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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Godfrey Flury Collection, 1887-1981



Descriptive Summary

Creator Flury, Godfrey
Title Godfrey Flury Collection,
Dates: 1887-1981
Abstract Materials collected by the artist Godfrey Flury's daughter in writing his biography. Includes naturalization papers, land deeds, correspondence, pictures, marriage and divorce papers, as well as his drawings and sketches.
Accession No. 82-51
Extent 1 ft, 10 inches
Language English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Dorothy Agnes Flury, daughter of Godfrey and Alvine Flury, gathered the materials in this collection to document her father's life and artistic achievement. She then wrote his biography entitled Our Father, Godfrey, published in 1976.

Dorothy Flury assembled such items as her father's naturalization papers, land deeds, correspondence, pictures, marriage and divorce papers, as well as his drawings and sketches. In addition, she corresponded with people who might have known her father, and with anyone who might supply her with information on her father or his work. She intended to establish through historical documentation that her father was the artist who painted the interior of St. Mary's Church in Praha, Texas.

Godfrey Flury (1864-1936) came from Switzerland to New York in 1881 where he worked as a house painter and decorator. After traveling and working in various locations, he came to Texas in 1895, the year in which Dorothy Flury believes he did the decorative painting for St. Mary's Church. She determined that during the 1890's, her father made his living painting houses as well as doing interior decorative painting in private homes, churches, and public buildings. He is known to have painted the Lavaca County Court House about 1899. During this period of his life, he worked in Moulton, Runge, Falfurrias, and San Antonio. By 1911 he had moved to Austin where he established a successful sign painting business.

Godfrey Flury was an active citizen in Austin. He was a member of the Masons, Red Cross, Chamber of Commerce and Saengerrunde. In 1923, he secured an exclusive contract with the Travis County Commissioners to do billboards for county roads. He engaged in painting with oils and water colors, in sketching, and he designed floats and street decorations for civic celebrations. He also invented an archery device which he patented.

Godfrey Flury was married three times; first to Margaret Elnettie Shafer, then to Agnes Valchar, lastly to Alvine Glismann. The eight children of these marriages are noted in Flury's biography.

Godfrey Flury died in 1936. His eulogy was delivered by his longtime friend and fellow Austin artist, Peter Mansbendel.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscripts and the research material used by Dorothy Flury in writing the biography of her father. The documents reflecting her research are organized in two scrapbooks which have been unbound and placed in folders with their original order intact. One is titled "Praha, Texas" and includes correspondence, pictures and clippings related to the painting in St. Mary's Church, Praha. The other scrapbook is composed of documents pertaining to Godfrey Flury indexed by Dorothy Flury. This index is located in the first folder of scrapbook materials and provides a numbering system for topics covered by the scrapbook. In addition to correspondence, clippings, notes and pictures, this scrapbook contains copies of legal documents such as deeds, naturalization papers, divorce papers, and a will. Genealogical records for the Flury family collected by Dorothy Flury are also in this scrapbook, as is a complete outline of Godfrey Flury's life in chronological sequence. Files of correspondence, clippings, and miscellaneous materials related to the compilation, publication and distribution of Our Father, Godfrey, follow the research materials.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Flury, Agnes Valchar
Flury, Alvine Glismann
Flury, Dorothy Agnes
Flury, Margaret Elnettie ("Netta") Shafer
Glismann, Alvine see Flury, Alvine Glismann
Shafer, Margaret Elnettie ("Netta") see Flury, Margaret Elnettie ("Netta") Shafer
Valchar, Agnes see Flury, Agnes Valchar
Valenta, Marcus
Subjects
Archery
Art, commercial see Commercial art
Artists - Flury, Godfrey
Arts, decorative see also Interior decoration - Painting
Biographies
Church decoration and ornament
Commercial art
Interior decoration - Painting see also Church decoration and ornament
Sign painting see Commercial art
Places
Austin
Texas
Praha
Texas

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory

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3N169. Our Father, Godfrey, 3 copies and complete manuscript, 1976
Our Father, Godfrey, manuscript:
2. Title pages and chapters I - V
3. Chapters VI - VIII
4. Chapter VIII (Austin to 1929)
5. Chapters IX - X
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3N170. Our Father, Godfrey, manuscript:
1. Chapters X - XI
2. Chapter XII
3. Chapter XIII
4. Chapter XIV
5. Chapter XV
6. Epilogue
7. Photographs
8. Drawings
Our Father, Godfrey, research material:
9. Glismann family material, 1893, 1927, 1973
10. Notes
11. Praha, Texas and The Swiss Texans
12. "Scrapbook on Praha, Texas", 1969-1975
13. Two letters, Schweitzer Alpenclub membership, undated; 1929
14. Clippings and correspondence with Leon Hale, 1976
15. Archery device patent documents, 1935-1937
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3N171. Our Father, Godfrey, research material:
1. Scrapbook, index and Nos. 1-6, 1887-1975
2. Scrapbook, Nos. 6-12, 1887-1975
3. Scrapbook, Nos. 12-29, 1887-1975
4. Our Father, Godfrey, general correspondence, and address list 1975-1976
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3N172. Our Father, Godfrey, subject titled correspondence:
1. Praha Church, 1975-1981
2. Marcus Valenta, 1976, 1981
3. Sister Mary Gerard, 1977 and undated
4. Archbishop Flores, 1980
5. Television stations, 1976-1977
6. Institute of Texan Cultures, 1973-1976
7. Miscellaneous, 1972-1977
Our Father, Godfrey, miscellaneous:
8. Newspaper articles, 1976-1980
9. Book report by Philip Liberty
10. Financial records, 1975, 1976
11. Galley of Our Father, Godfrey by Dorothy Agnes Flury
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3S204 Drawings and Illustrations:
One folder containing 10 original drawings by Godfrey Flury, 10 copies of illustration pages for the biography Our Father, Godfrey, and two pages of house plans for the Flury residence. (Photocopies of these pages remain filed with the research materials.)
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3S1 Photographs, Paintings and Sketches:
Decorative interior painting in St. Mary's Church, Praha, Texas:
1. View of nave
2. Ceiling panel
3. Angels above altar
Decorative interior painting in private homes - ceiling
Photographs of Paintings and Slides:
1. "Bridge on Bull Creek Road"
2. "Hill Country"
3. Barton Springs prior to 1928
4. Cabin by Bull Creek ca. 1929
5. Brackenridge Park, San Antonio ca. 1891
Flury Family Photographs
1. Flury coat-of-arms
2. Godfrey Flury, Godfrey and Peter Mansbendel, Godfrey and Dorothy 1891-1934,
3. Zäzilia Flury, ca. 1916
4. Alvine Flury
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3S1 Folder #1 Pictorial files
Austin, Texas
Barton Springs
Bull Creek, bridge
Bull Creek, cabin
"Hill Country"
Flury, Agnes Valchar
Flury, Alvine Glismann
Flury, coat-of-arms
Flury, Godfrey
Flury, Josef
Flury, Margaret Elnettie ("Netta") Shafer
Flury, Zäzilia
Houses - Decorative painting
Mansbendel, Peter
Praha, Texas - St. Mary's Church
San Antonio, Texas - Brackenridge Park
box folder
3N172 Folder #2 Valenta, Marcus

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