A Guide to the Etta Adele Martin Family Papers, [1827?]-1983
The Martin family resided in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Houston, Texas. Their roots in Texas have been traced back to Jose de la Baume. Born in France, Baume served in both the French and Spanish armies before settling in San Antonio, Texas, and befriending Baron de Bastrop in the early 19th century. Baume married Luisa Cuturie, and their daughter Victorina married Dr. Alejandro Vidal, with whom she had two children, Alejandro and Louisa. Louisa married Alphonse Portanery, bearing him three daughters: Eugenia, Felice J. (1858-1936), and Adele. Felice married Walter Charles Freeman (1846-1934), with whom she had Etta Adele (1883-1988), John, Walter, and Will. Etta married and had several children with Thomas Benjamin Martin (d. 1939), including Janette "Jan" Bareiss, Etta, and Margaret.
Consisting of photographs, sheet music, legal documents, memoirs, and printed material, the Etta Adele Martin Family Papers, [1827?]-1983, chronicle Martin’s life in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston, and Austin, Texas, as well as the lives of her ancestors. The memoir notes, 1974-1983, primarily describe late 19th century San Antonio and the hurricane that struck Corpus Christi in 1919. The collection also includes legal documents, such as a typed transcript of the Baron de Bastrop's will and business documents from the Martin, Portanery, and Freeman families’ enterprises. Printed materials include music books belonging to Martin’s grandfather Alphonse Portanery, literary productions by Etta M. Martin, and other printed materials relating to the family. Over 125 photographs portray the Martin and Freeman families as well as their friends and relatives in Galveston, San Antonio, and North Beach in Corpus Christi. Additionally, an ink and watercolor sketch depicts the battleship U.S.S. Maine.
This collection is open for research use.
Etta Adele Martin Family Papers, [1827?]-1983, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Lawrence A. Landis, December 1984.
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