Samuel Losh was born in Lebo, Pennsylvania, in 1884. He graduated from high school in Hagerstown, Maryland, and had his musical education at the Leipzig Conservatory. He became the organist and music director of the Broadway Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, and later served on the board of directors of the Fort Worth Symphony. He was a music teacher and composer. He was active in the community organizing events such as community sings in front of the courthouse during World War I.
The origin of this collection is not documented, although it appears to have belonged to Losh himself. It was donated to the Library prior to 1990.
Scope and Contents Note
The collection comprises six boxes of correspondence (1910 - 1942), music programs (1905 - 1939), newspaper clippings (1914 - 1943), miscellaneous yearbooks, pamphlets, photographs and post cards. It reflects much of the history of the musical scene in Fort Worth prior to World War II.
The collection was originally composed of scrapbooks. In 1993, however, the archivist decided these were too fragile and acidic to be preserved. He dismantled the scrapbooks, removing tape, glue and acidic paper. Rather than retain original organization, which had been obscured by the deterioration of the scrapbooks, the items were arranged by type and by chronology.
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Last updated: Oct. 3, 2014