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 6: Includes documents on Jonas Harrison, John Williams, and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 78: Correspondence between Jonas Harrison and Joseph Anderson, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1815-1819Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Correspondence between Jonas Harrison and John and Edmond Law, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1818-1819Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Correspondence between Jonas Harrison and Richard Rush, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1813-1814Add to your cart.
Folder 81: Correspondence from Jonas Harrison to Samuel H. Smith, (carbon copies of typescripts), Dec. 1813 - March 1814Add to your cart.
Folder 82: Correspondence from Jonas Harrison to Samuel H. Smith, (carbon copies of typescripts), April - Dec. 1814Add to your cart.
Folder 83: Correspondence from Jonas Harrison to Samuel H. Smith, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1815Add to your cart.
Folder 84: Correspondence from Jonas Harrison to Samuel H. Smith, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1816Add to your cart.
Folder 85: Correspondence from Jonas Harrison to Samuel H. Smith,  (carbon copies of typescripts), 1817-1819Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Correspondence from Samuel H. Smith to Jonas Harrison, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1814-1818Add to your cart.
Folder 87: Miscellaneous correspondence of Jonas Harrison, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1814-1817Add to your cart.
Folder 88: Miscellaneous correspondence of Jonas Harrison, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1818-1819Add to your cart.
Folder 89: Comments about Jonas Harrison and an Index to the Jonas Harrison letters, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1813-1819Add to your cart.
Folder 89A: Annual Accounts of Official Emoluments and Expenditures of Jonas Harrison, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1817-1819Add to your cart.
Folder 90: Memorial to Congress of Jonas Harrison for losses in the War of 1812, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1818, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 91: Affidavits for Jonas Harrison, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1816-1817Add to your cart.
Folder 92: Correspondence from Samuel Asbury to Mrs. Lois Blount about John Williams, (8 handwritten original letters with a photocopy enclosed in one letter), Jan. - Oct., 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 93: Correspondence from Samuel Asbury to Mrs. Lois Blount about John Williams,(8 handwritten original letters with carbon copies of typescripts enclosed, 1 handwritten original postcard, 1 typescript), Oct. 1941-1943, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 94: Correspondence from Mrs. Lois Blount to Samuel Asbury about John Williams, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 95: Correspondence from Julia D. Welder to Samuel Asbury about John A. Williams, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 96: Correspondence between Samuel Asbury and Watson Neyland about John Williams, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 97: Correspondence to Samuel Asbury from miscellaneous people about John Williams, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 98: Correspondence of John A. Williams (predominately with Col. Stephen F. Austin), (carbon copies of typescripts), 1824-1832Add to your cart.
Folder 99: Correspondence predominately of Col. Stephen F. Austin and other documents referring to John A. Williams, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1826-1835, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 100: Documents about John A. Williams,  (carbon copies of typescripts), 1835-1841, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 101: Alphabetical and geographical lists of headrights in Liberty County that include John A. Williams, (carbon copies of typescripts), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 102: Records of the alcalde of Liberty, Henry Rueg, involving John Williams, (carbon copy of typescript), 1834-1835Add to your cart.
Folder 103: Excerpts from Binkley's Official Correspondence of the Texas Revolution involving John Williams, et. al., (carbon copies of typescripts), 1835-1841, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 104: Excerpts from other books and the Nacogdoches Archives about John Williams, (carbon copies of typescripts), 1825-1826, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 105: Letter from Samuel Asbury to his sister Nettie, Bryan TX, re: his health, 80th birthday and family., July 11-12, 1953Add 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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