H. BAILEY CARROLL
ONE OF THE GREAT PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OF RARE TEXAS
history items, assembled by Louis Lenz of 4390 Harvest
Lane, Houston, has been acquired by The University
of Texas. R. Henderson Shuffler, Texana Program director, said
the Lenz Collection is "remarkable in its scope, an extremely use-
ful research library." He also noted that "It is carefully organized
and has thorough coverage of all subjects within its range." For
example, it contains Mexican accounts of the Texas Revolution,
which touch on all phases of the war, and includes many rare
Mexican books and journals on early Texas subjects, as well as
early Spanish and Mexican documents dealing with Texas lands
and grants. The collection is also valuable for its wealth of pri-
vately or locally published pamphlets and booklets, which by
their nature are rare, since few copies were printed and those
were distributed in small areas. Yet they give significant bits of
local history which are not to be found elsewhere.
Shuffler regards the manuscripts-about 8oo letters and docu-
ments-as the most important single portion of the collection.
Included are papers of Augustus C. Buchel, Thomas W. and
Ben S. Grayson, Jesse Grimes, and John S. Menefee, all major
figures in the history of Texas, and Lorenzo de Zavala, first vice-
president of the Republic of Texas. There is an abundance of
Sam Houston material in the collection. Apart from the papers
of such renowned men, there is a large amount of correspondence
of lesser figures, primarily written during the period of the repub-
lic. In addition, Lenz amassed a vast number of old Texas news-
The Lenz Collection contains more than 4,ooo books and jour-
nals on historical subjects. In addition, there are about 400 books
and other publications on the geological history of Texas.
Presently retired, Lenz was chief engineer of the Vacuum Oil
Company, later Socony-Vacuum, and finished his career as dis-
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117144/. Accessed March 8, 2014.