Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Sarah Eagar and Florence Eagar Roberts Alamo Papers, 1905-1913 and undated



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Eagar, Sarah, 1842-1947, and Roberts, Florence Eagar, 1867-1969
Title: Sarah Eagar and Florence Eagar Roberts Alamo Papers
Dates: 1905-1913 and undated
Creator Abstract: Florence Eagar Roberts (1867-1969) was a San Antonio, Texas, resident. An early member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, she was one of the first Custodians of the Alamo after the DRT was granted custody of the site in 1905. Her mother, Sarah Elizabeth Riddle Eagar (1842-1947), took over the position when Florence married Major Harris L. Roberts in 1907 and followed her husband to his assignment in the Philippines.
Content Abstract: The collection documents the activities of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and their custody of the Alamo. It includes a telegram from Clara Driscoll Sevier to Florence Eagar Roberts dated 1910 April 20; an undated photograph of the exterior of the Alamo; an undated postcard of Sarah Eagar inside the Alamo church; and newspaper clippings documenting the DRT's efforts to gain custodianship of the Alamo and the state government's involvement with the property.
Identification: Doc 14408
Extent: 10 items (3 folders)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Florence Eagar and her twin sister Blanche were born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1867. Their father Robert Eagar (1830-1883), a native of Canada who had lived in San Antonio since 1850, was involved in a number of business ventures in the city. Florence's mother Sarah Riddle Eagar (1842-1847) was reputedly the first Anglo child born in San Antonio.

Sarah Eagar and her daughters were early members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) and active in the organization. Florence Eagar was one of the first Custodians of the Alamo after the DRT was granted custody of the site in 1905. Her mother took over the position when Florence married Major Harris L. Roberts in 1907 and followed her husband to his assignment in the Philippines. Roberts' Army assignments later took him to Ft. Bliss in Texas, Hawaii, and Detroit before his death in 1918. Harris and Florence Roberts had one child, Robert Pierpont Eagar Roberts.

Like her mother, Mrs. Roberts remained active in the community throughout her life. She lived in the family home on South Alamo Street in San Antonio until the HemisFair project forced her to move in 1967. She died in 1969 at the age of 102.


Scope and Content Note

The collection documents the activities of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and their custody of the Alamo. It includes a telegram from Clara Driscoll Sevier to Florence Eagar Roberts dated 1910 April 20; an undated photograph of the exterior of the Alamo; an undated postcard of Sarah Eagar inside the Alamo church; and newspaper clippings documenting the DRT's efforts to gain custodianship of the Alamo and the state government's involvement with the property.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Eagar, Sarah, 1842-1947.
Roberts, Florence Eagar, 1867-1969.
Driscoll, Clara, 1881-1945.
Colquitt, Oscar Branch, 1861-1940.
Organizations
Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Locations
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)--Siege, 1836.
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Newspapers.
Photographs.
Telegrams.

Related Material

Eagar Family Papers, 1866-1966, Col 885, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Riddle and Eagar Families Papers, 1840-1945, Col 7426, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Florence Eagar Roberts Papers, 1905-1944, Doc 6074, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Aline B. Carter Family Papers, 1823-2003, MS 94, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.


Separated Material

The copy of the San Antonio Express from 1913 September 28, which examines the appearance of the Alamo at the time of the 1836 battle, has been separated from the Carter and Eagar Families Papers and housed with the newspaper collection. See the DRT Library's online catalog for the location of this item.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sarah Eagar and Florence Eagar Roberts Alamo Papers, 1905-1913 and undated, Doc 14408, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the David Carter family, 2009 January.

Processing Information

Processed by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 July.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 November.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Sarah Eagar and Florence Eagar Roberts Alamo Papers, 1905-1913 and undated

Folder
1 Telegram: Clara Driscoll Sevier, New York, New York, to Florence Eagar Roberts, care of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Convention, San Antonio, Texas, 1910 April 20.
Folder
2 Photograph: exterior of the Alamo, undated.
Postcard: Sarah Eagar inside the Alamo church, undated.
Folder
3 Clippings: 7 items, 1905, 1913, and undated.