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 5: Notes and correspondence. Includes San Jacinto, Texas Conventions, Texas legislature bills, and Texas pioneersAdd to your cart.
Folder 63: Letter from William R. Hogan about Asbury's pamphlet, "Provincial Drama Rituals for Texas," (carbon copy of typescript), 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Documents, correspondence, and articles regarding the Regulators and Moderators, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1841-1933, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 65A: Documents, correspondence, and articles regarding the Regulators and Moderators, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1841-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 65B: Manuscript called "Recollections of the War of the Moderators and Regulators" by Ephraim M. Daggett, (carbon copy of typescript), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 65C: Manuscript about the Regulators and Moderators, "Thrilling Scenes in Texas," by Levi H. Ashcraft,  (carbon copy of typescript), [1850]Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Letters, articles, and lists concerning San Jacinto veterans, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1836-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Notes on the Texas Revolution from newspapers and letters of South Carolina, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1835-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Notes on the Texas Revolution from newspapers and letters of Tennessee, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1835-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Muster roll of Captain Henry Teal's Company after the Battle of San Jacinto, (carbon copy of typescript), 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Reports on the Texas Conventions of 1833 and 1836 in letters and newspaper articles, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1833-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Two Texas Legislature bills: protecting scenery; removing bodies of patriots to the State Cemetery, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1933, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 72: Lists of articles in Texas newspapers and other Texas documents of historical interest, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1835-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Letters, articles, and lists concerning Texas pioneers, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1905-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Letters concerning Mrs. Mary J. DeCaussey, granddaughter of W. B. Travis, enclosed in a letter from Mrs. R. G. Tolle to Samuel Asbury, (carbon copy of typescript), 1894-1895, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 75: Letter about the "Twin Sisters" (Texas cannon) from Sam Houston and a letter about Cincinnati newspapers, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1860-1932Add to your cart.
Folder 76: List of newspapers in the Library of Congress referring to the Texas Revolution, (carbon copy of typescript), 1835-1836Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Record of Virginians in Texas as compiled by Dr. Henry R. McIlwaine, (carbon copy of typescript), UndatedAdd 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],
[All]

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