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O. D. and Estelle Bates Collection

The O. D. and Estelle Bates Collection presents images 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, and is housed in the Irving Archives.

Added: May 2009.

O. Henry Collection

The O. Henry Collection consists primarily of the short stories of William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), written under his pseudonym O. Henry. Each story is available as it first appeared in the popular magazines of the day, and these and other stories published posthumously can also be found in first edition compilation books, and later as part of his collected works. In addition to published materials, the collection also contains handwritten letters, photographs, legal documents, newspaper articles, artifacts, and maps drawn and signed by Porter.

Added: August 2011.

O.K. Hobbs Plat Book

The O.K. Hobbs Plat Book offers the researcher an objective, historical reference to the layout of the city of the Abilene.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. It appears to have been compiled from many different sources., and the plats in this book were traced from older plat collections.

Added: August 2010.


Obzor, presented by the University of Texas at San Antonio, is a semi-monthly Czech language agricultural and horticultural newspaper. It was published between 1891 and 1914 by F. G. Fabian in Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas.

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, and starting with Volume 7, and ending with Volume 68, it was published weekly. Nearly all the material in The Optimist comes from students. For this reason, it is not only valuable regarding school history, but also offers insight into the minds of its contemporary students.

Added: June 2010.

Orange Area Newspaper Collection

Lamar State College-Orange presents its local historic newspapers, including The Orange Leader and The Orange Tribune, covering the years 1930, 1944, 1961, and 1965. The Orange newspaper was published in Southeast Texas under a variety of names: The Orange Tribune, Orange Weekly Tribune, Southeast Texas Journal, Tribune Southeast Texas Journal, Daily Tribune and the Orange Daily Tribune to name a few.

Added: March 2011.

The Ormer Locklear Collection

Ormer Locklear (1891-1920) 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 and then headed to Hollywood where he acted in two feature movies (The Great Air Robbery and the Skywayman). Locklear was killed while performing a stunt for the latter movie. The Collection consists of photographs of Locklear, his friends and family, his stunt flying and his movie work, his funeral, as well as a set of hand colored Lobby Cards from The Great Air Race.

Added: December 2013.

The Osterhout Papers

As a collaborative project, Austin College and Rice University contributed each of their collections of the Osterhout family papers to the Portal. The two institutions pooled their respective collections to provide access to almost 500 items comprising an extensive collection of official documents, postcards, and letters.

Added: October 2012.

The Wilbert Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel Photograph Collection

This collection consists of photographs of Wilbert Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel - radio show host, Texas governor from 1938-1941 and US Senator in the 1940s. He was best known for his Populist views and vaudeville-hillbilly image, all of which are portrayed in these images. The collection includes photographs of his various campaigns, his inauguration, hunting trips, and his family, as well as six of the Capitol and interior of the Governor’s Mansion.

Added: December 2013.