A Guide to the Arthur E. Gentzen Papers, 1898-1975
Arthur E. Gentzen (b. ca. 1880) was a soldier in Company G of the First Regiment of the Texas Infantry Volunteers, otherwise known as the San Antonio Zouaves, in the Spanish-American War, 1898. Furthermore, Gentzen wrote an original musical score entitled “I Belong to Uncle Sam,” copyright 1916. He was the father of Esther Gentzen Dunstan.
The Arthur E. Gentzen Papers, 1898-1975, include a diary concerning his service (May 1898-April 1899) in Company G of the First Regiment of the Texas Infantry Volunteers (the San Antonio Zouaves). This diary records daily military life at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas; Camp Coppinger in Mobile, Alabama; Camp Miami, Camp Cuba Libra, and Fort Jefferson in Florida; Camp Onward in Savannah, Georgia; and Camp Columbia, near Havana, Cuba. Furthermore, the diary mentions Colonel Woodford Haywood Mabry (1856-1899), Spanish General Gomez, President McKinley, and points of interest near the camps including Fort Principe, Morro Castle, the wreck of the battleship Maine, and the Colon Cemetery in Cuba.
The collection also contains an original musical score and lyrics of "I Belong to Uncle Sam," (copyright 1916) written by Gentzen as well as photographs of Gentzen and his daughter Esther Dunstan. Additionally, the papers include a newspaper clipping with a photograph of the surviving Zouaves in 1935, a plat of Esther's property in San Antonio (1952), and a few of her letters and notes relating to her travels and the disposition of her father's papers (1975).
Arthur E. Gentzen Papers, 1898-1975, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Steven Perry, July 1987.
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.
Detailed Description of the Papers