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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Additional Sources

Description of Series

General Files

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

S. D. Myres Saddle Company:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1898-1969 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator S. D. Myres Saddle Company
Title: S. D. Myres Saddle Company Records,
Dates: 1898-1969 and undated
Abstract: These records pertain to the operations of the S. D. Myres Saddle Company, which became famous for its superior leather craftsmanship.
Collection # S 744.1
Quantity: 4 boxes (4.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Born on November 22, 1871 in Johnson County, Texas, Samuel Dale Myres was the son of David Rittenhouse and Mary Jane Dale Myres. The oldest of six children, Myres opened the S. D. Myres Saddle Company in Sweetwater, Texas, in 1898. He was involved in many civic organizations including serving as president of the Sweetwater Commercial Club, serving on the local school board from 1914-1915, and being the mayor of Sweetwater from 1908-1911. In 1920, Myres moved his company to El Paso, Texas. The company became famous for its superior craftsmanship and Myres mingled with many famous western actors and personalities of his day. Myres's marriage to Drusa Rogers produced three children-S. D. Jr., William James, and Melrose, and his second marriage to Eva Forkner resulted in no offspring. In 1953, Myres passed away and was buried in El Paso.

The Handbook of Texas has published a more in-depth online biography of Samuel Dale Myres at http://www.tsha.untexas.edu/handbook/online/search.html

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Scope and Contents

The materials include correspondence, financial material, legal material, photographs of company products, and printed material consisting primarily of company advertisements, calendars, stationery, and catalogs.

Conservation Note: The collection contains 214 prints, many of which have some spots of mold growth. 19 of the prints were sent to the conservation lab due to very active mold growth, as well as 2 leaves of paper.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Myres, Samuel D. (Samuel Dale), 1871-1953
Subjects (Organizations)
S. D. Myres Saddle Company
Places
El Paso (Tex.)--Social life and customs
El Paso (Tex.)--Economic conditions
El Paso (Tex.)--History
Sweetwater (Tex.)--Social life and customs
Sweetwater (Tex.)--History
Subjects
Civic leaders--Texas--Sweetwater--History
Cowboys
Leather industry and trade--Texas--History
Rodeos--West (U.S.)--History
Saddlery
Saddlery--Texas--History
World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects--Texas--El Paso

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Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • S. D. Myres oral history interview [sound recording], 1950
  • S. D. Myres Papers, 1879-1962 and undated
  • Lee "Pop" Myres oral history interview [sound recording], 1970

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

S. D. Myres Saddle Company Records, 1898-1969 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Gift, 1962

Processed by

Lynn Whitfield, 2000

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Additional Sources

Myres, Sandra L. "S. D. Myres: Saddlemaker. "Thesis (M.A.)-- Texas Technological College, 1961.

"Big Spring Daily Herald, "July 7, 1953.

Cunningham, Eugene. "Tio Sam-Saddle Man."Horselover Magazine, February-March 1951.

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Collection Inventory

 

General Files

box folder
1 1 Catalog Proof Pages, undated
2 Catalogs with Myres Saddle Company Work, 1920-1959 and undated
3 Copyright on Myres' Pendulum Saddle, 1954
Correspondence
box folder
1 4 General, 1913-1919
5 General, 1921-1929
6 General, 1930-1936
7 General,(3 prints included), 1940-1949
8 General, 1950-1954
9 Advertising, 1954-1955 and undated
10 Jackling, Daniel C., 1925-1926
Customer Orders
box folder
1 11 "A", 1943
12 "B", 1943
13 "C", 1943
14 "D", 1941-1943
15 "E", 1943
16 "F", 1943
17 "G", 1943
box folder
2 1 "H", 1943
2 "I", 1943
3 "J", 1943
4 "L", 1943
5 "M", 1943
6 "N", 1943
7 "O", 1943
8 "P", 1943
9 "Q and R", 1943-1944
10 "S", 1943
11 "T", 1943
12 "U and V", 1943
13 "W", 1943
14 "Y and Z", 1943
15 Deposit Books, 1909-1920
box folder
3 1 Financial Material, 1898-1963
2 Hat Catalog Material, 1939 and undated
3 Legal Documents, 1953-1954 and undated
4 Note books, 1905-1935 and undated
5 Patent on Holster, 1936-1940
6 Postcards: Myres Saddle Company, undated
7 Printed Material, 1938-1969 and undated
8 Ten Thousand Dollar Saddle, 1914-1916
9 War Department, 1943
10 World War II Preference Rating, 1942-1943
box folder
4 1 Oversized Materials, " They Ride the Myres Saddle " Calendar, 1911
(3 copies)
2 Oversized Materials- a heavy, wood mounted engraving plate
3 Oversized Materials- a sound recording, "Tio" Sam Myres, KTSM, El Paso, undated

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