Letter from Joseph S. Cullinan to Houston Art League
AuthorCullinan, Joseph Stephen, 1860-1937
Letter form Joseph S. Cullinan to Mrs. Gentry Waldo, President of the Houston Art League, anonymously donating funds necessary to cover the costs of obtaining a building site from the estate of George Hermann, in accordance with Hermann's wishes expressed prior to his death. The letter is contained in the scrapbook of the Houston Art League, 1900-1924.
A leader in the oil industry, Joseph S. Cullinan first founded the Magnolia Petroleum Company before becoming a founding partner and president of Texaco. The Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Negro Hospital and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston all benefitted from his philanthropic support. Cullinan served as a special advisor to the Food Administration under Herbert Hoover during World War I. He died of while visiting the former president in California. The Houston Art League is the predecessor of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.