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[China Cup]

Description: Photograph of a china cup that belonged to Anthony Garnett Smith, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth M. Smith in the 1840's. The cup was part of their wedding china. The cup was later given to their daughter, Adalade "Addie" Smith Howell of Hill County and McLennan County.
Date: 1848
Creator: Willis, T. Bradford
Item Type: Photograph

[Christmas Card to Johnie Louise Bruyere]

Description: A Christmas card addressed to Johnie Louise Bruyere, from a man who signs himself "John R." It has a painting of a small cottage in the woods on the cover, with the word "Greetings" underneath. Inside, it reads "To wish you all happiness for Christmas and the New Year."
Date: December 23, 1933
Item Type: Letter
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[Chum-On]

Description: Photograph of Chum-On, John Todd Willis Jr.'s dog. He sits panting on the grass in front of a large building.
Date: 1920~
Item Type: Photograph

[Clara E. Willis by a Car]

Description: Photograph of Clara Evans Willis standing next to a car in back of her home at 4704 Hillcrest Dr. in Waco, Texas. She carries a handbag.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
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[Clara Evans' Wedding Journal]

Description: Journal belonging to Clara Evans detailing her relationship with John T. Willis, Sr., from their first meeting to their wedding. Newspaper announcements, wedding invitations, fabric samples from Clara Evans' bridal trousseau, pressed flowers, and photographs have been pasted into the book, along with descriptions of important events written by Clara Evans. It also contains articles pertaining to the Willises' Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1967.
Date: 1917/1967
Creator: Willis, Nannie Clara Evans
Item Type: Book
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[Clara Willis at Willis Home in Waco]

Description: Photograph of Clara Willis standing on the porch of the first Willis home on Ethel Street in Waco, TX. Chairs can be seen in the background. Clara Willis holds a fan in one hand, and a handbag hangs on her other arm.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
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[Clara Willis Holding John Todd Willis, Jr.]

Description: Photograph of Clara E. Willis holding her son, John Todd Willis, Jr. She has a gauze veil on her head, and the baby has only a blanket. She looks down at him. The photograph is housed in a brown folder which opens up and was probably meant to be used for presenting it in a household.
Date: 1921
Item Type: Photograph

[Clara Willis on Austin Avenue, Waco]

Description: Photograph of Clara Willis walking down Austin Avenue in Waco. Women walk past her on the right, and cars are parked against the curb on her left. An American and a Texas flag stand behind her. Waco City Hall is in the background.
Date: unknown
Creator: Charlesworth, George
Item Type: Photograph

[Close-Up of the Grave Marker of Anthony Garnett Smith, Sr.]

Description: Photograph close-up of the grave marker of Rev. Anthony Garnett Smith, Sr. in the cemetery behind his house. It reads "In memory of Rev. Anthony G. Smith, Born Aug. 30th, 1776, Died Jan. 18th, 1852. He was for Forty Five years a faithful and devout Minister of Jesus Christ. Our father."
Date: June 23, 1977
Creator: Willis, T. Bradford
Item Type: Photograph

[Close-Up of the Grave Marker of Mary Allen Smith]

Description: Photograph close-up of the grave marker of Mary "Polly" Allen Smith in the cemetery behind the Anthony Garnett Smith, Sr. house. It reads "In memory of Mary, consort of Rev. Anthony G. Smith. Born Dec. 21st, 1777. Died April 19th, 1857. For fifty years, the skyward road she trod and found at last the Paradise of God. Our mother."
Date: June 23, 1977
Creator: Willis, T. Bradford
Item Type: Photograph

[Couple Playing Cards on a Porch]

Description: Photograph of a group of people sitting on the porch of a house. A man and woman sit on the steps playing cards. He holds his in his hands, while hers rest on her lap, as she has food in her hands. In the left background, a woman and a little girl wearing a heavy fur-lined coat, hat, and muff stand. A man wearing a flat cap sits on the porch behind the couple playing cards.
Date: 1913
Item Type: Photograph

[Cover of the Parker Family Bible]

Description: Photograph of the cover of a leather-bound Holy Bible belonging to the Robert Henry Parker family. The initials R.H. and S.A. Parker are engraved underneath the title, which is set in a decorative typeface. An intricately engraved border surrounds the title.
Date: unknown
Creator: Willis, T. Bradford
Item Type: Photograph

[The Crow Family]

Description: Photograph of the Crow family. They are all men, except for the woman who stands in the middle of the second row. Floyd Arnold "Jim" Crow sits second from the right in the first row, with an X under him.
Date: 1900~
Creator: Heilmann
Item Type: Photograph

[The Crow Family]

Description: Photograph of the Crow Family. The two standing are Frederick and Mary Crow. He wears a suit and tie, and she wears a blouse and pearls. The young woman sitting down is Mrs. Jack Crow, and her baby is Oscar Crow. The old man sitting next to her is Mr. Davidson, who wears a three-piece suit. The baby wears a white gown.
Date: 1900~
Creator: Gildersleeve
Item Type: Photograph

[Dance Card]

Description: Small booklet with a drawing of a cracked bell on the front. When opened, it reveals a place to put a table number as well as a couple number. On the opposite page, there are eight blank spaces to write in the name of dance partners. A small string is attached to the upper left hand corner of the booklet, so that it can be worn on the wrist.
Date: 1930~
Item Type: Text

[District School, McLennan County, Texas]

Description: Photograph of school children in front of the 6th District School in McLennan County, Texas. Several boys sit on the ground in front of a bench, which is occupied by girls. There are both boys and girls in the back row, as well as an African American man at the far left.
Date: 1902
Item Type: Photograph

[Downtown Waco]

Description: Photograph of downtown Waco in 1892. A Pacific Express Co. wagon pulled by a white horse stands at the curb. A man sits in the driver's seat in the wagon, and five men stand on the sidewalk behind the wagon. Behrens Drug Company is located on the bottom floor of the Cleveland and Cameron building, to the right. A man leans against a brick wall in the middle of the photo, and four more men stand in front of the store to the left of the Behrens Drug Company. The photograph was purchased at the Abel estate sale in Waco, Texas.
Date: April 8, 1892
Item Type: Photograph