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John E.T. Milsaps Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0033

Scope and Contents

Along the way Major Milsaps kept a meticulous seventy-three volume diary which chronicles not only his army activities, but also a host of general observations useful to researchers. In addition, the Milsaps Papers contain extensive scrapbooks of personal and salvationist material, personal correspondence and an extensive photographic collections. Similarly, the papers contain a significant body of Salvation Army literature and ephemera unique in this country. When the only complete "run" of the WAR CRY in existence and Milsaps' personal library in Special Collections were added to the Milsaps collection holdings, it became one of the most significant bodies of Salvation Army materials in the United States.

Finally, the collection includes certain materials that may prove useful to researchers concerned neither with Milsaps personally or the Salvation Army in general. The Milsaps Papers contain, for example, the Major's collection of autographs, many of which bear on nineteenth century American politics, especially in the state of Ohio. Also in the collection is a group of scrapbooks dealing with such diverse topics as the Galveston Storm of 1900 and the San Francisco Earthquake. Of unusual interest too is the body of materials Major Milsaps collected in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War which may aid some scholars interested in that conflict or the subsequent insurrection. There is also an extensive collection of materials relating to the history of Slavery.

Dates

  • 1531-1986
  • Majority of material found within 1852 - 1930

Access Restrictions

Access to vault materials is by appointment with Archives department.

Use Restrictions

None.

Biographical Note

John Ephraim Thomas Milsaps - bibliophile, salvationist, traveler and diarist - was born in Houston, Texas on January 3, 1852. After leaving his home as a young man to seek his fortune in western mining, Milsaps joined the Salvation Army in 1883 and remained in its service until his retirement. Milsaps died in Houston on November 29, 1932. As a professional salvationist, Major Milsaps travelled widely in this country and abroad as a Salvation Army organizer and (San Francisco) WAR CRY editor. He was among the first representatives of the Army in Hawaii in the 1890's and was the army's spokesman in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War and the subsequent Filipino insurrection.

Extent

75 Linear Feet (131 document boxes, 3 flat boxes, 75 volumes, 9 large volumes, 2 drawers of oversized items, 1 record storage box)

Arrangement

The Milsaps papers are arranged in Series (A,B,C, D, etc.) according to either material type or emphasis. Series "A", for example, centers around Milsaps' personal life, while Series "B" and "C" concern the Salvation Army with little regard to Milsaps himself.

Arrangement

  1. Series A - Personal Material
  2. Series B - Salvation Army Pamphlets and Songbooks
  3. Series C - Photos
  4. Series D - Philippines
  5. Series E - Hawaii
  6. Series F - Hawaiian Language
  7. Series G - Missions - Hawaii
  8. Series H - Missions - Asia
  9. Series I - Missions - Africa and Middle East
  10. Series J - Missions - North, Central and South America
  11. Series K - Missions - Chinese Language
  12. Series L - Missions - General
  13. Series M - Religious Pamphlets - General
  14. Series N - Religious Pamphlets - Baptist
  15. Series O - Religious Pamphlets - Catholic
  16. Series P - Religious Pamphlets - Lutheran, Methodist, Quaker, et. al.
  17. Series Q - Religious Pamphlets - Mormon
  18. Series R - Sermons - Author Known
  19. Series S - Sermons - Author Unknown
  20. Series T - Temperance Pamphlets
  21. Series U - Slavery Pamphlets
  22. Series V - Black Pamphlets
  23. Series W - United States - History - 1492 - 1839.
  24. Series X - United States - History - 1840 - 1849.
  25. Series Y - United States - History - 1850 - 1860.
  26. Series Z - United States - History - 1861-1865, Civil War
  27. Series AA - United States - History - Reconstruction Era, 1865-1877.
  28. Series BB - United States - History - 1866 - 1899.
  29. Series CC - United States - History - 1900 - 1932.
  30. Series DD - United States - Economic Policy - Trade, Banking, Revenue.
  31. Series EE - United States - Economic Policy - Money and Currency: Free Silver Debate.
  32. Series FF - United States - Foreign Relations - Spanish America (Canals).
  33. Series GG - Texas - History
  34. Series HH - Texas - Railroad and Land Development Literature
  35. Series II - Houston and Suburbs - Boosterism Literature (1890's - 1920's).
  36. Series JJ - Crockett, Davy, 1786 - 1836 - Pamphlets (Almanacs)
  37. Series KK - Immigration Pamphlets
  38. Series LL - Peace Pamphlets
  39. Series MM - Germany - World War, 1914 - 1918.
  40. Series NN - Travel Pamphlets
  41. Series OO - Indians of North America
  42. Series PP - Japan - Pamphlets
  43. Series QQ - Language & Languages
  44. Series RR - Language & Languages - Arabic
  45. Series SS - Mines and Mineral Resources
  46. Series TT - Museums and Expositions
  47. Series UU - Libraries - Pamphlets
  48. Series VV - Books, Music, Arts & Crafts, Collecting (also Milsaps Cigar Bands)
  49. Series WW - Bookplates
  50. Series XX - Autograph Collection and Autograph Bible
  51. Series YY - Scrapbooks (13 listed, one missing)
  52. Series ZZ - Map Case Items

Related Archival Materials note

Due to the size of the electronic file, the online version of this guide is divided into 7 parts:

Missing Title

  1. Part 1: Series A - F
  2. Part 2: Series G - M
  3. Part 3: Series N - T
  4. Part 4: Series U
  5. Part 5: Series V - Z
  6. Part 6: Series AA - HH
  7. Part 7: Series II - ZZ

John Milsaps Diaries, 1852-1930

The Milsaps diaries were microfilmed as part of a cooperative effort between the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and the Salvation Army Archives in New York. As part of the project, the Salvation Army produced these microfilm copies for use by HMRC patrons.

Roll 1 -- Vols. 1-7, 1852-1899

Roll 2 -- Vols. 8-17, 1899-1902

Roll 3 -- Vols. 18-25, 1903-1905

Roll 4 -- Vols. 26-33, 1905-1909

Roll 5 -- Vols. 34-41, 1909-1912

Roll 6 -- Vols. 42-48, 1912-1915

Roll 7 -- Vols. 49-57, 1915-1921

Roll 8 -- Vols. 58-65, 1921-1927

Roll 9 -- Vols. 66-69, 1927-1930

Processing Information

The Japanese color prints were formerly shelved with the Milsaps books in the stacks. They were unfolded, repaired by Charles Arbore, and encapsulated.

The religious papers and journals were formerly listed under Series F (Miscellaneous), Box 2, "Evangelical Newspapers, ca. 1900." The Philippine newspapers were in the same box, but do not appear to be religious papers. The other items were formerly listed under Series F (Miscellaneous), Box 1, folders 8 ("Civil War Commission") and 9 (Miscellaneous Documents"). They have been taken out of folders, encapsulated and placed in the Map Case, along with the religious papers, the newspapers, the Japanese prints, the map of Milsap's travels, and the 1897 drawing of Milsaps made by Leon Boiller, and the photo of Milsaps in old age.
Title
John E.T. Milsaps Papers
Status
Completed
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository

Contact:

The African American Library at the Gregory School
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Houston, Texas 77019
832-393-1440
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Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
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Houston, Texas 77002
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