Rose (Victor Marion) Collection



Victor M. Rose, son of Victoria County Judge John Washington and Margaret Scott Rose, was born in 1842 in Victoria, Texas. Boyhood stories and poems show his early interest in writing. Rose joined Ross' Brigade during the Civil War and later published reminiscences of his war experience in Ross' Texas Brigade. After the war he studied law and was admitted to the Texas bar in 1870. He participated in local politics but spent most of his time as a newspaper editor and writer, editing the Victoria Advocate and several other Texas newspapers. His published works include Life and Service of General Ben McCulloch, Some Historical Facts in Regard to the Settlement of Victoria, Texas, a poem, 'Stephen F. Austin in the Balances,' and the story "Los Desperadores" written in verse form. Victor Rose died in 1893.

The Victor Marion Rose Collection consists of correspondence and literary productions along with reproductions and citations of newspaper articles. Letters written to John Henry Brown, writer and Texas historian, make up the bulk of the correspondence and include references to such literary projects as Rose's history of Victoria County and his biography of General Ben McCullouch. These letters also reflect Rose's deep interest in Texas history and its interpretation. The correspondence between Rose and Texas legislator Guy M. Bryan and a letter from historian W. P. Zuber address the question of Stephen F. Austin's role in Texas's fight for independence. The literary productions consist of manuscripts and photocopies of Rose's poem "Stephen F. Austin in the Balances," and several other poems, some with additional annotation by Margaret Stoner McLean. The newspaper articles contain, among other things, Rose's critique of Thrall's History of Texas and of a publicized quarrel between himself and another resident of Victoria. There are also three folders of research notes gathered by McLean which cite and quote from early newspaper articles on the Rose family and Texas.

Folder
Description
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1883-1888
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March-June 1889
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July 1889-1890
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Literary Productions
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Newspaper Clippings
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Research Notes Gathered by Margaret Stoneer Mclean
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Research Notes Gathered by Margaret Stoneer Mclean
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Research Notes Gathered by Margaret Stoneer Mclean

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