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Anita Eisenhauer Historical Postcard and Research Collection

Identifier: Coll-280
Anita Eisenhauer, researcher, author, and collector of history of South Texas collected over fifty boxes of historical postcards related to Corpus Christy history, Texas forts, farming, Texas towns and cities, natural disasters such as hurricanes, coastal areas, and military wars. The collection totals 22,210 postcards.


  • 1870-1980

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This collection is open for research.

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22,210 Items


Anita Eisenhauer, long-time member, and past Chairman of the Nueces County Historical Commission, was passionately interested in the history of South Texas. Her collection of historical postcards includes images of South Texas, Corpus Christi in particular, courthouses, holidays, hurricanes, Port Isabel, and military events in WWI and WWII.

Biographical / Historical

A native Texan, Anita Louise Holt Eisenhauer was born February 27, 1942, in Amarillo, a descendant of early settlers of the state’s Panhandle, Benjamin Calvin Holt and Birda May Kirk (1900), and Jebez and Hephzibah Lill (1890). She graduated from Spearman High school, the University of Texas at Austin (B.A., History), and Texas A&I University (M.A., History). She married Gene Edmond Eisenhauer from Nueces County in 1964. They had two sons, William Edmond and George Edward Eisenhauer.

Throughout her life, Anita was active in her community. In college in Austin, she was a member of the University of Texas Longhorn Band and Delta Zeta Sorority. While living in Corpus Christi, she served as Nueces County Historical Society Board member, as Chairman of the Nueces County Historical Commission, as Republic of Texas Museum Committee member, as Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History Advisory Board member, and as Friends of Old Bayview Cemetery Association Financial Officer. During her 50 years as a member of the Daughters of the American revolution, she served as Regent of the Corpus Christi Chapter and as Chair of the Historical Preservation Committee of its Texas Society. She also served as President of the Clara Driscoll Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and as President of the Old Bayview Chapter of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812. (Taken from eisenhauer&pid=194850995&fhid=26719) June 15, 2021.

Anita Eisenhauer was a respected historian, dedicated educator, author, personal property appraiser, world traveler and beloved wife, and mother, and devoted grandmother. She was an efficient organizer of many local history events including the yearly historical re-enactments held at Old Bayview Cemetery by Friends of Old Bayview Cemetery. As Chairman of Nueces County Historical Commission, she was responsible for many of the Texas State Historical Markers dedicated in Nueces County. She spent years researching the site to place a historical marker at Holt school in Hutchinson County. Her grandfather, Benjamin Calvin Holt, had given the land to the county for a one-room school built in 1903. The school was used until 1935, but remained a community gathering place, according to the historical commission. In 1987 Anita and Gigi Starnes’ book, “Corpus Christi, Texas: A Picture Postcard,” was published.

On December 21, 2019, while vacationing with her family in Red River, New Mexico, Eisenhauer passed away in her sleep. Anita was buried at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. She leaves behind a legacy of preserved history of South Texas and the people who lived, worked, and created the communities that are here today.


The postcards are arranged by subject.

Existence and Location of Originals

Boxes currently located 205C 17/C/3-4-5

Related Materials

Daniel E. Kilgore Collection Charles F.H. von Blucher Family Papers L.H. Gross Collection Regarding Corpus Christi History Murphy Givens South Texas Historical Papers

Materials Specific Details


Guide to Anita Eisenhauer Historical Postcard and Research Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

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