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Description: 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.
Description: 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."
Item Type: Image
Description: 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"
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Creator: Bacheller, Irving
Item Type: Poem
Description: 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.
Date: April 9, 1914
Description: 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.
Date: April 14, 1911
Description: 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"
Description: 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.
Creator: Godey's Lady's Book
Item Type: Journal/Magazine/Newsletter
Description: 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.
Creator: Godey's Lady's Book
Item Type: Journal/Magazine/Newsletter
Description: 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.
Creator: Webster, Walter Ernest
Description: 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.
Creator: Harry B. Hawes
Item Type: Poem
Description: 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.
Date: March 23, 1960
Creator: Bartley, Jane
Description: 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.
Description: Photograph of the Democratic delegates from Texas in the 86th U.S. Congress. The color photograph includes the images of 23 Texas delegates. Nine of the men are seated at a dining table covered with a white tablecloth. Fourteen men stand behind those who are seated. All men wear dark suits with ties. The room includes a chandelier, ornate mirror over a fireplace and two large windows at the background with curtains. The group is comprised of the Texas U.S. Representatives from 1960, except United States Senators Lyndon Johnson and Ralph Yarborough. The men in the photograph include (seated, from left to right): 20th District, Paul J. Kilday; 11th District, W.R. Poage; 1st District, Wright Patman; Senator Lyndon B. Johnson; 4th District, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn; Senator Ralph W. Yarborough; 19th District, George H. Mahon; 8th District, Albert Thomas; and 21st District, O.C. Fisher. Men in the back row (standing, from left to right): 22nd District, Bob Casey; 14th District, John Young; 16th District, J.T. Rutherford; 2nd District, Jack Brooks; 13th District, Frank Ikards; 10th District, Homer Thornberry; 17th District, Omar Burleson; 6th District, Olin E. Teague; 9th District, Clark W. Thompson; 18th District, Walter Rogers; 7th District, John Dowdy; 15th District, Joe M. Kilgore; 12th District, James C. Wright, Jr.; and 3rd District, Linley Beckworth.
Description: Photograph of Alfred E. Smith, Bernard Baruch and Sam Rayburn. The group of men all wear dark, three piece suits, white button-down shirts and dark ties. They sit near a table, which is in the foreground. The table has several pieces of paper on it and several glass ashtrays. The back of the photo reads, "ALFRED E. SMITH - BERNARD BARUCH - SAM RARYBURN - IN CONFERENCE ON RAILROAD LEGISLATION."
Description: Photograph of two children. The two children stand in front of a brick fireplace and mantel. The black and white photo appears to be circa 1950. The girl wears a light colored, short-sleeved, knee-length dress, white socks, black mary jane shoes and a ribbon in her hair. The boy wears dark slacks, a plaid sport coat, white button-down shirt and dark tie. A white pocket square is barely visible in his left pocket. He also wears dark colored shoes. The children are looking at one another in this photo. The girl has her left arm around they boy's waist, the boy has his right arm over the girl's right shoulder. In the background is a brick fireplace, with a mantel that appears to have Christmas cards displayed upon it. There is a glass vase or candle holder in the center of hte mantel. Pale, striped wallpaper can be seen above the mantel. A fireplace tool set stands at the right of the children along with a broom. The children stand on the bricked hearth.
Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn. A formal black and white portrait of Rayburn. Rayburn wears a dark, three piece suit with a white, button-down shirt and a dark colored tie. He sits at a desk which contains papers, pen stand and pens and an ashtray. Rayburn has his left elbow propped up on the desk, the other arm is at his side.
Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn standing beside the cabin of his birth in Lenoir, Tennessee. Sam Rayburn is wearing a light colored suit, with white button down shirt and a dark tie. He wears a white Panama hat with a dark colored band. He stands resting his right hand on the side of the cabin. The cabin pictured is constructed of rough cut wood. It is two stories high and and the exterior of a stone fireplace stands to the left of Rayburn. The ground is covered with tall grass and weeds. The photo is black and white.