AUBURN UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS & ARCHIVES
Guide to the Abram Boyce Metzger Papers, RG 137
Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: October 2003
0.10 cubic feet; 10 items.
Number of Boxes:
2 file folders.
Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Abram Boyce Metzger was born on July 1, 1906 at Chattanooga, Tennessee. He
attended the University of Chattanooga where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and later Bachelor of Business
Administration (1929) degree. He attended the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (presently Auburn University) from 1934 to 1938
and served as a graduate assistant from 1937 to 1938. He graduated from A. P. I. with a Master of Arts degree in History in
1938 and began working as a part time instructor in 1942. He was appointed as Assistant Professor of History and Government
in 1947 and during the 1950s worked with the Extension Teaching Service. In 1971, he received an appointment as Associate
Professor of Political Science and retired from the university in August of 1974. Mr. Metzger died in February of 1985.
Scope and Content:
Contains three typed copies of three local histories written by Miss Mary E. Reese, Mrs. W. B.
Frazer, and Miss Alicia Yelton. They are mainly based on reminiscences or stories told by the authors. All are undated, and
undocumented. In addition to the Auburn histories are
three papers written by Dr. George Petrie, all on Auburn persons, namely Dr. John Hodges Drake, William LeRoy Broun, and Mrs.
Mell, who was a charter member of the local DAR chapter. Of particular interest are two letters: one written by Bolling Hall
in 1818 to the Hon. Charles Tait in Washington, and the letter from William Smith in 1830, to Judge Tait, then in Claiborne,
1. Letter, Bolling Hall to Charles Tait, March 16, 1818.
2. Letter, William Smith to Charles Tait, March 26, 1830.
3. Typescript, "William LeRoy Broun, 1827-1902", by George Petrie.
4. Pamphlet, "Mrs. Mell and the Early DAys of the D.A.R. in Auburn,
1896-1902", George Petrie, April 9, 1946.
5. Typescript, "Doctor J. H. Drake, 1845-1926", by George Petrie, 1926
6. Typescript, "Early History of Auburn", by Mrs. W. B. Frazer.
7. Typescript, "History of Auburn", by Mary E. Reese.
8. Typescript, "History of Auburn, Alabama", by Mary E. Reese.
9. Typescript, "Early History of Auburn", by Miss Alicia Melton, neice of the Flanagan who named Auburn
10. "History of DeKalb County", by A. B. Metzger, in The Dekalb Times, September 1, 1938.
Description of contents:
I. Auburn Early History
A. History of Auburn bv Mary E. Reese. ca. 1907
Typed copy of manuscript. Stories and reminiscences on Auburn's early settlers naming of town, early churches, schools,
stories, professional men) quotations from newspaper clippings, legends, etc. 14 pages.
II. Papers written by Dr. Petrie on Auburn Persons.
B. Early History of Auburn by Mrs. W. B. Frazer. Typed copy. ca. 1910
Similar; but briefer, than Miss Reese's history but also includes persons, legends, etc. Some later persons considered
and mentions Civil War briefly.
C. Early History of Auburn, by Miss Alicia Melton. n.d. Typed copy; 6 pages; similar to above.
A. "William LeRoy Broun, 1827-1902. Leader in Technical Education, President of Auburn." ms copy of, 12 pages. Apparently
written shortly after Brounts death. Dr. Petrie relates his coming to Auburn in 1887 shortly
after the fire had demolished the College building and the make shift arrangements until the new building was completed. He
describes Broun on first meeting him, recounts incidents and examples that reflect his qualities as a man and as a teacher as
Dr. Petrie knew him through the years. Also included is a biographical sketch of Dr. Broun, including his early years, Civil
War record, and particularly Brounts philosophy of the type of education needed in a post-Civil War South.
B. "Doctor John Hodges Drake, 1845-1926".
An address by George Petrie before the Lion's Club, Auburn, Alabama, February, 1926. 5 pages. ms copy. Recounts incidents,
but primarily presents a character sketch of Dr. Drake who was for more than fifty years both college doctor and private
C. "Mrs. Mell and the Early Days of the DAR in Auburn., 1896- 1902"
A paper read by George Petrie at the 50th Anniversary of the Light Horse Harrl Lee Chapter of the DAR in Auburn, Alabama,
April 9, 1946.
Recounts Mrs. Well's founding the Auburn Chapter of DAR and the group's early activities and programs among which were poetry
readings, recitations, reports of conventions, presentations of historical papers, exhibitions of historical curios. Dr.
Petrie also includes personal observations on Mrs. Mell. Printed matter. 7 Pages.
A. Bolling Hall, Ellerslie, Georgia to the Hon. Charles Tait,, Washington, D.C., March 16, 1818. Reports news of: Indians
wars, army supply situation and Georgia militia, General Scott's arrival at Ft. Scott; comments on lack of news since Jackson
took command; describes Indian depredations; is interested in purchasing lands in Alabama, particularly at the mouth of the
Cahaba (which he thinks will be the "seat of Government"); comments on navigability of Cahaba and Alabama rivers; gives news
of planters and cotton situation.
B. William Smith, City of Washington, to The Honorable Judge
Tait, Claiborne, State of Alabama, March 26, 1830.
Notifies Tait of the passage of the "Act . . . for the relief of the purchasers of public lands" and elaborates briefly on
the "preemptive right to all whose lands have been forfeited."
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