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Crawford Family Papers

Identifier: AC-663

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of title abstracts and corporate stocks pertaining to land and businesses located in Jefferson, Hardin, Galveston, and Liberty Counties as well as correspondence by and to Walter Joshua Crawford for the years between 1905 and 1924.


  • Creation: 1905-1924


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.


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Biographical Note

Walter Joshua Crawford was born in Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas on February 25, 1873. His parents, distinguished citizens who settled in Texas before the Civil War, moved to Austin where Walter completed his education in public schools and went on to graduate from the University of Texas. He obtained a law degree and, after graduation, moved to Beaumont to open a law office. Walter gained respect and admiration for his eloquent and powerful presentations both in court and in the public sector as a champion of political movements and civic causes. Although he was never a candidate for public office, Crawford served on numerous committees in the Democratic Party and held several party offices. He was a member of the Board of Regents of the State Normal Schools.

Moving to Beaumont in the early days of the Spindletop Oil Boom allowed Crawford to take an active role in the development of the city. He helped found several civic organizations including the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club and worked on various private business ventures and was considered one of the city’s leading citizens. In addition to his law practice, Walter Crawford became a director of the First National Bank and Vice President of the Hotel Beaumont Company.

Walter married Cora Schultz of Dallas on December 12, 1901, and they had two children, Alexine and Walter, Jr. His unexpected death at age 51 following a short illness prompted front page coverage of his life and achievements in the Beaumont Enterprise.


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This collection contains correspondence to and from Walter Joshua Crawford during the 27 years he practiced law in Beaumont, Texas, as well as title abstracts and corporate stocks for land and businesses located in Jefferson, Hardin, Galveston, and Liberty Counties. Mr. Crawford was born in Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas, in 1873. He attended the University of Texas and after obtaining a law degree, he began practicing law in Beaumont. Mr. Crawford was active in politics throughout the state and served on several committees for the Democratic Party. Walter J. Crawford was an honored and respected citizen of Beaumont because of his dedication to civic improvement. He was a member of several civic organizations and upon his death several government offices and private businesses closed in his honor. The letters in the collection cover a wide range of topics including legal matters, politics, letters of recommendation and advice, and personal matters.

Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into 3 series.

  1. Correspondence
  2. Land Title Abstracts
  3. Corporate Stocks

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lea Anne Harney, 2011 March.


No further acrruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 June.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 July.


Finding Aid for the Crawford Family Papers, 1905-1924
Tyrrell Historical Library Staff
2015 August 10
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Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository