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Smith County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Smith 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: 1903
Creator: Hunnicutt, W. H. P.; Hedick, J. D.; Duke, J. K. & Terrell, O.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Map of Smith Co.

Description: Blueline format of survey map of Smith County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, roads, railroads, and blocks of land. No scale information is given.
Date: 1855
Creator: Willke, H.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Railroad-Tie.

Description: Patent for railroad-ties, and "the special object of the invention is to make a railroad cross-tie of metal, built up firmly and secured to the rails without screws, bolts, rivers, cushions or other appurtenances." (Lines 14-17) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 11, 1896
Creator: Noonan, Philip
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Safety-Harness

Description: Patent for a harnesses for horse-carriages designed to enable the instant detachment of the horse. Includes illustrations.
Date: October 1, 1872
Creator: Ellis, Ira
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Trading Card: Beauchamp Springs]

Description: Trading card issued as part of the Geocache Challenge program for Tyler State Park, depicting a stream creating a small waterfall between large, moss-covered rocks into a pool below. The back of the card includes information about the park and the springs.
Date: 2011
Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cultivator.

Description: Patent for a cultivator for cotton farming meant to be strong and durable as well as light and inexpensive to construct; to make it convenient to adjust the shovel beams for different distances between rows; and to support the shovel-beams in an elevated position so that they do not contact the ground and to allow them to be lowered as needed.
Date: August 12, 1902
Creator: Comstock, Andrew J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Apparatus for Filling Bottles.

Description: Patent for an "apparatus for filling bottles with crude petroleum, turpentine, and other liquids; and its object is to provide an improved construction which shall possess superior advantages with respect to efficiency in operation" (lines 14-19).
Date: May 5, 1896
Creator: McKay, Felix Early
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wedge-Buckle.

Description: Patent for improvements in wedge-buckles by using a “combination of a stiff plate having wedge-shaped side jaws, of the strap having an inwardly-curved spring portion terminating in projections and flanges which engage the jaws, and adapted to be straightened outwardly in clamping a belt of band between the plate and strap” to (Lines 18-24, p. 2) Illustration is included.
Date: November 27, 1900
Creator: White, Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Burial Apparatus

Description: Patent for improvements in burial apparatus, relating particularly to linings and coverings for graves, which are designed to do away with all appearance of earth or dirt in the placing of caskets or coffins in the ground.
Date: May 7, 1901
Creator: Spear, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Photograph of Three Boys]

Description: Photograph of three young boys standing at the bottom steps of the porch of a house, with a woman in the background. A handwritten note on the back of the photo identifies the boys as Richard Wesley Prater's grandsons and the house as his house.
Date: unknown
Partner: Denton Public Library

Design for a Badge

Description: Patent for a design for an ornamental badge celebrating the Emancipation of slaves by Abraham Lincoln.
Date: October 6, 1906
Creator: Whitney, Junius P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Buckle.

Description: Patent for a "buckle which may be quickly and readily attached to or detached from the straps and which will permit of the ready and rapid adjustment of the straps and at the same time will positively hold the same in their adjusted positions" (lines 13-18).
Date: September 1, 1903
Creator: Pool, Robert C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ironing-Table

Description: Patent for ironing table with capability of adjustable height and folding features, including illustrations.
Date: April 9, 1901
Creator: Witt, Silas Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Driving Mechanism

Description: Patent for a driving mechanism. The object of the invention is to provide a simple and efficient mechanism for transforming reciprocatory motion into rotary motion. It can be adapted in order to connect to other mechanisms.
Date: January 16, 1906
Creator: Allison, A. J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Whiffletree Attachment

Description: Patent for device which attaches swingle trees to double trees and decreases shocks and jerks experienced by the tree of a vehicle.
Date: August 22, 1911
Creator: Bates, William W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department