Capers, (Rev.) Samuel. Papers

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Capers, (Rev.) Samuel. Papers


  • 1814-1984 (bulk 1919-1945) (Creation)


3.35 cu.ft. (9 boxes)

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Samuel Orr Capers was born August 2, 1899 in Anderson, South Carolina. After being ordained to the priesthood in 1927, he served for several years at parishes in Texas, eventually becoming rector of Christ Episcopal Church in San Antonio. He retired his position in 1967, after serving for 37 years. Samuel Capers was active in numerous service organizations, including serving as Chairman of the Board of the Salvation Army, president for the San Antonio Association of the Blind, and as a trustee for the Texas Military Institute and Saint Mary’s Hall. He won considerable affection from military personnel, and his correspondence reveals a variety of work on behalf of the military community in San Antonio, particularly during the Second World War. Samuel Orr Capers died June 17, 1984.

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The Capers Papers are concentrated in the years 1919-1945 with some earlier and later material extending the full span to 1814-1984. Included are records and artifacts created in his role as a parish priest, correspondence with family members and congregation members, materials relating to his education at the Virginia Theological Seminary, photographs, and printed materials. Rounding out the collection are biographical and visual documentation created by or gathered on family members, including some correspondence and other records of his wife, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.


Ministry, 1928-1964
Biographical and Family, 1928-1984
Compositions and Personal Accounts, 1920-1939, 1984
Seminary, 1924-1928, 1934
Photographs, 1960-1970
Prayer Books and Printed Material, 1914-1937
Eleanor Stribling Capers, 1928-1937, 1945
William Theodotus Capers, 1914-1942
Ellison Capers, 1873-1909
William Capers, c. 1800
Retained Library, 1814-1912

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  • English

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