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Petition to the State Legislature

Description: Petition by citizens of Harris County to the State Legislature, asking to legalize barbed wire. A logo at the top of the page says, "Glidden's Patent, Steel Barb Fence Wire, Galvanized or Japanned." There is a description of the proposal followed by a list of handwritten signatures. Handwriting on the back of the page says, "Harris Co., Feb. 14/79" with additional notes.
Date: unknown
Partner: Star of the Republic Museum


Description: Patent for a redesigned smoothing iron. This includes the design of a hollow transparent body with heating elements. The elements are made of replaceable lights which heat the body as well as lighting up so that the unit may be used in a dimly lit room.
Date: November 28, 1911
Creator: Thomas, Theodore G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Harris County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Harris County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:266,666] (4000 varas to 1/2 an inch).
Date: 1910
Creator: Pressler, Herman & Ehlinger, Leo
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Oral History Interview with Patricia Gonzales, July 29, 2016

Description: Patricia "Pat" Gonzales was born in 1967 in Houston in the Gulfgate area. She moved to the toxic Manchester neighborhood, a predominately Latina/o area of town next to the oil refineries, after she graduated from high school. Gonzales became active in the environmental justice movement due to the health issues she acquired while living next to the refineries. She later worked for the Texas Organizing Project to address the lack of infrastructure in the Northern Pasadena area. Gonzales discusses the risk of explosions in Pasadena, attending EPA conferences and addressing environmental racism, how the Anglo power structure functions in Pasadena, and how both African Americans and Latinas/os are neglected. She also talks about the recent voting rights violations in Pasadena and how the city capitulates to the interests of the oil industry.
Date: July 29, 2016
Creator: Sandra Enriquez; Samantha Rodriguez & Patricia Gonzales
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

[T&P Train #610]

Description: Photograph of T&P train #610 moving near Spring, Texas with a faint plume of smoke rising from the engine. There are a few people visible to the left of the train. Written underneath are "Spring, Texas" and "Tom Kelcec."
Date: unknown
Creator: Kelcec, Tom
Partner: The Grace Museum

Incubator Alarm

Description: Patent for incubator alarm in which an audible signal will be triggered when the temperature of the incubator is above or below the normal predetermined degree.
Date: June 10, 1913
Creator: Kelley, Clyde W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for new and useful improvement to clothes pins to automatically lock themselves against accidental disengagement from the clothes line.
Date: April 22, 1913
Creator: Ingersoll, Charles J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sealing Device.

Description: Patent for improvements in the design of devices used for sealing car doors, including illustrations and a description. The device is designed in such a way that the seal may not be removed in the locked position without breaking the door, thus preventing theft.
Date: July 1, 1913
Creator: Fox, Charles E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for improvements to a smoothing drag, a tool that smoothes the ground between rows of crops to prevent moisture loss from the soil.
Date: May 20, 1913
Creator: Davison, Morgan
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combined Plow and Harrow.

Description: Patent for combined plows and harrows, which operates to break up the earth after it has been plowed, while the plow is opening another furrow. This invention also features the provision of a harrow attachment which can be readily applied to or removed from various types of plows.
Date: October 21, 1913
Creator: Rohrer, Darius B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for garbage receptacle that exhibits a hinged lid (attached to pail), enabling one to securely open and close the receptacle at will.
Date: May 3, 1913
Creator: Lubbock, William L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automobile Body.

Description: Patent for an automobile body that is designed for people who enjoy doing outdoor activities. Compares this design to the current design of what is called "touring cars."
Date: April 15, 1913
Creator: Saxon, Frank
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for Tie-Plate, which is an improvement on rail ties for railroad use. The Tie-Plate is a "single piece of material", providing a "rail supporting surface" (pg. 2, lines 13-17). Ribbing in the plate, allow for adjustable height to support the rails and a seat for the spikes.
Date: April 22, 1913
Creator: Clarke, Marcus S. & Adreon, Edward L., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a new drill that is used for pipes in wells, including illustrations.
Date: April 1, 1913
Creator: O'Brien, Robert P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for improvements in the construction of well-screens in order to increase efficiency and prevent clogs using a "cheap and durable construction" (lines 11-12) that includes illustrations and a description.
Date: May 27, 1913
Creator: Layne, Mahlon, E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department