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[1949 Inauguration Event Schedule]

Description: 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.
Date: [1949-01-18..1949-01-23]
Item Type: Text

[1949 Inauguration Ticket]

Description: 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."
Date: January 20, 1949
Item Type: Text

[Birthday Greeting Card]

Description: 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."
Date: December 1948
Item Type: Postcard

Certificate of Honorary Membership in the Young Democratic Club of Nueces County, Texas

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"
Date: 1949
Item Type: Text

Closing Lines from the Novel, "Eben Holden"

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.
Date: 1941/1950
Creator: Bacheller, Irving
Item Type: Poem

[Flower Label from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Sam Rayburn]

Description: 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."
Date: January 6, 1941
Item Type: Text

Photograph of Sam Rayburn with two women

Description: Color photograph of Sam Rayburn standing with two women. The girls are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Parker who owned a grocery store near Mr. Rayburn's ranch near Ivanhoe, Texas which he often visited. Sam Rayburn stands in the front yard of his home with a young woman an either side of him. They are standing to the far left in the photograph. The women both wear light-colored, calf-length, sleeveless dresses. Both have dark, short hair. Sam Rayburn wears a white button-down shirt, dark tie and slacks. The background of photo shows the lawn of the Rayburn's front yard and paving stone walkway leading from the front porch. There are trees and bushes in the background along with a green field in the distance.
Date: 1948
Item Type: Photograph

Photograph of the Texas Delegation during the 80th U.S. Congress, 1947-1949

Description: Photograph of the Texas Delegation to the 80th U.S. Congress, 1947-1949. Three rows of men, all wearing dark suits with ties. Texas state flag hangs in background. Front row, left to right: Wright Patman, J.M. Combs, L. Beckley, Sam Rayburn, J.F. Wilson, Olin Teague, T. Pickett. Second row, left to right: A. Thomas, C. Thompson, L. Johnson, R. Poage, W. Lucas, E. Gossett, J. Lyle, Jr. Third row, left to right: K. Regan, O. Burleson, F. Ikard, G. Mahon, P. Kilday, and C. Fisher.
Date: 1947-1949
Item Type: Photograph

Sam Rayburn in President Truman's Inuagural Parade

Description: Black and white photograph of Sam Rayburn riding in the front seat of a convertible vehicle during President Harry S. Truman's January 20, 1949 inaugaural parade. Sam Rayburn sits in the passenger side front seat of the vehicle. In the back are (from left to right): Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Fred Vinson, Mrs. Roberta Vinson and Lucinda Rayburn (Sam Rayburn's sister and longtime hostess). The men both wear dark colored top coats and top hats. The women both wear dark colored coats and hats. Lucinda's hat includes a veil which she wears over her face. In the background of the photo is another convertible with people sitting inside. In the far background is a crowd of people sitting/standing in bleachers. They cannot be seen clearly.
Date: 1949
Item Type: Photograph

Speech by Judge Learned Hand "Spirit of Liberty"

Description: Document with the most famous lines from Judge Learned Hand's speech from the "I Am An American Day" event which was held in New York City's Central Park on May 21, 1944. Hand spoke about the spirit of liberty and how it is found in our hearts, not in a physical location or within any documents. He became very well known for this speech and specifically this passage. The text is printed in black ink on cream colored paper. The text is framed by a thin, black decorative border.
Date: 1944/1961
Item Type: Text