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Parachute.

Description: Patent for a type of parachute that may be used for a balloon, air ship, or a window of a building as a method of fire escape. The design is such that the parachute may be stored in a compact, unobtrusive way while not in use. This is made possible by mounting multiple parachutes, one above the other, in varied diameter.
Date: November 28, 1911
Creator: Mayes, Aceph, B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ice-Cream Freezer.

Description: Patent for an improvement on ice cream freezer design in which casing an cream receptacles are mounted within the freezer unit. Special features include to agitate the cream receptacles as well as a mechanism keeping the freezing brine in constant circulation, resulting in an consistency in the quality and texture of the ice cream throughout.
Date: November 28, 1911
Creator: Hedges, Harry J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cultivator-Plow.

Description: Patent for improvements in cultivator-plow through the positioning and connection of parts. Adjustable plow for different cultivating functions and different crops, especially for cotton. Illustration and materials recommendations included.
Date: March 18, 1902
Creator: Sheffield, James A. D. & Sheffield, John C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gate.

Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in gates.
Date: April 26, 1898
Creator: Gilbert, John W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Roller Drill.

Description: Patent for roller drills that will leave a central core standing in the hole being formed composed of six cutting rollers.
Date: November 28, 1911
Creator: Hughes, Howard R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Houston County.

Description: Cadastral map of Houston County, Texas, showing property lines, ownership, land grants, and plat numbers. The map also includes towns, roads, rivers, and creeks. No scale indicated.
Date: 1859
Creator: Stremme, C. C.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Houston Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Houston County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Handwritten notes have been made on the published map in pencil and blue and red ink. Scale [ca. 1:228,571] (6000 varas to 7/8 of an inch).
Date: 1896
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

General Highway Map, Houston County, Texas

Description: Highway map of Houston County, Texas, showing rivers, lakes, creeks, streams, cities, towns, outlying buildings (including schools, churches, and post offices), roads, highways (giving mileage between points), bridges, railroads, cemeteries, oil fields, utility lines, petroleum pipelines, state prison farms, national forests, and state parks. Map includes four inset maps - Ratcliff, Weches, Augusta, and Kennard - and a key to sheets diagram. A hand-drawn line has been made on the published map to indicate the approximate route of the Old San Antonio Road. Scale [ca. 1:126,720] (2 miles to the inch).
Date: 1966
Creator: Texas. Highway Department.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Houston County

Description: Blueline format of survey map of Houston County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, and blocks of land. A key is included in the upper-right corner of the map, indicating titles in Burnet's Colony and Vehlin's Colony, titles by Alcaldes of Nacogdoches and Charles S. Taylor, and old titles on deposit. No scale information is given.
Date: 1868
Creator: Stremme, C. O.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

General Highway Map, Houston County, Texas

Description: Highway map of Houston County, Texas, showing rivers, lakes, creeks, streams, cities, towns, outlying buildings (including schools, churches, and post offices), roads, highways (giving mileage between points), bridges, railroads, cemeteries, oil fields, utility lines, petroleum pipelines, national forests, and state parks. Map includes three inset maps - Austonio, Latexo, and Weldon - key to counties and key to sheets diagrams, and an extensive legend indicating geographical and human-made features. Handwritten notes have been made to the map in pencil to indicate the approximate route of the Old San Antonio Road and the location of Robbins's Ferry. Scale [ca. 1:126,720] (2 miles to the inch).
Date: 1966
Creator: Texas. Highway Department.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Map of Houston County

Description: Geologic map of Houston County, Texas, showing Conglomerate Iron Ore, Laminated Iron Ore, Lignite, Miocene Tertiary, and Eocene Tertiary. The map also includes towns, roads, and bodies of water. Scale [ca. 1:633,600] (10 miles to the inch).
Date: unknown
Creator: Kennedy, W.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[News Clip: Dukakis]

Description: B-roll video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story.
Date: September 19, 1988, 11:00 p.m.
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Receipt from Depositary's Office]

Description: Receipt from Confederate States of America, Depositary's Office to H. Kempner for One-Thousand Dollars about earning interest of four percent which was approved on February 17, 1864 in Registered Bonds of the Confederate States of America. This document is to show receivables for taxes due in 1864.
Date: June 29, 1864
Creator: Confederate States of America, Depositary's Office
Partner: Rosenberg Library

Safety Shaft Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for thills. This design consists in "the combination of the side plates having recesses in their upper edges, the coupling-plates pivoted to the side plates and having recesses in their lower edges registering with the recesses in the side plates, the free ends of the coupling-plates forming detents, the thill having trunnions resting in the registered recesses, and the spring-actuated locking-bar engaging the detents of the coupling-plates" (lines 110-119).
Date: May 17, 1887
Creator: Spinks, Rudd C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Planter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists in "[t]he combination, in a seed-planter, of a main frame having side beams, the standard secured midway between said beams at their forward ends, and provided at its lower end with a shovel and a presser located immediately in rear of said shovel, the hopper supported on said side beams, and having its planting mechanism arranged to drop the seed directly in the furrow formed by the shovel and presser, [and] wheel journaled in the side beams in rear of the planting mechanism" (lines 3-14).
Date: October 13, 1885
Creator: Gardner, Robert J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bed Attachment for Invalids.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bed attachment for bed-ridden persons. This design "consists, principally, of a frame, hinged between the side boards of the bedstead, said frame having a removable seat and adapted to be brought to a vertical position for supporting the [bed-ridden person] in a sitting position. The invention also consists in the construction and arrangement of parts" (lines 10-16).
Date: October 11, 1881
Creator: Brown, Joshua Perry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Spring Bed Bottom.

Description: Patent for a new and improved spring bed-bottom. This design utilizes a new method of coiling the wire so that only one wire may be used to make up all of the springs. By moving diagonally from one end of one spring to the end of another, this design eliminates the possibility of losing any individual spring.
Date: October 18, 1881
Creator: Eichelberger, Henry. H.C. & Bruner, Hilary Wentz
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combination Tool.

Description: Patent for a new and improved multi-tool. This design "consists in a combination-tool embodying in a single implement a nail and staple-puller, pinchers, nail-straightener, and wire-cutters, the device being more particularly designed for use in constructing, taking down, and resetting wire fencing" (lines 7-12).
Date: July 22, 1884
Creator: Beazley, James Harvey
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Game-Board

Description: Patent for "a game-board having a trough at its head and squared apertures near said head, and numbered cubical blocks adapted to be revolved in said apertures" (lines 18-21) and "has relation to games to be played on bowling-alleys or boards with balls" (lines 16-17) including illustrations.
Date: June 22, 1880
Creator: Thompson, James Whiteford.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Cotton Scrapers, Choppers, and Dirters.

Description: Patent for "an improved machine for cultivating cotton" (lines 15-16)including illustrations. The machine is used to "bar off, scrape, chop, and dirt the cotton upon both sides of a row at one passage." (lines 17-19)
Date: December 2, 1879
Creator: De Force, Samuel A. & McConnell, William V.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Dredging Scraper.

Description: Patent for a new and improved dredging-scraper. This design "has for its object the production of a marine plow which shall serve to raise and remove obstructions and accumulations from the beds or channels of rivers, bays, harbors, and other water-courses; and the invention consists in a device for this purpose of novel construction . . . The plow, which is to be drawn over the bed of the water-course to be cleared—as, for instance, by drag chain or cable attached to a steamboat—operates to raise a few inches in depth of the deposit each time it passes over the bed or bottom of the water-course" (lines 9-22).
Date: December 10, 1889
Creator: Coult, Joseph C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Means for Controlling the Flow of Navigable Rivers or Other Waters.

Description: Patent for a new means of controlling the waters. This design "is to remove or prevent the formation of sand-bars at the mouths of harbors elsewhere, calculated to obstruct navigation; also, to prevent the overflow of navigable rivers and the breaking of levees or destruction of jetties. [The] invention consists in a novel means of accomplishing these and other like ends by mechanical forces applied to increase the natural current or outflow of the navigable water toward its outlet or the ocean through the instrumentality of suitably located and anchored vessels provided with propelling devices" (lines 8-21).
Date: October 1, 1889
Creator: Coult, Joseph C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for a plow that has a new design for a "subsoil and harrow attachment to the ordinary break-plow" (lines 9-10).
Date: May 19, 1896
Creator: Bowers, Thomas M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department