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Tom Huston Collection (MC 37)

Biographical Note


An inventive genius, Huston was born on September 24,1889 in Shelby County, Alabama and died on July 20, 1972 in Miami, Florida. He is buried in Columbus, Georgia in Linwood Cemetery. He developed and manufactured farm implements before he organized the Tom Huston Peanut Company (later Tom's) in 1928 and acquired several patents relating to the processing and packaging of peanuts. His pioneering venture into freezing fruit coincided with the depression and his financial reverses in that area led to his losing control of Tom's in 1932. He moved to Florida where he made several other fortunes in pet products and growing peaches.


Scope and Contents

The collection includes 24 photographs of his early products (tractors, dirt movers, skidders, etc.); material relating to his 1926 patent for a cellophane peanut bag; audits for Tom Huston Peanut Company, 1929 & 1930; annual reports for Tom's 1959 & 1965; promotional material for Tom's products and Huston's “Early Amber” peaches; a pamphlet, What Happened to Tom Huston? The Whole Story in a Peanut Shell, which explains how he lost financial control of Tom Huston's Peanuts; copies of Time magazine articles about Huston (August 25, 1930 & March 19, 1934); “Tom Huston – Fact or Fancy,” a typescript biography (4 p., no date); copies of a 1950 company history (31 p.) of Tom Huston Peanut Company; a biographical sketch that appeared in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Magazine, August 29 & September 5, 1965; photographs of Huston that appeared in Time magazine & one of Halawaka Lodge, his summer home on Lake Harding; examples of Tom Huston's Lens Arts which are interpretive or abstract photographs; and patent and other records relating to his later businesses.

1926-1977 3 boxes (4.5 l.f.)


Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Tom Huston Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Tom Huston Collection (MC 37)
Columbus State University
Columbus, Georgia


Provenance

This material was donated in 1981.


Box 1

Items:

1 Candy dish patented by Tom Huston.

2 Scrapbook with clippings relating to the company, ca. 1929-1931.

3 Folder with Correspondence, drawings, and patent for the candy dish, ca. 1960s.

4 Envelope containing a picture and its negative.

5 47 8x10 Color Prints:

1. BEHOLD the MUSIC

2. ODE to MONET

3. ODE to BEAUTY II

4. PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE

5. FLIGHT of MAY

6. THE EDGE

7. TO POINT of NO RETURN

8. TORCH of FRIENDSHIP

9. TEMPUS FUGIT

10. BRUTE TIME

11. HOPE

12. THE UNFETTERED

13. THE UNFETTERED

14. THE UNFETTERED

15. THE MYSTIC CURTAIN

16. MYSTIC CURTAIN

17. THE ENATTAINED

18. RUSH HOUR

19. TRANQUILITY

20. THE LIGHT-HEARTED

21. THE CASCADE

22. THE BROOK

23. THE TRYST

24. TIMES'S BURST OF DAWN

25. THE GOLDEN LYRE

26. MY HARVEST

27. SEGMENTS of PLENTY I

28. SEGMENTS OF PLENTY II

29. THE LEANING OAK

30. FLEETING GOLD

31. OUR LADY of the SNOWS

32. THE SILVERY VEIL

33. ANCIENT PALLIATIVE

34. DECEMBER DAWN

35. SILENCE

36. UN PORTRAIT DE FANTASIE

37. FRINGES of REALITE I

38. FRINGES OF REALITE II

39. FRINGES of REALITY IV

40. FRINGES of REALITY V

41. FRINGES of REALITY VI

42. (Untitled)

43. (Untitled)

44. (Untitled)

45. (Untitled)

46. (Untitled)

47. (Untitled)


Box 2

FOLDERS:

1 Envelope with Tom Huston's business cards; also has proofs of pictures relating to Tom Huston.

2 Correspondence with Mida's Trade Mark Services, 1950s

3 Correspondence with James S. Valentine Trade-Mark Search and Registration, 1958

4 Correspondence with James S. Valentine Trade-Mark Search and Registration, 1956

5 Correspondence from McHenry & Jureit Law Offices, 1952

6 Correspondence with Threedy & Threedy Law Offices, 1960s

7 Correspondence with Threedy & Threedy Law Offices relating to patents, 1960s

8 Correspondence with Threedy & Threedy Law Offices relating to patents, 1970

9 Correspondence relating to the jar patent, 1968

10 Information on copyrights

11 Annual report for 1929, 1956, and 1959; correspondence

12 Correspondence and patents

13 Copies of an except from an article in the Sunday Ledger-Enquirer Magazine

14 Newspaper clippings

15 Correspondence with Robb & Rob Patent and Trade-Mark Law, 1960s

16 Information on the Touch of Rose Patent, 1960s

17 Correspondence on crab apple jelly and a new package for peanut butter

18 Photographs, newspaper clippings, brochures, and information on Tom Huston and his company

19 Several copies of "Tom Huston - Fact or Fancy"

20 Several copies of a letter from the president of Florida Southern College to Huston

21 Copy of March 19, 1934 Time Magazine and August 5, 1972 Toaster

22 A copy of a newspaper clipping from Enquirer-Sun, October 22, 1929

23 Information on the patent of a peanut bag

24 Copies of an article about Huston and Lens Art information

25 The Early Amber Peach brochures

26 Copies of an article from the Miami Herald

27 Communication Arts Vol. 19, No. 1

28 Copies of an article in Columbus - Ledger, Nov. 24, 1965

29 Poems and magazine clippings

30 Tom's brochure

31 The Sunday Ledger-Enquirer Magazine, August 29, 1965 and September 5, 1965

32 Time August 25, 1930 and magazine clippings

33 Articles on Tom Huston


Box 3

ITEMS:

1 A small box containing 23 color prints by Huston with no name.

2 Six black and white photographs.

1. Photo of Tom Huston as it appeared in Candy (magazine), October 1, 1929, page 11.

2. Peanut Wagon (half shot), probably as it appeared in National Nut News, Dec 19__?

3. Tom's add showing Santa Claus, probably from a Columbus Newspaper.

4. Men in Western Union Office (Colorado Springs, Co) closing a contract between Tom Huston and Bill Williams, of Texas, to push a peanut with his nose for 22 miles to Pike's Peak within 22 days. In photo: Harry Galbraith, C. C. Anderson, P. C. Larue, Paul Greenblatt, O. L. Michaels, and Bill Williams. From Telegraphic World, August 1929.

5. Tom Huston in old car (Model A?) from original in his collection, 1923.

6. Silos at Tom Huston Peanut Co. from Industrial Index, vol 52 (15), page 18. (Blue vol 7)

3 Twenty black and white prints in assorted sizes.

1. Raising Cain

2. "There Ain't Nobody to Play With Me"

3. (untitled)

4. (untitled)

5. (untitled)

6. (untitled)

7. Mr. Billy

8. Gate

9. (untitled)

10. Yes, Turnips

11. (untitled)

12. The Drought Breaks

13. Which way home?

14. (untitled)

15. (untitled)

16. (untitled)

17. (untitled)

18. Dream Stuff

19. (untitled)

20. (untitled)

4 A Lens Art folder containing 5 prints.

1. A print of a letter from The Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery.

2. The Race is Run

3. The March of Minds

4. Lukas Foss's Time Cycle

5. Hope

5 A Lens Art folder containing 4 prints.

1. Bourbon Street

2. The March of Minds

3. Hope

4. Lukas Foss's Time Cycle

6 A Lens Art folder containing 5 prints.

1. Copy of the front of the folder

2. Hope

3. Bourbon Street

4. Love in Plume

5. The March of Minds

7 Folder of prints, assorted sizes.

1. "O Fairest of the Rural Maids"

2. "O Fairest of the Rural Maids"

3. The Rio Grande Peach

4. The Rio Grande Peach

5. 12 x 12 (untitled)

6. 12 x 11 (untitled)

8 23 loose prints in assorted sizes.

1. (untitled)

2. Midnight Medley

3. (untitled)

4. Torch of Friendship

5. The Great Circle

6. Oh Tannenbaum

7. (untitled)

8. Celestial Ear

9. Cooling Off Period

10. (untitled)

11. (untitled)

12. (untitled)

13. March of May

14. (untitled)

15. (untitled)

16. (untitled)

17. (untitled)

18. (untitled)

19. (untitled)

20. (untitled)

21. The Very Summit Stone Gray

22. (untitled)

23. (untitled)