Samuel E. Asbury Papers, 1807-1943 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Samuel E. Asbury Papers, 1807-1943Add to your cart.

ID: A/1

Primary Creator: Asbury, Samuel E. (Samuel Erson) (1872-1962)

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1941

Subjects: Asbury, Samuel E. (Samuel Erson), 1872-1962 -- Correspondence, Photographs, Texas -- History -- Sources

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists mainly of carbon copies of typescripts of correspondence, notes, manuscripts, and other documents that Samuel Asbury accumulated. Also included are twenty-six photographs and seventeen photo stats about Texas history and the Jonas Harrison family. A few newspaper clippings are contained in the collection. Handwritten original letters from Samuel Asbury to George Crocket and to Mrs. Lois Blount are included. The collection contains some handwritten notes by Samuel Asbury

Collection Historical Note

Samuel Erson Asbury, chemist and Texas historian who proposed using music as a medium of historical narrative, was born on September 26, 1872, in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of eight children of Sidney Monroe and Felicia Swan (Woodward) Asbury. In the fall of 1889 Asbury enrolled at North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering at Raleigh, where he worked his way through school as a janitor in the chemistry building. He graduated in 1893 with a B.S. in chemistry and the next year was employed as an instructor in the chemistry department. At the same time he began work toward a master's degree which he completed in 1896.

Asbury became assistant state chemist in the North Carolina Experiment Station in 1895 and continued in this capacity until July 1897. During the ensuing years he worked as a chemist in a succession of jobs. He then returned to his old job in the North Carolina Experiment Station in 1899 and worked at the station until November 1, 1904, when he accepted the position of assistant state chemist with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (see AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION SYSTEM) on the campus of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University). He held this position until he retired partially in 1940 and completely in 1945. While at A&M he helped put his brothers and sisters through college. He also took a year's leave of absence to do advanced study in physical chemistry at Harvard. As assistant state chemist Asbury tested seed, feed, and fertilizers and experimented with growing roses. By a judicious combination of aluminum sulfate and water, he succeeded in making roses grow to a height of more than forty feet.

Soon after coming to Texas he became interested in the early history of the state and became a collector of Texana and of stories about early Texas leaders. After 1930 he became more and more absorbed in historical research; the Texas Revolution became his chief concern. He planned the production of a musical drama to tell the story of that event. In 1951 he published a pamphlet entitled Music as a Means of Historical Research in which he discussed music as a medium for the presentation of historical narrative. He proposed to produce an opera to interpret the Texas Revolution through a cycle of music dramas, but it was never completed. At the time of his death he held membership in the Southern Historical Association and was a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association. He was the author of one article and the editor of another in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. He was a member of the Bryan-College Station Poetry Society. He attended the First Methodist Church in Bryan. Asbury died in Bryan on January 10, 1962, and was buried in the City Cemetery, College Station.

(Joseph Milton Nance, "ASBURY, SAMUEL ERSON,"Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 20, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.)

Subject/Index Terms

Asbury, Samuel E. (Samuel Erson), 1872-1962 -- Correspondence
Photographs
Texas -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Related Materials:

Asbury, Samuel E.  Old-time white camp-meeting spirituals. Austin: Texas Folklore Society, 1932.  ETRC  F381 .T365x

Texas nativist. Editor, S. E. Asbury. Bryan, Texas: S. E. Asbury, 1914-1915. ETRC F381 .T365x  v. 1-2


Box and Folder Listing


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[Box 1: Photographs and photostats. Some of Asbury's notes and correspondence.],
[Box 2: Notes and correspondence. Includes the Asbury family, Texas history, Texas Revolution, and specific individuals.],
[Box 3: Notes and correspondence. Includes information on Texas roses, specific individuals, and San Augustine, Texas],
[Box 4: Notes and Correspondence. Includes an essay, newspaper articles, and documents on Robert Potter],
[Box 5: Notes and correspondence. Includes San Jacinto, Texas Conventions, Texas legislature bills, and Texas pioneers],
[Box 6: Includes documents on Jonas Harrison, John Williams, and correspondence],
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Box 1: Photographs and photostats. Some of Asbury's notes and correspondence.Add to your cart.
Folder 1A: Photographs and clippings, 1807-1919Add to your cart.
Item 1: Michigan territory. Supreme Court records (2 photos of douments), 1807Add to your cart.
Item 2: Harrison, Betsy Cooke (2 photos), 1820Add to your cart.
Item 3: Harrison, James Cooke (2 photos), 1880Add to your cart.
Item 4: Deguello (1 newspaper clipping, 1 photo of music), 1919, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Harrison, Clint (2 photos), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Harrison, Ellen (2 photos), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Harrison, William Henry (2 photos), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Harrison, Jonas - grave (1 photo), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Harrison place (2 photos), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Pictures from Mrs. Lake - graveyard, church, house, Helen McKee (6 photos), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Item 11: Lee in the wilderness (1 photo of painting), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Item 12: Potter, Robert (1 photo of painting), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Item 13: Roxtury Hall, Leesburg, Va. ( 2 photos), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 1B: Photostats about Jonas Harrison, 1811-1836Add to your cart.
Item 1: Harrison, Jonas - Letters (5 photostats), 1811-1832Add to your cart.
Item 2: Harrison, Jonas - Deeds (3 photostats), 1814-1822Add to your cart.
Item 3: Harrison, Jonas - Appointment of executors for his will (1 photostat), 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 1C: Photostat of a Spanish Document, 1833Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter of convention in San Filipe de Austin to Mexican Government (10 page photostat), April 13, 1833Add to your cart.
Folder 1D: Miscellaneous photostats, 1813-1916Add to your cart.
Item 1: Cook, Isaac - Genealogical tree (1 photostat), 1813Add to your cart.
Item 2: Austin, Stephen F. - Document in Spanish (1 photostat), 1830Add to your cart.
Item 3: Constitution of the State of Texas (1 photostat), 1833Add to your cart.
Item 4: Harrison, Betsy - Signatures (1 photostat of reciepts), 1834Add to your cart.
Item 5: Harrison family papers. Transfer of slave girl (1 photostat), 1855Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Lord Thomas and Fair Ellinor,"  (1 photostat), 1916Add to your cart.
Item 7: Thompson, Sheldon - Residence (1 photostat), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 1E: Alabama Documents: Notes concerning the Texas Revolution from the Democrat of Huntsville, Alabama enclosed in a letter from Thomas M. Owen to Samuel Asbury (2 carbon copies of typescripts), 1835-1837, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 1F: Alabama Documents: Notes concerning the Texas Revolution from the following newspapersAdd to your cart.
Item 1: The Cerean & Emigrant's Guide of Nacogdoches, TexasAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Telegraph and Texas Register of San Felipe de AustinAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Mobile Commercial Register and Patriot of Mobile, AlabamaAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Columbia Telescope of Columbia, S. C.Add to your cart.
Item 5: Flag of the Union of Tuscaloosa, AlabamaAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Texas TelegraphAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Red River HeraldAdd to your cart.
Item 8: London TimesAdd to your cart.
Item 9: The Lycoming Chronicle of the Lycoming Co., Pa.Add to your cart.
Item 10: Philadelphia Inquirer; Texas Republican (carbon copy of typescript), 1835-1837Add to your cart.
Folder 1G: Alabama Documents: Notes concerning the Texas Revolution from the Southern Advocate of Huntsville, Alabama; the Selma Free Press of Selma, Alabama; and the North Alabamian of Tuscumbia, Alabama (3 carbon copies of typescripts), 1834-1838Add to your cart.
Folder 1H: Alabama Documents: Notes concerning the Texas Revolution from the Flag of the Union of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and The Clarke Co. Post of Suggsville, Alabama (2 carbon copies of typescripts), 1835-1836Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence to Samuel Asbury concerning the Alamo and music connected with it, especially "El Deguello," (2 carbon copies of typescripts, 1 typescript), 1919-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Letter concerning the Arkansas Documents to Samuel Asbury (carbon copy of typescript), 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 4A: Manuscript letters from Samuel Asbury to Rev. George L. Crocket, Jan. 30 - May 30, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 4B: Manuscript letters from Samuel Asbury to Rev. George L. Crocket, May 30 - Nov. 28, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 5A: Manuscript letters from Samuel Asbury to Rev. George L. Crocket, Jan. 15 - Apr. 17, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 5B: Manuscript letters from Samuel Asbury to Rev. George L. Crocket, May 21 - Aug. 20, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 5C: Manuscript letters from Samuel Asbury to Rev. George L. Crocket, Sept. 18 - Dec. 4, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Manuscript letters from Samuel Asbury to Rev. George L. Crocket, Jan. 28 - Dec. 30, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 7A: Typed copies of letters from Rev. George L. Crocket to Samuel Asbury, Feb. 22 - Dec. 21, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 7B: Typed copies of letters from Rev. George L. Crocket to Samuel Asbury, Jan. 15 - Nov. 11, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 7C: Typed copies of letters from Rev. George L. Crocket to Samuel Asbury, Feb. 3 - May 23, 1934Add to your cart.

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[Box 1: Photographs and photostats. Some of Asbury's notes and correspondence.],
[Box 2: Notes and correspondence. Includes the Asbury family, Texas history, Texas Revolution, and specific individuals.],
[Box 3: Notes and correspondence. Includes information on Texas roses, specific individuals, and San Augustine, Texas],
[Box 4: Notes and Correspondence. Includes an essay, newspaper articles, and documents on Robert Potter],
[Box 5: Notes and correspondence. Includes San Jacinto, Texas Conventions, Texas legislature bills, and Texas pioneers],
[Box 6: Includes documents on Jonas Harrison, John Williams, and correspondence],
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