University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Louise Horton Papers, 1936-1995



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Horton, Louise, 1916-
Title: Louise Horton papers
Dates: 1936-1995
Abstract: The Louise Horton Papers, 1936-1995, contain journals and memoirs, correspondence, maps and nautical charts, news clippings, photographs, working notebooks, and drafts of manuscripts, which document the published and unpublished works of Louise Horton and her professional and personal relationships.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01982
Extent: 6.9 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

A historian and author, Louise Horton (1916-2005) was born Louise Charlotte Walthall in Granbury, Texas. In 1938, she married Claude Wendell Horton (1915-2002), a professor of physics at the University of Texas at Austin, and the couple had two children, physicist C. Wendell Horton and Margaret Horton Morefield. Louise Horton graduated with a B. A. degree from Rice University in 1938. While living in Austin, she worked as an archivist at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and published numerous research articles and book reviews on Texas and southern history. Her publications include Samuel Bell Maxey: A Biography (1974), In the Hills of Pennyroyal: A History of Allen County, Kentucky, from 1815 to 1880 (1975), and Houston: A Novel (1982).


Scope and Contents

The Louise Horton Papers, 1936-1995, contain journals and memoirs, correspondence, maps and nautical charts, news clippings, photographs, working notebooks, and drafts of manuscripts, which document the published and unpublished works of Louise Horton and her professional and personal relationships. Drafts, notebooks, and correspondence with potential publishers illustrate the research, writing, and publishing processes for Horton's novels Houston, The Siblings, and The Second Is Like It, also called The Autobiography of Charlotte Collingtree; short stories and articles, such as "The Mystery of the Attic Door" and "A Girl of the Sixties," and numerous biographies and histories, like Samuel Bell Maxey: A Biography and In the Hills of Pennyroyal. Furthermore, the papers include reviews, book orders, rights and permissions for quoting, contracts and royalty statements, and source material for Horton's books and articles.

The papers also contain Horton's journals and memoirs, 1967-1988, and correspondence addressed to Louise Horton from Claude W. Horton, C. Wendell Horton, Margaret Horton Morefield, several Episcopalian nuns, Iris Murdoch, and Dorothy Walthall Hill, among others. Photographs and photo albums depict the Horton family, their homes, and areas where they resided. Maps and nautical charts represent the Gulf Coast, Galveston Bay, the city of Houston, and other areas in Texas.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; contact repository for more information.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Horton, C. W. (Claude Wendell), 1915-
Horton, Louise, 1916-
Maxey, S. B. (Samuel Bell), 1825-1895
Murdoch, Iris
Family Names
Horton (Family)
Walthall (Family)
Corporate Names
University of Texas Press.
White Cross Press
Subjects
Women authors
Women historians
Places
Austin
Houston
Texas
United States

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Louise Horton Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1988-356; 1993-093; 1996-055

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Subsequent revisions were made by Caroline Collins, March 2021.


OCLC Number

707938688


Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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3L1 [SRH1230017884] General Samuel Bell Maxey, CSA: A Military Biography, Louise Horton made a gift of the manuscript to Dr. Thomas Cutrer, undated
Samuel Bell Maxey article for the Handbook of Texas , undated
Correspondence, General Samuel Bell Maxey, CSA: A Military Biography , undated
Moonwalk article, Austin American Statesman; Naval Defense Lab picnic photograph, July 21, 1969
Printed material, ranching, gardening at Rocking H, undated
Ranch book, undated
Library of Congress cataloging cards for some of the books written by Louise Horton, undated
Draft of "The Second is Like it" with a new title, "Charlotte Collingtree", 1979-1980
Draft and retitled "The Autobiography of CC", and a sample of writing with new title Texas sent to Galileo Press, Baltimore; two appraisals by Louise Horton of the final manuscript and its questionable value, 1982, 1987
Short stories, articles by Louise Horton, mostly unpublished, undated
Second draft of "Charlotte Collingtree", 1980
Drafts of portions of the novel "The Second is Like it", 1974-1978
First draft of "The Second is Like it", a novel later named "The Autobiography of Charlotte Collingtree", finished novel never published, 1969-1972
The original final draft of "The Autobiography of Charlotte Collingtree: A Novella" by Louise Horton, undated
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3L2 [SRH1230017885] "Chronicles of Some Anglo-Saxons: A Family History," by Louise Horton, 1974
Claude letters to Lou, undated
Letters, Claude, undated
Letters from Claude, 1940-1965
Letters from Claude, 1936-1984
Margaret Horton Morefield letters to Louise Horton and C. W. Horton, her parents, 1946-1982
C. W. Horton, Jr. letters to Louise Horton and C. W. Horton, his parents, 1956-1981
Brochure, Graduate Studies in Physics, UT Austin, 1981-1989
Darling AC and UR death and memorium, undated
John Henry and Lanie Walthall (Louise Horton's grandparents) divorce papers, undated
Aunt Sarah Bryant Bird ("my mother's sister" - the sister of Louise Horton's mother?), undated
Book reviews on Maxey biography, UT Press, 1974
Material for Houston: A Novel, by Louise Horton, White Cross Press
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3L2 [SRH1230017885] Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, The National Library of Wales, 1907-1957 , undated
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, The National Library of Wales, 1979 , undated
Wales: Hotels, Motels, Inns, and Guest Houses, published by the Wales Tourist Board, 1978
Finn's Earl Wharton residence in Shadyside, undated
Houston, uncut, White Cross Press, 1982
Houston, congratulatory letters, 1982
Architecture, novel II, drawings, undated
Texas, Houston, heat and sky, undated
Wheeler, i.e. Follis November 2, Mexican art and oil; correspondence with Shauna Thompson concerning Shadyside, 1980-1982
More Hejduk architecture in Texas; architecture, art, and antique newsclippings, 1963, 1979-1980
Capital Printing and White Cross Press, corrections and changes for the manuscript Houston , undated
Stephen Fox, Fondren Library, UT Architecture library, 1980
Music and dance, novel II, undated
Rights and permissions for the novel Houston , undated
Death and dying, novel II, undated
John Hejduk, 1975, 1979-1981
216 Avondale, Houston, Texas, 1979-1980
Personalities, Walter Mischer and Hadley Fischer, 1979-1981
Pennyroyal reviews, 1975-1977
Old rewrites of The Siblings: A Novel , 1986-1987
The Siblings: A Novel, by Louise Horton, revision, 1986
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3L3 [SRH1230017886] Partial copies of The Siblings: A Novel, parts and copies of a second copy, August 9, 1986
Old revisions of The Siblings , 1985-1986
Correspondence, publishers, 1988
A version of The Siblings: A Novel, by Louise Horton, November 1986
Letters from Iris Murdoch to Louise, 1985-1988
Correspondence with Robert Jones, Harper and Row, New York, 1988
UT Press, Barbara Spielman, 1986-1988
Molly Friedrich, Aaron Priest Literary Agency, New York, 1988
"Minimalism in the fiction of Laura Furman," essay, 1987
Furman vitals, 1986-1987
Timing, details of plot and character for The Siblings in early writing stages, also L. Furman notes, 1984-1986
Letters, The Siblings , 1983-1984
Sister Mary Clare, Convent of the Holy Trinity, 1984-1986
Dorothy Walthall Hill, 1986
Contemporary Argentine artists, 1987
Places I've sent Houston , 1984
First 201 pages of The Siblings , undated
Time schedule for The Siblings , 1986
Parnell and Andrew: A Novel, by Louise Horton, undated
William Goyen letters to Louise Horton; rejection letters from New York publishers; letter from Daniel Menaker; letters from Aaron Priest and Molly Friedrich, 1978-1981
"Chronicles of Some Anglo-Saxons: A Family History," by Louise Horton, 1974
UT Press contract, royalty statements and letters from Frank Vandiver and Frank Wardlaw concerning Maxey: A Biography , undated
Grades: junior high, high school, Rice University; miscellaneous mementos of Louise Horton, 1938-1973
Reviews of Houston , 1982-1984
Henry James, 1987
Andrew, 1987
Parnell Thacker, 1984
Cynthia and museum, 1984
Uncle Drury, 1985
Elvira Lightfoot, 1984
The Siblings, newsclippings, 1978-1985
Mike Jarratt, 1961, 1984
Arabs, 1978-1984
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3L4 [SRH1230017887] The Siblings, research Bayshore, 1982-1984
Novel III, 1982-1984
Rufus Smith, 1984
"Solitude and Silence," John F. Teahan, miscellaneous clippings, undated
Novel III, Houston background material, 1983-1985
Letters from Priscilla Gardner to Louise Horton, Xeroxes of articles on John Gardner, 1982-1984
Miscellaneous portions of The Siblings , undated
Rosenberg Library letters, U.S. Coast Guard letter, 1984
The Siblings: A Novel, by Louise Horton, undated
English graduate conference course, 391L, Professor Furman on The Siblings: A Novel , May 1986
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3L5 [SRH1230017888] The Siblings: A Novel, by Louise Horton, undated
Wendell's paper, 1971
Poetry and prose books I-III, 1985-1987
Miscellaneous notecards, undated
3 bound journals, 1967-1988
4 bound notebooks of journals, 1986-1988
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3L6 [SRH1230017889] Iris Murdoch letters, 1986-1995
Journals, 1988-1994
Don Carleton, 1985-1994
Retrieval: A Novel , 1991
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3W97a [SRH1230030382] Family photographs and photo albums, undated
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2.325/OD5 Austin Maroon , March 25, 1960
The Lab Echo , June 30, 1945
"The Texas Star," Austin American Statesman , December 3, 1972
Finn's Earl Wharton residence in Shadyside, drawings, undated
Nautical charts
folder
2.325/OD5 U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coast, 1983
Galveston Bay, Texas, 1982
Galveston Bay Entrance, 1981
U.S. Gulf Coast from the Mississippi River to Galveston, Texas, 1982
Maps
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2.325/OD5 Laporte-Bayshore, Texas, area, 1982
Houston, Texas, 1982