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Liberty Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Liberty County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:222,222] (5000 varas to 3/4 of an inch).
Date: 1926
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Map of Liberty County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Liberty County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, blocks of land, cities, towns, and railroads. A handwritten note has been made in the upper-left corner of the map in pencil: "R. C. Crane." Scale [ca. 1:133,333] (4000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1895
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[Photograph of a Front View of Harry Lloyd Desmond's Home]

Description: Photograph of a one-story house with wood-siding, a front porch, and an old wooden fence in front. There are four people and a dog on the front porch: a woman and girl sitting in chairs, an older man looking at the camera, and another older man holding the dog. Trees frame the edges of the photo, and there is a large luggage trunk resting at the base of the tree on the left. A decorative border surrounds the photo. There are handwritten notes on the back of the photo, noting the owner of the home and the town it is located in.
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of Mary Newton Maxwell

[Photograph of H. L. Desmond with Colt and Dog]

Description: Photograph of a thin older man sitting on a bench next to an upturned wash tub, with his legs crossed, holding a shallow, dented pan for a small colt to put its head into. The man is wearing round glasses, a light-colored shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and light-colored pants. There is a light-colored, short-furred dog with floppy ears and dark spots sitting to the right of the man's legs. In the background, the corner of a wooden shed and thin, wood picket fence. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photo that says the colt pictured is blind.
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of Mary Newton Maxwell

Flag Dedication Ceremony

Description: Photograph of the Flag dedication ceremony at Autumn Hills Nursing Home in Cleveland, Texas. A local scout troop conducted the dedication while officials and citizens observed.
Date: October 8, 1975
Creator: Young, Moon
Partner: Cleveland Historic Society

Disk-Harrow Sharpener.

Description: Patent for improvements to sharpening the disk harrows by attaching a disk sharpener onto the frame of the disk harrow so as the harrow is being drawn across the field, the rotating disk harrow comes into contact with the sharpener. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 25, 1913
Creator: Lammon, Harry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with John Wright, July 27, 2016

Description: Mr. Wright was born and raised in Liberty, Texas in the 1930s. HE grew up on a farm and went to segregated schools. After his graduation in 1954, he went to Prairieview A&M for a brief period of time before joining the army, where he was stationed in Germany. He returned to Texas in 1960 and began working as a medical technologist. Later, he worked for NASA on the Apollo 11 mission, the EEOC, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. In his interview, Mr. Wright describes Liberty in the 1940s and 1950s, his experience in the army, discrimination on the job in the 1960s and 1970s, community activism, his experiences as city councilman in Ames, and his hopes for hte area's future.
Date: July 27, 2016
Creator: Wright, John; Howard, Jasmin & May, Meredith
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Agricultural Implement.

Description: Patent for an agricultural implement related to ground treating. The implement introduces a novel mounting for a colter that will keep it in line with the draft beam, as well as aids in holding the soil-turning elements in place.
Date: November 4, 1913
Creator: Vanderwater, Daniel B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Sandra Burrell, July 29, 2016

Description: Mrs. Burrell was born and raised in Liberty, Texas. She attended the black Catholic school until she was in 3rd grade, when the Catholic schools integrated. After graduation, she joined the Air Force. After serving for a year, she married and eventually began working in multiple positions for the city of Baytown. She returned to LIberty in the 1990s and began working for the Sam Houston Regional LIbrary. In her interview, Mrs. Burrell described segregation in Liberty, the Creole community, the relationship between the black community and law enforcement, the role of the Catholic Church, her experience in the Air Force, discrimination and clashes on the job, and how Liberty has changed.
Date: July 29, 2016
Creator: Burrell, Sandra & May, Meredith
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Eddie Burrell, July 28, 2016

Description: Mr. Burrell was born in Turkey Creek (Liberty) in 1946. He discussed his experiences living in a segregated neighborhood and attending segregated schools. Burrell also discussed how who you knew or were affiliated with influenced your experiences during segregation. He mentioned some fights between white and Black children that occured during his childhood. Burrell was the first of his family to attend college. He was drafted into the army after dropping out of school to work following his sophomore year in college and served in Vietnam. Burrell descibed the lack of Black officers within the military structure despite a large and disproportionate amount of Black soldiers serving. He believed that it may have been attempt to "get rid" of Black folks. Burrell discussed the stigma that Vietnam veterans faced. He went back to school after leaving active duty. Burrell described benefitting from the Civil Rights Movement in terms of affirmative action in the workplace. He also described his experiences dealing with discrimination in the workplace and housing. Burrell worked as an engineer. He ultimately worked for and retired from NASA. Burrell along with his wife and others (Concerned Citizens for the Future) fought racist and discriminatory practices in the local schools that negatively effected his sons and other children.
Date: July 28, 2016
Creator: Burrell, Eddie & Howard, Jasmin
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Anderson Hotel

Description: Photograph of the Anderson Hotel which was located on the corner of old highway 59 and San Jacinto Street in Cleveland, Texas. The hotel had a large stairway leading to the upstairs rooms from the luxurious lobby. It also had a resturant within the hotel.
Date: 1949
Creator: Young, Moon
Partner: Cleveland Historic Society

Service Station at Fostoria

Description: Photograph of Fostoria, Texas which was west of Cleveland, Texas on Highway 105. The Foster Lumber Company was located at this site and the community was self contained with commissary, gas station, school, housing, etc.
Date: 1957
Creator: Young, Moon
Partner: Cleveland Historic Society

Fostoria Sign

Description: Photograph of a highway sign located on Hwy 105 west of Cleveland, Texas. The sign is pointing south of 105 to the location of Fostoria, a community formed from the establishment of Foster Lumber Company.
Date: 1957
Creator: Young, Moon
Partner: Cleveland Historic Society

Foster Lumber Company

Description: Photograph of Foster Lumber Company shortly before it closed. Shown in the picture is the railroad tracks ("Dinky") connecting the mill with the Santa Fe Railroad. The commissary, post office and mail office is also in this location.
Date: 1954
Creator: Young, Moon
Partner: Cleveland Historic Society