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Overview

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Arrangement of the Papers

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Samuel E. Asbury papers, 1922-1951,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Samuel E. Asbury Papers:

An Inventory of the Samuel E. Asbury Papers at the Texas State Archives, 1922-1951



Overview

Creator: Asbury, Samuel E. (Samuel Erson), 1872-1962.
Title: Samuel E. Asbury papers
Dates: 1922-1951
Abstract: Samuel Erson Asbury was a chemist, Texas historian, and collector of Texana and materials of prominent Texans of the Revolution-era. The Samuel E. Asbury papers comprise research correspondence, papers, photographs, primary source transcriptions, and genealogy notes about prominent Republic-era figures and Texas Reconstruction, dating 1922-1951.
TSLAC Control No.: TX009869
Quantity: 0.83 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Biographical Sketch

Samuel Erson Asbury was born on September 26, 1872, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was one of eight children of Sidney Monroe and Felicia Swan (Woodward) Asbury. Asbury pursued a career in chemistry after graduating from the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering with a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1893 and a master's degree in 1896. He worked as assistant state chemist at the North Carolina Experiment Station from 1895 to 1897, and 1899 to 1904. On November 1, 1904, Asbury became the assistant state chemist at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station specializing in the analysis of fertilizer and held that position until his retirement in 1945.

After moving to Texas, Samuel Asbury took an interest in Texas history, particularly the Texas Revolution, and began collecting Texana, Republic-era materials, and materials of prominent figures of the Texas Revolution. Asbury pursued his historical research further by publishing a pamphlet discussing the value of historical narratives presented through music titled, Music as a Means of Historical Research. He began writing and producing an opera to communicate the events of the Texas Revolution, but it was never completed.

Asbury was active in a number of organizations including the Texas State Historical Association and Bryan-College Station Poetry Society. He was also an author and editor of numerous issues of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. He died on January 10, 1962, in Bryan, Texas, and is buried in the City Cemetery in College Station.

(Sources include: Nance, Joseph Milton, "Asbury, Samuel Erson," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 1, 2020, and the materials themselves.)

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

Samuel Erson Asbury was a chemist, Texas historian, and collector of Texana and materials of prominent Texans of the Revolution-era. The Samuel E. Asbury papers comprise research correspondence, papers, photographs, primary source transcriptions, and genealogy notes on prominent republic-era figures and Texas Reconstruction, dating 1922-1951. Most correspondence is between Asbury and professionals at research institutions with holdings related to Asbury's research requests and interests, including Texas State Library Archivist Harriet Smither. Photographic materials are comprised of copy prints and negatives of members of the Harrison and Potter families, their residences, and the grave sites of Jonas Harrison and Robert Potter. Some of the materials are copies, transcriptions, or indexes of original documents that date 1835-1837, 1850, and 1857.

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Arrangement of the Papers

The papers are arranged by research topic and the photographic materials are arranged alphabetically by person, followed by residences shown.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished works are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The term of copyright for published material varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.)

Technical Requirements

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the State Archives when reviewing photographic materials.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects (Persons):
Harrison, Jonas, 1777-1836.
Subjects:
History--Research.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--Texas.
Places:
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846.
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836.
Document Types:
Black-and-white negatives.
Black-and-white photographs.
Correspondence.
Papers (documents)
Photographs.
Research notes.
Sheet music.
Stats (copies)
Transcriptions (documents)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Samuel E. Asbury papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1934/013, 2020/064

The photographic materials were donated to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Samuel E. Asbury on September 9, 1933. The papers were donated to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by an unknown person at an unknown date and were assigned an accession number for purposes of control on July 24, 2020.

Processing Information

Processed by Eleanor Gleason, August 2020

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Detailed Description of the Papers

Samuel E. Asbury papers, 1922-1951,
0.83 cubic ft.

Box
2-23/596 Correspondence, 1933 May-1948 October
[Most addressed to Harriet Smither.]
George Smyth biographical history
Music, 1931, 1945-1946, 1951
[Correspondence, a copy of Music as a Means of Historical Research, and sheet music.]
Early Texas artists, 1933, 1946-1947
[Correspondence and reference requests about artist T. Flintoff.]
Norton Papers (concerning), 1933 September 27
Texas Bankers' Association, 1932 November 8
[Correspondence re: history of the association.]
Benjamin Harrison III and Ann Raney, 1949
[Correspondence with Harriet Smither.]
Goliad Campaign, 1931-1932, 1934, 1949
[Correspondence, research, and soldier list.]
Sam Houston divorce papers and his children and grandchildren
[Typed copies of divorce petition, correspondence, and written research on Houston lineage.]
Samuel P. Carson, 1922, 1931-1932
[Typed copies of documents relating to Carson, correspondence re: Asbury's research.]
Indexing of Zuber manuscript, undated
[Correspondence.]
Lost Texas documents, 1934 March 21
[Letter to Texas State Historical Association.]
Reconstruction in Texas counties, 1946
[Correspondence with National Archives, handwritten 1850 Texas Census chart.]
Regulators and Moderators, 1928, 1933
[Correspondence.]
Box
2-23/597 Mayfield-Burleson duel
Robert Potter
[Correspondence, compiled research, typed copies of primary source material.]
Jonas Harrison - Letters 1-99
Jonas Harrison - Letters 100-295, Legend of Harrison, and Cook family genealogy
Newspaper lists and articles
Siege of Bexar
[Copies of primary sources, correspondence.]
Jonas Harrison (photocopies)
Bonham and Smallwood families, 1934 January 11
[Letter from Milledge L. Bonham Jr., Hamilton College.]
Ancestors of Sons of Republic
[Handwritten notes.]
McNeal(McNeil) and Westall families, 1945, 1947
[Correspondence.]
Jonas Harrison - Asbury-Smither correspondence
Correspondence re: Harrison
Liberty and Chambers Counties
Stephen F. Austin letter to Joseph H. Hawkins
[Typed copy.]
Bryan-Kimberland genealogy
Henry Teal and the Battle of San Jacinto, 1934 March 29
[Letter from L.W. Kemp.]
Weather (information dates from 1836), 1943
Box Photo
PP0088 1934/013-1 thru 5 Harrison family portraits,
[[8 black-and-white photographs]]
[Photographs 1934/013-2 thru 4 have an additional enlargement copy.]
1934/013-6 thru 9 Harrison family portraits,
[[6 black-and-white photographs]]
[Photographs 1934/013-6 and 8 have an additional enlargement copy.]
1934/013-10 thru 13 Robert Potter portrait and gravestone,
[[6 black-and-white photographs]]
[Photographs 1934/013-10 and 12 have additional enlargement copies.]
1934/013-14 thru 19 Jonas Harrison's home and gravesite; William Harrison home,
[[5 black-and-white photographs]]
[[1 stat (copy)]]
[1934/013-17 is a photostat.]
1934/013-10 thru 12 Robert Potter portrait and gravestone,
[[3 black-and-white negatives]]

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