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Autographed Photo of Champ Clark
Photograph of Champ Clark. Black and white photo. Autographed to Sam Rayburn by Champ Clark. Inscription on front of photo reads, "To Sam Rayburn, Your Friend, Champ Clark"
Autographed Photo of Sam Rayburn
Photograph of Sam Rayburn. Sepia-toned toned photograph of Sam Rayburn from the chest up. He wears a dark suit, tie and white shirt. The photograph is autographed by Sam Rayburn. The words, "To my sister Meddie with my deepest affection--Sam Rayburn" are at the bottom of the photo. Meddie (Medibel Bartley) was one of Sam Rayburn's three sisters. She and her husband, S.E. Bartley lived in Sam Rayburn's home in Bonham beginning in the 1940s.
Autographed Print of Atkins Jefferson (Jeff) McLemore
Black and White print of Atkins Jefferson (Jeff) McLemore. The image was produced by B.F. Johnson Inc. of Washington, D.C. The image was likely created during McLemore's time in the U.S. House of Representatives (1915-1919) as delegate at-large from Texas. The image is printed on cream-colored matboard/cardstock with the image circular shaped at the center. The head and shoulders image shows McLemore wearing a dark colored suit coat, white collared shirt and tie. A round pin is on his lapel. He has gray hair and a mustache. The image is autographed, "Sincerely yours, Jeff McLemore." The signature of the company that produced the image is written in pencil at lower right, "B.F. Johnson."
Certificate of Honorary Membership in the Young Democratic Club of Nueces County, Texas
[Christmas Postcard]
Christmas postcard of a wreath with a ribbon, and "A Merry Christmas" printed in the middle of the wreath. Below the text is a space for the sender to write his name, and "Will" is written in. Handwritten note on the back of the postcard seems unfinished and simply says, "How is your." Card is addressed to Lou Rayburn.
Closing Lines from the Novel, "Eben Holden"
Document with the closing lines from the book "Eben Holden" by Irving Bacheller, published in 1900. A handwritten note is at the bottom of the document with the words, "To Sam Rayburn, with deep affection--Gene Worley 10/17/49 Washington, D.C." Francis Eugene Worley was a democratic U.S. Representative from Texas who served in the House of Representatives from 1941 to 1950. Sam Rayburn "saw himself" in these closing lines from the book "Eben Holden." The text is black, printed on cream colored paper.
[Easter Postcard]
Easter postcard with a small picture of the sun rising over the ocean and the text: "A happy Eastertide. Morn's roseate hues have decked the sky; The Lord has risen with victory; Let the earth be glad, and raise the cry, Alleluia!" Handwritten message on the back of the postcard offers Easter greetings to Lou Rayburn.
[Easter Postcard]
Easter postcard with illustrations of a cross and flowers. Text inside of the cross reads: "The good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11." Beneath the cross, it also says: "A Holy Easter." Handwritten message on the back of the postcard inquires about Lou Rayburn's Easter plans.
Gift Card to Sam Rayburn
Godey's Fashions for April 1870
Print of Godey's Fashions for April 1870. The colored print showcases fashionable dresses for women from the spring of 1870. Five women stand together. A small girl stands at the front of the image, slightly to the left. She is holding a cat by the tail in her left hand and a whip in her raised right hand. The women wear dresses in colors of blue, green, red, yellow, orange, gray, and white. The small girl wears a dress in the color red. All of the gowns are floor length, full skirted dresses. Four of the women wear dresses with long sleeves and high collars. The fifth woman (at the far right) wears a sleeveless formal ball gown with a v-neck collar. All of the dresses include some or all of the following embellishments: ruffles, bows, lace, bustling, pleats, and fringe. The women stand in what appears to be a very fine room, possibly a parlor. A mirror hangs on the wall and a table with books and a photo in frame can be seen in the background. A potted plant, draperies and carpeting also make up the interior furnishings of the room.
Godey's Fashions for January 1869
Print of Godey's Fashions from January 1869. The colored print depicts five women wearing very ornate gowns. The floor-length gowns include long sleeves and high collars. Each gown has either ruffles, bows, buttons, pleats, draping, or fringe or a combination of these. The women all appear to have long hair styled up on their heads. Several of the women wear ornately adorned bonnets. The gowns, bonnets and background are colored blue, yellow, green, red, black and white. A young boy wearing a blue suit stands at the front of the women. The group appears to be standing in an elegant room, such as a parlor. There is a hutch on the right side of the print with shelves with vases, a chair on the left and drapes hanging against the wall behind the group.
Godey's Fashions for May 1865
Print of "Godey's Fashions for May 1865." Color artwork of five women wearing dresses with very large, hoop skirts. The color on the image has faded. The background is composed of trees, sky and fountains.
"Good Night Columbine" print by Walter Ernest Webster
Print of a woman wearing the clothes of a ballerina, sleeping on a couch. A man or mime (clown/jester) bends down over her as if to give her a kiss. The woman has short, blonde hair and wears a white, tutu style dress. The couch she lays upon is blue. The mime's clothing is multicolored, he wears a black hat. Most of his face cannot be seen. A tall, french door can be seen behind them along with a curtain.
[Gunther's Candy Postcard]
Postcard for Gunther's Candy. The front of the card has a picture of a snow-covered log cabin next to a lake and says underneath: "Compliments of the season. Eat Gunther's Candy and be happy."
[High School Portrait of Teenage Boy]
High school portrait of a teenage boy in a suit. Photograph is contained within a grey mat folder with the portrait studio's name printed below the photo, "Howse & Son, Commerce, Tex."
"In All Her Glory" Sailing Ship Print
Print by Gordon Grant. "In All Her Glory" print of a sailing ship at sea.
"In the Matter of Friendship" poem by Harry B. Hawes
Print of a poem by Harry B. Hawes. Poem title: "In the Matter of Friendship." Printed on ivory colored paper in black ink. A facsimile of Hawe's signature is at the lower right of the printed poem. Hawes was a democrat from Missouri who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1921-1926. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1926-1933.
Nativity scene print
Color print of Christian nativity scene. Mary with baby Jesus in manger at center. Three kings with gifts are on the left side. A shepherd with animals is on the right. A bright star shines above Mary. The piece appears to have been clipped from a magazine. The advertising on the back of this image is for Elgin watches, dated 1922.
Painting of Robert E. Lee
Watercolor painting of Robert E. Lee, in profile, on a board. It is signed on the bottom by the artist.
Painting of Sam Rayburn
Painting of Sam Rayburn. He is seated at a desk and wearing a dark blue suit with a red-brown tie. Two piles of paper are on the desk as well as a few trinkets.
Photo of 1960 Texas Democratic delegates in the U.S. House of Representatives, 86th Congress
Photograph of the Democratic delegates from Texas in the 86th U.S. Congress. The color photograph includes the images of 23 Texas delegates. Nine of the men are seated at a dining table covered with a white tablecloth. Fourteen men stand behind those who are seated. All men wear dark suits with ties. The room includes a chandelier, ornate mirror over a fireplace and two large windows at the background with curtains. The group is comprised of the Texas U.S. Representatives from 1960, except United States Senators Lyndon Johnson and Ralph Yarborough. The men in the photograph include (seated, from left to right): 20th District, Paul J. Kilday; 11th District, W.R. Poage; 1st District, Wright Patman; Senator Lyndon B. Johnson; 4th District, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn; Senator Ralph W. Yarborough; 19th District, George H. Mahon; 8th District, Albert Thomas; and 21st District, O.C. Fisher. Men in the back row (standing, from left to right): 22nd District, Bob Casey; 14th District, John Young; 16th District, J.T. Rutherford; 2nd District, Jack Brooks; 13th District, Frank Ikards; 10th District, Homer Thornberry; 17th District, Omar Burleson; 6th District, Olin E. Teague; 9th District, Clark W. Thompson; 18th District, Walter Rogers; 7th District, John Dowdy; 15th District, Joe M. Kilgore; 12th District, James C. Wright, Jr.; and 3rd District, Linley Beckworth.
Photo of Alfred E. Smith, Bernard Baruch and Sam Rayburn
Photograph of Alfred E. Smith, Bernard Baruch and Sam Rayburn. The group of men all wear dark, three piece suits, white button-down shirts and dark ties. They sit near a table, which is in the foreground. The table has several pieces of paper on it and several glass ashtrays. The back of the photo reads, "ALFRED E. SMITH - BERNARD BARUCH - SAM RARYBURN - IN CONFERENCE ON RAILROAD LEGISLATION."
Photo of boy and girl in front of fireplace
Photograph of two children. The two children stand in front of a brick fireplace and mantel. The black and white photo appears to be circa 1950. The girl wears a light colored, short-sleeved, knee-length dress, white socks, black mary jane shoes and a ribbon in her hair. The boy wears dark slacks, a plaid sport coat, white button-down shirt and dark tie. A white pocket square is barely visible in his left pocket. He also wears dark colored shoes. The children are looking at one another in this photo. The girl has her left arm around they boy's waist, the boy has his right arm over the girl's right shoulder. In the background is a brick fireplace, with a mantel that appears to have Christmas cards displayed upon it. There is a glass vase or candle holder in the center of hte mantel. Pale, striped wallpaper can be seen above the mantel. A fireplace tool set stands at the right of the children along with a broom. The children stand on the bricked hearth.
Photo of Sam Rayburn
Photograph of Sam Rayburn. A formal black and white portrait of Rayburn. Rayburn wears a dark, three piece suit with a white, button-down shirt and a dark colored tie. He sits at a desk which contains papers, pen stand and pens and an ashtray. Rayburn has his left elbow propped up on the desk, the other arm is at his side.
Photo of Sam Rayburn beside cabin in Lenoir, Tennessee
Photograph of Sam Rayburn standing beside the cabin of his birth in Lenoir, Tennessee. Sam Rayburn is wearing a light colored suit, with white button down shirt and a dark tie. He wears a white Panama hat with a dark colored band. He stands resting his right hand on the side of the cabin. The cabin pictured is constructed of rough cut wood. It is two stories high and and the exterior of a stone fireplace stands to the left of Rayburn. The ground is covered with tall grass and weeds. The photo is black and white.
[Photograph at Sam Rayburn Library Dedication Day]
Photograph of men in suits standing and talking in groups outside of the Sam Rayburn house on the day of the Sam Rayburn Library dedication. Handwritten note on the back of the photo names the occasion and date of the photograph.
Photograph of a Conestoga Wagon Parade
Photograph of a conestoga wagon parade in Cookeville, Tennessee. Sitting in the cow-pulled wagon is a man, woman and child. A group of people are watching the parade.
[Photograph of a Group of Men Eating]
Photograph of seven men at an outdoor table. Four men are sitting at the table and eating, while two stand in the background. To the left, a man who appears to be a waiter can be seen talking to one of the men.
[Photograph of a Group of Men with Sam Rayburn]
Photograph of five men in suits standing outside of a house with wooden siding. Sam Rayburn, the only one without a hat, stands in the middle with two men on each side.
[Photograph of a Woman and Baby]
Photograph of a woman and baby outdoors. The baby sits on a small stool and the woman stands next to the baby.
Photograph of a young Abner Rayburn
Photograph of Abner Rayburn. The black and white photograph is of a young Abner Rayburn, possibly at age nine or ten (around 1900). He wears a dark, double breasted coat with a white collared shirt. The studio portrait shows Abner from the waist up. Abner was born in 1891, the youngest of Sam Rayburn's siblings and the only sibling born in Texas (the Rayburn family moved from Tennessee to Texas in 1887). He died in 1914 of typhoid fever.
Photograph of Abner Rayburn
Photograph of Abner Love Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's youngest sibling. Abner was born in Texas in 1891. He died in 1914. Sam Rayburn was grooming his brother Abner to become his secretary in Washington. Abner died of typhoid fever before this could happen. Abner is shown in this head and shoulders photo wearing a dark suit with bow tie and a white collared shirt. A formal, studio portrait, the photo is oval shaped and mounted to a cardboard backing with the studio name in the lower right corner, "THE ELLIOTS AUSTIN, TEX."
[Photograph of FDR, Sam Rayburn, and Alben Barkley]
Photograph of three men in coats and top hats sitting in a car. The men are, left to right, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Sam Rayburn, and Alben Barkley. Sam Rayburn was escorting FDR and Barkley to the 1944 inaugural.
Photograph of Katherine Thomas
Photograph of Katherine (Kate) (Rayburn) Thomas. Katherine Thomas was one of Sam Rayburn's sisters. The photograph is a head and shoulders image of Mrs. Thomas. She wears a V-neck dress with shiny appliques on the shoulders. She wears a matching necklace. her hair is pulled back from her face in a low chignon.
[Photograph of Little Girl at Christmas]
Photograph of a little girl in pajamas standing in front of a fireplace where a full Christmas stocking hangs from the mantle.
[Photograph of Lyndon B. Johnson]
Signed portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson sitting in a leather chair. He wrote "For Speaker Rayburn- To a great Texan who has made his country, his party, and his times greater. With warm admiration- Lyndon B. Johnson".
Photograph of man on beach
Photograph of a man standing on a beach. The black and white photo shows the man standing in the sand looking out upon the tide and the sky. The man, silhoutted against the brightness of the sky is wearing a brimmed fisherman's hat, wears a spyglass on a cord around his neck and wears a coat and pants and rubber boots. The photo includes the signature/maker's mark in the lower left corner that reads, "COPYRIGHT 1907 BY C.H. CLAUDY." The photo is framed with a stained and faded ivory mat.
Photograph of Martha Rayburn
Portrait of Martha Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's mother. She is wearing a dark dress with a high collar and glasses. Her light hair is braided and pulled back. It is matted on a dark board with the company's name embossed on the bottom of the board.
Photograph of Martha Rayburn
Photograph of Martha Rayburn. She is the daughter of Sam Rayburn's brother, Richard. This is her high school graduation photo. She is wearing a knit sweater with a collar as well as a double-strand necklace of pearls and pearl earrings. Information about the photograph or the subject is printed on the back, but has faded beyond recognition.
Photograph of Medibel Rayburn Bartley
Photograph of Medibel Rayburn Bartley, Sam Rayburn's sister, wearing a dark-colored formal dress. She is standing in a formal living room next to a couch and chair. She holds her hands in front of her as she faces the camera.
[Photograph of Men in Field]
Photograph of four men in a field. Three men are standing with two dogs, and the fourth man sits in a surrey pulled by a single horse. Handwritten note on the back of the photo states that the men are "not identified" but could be the Rayburn men. It says, "third from left could be Sam Rayburn."
[Photograph of Rayburn Family]
Photograph of the Rayburn family on the Rayburn house's porch. Handwritten note on the back of the photograph names those in the photo (L-R) as Sam Rayburn, Tom Rayburn, Lucinda (Lou) Rayburn, and (mother) Martha Waller Rayburn.
Photograph of Robert E. Lee
Photograph of Robert E. Lee. General Lee served as a Confederate General during the U.S. Civil War. He died on October 12, 1870. The photo is a head and shoulders view of Lee. He is wearing a dark suit, white shirt and black bow-tie. He has gray/white hair and a medium-length beard. Text under the image reads, "Last Photograph General Robert E. Lee."
Photograph of Ruth Bryan Owen
Photograph of Ruth Bryan Owen (1885-1954). Owen was the daughter of William Jennings Bryan. She served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1929-1933 representing Florida's Fourth Congressional District. She served as an Ambassador to Denmark from 1933-1936. The photo is black and white. In the portrait Mrs. Owen wears a pearl necklace and pearl earrings. Her hair is gray and is waved. She wears a floral print dress, only the collar can be seen. The background is all white.
Photograph of Sam Rayburn
Photograph of Sam Rayburn. The photo is a head and shoulders view of Mr. Rayburn. He wears a dark suit jacket, dark tie, white button-down shirt, and a tan colored cowboy/fedora style hat. This image was taken of Mr. Sam later in his life, most likely between 1950 and 1961.
Photograph of Sam Rayburn, 1911
Photograph of Sam Rayburn. Photo taken in 1911 when Sam Rayburn was age 29. At the time, he was serving as the Speaker in the Texas House of Representatives. The portrait is a head and shoulders photo of Rayburn. He wears a dark, suit jacket, white button-down shirt and dark-colored bow tie. The photo is black and white. Text on reverse of print reads, "Sam Rayburn age 29 when Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Please return to Sam Rayburn, Bonham, Texas."
Photograph of Sam Rayburn and Another Man Riding Horseback in a Parade
Photograph of Sam Rayburn and another man riding horseback in a parade. Sam Rayburn, at right, rides a palomino-colored horse. He wears cowboy boots, khaki pants, a white button-down shirt, a tie and a cowboy hat. The other man, on the left rides a dark bay colored horse. He also wears trousers, a white button-down shirt, a tie and a cowboy hat. The men are riding down a paved street with buildings, curb, signs, parking meter, fire hydrant and people in background. The horses appear to be stepping over tracks, possibly for a streetcar.
Photograph of Sam Rayburn and Group on Horseback
Photograph of Sam Rayburn and a group of you people on horseback. The photo appears to be colorized. This is likely a photogaph of Sam Rayburn with the Bonham Quadrille, a Bonham, Texas riding club. Sam Rayburn rides a dark bay colored horse. He is at the center, right. To the left are two mounted young men wearing pink/red shirts and holding American flags. The group behind all sit atop horses. The group is divided into pairs, with each pair wearing similar clothing in colors of green, white, red, gold and blue. They all wear cowboy hats, chaps and boots. Sam Rayburn is wearing khaki pants, white button-down shirt, dark tie, and straw hat with black hatband.
Photograph of Sam Rayburn and his sisters, Katherine (Rayburn) Thomas and Medibel (Rayburn) Bartley
Photograph of Sam Rayburn and two sisters; Katherine [Kate] (Rayburn) Thomas and Medibel [Meddie](Rayburn) Bartley. The women are on the left wearing dark dresses with brooches. Sam Rayburn is wearing a dark suit and tie. They are standing outside Sam Rayburn's home, near the screened porch on the south side of the home.
Photograph of Sam Rayburn Eating Breakfast
Photograph of Sam Rayburn eating breakfast with members of his family. Seated at the table from left to right: Will Rayburn (Sam's brother), Sam, and Lucinda Rayburn (Sam's sister). The Rayburn family's cook, Bobbie Phillips, is seen in the background. The family is seated in the Sam Rayburn House breakfast room. Sam Rayburn is eating a porkchop for his breakfast. Other foods that can be seen include biscuits, fried eggs, sausage and berries. Many of the serving items seen in the photo are on display in the Sam Rayburn House Museum today. Will Rayburn came to live with his brother Sam, following the death of his wife. Lucinda Rayburn served as the hostess of the household. Bobbie Phillips served as the family's cook for many years. She married Charlie Phillips, the Rayburn's groundskeeper and together they lived on teh property in the caretaker's cottage. They eventually moved into their own home in Bonham. The Rayburn's breakfast room was converted from a kitchen following the addition of a modern kitchen in the 1940s (prior to this photograph being taken). After the conversion, the old kitchen was modified into a breakfast room, with the family eating the majority of their meals here.