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[1949 Inauguration Event Schedule]
Card with a schedule of events for the 1949 inauguration written on it. The events range from Saturday, January 18 to Thursday, January 23, and include dinners at the Mayflower Hotel and a buffet luncheon at the White House.
[1949 Inauguration Ticket]
Ticket to the 1949 inauguration ceremonies. The ticket reads: "President's Platform. Inauguration Ceremonies. January Twentieth, 1949. Admit the Bearer to the Senate Wing of the Capitol and through the Rotunda Door to the President's Platform" and is signed "Carl Hayden, Chairman, Committee on Arrangements." The back of the invitation is signed "Joseph C. Duke, Sergeant at Arms, U. S. Senate."
Autographed Photo of Champ Clark
Photograph of Champ Clark. Black and white photo. Autographed to Sam Rayburn by Champ Clark. Inscription on front of photo reads, "To Sam Rayburn, Your Friend, Champ Clark"
Autographed Photo of Sam Rayburn
Photograph of Sam Rayburn. Sepia-toned toned photograph of Sam Rayburn from the chest up. He wears a dark suit, tie and white shirt. The photograph is autographed by Sam Rayburn. The words, "To my sister Meddie with my deepest affection--Sam Rayburn" are at the bottom of the photo. Meddie (Medibel Bartley) was one of Sam Rayburn's three sisters. She and her husband, S.E. Bartley lived in Sam Rayburn's home in Bonham beginning in the 1940s.
Autographed Print of Atkins Jefferson (Jeff) McLemore
Black and White print of Atkins Jefferson (Jeff) McLemore. The image was produced by B.F. Johnson Inc. of Washington, D.C. The image was likely created during McLemore's time in the U.S. House of Representatives (1915-1919) as delegate at-large from Texas. The image is printed on cream-colored matboard/cardstock with the image circular shaped at the center. The head and shoulders image shows McLemore wearing a dark colored suit coat, white collared shirt and tie. A round pin is on his lapel. He has gray hair and a mustache. The image is autographed, "Sincerely yours, Jeff McLemore." The signature of the company that produced the image is written in pencil at lower right, "B.F. Johnson."
[Birthday Greeting Card]
Birthday greeting card with a red ribbon running through it. The card has a picture of an older woman surrounded with a wreath of flowers, and includes text: "Greetings from 'Mama Sue' on her ninetieth birthday, December 25, 1948."
Certificate of Honorary Membership in the Young Democratic Club of Nueces County, Texas
Certificate given to Sam Rayburn by the Young Democratic Club of Nueces County, Texas. Mr. Rayburn was given an honorary membership in the club on November 19, 1949. The document is printed on standard size ivory paper. The text of the certificate reads: "CERTIFICATE OF HONORARY MEMBERSHIP IN THE YOUNG DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF NUECES COUNTY, TEXAS THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT SAM RAYBURN IS HELD IN SUCH HIGH ESTEEM BY THE MEMBER- SHIP OF THIS ORGANIZATION THAT IT HAS ELECTED TO CONFER UPON HIM THE FULL RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF HONORARY MEMBERSHIP IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, THE AUTHORIZED OFFICER OF THIS ORGANIZATION HAS HERETO AFFIXED HIS OF- FICIAL SIGNATURE THIS 19th DAY OF NOVEMBER 1949. LESLIE CHAPMAN (?) (signature) PRESIDENT"
[Christmas Postcard]
Christmas postcard of a wreath with a ribbon, and "A Merry Christmas" printed in the middle of the wreath. Below the text is a space for the sender to write his name, and "Will" is written in. Handwritten note on the back of the postcard seems unfinished and simply says, "How is your." Card is addressed to Lou Rayburn.
Closing Lines from the Novel, "Eben Holden"
Document with the closing lines from the book "Eben Holden" by Irving Bacheller, published in 1900. A handwritten note is at the bottom of the document with the words, "To Sam Rayburn, with deep affection--Gene Worley 10/17/49 Washington, D.C." Francis Eugene Worley was a democratic U.S. Representative from Texas who served in the House of Representatives from 1941 to 1950. Sam Rayburn "saw himself" in these closing lines from the book "Eben Holden." The text is black, printed on cream colored paper.
[Congressional Record Page, Sixty-Third Congress, Third Session]
Congressional Record page from the 63rd Congress, 3rd session. The page includes a speech by Hon. William Kettner of California in the House of Representatives, a letter written by W. R. Hervy, and another letter written by Motley, Hewes Flint, Dana Reid Weller, William Rhodes Hervey, and Samuel E. Burke, all past Grand Masters of Masons. The speech and letters are related to the Los Angeles investigation into "The Alleged Oath or Obligation of the Knights of Columbus."
Dedication of the Sam Rayburn Library, Bonham, Texas, Wednesday October 9, 1957, 2:30 P.M.
Program for the dedication of the Sam Rayburn Library in Bonham, Texas. The program lists the order of events to take place, and also lists the trustees of the Sam Rayburn Foundation on the back of the program.
[Easter Postcard]
Easter postcard with a small picture of the sun rising over the ocean and the text: "A happy Eastertide. Morn's roseate hues have decked the sky; The Lord has risen with victory; Let the earth be glad, and raise the cry, Alleluia!" Handwritten message on the back of the postcard offers Easter greetings to Lou Rayburn.
[Easter Postcard]
Easter postcard with illustrations of a cross and flowers. Text inside of the cross reads: "The good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11." Beneath the cross, it also says: "A Holy Easter." Handwritten message on the back of the postcard inquires about Lou Rayburn's Easter plans.
[Flower Label from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Sam Rayburn]
Label for flowers sent to Sam Rayburn in honor of his sixtieth birthday from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The label has a picture of The White House and is addressed to "The Speaker of The House of Representatives." At the bottom of the label is text which reads "Perishable flowers. Keep from frost and extreme heat."
Gift Card to Sam Rayburn
Printed gift card. The black text is printed on a thick piece of cardstock. The text of the gift card reads: "TO HON. SAM RAYBURN, THE COAST GUARD BILL WAS THE 'BREAK 'O DAY' FOR THE PATROLMENT OF THE U.S. LIFE SAVING SERVICE WITH THEIR GRATEFUL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF YOUR EFFORTS ON THEIR BEHALF"
Godey's Fashions for April 1870
Print of Godey's Fashions for April 1870. The colored print showcases fashionable dresses for women from the spring of 1870. Five women stand together. A small girl stands at the front of the image, slightly to the left. She is holding a cat by the tail in her left hand and a whip in her raised right hand. The women wear dresses in colors of blue, green, red, yellow, orange, gray, and white. The small girl wears a dress in the color red. All of the gowns are floor length, full skirted dresses. Four of the women wear dresses with long sleeves and high collars. The fifth woman (at the far right) wears a sleeveless formal ball gown with a v-neck collar. All of the dresses include some or all of the following embellishments: ruffles, bows, lace, bustling, pleats, and fringe. The women stand in what appears to be a very fine room, possibly a parlor. A mirror hangs on the wall and a table with books and a photo in frame can be seen in the background. A potted plant, draperies and carpeting also make up the interior furnishings of the room.
Godey's Fashions for January 1869
Print of Godey's Fashions from January 1869. The colored print depicts five women wearing very ornate gowns. The floor-length gowns include long sleeves and high collars. Each gown has either ruffles, bows, buttons, pleats, draping, or fringe or a combination of these. The women all appear to have long hair styled up on their heads. Several of the women wear ornately adorned bonnets. The gowns, bonnets and background are colored blue, yellow, green, red, black and white. A young boy wearing a blue suit stands at the front of the women. The group appears to be standing in an elegant room, such as a parlor. There is a hutch on the right side of the print with shelves with vases, a chair on the left and drapes hanging against the wall behind the group.
Godey's Fashions for May 1865
Print of "Godey's Fashions for May 1865." Color artwork of five women wearing dresses with very large, hoop skirts. The color on the image has faded. The background is composed of trees, sky and fountains.
"Good Night Columbine" print by Walter Ernest Webster
Print of a woman wearing the clothes of a ballerina, sleeping on a couch. A man or mime (clown/jester) bends down over her as if to give her a kiss. The woman has short, blonde hair and wears a white, tutu style dress. The couch she lays upon is blue. The mime's clothing is multicolored, he wears a black hat. Most of his face cannot be seen. A tall, french door can be seen behind them along with a curtain.
[Gunther's Candy Postcard]
Postcard for Gunther's Candy. The front of the card has a picture of a snow-covered log cabin next to a lake and says underneath: "Compliments of the season. Eat Gunther's Candy and be happy."
[High School Portrait of Teenage Boy]
High school portrait of a teenage boy in a suit. Photograph is contained within a grey mat folder with the portrait studio's name printed below the photo, "Howse & Son, Commerce, Tex."
[House of Representatives Envelope]
Envelope with no address and no contents, and the only text being a printed note in the left-hand corner which says: "House of Representatives."
"In All Her Glory" Sailing Ship Print
Print by Gordon Grant. "In All Her Glory" print of a sailing ship at sea.
"In the Matter of Friendship" poem by Harry B. Hawes
Print of a poem by Harry B. Hawes. Poem title: "In the Matter of Friendship." Printed on ivory colored paper in black ink. A facsimile of Hawe's signature is at the lower right of the printed poem. Hawes was a democrat from Missouri who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1921-1926. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1926-1933.
[Invitation to the Sam Rayburn Library Dedication]
Invitation sent from the trustees of the Sam Rayburn Foundation inviting an individual to the dedication of the Sam Rayburn Library in Bonham, Texas on October 9, 1957.
Jeanne Nash, Woman's Shops - RI 1-6911
Card for Jeanne Nash from Neiman Marcus with a list of names written on the front and back; the names are associated with dates ranging from 1914 to 1966.
[Letter from Cecily N. Kilday to Lou Rayburn - February 11]
Letter from Cecile N. Kilday, Corresponding Secretary for The Congressional Club in Washington D.C., to Miss Lou Rayburn, which expresses thanks to Lou Rayburn for attending the club's Presidential reception.
[Letter from Jane Bartley to Medibel Bartley - March 23, 1960]
Letter from Jane Bartley to Medibel (Meddie) Bartley, dated March 23, 1960, in which she writes about her disappointment with her grades and her upcoming participation in the Cherry Blossom Parade. It includes an envelope, postmarked March 24, 1960.
[Letter from Sam Rayburn to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Thompson, November 9, 1955]
Thank you note from Sam Rayburn to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Thompson thanking them for their "contribution to the Sam Rayburn Library."
Nativity scene print
Color print of Christian nativity scene. Mary with baby Jesus in manger at center. Three kings with gifts are on the left side. A shepherd with animals is on the right. A bright star shines above Mary. The piece appears to have been clipped from a magazine. The advertising on the back of this image is for Elgin watches, dated 1922.
[Newspaper Clipping: 75th Birthday is Observed By Rayburn in Washington]
Newspaper clipping about Sam Rayburn observing his 75th birthday in Washington. On the back announcement of making home in Huntsville for Mr. and Mrs. Philip Alan Wood, wedding was on Dec 29, 1956.
[Newspaper Clipping: A Saddened President]
Newspaper clipping about a photo of President John F. Kennedy having a sorrowful look on his face, when arriving for Sam Rayburn's funeral services. On the back of the newspaper clipping are partial cartoons.
[Newspaper Clipping: Appreciative News Group Sends Local Woman Bouquet]
Newspaper clipping about a woman receiving a bouquet of flowers because of her hospitality in her home to newspaper men and woman. On the back are partial cartoons.
[Newspaper Clipping: As A Nation Grieves]
Newspaper clipping of two black and white photos. The first photo shows a man passing the American flag at half-mast in front of the Rayburn Library, and includes a short description. The second photo shows Vice-President and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson supposedly walking towards the Sam Rayburn family home, and a includes short description. On the back of the clipping is part of a spread encouraging people to go to church.
[Newspaper Clipping: At Rayburn Funeral]
Newspaper clipping about Captain Lehman escorting Representative John W. McCormack for Sam Rayburn's funeral service at First Baptist church. On the back is a partial photo of a group of women and a reverend standing around a large cake, as well as part of an advertisement for petticoats.
[Newspaper Clipping: Bonham Settles Back to Empty Quiet]
Newspaper clipping about Bonham transitioning to normal quiet Monday after thousands of people visiting to show their respects to Sam Rayburn on Saturday. On the back of the newspaper is an advertisement showing a picture of a stereo.
[Newspaper Clipping: Bonhamites Praise Mr. Rayburn]
Newspaper clipping about people from Bonham praising Sam Rayburn for the life he lived. On the back of the newspaper clipping is an article about a freeze warning for Bonham.
[Newspaper Clipping: Bonhamites Urged to Keep Cars at Home Saturday]
Newspaper clipping about Bonhamites being urge by the Chief of Police O.R. McKissack for them to cars at home on Saturday. The urge by the Chief is to ensure enough parking for the visitors for the funeral services of Sam Rayburn. On the back of the newspaper clipping there is a partial article about Tom Briley trio performing at the Church of the Nazarene.
[Newspaper Clipping: Bonhom's Display Of Dignity For Mr. Sam Praised]
Newspaper clipping about a television program portraying Bonham, Texas on November 18, 1961. The city of Bonham showing respect to Sam Rayburn's life from television program. On the back of the clipping are a partial list of church service times and local event announcements.
[Newspaper Clipping: Cameras Record Familiar Moods of the Late House Speaker, Texas' Sam Rayburn]
Newspaper clipping about depicting images of four familiar moods of Say Rayburn. There are four images depicting in a row depicting his different moods. On the back of the clipping is part of a different article as well as a portion of a large advertisement.
[Newspaper Clipping: Congress Tenure is Longest in History]
Newspaper clipping about Sam Rayburn served longer any member in the House of Representatives and double of any Speaker of the House. Sam Rayburn as Speaker of the House, served with four presidents which include President Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Harry S. Truman, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy. On the back of the clipping are portions of two one-panel comics, and an article concerning communism.
[Newspaper Clipping: Death Claims 'Miss Lu']
Newspaper clipping about Lucinda Rayburn dies in her home at the age of eighty-two. The newspaper clipping describes arrangement of funeral services, her life, her influence on Sam Rayburn's career. There are several articles on the back, discussing various topics.
[Newspaper Clipping discussing Sam Rayburn's death]
Newspaper clippings discussing Sam Rayburn's death, including his final days, passing, funeral, and legacy. On the back of the clippings are various articles, including information about college and sports teams.
[Newspaper Clipping discussing Sam Rayburn's Death Ending American History Era]
Newspaper clipping about an era in American History coming to an end because of Sam Rayburn's death. On the back is a partial list of church service times, and the bottom right corner of a black and white photo.
[Newspaper Clipping discussing the appreciation fund for the Sam Rayburn Memorial Library]
Newspaper clipping of a black and white photo of Joe Britton, a Bonham businessman, holding an artist's rendering of the Rayburn Memorial Library. Included is a short description of the photo, as well as the campaign to raise money for the Library. On the back is information on local television programming.
[Newspaper Clipping discussing the opening of the Sam Rayburn Library]
Newspaper clipping of an article talking about Sam Rayburn's reaction to the opening of the Sam Rayburn library in Bonham, Texas. The clipping includes a large picture from 1957 of Mr. Rayburn sitting in the replica of his office that resides in the library. On the back are 4 comic strips, a happy birthday message, and portions of two advertisements.
[Newspaper Clipping: Double Funeral for Mother and Son]
Newspaper clipping about funeral services being held for a mother and son. The son died first and the mother died a half an hour later. On the back are portions of two advertisements.
[Newspaper Clipping: Echoes of The Speaker]
Newspaper clipping about the popularity of the Sam Rayburn Library in Bonham, Texas. The article also includes descriptions of some of the featured items in the Library's museum. There are advertisements on each side of each clipping.
[Newspaper Clipping: Eisenhower, Truman Praise Mr. Rayburn]
Newspaper clipping about Former President Eisenhower and Former President Harry S. Truman while mourning his death, commending Sam Rayburn's service as Speaker of the House. On the back of the newspaper clipping is information on a cancelled pep rally in Bonham, Texas.
[Newspaper Clipping: Favorite Accepts Gifts to Mr. Sam's Library in Statewide Drive]
Newspaper clipping about the Daily Favorite to be designated as the local collection agency for the Sam Rayburn Library endowment fund. On the back of the clipping is a portion of an article about Sam Rayburn's life. The back of the clipping also includes information on the newspaper publishers, an advertisement for a movie, and portions of a few other articles.