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St. Mary's Catholic School

Description: Paper by Gloria Gonzales describing the history of St. Mary's Catholic school.
Date: December 2, 1968
Creator: Gonzales, Gloria
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Stone tool artifacts]

Description: Photograph of several large rocks including ancient mortars lined up on the dirt to the right of a long, white wall. Several of the flat stones have small, smooth stones on top and one of the mortars has a pestle. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "[The Jumanos] Indians were primarily farmers, whose filed lined the banks of now dry rivers and creeks" (p. 3).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Stories of Mr. Coffield

Description: Stories told by different individuals describing the life of Henry Coffield. Individuals include: Bryan Wildenthal and Mrs. B.F. Gearhart.
Date: 1969
Creator: Taylor, J. Martin
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Structures in Shafter ghost town]

Description: Photograph of partial ruins in abandoned Shafter, Texas. Mountains are visible in the background. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: About twenty-three million dollars worth of silver was extracted by 1942 when the price of silver dropped, and mining was no longer profitable. Cinnabar, source of mercury, was mined and processed at Terlingua for many years" (p. 8).
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

[Students playing in an outdoor athletic field]

Description: Photograph of an outdoor athletic field, taken from across a Marfa street. Four unidentified Marfa High School students are practicing tennis. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Besides football, basketball, tennis, and golf wins, several members of the track team have gone on to higher competition" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
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

[Students with instruments]

Description: Photograph of five Marfa High School students posing together in front of soundproofed walls; three in the front and two in the back. They are identified from left to right as: Beverly Webb (holding a sheaf of papers), Mark Covington (holding a euphonium), Marfa Gene LaLanne (holding a saxaphone), Delma Gonzales (holding papers or another instrument) and Gene Dempsey (holding a trumpet). The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The band members work many extra hours in perfecting their marching and concert material for contests" (p. 13).
Date: Autumn 1968
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Teacher's Notes on a Student's Research Paper]

Description: A teacher's questions and notes written on a small sheet of paper to better a student's research paper written for a history class at Marfa High School about Frank King Duncan, titled "Life of Francis King Duncan" by Bob Bagley.
Date: 1965
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

A Theme of the History of the Marfa Baptist Church

Description: Theme paper written by Rose Mary Baize for Mrs. Murphy Bennett's American History class at Marfa High School in January 1964. It covers the history of the Baptist church in Marfa including the various buildings where it met, who the leaders were and how it changed overtime.
Date: January 13, 1964
Creator: Baize, Rose Mary
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Then Came the Indians

Description: This is a research paper written by Richard Hewitt for an American History Class at Marfa High School on December 10, 1969. It includes stories about Indian attacks in west Texas, the location of petroglyphs, and descriptions of different arrowheads and their uses.
Date: December 10, 1969
Creator: Hewitt, Richard
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Thomas Acosta

Description: Paper by Mario Acosta about his relatives, Thomas and Eliza Acosta.
Date: 1967
Creator: Acosta, Mario
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Those Early Days

Description: Research paper written for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1966 by Saul C. Acosta. The paper is about his grandfather, Rafael Carrasco (1860 - 1954) and his ranch, family and transport business.
Date: 1966
Creator: Acosta, Saul C.
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Three students in sweatshirts]

Description: Photograph of three unidentified male Marfa students wearing hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants. Two of the students' sweatshirts have logos with the text "Marfa Shorthorns." The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Besides football, basketball, tennis, and golf wins, several members of the track team have gone on to higher competition" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Tinaja Cave in Presidio County, Texas

Description: Photograph of a cave in a rock outcropping in Presidio County, Texas. This photo was included in a research paper by Nancy Edwards for an American History class at Marfa High School in April 1968.
Date: 1967
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Treasures of the Past - February 1966]

Description: Monthly publication containing an article about the hobby of collecting dolls used in a research paper written for a history class at Marfa High School about doll collections. The article, "Treasures of the Past" (18-19 p.), discusses the utilization of different materials in doll-making, briefly touches on historical aspects of doll-making, and features pictures of dolls from many different collectors.
Date: February 1966
Creator: Culley, Ann
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Tree in Presidio landscape]

Description: Photograph of a tree and bushes in Presidio desert. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "El Apostol Santiago built, with Indian labor, a mission on the north side of the Rio Grande in 1684" (p. 3).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Triesitas and School Picture]

Description: Report describing two photographs, written for an American history class at Marfa High School around 1967. Part one describes a photo of "Triestas" take in 1929. Triestas were young girls who prayed to the Virgin Mary de Gualdalupe. The second part in this report describes a photo of school children from 1905.
Date: 1967~
Item Type: Text
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

U.S. Border Patrol

Description: Report and description of photographs of the personnel and activities at the U.S. Border Patrol headquarters in Marfa, Texas. This was a report by John Stevens for a American History class at Marfa High School in 1968.
Date: 1968
Creator: Stevens, John
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

U.S.I.N.S., Marfa Sector

Description: Report by Ellen Fay Nicholson for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1964. The paper covers the reasons for the Border Patrol, the patrolmen, the different stations in the Marfa sector, and includes a map of the area.
Date: 1964
Creator: Nicholson, Ellen Fay
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

The United Stated Border Patrol

Description: This is a research paper written by Judi Hickey for an American History Class at Marfa High School on November 21, 1966. It discusses the beginnings of the US Border Patrol and specifically some stories of the one located at Marfa, Texas.
Date: November 21, 1966
Creator: Hickey, Judi
Item Type: Paper
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