University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Elias B. Karam Family Papers, [ca. 1900-1992]



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Karam, Elias B., 1887-1979
Title: Karam, Elias B., Family Papers
Dates: [ca. 1900-1992]
Abstract: Comprised of handwritten reminiscences, printed material, and photographs, the Elias B. Karam Family Papers, [ca. 1900-1992], document Karam’s experiences growing up in Syria and Lebanon, his emigration to San Antonio, Texas, as well as his thoughts on Syrian and Lebanese political issues and international affairs.
Accession No.: 92-418; 91-093; 91-146
Extent: ca. 3 ft.
Language: Materials are written in Arabic, French, and English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Mazraat el-Toufah, Lebanon (formerly Syria), Elias B. Karam (1887-1979) immigrated to the United States in 1913, ultimately settling in San Antonio, Texas.


Scope and Contents

Comprised of handwritten reminiscences, printed material, and photographs, the Elias B. Karam Family Papers, [ca. 1900-1992], document Karam’s experiences growing up in Syria and Lebanon, his emigration to San Antonio, Texas, as well as his thoughts on Syrian and Lebanese political issues and international affairs. Written entirely in Arabic, the reminiscences contain thoughts, musings, commentary, and poetry describing Karam’s views on politics, religion, and family life. Printed material consist of books written in Arabic, French, and English published in the early 1900s, including several copies of the Holy Qur’an as well as literature and histories of Syria and Lebanon, while photographs depict Mazraat el-Toufah, Lebanon.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Donor maintains copyright of unpublished materials.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Karam, Elias B., 1887-1979 -- Archives.
Karam family.
Subjects
Lebanese Americans -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Syrian Americans -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Places
Lebanon -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Sources.
Mazraat el-Toufah (Lebanon) -- History -- 20th century.
San Antonio (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Syria -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elias B. Karam Family Papers, [ca. 1900-1992], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The 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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/E466b-c Reminiscences, [ca. 1900-1992]
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2.325/G108-109 Books, [ca. 1900]
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3S44 Photographs