio in Houston where she taught various forms of dance to children and young adults.

In 1973, Marcella was appointed by Houston city council to serve as the city's first female commissioner of the Port of Houston Authority. In that same year, Marcella was president of Heights Savings Association; board chairman of First Pasadena State Bank, and Almeda-Genoa Bank; director of Reagan State Bank. She also served on the board of regents for Texas Woman's University and was politically active for much of her life. Marcella was also an active member of the American Bank Women's Association and the American Revolution Bi-Centennial Commission for Texas. In 1999, Marcella passed away from natural causes.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to Marcella Perry's work as a banker and politician between 1945 and 1985. The contents are broken up into two series: News, Events, and Correspondence; and Photos, Scanned Documents, and Scrapbooks. The sequencing is chronological and maintains the original structure created by Marcella and her family as closely as possible.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for Research

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Digital archival materials can be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room. Contact curator Vince Lee ( for more information.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Port of Houston Authority
Genre/Form of Material:
Clippings (information artifacts)
Personal Name:
Perry, Marcella
Topical Term:
Bankers -- Texas -- Houston
Businesswomen -- Texas -- Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Marcella Perry Papers. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Detailed List of Contents

News, Events, and Correspondence

Scope and Contents
This series contains news clippings, correspondence, and event invitations related to Marcella Perry's work as a bank executive and port commissioner. Digital archival materials can be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room. Contact curator Vince Lee ( for more information.
Box Folder
1 1 1956-1962
2 1963-1965
3 1965
4 1966-1968
5 1969
6-7 1970
8 1971
9-10 1972
11-12 1973
13-14 1974
Box Folder
2 1-3 1975
4-5 1976
6-7 1977
8-9 1978
10 1979
11 1980
12 1980-1981
13 1982-1985
14 undated
15 February 25th, 1979, MDP Bnai Speech: Audio CDs [digital]
OVS_Box Item
3 1 "The Royal Caribbean: Puerto Rico" passenger guide 1974
2 "The Royal Caribbean: Virgin Islands" passenger guide 1974
3 Richard Nixon commemorative inauguration poster 1972
4 Houston City Magazine September 1982
5 "The Spotlight: Who decides what civic art should—or should not—adorn the city?", Houston Chronicle February 1975
6 "Houston Grand Opera: Let Us Entertain You," Texas Magazine October 1975
7 Copy of American Declaration of Independence signed by Houston companies July 1975
8 "Marge Crumbaker," The Houston Post June 1974
9 "Heights banquet honors Mrs. Perry," The Leader April 1974
10 "Property values rising in Heights: Heights in motion," The Leader April 1974
11 "There's Little Chance You'll Be Allowed to Forget This Birthday," Houston Chronicle July 1977
12 "Business Spotlight: Heights Savings Association," Herald Voice May 1974
13 "Who Has Time to Save: How to Accomplish More by Working Under Hair Dryer or Conking Out in Car," Houston Chronicle July 1974
14 "Heights Savings Association" ad, The Hempstead-Waller News February 1974
15 "New Look For Houston Heights On 1974 Horizon," The Leader December 1973
16 "City offers no help: 1200 seedlings planted in Heights," The Leader March 1974
17 "Welch will speak at Heights Assoc. banquet in April," The Leader March 1974
18 "Heights Savings Association Opening At Klein," The News August 1974
19 "Membership in Heights Assoc. tops 100 mark," The Leader February 1974
20 "Timbergrove Manor Civic Club General Meeting—March 5th," The Timbergram March 1974
21 "Signing in," The Woodlands Sun August 1974
22 "Savings Official Projects Brighter Economic Future," The Woodlands Sun November 1974
23 "WIC Brunch to Recall Glamour of '30s Stars" undated
24 "Officials pledge help in renewal of Heights," The Leader January 1974
25 "Profits called secondary in restoration of Heights," Houston Business Journal August 1974
26 Framed photo of Ben Barnes and Marcella Perry 1969
27 "Texas Bank Goes to the ABA Convention," Tex Sez September 1965
28 "Women Bankers Here for Session," The Austin American undated
29 "Bank Building in Heart of Pasadena Expected to Run at Least 10 Stories," Houston Chronicle September 1960
30 "Moving Day Comes Saturday as Bank Merger Gets Final Approval: Combined Bank Opens Monday," Pasadena Daily Citizen December 1960
31 "Heights Savings Assn. To Open New Home," The Leader June 1962
32 "Listen, My Son" poem undated
33 "The Heights In the Heart," The Houston Post February 1967
34 "We're Glad You Moved to Pasadena Texas' 14th Largest City: This is Pasadena," The News Citizen August 1969
35 Marcella Perry's certificate of appointment to the Small Business Administration January 1969
36 Marcella Perry's certificate of appointment to the Speaker's Advisory Committee of Texas October 1971
37 North Harris County News clippings October 1970
38 "Avalanche of shuttle study...NASA angered," Houston Post May 1970
39 "Female Banker Stays Busy," Houston Chronicle September 1970
40 Marcella Perry's certificate of appointment to the Texas Woman's University board of regents May 1971
41 "Obligations Faced By Bank Directors," The Tulsa Tribune May 1972
42 "Women's Progress Held Tied to Men's Rules," American Banker May 1972
43 "Secretaries: And how they feel about working for a woman boss," Houston Post April 1972
44 "Heights Savings Waller Branch Passes 2 Million," The Hempstead-Waller News April 1972
45 "Bank Management Should Consider the Auditor an Essential Control Factor," American Banker September 1972
46 "Two-party system...", Houston Post September 1972
47 "On the Boulevard," Houston Chronicle June 1972
48 "The Heights: Memories Are Made of This," Houston Chronicle April 1971
49 "John A. Guinn: He Came And Stayed: Beginning 22nd Year As President of Texas Woman's University," The Denton Record-Chronicle August 1971
50 "Marcella Perry enjoys prestige of banking post," The Houston Post October 1969
51 Souvenir Edition Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of First Pasadena State Bank July 1969
52 "Additional Federal Aid Now Being Given Cities," The News Citizen October 1969
53 "Pasadena is Proud of The World’s Largest Motor Bank!", The News Citizen October 1969
54 "Motor Bank Opening Is Saturday, 8:45," The News Citizen October 1969
55 "Mrs. Perry Gets Civic Award," The Leader March 1967
56 "Lower Bond Interest Rate Hoped For," The Daily Citizen August 1960
57 Invitation to First Pasadena State Bank's Grand Opening May 1969
58 "The Heights Is Sprucing Up for a Celebration," The Houston Chronicle September 1975
59 "G.W. Hawkins Day in Heights," Houston Chronicle September 1975
60 "Her Guideline: 'Just Raise The Money, Marcella'," Houston Chronicle December 1975
61 "Heights fete honors city founder, auto," Houston Post September 1975
62 "$9 million needed for parks projects," Houston Post December 1975
63 "The Spotlight" column, Houston Chronicle July 1975
64 "Port plenty big, plenty busy likely to near record in '75", The Houston Post January 1975
65 Deer Park Progress clipping May 1975
66 "Dallas Center ceremonies dedicate major addition," The Daily Lass-O November 1975
67 "Reagan Bank celebrating its silver anniversary," The Leader May 1975
68 "Marcella lends French flair to charity affair," Houston Chronicle January 1983
69 "Super Texans," The Houston Post March 1983
70 "Donovan Park dedicated in Heights," The Leader April 1984
71 "Denton’s Young Lady Flexing Her Muscles," Record-Chronicle December 1973
72 "War Ends as Japan Bows to Surrender Demands: Cease Fire Call Issued: MacArthur to Take Foe's Capitulation," Houston Post August 1945
73 "These Are Pasadena State Bank Officers," The Pasadena Eagle July 1954

Scanned documents, photos, and scrapbooks

Scope and Contents
This series contains scrapbooks, photo sheets, and items from the folders Marcella's family labeled "Scanned Documents."
Scanned Documents
Box Folder
4 1 1960-1961
2 1962-1963
3 1964
4 1966
5 1967
6 1968
Box Folder
4 7 1981
8-10 undated
Box Folder
4 11 1980s Scrapbook Pages 1980-1989
12 1970s Scrapbook Pages 1970-1974
OVS_Box Item
5 1 Scrapbook 1975
2 National Conference of Christians and Jews 29th Annual Brotherhood Awards Dinner March 1977
3 Scrapbook 1974