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Speech by Judge Learned Hand "Spirit of Liberty"

Description: Document with the most famous lines from Judge Learned Hand's speech from the "I Am An American Day" event which was held in New York City's Central Park on May 21, 1944. Hand spoke about the spirit of liberty and how it is found in our hearts, not in a physical location or within any documents. He became very well known for this speech and specifically this passage. The text is printed in black ink on cream colored paper. The text is framed by a thin, black decorative border.
Date: 1944/1961
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Closing Lines from the Novel, "Eben Holden"

Description: Document with the closing lines from the book "Eben Holden" by Irving Bacheller, published in 1900. A handwritten note is at the bottom of the document with the words, "To Sam Rayburn, with deep affection--Gene Worley 10/17/49 Washington, D.C." Francis Eugene Worley was a democratic U.S. Representative from Texas who served in the House of Representatives from 1941 to 1950. Sam Rayburn "saw himself" in these closing lines from the book "Eben Holden." The text is black, printed on cream colored paper.
Date: 1941/1950
Creator: Bacheller, Irving
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Poem by Grace Dupree Ridings

Description: Print of a bird on a fence with a poem by Grace Dupree Ridings. The poem, "Have You?", is as follows: "Have you ever / Seen new violets, / Have you heard / A robin sing, / When you can / Keep from thinking / It is Spring... / It is Spring?"
Date: unknown
Creator: Ridings, Grace Dupree
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Gift Card to Sam Rayburn

Description: Printed gift card. The black text is printed on a thick piece of cardstock. The text of the gift card reads: "TO HON. SAM RAYBURN, THE COAST GUARD BILL WAS THE 'BREAK 'O DAY' FOR THE PATROLMENT OF THE U.S. LIFE SAVING SERVICE WITH THEIR GRATEFUL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF YOUR EFFORTS ON THEIR BEHALF"
Date: 1907
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

"In the Matter of Friendship" poem by Harry B. Hawes

Description: Print of a poem by Harry B. Hawes. Poem title: "In the Matter of Friendship." Printed on ivory colored paper in black ink. A facsimile of Hawe's signature is at the lower right of the printed poem. Hawes was a democrat from Missouri who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1921-1926. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1926-1933.
Date: 1869/1947
Creator: Harry B. Hawes
Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum

Dallas City Park Board Annual Report: 1914-1915

Description: Annual report for 1914-1915 compiled by the Park Board regarding the park system in Dallas, Texas. The report includes overarching reviews of the system's status and future plans as well as commentaries on each individual park. Near the end of the report, there are financial statistics showing the amounts spent by the park funds on maintenance for each of the parks as well as sketched maps of selected parks. There are also facts about "Dallas, the City of the Hour."
Date: 1915
Creator: Dallas (Tex.). Park Board.
Partner: Dallas Municipal Archives

What Does "Our City" Need?

Description: Printed speech about city planning that was presented to the Woman's Forum of Wichita Falls, Texas by the secretary of the Kessler Plan Association in Dallas, Texas. The address includes an overview of what city planners need to consider, including growth, parks and recreation, alleys, landscaping around highways, consultants, and funding.
Date: 1930
Creator: Surratt, John E.
Partner: Dallas Municipal Archives

A Zoning Ordinance: For the City of Dallas

Description: Text of a new ordinance for the city of Dallas, Texas outlining the zoning plans for areas of the city as part of the Kessler Plan. It includes a map that notes tentative zones for residential, business, and industry areas throughout the city.
Date: 1930
Creator: Dallas (Tex.). City Plan Commission.
Partner: Dallas Municipal Archives

The Kessler City Plan For Dallas: A Review of the Plan and Progress on its Accomplishment

Description: This pamphlet contains the reprints of twenty-three articles from The Dallas Morning News regarding the Kessler Plan for the city of Dallas, Texas and the progress that had been made over the fifteen years since its inception. The articles in order are: Article 1--Origin of the Plan; Article 2--Early Efforts at Civic Development; Article 3--Kessler Plan for All of the City; Article 4--The Trinity River Levee Plan; Article 5--Belt Line Railway Proposal; Article 6--Pacific Avenue Track Removal; Article 7--Street Widening and Extension; Article 8--The Supplemental Plan of 1920; Article 9--The Central Avenue Boulevard; Article 10--Lamar Street Trafficway; Article 11--St. Paul Street Improvements; Article 12--The Cadiz-Williams Proposal; Article 13--Downtown Street Extensions; Article 14--Oak Cliff Trafficways; Article 15 -- Beauty to Follow Utility; Article 16--Cooperation in Suburban Development; Article 17--Park and Parkway Plans; Article 18--Large vs. Small Parks; Article 19--Playgrounds Considered; Article 20--Inner and Outer Boulevards; Article 21--The Mill Creek Parkway; Article 22--Outer Parkway and White Rock Plans; Article 23--Financing the Plan.
Date: 1925
Creator: Head, Louis P.
Partner: Dallas Municipal Archives

[Letter from the Kessler Plan Association, January 19, 1926]

Description: Letter from John E. Surratt at the Kessler Plan Association to members of the Advertising League regarding ways that the special committee could help to promote the Kessler Plan Association's city plan for Dallas, Texas. The original letter included copies of maps and literature about the Kessler Plan.
Date: January 19, 1926
Creator: Kessler Plan Association
Partner: Dallas Municipal Archives

Two Letters of Interest to Dallas Folks

Description: Two letters to John E. Surratt, secretary of the Kessler Plan Association, printed on the same page. The first is from J. C. Nichols, suggesting that the Association postpone the election for bond issues (rather than holding them during a regular municipal election). The second letter is from F. W. A. Vesper discussing reasons that bond measures did not pass in Kansas City, Missouri.
Date: unknown
Creator: Nichols, J. C.
Partner: Dallas Municipal Archives

[Document Outlining Details of Bond Measures in St. Louis and Kansas City]

Description: Loose document outlining various factors that may have affected the success of bonds passed in St. Louis, Missouri and the bond failure in Kansas City, which was research for similar projects in Dallas, Texas. The documentation includes a breakdown of bond costs and what they would fund; committee and campaign procedures; and voter information and city politics.
Date: 192u
Creator: [Kessler Plan Association]
Partner: Dallas Municipal Archives

Prospects Bright for Kessler Program Cary Report Urges Action: Points Out Unity of Support and Cost of Further Delay

Description: Article describing the changes to the city of Dallas, Texas during 1925 under the supervision of the Kessler Plan Association which designed the city plan. The article includes an over view of the plan, expenses, progress, county assistance, legal issues, and opinions. A sub-section includes a breakdown of some specific projects that happened under the plan.
Date: 1926~
Partner: Dallas Municipal Archives