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[Jesus Cabezuela and Catalina Cabezuela in El Paso]

Description: 1964 picture of Catalina Cabezuela and Jesus Cabezuela observing flowers in an El Paso yard. Catalina Cabezuela is standing in front of Jesus Cabezuela. They are both standing in front of a one-story brick home.
Date: 1964
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Capote Falls]

Description: Postcard of Capote Falls, near Marfa. A small waterfall is cascading between two large cliffs. The tops of a few trees can been seen at the bottom left and right corners of the photograph.
Date: c. 1965
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Camp Holland in 1966

Description: Here is a colored view of the Camp of what it looked like in 1964. The green part in the center of the three long buildings was a water fountain. This photo was included in a research paper by William Kim Thornsburg in an American History class at Marfa High School in 1966.
Date: 1964
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Vasquez family reunion in 1963]

Description: Vasquez family reunion in 1963. From left to right: Lillian Best, Lucia Carter, Elizabeth Acre, Margarita Minjares, Victorina Vasquez, Otilia Dunaway, Lillian Acre, Enrique Vasquez, Roger Carter, Natividad Vasquez Jr., Migue Nieto, Conrado Vasquez Sr., Delfa Spencer, Don Dunaway, Oscar Spencer, Ginny Spencer. Three male children are standing in front of the adults. From left to right: Hugh Acre, Oscar Spencer Jr., and David Spencer.
Date: 1963
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Two men with two horses in front of the Saint George building]

Description: Two men are in front of the Saint George building. One man is standing in the center of the picture, between two horses, and he has a rope in his hands. The second man is to the right of the first man. He is sitting on the other horse.
Date: December 21, 1967
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Most Reverend Mariano S. Garriga in 1961]

Description: Photographic card depicting the Most Reverend Mariano S. Garriga, Bishop of Corpus Christi. Printed on the back, "In Remembrance of the Golden Socerdotal Jubilee and Silver Episcopal Jubilee of The Most Reverend Mariano S. Garriga, D.D. LL.D.; Bishop of Corpus Christi; Corpus Christi, Texas; May 8, 1961; Ordained: July 2, 1911; Consecrated: September 21, 1936; Pray for Me!"
Date: May 8, 1961
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Picture of desert landscape]

Description: Photograph of a rocky desert landscape with a mountain ridge (part of the Chinati Mountain range) in Presidio County, Texas. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The Big Bend is composed of the counties of Presidio, Brewster, and Jeff Davis" (p. 1).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Picture of Big Bend desert landscape]

Description: Photograph of mountain peaks outside of Alpine, Texas, which are part of the Davis Mountain range. A desert landscape and a grove of trees are visible in the foreground. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "This is a land which has fought against those who have tried to make it home since its creation" (p. 1).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Close up of Big Bend area landscape]

Description: Photograph of a rocky mountain ( part of the Davis Mountain range) behind a line of trees in the Big Bend area of Jeff Davis County, Texas. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "[According to an] Indian legend [...] After the heavens, the earth, and the living creatures had been shaped, the Great Spirit had a great accumulation of rocks and stony material left over. Even the Evil Spirit refused the pile, and so it became the mighty Big Bend of Texas" (p. 1).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Close up of Big Bend desert mountain]

Description: Photograph of a large, rocky hill in a desert landscape in the Big Bend area. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "[According to an] Indian legend [...] After the heavens, the earth, and the living creatures had been shaped, the Great Spirit had a great accumulation of rocks and stony material left over. Even the Evil Spirit refused the pile, and so it became the mighty Big Bend of Texas" (p. 1).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Inside a small, rocky canyon at Big Bend]

Description: Photograph of a rocky canyon in the Big Bend desert landscape with a mountain range in the background. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Actually, for many thousands of years, Texas was underwater. Many fossils of sea animals can be found especially around Shafter. Even when West Texas became a lush grassland with many rivers and swamps, the animal inhabitants had little security" (p. 1)
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Big Bend fossils and stones]

Description: 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).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Bones and fossils in Big Bend]

Description: Close-up photograph of woolly mammoth bones and fossils embedded in the soil, near Marfa, Texas. A red trowel is visible near the top of the image. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The land turned against the 'thundering lizards,' and the Age of mammals came upon the earth" (p. 1).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Person observing dinosaur bones and fossils in Big Bend]

Description: Photograph of a man wearing a cowboy hat, crouched at the edge of a dig, looking at bones and fossils embedded in the soil. A small fenced-in dirt mound is to the left of the man. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The huge mammoth was once the king of the grassy fields" (p. 1).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Collection of bones and fossils in Big Bend]

Description: Photograph of bones and fossils embedded in the soil, near Marfa, Texas. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "This beast watered at a lake which was once in the Big Bend" (p. 1)
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Collection of fossils in Big Bend]

Description: Photograph of bones and fossils that have been partially excavated from soil, with a trowel in front of them on the ground. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "This beast watered at a lake which was once in the Big Bend. His feet were caught in the sticky mud, and the mammoth, unable to move, was preserved" (pp. 1-2).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Carolina Borunda Humphries]

Description: Photograph of Carolina Borunda Humphries cooking on a wood stove at The Old Borunda cafe. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Carolina Borunda Humphries has cooked on her wood stove in the kitchen at 'The Old Borunda' for many years. This restaurant has been in the Borunda family for three generations" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Nicholas Machuca]

Description: Photograph of Nicholas Machuca, visible from the waist up, posing outside a stone building. He is wearing a blue plaid shirt and cowboy hat; he has his left hand on his hip and his right arm on a post or wall. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Nicholas Machuca has worked as a cowboy on several of the area ranches after coming to the Big Bend in 1913 from his birthplace in Mexico" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Grannison Chaney]

Description: Photograph of Grannison Chaney, visible from the waist up, standing in a doorway. He is wearing a Marfa High School jacket and a baseball cap. To the right, a wall clock is visible through a window with the name "Baker Jewelers." The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Grannison Chaney came to Marfa as a shoeshine boy. He became a staunch supporter of the students, the school, and the athletics programs. The students awarded him a school jacket which he wears proudly" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Photograph of Mrs. W. K. Livingston]

Description: Photograph of Mrs. W. K. Livingston seated in a wooden chair in front of sheer curtains. A large piece of wooden furniture is partially visible on the right and has a candlestick on top. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Mrs. W. K. Livingston, a pioneer woman, was a member of the first graduating class of Marfa High School. She has lived all of her eighty-six years in this area" (p. 13).
Date: Autumn 1968
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Students Studying]

Description: Photograph of a tutoring session. A young boy is seated on the left, behind the corner of a desk or table; he is looking at an open book on the lap of a much older student sitting next to him. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The students of all nationalities int he school work together on many projects. Junior and senior high school students voluntarily tutor children in arithmetic, science, reading, and physical education without pay" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Student writing math problem on chalkboard]

Description: Photograph of a boy writing out a math problem on a chalkboard and another student sitting at a desk, watching him. According to accompanying information, this photo was taken during a session when Cesar Vasquesz, a Marfa High School student was tutoring younger students. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Junior and senior high school students voluntarily tutor children in arithmetic, science, reading, and physical education without pay. This is a positive study in understanding and selflessness" (pp. 13-14).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[American and Texas flags]

Description: Photograph of a flagpole, viewed from the ground looking up with an American flag at the top and a Texas state flag below. A cloudy sky is visible above the pole. The image accompanied the conclusion of a written speech, with the caption: "To those who would protest the American life of challenge and accomplishment, I would remind them, our land has never been easy. [...] The land is rich, not only in landscape, but also in the heritage of those who have tried to tame it. This is My Land, My Heritage, My Hope" (p. 14)
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library