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Holiday Greetings

The Portal team extends its denton city hallbest wishes for the holiday season! The lab has been busy digitizing collections from around the state. Below are some highlights of recent collections that have been added to the Portal. Closer to home, the postcard on the right is from the Denton Public Library.

What’s New

O Henry collectionCollaboration at its best! The Austin History Center, the Texas General Land Office, and the Texas State Preservation Board received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to digitize their O. Henry materials.The O. Henry Collection includes letters, documents, and his many short stories.Gillespie County Historical

UNT Libraries’ received a Texas Cultures Online grant, funded by the Amon Carter Foundation, to digitize ethnically diverse collections and a few are already online. The Gillespie Historical Society collection features photographs of German settlers, family portraits, local businesses, such as the Klaerner Opera House, the Ludwig Shoe Shop, and the original Probst Brewery.

austin presbyterian theological The Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary showcases its archives of the Texas-Mexican Presbytery.The Presbytery established Mexican-Presbyterian churches, placed ministers, disbursed support funds, and established two Mexican-Presbyterian educational institutions

Texas Jewish Post
The Portal’s Digital Newspaper Program is growing by leaps and bounds and so far has more than 82,000 historical newspaper issues online. The most recent newspaper collections that were added are the Southern Mercury (1888-1907), El Regidor (1890-1903), and the Texas Jewish Post (2005-2011).

UNT Libraries received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission civil war letterto digitize some of its civil war papers. The Civil War and its Aftermath: Diverse Perspectivescomprises eight archival collections reflecting the experiences of women, military men, Texas cattlemen, businesses, farmers, and government officials with vastly different political views and experiences.

Making a difference

Meet Kristy Gallahan, our student assistant who joined the Digital Projects team in May 2007 when she was a just freshman.  Kristy grew up in Gainesville, Texas attending a small public school, with only 500 students (K-12) in the small community of Era.

Kristy is a computer science and biochemistry double major at UNT, which is a lot of work.  With all the new research opportunities that are rapidly opening up in these fields, she is excited to be studying here at UNT.

Kristy says she has learned a many things working in the Digital Projects Lab.  She has developed her Photoshop skills, learned about Texas and American history, learned some Python (a computer programing language) and a lot about databases, as well as how to run our super-fast duplex scanner!

Kristy plans to continue her academic career by obtaining a Master’s degree in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and eventually, a PhD.  Then she wants to continue research in sequencing DNA and studying proteins.  She would love to be part of the team that cures cancer.  She also wants to publish a book, take up karate and learn to play the piano.  Kristy believes the sky is the limit!

 

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The e-newsletter of UNT’s Portal to Texas History | October 2010

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“Largest Class Ever Graduated in the State of Texas,” Tarrant County College Northeast

New Collections


Southwestern Historical QuarterlySouthwestern Historical Quarterly
The Southwestern Historical Quarterly is an indispensible resource for Texas history researchers and enthusiasts. The Portal now has 87 issues, dating back to 1898. Articles written by noted scholars cover all aspects of Texas history, including Texas’ military brigades and battles, history of the Texas Rangers, Native American tribes of Texas, colonization, and industrialization of Texas. The image on the left is the cover of volume 71, July 1967, an issue devoted to the Texas cattle industry.

Texas General Land Office 
Clamp County MapTexas GLO contributed 924 historic county maps, 1838 – 1939. The historic county maps are cadastral (land ownership) maps, showing original surveys, usually made by virtue of a land grant within a particular county in Texas. As land was patented by settlers, meaning a title was issued from the sovereign government, more surveys were shown on GLO maps. Successive versions of these maps reflect those changes and show the development and expansion as settlement progressed throughout each county in Texas.

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Over 4,200 topographic maps of Texas from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) project were added to the Portal. Each map includes towns, historic or notable sites, bodies of water, and other geologic features. Most USGS map series divide the United States into quadrangles bounded by two lines of latitude and two lines of longitude. Others show a whole area—a county, State, national park, or place of special interest.

 

2010 Rescuing Texas History Grant Projects
The following collections are a sampling of projects that were funded by UNT Libraries’ Rescuing Texas History grant. (To apply for the 2011 Rescuing Texas History grant, see grant opportunity section below.)

Bell/Whittington Public LibrarySan Patricio Texas hunters
Located near Corpus Christi Bay, Bell/Whittington Public Library contributed historic photographs of San Patricio and Nueces Counties. Images include the 1919 hurricane, portraits of early residents and buildings, President Taft’s visit to a local ranch in 1909 and hunting photographs from 1898. On the right is a photograph of local hunters posing after a day of hunting ducks on Nueces Bay.

Texas InstrumentRichardson Public Library Richardson Public Library provides a rich array of images from its beginning as a rural community, such as portraits of the families and businesses who founded Richardson, as well as historic homes and buildings. Pictured on the left employees are assembling transistors under microscopes at the Texas Instruments Semiconductor Product Plant between 1958-1962.

 

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The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History contributed a wonderful sample of photographs from its Winkelmann Collection. Most of the images are stylized portraits of residents from Brenham and surrounding communities in Washington and Lee counties, dating 1912-1934. The entire collection, housed at the Center for American History, contains over 300,000 negatives, approximately 15,000 of which are glass plates and were photographed by three generations of Winkelmanns.

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What’s in the Lab now?


DPL Sarah LynnThe UNT Digital Projects Unit is digitizing a variety of materials at this time: school yearbooks, DPU lab photoearly Texas newspapers, Wilson County Historical Society’s photographs, books and manuscripts. The Lab also recently started working on an NEH-funded project to digitize 5,000 historically significant maps belonging to the University of Texas at Arlington Special Collections. And this fall we’ll begin digitizing materials for its Texas Cultures Online project that was generously funded by the Amon Carter Foundation.

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Announcing a competition
and a new grant opportunity


Calling all teachers and students! 

Participate in My Texas History Notebook Awards, a competition that will award fourteen prizes for the top lesson plans on a Texas history topic. There are three categories to choose from, or if you are feeling ambitious, submit one lesson plan for each category.  Please see Guidelines for My Texas History Notebook Awards. The deadline to enter lesson plans is December 15, 2010.

Grant Opportunity – Rescuing Texas History, 2011

UNT Libraries is accepting applications for its Rescuing Texas History grant, 2011. UNT Libraries is dedicated to providing access to Texas history collections belonging to museums, libraries, archives, private collections, historical societies and government agencies throughout Texas.  The grant will provide allocations to digitize photographs, negatives (large and small), slides, handwritten materials and non-bound print materials and documents.  The application deadline is December 15, 2010. For more details, please click here.


Focus on Football!


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Cheerleaders posing with megaphones, Hardin-Simmons University Library 1940 North Texas Agriculture College football team, Arlington Public Library and Fielder House
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HSU football player with calf, Hardin-Simmons University Library Cheerleaders from Trinity High School, Tarrant County College Northeast

Students making a difference…


Meet Reyes Berrios. He has been working in the UNT libraries since 2006; first for two years as a music cataloger and now, since September 2008, as a Graduate Library Assistant (GLA) in the Digital Projects Lab.

Reyes was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He received a Master’s degree from UNT in music performance/music history.  He is a flute player and although trained as classical musician, enjoys playing compositions in almost any musical genre, including Latin American and American pop music. Presently, he is working toward his PhD in musicology.  Reyes BerriosHe expects to finish his dissertation in May 2011.  It is about the 19th century opera “Macias” by the Puerto Rican composer Felipe Gutierrez Espinosa (1825-1899). His research will demonstrate that Puerto Rico had a very active musical and cultural life that was interrupted after the Spanish-American War of 1898.

Reyes thinks UNT is a wonderful place to study.  He values the diverse community of students and great teachers.  He also appreciates the “continued efforts of the administration to upgrade its facilities, technology, and classroom resources.”

His work in the Digital Projects Lab is primarily focused on creating digital images and metadata records for items/collections held in the UNT Libraries.  He has been trusted with the task of digitizing immensely valuable music scores, opera librettos, yearbooks, maps and pictures.  Working with music from the UNT Rare Book Collection offers him a unique opportunity in his field. For example, he digitized and cataloged a score of Debussy’s “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune,” a copy Debussy dedicated to his friend, the conductor Edouard Colonne, in October of 1895. That score gives us a glimpse at orchestral performance practice of late 19th century and beginning of the 20th century because it contains markings that very likely were added by the conductor in consultation with the composer.

Upon graduation, Reyes would like to continue music research and teaching.  He is also a performer and will certainly continue to express himself through music-making. Reyes has been a valuable part of our team in the Digital Projects Lab. We expect to hear great things about him in the future.

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Newspapers recently added to the Portal


Breckenridge Weekly Democrat, 1926-1933
Breckenridge American, 
1920-1927, 1931-1932 
Brenham Weekly Banner, 1877-1897
El Paso Herald, 1910 (more issues forthcoming)
Galveston Weekly News, 1844-1861
Greenville Morning Herald, 1910, 1918
Jefferson Jimplecute, 1889-1911 
San Angelo Press, 1901-1906
San Saba News, 1876-1891
San Saba Weekly News, 
1889-1892
Shiner Gazette, 1893-1911
Waco Daily Examiner, 1874-1888 
Waco Evening News
1888-1889, 1892-1893

 

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Highlights from the UNT Digital Collections


Gordon Knox Film Collection

The Gordon Knox Film Collection contains over 100 films created by Texas-born filmmaker Gordon Knox (1906 – 1982) or Mr. Knox’s production company, The Princeton Film Archives. The collection contains short and feature-length documentaries produced between 1937 and 1964 for the United States Armed Forces, state and federal government agencies, non-profit organizations and private sector clients. Currently, 67 films in the Gordon Knox Collection are available through the UNT Digital Library. The remaining 35mm films are housed at the UNT Media Library, along with physical 16mm copies of the 67 films available through the UNT Digital Library.

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An advertisement for The Katy Flyer in the July, 1900 issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. The ad boasted a new, fast, solid vestibuled train with sleepers, free reclining chair cars, and 50¢ meals in the dining cars.


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More Texas historic newspapers have been added to the Portal recently. The Portal’s education team created lesson plansusing newspaper articles so students can learn about history through first-hand accounts covering immigration, the cattle kingdom, the Civil War, and the progressive era.

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The cartoon above is featured in the El Paso Herald newspaper in 1917.

 


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You can find anything on the Portal, really. . .

A search for the keyword “money” found quite a number of items!

republic dollar bilRepublic of Texas dollar bill from the Fort Bend Museum.

coinOne Cent copper coin with two drilled holes from the Star of the Republic Museum.

French currency1943 French note or ticket from the Banque Chabasseur Oran from the Sulphur Springs Public Library.

money pouchWhat the heck is this? It’s a money pouch used in the 1840’s for carrying silver from the Star of the Republic Museum.

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Content
New Collections 
What’s in the lab now?

Grant Opportunity
Focus on . . . Picnics!

Students making a Difference . . .
TDNP: Fort Worth Daily Gazette and Houston Daily Post now online

UNT Digital Collections 

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Railroad Survey Crew, Irving Archives, 1902

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New Collections

Lower Valley School is not forgotten

With support from the Summerlee Foundation, the Northeast Lakeview Community College digitized hundreds of photographs and documents of the Lower Valley School (1877-1966), a rural two-room German schoolhouse which served the Cibolo and Schertz communities for 89 years.Lower Valley SchoolThe public school opened in 1877 when German immigrants settled in the Central Texas area to start farms, ranches, and trading centers along the railroad line. The school had one teacher who taught all grades until the early 1900’s. When the Lower Valley schoolhouse closed in 1966, Lutrell and Maxine Watts, who taught at the school for 25 years, purchased and eventually donated the schoohouse and its archives to Northeast Lakeview Community College.

Picturing the Mexican Revolution

El Paso Public Library digitized over 500 photographs from its Otis Aultman collection. Working in El Paso as a commercial El Paso Villistasphotographer for International News Service and Pathe News, Otis Aultman documented the Mexican Revolution as it crossed the border into El Paso and surrounding areas. His gruesome photographs of the dead or fleeing refugees portray a chaotic and dangerous borderland.refugees fleeing mexicoThe images signify the historic impact that the Revolution had on the United States with over 890,000 persons immigrating to the U.S. during the war. As one of the few American photographers that General Pancho Villa would pose for, Aultman spent much of his time following Villa and his soldiers. El Paso Library will use images from this collection for its upcoming exhibit commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.

Early Republic of Texas Sesson Laws

To the delight of many researchers, the following volumes of the Laws of the Republic of Texas are now available on the Portal thanks to funding from the Texas Historical Foundation. Finding that elusive amendment or resolution will be much simpler using the Portal’s full-text searching capability.

Bee County Historical Commission 
Bee County CourthouseHistoric homes, buildings, schools, churches and leaders of the community are featured in Bee County Historical Commission’s collection. Images of the “Confectionary” in Skidmore, the first plane to fly in Beeville, and the Skidmore Float in the 1916 Beeville parade along with hundreds of other photographs provide a glimpse into historic Bee County. When applying for the “Rescuing Texas History” grant, the Commission stated that in addition to preserving the photographs, it wanted to make them available on the Portal so students and the community could learn more about their local history.

Port Arthur Public Library 

Port Arthur was founded in 1898 by Arthur Stilwell who dreamed of turning the barren marshland into a thriving seaport. He built the first railroad from Kansas City southward to the Gulf CoastPort Arthur Sabine Lake. Decades later Port Arthur would become a major site for petrochemical industries and global trade. Aerial photographs of the city show the Gulf Oil Company and Texaco plants, detailed images of refineries and technology, and an overview of Port Arthur’s business district, while images of recreational scenes such as fishing on Sabine Lake (right), the Seascout (boyscout) troop, and herding “Gulfaloes” add local color.

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What’s in the Lab now?

River Valley Pioneer Museum

Photographer Julius Born took thousands of photographs of the people, land and community in Hemphill county located in the Texas panhandle. The Portal team is in the process of digitizing 2,700 photographs for the River Valley Pioneer Museum, to add to the 1,100 already available on the Portal. young woman, river valley pioneer museumyoung man, river valley pioneer museum
The Museum states, “In thousands of portrait photographs taken during the first half of the twentieth century, Born forever documented our past, our heritage, our humanity.  In his images of cowboys and businessmen, well-composed ladies, and fidgety children, Born shows us the pioneers and early residents who made Canadian what it is today. For decades, Born operated his photography studio from the back of his variety store.  It was here where all types of people stepped into his curious world of cameras and backdrops, costumes and mood lighting.  Over the years, thousands sought out this self-taught photographer and curiosity shop owner to record their most important moments.” The portraits are so compelling that it’s hard to stop looking! Preview the collection.

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Texas Cultures Online Opportunity

The Portal to Texas History recently received grant funding from the Amon Carter Foundation for its proposed project Texas Cultures Online. In response to educators’ need for more multi-media materials that support the teaching of the many cultures of Texas, the Portal proposed a project to digitize cultural heritage collections that represent various racial, ethnic and religious groups. This summer the Portal will make an official announcement inviting partners and institutions to apply for a Texas Cultures Online grant. Depending on the project the award allocations will range from $500 -$20,000. The criteria for the mini-projects will include several factors: 1) historical significance of the collections; 2) ability of the materials to help close the thematic gap: Texas Cultures; 3) potential of the partner to raise additional funding or contribute staff time towards the work; and 4) and condition and age of the materials. Please spread the word if you know of a collection that would be a good candidate for this project.


Focus on … Picnics!

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In the Buffalo Clover Fields of Texas, Postcard, 1908, Joe E. Haynes Collection Family picnic, Abilene Photograph Collection
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Group of People at a Picnic, Heritage House Museum The 1980 summer reading program at Marshall Public Library finishes with a picnic.

Students making a difference …


Meet Sashenka Lopez, Graduate Library Assistant (GLA) in the Digital Projects Lab. She has been a part of our team since spring 2009. Sashenka was born and raised in dynamic Denton, Texas but also spent quite a lot of time in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico with her relatives. Her mother is a UNT alum, with three degrees from the school.photograph of sashenka lopezSashenka plans to graduate with her MS in Library and Information Sciences in August 2010. She states, “The library sciences are noble. Librarians take up the battle for accessibility and the freedom to use information. Information professionals also work to preserve cultural history and foster future greatness in communities worldwide. Library science will…increase in value as the age of information defines itself.”

Sashenka is working on our Resources4 Educators and Resources4 Students initiatives through the Portal to Texas History. Resources4 Educators offers educational resources to enrich students’ knowledge of Texas History by providing exciting materials that correspond to multiple aspects of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for teaching Texas History. She feels that these resources will have a positive impact on teachers and students throughout the state of Texas. Her goal is to to foster a fun, engaging experience in order to encourage the use of primary sources within the Portal

Her passions lie with reaching out to under-served populations, working with cultural preservation and food sovereignty. Food sovereignty is the “right” of peoples to define their own food, agriculture, livestock and fisheries systems, in contrast to having food largely subject to international market forces. She is also in a band, Orange Coax, and will be going on tour with them after graduating.

Sashenka has been a creative, self-motivated GLA and we enjoy her contributions to the Digital Projects Lab and appreciate all her hard work on the Portal to Texas History.


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The Fort Worth Daily Gazette
and the 
Houston Daily Post

The Portal recently added the Fort Worth Daily Gazette, 1880-1889, Fort Worth Weekly Gazette, 1890-1899, and the Houston Daily Post, 1890-1909, which comes to a total of 3,321 issues. The newspapers are an indispensable research tool for students and scholars and are just a lot of fun to browse. An editorial in the Fort Worth Daily Gazette sums up the state of affairs in Fort Worth on May 4th in 1885:Fort Worth Daily Gazette

“On the theory that variety is the spice of life, Fort Worth is certainly blessed with a good deal of “spice” just now. Seduction cases on trial, a red-hot revival meeting in full blast, horse racing sports, a prohibition convention, its incomparable White Elephant Saloon, etc, altogether constitute a programme sufficiently diversified, it would seem, to satisfy the tastes of even the most fastidious. Such is Fort Worth, where more people get off and on the cars than in all other leading towns in Texas combined.”

The UNT Libraries is one of 22 state partners, and the only partner from Texas, to receive National Endowment for the Humanities funding to digitize newspapers from the late 1800s and early 1900s for the National Digital Newspaper Program, “Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.”

The National Digital Newspaper Program, or NDNP, is a long-term effort from NEH and the Library of Congress to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with select digitization of historic papers. NDNP will create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

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Miniature Book Collection
UNT Libraries’ Rare Book and Texana Collections presents a small selection of tiny treasures from the holdings of the UNT Libraries Rare Book Room. These miniature books, 4” (10 cm) tall or smaller, include both contemporary and historical works. In some cases, only the covers have been digitized.

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The book in the center titled De 7 werewonderen is 3 and 3/8 inches tall and was created 1965-1973 by Franco-Suisse. It is an overview of the “seven wonders of the ancient world, and various other structures and monuments that could be considered as equally important.”


 

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Signed portrait of singer Lydia Mendoza with her guitar from the Rose Marine Theatrecollection, 1945.

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Dallas Love Field Album and Photographs Collection from the Dallas Municipal Archives features images of the daily life and flight training at Love Field in 1918 and development of Love Field as a major commercial airport in Dallas from the 1960’s. The image above is a sign used during airport renovations.

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A search for flying finds a whopping 5,646 items. Here are a few.

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AT-11s flying in formation, Childress County Heritage Museum

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“I Will Be Up as Soon as Possible” Postcard, Joe E. Haynes Private Collection

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The “Flying Crow” arriving in Texarkana, Texas, Museum of the American Railroad

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Flying Cadets at Retreat, Tarrant County College Northeast

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Flying instrument panel, Tarrant County College Northeast, Heritage Room

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Image of model of the “Los Voladores” Flying Indians of Mexico at the 1968 HemisFair.

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The e-newsletter of UNT’s Portal to Texas History| November 2009

Content
New Collections 
What’s in the lab now?

Focus on . . . Thanksgiving!

Students making a Difference . . .
TDNP: Hemphill County News, Bartlett Tribune now online

UNT Digital Collections 

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Paris, Texas after the devastating 1916 fire, Private Collection of Joe E. Haynes

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New Collections

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of FameDerrick and Fireball, Permian Basic Petroleum Museum

The Permian Basin Museum, located in Midland, Texas, contributed a rich sampling of photographs of West Texas boom towns, oil field camps, and ranching life from the late 1890’s through the 1950’s. Images of workers constructing oil rigs and Cecil Bowers Cowboy Bandpipelines in harsh winter weather and loading stacks of dynamite reveal the hard and dangerous work that went into building and maintaining oil wells. But along with the hard work came time for recreation as the photograph of the Cecil Bowers Cowboy Band above demonstrates. This collection provides a great snapshot of how the oil boom brought commerce and development to the West Texas Permian Basin.

Dallas Police Department photos of the Kennedy assassination now available on the Portal

Direct from the UNT News Release, November 2009 by Nancy Kolsti.

DENTON (UNT), Texas — A paperback copy of the novel “1984” was probably not an uncommon item in households in 1963, including the white, two-story home at 214 Neely St. in Dallas.Lee Harvey Oswald mug shot

But because that home was the boarding house of Lee Harvey Oswald, George Orwell’s 1949 cautionary tale against totalitarianism was seized by Dallas Police Department officers as evidence on Nov. 22, 1963 — along with other items belonging to Oswald.

Photographs of these items and many other Dallas Police Department photos related to the investigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination are now available for public viewing on the Internet, thanks to the University of North Texas Libraries’ Portal to Texas History and the Dallas Municipal Archives.

The UNT Libraries’ Digital Projects Unit, which manages the portal, recently received a Rescuing Texas History grant from the Summerlee Foundation to digitize 404 images taken by the department during the week following Kennedy’s assassination. The Dallas Municipal Archives, a division of the City Secretary’s Office, possesses all of the original investigation files except for those that have been transferred permanently to the federal investigation collection held at the National Archives.

School Book Depository“We are delighted to be working with the Portal to Texas History to make the collections of the Dallas Municipal Archives more accessible, and look forward to a long relationship,” said City Secretary Deborah Watkins.

Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert noted that the images “document a tragic but historic moment in Dallas and American history. It’s critical that these important photographs not only be preserved, but be available to all for study and scholarship,” he said.

The black-and-white photographs are now located at http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/JFKDP/browse and are easily searchable. They include the “sniper’s nest” in downtown Dallas’ Texas School Book Depository Building, where Oswald allegedly fired on Kennedy’s motorcade; the back and front yards of the boarding house at 214 Neely; Dealey Plaza; the intersection at Tenth Street and Patton Avenue where Oswald allegedly fatally shot Dallas patrolman J.D. Tippit; interiors of the Texas Theater, where Oswald was arrested by Dallas police; and the basement of Dallas City Hall, where Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald on Nov. 24, 1963.

Dreanna Belden, coordinator of grants and development for the UNT Libraries, fingerprint card of Jack Leon Rubysaid that beginning in 2010, the documents that accompany the photos and the Dallas Police Department’s investigation will also be placed on the Portal to Texas History. These documents include homicide reports, newspaper clippings and correspondence, affidavits and witness statements.

“We hope to raise money to cover the completion of this project,” said Belden, who said that placing the photos and documents on the Portal to Texas History will provide the general public with the widest possible access to them.

Dr. Martin Halbert, dean of UNT Libraries called the Kennedy assassination “a critical moment in our collective cultural memory.”

“This tragic event still deeply resounds across our nation, and we at UNT are delighted to be providing public access to these historical materials,” he said.

The photos were previously digitized in 1992 by Wang Laboratories in Lowell, Mass., after the Dallas City Council passed a resolution ordering the release of all files, documents, papers, films, audio or any other evidence held Oswald's Fair play for cuba cardby the Dallas Police Department or any city department or agency regarding the Kennedy assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby to the public and the media. The resolution, which also ordered that these materials be preserved, was largely in response to public interest following the December 1991 premiere of the film “JKF.”

Belden said that although the photos were placed online by the Dallas Municipal Archives after they were digitized by Wang Laboratories, “there was no way to search through them using a search engine, and the image quality was very poor, due to the equipment available at the time.”

“Major changes in technology have occurred in the past 17 years, and the difference in quality is astounding,” she said.

The Telegraph and Texas Register, 1835-1843

It was news that was fit to print for the weekly newspaper. On March 12, 1836, the Telegraph and Texas Register of San Felipe de Austin published the Declaration of Independence made by the Delegates of the People of Texas in General Convention at Washington more than a week earlier. The newspaper published the entire declaration noting “We present our readers, this week, with the unanimous declaration of independence, by the assembled delegatesTelegraph and Texas Registerof Texas…the important document was presented and adopted.” The same issue included a letter from Lieut. Col. Comm. W. Barrett Travis pleading to the President of the Convention to “hasten on reinforcements, ammunition and provisions to our aid, as soon as possible.” Facing the wrath of Santa Ana with a demand that he surrender, Travis writes “Their threats have had no influence on me, or my men, but to make all fight with desperation, and that high souled courage which characterizes the patriot, who is willing to die in defence of his country’s liberty and his own honor.” The newspaper provides a firsthand account of history in the making and provides a fascinating view of life during the nineteenth-century in Texas. Many thanks to our partners at the Center for American History at UT for working with us to provide access to this important newspaper.

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What’s in the Lab now?

LBJ Museum of San Marcos

“I seldom think of politics more than eighteen hours a day.” – Lyndon Johnson

A collection of over a thousand photographs documenting LBJ with community membersLyndon Johnson and family at the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, Texas (his home from 1951-1973, Lady Bird’s until 2007) will be available in February. The photos cover major events, including historic diplomatic visits, the 1960 campaign of Kennedy and Johnson, birthday celebrations, President Johnson press conferences, national/state park dedications, and LBJ’s funeral ceremony. Noteworthy persons included in photos are Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson, Sam Rayburn, John F. Kennedy, Henry B. Gonzales, Hubert Humphrey, Pierre Salinger, Bill Moyers, and Johnson family members. This collection was donated to the museum by the family of Nortam Dietel, the late editor and publisher of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio-Post.

Matthews Land & Cattle, Lambshead Ranch

Lambshead, one of Texas’ most historic cattle ranches,  is still owned and operated by the direct descendants of Judge J. A. and Sallie Reynolds Matthews. The Reynolds and Matthews families were pioneer ranchers and trail drivers who arrived in East Texas in the 1850’s and at the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, in 1866. The photographs, spanning over 100 years, document ranching history, ranching practices and community gatherings such as the famous Fort Griffin Fandangle. Images of historic ranch buildings, like the one above, are also featured, the oldest one being the Old Stone Ranch, built in 1855 which was the last pioneer outpost between forts.

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University of Texas at San Antonio – HemisFair ’68

Postcard from the HemisFair 1968Working with the UTSA Archives and Special Collections, we’re digitizing 1,000 photographs of the 1968 HemisFair, “The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas.” The images, photographs and slides document the fair – the only international exposition ever held in Texas – from the construction of buildings, to visits by important people such as Lyndon B. Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson, John Connally, and Henry B. Gonzalez. From April  to October of 1968, over 6 million people visited the fair, which brought international attention to San Antonio and Texas.  The photos will be online starting this winter.

Focus on… Thanksgiving!

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. — John F. Kennedy

Thanksgiving issue of the Tulia Herald George Bannerman Dealey at 1941 Thanksgiving service
1943 Thanksgiving issue of the Tulia Herald George Dealey speaking at the Thanksgiving Service at the Hall of State, 1941 from Legacies
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Group at Aubrey Christian Church who started the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Private Collection of Bouncer Goin Thanksgiving postcard from 1908, Private Collection of Joe E. Haynes

Students making a difference …


Meet Josh Kasten, student assistant in the Digital Projects Unit since October 2009Josh was born in Wisconsin, but grew up on a farm in Northeast Indiana. Josh is a military veteran, who served in the Army from 2000 – 2005.  After his training at various bases in the U.S. specializing in electronics, he served in Baghdad, Iraq from March 2004 – January 2005, mostly, “driving trucks on Josh Kastenconvoys and doing guard duty.”  He was hit by a mortar in October 2004, and his leg was injured. He came back to the US in January 2005 and was discharged in June 2005.

He is now a student at UNT working on a degree in history, and expects to graduate in May of 2010.  After graduation, he intends to do what he has always wanted to do — teach history at a high school and coach football.  He hopes to move, “out west, to the mountains.”

Josh says he has learned a lot about Texas while working in the Digital Projects Lab. One of his favorite projects has been the history reports done by students at Marfa High School.  Rather than being a collection of things on one topic, this project has a lot of variation with some interesting essays.

Josh finds it fascinating to see how sparsely populated pasture lands have turned into the metro areas of Texas in a matter of decades. He likes working with the primary historical documents. He hopes it will make history more interesting for users; he feels that rather than being told what happened by someone else, these collections give people the opportunity to,  “… see items firsthand and put the puzzle together themselves – the fun part of history.”


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The Hemphill County News Online

The Hemphill County News ran for almost 30 years, from March 1939 through July 1968. The sole owners of the newspaper were husband and wife, Othello and Elna Miller. He was the publisher and editor and she was in charge of the reporting and advertising. The Portal now has the newspaper online from 1939-1953.

The paper was published in the town of Canadian, Texas, the county seat of Hemphill County NewsHemphill County, located in the northeast section of the Texas panhandle. Canadian, Texas was, and still is, a ranching and farming community. It is also known as “Rodeo Town” since it was the first place in Texas to stage a commercial rodeo, back in 1888.

The Hemphill County News began in March 1939. The Millers were soon joined by Earl “Scoop” Clark as their reporter. For a couple of months in 1939 they became a semi-weekly paper with publications on Tuesday and Friday. 1940 saw the inclusion of syndicated news from Bell Syndicate and Western Newspaper Union. The Hemphill County News became part of the Panhandle Press Association in July 1939. By the mid-1940s and 1950s the newspaper was a combination of local-only advertising, syndicated columns, and local stories. Syndicated columns included: Star Dust – Stage, Screen and Radio News, The Hometown Reporter in Washington, Household Memos, The Washington Merry-Go-Round, The Fiction Corner, Around the House, Grassroots, The Bible Speaks, Sportscope, and comic strips. Locally written columns included: Happy Birthday, Local News, 10 Years Ago in the News, and the Classified Ads. It had something for everyone, claiming to be “The Only Paper With Complete Coverage in Both City and Country.”

The Bartlett Tribune Online

The town of Bartlett straddles the border of both Williamson and Bell Counties, and settlers began to populate the area in the 1850s. When the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad made plans to lay tracks through the area in 1881, the citizenry decided to form a town. John T. Bartlett and J.E. Pietzsch donated land for the township, and by 1884, Bartlett could boast a population of 300, a post office, a gin, a hotel, a grocer, a meat market, four churches, and a school.

Bartlett TribuneThe Bartlett Tribune began publication in 1886, and served a vital role in the community by reporting on national, state, and local news, publishing obituaries, and creating a record of legal notices for the area. As in any community, the newspaper provided the most in-depth means of preserving the stories that formed the town and its citizens.

With partners at the Bartlett Activities Center and Historical Society of Bartlett, UNT created a plan to microfilm, digitize, and provide free online access to the Bartlett Tribune between 1902 – 1972. This project was made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Editor and owner of the Tribune-Progress, Gayle Bielss, graciously granted copyright permission for UNT to host this newspaper online.

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Libraries Digital Projects Unit receives $631,720 grant 
The UNT Libraries have received a two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to investigate collection development needs related to online government information.

Working with the Internet Archive, project investigators will research several methods of classifying materials from the 2008-09 End-of-Term Web Archive of the .gov and .mil domains. In addition, UNT will develop metrics for measuring units of selected materials in Web archives — allowing archived materials to be quantified in a way that is more familiar to libraries and university adminstrators. For more details on this project, please see the UNT News Service Story.

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The CyberCemetery: where Federal Agencies go to die . . .
What happens when a federal agency ceases operations and closes its door? Since 1997, the UNT Libraries have been harvesting the websites of defunct goverment agencies, and making them permanently accessible to the public. Much of this information would have disappeared forever if UNT had not captured it. Due to our role in creating the CyberCemetery, and other vital government-related digital materials, the UNT Libraries exist as one of only ten Affiliated Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and is the only university in the U.S. to hold that distinction with the U.S. Naval Academy and West Point.

Examples of some of the archived websites include the Commission to Strengthen Social Security, the National Drought Policy Commission Home, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and the United States Information Agency.

Columbia Accident Investigation Board Weapons of Mass Destruction Advisory Commission on Holocaust assests in the US
Columbia Accident Investigation Board Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States

 

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Without question, having the resource on the Portal in such a way that I could search for specific wording in the text, as well as move from one period to another, was heaven.  If for every one of these information needs, I had had to find my way to a library holding this specific resource, my work would have been strung out more than time would have allowed.  In other words, the history I am completing would not have been as thorough and as fully informed as having the Portal has empowered me to make it.

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This wonderful image of Fort Worth aviation workers demonstrating the different varieties of safety goggles comes from our partners at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth.

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The e-newsletter of UNT’s Portal to Texas History| July 2009

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New Portal! 
What’s in the lab now?
Focus on . . . Summer!

Making a Difference
TDNP: a new grant

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Fort Wolters, TX PanoramaPanorama of Camp Wolters, Texas, 1941, Boyce Ditto Public Library

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The New Portal!


Designed with you in mind

After months of conducting user studies, planning, testing and retesting, we are happy to present the new Portal to Texas History. The new Portal contains the same interesting materials you’ve come to expect, but in a redesigned web site with easier to use navigation and searching. In the new Portal, you can:

  • target Basic Searches by material type or item record type
  • view brief or full records for each item
  • see any image in six different sizes
  • use enhanced zooming for maps and other large format items
  • get a suggested citation for an item
  • use the Share feature to send content to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other social networking sites
  • find Help in our extensive suite of help guides
  • and much more…

Behind the scenes, the Portal content now resides in a more robust system that ensures that we will be able to support ever-increasing numbers of users, add many more collections, and periodically provide new enhancements. For example, later this year we plan to roll out faceted searching that will allow you to filter your search results by category and find related collections or subjects.

Calling all Genealogists!

Over the past year the IOGENE Project at the University of North Texas Libraries has been working with genealogical societies and individual family history researchers in northeast Texas to understand how they use the Portal to Texas History. Their input led to several major enhancements in the new Portal. The redesigned Portal will help genealogists: 

  • Discover anything from an ancestor’s picture to
    a rare historical map.
  • Explore resources for a specific Texas county.
  • Optimize searches using a Help guide for Genealogical Materials.

We are particularly interested in feedback from people researching their Texas ancestors.
brief survey is accessible from the footer of most pages in the Portal. Please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey about your experience!

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What’s in the Lab now?

Abilene Photograph Collection

The Lab is now in the process of digitizing the Abilene Photograph Collection consisting of 10,000 4 inch x 5 inch black and white negatives dating from the early twentieth century to the present. The collection has a delightful assortment of images of community members, homes, businesses, churches and ranches. The collection details Abilene’s rich history, capturing a multitude of public events in Abilene and surrounding areas as do these two portraits from Abilene’s early years
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Abilene Library Photograph collection group portrait Abilene Library Photograph collection, wedding portrait

The collection is owned by Hardin-Simmons University and housed in the Richardson Research Center of the Southwest in HSU’s Richardson Library. Developing the collection was a community project with McMurry University and Hardin-Simmons taking the lead role. 

Focus on… Summer!

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Enjoying the pool. University of North Texas Libraries collection, 2006. Getting Ready for Old Settlers Barbeque, Childress County Heritage Museum
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Camp Wildurr on Village Creek in Hardin, First Christian Church, Port Arthur Glen Lake Camp, Archives of the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Church

Making a difference

Meet Jeremy Moore, Manager of the Digital Projects Lab, who organizes and oversees all the projects in the lab. He assigns projects to student assistants and maintains the equipment used for digitizing historic and contemporary content that is put into the Portal to Texas History and into the UNT Digital Collections. Jeremy began working in the lab as a student assistant in March 2005 and became the lab manager in February 2007.Jeremy Moore with Pancake

Jeremy hails from Springfield, IL; Charlottesville, VA; and Lake Dallas, TX. He is currently working on an MFA in Photography and an MA in Art History. He expects to graduate in 2011. He likes the facilities and scope of a university with 35+K students, but with a small college feel.

Due to his knowledge of photography and photographic processes, Jeremy is quite helpful when others need help dating photographs. He gives an educated assessment of dates based on stamps, brands, or logos on the prints. He has provided expert guidance regarding handling and scanning of glass plate negatives. Jeremy said this job has taught him a lot about managing people. He began with only four student assistants and now has over sixteen. He said that the “students never cease to amaze me with goofs and …great insights that have improved our output in the lab.”

Outside the lab, Jeremy is serious about his photography. Most of his work is landscape-based using a Chamonix 4×5 camera. His artist statement describes his work as, “find[ing] beauty in the chaos of everyday life. He distills the world around him into images that existed for a single moment. [His subjects have] an acute sense of aesthetic form and geometric order.” To view his work take a look at Jeremy’s website. By the way, he has a show (Road Trip: Denton, TX to Las Vegas, NV) up at the Union Gallery at the University of North Texas Union through July 29, 2009.



A New Grant to digitize …more newspapers

Direct from the UNT News Release, July 2009 written by Nancy Kolsti


UNT receives additional funds to digitize historical Texas newspapers
DENTON (UNT), Texas — The front page of the Sept. 10, 1900, issue of the Houston Daily Post contained an eyewitness account from a Houston businessman of “the great disaster that had befallen the nearby city.” In the account, the newspaper reported that “at least 1,000 people” had been drowned, killed or missing.

Texans can now log onto the Internet to read this historic source of information about the hurricane that destroyed Galveston on Sept. 8-9, 1900 — and ultimately killed more than 6,000 people, thanks to the University of North Texas Libraries’ Digital Projects Unit.

The UNT Libraries is one of 22 state partners, and the only partner from Texas, to receive National Endowment for the Humanities funding to digitize newspapers from the late 1800s and early 1900s for the National Digital Newspaper Program, “Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.”The National Digital Newspaper Program, or NDNP, is a long-term effort from NEH and the Library of Congress to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with select digitization of historic papers. NDNP will create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

The UNT Libraries first received a two-year $397,552 grant from NEH in 2007, which allowed the Digital Projects Unit to digitize 108,000 pages of newspapers published in Texas. In addition to pages of the Houston Daily Post, which was established in 1885 and ceased publishing in 1995, the unit digitized pages of:

  • the Brownsville Daily Herald
  • the Jefferson Jimplecute
  • the Palestine Daily Herald
  • the Jewish Herald, now published in Houston as the Jewish Herald-Voice;
  • and the defunct Fort Worth Gazette, which was also published as the Fort Worth Weekly Gazette and the Fort Worth Daily Gazette.

The earliest pages of these newspapers date to 1883, and the latest to 1910.

All of the pages are now available on the Chronicling America web site and will be placed by the end of the summer on the UNT Libraries’ Portal to Texas History, which provides students and others with a digital gateway to collections in Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies and private collections.

The UNT Libraries recently received an additional two-year grant of $399,790 to expand its digitization of historic Texas newspapers, Cathy Nelson Hartmanwith pages from as early as 1860 and as late as 1922 digitized, said Cathy Hartman, the UNT Libraries’ assistant dean for digital and information technologies.

In addition to providing those interested in Texas history with local perspectives of national news stories, such as the 1900 Galveston hurricane and World War I, Hartman said the 19th- and early 20th-century newspapers included human interest stories.

“They covered things that newspapers don’t cover any more, such as whose relatives came by for tea,” Hartman said. “That gives us a glimpse into what life was like in that community. The advertising is interesting as well.”

Dreanna Belden, coordinator of grants and development for the UNT Libraries, said the style of reporting in these newspapers is also interesting.

“You read stories about murders and crimes, and they were so graphically written,” she said.

Belden said a committee of scholars will decide the next round of Texas newspapers that will be digitized. These papers are on microfilm at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech University and other locations throughout Texas.

The UNT Libraries are also are a partner with the Oklahoma Historical Society, which received a $307,000 grant from NEH to make 100,000 pages of historical Oklahoma newspapers available to the National Digital Newspaper Project. The Digital Projects Unit will provide the technical expertise for the OHS, which has 85 percent of Oklahoma newspapers ever published on microfilm, Belden said.

“In 1844, the Cherokees published the Cherokee Advocate, which was the first newspaper in what is now Oklahoma,” she said. “Three newspapers existed in Indian Territory prior to the Civil War, related either to missions or tribal government, and 28 newspapers appeared between the war and 1889, the opening of the Unassigned Lands in the state to settlers. For the first time, these newspapers will be made available to the general public.”

 

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A-Z Digitization Project

The A-to-Z Digitization Project encompasses all pre-1960 government documents selected by the UNT Libraries Government Documents Department for retro-cataloging purposes.  We are digitizing them alphabetically, starting with the call letter A, which includes agricultural documents, such as the Farmers’ Bulletin published by the USDA since 1889. These bulletins provide a snapshot of farming and the American household before 1960. For instance, some may chuckle at the bulletin titled “Chinchilla Raising” but Chinchilla fur was a popular fashion item in 1950. Topics range from “Rammed Earth Walls for building” to “Chrysanthemums for the home.” The bulletin “Potatoes in popular ways” published in 1944 describes the nutritional benefits of potatoes and provides various recipes, possibly to help American households add variety to their rations during World War II.

Bulletin: Soybeans Bulletin: Potatoes Bulletin: earth walls Bulletin: ChinchillaBulletin: rye

 


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A.F. Weaver Collection, Boyce Ditto Library

The A.F.Weaver Collection covers the founding of Mineral Wells through its mercurial growth as a resort center and army town up to the present. A. F. Weaver was a photographer and local historian, and the collection includes photographs that he took as well as photographs he collect

The Lasso, yearbook of Howard Payne University

Above is an ad for the Davis Bath House in Mineral Wells. The A.F. Weaver Collection includes a number of photos of bath houses in Mineral Wells, a town that was a popular vacation destination because of its reportedly healing waters.

Totem, yearbook of McMurray University

The Bimini Bath House, later known as the Wagley Building, was also a popular stop in Mineral Wells.

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Linda Finch

Aviator Linda Finch stands in front of the Lockheed L-10A Electra aircraft in which she successfully recreated the last ill-fated flight of Amelia Earhart in 1997, known as “World Flight 1997.”

This image comes from the collectionsof our partners at the Genevieve Miller Hitchcock Public Library.

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Pair of child’s leather shoeswith pegged heels; three buttons and scallops on side of each, Star of the Republic Museum collection.

Girl with pile of shoes, photograph Jose Castillo, University of North Texas Libraries collection

Girl with a pile of shoes, photographer Jose Castillo, University of North Texas Libraries collection.

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Don Baskins nailing a shoe on a horse in Hereford, Texas, Deaf Smith County Library collection.

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