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[Nomai Family Video No. 5 - A Trip to Big Bend National Park]

Description: This home movie documents Afsheen Nomai and Laura Treat's trip to Big Bend National Park, Terlingua, and Marfa, Texas. The movie begins with footage shot from a moving car as they arrive in Alpine, Texas followed by footage of Sul Ross State University and the Maverick Inn. The trip continues and they drive through Big Bend National Park, stopping to camp in the Chisos Basin. Footage includes setting up camp, building a fire, and grilling steak. Nomai and Treat explore the park with stops at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail, Boquillas Canyon, Sotol Vista, Santa Elena Canyon, and Old Maverick Road. They then arrive in Terlingua Ghosttown and explore the town including an abandoned building and cemetery. They then drive through Fort Davis and back to Marfa where footage includes the Hotel Paisano, the Marfa Presidio County Museum, a Donald Judd building, and the Palace Theater (Theatre).
Date: 2015-10-13/2015-10-29
Creator: Nomai, Afsheen & Treat, Laura
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Outskirts of Marfa]

Description: Photograph of the town of Marfa taken from a distance. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Marfa's twenty-five hundred citizens are a blend of three ethnic groups" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Early railroad station in Marfa, Texas]

Description: Photograph of one of the first railway stations in the Big Bend area. It is a long, one-story wooden structure with a two-story section on the far left. A carriage is parked outside the building. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The chief engineer gave the honor of naming the newly-created water stop to his wife, who was reading a Russian novel. She named the stop, Marfa, after the book's heroine. In 1882, Presidio County also contained the present counties of Jeff Davis and Brewster as well as Presidio" (p. 6).
Date: unknown
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Big Bend landscape with tractors]

Description: Photograph of farm fields in front of a mountain range, located in the Big Bend area. Several tractors and wagons are visible on dirt roads around the fields and desert scrub is visible in the foreground. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The two to three hundred acres behind the mission have been given the title of 'the oldest piece of land continuously used for farming in North America'" (p. 4).
Date: 1969
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Indian cave paintings in Marfa]

Description: Photograph of a cave painting containing eight vertical stripes on the wall, which may depict human bodies. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: “The Great Comanche War Trail led through Brewster County and into Mexico. Apache and Comanche warriors raided and plundered each other. Their paintings tell the story of their life in a land which defied them" (p. 3).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[American and Texas flags]

Description: Photograph of a flagpole, viewed from the ground looking up with an American flag at the top and a Texas state flag below. A cloudy sky is visible above the pole. The image accompanied the conclusion of a written speech, with the caption: "To those who would protest the American life of challenge and accomplishment, I would remind them, our land has never been easy. [...] The land is rich, not only in landscape, but also in the heritage of those who have tried to tame it. This is My Land, My Heritage, My Hope" (p. 14)
Date: 1969
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Marfa Improvements]

Description: Mrs. Charlie Henderson and Mrs. Roy H. Godbold are examining the new litter containers placed along Highland Street in downtown Marfa in 1970. Two unknown workers in jumpsuits stand behind the two women, and a sanitation truck is in the background.
Date: 1970
Partner: Marfa Public Library

My Land, My Heritage, My Hope

Description: Paper submitted to the Junior Historical Society state writing contest held by the Texas State Historical Society, discussing historical landmarks, landscape, and people of Marfa. This written speech accompanied photographic slides (noted in the text with slide numbers).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Marfa, Texas, Early 1900s]

Description: This photograph shows many different houses and other buildings, spread out and connected by unpaved roads. In the foreground there is a small house with a fenced yard and a larger brick building that appears to be a city building. On the far right of the photograph, there appears to be a 'main road' which is wider and lined by buildings and telephone poles. There are also distant mountains in the background behind the town. The letters 'MA' are written in the lower righthand corner.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Marfa, Texas 1918]

Description: In the foreground of this photograph, four people in cowboy hats sit in the shade of a tree. Behind them is what appears to be an unpaved main street of Marfa, circa 1918, with storefronts, telephone poles, and cars of the time period.
Date: [c. 1918]
Creator: Arnold's Art Studio
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Bears, Beeves, and Bibles: A Depression Story

Description: Research paper written for a history class at Marfa High School about the Great Depression and, specifically, how if affected the town of Marfa, Texas. This paper reconstructs the Depression using individual accounts: working several odd jobs to earn money, pawning and trading items to pay for food, baking chocolate cakes in exchange for fence posts to repair a broken fence line, etc.
Date: November 7, 1975
Creator: Earney, Ann
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Teacher's Daily Lesson Plan Sheet about a Doll Collection]

Description: A teacher's daily lesson plan sheet used to formulate questions for a student to answer in order to clarify a research paper on a doll collection for a history class at Marfa High School, titled "Mrs. Pruett's Dollarama" by Rebecca Ann Espinosa. The page numbers to the left of the page corresponds to the page(s) of the "Dollarama" paper; under each page number are the subsequent corrections or concerns the teacher has with a specific point in Rebecca Espinosa's paper.
Date: 1974
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Historic Marker Application: Blackwell School]

Description: Application materials submitted to the Texas Historical Commission requesting a historic marker for the Blackwell School, in Marfa, Texas. The materials include the inscription text of the marker, original application, narrative, floor plans, and photographs.
Date: February 8, 2011
Creator: Texas Historical Commission
Location Info:
Partner: Texas Historical Commission