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

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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 4: Notes and Correspondence. Includes an essay, newspaper articles, and documents on Robert PotterAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Papers and correspondence (some letters to and from Anson Jones) concerning Anson Jones, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1845 -1933, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Letters on Texas history and genealogy, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1933-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Notes and correspondence about "lost" Texas documents, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1934, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: Three letters concerning Louisiana documents, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Two letters about the McArdle picture of Lee in the wilderness, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1933-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Letter from Charles H. Mills and notice of his death, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Miscellaneous letters, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1932-1934, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 55A: Extracts concerning the Texas Revolution from Natchez's Mississippi Free Trader, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1835-1836Add to your cart.
Folder 55B: Extracts concerning the Texas Revolution from Natchez's Mississippi Free Trader and Grand Gulf's Grand Gulf Advertiser; and other Mississippi documents, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1834-1836Add to your cart.
Folder 56A: Notes from the newspaper files of the Mississippi Archives, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1834-1836Add to your cart.
Folder 56B: Notes from the newspaper files of the Mississippi Archives, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1835-1836Add to your cart.
Folder 56C: Notes from the newspaper files of the Mississippi Archives, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1822-1848Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Letter concerning John Murrell from Philip Lahaye to Samuel Asbury, (carbon copy of typescript), 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 58: References to the Texas Revolution in the newspaper file at the University of North Carolina, (carbon copy of typescript), 1835-1837Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Biographical notes on Martin Parmer, East Texas pioneer, and Peter Ellis Bean, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1902-1933, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: Correspondence concerning Robert Potter, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1931-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 61A: A mock-heroic poem by Robert Potter (Rienzi) called "The Head of Medusa," (carbon copy of a typescript), 1827Add to your cart.
Folder 61B: An essay and newspaper articles about Robert Potter, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1838-1930, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 61C: Excerpts from books about Robert Potter, (carbon copies of typescripts), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 61D: Documents concerning Robert Potter, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1835-1847Add to your cart.
Folder 61E: Documents concerning Robert Potter,  (carbon copies of typescripts), 1932-1934, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 62A: Trial of William P. Rose et. al. for the murder of Robert Potter, pp. 1-29, (carbon copy of typescript), 1842-1843Add to your cart.
Folder 62B: Trial of William P. Rose et. al. for the murder of Robert Potter, pp. 30-65,  (carbon copy of typescript), 1842-1843Add to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[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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