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Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "a draw-head having a slotted top and a recessed bottom, of a transverse slotted bar journaled in bearings, one end being extended for the attachment of a handle, and the headless coupling-pin having the reduced or flattened portion to permit of its ready insertion and withdrawal from the transverse bar" (lines 73-80).
Date: January 11, 1887
Creator: Dial, Augustus A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Electric Car Brake.

Description: Patent for a new and improved electric car brake. This design "consists in a combination . . . of a friction-wheel mounted on a laterally-adjustable vertical shaft, provided at its upper end with a beveled cog-wheel, engaging with a beveled cog-wheel on a horizontal shaft, journaled in the under side of the car-floor, on which horizontal shaft is loosely mounted a worm, which engages with a worm-wheel mounted on [a] shaft . . . when this worm is locked on the shaft . . . the brake-chain will be wound on the shaft of the worm-wheel, and the brakes will be applied" (lines 10-23).
Date: September 26, 1882
Creator: Conover, Philip Vorus
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saw Tooth.

Description: Patent for a new and improved saw tooth. This design "relates to saws having attachable and detachable teeth held to their places by locking plates or keys inserted, like the teeth, within recesses in the saw-plate; and it consists in a novel construction of the parts, also in combining with the same a spring-bolt, whereby each tooth and its locking key are securely held in position, with facility for detachment when required, and whereby, also, any drawing action, in cutting of the wood on the tooth, tightens the attachment of the tooth" (lines 8-18).
Date: July 29, 1884
Creator: Conover, Philip V.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Electric Car-Brake.

Description: Patent for a new and improved electric car-brake. This design "consists in a car-brake formed of a pinion attached to the car axle, the pinion taking in a ratchet-wheel provided with a projecting pin, that enters into the slots of a wheel provided with a sleeve, upon which the brake chain is wound, which sleeve can be moved on the axle by means of a lever that is actuated by a rod passing into a helix connected with a battery to the locomotive" (lines 11-19).
Date: February 24, 1880
Creator: Conover, Philip Vorus
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Thill-Coupling.

Description: Patent for a thill-coupling that has a clip-eye, pivot-bolt, and an open-slotted thill-iron that has flat and extended jaws with a hole. The jaws are lined up with the thill-iron, meant to secure a railroad spike into place. The invention also has a flat bar-spring attached to the thill-iron.
Date: July 30, 1895
Creator: Dibrell, Anthony
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Blank Book.

Description: Patent for a new and improved blank book. This design "is an improvement upon the Megee-Miller blank book which adapts it for use of type-writers and others requiring one whose sheets or leaves may be readily detached and again secured together after having been written or printed. The sheets are detachably connected with a binding-strip by means of a cord or cords" (lines 7-14).
Date: April 19, 1892
Creator: Burris, James W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Blank Book.

Description: Patent for a new and improved blank book. This design "consists in securing blank sheets to a binding forming the back of the book . . . so that the attachment and detachment of the sheets may be conveniently effected. Thus [the design] produce[s] a blank book which is particularly adapted for use of type-writers and other copyists" (lines 11-18).
Date: June 14, 1892
Creator: Burris, James W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Sheep-Shearing Token]

Description: One of a collection of 244 miscellaneous "Texas Trade Tokens." This coin is silver-colored, octagonal, and says, "Good for 1 Sheep Shorn" on one side; on the other the text is only partially readable: "[...] Santos, Phone[...]br., 8-3814, Uvalde, Texas."
Date: unknown
Partner: Star of the Republic Museum

Wrench.

Description: Patent for a "powerful wrench of simple construction, wherein the movement for the operation of the jaws is of slight degree, partially automatic, and easily affected" (lines 41-45).
Date: April 23, 1907
Creator: Tiner, John F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rail-Clamp.

Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in rail clamps or braces, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 27, 1898
Creator: Henigan, John M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Spring-Latch.

Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in spring latches, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 7, 1899
Creator: Dockery, Allen B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Clamp

Description: Patent for a clamp. This device is employed to use a hoisting line attached to well casing or tubing. Illustration included.
Date: November 22, 1910
Creator: Athey, Earl
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gate-Latch.

Description: Patent for improvement in gate-latches by using a single piece of wire bent and coiled to form a u-shaped latch. Illustration and description of how the latch worked are included.
Date: October 23, 1900
Creator: Smyth, Lewis Miller
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Flying-Machine.

Description: Patent for a new flying machine which uses compact, "artificially produced air currents" (lines 11-12), including illustrations.
Date: August 4, 1914
Creator: Tiner, John Francis
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Rachel Gonzalez Hanson, July 14, 2016

Description: Rachel Gonzalez-Hanson grew up in a neighborhood straddling the Anglo and Mexican "sides" of Uvalde. Even though she was a very good student, she had to repeat the 7th grade after participating in the 1970 Walkout. While she was very young at the time, Gonzalez-Hanson recalled being highly involved with the local activists, notably Amaro Cardona (MAYO leader in Uvalde). After her early activism, Gonzalez-Hanson remained involved in local politics, helping in Cardona's and Gilberto Torres' campaigns for County Commissioner. Throughout the interview, Gonzalez-Hanson talked at length about race relations in Uvalde, the backlash from Anglos and conservative Mexican Americans, and her later career as a manager of a community health organization covering the Winter Garden area.
Date: July 14, 2016
Creator: Sinta, Vinicio; Arionus, Steve & Hanson, Rachel Gonzales
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Roberto Morales, July 10, 2016

Description: Roberto Morales is one of the children of Genoveva Morales, a longtime education activist in Uvalde and the lead plaintiff in Morales v. Shannon, a MALDEF-led class action suit that pushed the Uvalde ISD to ensure the desegregation of the local schools. Morales talked about his mother's character and her relationships with other activists in the area, including her trip to Crystal City to meet Cesar Chavez. Morales also talked about his own experience with discrimination in the Uvalde schools, and the legacy of her mother -- a middle school was renamed after her in the last couple of years.
Date: July 10, 2016
Creator: Sinta, Vinicio & Morales, Roberto
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library