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[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, March 8, 1852

Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his mother, Sarah Osterhout, regarding his time in Bellville, Texas since his recent move there. He was undecided about whether or not he would remain in the county or travel around Texas. He wrote about how sparse buildings were where he lived and that the way wealth was measured there was not by amount of land, but by the amount of slaves owned. Many in the area had begun growing their own gardens and he had learned from them that he needed to be careful of poisonous spiders and centipedes. John told his mother that the mail was arriving with irregularity and they were lucky if they got it once a week.
Date: March 8, 1852
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College

Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses

Description: This book serves as a "treatise on insect and animal life" (p. 4) in and around San Antonio, Texas. It discusses the life patterns and behavior of Texas insects, fish, reptiles and other animals, as well as the hunting practices of the time, all in great detail and with accompanying photographs.
Date: 1913
Creator: Menger, R.
Item Type: Book
Partner: University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries

[Trading Card: Texas Brown Tarantula]

Description: Trading card issued as part of the Geocache Challenge program for Fort Leaton State Historic Site, depicting a close-up image of the face of a tarantula. The back of the card contains information about tarantulas.
Date: 2011
Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Department.
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[News Script: Gossamer Fall]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about layers of gossamer that cover the Fort Worth area.
Date: October 30, 1957
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Item Type: Script
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections