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O. D. and Estelle Bates Collection

These images were collected by O. D. and Estelle Bates from the citizens of Irving during the U.S. Bicentennial. Instrumental in forming the Irving Heritage Society, the Bates's contributions to the preservation of Irving's history are significant. The collection includes photographs of Irving homes, businesses and citizens in the early 1900s.

Added: May 2009.

O. Henry Collection

Written under the pseudonym O. Henry, the stories of William Sydney Porter are available as they first appeared in the popular magazines of the day. These and others published posthumously can also be found in first edition compilation books, and later as part of his collected works. Also included are handwritten letters, photographs, maps, newspaper articles, artifacts, and more.

Added: August 2011.

O.K. Hobbs Plat Book

This book provides researchers with an objective, historical reference to the layout of the city of the Abilene. Its bulk was assembled in 1927 by O.K. Hobbs and J.P. McKean, and was revised by Hobbs in May 1930.

Added: August 2010.


Obzor is a semi-monthly Czech language agricultural and horticultural newspaper. It was published between 1891 and 1914 by F. G. Fabian in Hallettsville in Lavaca County.

Added: May 2014.

The Optimist

The Optimist, the school newspaper of Abilene Christian College, was first published in August 1912 as a monthly newsletter. It has been continually published since then, with nearly all the material produced by students. For this reason, it is not only valuable regarding school history, but also offers insight into the minds of its contemporary student population.

Added: June 2010.

Orange Area Newspaper Collection

These local historic newspapers cover the years 1930, 1944, 1961, and 1965 in the town of Orange in Southeast Texas along the Sabine River and the surrounding area. The main Orange newspaper was published in Southeast Texas under a variety of names.

Added: March 2011.

The Ormer Locklear Collection

Ormer Locklear was a Texas native who joined the United Army Air Service during World War I and learned to fly in Fort Worth. His brief career saw him perform as a barnstormer then as an actor in two feature movies, with a stunt in the latter resulting in his death. These materials portray Locklear, his friends and family, his stunt flying, his movie work, and his funeral.

Added: December 2013.

The Osterhout Papers

The Osterhout family papers consist of almost 500 items comprising an extensive collection of official documents, postcards, and letters. John Patterson Osterhout published The Bellville Countryman and was influential in the area.

Added: October 2012.