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[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

Border Patrol

Description: This paper describes a number of photographs of the early Border Patrol in Marfa, Texas. It was written by Ernest Villareal for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967.
Date: 1967
Creator: Villareal, Ernest
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

The Border Patrol, It's History and Organization in Marfa

Description: Report by Mark Covington for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1966. It tells the history of the U.S. Border Patrol in Marfa, Texas, why it was necessary and some of the laws governing immigration. There are stories about liquor and dope smuggling, wetbacks, and activities during WWII.
Date: November 21, 1966
Creator: Covington, Mark
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

The Brite's of Marfa, Texas

Description: This is a research paper written by Josephine Aguilor for an American History Class at Marfa High School on January 13, 1964. It contains biographical information about the Brite family, describing their home and their charitable acts in Marfa, Texas.
Date: January 13, 1964
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Butter Churn

Description: Photographs of a butter churn with its dasher owned by Mrs. Fox Parker. It has a number 3 on it and a maple leaf. This page was included in a paper written by Elizabeth Newton for an American History class at Marfa High School in November 1967.
Date: November 1967
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Camp Holland

Description: Paper written by William Kim Thornsburg about Camp Holland built in Viejo Pass near Valentine, Texas. He accounts that the last Apache battle in Texas and how the camp was used later to supply troops along the Rio Grande.
Date: November 20, 1966
Creator: Thornsburg, William Kim
Item Type: Paper
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

[Canine artifact]

Description: Photograph of an oval, white soapstone Indian artifact carved with the shape of a small canine. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The first tribe of Indians to be recorded were called the 'Basketmakers.' They quickly faded into the background with the coming of the Jumanos" (pp. 2-3).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
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

[Car and set from movie Giant]

Description: Photograph of a set from the movie, "Giant" including the front of a stone mansion with a car parked in front. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The house used for the shooting still stands in the pasture where it was put together nearly fourteen years ago" (p. 12).
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

[Carving of dinosaur]

Description: Photograph of a statue artifact in the shape of a dinosaur. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Early man, who created these artifacts, entered West Texas while the mammoth roamed free" (p. 2).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Casimiro Chavarria

Description: Paper written by Eva Chavarria in 1967 for a history class at Marfa High School. It describes her grandfather, Casimiro Chavarria's family, his work on ranches, his farm and his travels.
Date: 1967
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Cattle Brands of Texas

Description: This is a research paper written by Russell F. White for an American History Class at Marfa High School on May 4, 1964. It covers the history of cattle branding and has many illustrations of brands in Texas that were used by ranches in Texas, including those of Indians and Mexicans.
Date: May 4, 1964
Creator: White, Russell F.
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Cedillo family

Description: Paper describing photos of the Cedillo family.
Date: 1967
Creator: Malimar, Lorena
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Charley Bishop: "A Western Pioneer"

Description: This report is a brief biography of Charley Bishop, starting with his parents and describing his entire life.
Date: 1964
Creator: Bentley, Mary Helen
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Chavirra and Nunez Family History

Description: Paper written for a history class at Marfa High School by Stella Nunez about her family's history. It was written in 1967.
Date: 1966
Creator: Nunez, Stella
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Chon Dominquez

Description: Research paper written for a history class at Marfa High School about Chon Dominguez, who made trips every week to Shafter, Texas, carrying tanks of oil for the usage of the mine machinery. Grammatical corrections are made in red ink, and the questions posed in red ink are answered or clarified in blue ink on the back of the preceding page.
Date: 1966
Creator: Quintanan, Frankie
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Cicilio Acosta

Description: Paper by Mario Acosta about his relative, Cicilio Acosta, a farmer in Redford, Texas.
Date: 1967
Creator: Acosta, Mario
Item Type: Paper
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

[Coffield Park]

Description: Photograph of the swimming pool and surrounding areas of Coffield Park, in Marfa, Texas. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Marfa citizens are very proud of their youth and realize that young people are the future of our country. Marfa citizens provide several facilities for warm weather enjoyment. The Marfa Lions Club takes care of the public pool during the summer. Coffield park provides a baseball diamond for Little Leagers" (p. 12).
Date: 1968
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
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