University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the E. Virginia Barnett Postcards Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator Barnett, E. Virginia
Collection Title E. Virginia Barnett Postcards Collection
Identification 1978-001
Physical Description 0.50 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries
M.D. Anderson Library, 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX, 77204-2000, URL:, Phone: 713-743-9750

Biographical Information:

E. Virginia Barnett served as executive director of the University of Houston Foundation until 1987. The University of Houston Foundation raises funds for and promotes the university.  There is an UH undergraduate scholarship in her name.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains eighty-eight vintage postcards collected by E. Virginia Barnett.  The collection includes materials from Arkansas, California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, Oregon, Washington and Washington D.C.  Some items are booklets containing several views of a particular event or locale.  The collection is organized by state, and then further subdivided by city.


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, obtaining permission to publish from 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.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Geographic Name:
United States -- Description and travel
United States -- History
United States -- Pictorial works

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

E. Virginia Barnett Postcards Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Detailed List of Contents


Hot Springs
Box Item
1 1 Hot Springs National Park undated
Iron Spring in the "Gorge"
2 Hot Springs National Park undated
Mirror Lake in "The Gorge"


Box Item
1 3 Palomar Observatory undated
4 Palomar Observatory, Palomar Mountain undated
San Francisco
Box Item
1 5 Folding Postcard Views of the "Jewel City" 1915
Panama-Pacific International Exposition


Box Item
1 6 Statue of Abraham Lincoln undated
by Andrew O'Connor

New Jersey

Atlantic City
Box Item
1 7 Absecon Lighthouse copyright 1900
8 Bathers Early in the Morning undated
9 Boardwalk Scene undated
10 Crowded Boardwalk undated
11 Marlborough-Blenheim undated
12 Sand Artist's Work undated
13 Shelburn Hotel, At Night undated

New York

New York City
Box Item
1 14 Aquarium and New York Harbor undated
15 Brooklyn Bridge, the Cables undated
16 City Investing Building undated
17 Ellis Island undated
18 Hotel Astor undated
19 Hudson River Tunnel Curve undated
20 Madison Square undated
21 Madison Square Garden undated
22 Metropolitan Life Insurance Building undated
23 Saint Paul's Chapel undated
24 Singer Building and Tower undated
25 Trinity Building and Broadway undated


Box Item
1 25 Aerial View of Austin, Texas undated
Looking North West, Courthouse in Front of the Capitol
26 Engineering Building undated
Box Item
1 28 In the Surf, Showing Murdoch's Bath House, Seawall and Boulevard undated
Box Item
1 29 Auditorium undated
30 Old Bell Captured from the Gun Boat, "Harriet Lane' in City Park undated
31 First National Bank Building undated
32 Hirsch Apartments undated
33 Ivanhoe Apartments undated
San Antonio
Box Item
1 34 City Hall undated
Box Item
1 35 Cotton Bell Hospital undated
36 Cotton Compress undated
37 Spring Lake Park undated
Spring Lake
Witchita Falls
Box Item
1 38 Woman's Forum undated


Box Item
1 39 Curtis-Lee Mansion undated


Box Item
1 40 City Hall undated
41 Buffalo in City Park undated
42 Statue of the "Coming of the White Men" in City Park undated
43 Freight Yards and Union Depot undated
44 Hotel Multnomah signed 1920
45 North Bank Railway Bridge undated
(two miles long,) crossing the Columbia River from Vancouver, Washington, to Portland, Oregon.
46 Oregonian Building approximately 1910
47 Portland Heights undated
48 Portland Hotel undated


Box Item
1 49 Capitol Hill and Holy Names Academy undated
50 First Avenue undated
51 High School undated
52 How they cut down hills in Seattle, Washington undated
53 Intersection of Union Street and Third Avenue undated
showing Federal Building
54 King County Court House undated
55 Oregon-Washington and King Street Stations undated
56 Public Library undated
57 Public Market undated
58 Public Market, at Pike Place postmarked 1915
59 Second Avenue Looking South undated
60 Third Avenue undated
Box Item
1 61 Hayden Lake, Near Spokane undated
62 Monroe Street Bridge and Falls undated
63 Mount Carleton from Spokane, Washington undated
64 North Channel, Upper Falls postmarked 1912
65 Riverside Avenue approximately 1913
66 Bird's Eye View of Spokane, Washington postmarked 1905
Box Item
1 67 Buffaloes at Point Defiance Park, tacoma, Washington postmarked 1907
Buffalo Calf in Center Four Months Old
68 Cutting a Giant Fir Tree Near Tacoma, Wash. postmarked 1907
69 High School postmarked 1907
70 Loggers on Puget Sound postmarked 1917
71 Logging Train, Forests of Washington postmarked 1907
72 Pacific Avenue undated

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.
Box Item
1 73 Corcoran Art Gallery undated
74 Executive Mansion, East Room undated
75 House of Representatives Office Building undated
76 Lafayette Statue undated
77 Library of Congress undated
78 Reading Room, Congressional Library undated
79 Municipal or District Building undated
80 New National Museum undated
81 Post Office undated
82 Thomas Circle undated
83 Union Station undated
84 Waiting Room, Union Station undated
85 U.S. Government Printing Office undated
86 Washington Monument undated
87 White House undated
88 New Entrance to the White House copyright 1907
Showing the new addition.
89 White House undated
View of new entrance showing the new addition. There is an esplanade in the foreground. Photograph.