Stephen F. Austin State University

Hodges, Greve, and Pierce Collection

Hodges, Greve, and Pierce Collection

This collection consists of the papers from attorneys Charles Hodges, J. J. Greve, and Jack C. Pierce, all having practiced law at this particular firm over the years. The firm located on Main Street, between Fredonia and Pecan Street, in downtown Nacogdoches is believed to have first belonged to Hodges, though when he started the practice is unknown.

In the spring of 2008, immediately after the establishment of the Center for Regional Heritage Research, some of its members from across the university had the opportunity to collaborate on the rescue, preservation, and arrangement of this notable collection of Nacogdoches history. Carolyn Spears (Stone Fort Museum), Will Godwin (Department of Biology), Jeff Roth (Department of Social and Cultural Studies), Linda Reynolds (East Texas Research Center), and Perky Beisel (Department of History) coordinated the complicated process of transforming a trailer load of discarded documents into a professionally organized resource. After an initial appraisal, the collection was moved to the Center's office space where it was processed under the co-direction of Linda Reynolds and Perky Beisel from May to August 2008. In addition to Chris Elzen who eventually wrote the collection's finding aid, Sara Baker and Cassie Bennett, history graduate and undergraduate majors respectively, helped process the collection. Throughout the summer Sara Baker spearheaded the development of a film about the collection which was then presented to the public at the East Texas Historical Association's fall meeting.

Collection Information:

Dates: 1830s - 1970s

Size: 19 boxes

Acquisition: Gift, 2008

Access: Open for research

Location: East Texas Research Center

Processed by: Graduate student, Chris Elzen and The Center for Regional Heritage Research, 2008

Hodges, Greve, and Pierce Collection