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Watercolor Painting of an Oceanside scene

Description: Watercolor painting of an oceanside beach scene. Painting depicts a sandy dirt path or roadway leading to/from a body of water. Sandy grassy hills on either side of path with a small bush/tree on the right side. Water in background, sky above. In the lower right corner, the artist has signed the painting, "Nellie Bossey McCurdy 1903."
Date: 1903
Creator: Nellie Bossey McCurdy
Item Type: Artwork

Nativity scene print

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.
Date: 1920/1930
Item Type: Artwork

"Good Night Columbine" print by Walter Ernest Webster

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.
Date: 1927
Creator: Webster, Walter Ernest
Item Type: Artwork

Photographic portrait of Sam Rayburn

Description: Photograph of. Sam Rayburn. The black and white photo shows Sam Rayburn from the knees up. He is sitting in a chair. He wears a dark, three-iece suit, white button-down shirt and dark, striped tie. A pocket watch chain can be seen at his vest. Rayburn rests his left hand on the arm of the chair. His right elbow rests on the opposite chair arm. The background is gray/ivory.
Date: 1850/1969
Creator: Harris & Ewing
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

Godey's Fashions for April 1870

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.
Date: 1870
Creator: Godey's Lady's Book

"Time You Were Home, Papa" Print

Description: Color print depicting a small child, standing on a chair speaking into a phone saying, "HELLO PAPA!" The tagline at the middle of the print reads, "TIME YOU WERE HOME, PAPA." A clock at the top of the print shows that the time is 12:47. The child wears only a cloth diaper and one shoe. He stands on a chair that is pulled up next to a table. The child speaks into a old, candlestick early model phone. The child's clothing or pajamas hang off one corner of the chair he is standing upon. The chair's seat and the top of the table are both green. There are are several books next to the phone on the table.
Date: 1906
Item Type: Postcard

Godey's Fashions for January 1869

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.
Date: 1850/1969
Creator: Godey's Lady's Book

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

Date: 1949
Item Type: Text

Photo of Sam Rayburn

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.
Date: 1950/1969
Creator: Modell
Item Type: Photograph

Photo of Alfred E. Smith, Bernard Baruch and Sam Rayburn

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."
Date: 1950/1969
Item Type: Photograph

Photograph of Sam Rayburn and Another Man Riding Horseback in a Parade

Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn and another man riding horseback in a parade. Sam Rayburn, at right, rides a palomino-colored horse. He wears cowboy boots, khaki pants, a white button-down shirt, a tie and a cowboy hat. The other man, on the left rides a dark bay colored horse. He also wears trousers, a white button-down shirt, a tie and a cowboy hat. The men are riding down a paved street with buildings, curb, signs, parking meter, fire hydrant and people in background. The horses appear to be stepping over tracks, possibly for a streetcar.
Date: 1930/1961
Creator: Paul D. Cravens
Item Type: Photograph

Political Cartoon by Clifford Berryman depicting Sam Rayburn and John Nance Garner

Description: Drawing of Sam Rayburn shaking hands with Vice President John Nance Garner. A political cartoon by C.K. Berryman depicting caricatures of Sam Rayburn, dressed as a cowboy holding onto the reins of a donkey noted to be "HOUSE MAJORITY." Rayburn is shaking hands with Garner. Garner says, "NOW RIDE HIM COWBOY!" This is a commentary on Rayburn's election to Majority Leader. Berryman autographed the cartoon in the lower right corner with the words, "TO MY GOOD OLD TEXAN FRIEND SAM RAYBURN WHO WAS 'BORN TO LEAD' WITH HEARTY ASSURANCE THAT I'LL BE ON THE CHEERLINE! LET'ER GO!!! C.K. BERRYMAN, EVENING STAR, JAN. 5, 1937"
Date: January 5, 1937
Creator: Berryman, Clifford Kennedy, 1869-1949
Item Type: Artwork

Autographed Photo of Champ Clark

Description: 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"
Date: 1850/1969
Item Type: Photograph

Samuel Edward Bartley high school graduation photo

Description: Photograph of graduation high school class. The photograph was likely taken sometime between 1880 and 1910. The man seated in the middle of the front row is Samuel Edward (S.E.) Bartley, Sam Rayburn's brother-in-law. Mr. Bartley married Sam Rayburn's sister Medibel in 1902 and together they had two children. S.E. and Medibel moved into the Rayburn home in the 1940s. Mr. Bartley's high school graduation photo shows twelve students; nine girls and three boys. The girls all wear long sleeved, high necked, long, white guazy dresses. They all appear to have long hair, worn up. The boys wear three piece suits with white button-down shirts, ties and stiff collars. The front row is comprised of two girls sitting on the left, Mr. Bartley seated in the center and two girls seated at the right. The back row is comprised of a standing group of students. Two women, a boy, a girl, a boy and two women stand from left to right.
Date: 1880/1910
Item Type: Photograph

Autographed Print of Atkins Jefferson (Jeff) McLemore

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."
Date: 1900/1929
Item Type: Image

Photograph of a Conestoga Wagon Parade

Description: Photograph of a conestoga wagon parade in Cookeville, Tennessee. Sitting in the cow-pulled wagon is a man, woman and child. A group of people are watching the parade.
Date: unknown
Creator: Coates, Bob
Item Type: Photograph

Photograph of Senator Clarence Dill, President Franklin Roosevelt and Sam Rayburn

Description: Photograph of Senator Clarence Dill of Washington, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Sam Rayburn. Roosevelt is seated at his desk with Dill on the left and Rayburn on the right. The two men watch as Roosevelt signs the Emergency Railroad Act of 1933. Dill and Roosevelt wear gray colored suits. Rayburn wears a dark colored suit. All men are wearing white button-down shirts with ties. The desk at which Roosevelt sits is covered with papers, pens, pen stand, ashtray and telephones.
Date: 1933
Item Type: Photograph

Photograph of Abner Rayburn

Description: Photograph of Abner Love Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's youngest sibling. Abner was born in Texas in 1891. He died in 1914. Sam Rayburn was grooming his brother Abner to become his secretary in Washington. Abner died of typhoid fever before this could happen. Abner is shown in this head and shoulders photo wearing a dark suit with bow tie and a white collared shirt. A formal, studio portrait, the photo is oval shaped and mounted to a cardboard backing with the studio name in the lower right corner, "THE ELLIOTS AUSTIN, TEX."
Date: 1887/1914
Item Type: Photograph

Photograph of Sam Rayburn and Group on Horseback

Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn and a group of you people on horseback. The photo appears to be colorized. This is likely a photogaph of Sam Rayburn with the Bonham Quadrille, a Bonham, Texas riding club. Sam Rayburn rides a dark bay colored horse. He is at the center, right. To the left are two mounted young men wearing pink/red shirts and holding American flags. The group behind all sit atop horses. The group is divided into pairs, with each pair wearing similar clothing in colors of green, white, red, gold and blue. They all wear cowboy hats, chaps and boots. Sam Rayburn is wearing khaki pants, white button-down shirt, dark tie, and straw hat with black hatband.
Date: 1930/1960
Item Type: Photograph

Photograph of the Texas Delegates during the 86th Congress--Second Session, 1960

Description: Color photograph of the Texas delegates in the 86th U.S. Congress during the second session in 1960. The photograph is of 23 men. One row of men is seated at a long, rectangular table, covered in a white tablecloth and set with plates and three flower arrangements. The second row of men stands behind those seated. The room in the background is rather opulent, with red draperies over the windows, a large, crystal chandelier and a gilt framed mirror. Caption that accompanied photo names all those in the photo and their home districts. The caption reads, "TEXAS DELEGATION - DEMOCRATS - 1960 EIGHTY-SIXTH UNITED STATES CONGRESS - SECOND SESSION WASHINGTON, D.C.--(All Representatives from Districts indicated except United States Senators Johnson and Yarborough.) Front row(left to right): 20th Dist., Paul J. Kilday; 11th Dist., W.R. Poage; 1sth Dist., Wright Patman; Senator Lyndon B. Johnson; 4th Dist., Speaker of House Sam Rayburn; Senator Ralph W. Yarborough; 19th Dist., George H. Mahon; 8th Dist., Albert Thomas; and 21st Dist., O.C. Fisher. Back row (left to right): 22nd Dist., Bob Casey; 14th Dist., John Young; 16th Dist., J.T. Rutherford; 2nd Dist., Jack Brooks; 13th Dist., Frank Ikard; 10th Dist., Homer Thornberry, 17th Dist., Omar Burleson; 6th Dist., Olin E. Teague; 9th Dist., CLark W. Thompson; 18th Dist., Walter Rogers; 7th Dist., John Dowdy; 15th Dist., Joe M. Kilgore; 12th Dist., James C. Wright, Jr.: and 3rd Dist., Lindley Beckworth."
Date: 1960
Item Type: Photograph

"In the Matter of Friendship" poem by Harry B. Hawes

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.
Date: 1869/1947
Creator: Harry B. Hawes
Item Type: Poem

Poem by Grace Dupree Ridings

Description: Print of a bird on a fence with a poem by Grace Dupree Ridings. The poem, "Have You?", is as follows: "Have you ever / Seen new violets, / Have you heard / A robin sing, / When you can / Keep from thinking / It is Spring... / It is Spring?"
Date: unknown
Creator: Ridings, Grace Dupree
Item Type: Poem