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[Grave of James Bell, Marshall]
The grave of James Bell is in the Powder Mill Cemetery on FM 1997 in Marshall. The cemetery is traditionally African-American. Dates on the stone are 1879-1951, followed by the words "Age 72" and "At Rest." At the top of the stone is a flying bird.
[Children Select Free Books at the Public Library]
Children select books at Marshall Public Library during a RIF distribution day. The library has participated in the national program, Reading Is Fundamental, since its beginning. The program provides free books to elementary age children under a matching grant.
[Nursing Home in Marshall]
Merritt Plaza Nursing Home is located at 207 W. Merritt St. in Marshall. This photograph was taken c1970-1985.
[Equipment at Marshall Public Library]
Equipment that was essential at Marshall Public Library duriing the 1970s-1980s decades was stored on the this counter in the library workroom. Shown from left are a television, some videocassette boxes, filmstrip and slide boxes, a slide projector, and a calculator.
[Dr. A. F. Veau, Marshall Public Library Supporter]
Dr. A. F. Veau was a member of the executive board of the Friends of a Public Library in Marshall, Texas. In 1978 he was installed as the president of the Friends group. He had also been active in promoting the new library building, which opened in 1973. For many years he kept scrapbooks that detailed the history of the establishment and progress of the library as well as the Friends.
[Kariel Family Celebrates Library Opening]
Louis and Audrey Kariel, with their children Nancy and son(unknown name) are shown at the reception for the opening of the new Marshall Public Library in 1973. Mr. Kariel is a former chairman of the Library Board of Trustees. Mrs. Kariel was a trustee and the Project Director for the building of the new library. Both have continued to be strong supporters of library development.
["Miss Marshall" Helps Kick Off Fund Drive for a New Library]
"Miss Marshall" Celia Choate presents a plaque to Mrs. Thomas R. (Elderleen) Coker to commemorate the creation of the Friends of a Public Library Association in Marshall, Texas. This event inaugurated a Friends fund drive of several years duration to build a new public library building. The new Marshall Public Library opened in 1973.
[Library Volunteer at Her Duties]
Margie was a volunteer at Marshall Public Library in 1978. Here she assists at the circulation desk. Volunteers donated countless hours to the library during its early years.
[Lions Host Fish Fry to Benefit Marshall Public Library]
The Lions Club of Marshall hosted a fish fry in April, 1972 to benefit the Marshall Public Library Building Fund. Harrison Forbes, club president, stands with Martin Spangler, who headed the fund-raising drive for the Friends of the Public Library. The two men stand in front of the Lions Club's banner; in front of them are promotional placards in the shape of fish on a string.
[New Flag for a New Library]
Members of the Army National Guard raise the new flag in front of the new Marshall Public Library at formal presentation ceremonies. The flag previously flew over the Capitol, and was a gift arranged by Congressman Sam B. Hall, Jr. through the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3969.
[Flag Presentation]
The first flag to fly over the new Marshall Public Library was flown over the Capitol before being presented to the library by the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 3969. The gift was made possible by Congressman Sam B. Hall of Harrison County. Three members of the Army National Guard are shown raising the colors at the formal presentation ceremony.
[Visitor Speaks to Library Supporters]
A visitor speaks to early library trustees during the drive to build support for a new library. The drive culminated with the opening of Marshall Public Library in 1973. The women pictured with the visitor (unidentified) were library trustees Audrey Kariel, seated; and standing left to right Sally Gullion, Elderleen Coker, and Lou Gaw. The place for this meeting was the old library building on Austin Street, now the Chamber of Commerce building.
[Belaire Manor Apartments, Marshall]
Belaire Manor Apartments is a complex located at 1400 A Julie in west Marshall. Two buildings are shown.
[Listening Station in Library's Children's Area]
A listening station is ready for use in the children's reading area at Marshall Public Library. Cushions provide seating around a low table. In the center are power plugs, audio plugs, and earphones. A rug underneath the area sets the space apart. Stacks with children's books are visible at left and a long table with benches at right is child-size. A window with curtains controls light at the rear.
[Valued Library Assistant, Naomi Rhea]
Naomi Rhea, a valued library assistant at Marshall Public Library, attends her duties in the workroom.
[Volunteer Tends Library Circulation Desk]
A volunteer, unidentified, tends the circulation desk at Marshall Public Library. Directly behind her is the library director's office. At left are the doors of the north entrance. The volunteer is checking in books using the card system which is now rarely found in public libraries.
[Opening Marshall's First McDonald's]
At the grand opening of the first McDonald's in Marshall, Texas, Mrs. Audrey Kariel performed the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony as McDonald's officials, John Gehl and Gerald Stiles, look on. Attached to the ribbon were 100 one dollar bills, which were presented to Mrs. Kariel as a donation to the Marshall Public Library building fund. Mrs. Kariel was a member of the library board of trustees and a director of the Friends of a Public Library group that spear-headed the fund drive.
[Roses Presented]
Mrs. Audrey Kariel, second from right. was congratulated for her role in the successful library building project with a spray of roses. She was the Projector Director for the drive to building the Marshall Public Library.
[Exterior View, Marshall Public Library]
An automobile is parked outside Marshall Public Library's north entrance on Fannin St.
[Library Storage Cabinets]
These cabinets in the reference area of Marshall Public Library were a storage aid planned at the building of the library. They have been used for storage of art prints, audio tapes, and other items that are not readily stored elsewhere. The top of the cabinets and the wall above have provided display space for two and three dimensional items on exhibit.
[Reception at Marshall Public Library]
A reception at Marshall Public Library, c1973-1984, is shown. The event and persons are unidentified except for Miss Emma May Brotze, leaning over the table at center, and Maxie Key in the white gown at right.
[Library Director Dorothy Morrison with a Small Patron]
Dorothy Morrison, early director of the Marshall Public Library, shows a toy to a young patron during the Christmas season. The library is shown festively decorated for the holidays.
[Long-time Educator Emma Mae Brotze]
Miss Emma Mae Brotze was a long-time educator in Marshall, Texas. A social studies teacher and later a school principal, she authored a textbook on Texas government. Bill Moyers, television journalist and author, highlighted Miss Brotze's contributions in his television documentary about Marshall.
[Grave of Marcus Emory, Marshall]
The grave of Marcus Emory is located in Powder Mill Cemetery on FM 1997 in Marshall. The cemetery is traditionally African-American. The dates are 1928-1976. The words "...US ARMY" are between the name and the dates. The stone rests on a slab with a name marker above. A pot or vase of flowers decorates the slab. To the left is another stone, unidentified.
[Library Supporters Pose at Library Opening]
Audrey Kariel, Project Director, and Carolyn Abney, civic leader and library supporter, pose at the reception for the grand opening of new Marshall Public Library October 20, 1973.
[UT Alumni Celebrate Library Opening]
Members of the Harrison County Association of ex-University of Texas Students celebrate the opening of the new Marshall Public Library at a reception on October 20, 1973.
[Grave of John L. A. Baltimore, Marshall]
The grave of John L. A. Baltimore is in the Powder Mill Cemetery on FM 1997, Marshall. The cemetery is traditionally African-American. The dates on the stone are Feb 5 1914 and Oct 17 1956. Other information is "TEXAS CK2 USNR World War II." There is a simple encircled cross at the top. The stone is attached to a larger slab. A pot of flowers sits above.
[Grave of Willie S. Truitt, Marshall]
The grave of Willie S. Truitt is in the Powder Mill Cemetery on FM 1997 in Marshall. The cemetery is traditionally African-American. The dates on the stone are Feb 2 1916 - Feb 5 1974. There are also the words "Texas Pvt Army Air Force World War II." The legs of a person are visible in the upper left area of the photograph.
[Head Start Class, Marshall]
A Head Start class in Marshall was photographed on the front steps of their facility with their teachers, unidentified.
[Festival Booth, Marshall]
An unidentified man sits at a festival booth in Marshall.
[Donation Toward a New Public Library]
During the early 1970's, various organisations contributed toward the building of a new public library in Marshall, Texas. In this newspaper photo, Fenn Lewis, fund drive chairman, accepts a donation from Johnny Barkett.
[Special Letter Service]
A library staff person (unidentified) types letters at the Marshall Public Library in 1978.
[Dorothy Morrison, First Director of the Marshall Public Library]
Mrs. Dorothy Morrison was director of the new Marshall Public Library from 1970 to 1984. She was responsible for several innovations at the library. The newspaper-on-microfilm collection is named in her memory.
[Nursing Home in Marshall]
Marshall Manor Nursing Home is located at 1007 S. Washington Ave. in Marshall. The photograph dates from 1970-1985.
[New Television Equipment Shown at the Library]
A television camera records as Dr. Worden, second from right, demonstrates a television audio-visual setup. Other men in the photo are unidentified.
[Two Library Supporters, Tony Bridge and Carolyn Abney, Celebrate a New Library]
Radio station owner Tony Bridge and civic leader Carolyn Abney attended the reception for the opening of the new Marshall Public Library in 1973.
[Grant Aids New Library Building]
In September, 1971, a challenge grant from the Andrew Norman Foundation was offered to the Friends of a Public Library in Marshall, Texas for the purpose of building a new library. The $150,000 offer was to be matched by funds raised in Marshall and Harrison County. Following a successful fund drive, the photo shows George Fenn Lewis, president of the Friends, endorsing a balance payment check for $110,000 before presenting it to Dick Brassell, secretary-treasurer of the Friends.
[Bicentennial Library Exhibit About Native Americans]
During the United States' Bicentennial, an exhibit at Marshall Public Library about Native Americans was called "Alien In His Own Land." It featured some 120 rare portraits, biographies, document reproductions, watercolor paintings, a map, and movie posters . Some pictures were of notables such as Pocahontas, and others featured Native American costume, manners, and customs. In 1976, it was still politically acceptable to call Native Americans "Indians," a term which the article and photo caption favors. The woman in the slide photo is Mrs. Dorothy Morrison, library director.
[Equipment at Marshall Public Library]
An unidentified piece of equipment sits near the back entrance of Marshall Public Library.
The new bookmobile at Marshall Public Library, c. 1978, is readied for use by two helpers (unidentified).
[Interior View, Marshall Public Library]
This view from the library director's office at Marshall Public Library shows the circulation desk. A staff person sits at an office desk in the center of the circulation area. A child sits on the circulation desk counter, with another person standing near. The south entrance doors are at the extreme right of the photograph. In the far distance is the adult reading and stack area.
[Library Clerk Processes Books]
Library clerk Naomi Rhea processes books in the workroom at Marshall Public Library. At the time of the photograph, c1984, Mrs. Rhea used a typewriter for typing accession records. Within a few years, the typewriter was replaced by the microcomputer.
[Equipment at Marshall Public Library]
Equipment in the early years of Marshall's new library, 1973-1984, included a laminator, left, and an unidentified machine, right.
[Ward Plaza Apartments, Marshall]
Ward Plaza Apartments in Marshall, Texas is located at 1603 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The street is shown in the foreground.
[Medical Assistants Support Library Friends Group]
The Harrison County Medical Assistants Society was the first organization to have 100 percent participation in the Friends of Marshall Public Library's membership drive. The Friends group was formed c1967 to raise support for a new library building. Their first activity was the drive. Pictured at left is Mrs. J. C. Gullion, a member of the membership committee. Other women are unidentified.
[Friends Award First Membership Card]
In this newspaper file photo, the Friends of a Public Library in Marshall, Texas award their first membership card. From left to right are Ken Duggins,City Manager, Tony Bridge, the first president of Friends, and Audrey Kariel, Friends Executive Board member.
[Equipment at Marshall Public Library]
During the 1980's decade, equipment at Marshall Public Library included portable televisions and videotape recorder/players. In the photograph, a television sits on an audio-visual cart with the videotape machine below Nearby another television sits on a counter.
[Reception for Bill Moyers, Marshall Public Library]
A reception for Bill Moyers was held at Marshall Public Library on one of his visits to his home town to speak at the library. Mr. Moyers, in a light gray suit, stands facing the circulation desk in conversation two other persons. No one else in the picture is identified.
[Celebrants at the reception for the new Marshall Public Library]
Mr. George Olincy, Chairman of the Andrew Norman Foundation, and Mrs. Bernice Gold Kranson were benefactors of the new Marshall Public Library building in 1973.
[Head Start and Day Care Center, Marshall]
The Carter Street Head Start and Day Care Center was located at 611 South Carter St. in Marshall at the time of this photograph, taken between 1965-80.