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This colorful panorama 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 copied from local families and established research sources.
Aubrey Area Photographs feature the private collection of Bouncer Goin. He, his mother, and grandmother collected local history materials from their hometown of Aubrey, Texas. Materials include a 1918 Aubrey High School Yearbook; family photos; and images of local churches, businesses, and the tornado of April 1918.
This collection contains editions of The Pickwicker and The Shinnery Review, student-led literary magazines that include original short stories, essays, poems, artwork, and other creative works. The Pickwicker was published at Abilene Christian University between 1930 and 1990 and The Shinnery Review has been published since 1995.
The Abilene Christian University Yearbooks collection features issues of the Prickly Pear from 1916 through 2007, and include text and photographs about students, professors, sports, and organizations. Notable alumni include Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope, Olympic sprinter Bobby Morrow, Pulitzer prize winning photographer David Leeson, and inspirational author Max Lucado.
The Abilene Photograph Collection consists of over 10,000 images that range 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.
The Age is a monthly publication reporting current events of the Chambers County Historical Commission, the Wallisville Heritage Park, and County Historical and Genealogical Societies. The paper was established in Houston in 1871 by D. L. McGary and moved to Wallisville in 1897. It was discontinued in 1908 and then reestablished by the Wallisville Heritage Park in 1979.
This collection from the Weslaco Museum features photographs from Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show, which debuted in 1929. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Area organizations, individuals, and women's clubs would donate hundreds of hours to create these agricultural and fashion wonders.
The Stella Hill Memorial Library presents its collection of the weekly newspaper, The Alto Herald. The issues presented cover the period from 1909-1966. Hard copies and microfilm have long been a favorite research source, but digitization, funded by the Tocker Foundation, will make the material more readily available to the public.
Prohibitionists William A. Askew, Robert E. Underwood, and Jonathan W. Crudgington purchased the Amarillo Evening American. Renamed the Amarillo Daily News, the newspaper lobbied against the “licensed saloon and its attendant evils” exemplified by Amarillo’s notorious Bowery District, which was filled with bars, brothels, and violent crime.
The American Lumberman Photograph collection contains 255 scanned gelatin silver prints made by American Lumberman photographers during visits to Diboll in 1903 and 1907, documenting the lumber companyâ€™s management, logging operations, Texas South-Eastern Railroad, timber, lumber camps, sawmills, commissary, and social life.
The Arlington Public Library and Fielder House present their collection of items depicting the Arlington Police Department from the early 1900's to present day. The collection contains legal documents, clippings, and over 290 photographs of various people, places, and activities concerning the department.
The Austin College Yearbook has been called The Chromascope since its first appearance in 1899. This collection extends from 1899 through 1950 with the exception of 1918 when there was no yearbook published. From 1931 through 1933, the yearbook was entitled, The Chromascope and The Key, in recognition a relationship between Austin College and Kidd-Key College and Conservatory. Contained within these yearbooks are photos and information chronicling the school, student body, professors, administration, and student organizations.
The Austin History Center at the Austin Public Library presents images from General Collection Photographs (also called the Austin Files) that depict the city of Austin, Texas from the 1830s to the 1970s. The photographs include a wide range of subjects, from images of the Texas State Capitol and Barton Springs, to aerial views, cityscapes, and much more.
The Moses and Stephen F. Austin Papers consist primarily of the personal and official records of Moses Austin (1761-1821), and his son Stephen F. Austin (1793-1836) who carried out his father's plan for the Anglo colonization of Mexican Texas. Included is material related to the history and early peregrinations of the Austin family, especially their years in Missouri; their business activities, including the lead mines, store and banking investments; the pursuit of both men for permission to colonize and Stephen F. Austin's management of the resulting colony; the events leading up to the Texas Revolution and then the Revolution itself; and the first few months of the Republic of Texas. There is also a small cache of later family correspondence on historical topics.
The Atlanta Public Library presents the Cass County and Atlanta Newspaper Collection including the Cass County Sun, the Citizens Journal, the Atlanta News, the Atlanta Times, and the Paper. The collection's publications provided news, entertainment, and advertising to the residents of Cass County for over 100 years.
The first edition of The Bastrop Advertiser and County News, now The Bastrop Advertiser, was published on March 1, 1853, giving it claim to being the oldest continuously published weekly (semi-weekly since Sept. 5, 1977) in Texas. Available on The Portal to Texas History is the Bastrop Advertiser from 1854 to 1954.
Baylor County, in North Central Texas, was formally organized in 1879 with Seymour as its county seat. The Baylor County Banner printed its first edition in 1895, following the previously established newspapers, the Monitor and the News. The Banner continues to be published weekly today, providing the residents of Seymour, Texas with local, state, and national news. The Baylor County Banner has been digitized through the support of a Tocker Foundation grant, in collaboration with the Baylor County Free Library.
More than 250 photos document the history of Bergstrom Air Force Base from its early days in the 1940s when it was known as Del Valle Army Air Base to its closure and transformation into Austin’s municipal airport in the 1990s. There are portraits of officers, group portraits of aircrew classes, candid scenes, views of buildings and facilities, aerial views, and photos of visiting dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II and President Nixon.
The Bill and Marcella Bradly Collection consists of large format negatives donated by the Bradly family to the Deaf Smith County Public Library. Photographer Bill Bradly documented the people and businesses of the area and created preservation negatives of historic photographs. This photographic collection richly illustrates Texas's cattle and farming tradition. This project is supported in part by Humanities Texas, the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas, Austin contributed materials for the collaborative digital collection Lorenzo de Zavala Online: Empresario, Statesman, and Texas Revolutionary. Materials include correspondence or writings from Lorenzo de Zavala, Jose Antonio Mexia, Valentin Gomez Farias, Crescencio Rejon, General Adrian Woll, Baradere, de Valle, Gomez Pedraza, Vicente Filisola, and Carlos Maria Bustamente. This project is supported in part by Humanities Texas, the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
With origins in Germany, Hungary, Russia, Italy, and Denmark this collection of banknotes, vouchers, and coupons from 1915 to 1925 came from the tumultuous times of World War I and its aftermath. Many of the items are intricately illustrated with vivid colors and images. This collection is presented by the Howard Payne University Library.
After the discovery of oil in the West Texas town, Borger quickly established itself as a boomtown, attracting oil men, prospectors, gamblers and bootleggers. Hutchinson County Library presents its collection of the Borger Daily Herald newspaper that documents the rapid growth and activity of Borger and the surrounding area, 1927-1941.
In 1916, Mildred Paxton, Raymond Foy and Horace Blackwell initiated and promoted the idea of a weekly student paper at Hardin-Simmons University. The Brand began weekly publication on October 13, 1916. Foy and Blackwell sold advertising to support the project. The class of 1917 donated a printing press to the college for Brand use. This collection features issues from 1916-1989.
The Breckenridge Public Library in Stephens County presents the Breckenridge Daily American newspaper, 1922-1940. The Breckenridge Daily American with its sensational headlines kept the town of Breckenridge informed of international and national events as well as local news and gossip. The newspaper documents Breckenridge's thriving development and commerce during the twentieth century. Other newspapers from the Breckenridge Public Library are the Breckenridge Weekly Democrat (1926-1933), the Stephens County Sun (1933-1940), and the junior and senior high school newspaper published by the journalism students, The Dynamo (1932-1939).
The Breckenridge Public Library in Stephens County presents the Breckenridge Weekly Democrat . This paper, established around 1899 by E. W. Davenport, was published by Breckenridge American Pub. Co. - also the publisher of the Breckenridge [Daily] American. Similar to the Breckenridge [Daily] American , the Weekly Democrat served up sensational headlines but on a weekly basis. This is one of five newspapers from the Breckenridge Public Library, the others being: The Breckenridge [Daily] American, the Stephens County Sun, the Stephens County Times, and The Dynamo.
The Brenham Weekly Banner, a newspaper opposed to the Civil War Reconstruction, was edited by "Colonel" John G. Rankin, a veteran of the Confederate Army. The paper ran from 1877 to 1907. By 1897, it circulated every Thursday to over 1,300 readers. At that time, the paper spanned eight pages, each 15 by 22 inches, at the same subscription rate. In 1907, Rankin suspended the Brenham Weekly Banner, which was succeeded by the weekly Brenham Banner; all the while he oversaw the Brenham Daily Banner as well. Six years later, in 1913, the various editions of the Banner merged with the Brenham Daily Press, an arrangement that continues to the present.
Building the African-American Community is a collection of photographs and texts largely from the Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum, a museum dedicated to preserving Austin’s African-American cultural history. The museum was named for Jacob Fontaine, who was born a slave in 1808 and served the community as a minister. He established several churches, a newspaper (the Gold Dollar), taught school, and established a grocery store and laundry. The collection includes photographs of church parishioners, families, students, weddings, church groups, and more from Austin’s African-American community.
Four generations of photographers – all named Byrd Williams – documented more than 100 years of North Texas history with their work. Now, UNT Libraries has acquired their collection, consisting of over 10,000 prints and 300,000 negatives. The materials include commercial and studio photography, western landscapes, documentary studies, and fine art photography. Family correspondence, artifacts, and a collection of cameras were also donated by Byrd Williams IV.
The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History presents The Cameron Herald, a weekly newspaper published in Cameron, Milam County, Texas. The community was formed in 1846, named after Ewen Cameron, a Scottish highlander who participated in the Texas Revolution and was a member of the Mier Expedition during the war with Mexico. This weekly newspaper includes local, state, and national news as well as advertising.
The Canadian Advertiser was published from 1938-1939 by Othello Ontje Miller, and was suceeded by the Hemphill County News when the Advertiser ceased publication in 1939. 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.
UNT Libraries present Canyon City News, a weekly newspaper published in Canyon City, Randall County, Texas. The newspaper began as the Canyon City Stayer in 1896 and primarily covered stock raising. It was bought by attorney George A. Brandon in 1903 and renamed Canyon City News. The newspaper included local, state, and national news as well as advertising and items promoting the community. In 1908 the paper was sold to Charles O. Keiser and the paper was renamed the Randall County News.
The Witte Museum's Carpa Cubana and Sabino Gomez Photograph Collection documents the Mexican American tent shows that traveled Mexico and the Southwestern United States. Active from around 1910 until the 1940s, the "carpas" combined traditional circus acts such as acrobats and clowns with theatrical performances such as singing, dancing, and comedy routines.
The Charles and Catherine Schulze Collection at the Irving Archives features photographs donated by Charles Schulze Jr. and his wife, Catherine. Charles Schulze Jr. was the nephew of J. O. Schulze, a co-founder of Irving. The photographs include images of Irving at the turn of the century, as well as many images taken by the Chicago Rock Island railroad survey crew as they traveled throughout the south. J. O. Schulze, Charles Schulze Sr., and Otis Brown figure prominently in these photos, but, unfortunately, other members of the crew are unidentified.
The Cechoslovak and Weske Noviny newspaper was a Czech language paper that served the growing Czech communities in Rosenberg and West, Texas from 1918 to 1945. Presented by the University of Texas at San Antonio, the weekly paper featured local, state, national, and world news as well as advertising.
This collection includes city directories, business directories, legal directories, and phone directories from the late nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. Each directory has an index and many advertisements from local businesses. The city directories generally include names, addresses, and telephone numbers for residents and businesses. Many of the directories include advertisements.
Civil War and its Aftermath: Diverse Perspectives consists of eight archival collections reflecting the experiences of women, professional men, military men, Texas cattlemen, businessmen, farmers, and government officials, from different parts of the country, with different political views and experiences. Altogether, these Civil War and Reconstruction-era papers include information about events in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C. They reflect the experiences of women, professional men, military men, Texas cattlemen, businessmen, farmers, and government officials, from different parts of the country, with different political views and experiences. The project was generously funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
The Daniel Baker College began as a small Presbyterian school, established in 1889 in Brownwood, Texas. The Collegian newspapers are a treasure of information about campus life and personalities, as well as a reflection of the values and way of life at a small college in the first half of the twentieth century. This collection features issues dated from 1923 - 1950.
The Community Bulletin is a weekly newspaper, 1967-1968, that reported on church and community events, civil rights, political races, educational changes, and the job market. A regular feature highlights famous African Americans in history and includes excerpts of African American poetry. The bulletin is a unique document of the time that describes crushing economic contrasts, the inequity of segregation and desegregation. Howard and Clara Caver started the Community Bulletin: Another Voice is heard in 1967 as a service to the community of black churches in Abilene, Texas.
The Corral is the first student publication of Hardin-Simmons University beginning in 1902 and continuing to the present time. Once the Brand began publication in 1916, the Corral was dedicated to literary offerings. Beginning in the 1960's art submissions, including drawings, paintings, and photographs were included in the Corral. The significance of this publication is both a history of the university and a record of creative efforts of the university's students.
Tarleton State University presents the Cross Timbers Business Report, a quarterly report which addresses the economic conditions across the United States, Texas, and Erath County. The Report's data are compiled from statistics and information available from government agencies and includes summaries and commentary.
The University of North Texas Archives present their collection of photographs for the 1997 National Cutting Horse Association Summer Cutting Spectacular, which was held at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. Founded in 1946, the National Cutting Horse Association is an equestrian organization that strives to promote cutting horses as a competition sport.
Published in Cameron County, Texas, the Daily Cosmopolitan began distribution to the Brownsville population in 1879. The Daily Cosmopolitan was issued every night of the week except Sunday. Editor W.P. Guirey was fluent in Spanish and therefore specialized in reporting on Matamoros residents and topics, along with nearby border town news.
The first issue of The Amarillo Daily Panhandle was published in 1906 by Peter E. Bosen. It ran every evening except Sunday. As the official newspaper of Amarillo and Potter County, the Panhandle printed local political, school board, church, and social news in addition to state and national news. The Panhandle was unusual for the period because it lacked advertising on the front page.
Self-proclaimed as “the South’s Oldest and Largest Negro Newspaper,” the Dallas Express traces its roots to 1892, when William E. King began publishing the Dallas Bee. Renamed the Dallas Express in 1893, the paper served as an advocate for blacks in Dallas and throughout the South for over 70 years.
The Dallas Museum of Art presents the Dallas Museum of Art Exhibition Records Collection which contains published catalogs for exhibitions held by the museum between 1903 and 1983. The catalogs, which vary in length, contain a checklist of objects included in the exhibition, and may include essays and images. The collection also contains related unpublished materials including checklists, invitations, press releases, and other ephemera for exhibitions held by the museum between 1903 and 1990s.
The Sixth Floor Museum’s Dallas Times Herald Collection contains original negatives of approximately 700 black-and-white news images taken by the newspaper’s photographers over the assassination weekend and beyond. Included in the collection are many unique and crucial images, and though only a few of these historic scenes were published by the Times Herald in 1963, they provide a powerful visual record of President Kennedy's last hours in Fort Worth and Dallas, including the motorcade, assassination aftermath, and investigations. The images also provide compelling evidence of the grief and chaos that ensued in the days following the tragedy.
The Trail, 1913 - 1952, was the yearbook for Daniel Baker College in Brownwood, Texas. The yearbooks feature school songs, yells, student writings and artwork, and photos of faculty, students, student groups, and athletic events. Some early photographs of Brownwood, Texas buildings and homes are also notable. The first yearbook was published in 1913, and was called "The Trail". In 1929, a paperbound volume was issued with the title "The Hill Billie," and was published from 1929-1931. The Trail began publication again in 1933.
Starting as a short column in the Breckenridge Weekly Democrat around 1930, The Dynamo soon offered a full page edition within the Weekly Democrat. The Dynamo was published by the Breckenridge junior and senior high school journalism students and covered PTA news, club news, listed the honor roll, reported on sports events, etc. Encouraging catchphrases were given to the students such as "Study harder: Get your name on the Honor ROLL" or "Back Buckaroo Basketball." This is one of five newspapers provided by the Breckenridge Public Library. Others include: The Breckenridge [Daily] American, The Breckenridge Weekly Democrat, the Stephens County Sun and the Stephens County Times.
From Plowshares to Diplomas: Digitizing Early Denton History draws on materials from the University of North Texas Libraries, the Denton Public Library, the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, and Texas Woman's University. Materials will include historic photographs, books, maps, city directories, and records from numerous Denton women's clubs. Work on this project began in March of 2006, and will continue through 2007. Funding for this project is provided by the Forrest C. Lattner Foundation.
Barron F. Deal and James P. Baker established the Herald Publishing Company in 1881 and published the first issue of the El Paso Herald in April of that year. The paper circulated in El Paso and surrounding communities, including Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The Herald actively reported on civic progress and international affairs. As the Scripps Howard News attested in January 1951, "In the early 1900s the Herald stood for 'Republicanism, radicalism, and reformation.'" With the Herald representing the Republicans and the rival El Paso Times editorializing for the nascent Democratic Party, the two papers served as rallying points for the community. The paper ran through 1997, after merging with the El Paso Evening Post
The Institute of Texan Cultures presents El Regidor, a weekly newspaper and one of the few Spanish language newspapers published in San Antonio during the late nineteenth century. The paper was published by Pablo Cruz beginning in 1888. El Regidor featured local, national, and international news and advertising, and also advanced and defended the interests of the barrio community.
The Ferris Wheel documents the history of Ferris, Texas. The Ferris Public Library presents the Ferris Wheel from 1896-1897. The weekly newspaper contains, local, national and world news, stories, illustrations, poetry, jokes, and advertisements. Funding for this project was provided by the North East Texas Library System.
Johnson County Historical Association contributes its Finders Keepers quarterlies that are a compilation of genealogical and historical information pertaining to residents and locales of Johnson County as recorded in first-hand accounts and historical documents. Many genealogical records for county residents and descendants are also included, as are photographs of people, places and events of the county's past.
The Fire Museum of Texas features a selection of its large and significant collection of uniform patches from city and volunteer fire departments from all over the state of Texas. The collection is the largest and most complete of its type and the patches represent the history of fire service in the state.
Started by German newspaper editor Ferdinand Flake, Flake's Bulletin in its many title incarnations served the Galveston area from 1865 until 1872. Ferdinand Flake left Germany for America at the age of eighteen, where he earned his living by selling cigars, owning and running a mercantile business, and then purchasing and running Die Union, Texas' first German-language newspaper. Die Union and Flake's Daily Bulletin both ceased publication shortly after Ferdinand Flake's death in 1872.
The Margaret Formby Memorial Collection features the Deaf Smith County Library's set of 374 historical newspapers published in Hereford, Texas from 1901-1908. The fully-searchable collection of newspapers was made possible by donations to the Deaf Smith County Friends of the Library in memory of Mrs. Formby, who was dedicated to the preservation of Texas history.
The Fort Bend Museum Collection presents a rich variety of historical materials, including photographs of artifacts from the museum and local history photographs. Among the interesting materials are photographs of U.S. Congressman John M. Moore, prohibitionist Carrie A. Nation, and Jane Long, the "Mother of Texas."
The town of Fort Griffin in Shackelford County, Texas was formed in the late 1860's. It grew quickly and it gained a reputation as a lawless frontier outpost. Presented by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, the Fort Griffin Echo was published from 1879 to 1882. It was published weekly and provided local, state, and national news as well as advertising.
On June 30, 1882, the Fort Worth Daily Gazette published its first issue and this collection includes over 1200 issues dated from 1883 to 1890. The paper's notable editors included B. B. Paddock and Walter Malone. The Fort Worth Daily Gazette reigned as the only North Texas daily west of the Trinity River. When it started in 1882, the Gazette, a true daily "printed every day of the year," enjoyed a circulation of 6,000 subscribers at an annual rate of $10,
The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History presents Fraternity, a publication of the United Benevolent Society of Fort Worth. The Society was a non-profit organization organized through a lodge system that was dedicated to cooperation for mutual benefit and carrying out social, intellectual, charitable, and patriotic activities. Fraternity was published monthly in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas and included news, editorials, and poetry.
From Republic to State: Debates and Documents Relating to the Annexation of Texas, 1836-1856 features maps, books, letters and pamphlets relating to this volatile era in Texas history. As one of only two sovereign nations to become a part of the United States of America, the Republic of Texas occupies a unique place in American history. Funding for this project was provided by the TexTreasures progam.
The General and Special Laws of Texas are often referred to as the "session laws". They constitute a complete set of all bills passed into law by each session of the Texas Legislature. They are each assigned a chapter number by the Secretary of State and are arranged in chapter number order and published as a bound set following each legislative session.
The George Ranch Collection features extensive materials from the George Ranch Historical Park a 23,000 acre working ranch and living history museum. The land was originally settled in 1824 as part of the Austin Colony by Nancy and Henry Jones. Materials focus on the Jones and George families, and the traditional Texas pursuits of cattle, cotton and oil.
The German Immigration to Texas collection mostly features materials from the University of Texas at Arlington, along with select materials that support this topic, both in English and German. The collection includes maps, photographs, manuscripts, along with books such as German Pioneers in Texas; A Brief History of Their Hardships, Struggles and Achievements.
The Texas General Land Office contributes Historic County Maps from its earliest collections. The maps are cadastral maps, showing original surveys, usually made by virtue of a land grant within a particular county in Texas. Formats represented include manuscripts, lithographs, some early photographs, and blueprints/bluelines. The scale is generally 1 inch to 4000 varas. Most of the maps were compiled and drawn by draftsmen at the GLO, and most are manuscript maps.
Tarleton State University present its yearbook The Grassburr which features photos of and information about the school, student body, professors, and organizations. The Grassburr serves as a record keeper of Tarleton history and remembers organizations like the Janitor's Club, the Silver Keys, and the Lords and Commoners. These organizations are not present on the Tarleton campus today, but are the forerunners for the present sororities and fraternities.
Edwin Harris began publishing the Morning Herald, which initially consisted of four seven-column pages, but it expanded to eight after 1907. Harris died in 1912, and in 1914, cotton broker William C. Poole bought the Herald and appointed his son, Tom Reed Poole, as editor and general manager. The Poole family owned the paper until 1956, when the Harte-Hanks group merged it with the Greenville Banner to form the Greenville Herald-Banner. After several other changes in ownership, the newspaper continues in publication. In early 2010, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., owned the paper, which operated with a circulation of around 8,000.
Hallettsville is the county seat of Lavaca County. The town was formed after Margaret L. Hallett donated the land for the town site in 1836. Presented by the University of Texas at San Antonio, the Hallettsville Rebel is one of thirteen newspapers that circulated in the area by 1913. Once the state paper of the Socialist Party, it ran from 1911 until 1917 when it was forced to cease publication. The Hallettsville Rebel featured political news and articles as well as advertising.
The Hardin-Simmons University Yearbooks collection includes the Bronco, which includes photos and information about the school, student body, professors, and organizations. The Bronco is preserved as a complete collection for the years 1908-2007, with 1918 being the only year not available due to no publication for that year. This rich source documents the history and development of Hardin-Simmons University, a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith.
The 12th Armored Division Association presents its collection of the newsletter, Hellcat News, a publication dedicated to the activities of the 12th Armored Division and its previous servicemen. The division was activated in September of 1942 at Camp Campbell, Kentucky. It conducted operations in France and Germany and was recognized for, among other things, being a liberating element of the Kaufering concentration camps.
The Hemphill County News provides access to this newspaper from 1939-1951. The Hemphill County News began publication in 1939, and was published until 1968 by editor Othello Ontje Miller. 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.
Home of the Big Cypress Bayou and a Carnegie library, Jefferson, Texas contains a variety of historic establishments and tourist attractions. The Home Advocate is one of two newspaper collections available on The Portal to Texas History, which also hosts 19th-century issues of the Jefferson Jimplecute.
Established in Fannin County in 1891, the Honey Grove Signal was published in Fannin County until 1929. In 1929, the newspaper changed ownership and became the Honey Grove Signal-Citizen. The Honey Grove Newspaper Collection has been compiled by the citizens of Honey Grove, Texas, in cooperation with the Honey Grove Preservation League.
The Horse Country USA Archive includes photographs from the Cutting Horse Photography Collection, the Don Shugart Photography Collection, and the Ray and Joyce Bankston Dalco Photography Collection. The Archive consists of a wide variety of photographs of horses, their riders, and cutting horse competiions.
Officially formed in 1886, the Daily Post established itself as the premier paper in Houston and one of the leading daily publications in Texas. The paper was led by its editor and future U.S. Senator Rienzi M. Johnston. By 1901, circulation had climbed to 14,207. Regular features of the Daily Post included "To Make Houston Greater" pieces by newspaper staff and guest columns written by local businessmen and community leaders speculating on the potential outcomes of expanding Houston, as well as reports on world news.
The Howard Payne catalogue is an annual publication describing the campus location, statement of purpose and beliefs, faculty and staff, types of courses and degrees offered, boarding facilities, and campus organizations. The issues from 1891 through 1923-24 contain a few black and white photographs of the campus, early Brownwood homes and businesses, student groups, and faculty members, plus a roster of both current students and recent alumni (1891-1954).
The Lasso, 1913-2002, and the Swarm, 2002-present, are the yearbooks for Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. Featured are photographs of individual students, professors, campus buildings, campus organizations, and highlights of sporting events. The Howard Payne Lasso, 1912-2001,chronicles the yearly events in the life of the college (later university). The Lasso was published annually from volume 1, 1912, until the publication changed its name to Swarm in 2002.
The Huntsville Item was founded in 1850, succeeding the Texas Banner. It began as a weekly paper, published every Saturday morning. The Item is one of the oldest continuously published newspapers in Texas and is still in print today. The Item's presses also print the college newspapers, the Battalion of Texas A&M and the Houstonian of Sam Houston State University.
The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History presents the Huth Family Papers collection, which contains personal and business correspondence, financial and legal records, manuscript material, printed material, photographic material, and translations and transcriptions in German, French, and English which document the business, personal, and civic activities of Ferdinand Louis Huth as he immigrated to Texas, assisted in the administration of a new colony, and served in public office.
The J. L. Patton Collection presents images from materials at the Dallas Historical Society collected by legendary African-American Dallas educator, J. L. Patton. Patton began working for the Dallas Independent School District in 1926 as a teacher at J. P. Starks Elementary. He became principal of Booker T. Washington High School in 1939 and led the school until 1969, when he became an assistant superintendent, serving until retirement in 1971.
The Jimplecute was one of Marion County's most influential publications, and survives today as Texas's fifth oldest newspaper. It was published by Taylor and Taylor as the Jimplecute from 1900 to 1907, then under the name of the Jefferson Jimplecute from 1907 to 1926. The weekly served primarily the town of Jefferson, but it also circulated throughout northeast Texas and occasionally addressed its contents to nearby communities such as Lockett. The paper's curious name can be traced to two possible sources: 1) a colloquial expression meaning "sweetheart" or 2) a strange mythical creature composed of elements of a dragon, an Indian, an armadillo, and a lion.
The first issue of The Jewish Herald appeared on September 24, 1908, but the paper had its origins in a news bulletin that the editor Edgar Goldberg sent to the Jewish community in April 1908. At that time, Houston could count approximately 1,700 Jewish residents and two Jewish congregations. The Jewish Herald was a weekly publication, devoted to matters of interest to the Hebrew citizens of Houston.
George G. Fox, rabbi of the Fort Worth congregation Beth-el, started the Fort Worth Jewish Monitor in 1914. It was a regional weekly paper designed to connect local rabbis and congregations. Rabbi Fox became the editor, while the board of directors at Beth-el helped finance the project and find investors for the Monitor Publishing Company, which printed the paper.
The John F. Kennedy/Dallas Police Department Collection contains 404 photographs that include the sniper's nest in downtown Dallas Texas School Book Depository Building, where Oswald allegedly fired on Kennedys 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.
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Collection features more than 11, 000 pages of investigative materials from the Dallas Police Department's extensive investigation currently housed at the Dallas Municipal Archives. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza contributed approximately 700 black-and-white news images taken by the Dallas Times Herald's photographers that documents the events surrounding the assassination and four handwritten journals from jurors who sat on the Jack Ruby trial.
John James Herrera (1910-1986), lawyer and leading civil rights advocate for Mexican Americans, played a role in key cases that ultimately established that separate schools for Mexican American children were illegal and that the systematic exclusion of Spanish-speaking citizens from service on juries was unconstitutional. Herrera severed as national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and was politically active throughout his life. He relates that one of the most memorable nights of his life was on November 21, 1963, when he introduced President John F. Kennedy to a group of LULAC members gathered at the Rice Hotel for a reception.
John M. Sharpe, Sr. became the executive head of the Sun Publishing Company and editor of the Williamson County Sun in 1918. He also served the city of Georgetown as mayor and postmaster, each three times. Presented by the Williamson County Museum, this collection of Sharpe family photographs and documents feature historical images of family members as well as biographies and texts of news articles and more.
Texas Southern University features more than 200 photographs from the Barbara C. Jordan Archives. Barbara Jordan ran for the Texas House twice, in 1962 and 1964. She then ran for the Texas Senate in 1966, winning a seat and becoming the first African American since Reconstruction to serve in the Texas State Senate.
José L. Castillo, a correspondent for the international EFE News Service, donated his archive of photographs taken between July 2004 and July 2006 to the UNT Archives. The images depict protests and political events in the Latino community, including the march protesting immigration bill HR 4437 in April 2006 by more than 350,000 people; Hispanic community and political leaders; and festivals, Latino soccer leagues and other gatherings in the North Texas area.
The Journal of the Effective Schools Project collection consists of 19 published journals resulting from the Tarleton State University Effective Schools Project. The Effective Schools Project (ESP) at Tarleton State University is dedicated to the goals of improving school effectiveness, raising the achievement level of public school students, and improving the professional development of preservice and inservice educators. Established in 1988, ESP seeks to unite the efforts of public school educators and university faculty in striving for continuous improvement.
KXAS was the first television station to sign on the air when it first signed on as WBAP-TV on September 28, 1948. It is an NBC owned station in Fort Worth which serves the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Presented by the UNT Archives, this collection features scripts from news stories produced by the station during its early years.
Kerens, Texas is located in eastern Navarro County. The town, named for Judge R. C. Kerens of St. Louis, was founded in 1881 when the St. Louis Southwestern Railway of Texas built through the county. Presented by the Kerens Public Library, the Kerens Tribune is a weekly newspaper that began publishing in 1892 and continues to serve the community today.
Legacies is a biannual publication devoted to the rich history of Dallas and North Central Texas as a way to examine the many historical legacies--social, ethnic, cultural, political--which have shaped the modern city of Dallas and the region around it. Currently, Legacies is a joint publication of Dallas Heritage Village, the Dallas Historical Society, the Old Red Museum, and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
Lorenzo de Zavala Online: Empresario, Statesman and Texas Revolutionary gathers materials from several diverse institutions, bringing them together in one virtual collection. Lorenzo de Zavala's remarkable accomplishments provide a tantalizing glimpse of this versatile individual--newspaperman, physician, public servant, empresario, diplomat, governor, statesman, and first interim Vice-President of the Republic of Texas.
The Love Field Album and Photographs collection features images of the daily life and flight training of Love Field in 1918 while it was an Army camp in World War I and as a municipally-owned airport circa 1965-1990. Also documented are the "Flyin' Frolic" of November 12-13, 1918, and a re-enactment of the Charles Lindbergh Flight Reenactment that took place in 1977.
The Marfa Public Library contributes its collection of photographs that document the local history of Marfa and the surrounding area. Images include photographs of many families, including the Crosson, Contrera, Cordova, Chavarria, Campos, Cline, Love, Vasquez, Porter, Jordan, and Rivera families. Also featured are photos of the ghost town of Shafter, and pictures of the set for the movie "Giant."
The Mary (Mrs. Anson) Jones Letters features a large collection of personal letters from the University of Houston Libraries' Special Collections dated between 1866 to 1882, discussing local affairs, family and friends. After Anson Jones's death, there were issues relating to land claims and taxes on land owned by the family. The bulk of the letters are to Mary Jones's son, Cromwell Anson Jones.
Lambshead Ranch, 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 author of the chronicle, Interwoven. The Reynolds and Matthews 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 document ranching history, ranching practices and changes in the land.
The Totem yearbook, 1924-2006, for McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, is the University yearbook, presenting a record of student and campus life during the previous academic year. Included are photographs, formal and candid, of students, faculty, administrators, staff, student organizations, social clubs, athletic teams, Homecoming, and other special events. The Totem is published annually.
Southwestern University’s student newspaper began in 1907 when students came before the faculty asking for their support in starting a student newspaper. The first issues were published during the week of commencement as The Commencement Daily, and this merged into a weekly publication the next year. The Megaphone reflects campus life as well as Georgetown and Williamson County events and activities, especially during the early years when town and gown were indistinguishable.
Through a collaboration with the Meridian Library and the Tocker Foundation, these original issues of the Meridian Tribune, starting in 1886, are now being preserved. Meridian is the county seat of Bosque County. It was founded in 1854 and named for the ninety-eighth meridian which was incorrectly believed to pass nearby.
The town of Mexia, Texas was named for the Mexia family who received a land grant that included the site of the town in 1833. The town was formed in 1870 and settlement began when the Houston and Texas Central Railway was completed in 1871. The Mexia Newspaper Collection on The Portal to Texas History represents Mexia, Texas starting in 1902. It is presented by the Gibbs Memorial Library.
The Houston Public Library's Mexican American Family and Photo Collection reflects a wide range of families and individuals through photographs and documents that capture business and work experiences, festivals and community events, daily life and individual achievements. Some examples include: the 1928 Rice Institute graduation photo of Primitivo L. Nino; 1940s photographs of the Rusk Settlement House for Mexican-American Immigrants; photographs of workers and working conditions, students, educational, and church events.
Spanning multiple titles and representing Wood County, Texas, the Mineola Newspaper Collection depicts the rich center of publishing that was Mineola, Texas, at the turn of the century. When two railroad lines, the Texas and Pacific and the International Great-Northern, competed to reach Mineola in 1873, the International Great-Northern won by reaching the town fifteen minutes before its competitor.
The Museum of the Gulf Coast collection contains over 400 photographs and postcards depicting Jefferson, Harris, and Orange counties from the 1890's to the present day. Musical performance photographs include Glenn Wells, Jesse James and His Boys, Johnny Winter, Tex Ritter, the Boogie Kings, and many more. Other images display various people and places such as Spindletop, Texaco refineries, parades, and beaches.
The Neal Douglass Photography Collection comes from the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. Douglass, a photojournalist for the Austin American-Statesman, also maintained his own studio. The collection is an invaluable resource of information illustrating many aspects of Austin life during the years, 1930-1969, a period poorly represented by other existing Austin History Center Collections. Specific events, cultural aspects of life, and former buildings and customs are depicted in photographs that comprise the collection.
Part of a land grant from Spain to Moses Austin, the town of Bryan, Texas was originally settled and founded in 1821. After a period of rapid growth following the expansion of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad to the town after 1867 several newspapers competed for the area's readership. The Bryan Eagle weekly paper was begun by Richard M. Smith in 1889. A daily edition, The Bryan Daily Eagle, began publishing in 1895. The Eagle was joined with the Brazos Pilot, founded in 1877, and became the Bryan Daily Eagle and Pilot in 1909. It was published as the Bryan Morning Eagle from 1989 to 1909 and The Bryan Daily Eagle from 1895 to 1898 and 1918 to 1969.
Nocona, Texas is located in Montague County. The town was named for Peta Nocona, Comanche Chief and husband to Cynthia Ann Parker. Settlement began in the 1870's when William Broaddus and D. C. Jordan established a ranch near the present townsite. Construction of the town began when the Gainesville, Henrietta and Western Railway extended a rail line to the area in 1887. The Nocona News began publishing in 1905 serving the town and greater Montague County. The weekly paper is still in press to this day.
The Norman Dietel Photograph Collection is presented by the LBJ Museum of San Marcos and document Lyndon Johnson and family at the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, Texas (his home from 1951-1973, Lady Bird's until 2007). The photos cover major events, including the historic diplomatic visit by West German Chancellor Adenauer in 1961, meeting with foreign ambassadors from Mexico and India, the 1960 campaign of Kennedy and Johnson, birthday celebrations, President Johnson press conferences, education legislation signing ceremonies, national/state park dedications, LBJ's funeral ceremony, and dedication of Otto Lindig's historic lime kiln.
The North Texas History Harvest was a community history project conducted by the University of North Texas and the Denton County Office of History and Culture which invited the residents of Denton, Texas to bring items of historical significance to be digitized. The digitized items included photographs and text.
The Northern Standard, from Clarksville, TX collection comes from our partners at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. The Northern Standard was a pioneer-era Texas newspaper that was published from August 20, 1842 to December 6, 1888. Edited and published by Colonel Charles Demorse, each issue contained the phrase "Long shall our banner brave the breeze, the standard of the free."
The O. D. and Estelle Bates Collection presents images collected by O. D. and Estelle Bates from the citizens of Irving during the U.S. Bicentennial. Instrumental in forming the Irving Heritage Society, the Bates's contributions to the preservation of Irving's history are significant. The collection includes photographs of Irving homes, businesses and citizens in the early 1900s, and is housed in the Irving Archives.
The O. Henry Collection consists primarily of the short stories of William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), written under his pseudonym O. Henry. Each story is available as it first appeared in the popular magazines of the day, and these and other stories published posthumously can also be found in first edition compilation books, and later as part of his collected works. In addition to published materials, the collection also contains handwritten letters, photographs, legal documents, newspaper articles, artifacts, and maps drawn and signed by Porter.
The O.K. Hobbs Plat Book offers the researcher an objective, historical reference to the layout of the city of the Abilene. Its bulk was assembled in 1927 by O.K. Hobbs and J.P. McKean, and was revised by Hobbs in May, 1930. It appears to have been compiled from many different sources., and the plats in this book were traced from older plat collections.
The Optimist, the school newspaper of Abilene Christian College, was first published in August, 1912 as a monthly newsletter. It has been continually published since then, and starting with Volume 7, and ending with Volume 68, it was published weekly. Nearly all the material in The Optimist comes from students. For this reason, it is not only valuable regarding school history, but also offers insight into the minds of its contemporary students.
Lamar State College-Orange presents its local historic newspaper, The Orange Leader, covering the years 1930, 1944, 1961, and 1965. The Orange newspaper was published in Southeast Texas under a variety of names: The Orange Tribune, Orange Weekly Tribune, Southeast Texas Journal, Tribune Southeast Texas Journal, Daily Tribune and the Orange Daily Tribune to name a few.
Ormer Locklear (1891-1920) was a Texas native who joined the United Army Air Service during World War I and learned to fly in Fort Worth. His brief career saw him perform as a barnstormer and then headed to Hollywood where he acted in two feature movies (The Great Air Robbery and the Skywayman). Locklear was killed while performing a stunt for the latter movie. The Collection consists of photographs of Locklear, his friends and family, his stunt flying and his movie work, his funeral, as well as a set of hand colored Lobby Cards from The Great Air Race.
As a collaborative project, Austin College and Rice University contributed each of their collections of the Osterhout family papers to the Portal. The two institutions pooled their respective collections to provide access to almost 500 items comprising an extensive collection of official documents, postcards, and letters.
This collection consists of photographs of Wilbur Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel - radio show host, Texas governor from 1938-1941 and US Senator in the 1940s. He was best known for his Populist views and vaudeville-hillbilly image, all of which are portrayed in these images. The collection includes photographs of his various campaigns, his inauguration, hunting trips, and his family, as well as six of the Capitol and interior of the Governor’s Mansion.
In 1902, William M. and H.V. Hamilton inaugurated the Palestine Daily Herald and set to work creating the city's leading paper. The Daily Herald was a Democratic paper, issued every afternoon except Sunday. Each edition featured eight pages measuring 15 x 22 inches; a weekly subscription cost ten cents, while an annual subscription cost five dollars. The Daily Herald had 900 subscribers in 1903 and 1,200 in 1910, when the population of Palestine stood at 9,773. The paper also covered news in the nearby communities of Nacogdoches and Tyler.
This ongoing collection is a compilation of photographs and memorabilia documenting the history of Palo Pinto County and its people. As a community album it is comprised solely of items belonging to individuals of the Palo Pinto County area. In an effort to document as much of the history that is held by individuals and families with ties to the county, this album was created to accommodate those in the community that have items of historic value and wish to contribute no matter how small their collection.
Henry Harold Brooks established the Panhandle Herald in a tent at Panhandle, Texas on July 22. 1887. The paper is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the Texas panhandle. It is issued weekly, but for a short time in the 1920's the paper was issued semi-weekly. The Panhandle Herald is presented by the Carson County Library.
Photographing Texas consists of modern-day images taken by our staff as they travel across Texas. Subjects include Texas scenery, wildlife, county courthouses, State Parks, National Parks, libraries, museums, historic sites, outdoor murals, architecture, monuments, and historic plaques -- a little bit of everything Texas!
This multi-volume collection of photographs documents the history of Fort Wolters from its inception as a National Guard Training Center in 1921 through its high point as the U.S. Army Primary Helicopter Training Center/School to its closing, as Fort Wolters, in 1974 The collection was compiled by Col. Willie H. Casper, Jr., from public sources and declassified government photographs and documents. Col. Casper was the deputy commander of Fort Wolters from 1965 to 1971.
The Prism began publication on September 30, 1915 as a weekly newspaper and continued until 1923, when it was replaced by the currently published campus newspaper, The Yellow Jacket. As a historical record, nothing can quite compare with a campus newspaper for noting significant events in the life of the school, the community, and the world. This early newspaper is a priceless treasure of information about campus life and personalities, as well as a reflection of the way of life and values of past generations.
The Rare Books and Texana Collections at the University of North Texas Libraries contribute many important materials to the Portal. In this extensive online collection of books and maps you can find a 1633 map, America Noviter Delineata; H. K. Yoakum's History of Texas: from its First Settlement in 1685 to its Annexation in 1846, Vols. 1 & 2; and Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 by Randolph B. Marcy.
The Republic of Texas Session Laws includes the text of acts and resolutions passed by the government of the Republic of Texas to become law. This collection also includes Translation: Laws, Orders and Contracts, on Colonization, From January 1821, up to 1829; In Virtue of Which, Col. Stephen F. Austin Introduced and Settled Foreign Emigrants in Texas.
Rescuing Texas History through the Digitization of At-risk Photographs and Maps, 2006, presents local history materials from eleven partners: the Clay County Historical Society, Genevieve Miller Public Library, the Palestine Public Library, the Laredo Public Library, the Archives of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University, the Moore Memorial Public Library, UT Pan-American, the Clark Hotel Museum, the Austin Public Library, and Concordia University at Austin. Funding is provided by the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas.
Rescuing Texas History 2007, presents materials from fifteen partners: Anderson County Historical Commission; Austin History Center, Austin Public Library; Bosque County Historical Commission; Childress County Heritage Museum; Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History; Dallas Heritage Village; First Christian Church, Port Arthur; Heritage House Museum, Orange; Historic Rose Marine Theater; Kemah Historical Society; Museum of the American Railroad; Palestine Public Library; Sanger Public Library; Sulphur Springs Public Library; and Val Verde Historical Commission.
Rescuing Texas History 2009, presents local history materials from sixteen partners: Arlington Public Library & Fielder House, Austin History Center, Bee County Historical Commission, Dallas Municipal Archives, El Paso Public Library, French Legation Museum, Matthews Land & Cattle Company, LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Northeast Lakeview College, Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library & Hall of Fame, Port Arthur Public Library, River Valley Pioneer Museum, Stephen F. Austin Association, University of Texas at San Antonio, and University of Houston-Victoria Library. Funding was provided by the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas.
Rescuing Texas History 2010, presents local history materials from twelve partners: Bell/Whittington Public Library, Cedar Hill Museum of History, Cleveland Historic Society, Cooke County Library, Dallas Firefighters Museum, Dallas Municipal Archives, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, Fort Worth Jewish Archives, Friench Simpson Memorial Library, Harris County Archives, Longview Public Library, McAllen Memorial Public Library, Mesquite Public Library, Midwestern State University, Richardson Public Library, St. Philips College, Texas Woman's University, and the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.
Rescuing Texas History, 2011 features collections from 13 partners: Carollton Public Library, Cleveland Historic Society, Collingsworth County Museum, Dallas Municipal Archives, Mike Cochran Collection, Sam Rayburn House Museum, St. David's Episcopal Church, National Museum of the Pacific War, Talkington/Clement Family Archives, Sam Rayburn House Museum, Travis County District Clerk's Office, Witte Museum, and Wolf Creek Heritage Museum.
Rescuing Texas History, 2013 features collections from 13 partners: Austin Public Library, Fire Museum of Texas, The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Southern University, Private Collection of Jim McDermott, Mequite Public Library, McAllen Public Library, Johnson County Genealogical Society, Stella Hill Memorial Library, Cistercian Preparatory School, UNT Libraries, Collingsworth County Museum, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Robert Joy, considered Houston's premiere portraitist, painted more than 350 portraits over a career that spanned more than forty years. Lawyers, politicians, and the socially elite of Houston were among those who sat for Joy. Photos in the collection, assembled over the course of his work, include those of Lillie Abercrombie, Robert E. Blaffer, Sarah Campbell Blaffer, Alfred C. Glassell Jr., William Clayton, Libbie Rice Farish, William Stamps Farish, Lamar Fleming, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Ruth Salmon, world champion rodeo performer, had a 24-year career that began in 1914 and ended in 1938, when she retired from the rodeo and started a ranching business in Nocona, Texas, with her husband, Fred Salmon. She is an inductee in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and traveled the world with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and The 101 Real Wild West Show.
Las Sabinas is a quarterly publication of the Orange County Historical Society discussing the history of the area and genealogy of residents through essays; oral histories; newspaper articles; letters; records of births, marriages, and deaths; photographs; cemetery records; court proceedings and public records; family Bible entries; and other historical documents.
Established in 1897 by John J. Rhodes, the San Angelo Press initially billed itself as the Stock Growers & Breeders Journal. The Press was especially concerned with providing news and information on stockbreeding, farming, the home, and industry. As editor Truly asserted in 1902: expect that we will make [the Press] a faithful chronicler of the local history of this section... It will be our policy to make the paper especially a local paper.
The San Antonio Express was first published in 1865, taking its name from the Alamo Express, a Union newspaper whose press had been destroyed by secession sympathizers in 1861. H. Pollman and Augus Siemering began the paper as a weekly, changing it to a daily in 1866. The paper is still in print today as the San Antonio Express-News.
The San Antonio Register was the city's second African-American weekly newspaper. It was founded by Valmo C. Bellinger and began printing in 1931. The paper ran without interruption for forty-seven years. Though its initial goal was preserving the political influence of Valmo Bellinger's father, Charles Bellinger, the paper later focused on reporting on local, state, and national news of specific concern San Antonio's African-American community.
On New Year's Day 1873, at a time when Indian raids frequently visited the region, the San Saba County News debuted as the first newspaper in West Texas. Col. William T. Melton paper quickly became known as the San Saba News and began circulating beyond the county lines to areas bereft of local journalism.
The Boy Scouts of America National Scouting Museum features it archival issues of Scouting Magazine dating back to 1913. The magazine is written for Boy Scout leaders, officials, and others interested in the work of the Scouts. It includes articles about events and activities, updates from the national headquarters, topical columns and essays, and news from various chapters nationwide.
Digitized by the Gaines County Library System, the Seminole Sentinel and the Seminole News are now available on The Portal to Texas History. Situated in West Texas, Seminole is famous as a top producer of cotton, peanuts, and oil and gas. The Seminole Sentinel has been in publication since 1907. Preservation and digitization of the Seminole Newspaper Collection has been generously supported by the Tocker Foundation.
Austin College presents its newspaper Sherman Daily Register. The Sherman Daily Register began October 20, 1885 as an Independent publication and continued through 1906. The paper was published each evening, except Sunday for .75¢ per month. This daily newspaper included local, state and national news along with extensive advertising.
Charles M. Ward established the Shiner Gazette in 1893 as a Democratic newspaper in Shiner, Texas, it still remains in circulation to this day. In either 1898 or 1899, J.C. Habermacher assumed the editing and publishing duties. In 1913, the Gazette, still under Habermacher's management, described itself in its masthead as the recognized Democratic paper of Lavaca County.
Published by E. B. Barnes in 1911 under the motto “Let all The Ends Thou Aim’st at Be Thy Country’s, Thy God’s and Truth’s,” the Snyder Signal actively promoted a Christian way of life. In 1923, the Signal combined with the recently established Scurry County Times (which thereafter claimed the older paper’s 1887 start date as its own). Also published as the Scurry County Times and the Snyder Signal or simply the Times-Signal, the newspaperbecame the Snyder Daily News in 1950. The News continues to this day.
Gene Lee founded the Southwest Chinese Journal in 1976. The Chinese-language newspaper served the Chinese immigrant community of the Houston metropolitan area by distributing information about the needs of the community and the available local services and opportunities. The newspaper ran until 1985.
The Star of the Republic Museum Objects Collection is presented by the Star of the Republic Museum and is comprised of thousands of museum artifacts. The museum, which is located in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, has an impressive variety of items that include furniture, clothing, buttons, farm implements, china, trade tokens, arrowheads, cooking utensils, and looms.
The Breckenridge Public Library in Stephens County presents the Stephens County Sun newspaper, 1933-1940. The paper's masthead reads Devoted to the Farm and Home, and to Every Legitimate Interest of Breckenridge and Stephens County. Published by the Breckenridge Publishing Company, this newspaper documents Stephens County's thriving development and commerce during the twentieth century. Other newspapers from the Breckenridge Public Library are the Stephens County Times, Breckenridge Weekly Democrat (1926-1933), the Breckenridge American (1922-1940), and the junior and senior high school newspaper published by the journalism students, The Dynamo (1932-1939).
Stonewall County Library presents their school annuals photographs and information about students, teachers, sports, school events and organizations. The Aspermont Independent School District yearbooks collection features 52 volumes of the Hornet from 1944 through 2000, the Old Glory School yearbooks collection features issues of The Pirate from 1941 through 1984, and the Peacock School yearbooks collection features issues of the Peafowl from 1946 through 1963.
The Sutherlin Family Collection, 1943-1946, features correspondence, photos, and other materials related to the military service of James E. Sutherlin. Jim was in the U.S. Navy in World War II, serving aboard the USS Kasaan Bay, CVE 69, in both the Atlantic Ocean and the South Pacific. He was a life member of the Escort Carrier Sailors and Airmen Association.
The Taylor Public Library, the Williamson Museum and the TxDOT Travel Information Division Photo Library partnered to create a collaborative project consisting of historic photographs and two-dimensional items representing the history and development of transportation and the travel industry. Included in the collection, but not limited to are: railroads, vehicles, roads and road construction in the Central Texas area.
The Texas Almanac is the source for all things Texas since 1857. This collection features the first edition of the Texas Almanac issued by The Galveston News in January 1857, and includes all issues through 1989. The Almanac serves as a reference book on resources, industries, commerce, history, government, population, and other subjects relating to the political, civic, and economic development of Texas.
This ambitious project began in 1936 under the auspices of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) and continued until 1942, producing 24 inventories of Texas county archives. The idea was revived in 1973 with the formation of the Texas County Records Inventory Project (TCRIP) which surveyed county records until funding was discontinued in 1981. The inventories give information on the location, chronological and physical extent, state of preservation, and accessibility of various types of county records existing at the time of inventory.
Texas Cultures Online features local history materials from eighteen institutions depicting the diverse cultures of Texas during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Burnet County Historical Commission, Anne & Mike Stewart Collection, Danish Heritage Preservation Society, Gillespie County Historical Society, Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library, Institute of Texan Cultures, Mexic-Arte Museum, Museum of the Big Bend, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Nesbitt Memorial Library, Panola College, Price Johnson Family Collection, San Antonio Public Library, Tarleton State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Funding for this collection was provided by the Amon Carter Foundation.
The Texas Daily Newspaper Association was an organization devoted to promoting Texas newspapers for 91 years. In 2012, it merged with the Texas Press Association. UNT Libraries presents the Texas Daily Newspaper Association's monthly electronic newsletter, featuring news items of interest to association members.
The Texas Digital Newspaper Program coordinates with multiple partners, including public libraries, publishers, historical and genealogical societies, and universities, to represent Texas history through digitized newspapers. This collection begins with pages from 1829 and continues through the present.
The University of Texas at San Antonio's Library Special Collections contributed photographs from the Texas Folklife Festival. The Texas Folklife Festival is an annual event sponsored by the University of Texas at San Antonio's Institute of Texan Cultures that celebrates the many ethnicities represented in the state of Texas. Modeled after the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival, the first event was held in 1972 on the on the grounds of the Institute in HemisFair Park. Thousands attend the three-day event each year, which features cultural foods, dances, and musical performances.
The Texas Genealogical Records, Ellis County was compiled by Mrs. A. L. Feltenberger and the Rebecca Boyce Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution between 1954 and 1970, approximately. The twenty-two volume set includes historical and genealogical accounts and records for Ellis County, Texas, both original accounts and transcriptions. The records contain various lists of records such as births, deaths, marriages, etc., taken from family Bibles, cemetery and church records, wills, and other relevant sources.
The Texas Historical Association features the Texas Historian, one of the few historical journals in the nation dedicated to publishing the work of secondary students. This magazine contains the writings of Texas's outstanding student historians and features news and events involving Junior Historian chapters and participants.
The Texas Jewish Post, an English-language newspaper that carried some items in Hebrew, was originally a monthly publication; it subsequently evolved into a biweekly and then a weekly. Local columns updated readers on special events, gatherings, professional achievements, and family news in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas.
The University of North Texas Libraries presents the Texas Laws and Resolutions Archive, which consists of legislative bills that were filed with the Office of the Texas Secretary of State - Statutory Documents beginning with the 78th Legislative Session. All bills, joint resolutions, and concurrent resolutions passed by the Texas Legislature, including those vetoed by the Governor, are included.
The Texas Mesquiter was founded in April of 1882 by Robert Snead Kimbrough, a businessman from Mesquite, Texas, who would later serve the community as a Representative and Senator in the Texas Legislature. Now called the Mesquite News, it is currently the oldest operating newspaper in Dallas County, and the second oldest continuously operating newspaper in the State of Texas.
The Texas Oral History Collection is a group of oral history interviews from a variety of people discussing their lives in Texas. The collection is presented by the National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation, the University of Texas MD Anderson Center, and the Talkington Clement Family Archives.
Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine is a guide to the Texas outdoors. As the official publication of the Parks and Wildlife Department, it is dedicated to the conservation and enjoyment of Texas fish, game, parks, waters, and all outdoors. Each issue is packed with incredible photographs and articles about outdoor recreation. This pilot project provides access to all of the Texas Parks and Wildlife issues published in 1965.
The Texas Patents collection consists of United States patents filed by Texas inventors before 1900. A majority of the patents are for agricultural and industrial applications, such as seeding machines, harvesters, plows, wind and water propellers, and steam engines. Other inventions include timekeepers, remedies and firearms.
The Texas Ranger thrived during the period between the Annexation of Texas and the Civil War. The columns held personal-interest stories, local, national and international news, advertisements, legal notices, local meetings, and poetry. This newspaper is part of the Early Texas Newspapers project with a partnership between the University of North Texas and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
Published weekly, the Texas Register records state agency rule making and review actions, governor's appointments, attorney general opinions, requests for proposals, and other miscellaneous documents. This archive, established through a partnership with the Office of the Texas Secretary of State, Texas Register Section, provides free access to all issues of the Texas Register from Volume 1, No. 1 (January 6, 1976). to the present.
The Texas Reports contain decisions of the Supreme Court of the State of Texas beginning in 1846. The decisions are fascinating not only from a legal standpoint, but also because they provide a vibrant view of Texas's culture and politics throughout its history as part of the United States and the Confederate States of America. Of special interest are the Reconstruction-era volumes which illuminate changes in the Court under the unpopular Constitution of 1869.
The Texas Soil Surveys demonstrate early scientific thought regarding soil classification and use. Each survey consists of a soil map and separate book. The maps show many cultural features in the landscape such as businesses, churches, schools, mills, gins, and ferries. The collection embraces all Texas county and reconnaissance soil surveys completed prior to 1950.
The State Gazette was one of the most influential newspapers in Texas from the pre-Civil War era until Reconstruction. The paper was founded as the Tri-Weekly State Gazette and first published in Austin by William H. Cushney on August 25, 1849. This collections contains issues dated from 1849 - 1855.
The Texas State Historical Association is the state’s longest-running publisher of books on Texas history, having published its first volume in 1917. Through the years, TSHA has established a reputation as a publisher of high-quality, award-winning books on a wide variety of topics, including exploration, biography, architecture, historic sites, high school football, labor unions, and suburbanization. All lovers of Texas's rich pasts will find something to enjoy among TSHA's books.
Beginning in 2012, UNT Libraries partnered with Texas State Library and Archives to receive current publications for digitization and inclusion in the Portal to Texas History. This growing collection of materials produced by the State of Texas includes agency annual reports, legislative publications, statistical reports, and various state government reports and periodicals.
Trends, The Journal of The Texas Art Education Association is published annually and is distributed to all TAEA members.
The purpose of this peer-reviewed journal is to expand art education discourse by highlighting research, issues, and concerns that can inform our theoretical and pedagogical practices in and out of the classroom.
The Texas Wesleyan University collections include the University newspaper, catalogs, yearbooks, presenting a record of student and campus life during the academic year. Included are information about the university, students, professors, sports, and organizations as well as photographs, formal and candid, of students, faculty, administrators, staff, student organizations, social clubs, athletic teams, Homecoming, and other special events. Information included is from 1890 to current.
The Texas-Mexican Presbytery Records collection is presented by the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and includes a large range of photographs depicting church buildings, groups, and portraits. The Texas-Mexican Presbytery was established by the Synod of Texas of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. in 1908, based on the missionary work of Walter S. Scott and Robert D. Campbell.
The Tulia Herald documents the history of the west Texas town of Tulia. The Swisher County Public Library presents the Tulia Herald from 1918-1962. The weekly newspaper contains, local, national and world news, stories, illustrations, poetry, jokes, and advertisements. Funding for this project was provided by the Tocker Foundation.
Housed at the 12th Armored Memorial Museum in Abilene, Texas, this collection of photographs chronicles the everyday life of the 12th Armored Division during WWII. Access to this collection on the Portal to Texas History was made possible through a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Abilene to the Abilene Library Consortium.
Purchased in 1855 from F. Muhr by Ferdinand Flake, Die Union, under multiple titles, served the Galveston area until 1872 as Texas' first German-language newspaper. As the name indicates, Die Union was a pro-Union, antislavery newspaper; Flake represented a small, elite minority of educated liberals. He published his liberal opinions in multiple Texas newspapers, including Die Union.
This collection contains Texas reference maps generated by the U.S. Census Bureau that denote census blocks and other areas for which the Bureau compiles information to show the correlation between geographic areas and census data. The maps include some roadways, railways, geography, hydrography, and other features to aid in identifying particular locations. Specifically, the collection includes county block maps from 1990, 2000, and 2010, as well as the block maps generated under public law P.L.94-171 for 2010 that include legislative and voting districts.
The University of North Texas Archives collection features early images of North Texas State Normal College (now the University of North Texas), faculty and students. The Archives also contributed materials to the collection From Republic to State: Debates and Documents Relating to the Annexation of Texas, 1836-1856.
Explore over 100 years of UNT's football history in this collection that spans from 1906 to the present. In 1906 UNTâ€™s first football team took to the field, and over the next century the team obtained some incredible successes such as its first bowl game win on December 21, 1946 against the College of the Pacific in the Optimist Bowl. UNT would move on to other bowl games: the Salad Bowl (precursor to the Fiesta Bowl), the Sun Bowl, and the New Orleans Bowl.
Legendary players such as Ray Renfro, Abner Haynes, Richard Gill, and Joe Greene drove UNT to even greater accomplishments.
This collection features the University of North Texas yearbooks which include photos of and information about the school, student body, professors, and organizations. Originally called the Cotton-tail, the yearbook started in 1906. In 1907 the title was changed to the Yucca which was published every year through 1974 when university support for the yearbook was discontinued. Between 1977 and 1980, a shorter, student-led publication titled Wings was issued in place of university-sponsored yearbooks. The title changed to the Aerie when university support was reinstated for the yearbook in 1982. Publication ceased after the 2007 edition.
The USGS took over responsibility for mapping the country in 1879 and has been the primary civilian mapping agency of the United States ever since. This collection features the best known USGS maps which are the 1:24,000-scale topographic maps, also known as 7.5-minute quadrangles for the state of Texas.
The History Center presents a selection of its Charles Wilson Photograph Collection. Charles "Charlie" Wilson was United States Representative from Texas's 2nd congressional district between 1972 and 1996. The collection documents Congressman Wilson's activities during his career - from meetings with his constituents in East Texas to his high profile visits to the Mideast. Also included are photographs of Charles Wilson with Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush and other dignitaries.
John Wesley Downs established the Waco Daily Examiner in 1873; the paper ran until 1888. Each issue was four pages long with a mixture of advertisements and articles on every page. Advertising itself as the â€œOfficial Organ of the City,â€ the Waco Daily Examiner featured an Associated Press service of about 800 words as well as other local, state, national and international news. Even at the end of its run in 1888, the Waco Daily Examiner claimed to have the largest circulation in central Texas.
Established in 1888, the Waco Evening News was one of several newspapers published by the firms Hill and Ivy and The News Co. The Evening News routinely touted Democratic platforms and published lists of every party member running for office, from the President of the United States and the Governor of Texas down to local officials. The paper was published as the Waco Evening News until May 7, 1889, when it became The Waco Daily News. It again changed titles to become the Waco Evening News during 1891-1894.
The War Whoop was the student-produced campus newspaper for McMurry College in Abilene, Texas. Publication began in the fall of 1923, continuing in newsprint through the spring of 2006. As the campus newspaper, the War Whoop documents ongoing student activities and concerns. As a student-produced publication, the War Whoop provided a rare vehicle for the student voice, expressing views from their perspective.
Weatherford College presents its collection of photographs depicting various people, groups, and activities beginning with the 1860's. Included are photographs from Jim Wright's personal photograph collection. Jim Wright attended Weatherford College, later became Mayor of Weatherford, and then served 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was the Speaker of the House from 1987 to 1989.
The Weekly Herald was published by P. E. Boesen beginning in 1906. The weekly newspaper served Amarillo and Potter County, Texas. It included local, state, and national news as well as advertising. The Weekly Herald began numbering its volumes and editions where the Twice Weekly News left off when it ceased publication.
The participants in Where the West Begins: Capturing Fort Worth's Historic Treasures include the UNT Libraries, Fort Worth Public Library, Texas Christian University, the Amon Carter Museum, the University of Texas at Arlington, Beth-El Congregation Archives, Tarrant County College NE, Log Cabin Village, Cattle Raisers Museum, Lockheed Martin Archives, Archives of the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Church, Dallas Public Library, University of Houston, and the Cowtown Coliseum. This project was generously funded by the Amon Carter Foundation and the Adeline and George McQueen Foundation.
Wiley College presents its collection of Wiley University Yearbooks. Wiley College is one of the oldest historically black colleges west of the Mississippi River. It was founded in Marshall, Texas in 1873 by the Methodist Episcopal Church's Bishop Isaac Wiley. This yearbook collection features photographs and information about the college, students, professors, and organizations.
The Yellow Jacket began publication in September, 1923, named to identify with the college mascot at Howard Payne University, the Yellow Jacket. The Yellow Jacket newspaper has been published since 1923 with that name in the masthead, and this collection includes issues from 1950 to 2008. The Howard Payne College, later Howard Payne University newspapers are a treasure of information on campus life and personalities, as well as a reflection of the way of life and values of each decade.