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The Dilemma of the Illegal Alien: A Research Paper for English IV

Description: Research paper written by Carlton M. Godbold about the illegal immigration of Mexican citizens into the United States. It covers the ways immigrants enter the US as well as the motivating factors of the businesses who employ illegal immigrants. This paper was written for an English IV class at Marfa High School.
Date: unknown
Creator: Godbold, Carlton M.
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Adobes

Description: Research paper written by Sammy Cobos about the construction of adobe buildings. Several examples of adobe buildings from Marfa and Ruidosa are explained. This paper was written for an American History class at Marfa High School.
Date: December 2, 1968
Creator: Cobos, Sammy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Outskirts of Marfa]

Description: Photograph of the town of Marfa taken from a distance. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Marfa's twenty-five hundred citizens are a blend of three ethnic groups" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Big Bend landscape with mountains and trees]

Description: Photograph of a desert landscape in the Big Bend area, including trees and bushes with mountains in the background. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The Big Bend really began to open up when in 1882 the Southern Pacific Railroad planned to lay rails through Ft. Davis on its way to the ocean. The city fathers didn't want the noise of the trains to disturb their beautiful, quiet town, and the plan was revised so the tracks would be laid twenty-five miles south" (p. 6).
Date: 1969
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Craggy desert landscape in Big Bend]

Description: Photograph of a rocky desert landscape in Big Bend near Marfa, Texas. The landscape has sparse grasses and weeds; two hilltops are visible in the top right corner of the image. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "[John W.] Spencer tried horse and cattle raising, but because of Indians, failed" (p. 4).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Additional ruins of Presidio structure]

Description: Photograph of Fort Leaton ruins in the Big Bend desert, near Presidio, Texas. Several wood support beams of varying lengths support the wall structure. A stone marker near the photograph's left quadrant describes the structure. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The mission was successful, and Christianized many of the tribes until the Padres were called back from this wilderness in the eighteenth century" (pp. 3-4).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Ruins of Presidio structure]

Description: Photograph of intact ruins in the Presidio desert; the structure is a long rectangle with a square opening. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "El Apostol Santiago built, with Indian labor, a mission on the north side of the Rio Grande in 1684" (p. 3).
Date: 1969
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[American and Texas flags]

Description: Photograph of a flagpole, viewed from the ground looking up with an American flag at the top and a Texas state flag below. A cloudy sky is visible above the pole. The image accompanied the conclusion of a written speech, with the caption: "To those who would protest the American life of challenge and accomplishment, I would remind them, our land has never been easy. [...] The land is rich, not only in landscape, but also in the heritage of those who have tried to tame it. This is My Land, My Heritage, My Hope" (p. 14)
Date: 1969
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Men of the Sacred Heart Organization]

Description: Photograph of the men in the Sacred Heart Organization of Marfa in 1924.Men in the photo have numbers written on them. These identify the following: 1. Tibursio Segura, 2. Florentino Herrera, 3. Mariano Hiner, 4. Victor Dominguez, 5. Aranasio Valenzuela, 6. Willie Urias, 7. Lucas Herrera, 8. Damian Magallanez, 9. Bill Rice, 10. Crespin Vasquez, 11. Lupe Mendias, 12. Esabel Vasquez, 13. Crespin Frias, 14. Monese Hiner, 15. Secundino Martinez, 16. Juan Perea, 17. Jose Moralez, 18. Hijinio Moralez, 19. Rafael Carmona, 20. Chon Segura, 21. Catholic priest, 22. Chalao Garcia
Date: 1924
Partner: Marfa Public Library

St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marfa, Texas

Description: Research paper by Helen Robinson Mitchell about the history of the Catholic Church in Marfa, Texas. It tells of the first priests, the beginning of St. Mary's Church and school, the merger of St. Mary's and Sacred heart Church. It describes the building's history, its architectural details and its expansion.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Marfa Soldiers in World War II

Description: List of names of men who fought in World War II that is posted on a fence outside St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marfa, Texas. It includes names of the men who died and veterans.
Date: 1965
Creator: Cabazuela, Lupe
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Marfa Catholic Church

Description: Research paper about the first Catholic missions, churches and school in the Marfa area of Texas, beginning in 1880. This paper was written by Armando Lujan for the Junior Historical Society in Marfa, Texas.
Date: unknown
Creator: Lujan, Armando
Partner: Marfa Public Library