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Description: Blue line print of survey map of Harris County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:266,666] (4000 varas to 1/2 an inch).
Date: 1910
Creator: Pressler, Herman & Ehlinger, Leo
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Smoothing-Iron.

Description: Patent for a redesigned smoothing iron. This includes the design of a hollow transparent body with heating elements. The elements are made of replaceable lights which heat the body as well as lighting up so that the unit may be used in a dimly lit room.
Date: November 28, 1911
Creator: Thomas, Theodore G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Petition to the State Legislature

Description: Petition by citizens of Harris County to the State Legislature, asking to legalize barbed wire. A logo at the top of the page says, "Glidden's Patent, Steel Barb Fence Wire, Galvanized or Japanned." There is a description of the proposal followed by a list of handwritten signatures. Handwriting on the back of the page says, "Harris Co., Feb. 14/79" with additional notes.
Date: unknown
Partner: Star of the Republic Museum

[Harris County PASO Bulletin, February 6, 1962]

Description: Newsletter for the Political Association of Spanish Speaking Organizations covering the current news, noting an important meeting in February to select delegates for the convention. There are several reminders to members to pay poll taxes and member dues. John J. Herrera, along with Rafael Moreno, are specifically thanked for their efforts with the LULAC Hour on KLVL urging listeners to pay poll taxes.
Date: February 6, 1962
Creator: Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

Tire-Armor.

Description: Patent for a new design "in armor or protectors for pneumatic tires" (line 13) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 7, 1911
Creator: Ramsay, Henry M.; McGary, Austin & Campbell, John W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bale-Tie.

Description: Patent for a bale-fastening device that "may be applied with facility to a cotton-bale or to an equivalent package." (lines 9-11) including instructions and illustrations. The tie comprises "a band, a key engaged with the band and rotatable to coil the same therearound, and a lock fitted upon the band and engaged with the key to prevent reverse rotation thereof" (lines 105-109).
Date: August 30, 1898
Creator: Campbell, Douglas M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Editor viewpoints: purpose of penal code: to reform

Description: Editorial written by John J. Herrera suggesting that some of the systemic problems with the Harris County penal code be addressed. Using the issue of Harris County jail overcrowding to illustrate his point, Herrera recommends that the penal code be revised to better screen convicted criminals and expedite criminal cases to move offenders through the system more efficiently.
Date: January 1, 1976
Creator: Herrera, John J.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Telegram from Oscar M. Laurel to John J. Herrera - 1964-09-29]

Description: Western Union Telegram sent to John J. Herrera, Manuel Crespo, and Felix E. Salinas from coordinator Oscar M. Laurel, congratulating them on their selection as Viva Johnson Harris County coordinators and urging them to put aside any past differences in order to keep a united front.
Date: September 29, 1964
Creator: Laurel, Oscar M.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

Mexican candy-makers changing to modern ways

Description: Mike Weingart, a Houston Chronicle reporter, writes about "a third-generation firm of candy makers, working by hand in make-shift quarters, producing $100,000 worth of Mexican candy a year and supplying 98 per cent of the Houston market." The photograph by Larry Evans, a Chronicle staff, shows two employees making the candies. The top of the article reads: "'The Bee Hive' just has too much buzzing."
Date: unknown
Creator: Weingart, Mike
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Appointment of Jacob I. Rodriguez to position of LULAC National Director of Publicity and Editor of LULAC News by John J. Herrera, LULAC National President - July 20, 1952]

Description: Onionskin paper copy of appointment of Jacob I. Rodriguez to position of LULAC National Director of Publicity and Editor of LULAC News by John J. Herrera, LULAC National President, dated July 20, 1952.
Date: July 20, 1952
Creator: Herrera, John J.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

Extension Car-Step.

Description: Patent for a new and useful extension car step for "use on street cars and railway coaches". (line 13 - 15).
Date: August 8, 1899
Creator: Wrede, Albin C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Deposition of Eduardo Morga - 1977-08-19]

Description: Sworn deposition of Eduardo Morga, directed to LULAC National Executive Board Members. The document indicates that Morga is filing "Charges against Roberto Ornelas, Paul Garza, and William D. Bonilla, all Past National Presidents, of LULAC, and all members of LULAC for violation of the Constitution, By-Laws, and Protocol." The document was signed and notarized on August 19, 1977.
Date: August 19, 1977
Creator: Morga, Eduardo
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Harris County PASO mass meeting flier]

Description: Harris County PASO mass meeting flier for Sunday, August 13 (probably 1962), at 1:00 PM to be held at the Latin American Hall. Features photos of State Senator Henry B. Gonzalez and Dr. Hector P. Garcia. Attorney Tony Bonilla and Commissioner Albert Peña are also listed. The flier advertises the formation of the Viva! Kennedy clubs and the need for Spanish-speaking citizens to vote in the upcoming election.
Date: 196u
Creator: Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Deposition by Ray Hardy, American Express vs LULAC - 1977-06-22]

Description: Deposition by Ray Hardy in the case American Express vs LULAC, dated June 22, 1977. In the document, it is stated that the case is still pending in the District Court of Harris County, 157th Judicial District. The document also contains copy of a receipt to John J. Herrera in the amount of $2.00.
Date: June 22, 1977
Creator: Hardy, Ray
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Invitation to Democratic Party victory celebration - October 31, 1964]

Description: Invitation sent out to Area Heads and Campaign Committee Volunteers to celebrate the Democratic Party's victory on the following Tuesday. The letter is typed on Harris County Campaign Headquarters letterhead for the Humphrey-Johnson campaign.
Date: October 31, 1964
Creator: Blanton, William N., Jr.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Harris County Democratic campaign invitation to John J. Herrera - October 26, 1964]

Description: Letter inviting John J. Herrera to hear George Weaver, Assistant Secretary of Labor for International Affairs, speak at the Music Hall of the City of Houston. The letter is typed on Harris County Democratic Campaign Headquarters letterhead.
Date: October 26, 1964
Creator: Kilgarlin, Bill & Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Trading Card: Wood Stork]

Description: Trading card issued as part of the Geocache Challenge program for the San Jacinto State Historic Site, depicting several wood storks standing in a river or stream. The back of the card includes information about behavior, life span, and other facts about the species.
Date: 2011
Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department