Anson Jones Press

By: Tyler Herrick Fletcher

Type: General Entry

Published: June 1, 1995

Updated: October 6, 2016

The Anson Jones Press was founded in Houston in 1929 by Herbert Herrick Fletcher, a New Yorker by birth who was head of the rare-book department at Wanamaker's in Philadelphia before opening his own bookstore in Akron, Ohio. With World War I and the inevitability of the draft before him, he sold out, joined the army, and eventually landed in San Antonio as a medical librarian for Fort Sam Houston. There he met his future wife, Thelma Rawls, employee of Moose's Old Book Store on Broadway. She was the daughter of the Presidio County rancher and legendary lawman John Fletcher Rawls. The couple moved to Houston in 1927 and opened Fletcher's Books on the corner of Rusk and San Jacinto. In the spring of 1929 the Williams family of Galveston offered the Fletchers 585 copies of Anson Jones's Memoranda and Official Correspondence Relating to the Republic of Texas. They were the original printing published by Appleton and Sons in 1861 and were refused by Jones's widow. The books had remained in storage in Galveston in the Williams family warehouses since then. Fletcher formed a small company and purchased the books for $500. Profits from selling them enabled him to enter the publishing world. The press was appropriately named after Anson Jones and was headquartered in Fletcher's bookstore. Fletcher's first publication was a little book of verse titled Ourselves and compiled by the Owen Wister Literary Society of Rice Institute in 1930. In 1932 the press published The Heroes of San Jacinto by Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp; in 1936, Texas 1844–1845, translated from the German, by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels; also in 1936, Interwoven, A Pioneer Chronicle, by Sallie Reynolds Matthews; and in 1950 Texas and Its Revolution, by Frederic LeClerc. In 1954 the Fletchers moved to Salado, where they continued the Anson Jones Press and opened another bookstore. In 1961 they published The French in Mexico and Texas by Louis Eugène Maissin. In all, the Anson Jones Press has published more than 100 books and pamphlets relating to Texas history. In 1995 it was co-located with Fletcher's Books in Salado.

Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin (Herbert Herrick Fletcher).

  • Writers, Authors, Publications, and Literature
  • Literature
  • Presses and Publishers
Time Periods:
  • Texas in the 1920s
  • Great Depression
  • Texas Post World War II
  • Houston
  • Upper Gulf Coast
  • East Texas

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June 1, 1995
October 6, 2016

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