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 2: Notes and correspondence. Includes the Asbury family, Texas history, Texas Revolution, and specific individuals.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Notes on the Asbury family (3 carbon copies of typescripts), 1874 - 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Accounts of battles around San Antonio (Includes five letters between R. F. Hall and Samuel Asbury) (carbon copies of typescripts), 1845, 1932-1933, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Folder 10: Letter from Fred S. Webster to Samuel Asbury about James Bowie (carbon copy of typescript), 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Letter from May M. Greenlee to Samuel Asbury about Samuel Price Carson  (carbon copy of typescript), July 20, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Letters concerning the Texas Centennial Biographies (carbon copies of typescripts), 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 13A: Cincinnati newspapers - Letters and enclosed lists of articles about the Texas Revolution in the Cincinnati Gazette, the Daily Evening Post, and the Cincinnati Daily Whig and Commercial Intelligencer from John C. Settelmayer to Samuel Asbury (carbon copies of typescripts), 1836 and 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 13B: Cincinnati newspapers - Extracts from The Cincinnati Daily Gazette about the Texas Revolution  (carbon copies of typescripts), 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 13C: Cincinnati newspapers - Extracts from the Daily Commercial Republican and Commercial Register about the Texas Revolution (carbon copies of typescripts), May 28 and June 11, 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 13D: Cincinnati newspapers - Constitution of the Republic of Texas published in the Cincinnati Daily Whig and Commercial Intelligencer (carbon copy of typescript), June 9-11, 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 13E: Cincinnati newspapers - Extracts from the Cincinnati Daily Whig and Commercial Intelligencer about the Texas Revolution  (carbon copies of typescripts), 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 13F: Cincinnati newspapers - Extracts from various Cincinnati newspapers about the Texas Revolution (carbon copies of typescripts), Jan. - June, 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Deed and letter about Nestor Clay  (carbon copies of typescripts), 1802, 1832Add to your cart.
Folder 15A: Manuscript about James Fannin: "An Account of the Battle of Goliad, and Fannin's Massacre and the Capture and Imprisonment of Abel Morgan, Written by Himself," and other Abel Morgan documents from the collection of Judge Clarence Wharton  (carbon copy of typescript), 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 15B: Letter about James Fannin from Herbert Davenport to Samuel Asbury  (carbon copy of typescript), April 7, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Article about Haden Edwards and the Fredonian Rebellion by L. W. Kemp (carbon copy of typescript), Jan. 9, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence of Z. T. Fulmore and Reminiscences of Hardy W. B. Price (carbon copies of typescripts), 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 18A: Georgia Documents: Letters from Georgia volunteers serving in the Texas Revolution (carbon copy of typescript), 1835-1836Add to your cart.
Folder 18B: Georgia Documents: List of references to the Texas Revolution in the newspaper file of Georgia Historical Society Library in Savannah, Georgia (carbon copy of typescript), 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 18C: Georgia Documents: Excerpts about the Texas Revolution in the Southern Recorder, v. 17 (carbon copy of typescript), 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Legends concerning Jonas Harrison told in letters and a newspaper article, with a sketch of Charles D. Smith, one of the correspondents (7 carbon copies of typescripts, 1 printed), 1925, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Jonas Harrison: Correspondence about the Harrison family, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Jonas Harrison: Information from the Historical Society of Buffalo, New York, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Jonas Harrison: Genealogical data concerning the Harrison, Cooke, and Williams families, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1932-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Jonas Harrison: Further correspondence concerning Jonas Harrison and members of his family, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1933-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Jonas Harrison: More correspondence concerning the Harrison's and related families, 1816,(carbon copies of typescripts), 1932-1933.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Jonas Harrison: More genealogical data and an account of a case relative to slavery in which Jonas Harrison appeared as counsel, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1819-1824, 1933, UndatedAdd 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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