A Guide to the Cora Carleton Glassford Scrapbook, 1929-1958
Born on the campus of Texas A&M College in 1887, Cora Arthur Carleton was the first child of career Army officer Guy Carleton and his wife Cora. Accompanying her family to most of the postings of her father’s military career, she spent her childhood in Arizona, New Mexico, Minnesota, Kansas, Texas, the Philippines, and China. Her military association continued in adulthood when she met and married another Army officer, Pelham Davis Glassford (1883-1959), while at Fort Riley, Kansas. Her travels also continued as she accompanied her husband to assignments at the U.S. Military Academy and in Hawaii, Texas, Kansas, and Washington, D.C. The couple had four children, including two sons who continued the family’s tradition of military service. Upon Pelham Glassford’s retirement from the Army, he served as Chief of Police in Washington, his appointment coinciding with the Bonus Army disturbances of 1932.
The Glassfords divorced in the mid 1930s, and Cora Carleton Glassford returned to San Antonio, Texas, where her parents had retired. She was active in a number of organizations and devoted her time to writing fiction, historical articles, and biographical works, much of it based on personal experience. She was particularly active in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, serving in a number of official capacities, including the editorship of the organization’s fiftieth anniversary history in 1942. When the DRT established a research library on the grounds of the Alamo in 1945, Mrs. Glassford was hired to head the facility, a job she held until her retirement in 1955. She continued her writing, publishing short pieces and feature articles in newspapers and periodicals, primarily anecdotes on life in the old army and works on Texas history. Cora Carleton Glassford died in San Antonio in 1958 June.
Gathering correspondence, printed items, photographs, and memorabilia, the Cora Carleton Glassford scrapbook commemorates the Glassford family and personal interests.
Prior to its receipt by the DRT Library, the scrapbook was disassembled and the individual items removed from the pages, so the original order and layout of the volume are unknown. As a result, the items have been organized into series by format.
Correspondence consists of a small number of letters, postcards, telegrams, and greeting cards from family and friends. The bulk of the material consists of printed items, particularly clippings from newspapers and magazines on military topics, the U.S. Military Academy, activities of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and San Antonio and Texas history. Other items are mementoes of places and events and include invitations, programs, periodicals, and postcards. Photographs document family and places, notably several prints of San José mission and the Spanish Governor’s Palace in San Antonio, an assortment of other sites in San Antonio and Texas, and some unidentified items.
During the disassembly of the scrapbook it appears that many of the newspaper clippings were photocopied and the originals discarded. Some of the other items were somewhat damaged during their removal from the pages.
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[Identification of item], Cora Carleton Glassford Scrapbook, 1929-1958, Col 13595, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
Gift of the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections, 2006 September. Received by UTSA from an unknown donor.
Processed by Warren Stricker, 2006 September.
Finding aid revised and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2012 October.
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