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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Papers

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John C. Granbery Papers, 1863-1955



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Granbery, John C.
Title: Granbery, John C. Papers
Dates: 1863-1955
Abstract: Correspondence comprises the bulk of the John C. Granbery Papers, 1863-1955. The collection also includes copies of Granbery’s publication the Emancipator, as well as newspaper clippings, personal notes, printed material, photographs, sheet music, and news scripts (essays written by Granbery on social and economic issues) detailing his life, political activities, and his service during World War I.
Accession No.: 86-150
Extent: 50 ft., 7 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John Cowper Granbery, Jr., (1874-1953) was a Methodist minister, sociology professor and publisher of the Emancipator. He attended seminary school at Vanderbilt and was ordained in 1897. He then attended the University of Chicago, eventually earning a doctorate in sociology in 1909. Granbery taught at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, 1913, but left to join the Foyer de Soldat, an organization formed by the International Committee of the Young Men’s Christian Association of North America to provide aid to soldiers in France during World War I (WWI). Granbery was twice decorated by the Greek government during WWI.

He returned to Georgetown and made a name for himself as an outspoken liberal, making speeches on behalf of the reelection of Miriam A. “Ma” Ferguson. Granbery taught in the history department of Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) from 1925 until being fired for his political activities in 1932. From 1935 to 1838, he was again at Southwestern, but after his dismissal from that university, Granbery started a liberally monthly, the Emancipator. He published his magazine in San Antonio from 1941 to 1952 and continued to teach at local universities. He also had a radio program on WOAI.

Source:

“Granbery, John Cowper, Jr.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed September 28, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/GG/fgraa.html.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence comprises the bulk of the John C. Granbery Papers, 1863-1955. The collection also includes copies of Granbery’s publication the Emancipator, as well as newspaper clippings, personal notes, printed material, photographs, sheet music, and news scripts (essays written by Granbery on social and economic issues) detailing his life, political activities, and his service during World War I. Mary A. Granbery’s personal journals, composition notebooks, and activity calendars are also included in the collection.

John C. Granbery and his wife wrote the bulk of the correspondence in the collection, addressing them to various religious ministers, university faculty and presidents, the United States Postmaster General, newspaper editors, and personal acquaintances. The subject matters of the letters include letters of recommendation for college or employment, taxes, mail delivery, legal affairs, and social and economic issues. There are also a number of letters written by Emancipator subscribers expressing their enjoyment of the publication or expressing opinions on different issues.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

A portion of this collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

subjects (Persons)
Allred, James V., 1899-1959
Carroll, H. Bailey (Horace Bailey), 1903-1966
Connally, Tom, 1877-1963.
Ferguson, James Edward, 1871-1944
Granbery, John Cowper, 1874-1944
Granbery, Mary Ann -- Archives
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Maverick, Maury, 1895-1954
Moody, Dan
Neff, Pat Morris, 1871-1952.
O'Daniel, W. Lee (Wilbert Lee), 1890-1969
Rainey, Homer P. (Homer Price), 1896-
Ramsdell, Charles, 1804-1866
Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961
Shivers, Allan, 1907-1985
Stevenson, Coke R. (Coke Robert), 1888-1975
Yarborough, Ralph Webster, 1903-1996
Subjects (Organizations)
Americans United for World Government
Committee of One Hundred (Birth control organization : New York, N.Y.)
Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)
Friends of Democracy (U.S.)
League for Mutual Aid (U.S.)
Socialist Party (U.S.)
United School of Christianity
Subjects
Education -- Texas -- History -- Sources.
Genealogy.
Religion.
Social affairs -- Texas -- History.
Social affairs -- United States -- History.
World War, 1914-1918.
Places
austin (Tex.)
Boydton (Va.)
France
Georgetown (Tex.)
Greece
Lubbock (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Austin History Center.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John C. Granbery Papers, 1863-1955, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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