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Frances Sanger Mossiker Family Papers:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mossiker, Frances.
Title: Frances Sanger Mossiker Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: approximately 1887-1985
Abstract: Frances Sanger Mossiker (born 1806) was an award winning Dallas author best known for writing historical nonfiction. This is a collection of materials from various family groups, including the Sanger, Beekman, and Mossiker families collected and preserved by Frances Mossiker. The bulk of the collection consists of souvenir postcards, travel books, and photographs of family European trips.
Identification: AR432
Extent: 2 boxes (2.0 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Frances Sanger Mossiker was an award winning Dallas author best known for writing historical nonfiction. She was born on April 3, 1906, in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Elihu and Evelyn (Beekman) Sanger. She was the granddaughter of Alexander Sanger, one of the founding brothers of Sanger Brothers and an early Dallas settler and civic leader. She frequently visited her mother's family in France and became fluent in French and German. She died on May 12, 1985.

Frances was educated at the Hockaday School in Dallas and enrolled at Smith College but was prevented by college policy from remaining a student after she eloped with Frank Beaston, an actor, about 1922. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard in 1927, did graduate work at the Sorbonne in Paris, then moved to Detroit and to Hollywood with her husband; the marriage ended in divorce about 1929, and she returned to Dallas. She married businessman Jacob Mossiker on October 15, 1935. They had no children. Frances Mossiker began her writing career as a book reviewer for the Dallas Morning News in the 1930s. When WFAA radio began broadcasts she hosted a book review program and later a daily program, "Woman's World" for KGKO in Fort Worth. Her first book, The Queen's Necklace, was awarded best nonfiction book of the year by the Texas Institute of Letters in 1961. Mossiker had six books published in addition to numerous historical articles and book reviews.


  • Tyler, Ron, ed. The New Handbook of Texas Volume 4. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996, pp. 856-857.
  • Frances Sanger Mossiker Family Papers, AR423, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Scope and Contents

The Frances Sanger Mossiker Family Papers are contained in five boxes totaling 1.25 linear feet. They consist primarily of postcards of Europe and family photographs and are arranged in three series.

Series I consists of clippings, letters, travel journal, postcards, and will. This information is regarding the family. A 1911 travel diary traces the family's travels through Europe from July through early September. A 1918 letter from a relative in France, A. Geisenberger, relates his unlawful imprisonment by the Germans in 1914. Clippings include an obituary of an uncle, A. G. Beekman, 1923, a news story about Elihu Sanger, and articles featuring Frances Mossiker, 1969 and 1981. A copy of Mossiker's will is included. A few travel mementos are also included. Newspaper clippings were photocopied onto acid-free paper and the original clippings were discarded.

Series II consists of guide and picture books, and postcards of Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, the United States, cruise ships, and art. All of the 854 postcards were placed in protective sleeves. Of these, 184 postcards have travel notes from a trip to Europe in 1911, handwritten on the back by Evelyn Beekman Sanger, Frances' mother. Also included are a few that are addressed to family and friends. Correspondents include Florence Beekman, Ernest L. Levy, Elihu Sanger, and Alex G. Beekman. The types of postcards included are 74 photograph type, 8 postcard books, 3 double width folded, 1 trifold, 1 five folded, 1 three-dimensional, and 2 with cloth for the dresses glued to the postcard.

Series III consists of photographs of both travel and family. Included are numerous black and white snapshots of the family, individual portraits, trip scenes, and views of the Sanger home in Dallas, approximately 1887-1963. The bulk of the photographs are not dated or identified. However, in comparing them with those that are identified, it is possible to determine family groups, and these unidentified photos have been placed in the appropriate folders. Identified photos include Florence Beekman, Ruth Beekman, Wiley and Ruth Buchanan, Frances Sanger Mossiker, A. Sanger, Elihu Sanger, Evelyn Coarrine Beekman Sanger, and Everett and Fae Sanger. Included are three tintypes. All of the photographs were placed in protective sleeves and the two oversized photographs were placed in Box OS300. Some photographs were removed from two leather albums and placed in acid free folders. Most of the travel related items, postcards, and photographs were produced before the 1930s. Included in the collection is information about Wiley T. Buchanan, Jr., a Dallas resident, who was appointed minister to Luxembourg in 1953. This collection has importance for postcard collectors and genealogists.



The Frances Sanger Mossiker Family Papers are arranged in three series:
Series I. Personal Papers, 1911-1985. 0.2 linear ft. (5 folders)
Series II. Travel, 1911-1929. 0.75 linear ft. (11 folders and 2 small boxes)
Series III. Photographs, 1887-1963. 0.3 linear ft. (2 boxes, and 2 items in oversize box)



Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Mossiker, Frances--Archives.
Mossiker family.
Beekman family.
Sanger family.
Mossiker, Frances--Journeys.
Voyages and travels.
Europe--Pictorial works.
Dallas (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Related Material

Frances Sanger Mossiker's literary papers are located at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Boston University, Smith College, and the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University. Her library, which includes a small amount of correspondence, is located at the Central Dallas Public Library, Writer's Study Room, Humanities Division.

Administrative Information


Received from A.C. Greene as part of AR409 A. C. Greene Papers (1848-1998). This collection was willed to Mrs. A.C. Greene. Dr. Gerald Saxon acknowledged the papers in 1993.


Frances Sanger Mossiker Family Papers, AR423, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.


Accessioned as number 98-2.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Hokanson, September 1999.

Container List


Series I. Personal Papers, 1911-1985.
Extent 0.2 linear ft. (5 folders).

Arranged alphabetically by type of material. Clippings, letters, travel journal, postcards, and will.
Box Folder
1 1 Clippings, 1923?, 1932, 1969, 1981, undated
Contains information on Alex G. Beekman, Eli(hu) Sanger, Frances Sanger Mossiker, and the Wiley Thomas Buchanan Family.
2 Correspondence, 1911, 1914, 1918, 1938, 1953, 1954, 1984, undated
Contains letters to and from family members. Includes excerpts from Frances Mossiker's diary and curriculum vitiate. Also contains cards and a telegram.
3 Travel Journal, 1911Evelyn Beekman Sanger's? journal of trip to Europe, July 11 - September 15.
The journal is unsigned.
4 Travel Mementos, approximately 1920s, 1954, undated
Contains postcards, French restaurant menu, programme, ink sketch, recipe, poem by Frances Alex Sanger, guest list, and two name cards.
5 Will, 1985
Contains copy of Frances Sanger Mossiker's will.


Series II. Travel, 1911-1929.
Extent 0.75 linear ft. (11 folders and 2 small boxes).

Arranged alphabetically by subject into subseries of guide and picture books, postcards of countries, postcards of art, and miscellaneous postcards.
Subseries A. Guide and Picture Books
Box Folder
1 6 England, undated
Contains 1 guide book, The English Lakes. Also contains leaflet.
7 France, 1911, undated
Contains 2 guide books, Musee Grevin and Nice.
8 Germany, 1911, undated
Contains 1 guide book, The Cathedral of Strasburg, and one picture book, The Royal Castle Herrenchiemsee.
9 Greece, 1926, undated
Contains 1 guide book and 1 picture book, both on Athens.
10 Italy, 1911, undated
Contains 1 guide book, History of Beatrice Cenci, and 2 picture books, 1 on Venice and 1 on Rome. Includes four postcard type pictures, one 5 × 7 and three 8×10. Also includes one 8×10 picture.
11 Maps, undated
Contains 3 maps, Follow the War with Hagstrom's Map of the World, Rheine Panorama, and Cook's Plan of Paris.
12 Mediterranean Cruise Books, 1928, 1929
Contains guide book and passenger list from 1929 cruise. Also includes menu and 2 guide books.
13 Mediterranean Cruise Log Book, 1929
Contains log book for 1929 cruise.
14 Scotland, undated
Contains 1 guide book, Auld Ayr … the Land of Burns.
15 Spain, undated
Contains 1 picture book, Bull-Fight 12 Views.
16 Tunisia, 1927
Contains 1 guide book, Tunisia.
Subseries B. Postcards-Countries
2 Algeria, undated
Contains 12 photograph type 3 1/2 × 2 1/2 travel pictures and 1 postcard book.
Austria, undated
Contains 2 photograph type postcards, 1 with handwriting. Also includes 1 postcard of a sketch.
Belgium, 1911
Contains 6 postcards of Waterloo with handwriting and 7 postcards of Brussels.
Canada, 1911, 1928
Contains 3 postcards, 2 of which are photograph type postcards, all with handwriting.
Czechoslovakia, undated
Contains 8 postcards, 4 of which are photograph type postcards. Three have handwriting.
Egypt, undated
Contains 28 postcards, 7 of which are photograph type postcards. One postcard is a panorama (double width).
England, 1911, 1914, 1920
Contains 80 postcards, 4 of which are photograph type postcards. Seven have handwriting, 2 of which are written to Florence Beekman.
France, 1911, 1926, 1928
Contains 192 postcards, 2 of which are photograph type postcards. Includes 1 trifold and 1 book on Versailles. Thirty-seven of the postcards are handwritten. Correspondents include F(lorence). Beekman, Mr. Ernest L. Levy, and Mr. Elihu Sanger.
Germany, 1911
Contains 78 postcards, 3 of which are photograph type postcards. One is a three-dimensional type. Twenty-five have handwritten notes, 3 of which are addressed to Mr. Alex G. Beekman and 1 from Everett (Sanger) to cousin Evelyn. Includes 1 postcard book.
Gibraltar, undated
Contains 11 postcards.
Greece, undated
Contains 18 postcards.
Holland, 1911
Contains 23 postcards, 14 of which have handwritten notes.
3 Italy, 1911
Contains 80 postcards, 5 of which are photograph type postcards. Twenty have handwritten notes.
Luxembourg, undated
Contains 1 postcard book.
Monaco and Monte Carlo, undated
Contains 3 postcards and 1 postcard book.
Scotland, undated
Contains 17 postcards.
Spain, 1926?
Contains 19 postcards, 2 of which are photograph type postcards. Five have handwriting. Correspondents include Florence Beekman and Elihu Sanger. Contains 1 postcard book Cadiz.
Switzerland, 1911
Contains 63 postcards, 2 of which are photograph type postcards. Forty-four have handwriting. Correspondents include Ernest L. Levy and Alex G. Beekman. Contains 1 doubled folded and 1 five folded postcard. Also contains 2 postcards with cloth for dresses glued to the picture.
Tunisia, undated
Contains 15 postcards, all of which have handwritten notes. Includes 3 postcard books.
Turkey, undated
Contains 16 postcards.
United States, 1927, 1928, 1935, 1950, undated
Contains 68 postcards, 15 of which are photograph type postcards. Fourteen are handwritten. Correspondents include Florence Beekman.
Subseries C. Postcards-Art
3 Art Museums - Austria, undated
Contains 9 postcards.
Art Museums - England - Flowers and Gardens of Madeira, undated
Contains 4 postcards.
Art Museums - France - Louvre, undated
Contains 32 postcards. Three are handwritten. Includes 1 folded card type postcard.
Art Museums - France - Luxemburg Museum, undated
Contains 7 postcards.
Art Museums - France - Palais des Beaux Arts, undated
Contains 10 postcards.
Art Museums - France - Salon de Paris, undated
Contains 8 postcards.
Art Museums - France - Versailles Museum, undated
Contains 5 postcards.
Art Museums - France - Miscellaneous, undated
Contains 9 postcards.
Subseries D. Postcards-Miscellaneous
3 Cruise Ships, 1911
Contains 13 postcards, 2 of which are handwritten.
Unidentified, undated
Contains 8 postcards.


Series III. Photographs, 1887-1963.
Extent 0.3 linear ft. (2 boxes, and 2 items in oversize box).

Arranged alphabetically by subject into subseries of travel and family photographs.
Subseries A. Travel
4 Cuba, 1912
Contains 1 photograph of a pineapple.
Europe, undated
Travel photographs of several locations in Europe. Some photographs have handwriting on the back.
Jamaica, 1912
Scenes include a lock, shipyard, railroad construction, and city scenes.
Unidentified - Travel Photographs, undated
Scenes include buildings, landscapes, and groups of people.
Subseries B. Family
4 Becker, Kathy, undated
Beekman, Florence, undated
Beekman, Ruth, 1898
Buchanan Family, 1944-1947, undated
Wiley and Ruth Buchanan have three children, Bonnie, Diana, and Buckey. Many of these photographs have handwriting on the back.
Mossiker, Frances Sanger, 1910, 1912, 1917, undated
Nanz, Robert W., 1949
Residences, 1927, 1941, 1946, undated
Sanger, A. (man), undated
Sanger, Elihu, undated
Sanger, Evelyn Coarrine Beekman, 1887, 1902, undated
Includes 2 tintypes.
Sanger, Everett and family, 1920, 1952, undated
Includes photographs of Fae and Gus the dog.
Sanger Family - Group, 1910, 1916, 1924, 1929, 1950, undated
Unidentified Children, 1963, undated
Unidentified Groups, undated
Unidentified Men, undated
Unidentified Negatives, undated
These negatives are of the Sanger family?
Unidentified Woman, undated
Includes 1 tintype.
Box Folder
5 1 Beekman, Ruth, 1898
Contains 1 item.
2 Buchanan Family, 1954, undated
Contains 5 items.
3 Residence - Elihu Sanger, undated
Contains 8 items.
4 Sanger, A., undated
Contains 2 items. One was removed from a frame marked A. Sanger
5 Sanger, Everett, undated
Contains 2 items. One is of Gus the dog.
6 Sanger, Frances, 1905, 1908, 1910, undated
Contains 8 items.
7 Unidentified, undated
Contains 3 items removed from an album.
8 Unidentified Child, undated
Contains 5 items of Elihu Sanger?
9 Unidentified Children, undated
Contains 4 items.
10 Unidentified Groups, undated
Contains 6 items.
11 Unidentified Woman, undated
Contains 2 items.
OS300 Family, undated
Contains 2 items identified as "Papa's Father" and "Papa's Mother."