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Oral History Interview with Peter Vallecillo on June 30, 2016.

Description: Mr. Vallecillo was raised in the Rio Grande Valley by Mexican immigrant parents. In his youth, he quickly became aware of the discriminatory attitudes towards Mexican-Americans in communities like Harlingen. Mr. Vallecillo worked in the Valley as a school teacher and coach for several years after college. As years went on, he became more directly involved in activism, working with the Texas Rural Legal Aid and eventually joining the GI Forum and most recently, founding the Southwest Institute on Poverty and Civil Rights.
Date: June 30, 2016
Creator: Sinta, Vinicio & Vallecillo, Peter
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Lard-Extracting Machine.

Description: Patent for a machine by which lard, or other substance with a similar consistency, "may be extracted directly from the original shipping vessel, such as a barrel... so that the lard will be expelled though and delivered from a dispensing nozzle" (lines 18-23); including instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 30, 1913
Creator: Paolucci, Henry E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cheese-Cutter

Description: Patent for cheese cutter that features improvements which include guides for the knife, the box and cover, and the means for holding the cheese in place on a rotatable platform.
Date: December 30, 1902
Creator: Niggli, Emil
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Leaf-Turner.

Description: Patent for a leaf turner for turning the pages of a book, which is connected to a treadle operated with the feet to change the pages.
Date: August 30, 1910
Creator: Berliner, Selma Ellis
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Method of Forming Round Bales.

Description: Patent for a method making round cotton bales at cotton gins more efficiently by providing a way of winding the bat of cotton into a ball in between press runs.
Date: July 30, 1907
Creator: Reagan, Edgar
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cover for Kettles and the Like.

Description: Patent for an improved cover for kettles, pots, saucepans, and other culinary vessels. The improved cover prevents hands from being burned by steam from the vessel.
Date: May 30, 1911
Creator: Cepeda, Josefa E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

RAILWAY-SWITCH-LOCKING DEVICE.

Description: Patent for "a switch-locking device comprising a lock contained within the switch-lever of the switch-stand, by the use of which the switch may be more quickly and positively manipulated and finally locked in position" (lines 3-7).
Date: October 30, 1900
Creator: Sulfer, Charles
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lock.

Description: Patent for a new and useful improvement in locks, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: May 30, 1899
Creator: Katzenberger, Oscar
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lawn-Trimmer.

Description: Patent for a new and useful lawn trimmer, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 30, 1900
Creator: Luke, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bit Attachment

Description: Patent for "improved means for stopping runaway horses and to arrange for mounting the same upon a harness-bit so as to be under the control of the driver for convenient and effective operation when required" (lines 8-13).
Date: April 30, 1901
Creator: Riley, Peter
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Air-Lift Pump

Description: Patent for an air lift pump. Illustrations included.
Date: July 30, 1912
Creator: Holmgreen, Julius H. & Underwood, William H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling

Description: Patent for "a car-coupler which will be automatic in its operation in coupling the cars as they come together on the track, and at the same time to provide a positive uncoupling device which may be operated on any part of any of the cars, as well as by an engineer, when it is desired to uncouple the cars or a car from the engine" (lines 14-21).
Date: October 30, 1888
Creator: Carolan, Eugene P. & Lee, Patrick H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Dry Outhouse

Description: Patent for the invention of new and useful improvements in dry outhouses. It includes explications and illustrations.
Date: March 30, 1886
Creator: Carrico, Thomas W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pressing and Drying Garments.

Description: Patent for pressing and drying pantaloons and garments which includes a hollow form made of sheet metal that is closed steam-tight and uses a steam pipe inside to dry the garments.
Date: October 8, 1881
Creator: Wolf, Louis
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Spur.

Description: Patent for a spur that can be attached and removed easily from boot heels, with instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 30, 1880
Creator: Tytler, Alexander D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Condenser.

Description: Patent for a cotton condenser that can receive lint cotton and form it into a continuous bat so that it can be passed from condenser to compress. It provides better quality of lint that is formed into the bat by removing dust and inferior fibers.
Date: May 30, 1911
Creator: Reagan, Edgar U. G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department