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Montgomery County

Description: Blueline format of survey map of Montgomery County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, and blocks of land. No scale information given.
Date: 1855
Creator: Willke, H.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Montgomery County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Montgomery County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Handwritten notes and hand drawn lines have been made on the published map to add railroad lines and roads. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1901
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[Photographs of Young Students]

Description: Photographs of students and their teacher posing as a group in front of a brick building. A handwritten note on the back of the photos identifies the teacher as Mittyleene Matthews and two of the students as Lois S. Crooke and Lillian O'Brien.
Date: unknown
Partner: Montgomery County Memorial Library

Oral History Interview with Jimmy Johnson, July 20, 2016

Description: Mr. Johnson was born and raised in Conroe, Texas. He grew up on land his grandparents purchased after years spent sharecropping. He attended Booker T. Washington until integration, when he then attended Conroe High School. He joined the Air Force and spent time in Italy and Abilene, Texas. Upon returning to Texas, he attended Sam Houston State University and began working in radio, photography, and as a disc jockey, among other jobs. In his interview, Mr. Johnson describes segregation in Conroe, his family's landownership, integration in Conroe, his experiences in the Air Force, his multiple jobs, discrimination at work, and the many ways that Conroe has changed over time.
Date: July 20, 2016
Creator: May, Meredith & Johnson, Jimmy
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Supporting-Shelf.

Description: Patent for a supporting shelf specifically for clocks. The supporting shelf keeps the clock balanced.
Date: November 3, 1914
Creator: McDonald, John A..
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Nut Lock

Description: Patent for a mechanism to lock a nut in place on a bolt that also automatically releases when a wrench is applied to turn the nut.
Date: August 4, 1914
Creator: Edwards, Whitfield H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Mary Tolbert, July 22, 2016

Description: Mrs. Tolbert was born in 1943 in Cleveland. Tolbert grew up in Houston until she moved to Conroe in the 4th grade. Tolbert attended school in Bordersville while living in Houston. In Bordersville the neighborhood was integrated with a Mexican American and African American population. Tolbert graduated from Booker T. Washington in Conroe. She began working for law enforcement in 1984 after a few years of attempting. Tolbert experienced and witnessed explicit discrimination, racism, and sexism while working as a Deputy Sheriff in Montgomery County. Tolbert currently mentors young girls.
Date: July 22, 2016
Creator: Howard, Jasmine & Tolbert, Mary
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with James Yates, July 19, 2016

Description: Yates grew up in segregated Conroe and attended both segregated and integrated schools. Yates was a member of the Conroe High football teams that sought to increase the amount of Black women representation on the cheerleading team and during homecoming pageantry in the early 1970s. Yates also became one of first Black football players on the University of Texas-Austin football team in the mid-1970s. Yates also discussed working in various jobs including law enforcement and the oil industry.
Date: July 19, 2016
Creator: Howard, Jasmin; May, Meredith & Yates, James
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Charles Lee and Toddrick Proctor, July 21, 2016

Description: Mr. Lee grew up in Conroe. He attended and graduated from Booker T. Washington. In the mid-1960s, he was part of a protest of Walgreen's drug store, demanding integration. He and two others were arrested for their actions and only released when the FBI intervened. Mr. Lee then worked several jobs before becoming a minister. In his interview, he describes segregation in Conroe, police brutality, the Walgreen's march, discrimination at work, Conroe Bible College, interracial relationships, and the continued struggles of the African-American community in Conroe. Mr. Proctor also grew up in Conroe. He attended Conroe's schools, graduated from high school, worked in the timber industry, and became a truck driver. In his interview, Mr. Proctor describes his experience growing up in Conroe in the 1980s and 1990s, the continued prevalence of racial discrimination, Ku Klux Klan recruiting efforts in the 1990s, a riot over Klan activity at the high school in the 1990s, the economic and systemic decline of the historically African-American parts of Conroe, and the many ways Conroe has re-segregated.
Date: July 21, 2016
Creator: Lee, Charles; Proctor, Toddrick; May, Meredith & Howard, Jasmin
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Ox-Yoke.

Description: Patent for a new ox yoke design to reduce wear of the yoke, including illustrations.
Date: January 3, 1888
Creator: Herren, William Willison
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Calvin Vinson, July 26, 2016

Description: Mr. Vinson was born in Montgomery, Texas and raised in Conroe. He attended Booker T. Washington school and Conroe High, participating in football at both schools. After graduation, he went to work in Houston for a utility company. He returned to Conroe and became very active in political campaigns and community organizations. In his interview, Mr. Vinson described segregation in Conroe, a march in 1968, integration of schools, experiences playing football, discrimination at work, political activism in the African-American community, African-American community organizations, and how Conroe has changed over time.
Date: July 26, 2016
Creator: May, Meredith & Vinson, Calvin
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Jimmie Shaw on July 22, 2016.

Description: Ms. Shaw was born and raised in Willis, Texas. Shaw described her experiences with racism and Jim Crow discrimination. Shaw discussed one surprising impact of racism in Willis, she was fearful of Halloween. During Halloween in Willis, white youth would throw things at Ms. Shaw's house. A great aunt of Shaw was able to live in the white part of Willis while a uncle of Shaw became the first Black person to vote in the Willis/Conroe area. The first time he was able to vote was when he was elderly in the mid-twentieth century. Shaw also discussed difficulties in the workplace in Conroe.
Date: July 22, 2016
Creator: Howard, Jasmine & Shaw , Jimmie
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Dorothy Reece, July 18, 2016

Description: Mrs. Reece was born in 1929 in what is now Montgomery. Reece grew up in the outskirts of Conroe. Her most memorable childhood racist moment occurred when she was told that she could no longer check out books from a book store because of her race. Because of that incident, Reece vowed to become a librarian and allow every child to have access to books. Reece graduated high school in Oklahoma after the death of her sister. Reece heard about the lynching that occurred at the court house in the 1940s. Reece had difficulties finding schools in Texas that would allow her to get a degree in Library Science. She had to go to school in Denver. Reece received another degree in Atlanta during the 1950s. During that time, she met Martin Luther King, Jr. at his father's church. Reece spoke of the importance of education and the lack of resources at the library of Booker T. Washington. Reece discussed some resistance that she and other Black teachers carried out following integration. One notable act of resistance occurred when she refused to move to another school following integration.
Date: July 18, 2016
Creator: Howard, Jasmin; May, Meredith & Reece, Dorothy
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Carl and Gloria White, July 7, 2016

Description: Mr. Carl White was born in Conroe and Mrs. Gloria White was born in Willis, Texas in 1957 respectively. After attending segregated schools, both Whites ultimately graduated from desegregated schools. Both Whites experienced workplace discrimination in their careers in a local factory and at the postal office. Mr. White also served as a reserve police officer in Conroe while his father served as one of the first Black police officers in Conroe. Mr. White described being targeted by police in Conroe and other issues with the local criminal justice system. Both Whites were also involved in the efforts to free Clarence Brandley which included marches and other demonstrations. Also, the Whites discussed issues with discrimination in the school system.
Date: July 7, 2016
Creator: May, Meredith; Howard, Jasmin; White, Carl & White, Gloria
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Conveyer.

Description: Patent for the invention of a new conveyor, designed to simplify handling sacked grain.
Date: March 26, 1912
Creator: King, Marion A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Patricia Easley, July 8, 2016

Description: Ms. Easley was born and raised in Montgomery, Texas. She is the descendant of slaves from the area, and she has traced her lineage back to the arrival of her family in Texas. She attended segregated schools until ninth grade, graduated from Sam Houston State University, and began a successful corporate career in Houston. She returned to Montgomery where she retired. In her interview, Ms. Easley describes life and conditions in Montgomery when she was growing up, her families long history, the way her family sheltered her from the harshness of discrimination, her time at Sam Houston State, political activism, her career, and how Montgomery has changed over time.
Date: July 8, 2016
Creator: Easley, Patricia & May, Meredith
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Henry Calyen, July 7, 2016

Description: Mr. Calyen was born and raised in Conroe, Texas. He lived in a segregated neighborhood and attended Booker T. Washington schools until 1966, when he participated in "freedom of choice" and attended Conroe High School. While in high school, he participated in three marches in 1964 and 1965 to protest continued discrimination. He graduated in 1968 and enrolled in the military. He spent a year in Vietnam and then moved to New York City, where he married and spent almost thirty years as a postal carrier. He then returned to Conroe where he has remained active in his community. Mr. Calyen described race relations in Conroe in the 50s and 60s, segregation and integration, the black community, the impact of the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, his experiences in New York as compared to Conroe, and community activism in Conroe since the 1990s.
Date: July 6, 2016
Creator: Calyen, Henry & Howard, Jasmin
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Axle

Description: Patent for an axle. Illustration included.
Date: January 29, 1907
Creator: Price, George T. & Knight, Richard
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department