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William M. Neyland Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-11

These papers include personal papers of William M. Neyland, longtime Corpus Christi real estate man, including his work building streets and highways in Corpus Christi and across South Texas. Mr. Neyland died in 1979. His office was at 109 Chaparral was in business with his son William T.Neyland.


  • Majority of material found within 1890-1979

Physical Description

Fragile Documents

Conditions Governing Access

No Restriction


24 Linear Feet


William M. Neyland was a Real Estate business man from Corpus Christi who was active improving the infrastructure and highway system in Corpus Christi and South Texas

Biographical / Historical

William M. Neyland was born in 1916 in Goliad, Texas. He moved to Corpus Christi in 1922 and entered into the Real Estate business. Neyland was instrumental in the highway construction and in Corpus Christi and the surrounding South Texas area. He was Instrumental in securing State Highway 9 from Corpus Christi to San Antonio in 1934 as well as Texas State Highway 35 from Corpus Christi to Port Lavaca in 1935. He played a pivital role in several South Texas Roads including State Highways 77, 173, 624, 44, 119, as well as the first 4-lane highways in the state that runs through Robstown. Neyland owned and operated Neyland Realty Company with his son.

Neyland was an active member in the community. He served in the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce and the Corpus Christi Rotary Club. He was manager of the highway department in the Corpus Chamber of Commerce and director of Portland State Bank. An active member of Texas Good Roads Association, Salvation Army Advisory Board, and Corpus Christi Presbyterian Church, he passed away August 14th, 1985.


This Collection is organized into fifteen series:

I. Publications

II. Plans, Guides, Surveys, and Reports

III. Blueprints and Plans

IV. Roads

V. Bridges and Local and Regional Developments

VI. Parks and Memorial Sites

VII. Business and Personal Papers

VIII. Community Service

IX. Patents and Inventions

X. Politics

XI. Miscellaneous Clippings

XII. Personal Interests

XIII. Honors and Biographical

XIV. Historical Files

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Personal papers of William M. Neyland were donated to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi State University) by his public accountant Velda Woods on September 4th, 1985

Related Materials

W. E. Pope papers Dan E. Kilgore Collection; Meuly-Daimwood Family Papers; Eli T. Merriman Family Papers

Physical Description

Fragile Documents

Processing Information

Nicholas Figueroa processed this collection and created the accompanying finding aid

Guide to William M. Neyland Papers
Nicholas Figueroa
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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

6300 Ocean Dr.
Unit 5702
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States
361-825-5973 (Fax)