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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Description of Series

General Files

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

S. D. (Samuel Dale) Myres:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1879-1962 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Myres, S. D. (Samuel Dale), 1871-1953
Title: S. D. (Samuel Dale) Myres Papers,
Dates: 1879-1962 and undated
Abstract: The papers of S. D. (Samuel Dale) Myres, whose company became famous for its superior craftsmanship in saddles.
Collection # S 743.1
Quantity: 2 boxes (1.3 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Born on November 22, 1871 in Johnson County, Texas, Samuel Dale Myres was the son of David Rittenhouse and Mary Jane Dale Myres. The oldest of six children, Myres opened the S. D. Myres Saddle Company in Sweetwater, Texas, in 1898. He was involved in many civic organizations including serving as president of the Sweetwater Commercial Club, serving on the local school board from 1914-1915, and being the mayor of Sweetwater from 1908-1911. In 1920, Myres moved his company to El Paso, Texas. The company became famous for its superior craftsmanship and Myres mingled with many famous western actors and personalities of his day. Myres's marriage to Drusa Rogers produced three children- S. D. (Samuel Dale) Jr., William James, and Melrose, and his second marriage to Eva Forkner resulted in no offspring. In 1953, Myres passed away and was buried in El Paso.

The Handbook of Texas has published a more in-depth online biography of Samuel Dale Myres at http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/search.html

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Scope and Contents

The materials include correspondence, financial materials, legal materials, scrapbooks, printed material, and literary productions The collection bulks with literary productions (1927-1961) written about Myres' life. Correspondence includes both business and personal letters. Also included are papers related to Mrs. S. D. Myres, the David R. Myres estate, and Helene Chonla. Part of the collection, 47 leaves, is on microfilm. Transferred to Photographs were 411 prints, many of which are autographed, and 32 negatives.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Because not all collections materials have been digitized, please contact the Reference Archivist at least 10 days prior to arrival in order to coordinate digitization. Though we can digitize much of our holdings within two weeks, some media may be fragile and require specialized digitization outsourcing, which can take up to three months for completion.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Myres, S. D. (Samuel Dale), 1871-1953.
Subjects (Organizations)
S. D. Myres Saddle Co.
Places
El Paso (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
El Paso (Tex.)--Economic conditions.
El Paso (Tex.)--History.
Sweetwater (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Sweetwater (Tex.)--History.
Subjects
Civic leaders--Texas--Sweetwater--History.
Cowboys.
Leather industry and trade--Texas--History.
Rodeos--West (U.S.)--History.
Saddlery.
Saddlery--Texas--History.
World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects--Texas--El Paso.

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Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:
  • S. D. Myres Saddle Company Records
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Oral History Collection:
  • S. D. Myres oral history interview [sound recording], 1950
  • Lee "Pop" Myres oral history interview [sound recording], 1970
  • Many more oral histories may be found among our oral history abstracts as well as among our oral history transcripts.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

S. D. (Samuel Dale) Myres Papers, 1879-1962 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
n/a

Gifts, 1966

Processing Information

Processed by: Lynn Whitfield, 2000

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Bibliography

Myres, Sandra L. "S. D. Myres: Saddlemaker. "Thesis (M.A.)--Texas Technological College, 1961.

"Big Spring Daily Herald, "July 7, 1953.

Cunningham, Eugene. "Tio Sam-Saddle Man."Horselover Magazine, February-March 1951.

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Collection Inventory

General Files

Box Folder
1 1 Art: Pencil and Ink Drawings, 1938 and undated
2 Book: "S. D. Myres: Saddlemaker", 1961
3 Cards: Business and Calling Cards, undated
4 Cards: Myres Family, 1939-1954 and undated
5 Certificates, 1931-1946
6 Chonla, Helene, 1923 and undated
Correspondence
Box Folder
1 7 General, undated
8 General, 1910-1952 and undated
9 General, 1921-1958 and undated
10 Chonla, Helene, Mrs., 1920-1936
11 Crane, R. C., 1923-1947
12 Daniel, E. Q., 1945-1953
13 James, William, 1920-1923
14 Myres, David R., Estate, 1920-1935
15 Myres' Children- W. J. "Billy", Melrose, and Ted, 1920-1962
16 Myres Family (Unidentified), 1923-1938
17 Myres, Mrs. S. D. (Alma), 1923-1924
18 Parrish, Mary, 1941-1950
19 Postcards, 1922-1946
20 Santa Fe Railway, 1907-1946
21 To S. D. Myres, 1907-1955
22 Tess, Letters from, 1921-1933
23 Financial Materials: General, 1879-1952
24 Financial Materials: Chonla, Helene, Mrs., 1909-1929
25 History of the S. D. Myres Saddle Company and its Founder, "Tio" Sam Myres, 1954
26 Legal Documents, 1898-1915
27 Legal Documents, 1916-1958 and undated
28 Literary Publications, undated
29 Literary Publications, 1927-1953 and undated
30 McDonald, C. C.: Pamphlet for Texas Governor, 1934
31 News Clippings, undated
32 News Clippings: Pauline Frederick, 1928-1938
33 News Clippings: "Tio " Sam D. Myres, 1938-1953
34 Newspapers, 1936-1952
35 Notebook: Chonla, Helene, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Notebooks, undated
2 Payne Undertaking and Furniture Company, 1926-1927
3 Photo Album, undated
4 Religious Materials, 1919-1953 and undated
5 Scrapbook, 1908-1947 and undated
6 Scrapbook: Poetry Clippings, undated
7 Scrapbook Materials, 1920-1927 and undated
8 "Tio Sam the Saddle Man", undated

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