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[Burning Building in Bonham]

Description: Photograph of a burning building in downtown Bonham. A large crowd of citizens watch as firemen try to extinguish the fire. Some of the burning building has already collapsed at this point.
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Saw Gage and Filing Clamp

Description: Patent for a combined saw gage and clamp which can be "applied to a saw blade to gage the depth of the cut as well as reversed and used as a clamp for the saw blade in setting the teeth" (lines 16-18).
Date: April 1, 1913
Creator: Curby, George W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Separator-Guard.

Description: Patent for a separator-guard for spinning frames. It prevents "the yarn from being entangled in or caught by the devices for attaching the separators to their support" (lines 15-17). Illustrations included.
Date: July 5, 1912
Creator: Pitts, Arthur
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fluid-Dispensing Apparatus.

Description: Patent for improvements to a fluid-dispensing apparatus for fluids such as oil. Safety features relieve air pressure through a valve and a pressure tank.
Date: July 21, 1914
Creator: Catron, John James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

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
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Photograph of Sam Rayburn With Four Siblings

Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn with four of his siblings. The black and white photograph was taken on the day of the dedication of the Sam Rayburn Library, October 9, 1957. The photo was taken in the parlor of Sam Rayburn's home. From left to right are: Tom Rayburn, Medibel (Rayburn) Thomas, Sam, Katherine (Rayburn) Thomas and Richard "Dick" Rayburn. The men wear dark suits with ties. The women wear dresses. They are sitting on a sofa that is now located in Sam Rayburn's bedroom. The Porfirio Salinas painting hanging in teh background is still on display at the Sam Rayburn House Museum as are many of the other items in this photograph.
Date: October 9, 1957
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Waller Family Coat of Arms

Description: Print of the Waller family coat of arms. Painted by Odine Mhoon. Odine was married to Sam Rayburn's nephew Morris Lightfoot in 1956. They divorced and Morris eventually remarried. The ivory colored paper displays the Waller coat of arms in shades of brown, black, gold, gray, white, blue, green and red. A shield at center shows three gold walnut leaves between two silver bands. At the top is a walnut tree with a pendant shoing three fleurs de lis (the arms of France) with the motto above, "HIC FRUCTUS VIRTUTIS" which is Latin for "This is the reward of integrity." The word "Waller" is below the coat of arms and is written in cursive.
Date: 1850/1969
Creator: Odine Mhoon
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Print of Sam Rayburn

Description: Print of Sam Rayburn based on an original painting by Douglas Chandor. Sam Rayburn sits at a desk. He is wearing a dark, three piece suit with a blue striped tie and white shirt. He sits in a green leather desk chair. His left arm rests on the desk. He holds a book in his lap with his right hand. Chandor created three of these paintings. One was given to the East Texas State University (Now known as Texas A&M--Commerce), the Capitol in Austin, Texas and one hung in Sam Rayburn's private office in Washington, D.C.
Date: 1850/1969
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Photograph of Sam Rayburn

Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn. The photo is a head and shoulders view of Mr. Rayburn. He wears a dark suit jacket, dark tie, white button-down shirt, and a tan colored cowboy/fedora style hat. This image was taken of Mr. Sam later in his life, most likely between 1950 and 1961.
Date: 1950/1961
Creator: Wichita Falls Times and Record News, Photographer Jim Cochran
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Photograph of Robert E. Lee

Description: Photograph of Robert E. Lee. General Lee served as a Confederate General during the U.S. Civil War. He died on October 12, 1870. The photo is a head and shoulders view of Lee. He is wearing a dark suit, white shirt and black bow-tie. He has gray/white hair and a medium-length beard. Text under the image reads, "Last Photograph General Robert E. Lee."
Date: 1850/1969
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Photograph of Sam Rayburn Eating Breakfast

Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn eating breakfast with members of his family. Seated at the table from left to right: Will Rayburn (Sam's brother), Sam, and Lucinda Rayburn (Sam's sister). The Rayburn family's cook, Bobbie Phillips, is seen in the background. The family is seated in the Sam Rayburn House breakfast room. Sam Rayburn is eating a porkchop for his breakfast. Other foods that can be seen include biscuits, fried eggs, sausage and berries. Many of the serving items seen in the photo are on display in the Sam Rayburn House Museum today. Will Rayburn came to live with his brother Sam, following the death of his wife. Lucinda Rayburn served as the hostess of the household. Bobbie Phillips served as the family's cook for many years. She married Charlie Phillips, the Rayburn's groundskeeper and together they lived on teh property in the caretaker's cottage. They eventually moved into their own home in Bonham. The Rayburn's breakfast room was converted from a kitchen following the addition of a modern kitchen in the 1940s (prior to this photograph being taken). After the conversion, the old kitchen was modified into a breakfast room, with the family eating the majority of their meals here.
Date: 1934-1943
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Print by Walter Ernest Webster

Description: Print of a watercolor painting by Walter Ernest Webster. Wa woman (ballerina) sits on a balcony railing while a young man with his arm resting on railing stares upward at her. The woman wears a large flouncing skirt, or tutu and ballet slippers in white. She clutches a blue shawl around her. He hair is blonde and rather short. The man wears a red coat. In the background are flowers, trees and architectural features. On the floor is a bouquet of red flowers.
Date: 1878/1959
Creator: Webster, Walter Ernest
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Godey's Fashions for May 1865

Description: 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.
Date: 1865
Creator: Godey's
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Print of Snowy Mountain and Creek Scene

Description: Color print of a snowy mountain scene. A creek runs through the middle of the print. The water in the creek is very clear. Leafless trees can be seen on either side of the creek. A wood fence can be seen on the left side of the image. Cloudy sky above and in background.
Date: 1850/1969
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Photograph of Katherine Thomas

Description: Photograph of Katherine (Kate) (Rayburn) Thomas. Katherine Thomas was one of Sam Rayburn's sisters. The photograph is a head and shoulders image of Mrs. Thomas. She wears a V-neck dress with shiny appliques on the shoulders. She wears a matching necklace. her hair is pulled back from her face in a low chignon.
Date: 1872/1971
Creator: Gittings portrait studio
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

"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
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

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
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Autographed Photo of Sam Rayburn

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.
Date: 1882/1961
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

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
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

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
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

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
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Photograph of man on beach

Description: Photograph of a man standing on a beach. The black and white photo shows the man standing in the sand looking out upon the tide and the sky. The man, silhoutted against the brightness of the sky is wearing a brimmed fisherman's hat, wears a spyglass on a cord around his neck and wears a coat and pants and rubber boots. The photo includes the signature/maker's mark in the lower left corner that reads, "COPYRIGHT 1907 BY C.H. CLAUDY." The photo is framed with a stained and faded ivory mat.
Date: 1907
Creator: Carl H. Claudy
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum