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exceptions, preserving the African-American
experience is a twentieth-century phenomenon.
Only a few archives and libraries made any effort
to document and preserve African American history
and culture before then. For those of us
who seek to recover and write about Dallas's
African-American experience, new sources and
collections must be discovered or developed. As
this review has shown, there is much work to be
done in order to write a complete history of
African Americans in Dallas. *
'The archival collections in the Texas/Dallas History &
Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library, the
DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University, and
the Dallas Historical Society contain the papers of some
of the city's most prominent citizens. For example, former
mayor and congressman Earle Cabell's papers are at the
DeGolyer, and those ofJ. Howard Payne, the former
chairman of the Council of Social Agencies, are at the
Dallas Public Library.The most recent and perhaps the
best sources on Dallas history are Darwin Payne, Big D:
Triumphl and Troubles ofAn Anmerican Supercity in the 20th
Century (Dallas:Three Forks Press, 1994, updated 2000);
MichaelV. Hazel, Dallas Reconsidered: Essays in Local History
(Dallas: Three Forks Press, 1995); and A. C. Greene, Dallas
USA (Austin: Texas Monthly Press, 1984)
2 See especially, Robert Fairbanks, For the City As A
1l/hole: Planning, Politics, and the Public Interest in Dallas,
19oo-1965 (Columbus: Ohio State University Press. 1998);
Vivian Anderson Castleberry, Dauglhters of Dallas: A History
of Greater Dallas Throlugh the Voices and Deeds of Its Womnen
(Dallas: Oldenwald Press, 1994); MichaelV. Hazel, Dallas:
A History of "Big D" (Austin:Texas State Historical
The A. Maceo Smith Collection is housed at the
African American Museum; the Patton and Flanagan
papers are at the Dallas Historical Society; and the Craft
papers are split: most of them are in the Texas/Dallas
History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library,
and the remainder at the Barker Texas History Center at
the University of Texas in Austin.
4 Roy H.Williams and Kevin J. Shay, Time Change:An
Alternative Viewv of the History of Dallas (Dallas: To Be
Publishing Company, 1991). In 1999 Williams and Shay
published an updated version of their book and still made
some of the same factual errors that I caught in the 1991
version. See Williams and Shay, .. .AndJlJstice for All: Tle
Untold History of Dallas (Fort Worth: CGS
Dr. Robert Prince, A History of Dallas From A Different
Perspective (Denton, Nortex Press, 1993).
6 Jim Schutze, Tle Acconnmodation: The Politics of Race in
an American City (Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press, 1986)
Glenn M. Linden, Desegregatin Sclhools in Dallas:
Four Decades in the Federal Courts (Dallas: Three Forks
"William H.Wilson, Hamilton Park:A Planned Black
Community in Dallas (Baltimore:The John Hopkins
University Press, 1998).
9 Ruthe Winegarten, Black Texas Woomen: 150 Years of
Trials and Trjimph (Austin: University ofTexas Press, 1995);
Marc Sanders and Ruthe Winegarten, The Lives and Times
of Black Dallas Wobmen (Austin: Eakin Press, 200)2).
I" R. C. Hickman, Behold the People: R. C. Hickman's
Phlotographls of Black Dallas, 1949-1961 (Austin: Texas State
Historical Association, 1994);Alan Govenar and Jay F
Brakefield, Deep Ellurn and Central Track: Where the Black
and White Worlds of Dallas Converged (Denton: University
of North Texas Press, 1998). See also, Alan Govenar,
"Them Deep Ellum Blues," LIgacies 2 (Spring 1990): 4-9.
' Sadye Gee and Darnell Williams, editors, Black Presence
in Dallas: Historic Black Dallasites (Dallas: Museum of
African-American Life and Culture, 1987); Mamie
McKnight, First African Anmerican Famiiilics of Dallas: Creative
Survival (Dallas: Black Dallas Remembered Steering
Committee, 1987); and Mamie McKnight, African Anmerican
Families and Settlements of Dallas: On tlie Inside Looking Outt
(Dallas: Black Dallas Remembered, Inc., 1990).
12 See, for example,W. Marvin Dulaney, "The
Progressive Voters' League: A Political Voice for African
Americans in Dallas," Legacies 3 (Spring 1991): 27-35;
Thomas H. Smith, "Blacks in Dallas: From Slavery to
Freedom," Heritage Newis 10 (Spring 1985): 18-22;Thomas
H. Smith "'Cast DownYour Bucket:'A Black Experiment
in Dallas," Heritage Neils 12 (Spring 1987): 13-18; Peter W
Agnew, "Making Dallas Moral: Two Baptist Preachers,"
Heritage Netis 12 (Summer 1987): 19-25; Rachel
Northington Burrow, "Juanita Craft," (M.A thesis,
Southern Methodist University, 1994); Tenpie V. Strange,
"The Dallas Negro Chamber of Commerce: A Study of A
Negro Institution," (M.A thesis, Southern Methodist
University, 1945); and Gerald Runnels, Blacks in Blue.
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