A Guide to the Elias B. Karam Family Papers, [ca. 1900-1992]
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.
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.
This collection is open for research use.
Donor maintains copyright of unpublished materials.
Elias B. Karam Family Papers, [ca. 1900-1992], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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