Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Beulah Andrus Emmerick Collection

Manuscript Collection: MC112

Collection Summary

Creator: Emmerick, Beulah Andrus, 1897-1970
Title: Beulah Andrus Emmerick collection
Dates: 1831-1928
Dates: (Bulk: 1853-1891)
Abstract: The Beulah Andrus Emmerick Collection is comprised of legal documents, printed materials and photographs spanning the years of 1831 to 1928, from the Sweeny, Parks, and Andrus families of Texas.
Identification: MC112
Quantity: 21 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Little is known of Beulah Andrus Emmerick who donated the collection to the San Jacinto Museum of History in 1947. She was born on February 1, 1897, to Edgar P. Andrus and Mary Virginia Sweeny Andrus. Mrs. Emmerick died on July 15, 1970, and is buried in Morton Cemetery in Fort Bend County with members of the Andrus family.

Scope and Content Note

The Beulah Andrus Emmerick Collection is comprised of legal documents, printed materials, and photographs spanning the years of 1831 to 1928. Two documents are included in the legal documents: an abstract of title for one league of land in Fort Bend County, Texas, issued to Isaac McGary by the Mexican government, prepared by Walter Andrus, Richmond, Texas. The second document is a certificate issued to Mr. S. N. Parks of Tennessee, stating that he has passed his examinations by the Medical Faculty for the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

The printed materials are separated by type and then organized chronologically. The Invitations subseries contains four funeral invitations for Samuel House, Dr. Stephen N. Parks, and Mrs. Ophelia C. Parkes. A lock of blond hair is included with the invitation for Samuel House. Invitations to social events include two to a tournament and ball at the courthouse, an 1884 "Leap Year Hop" by the young ladies of Columbia, Texas, and an invitation to a grand ball at the Quintana Pavilion, in Quintana, Texas. Two programs of "The Knightly Roll, St. Withold's Field" for the years 1879 and 1883 are included. Religious cards featuring lithographs of St. Angela, St. Vincent Ferrer, and Pope Pius IX show the family's interest in religion. The Miscellaneous subseries includes an 1880 lithograph letterhead with a picture of the Ursuline Academy, Galveston, a facsimile of "The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America" circa 1900, a general admission ticket and promenade ticket to the 1928 Democratic National Convention in Houston, Texas, and an undated colored calling card of Musetta Sweeny.

The Photographs series includes daguerreotypes of Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Sweeny set in a double frame opening in the back and the front with the front decorated in gilt. Also included is a photograph postcard of the "Old Capitol" built in 1836 in Columbia, Texas, taken by Schlueter. The photograph was previously part of a scrapbook.


Organized into three series. Arrangement is chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Angela, Saint
Holland, Musetta Sweeny, 1874-1925
House, Samuel. d. 1855
Parks, Stephen N., d. 1858
Pius IX, Pope, 1792-1878
Sweeny, Jordon Woodson, 1822-1875
Vincent Ferrer, Saint, ca. 1350-1419
Andrus family
Ursuline Academy (Galveston, Tex.)
Land tenure--Texas
Democratic National Convention (1928: Houston, Tex.)
Texas--Capital and capitol

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Beulah Andrus Emmerick Collection, MC112, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of Beaulah Andrus Emmerick, Sept. 18, 1947.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2011.



box folder
158.2 1 Abstract of Title 1895
2 Certificate 1853 February 21

Printed Materials

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158.2 3 Invitations: Funerals and Social events 1855-1891
4 Programs 1879, 1883
5 Religious Cards undated
6 Miscellaneous 1880-1928


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158.2 7 Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Sweeny; "Old Capitol" undated