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Rusk Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Rusk County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1895
Creator: Pressler, C. W.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Improvement in Washing-Machines

Description: Patent for "a new and valuable Improvement in Washing-Machines" for which "the novelty consists in providing the tank with two separate apartments or boxes for containing, respectively, suds and clear water, and in arranging the separating partition so that an ordinary wringer may be attached thereto and used on the clothes as they pass from the suds-box to the clear-water box."
Date: July 16, 1872
Creator: Newman, Greer J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[News Script: Probe scheduled in hospital riot]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a state investigation of a riot of 80 black patients at Rusk State Hospital in East Texas. The patients, who claimed they were not being treated fairly, surrendered to authorities nonetheless.
Date: April 17, 1955
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Trading Card: Pleated Woodpecker]

Description: Trading card issued as part of the Geocache Challenge program for Martin Creek Lake State Park, depicting a pileated woodpecker perched on a tree trunk. The back of the card has information about the species.
Date: 2011
Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Design for a Fence-Post.

Description: Design patent for a fence-post that has a tapering post-body with a step series adjoining true cylindrical portions of gradually increasing diameter.
Date: June 6, 1899
Creator: Brooks, Jesse W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Peanut-Shelling Machine.

Description: Patent for an improved peanut shelling machine that can be regulated according to the size and quality of peanuts. The machine also improves upon the cylinder and concave tension, that would allow the machine to be more easily maintained.
Date: July 14, 1914
Creator: Huston, John T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combined Baling and Compress Machine.

Description: Patent for a combined baling and compress machine for cotton gins, which makes bales that fulfill the rules of transportation companies on cotton bale density and is cost efficient enough for small gins to purchase.
Date: June 8, 1909
Creator: Crow, Robert D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Water Motor

Description: Patent for a water motor. This is an invention for a type of motor operated by tidal power.
Date: October 20, 1903
Creator: Brooks, Jesse W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mail-Cart.

Description: Patent for a one-wheeled mail cart, which will not sink into muddy roads.
Date: November 1, 1910
Creator: Wherry, William B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Compress

Description: Patent for a cotton compress. This invention "is to produce a compress which will make a condensed bale of the regulation shape and which can be operated faster than the common form of compress" (line 16-20) illustrations included.
Date: June 16, 1903
Creator: Crow, Robert Douglas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "[t]he combination, in a coupling for air-brakes, of the movable arm having the recess or socket, and the pivoted arm having the shoulder or offset adapted to fit the recess and provided with the [other] arm to direct the said shoulder or offset to the said recess when the coupling-arms come together, the said shoulder and recess forming the terminals of the air-pipes at the ends of the cars" (lines 92-100).
Date: February 8, 1887
Creator: Haltom, Samuel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Cleaner and Condenser.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton cleaner and condenser. This design "is to provide a machine that will take the cotton as it comes from the gin and clean and condense it at one operation; and to this end the novelty consists . . . in an inclosing-shell having a foraminous drum revolving about an open-ended shell which has a longitudinal opening in its periphery, so as to remove the sand and dirt, and . . . in a foraminous drum revolving within a semicircular wire cage, whereby the cotton will be carried around in rolls on the drum and inside of the cage, so as to remove the leaf and trash" (lines 16-28).
Date: August 9, 1887
Creator: Hess, Daniel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Landside for Plows.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow landside. This design "consists in a landside for plows made with a slotted flange to rest upon the forward side of the plow-standard, and a flange to rest upon the bottom of the furrow, whereby the plow will be made stronger, more durable, and more effective, and will be made to run steadier . . . The object of this invention is to increase the strength and durability of plow-plates, and obtain the efficiency and steadiness of ordinary turn-plows without their weight" (lines 21-31).
Date: August 21, 1883
Creator: Wherry, William B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Baling Press.

Description: Patent for a new and improved baling press. This design "is to promote convenience in operating baling-presses and increase the efficiency of said presses. The invention consists in a novel construction and arrangement of parts" (lines 16-20).
Date: March 14, 1882
Creator: Smith, William Fredric
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Railroad Rail Joint.

Description: Patent for a new and improved rail joint for railroads. This design "relates to railroad-rail joints; and it has for its object to construct, without the use of bolts, nuts, and fish-plates, a joint which shall be cheap, durable, and possessed of great strength and rigidity" (lines 19-23).
Date: July 18, 1882
Creator: Tatum, Paul
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the draw-head provided with a flange upon one of its sides, ways for securing said draw-head in place and allowing it a longitudinal movement, an abutment which is secured to said ways upon one side, a hook which is pivoted in the draw-head on the side opposite to the flange, which hook is provided with a weight for keeping it normally closed, and which has a notch formed upon its pivotal end, and a latch which is pivoted to one side of the draw-head" (lines 64-74).
Date: December 30, 1884
Creator: Haltom, Samuel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department