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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The O.K. Hobbs Plat Book offers the researcher an objective, historical reference to the layout of the city of the Abilene.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.
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.