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Barb Wire
Research paper written by Robert White about the history of barbed wire. The paper mentions several individuals who obtained patents for differing types of barbed wire. This paper was written in 1966 for an American History class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87902/
Barbed-Wire: A Research Paper For American History
Research paper written by Cookie Schneider about the history and types of barbed wire. The paper mentions William D. Hunt, who obtained the first patent for barbed wire in 1867. This paper was written in 1967 for an American History class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87901/
Barbed Wire: A Research Project for M. H. S.
Research paper written by Johnny Sanchez about the history of barbed wire. The paper mentions several individuals who obtained patents for differing types of barbed wire. This paper was written in 1966 for an American History class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87900/
Barbed Wire An Agent of Civilization
Research paper written by Steve Lee Graham about the history of barbed wire. The paper covers the early uses and controversies of barbed wire. It also covers how barbed wire is made. This paper was written in 1965 for an English IV class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87903/
Barn and Corrals at the Brite Ranch
Photograph of the barn and corrals at the Brite Ranch in West Texas. The barn has cattle brands decorating the doors. A horse is in the corral. This photo was included in a report for an American History class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87333/
[Barren Big Bend desert landscape]
Pphotograph of a barren Big Bend crater. Several edges of the crater contain sparse tufts of grasslands and a mountain range is visible in the far distance. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "These Indians were primarily farmers, whose fields lined the banks of the now dry rivers and creeks. The sites of the Jumano pueblos are still a source of artifacts" (p. 3). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39674/
[Barren landscape with small mountains in Big Bend]
Photograph of a grassy, barren Big Bend landscape, with mountains in the far distance. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The chief engineer gave the honor of naming the newly-created water store to his wife, who was reading a Russian novel" (p. 6). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39653/
Barriers in Labor During the Depression
Paper based on an interview with Johnnie Collie. The paper describes his family, his different jobs in a variety of places and his time in the U.S. Army. This paper was written for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1977 by Orlando Garcia. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39390/
Battery "E" Basketball Team
Photograph of Battery "E" basketball team. Back row: Sergeant "Soapy"Savoy; Private Benson; Private "Lightfoot" Lawson; Private "Scalyback" Howard; Private "Fred Astaire" Darwin (guard); Private First Class "Jiggs" Terry; Private "Jacko" Kirk (forward); Private "Kid" Padgett (guard). They were the 1937-1938 regimental champs. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88091/
Battery E Mascot
Photograph of the Battery "E", 82nd Field Artillery, mascot, a trained dog sitting up. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88075/
Bears, Beeves, and Bibles: A Depression Story
Research paper written for a history class at Marfa High School about the Great Depression and, specifically, how if affected the town of Marfa, Texas. This paper reconstructs the Depression using individual accounts: working several odd jobs to earn money, pawning and trading items to pay for food, baking chocolate cakes in exchange for fence posts to repair a broken fence line, etc. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth494447/
Belle of the Ball
Research paper written for a history class at Marfa High School about a fictitious story explaining scenes, people, and events a young woman in the early 1900s might have experienced. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth494285/
Ben Avant and Two Women in a Carriage
Photograph of Ben Avant standing next to a carriage with two women. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88216/
[Ben Leaton and Juana Pedraza]
Portrait of Ben Leaton and Juana Pedraza posing together. Juana is wearing a dark-colored dress and is seated in a wooden chair; Leaton is wearing a dark colored suit, standing to her left, with one hand on her arm. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "An exploratory group headed by John W. Spencer met in Chihuahua and came into the Big Bend" (p. 4). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39662/
Ben S. Avant in Carriage
Photograph of Ben S. Avant in a carriage pulled by two horses. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88209/
Bernabe and Felipe Aguilar
Photograph of Bernabe Aguilar (seated) and his son, Felipe (standing). Felipe is 14 years old in this picture. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88050/
Bernardo and Jenoveva Baeza
Photograph of Jenoveva and Bernardo Baeza. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88009/
Beta Sigma Phi Members
Page with a photograph and description of three members of Beta Sigma Phi. They are preparing Christmas decorations for an upcoming dance. Pictured (L-R): Mrs. Jack Brunson, Mrs. Charlie Henderson, and Mrs. Carl Robinson. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87682/
Beta Sigma Phi Members
Photograph of three women who are members of Beta Sigma Phi. They are preparing Christmas decorations for an upcoming dance. Pictured (L-R): Mrs. Jack Brunson, Mrs. Charlie Henderson, and Mrs. Carl Robinson. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87532/
The Big Bend and the Big Bend National Park
Research done by Dr. Ron Tyler on the history of Big Bend National Park and the surrounding area. Chapters included are: The Big Bend, The Spaniards, The Chihuahua Trail, The Topographical Engineers, Settlement, Banditry, The National Park texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87883/
[Big Bend cave painting]
Photograph of a Big Bend cave painting that includes a picture of a cave buffalo in the upper-left quadrant, a small picture of a buffalo in the upper-right quadrant, and a picture of a caveman in the lower-left corner of the photograph. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The climate changed, and food shortages caused the Jumanos to become buffalo hunters, as evidenced by this cave painting" (p. 3). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39673/
[Big Bend desert landscape containing bushes and mountains]
Photograph of wildflowers and grasses in a canyon near Presidio County, Texas. There is a large bush of pink wildflowers in the foreground with green grasses and bushes behind. A rocky mountain range features prominently in the background and extends the width of the photograph. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Bluebonnets, our State flower, and sage bloom early in the year-round warmth in the Big Bend Park on the Rio Grande" (p. 2). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39680/
[Big Bend fossils and stones]
Photograph of seven stone items -- fossils of prehistoric shells and bones, and Indian manos (grinding stones) -- displayed on the bottom of a metal tub sitting on a grassy plain. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Water-dwelling dinosaurs, such as those related to the modern crocodile, and bird-like reptiles have been excavated from their rock prisons" (p. 1). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39697/
[Big Bend landscape with mountains and trees]
Photograph of a desert landscape in the Big Bend area, including trees and bushes with mountains in the background. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The Big Bend really began to open up when in 1882 the Southern Pacific Railroad planned to lay rails through Ft. Davis on its way to the ocean. The city fathers didn't want the noise of the trains to disturb their beautiful, quiet town, and the plan was revised so the tracks would be laid twenty-five miles south" (p. 6). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39655/
[Big Bend landscape with tractors]
Photograph of farm fields in front of a mountain range, located in the Big Bend area. Several tractors and wagons are visible on dirt roads around the fields and desert scrub is visible in the foreground. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The two to three hundred acres behind the mission have been given the title of 'the oldest piece of land continuously used for farming in North America'" (p. 4). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39664/
[Big Bend landscape with unidentified mountain peak]
Photograph of a desert landscape in the Big Bend area with a prominent mountain in the center. A dirt road is visible in the foreground as well as an unidentified building. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The city fathers didn't want the noise of the trains to disturb their beautiful, quiet town, and the plan was revised so the tracks would be laid twenty-five miles south" (p. 6). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39654/
[Big Bend National Park]
Photograph of a body of water at Big Bend National Park, with hills and mountain ridges rising up on either side and in the background of the photo. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Long termed as 'the end of the world' of the 'jumping off' place, the thorns and rocks and adverse geography with the land's beautiful and unusual contrasts have been enjoyed by many people who pass through the Big Bend National Park" (p. 10). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39626/
Big Bend Trail Ride, 1961
Photograph of Molly Lawther handing a cup to Buck Newsome in the camp during the 1961 Big Bend Trail Ride, a three-day annual event sponsored by the Big Bend Trail Ride Association. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87841/
Big Bend Trail Riders from Odessa
Photograph of (L-R) J.B. Crow, Sammy Briggs. and Ray Briggs on horseback. They are members of the Odessa team taking part in the 1961 Big Bend Trail Ride, sponsored by the Big Bend Trail Ride Association. Sammy was the outstanding junior rider in the 1960 ride. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87843/
Big Jimmy
Paper describing the life of James Henry Cass. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39381/
[Bighorn sheep at Big Bend National Park]
Photograph of two male and one female bighorn sheep on the side of a hill or mountain, surrounded by desert brush and bushes at Big Bend National Park. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Bighorn sheep are being reintroduced in the rocky mountains of the Black Gap Game Preserve" (p. 11). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39619/
Bill and Lucius Bunton, 1907
Photograph of Bill and Lucius Bunting riding in a buckboard pulled by Sorrel in 1907. This photo was included in a research paper by Jean Anne Evans in 1971 for a history class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87514/
Bill and Lucius Bunton,Jr., 1910
Photograph of Bill and Lucius Bunton, Jr. and their dog Preet in 1910. They both wear hats. This photo was included in a research paper by Jean Anne Evans in 1971 for a history class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87511/
Bill and Lucius Bunton, Sr. in 1907
Photograph of Lucius and Bill Bunton riding on Angelito and Bravo in 1907. This photo was included in a research paper by Jean Anne Evans in 1971 for a history class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87518/
Bill from R.L. Livingston & Co. General Store
Facsimile of a bill of sale from R.L. Livingston General Merchandise Co for Mrs. Joe Humphries of Marfa, Texas in 1898. This page was included in a paper written by Elizabeth Newton for an American History class at Marfa High School in November 1967. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87911/
Billy Butler and His Father
Photograph of Billy Butler and his father standing beside a building with a stairway up the side. They both wear hats. Billy Butler was a druggist. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87414/
The Biography of Atanachio Campos
This is a research paper written by Luiz Campos for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1966 about his Uncle Atanachio Campas. The paper describes a photo of a funeral for Trine Campos, his uncle's son and gives a brief history of Atanachio. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39436/
Biography of Esotonia Bencomo
This is a research paper written about Esotonia Bencomo by a relative of hers for an American History Class at Marfa High School. It describes her life of being raised by her grandmother and how she went off to college and never married. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87702/
Biography of Gabriel Campos
This is a research paper written by Irma Espinoza for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1975. It is a biography of Gabriel Campos, son of Lino Campos. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39431/
The Biography of George Dawson
Research paper written for a history class at Marfa High School about the rancher George Dawson from Shafter, Texas, who during his lifetime managed two large ranges, "El Rancho Del Pajorito" and "La Mora." In 1918, Dawson was called to the Army for World War I and was stationed in France for a year. Dawson spent the remainder of his life maintaining the two ranches with his wife, Juana Dawson, who was the main contributor of the information in this paper. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth494192/
[Biography of Jesse Blackwell]
This report gives a brief overview of the life of Jesse Blackwell, telling about his family and career as an educator. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39981/
Biography of Mr. & Mrs. Bogel
This report is written in two sections giving brief biographies of William Woodworth Bogel and his wife Sarah Newton Bogel. The report also includes a poem written by Mr. Whittier and dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Bogel. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39987/
Biography of Mr. Robert Jefferson Carr
A history paper chronicling of the life of Mr. Robert Jefferson Carr. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39430/
Biography of Mr. Victor Dominguez
Research paper written for a history class at Marfa High School about Mr. Victor Dominguez, who was an employee at the Murphy-Walker Grocery Store in Marfa, Texas, until her started a taxi stand, and Mr. and Mrs. Alex Dominguez, Sr., a ranching family. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth494386/
The Biography of My Grandfather and My Grandmother
This is a research paper written by Luiz Campos for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1966 about his grandparents. It describes a picture of them and gives a brief family history. Luiz's grandmother lived to be 112 years old! texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39433/
Birds-Eye-View, Fort Davis, Texas
The photograph on this postcard shows the town of Fort Davis. In the foreground, there is a formation of large rocks and an unpaved road that continues into the middle of the town. To either side of the road, there are various buildings enclosed by fences and surrounded by yards, trees, and windmills. The postcard was sent from Fort Davis March 15 and arrived in Uvalde, Texas March 17, 1918 according to the postmarks. The text, handwritten in ink, reads: "Wednesday. Well Janet how are you today? This picture was taken from some big high rocks in front of my uncle's house. There are hardly any lumber houses here - nearly all dirt or stone. Some are made of pretty pink rocks. They get the different kinds of rock from the mountains in the town or near town. Hope I'll see you again sometime. Miss Ada." The postcard was addressed to Miss Janet Harris. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40177/
[Bishop Family House]
This photograph shows a house situated on a lawn. In the foreground, there are low bushes and plants lining the yard which is grassy and has scattered plants throughout. The house is a single story with several windows and a patio with several posts and a low wall enclosing it. There is ivy covering the near corner of the house and several of the posts around the patio. In the background, there are several tall trees. There is a handwritten note on the back of the frame: "Made adobes. Bishop house where Audrey Minms lives now." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39993/
Blackwell School
This image was scanned from the negative of the photograph. It shows the buildings of the Blackwell School in Marfa, Texas. In the foreground, the ground is bare dirt and the buildings are in the background. There are at least three different white buildings with many windows and doors. The building in the middle has the name of the school visible over the door. There are shrubs planted against the walls of the buildings. To the right, there is a flagpole (but no flag), a bare tree, and some other shrubs. A handwritten note on the back of the print says, "Blackwell School about 1940." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40069/
Blanche Avant
Oval photographic portrait of Blance Avant, c. 1913. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88203/
La Blanche "Trixie" Casner Davis
Page with a photograph of La BLanche "Trixie" Casner Davis. This page is part of a 1977 report for a history class at Marfa High School by Jess Evans. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87620/