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Portrait of Abner Rayburn

Description: Photograph of Abner Love Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's youngest brother. He is wearing a dark dress suit and bow-tie. It is matted on an oval board. Abner Rayburn was the only Rayburn sibling to be born in Texas. All of Sam Rayburn and his other nine siblings were born in Tennessee. Sam Rayburn was grooming Abner towards a career in politics. Abner died in 1914 of typhoid fever. He was 23 years old.
Date: unknown
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Photograph of Martha Rayburn

Description: Photograph of Martha Rayburn. She is the daughter of Sam Rayburn's brother, Richard. This is her high school graduation photo. She is wearing a knit sweater with a collar as well as a double-strand necklace of pearls and pearl earrings. Information about the photograph or the subject is printed on the back, but has faded beyond recognition.
Date: unknown
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

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
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Churn.

Description: Patent for a new and improved churn. This design consists "[i]n a working-body churn, the combination, with the churn-body having centrally-disposed turret, and the breaking-frames having their lower ends resting in suitable seats, in the bottom of the churn-body and their upper ends extended into the turret thereof, of the block having sockets and placed on the breaking-frames with its lower side projected above the turret, and the cap or lid, placed on the turret and bearing against the block and securing the same and the breaking-frames in position" (lines 23-34).
Date: September 11, 1883
Creator: German, Eliza
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fannin Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Fannin County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Hand drawn lines have been made on the published map in pencil. Scale [ca. 1:177,778] (4000 varas to 3/4 of an inch).
Date: 1901
Creator: Pressler, C. W. & Legg
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Fannin Land District

Description: Blueline format of Fannin County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, roads, and blocks of land. No scale information given.
Date: 1859
Creator: Von Rosenberg, W.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[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

[Newspaper Clipping: Death Claims 'Miss Lu']

Description: Newspaper clipping about Lucinda Rayburn dies in her home at the age of eighty-two. The newspaper clipping describes arrangement of funeral services, her life, her influence on Sam Rayburn's career. There are several articles on the back, discussing various topics.
Date: May 27, 1957
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Spring Wheel

Description: Patent for a form of tire designed in such a way to avoid the dangers of a punctured tire. This is done by an arrangement of crossing springs used to support the outer wall of the tire instead of inflatable medium.
Date: June 3, 1913
Creator: Dwiggins, R, Sam & Kelley, E, Lawrence
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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

Reed-Organ.

Description: Patent for "a removable attachment for a reed organ or harmonium, to be placed upon the wind chest either the tremble or bass end of the keyboard, or at both ends..." (lines 8-12) including illustrations and instructions.
Date: December 30, 1913
Creator: Rue, Oliver H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Spring-wheel for Vehicles.

Description: Patent for an improved wheel with "spring cushioning devices between the sections for insuring easy running of the vehicle by the spring devices absorbing shocks" (lines 11-14).
Date: February 24, 1914
Creator: Luttrell, William J.
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

Cultivator.

Description: Patent for an improved cultivator that could be adjusted to have the proper angle for removing or throwing the dirt to and from plants.
Date: March 3, 1914
Creator: Kelley, Lawrence E.
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 Martha Rayburn

Description: Portrait of Martha Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's mother. She is wearing a dark dress with a high collar and glasses. Her light hair is braided and pulled back. It is matted on a dark board with the company's name embossed on the bottom of the board.
Date: unknown
Creator: Howse Bro's Studio
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