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Laredo

Description: Photograph of a street scene in Laredo, Texas. Stalls are set up in front of a building, with people visible under their tarps. Two people drive a horse-drawn cart down the street.
Date: February 1913
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Oral History Interview with Armando Trevino, July 7, 2015

Description: Interview with Armando Trevino, an attorney from Laredo, Texas. In his interview, Trevino discusses his family background, education, experiences with discrimination, political activism, the Crystal City walkout, community action, and the Chicano movement. Trevino also discusses providing legal aid in the Laredo area.
Date: July 7, 2015
Creator: Trevino, Armando; Enriquez, Sandra; Robles, David & Krochmal, Max
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Rafael Torres, July 6, 2015

Description: Interview with Rafael Torres, community leader from Laredo, Texas. In the interview, Torres discusses his family background, geography and politics in Laredo, experiences in school, participating in Teacher Corps, and activism in Crystal City.
Date: July 6, 2015
Creator: Torres, Rafael; Enriquez, Sandra; Robles, David & Krochmal, Max
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Israel Reyna, July 10, 2015

Description: Interview with Israel Reyna, a lawyer and community activist from Laredo, Texas. In his interview, Reyna discusses his family history, residential and school segregation, student activism, civil rights organization Mexican Americans for Democratic Action (MADA), La Raza Unida, the Chicano movement, and elections in South Texas.
Date: July 10, 2015
Creator: Reyna, Israel; Enriquez, Sandra & Robles, David
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Oscar Martinez, July 7, 2015

Description: Interview with Oscar Martinez, a retired Justice of the Peace from Laredo, Texas. Martinez discusses his childhood and family background, education, experiences with discrimination, service in the U.S. Air Force, and his activism and membership in LULAC.
Date: July 7, 2015
Creator: Martinez, Oscar; Enriquez, Sandra; Robles, David & Krochmal, Max
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Ricardo De Anda, July 10, 2015

Description: Interview with Ricardo De Anda, a civil rights attorney from Laredo, Texas. In his interview, he discusses his early life and education, political activism, the Chicano movement, Black Panthers, and working on the Ramsey Muniz campaign. He also talks about his work with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and legal cases related to school segregation.
Date: July 10, 2015
Creator: De Anda, Ricardo; Enriquez, Sandra & Robles, David
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Vicente Molina, July 8, 2015

Description: Interview with Vicente Molina, an educator from Laredo, Texas. In the interview, Molina discusses his childhood, military service, education, Chicano activism, Raza Unida Party, and his involvement with community organizations.
Date: July 8, 2015
Creator: Molina, Vicente; Robles, David; Krochmal, Max & Enriquez, Sandra
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Jerry Alonzo, July 11, 2015

Description: Interview with Jerry Alonzo from Laredo, Texas. He discusses his childhood and education, military service in Vietnam, his work at Southwestern Bell, the Communication Workers of America labor union, and his involvement in election campaigns.
Date: July 11, 2015
Creator: Alonzo, Gerardo; Enriquez, Sandra & Robles, David
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Ratchet-Drill

Description: Patent for adding mechanical improvements to ratchet drill tools. These improvements include improved adjustment efficiency and range.
Date: August 12, 1913
Creator: McMillan, Eugene C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Irrigating Apparatus.

Description: Patent for a new and improved irrigation apparatus. This design "pertains to improvements in irrigating apparatus, having for its object to prevent the choking or obstructing of the nozzle and to effect the proper distribution of the water; and it consists of the combination and construction of parts" (lines 13-18).
Date: May 27, 1884
Creator: Chisholm, William R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Stamp and Envelope Moistener.

Description: Patent for a new and improved moistener for stamps and envelopes. This design "is to provide apparatus for moistening stamps and adhesive envelopes; and it consists in certain improvements in that class of stamp-moisteners in which a roller carrying an endless belt of cloth is journaled on a box or a cup containing water, into which the endless band projects" (lines 8-14).
Date: August 5, 1884
Creator: Beaumont, David Greenleaf
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Animal Shears.

Description: Patent for new and improved animal shears. This design calls for a spring with eyes at the ends so that the handles of individual blades may be inserted through them. Then, nuts fasten the individual blades to the spring, which makes sharpening easier and breakage less likely.
Date: February 22, 1881
Creator: Benavides, Cristobal & Arthur, Joshua P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combined Bucket Bail and Lid Fastener.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bucket-bail and lid-fastener. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the bucket and the ears, of the wires pivotally connected to said ears, the links pivotally connected to said wires, the cross-wire connecting the said links, and the bail loosely connected with the ends of the said wire" (lines 92-97).
Date: August 27, 1889
Creator: Stukes, John Marion & Reid, Oliver Phillip
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Electric Alarm.

Description: Patent for an inexpensive, simple, and durable automatic electric alarm that allows people in house or hotel rooms, mines, ships, shops, etc. to signal for another person. The alarm is wired to a clock so it can be programmed to go off at a certain time.
Date: January 7, 1896
Creator: Stansel, Thomas J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Vehicle-Axle Bearing.

Description: Patent for a strong and durable vehicle-axle bearing that reduces friction. "Oil may be admitted to the bearings [in the axle] without removing the wheel or exposing said bearings, thus preventing accumulations of dust or other foreign substance" (lines 17-20).
Date: June 11, 1895
Creator: Falk, Franz
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Blind Stop.

Description: Patent for a new and improved blind-stop. This design is "to provide a cheap and simple device designed to be secured to a window-casing and be interposed between any two adjacent pivoted slats, and thus support the same and the series in an open position and against accidental closing by their own weight or by the wind" (lines 9-16). It consists in the "holder for slats of blinds, consisting of a spring-metal strip bent at its center to form an eye and opposite terminals, the latter being adapted to be interposed between two adjacent slats, and the ends of the terminals oppositely bent" (lines 72-77).
Date: April 19, 1892
Creator: Deats, Wallen S. & Brown, Daniel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Electric Battery.

Description: Patent for a new and improved electric battery. This design consists "[i]n an electric generator, a receptacle for steam, and means for admitting steam thereto, in combination with electrodes consisting of two parallel disks suspended within said steam-receptacle, electrodes of opposite polarity to the aforesaid electrodes arranged between the disks of the first-named electrodes, a shaft extending through the said receptacle upon which the latter electrodes are mounted, and means for rotating the said shaft" (lines 41-50).
Date: April 19, 1892
Creator: Emley, James Edward
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ventilator for Refrigerators.

Description: Patent for an improved, simple, and inexpensive ventilator for large refrigerators. It "can be readily applied to an ice box or refrigerator and so constructed that the hot air which is pressed upward is forced through the ventilator and thereby lowering the temperature of the ice box and a consequent saving of ice" (lines 23-28). The ventilator has a valve that releases hot air and automatically closes after the air is released.
Date: July 11, 1893
Creator: Netzer, Joseph
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Water-Cooler.

Description: Patent for an improved water-cooler by wrapping the outer surface of a water container with two layers of fabric; an imperforate projection–tube from a supplemental water reservoir arranged above the water container would moist the inner layer fabric and maintain its moisture; where the outer layer fabric prevents the water forcing through, thus keeping the water cool, illustration is included.
Date: February 3, 1891
Creator: Beacham, Alexander Thacher
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Kiln.

Description: Patent for "a new and improved kiln for burning brick and other clay ware and arranged to enable the operator to control the heat, so as to insure a uniform and equal heating of the articles set in the kiln, and at the same time requiring a small amount of fuel." (Lines 8-14) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 8, 1896
Creator: Thaison, Andrew
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department