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This collection represents three titles: the Stephenville Empire and Stephenville Tribune, which were competing publications, and a third title created upon merger of the two in 1929. Editorials in these newspapers offer information of special interest, as they provide an important means for gauging local opinions on historical events. Availability of this newspaper collection on The Portal to Texas History means...
This collection hosts the newspaper history of Stephenville, including the Stephenville Empire, the Stephenville Tribune, the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, and the weekly student newspaper from Tarleton State University, the J-TAC. This collection is a part of the Portal to Texas History.
Texans Take to the Trenches: WWI The Lone Star State and the Great War is an online exhibit from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to mark the 100th anniversary of the "Great War." More than 198,000 Texans joined the United States military, and even more contributed to the war effort on the home front. This exhibit featuring primary documents, includes both documents and images. There is a companion...
This is a blog that explores the history of the Great War (WWI) and the lives of American Soldiers through out. It is featured by the US. National Archives in Washington DC. When the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson undertook a massive propaganda campaign to expand support for the war. He declared that, America would help make the world “safe for democracy.” Democracy...
This article provides an overview of the History of Public Education in Texas from the Texas Education Agency.
This is a database for Texas Newspapers that date back to the early 19th century. The Texas Digital Newspaper Program (TDNP) partners with communities, publishers, and institutions to promote standards-based digitization of Texas newspapers and to make them freely accessible via The Portal to Texas History. Through continual outreach visits across Texas combined with advanced technological infrastructure and...
This is a newspaper article on the North Texas Masonic Historical Museum and Library located on the first floor of the Plano Masonic Lodge. It provides a brief history of the building, its beginnings and what it represents for the community and for Texas at Large. The article is also calling for assistance in the restoration and preservation of the historic building that houses the museum.
This is a newspaper article highlighting how the Dayton Historical Society has began research on the history of the rice industry in Liberty County Texas. The Dayton Historical Society took a look Monday night at the rice industry in Liberty County through the eyes of one of the few remaining connections to the grain in the area. Eileen Stoesser told 46 members and guests about the history of rice in America and...
This is a primary document of John Mitchell's oath of office. John Mitchell was one one of the first African American to be elected to the Texas House of Representatives. African Americans in Texas experienced the right to vote for the first time between February 10–14, 1868. After the 11th Texas Legislature met in 1866 and refused to pass the amendments abolishing slavery and granting citizenship to African...
This is a primary document. It is the Oath of Office document of Richard Allen, one of Texas' first African American Legislator. Richard Allen (1830–1909) was born enslaved in Richmond, Virginia, and arrived in Harris County with slave owner J. J. Cain in 1837. As a young man, Allen gained a solid reputation for construction and engineering work, and designed and helped to build the impressive Houston mansion of...
This article highlights Joe Lewis and his accomplishments as one of the few African Americans recruited into the Negro Baseball League in South Texas. The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures will present their project titled "Invisible Diamonds: Stories of Baseball in the African American Communities of Texas." The free presentation will take place at the institute's Back 40 outdoor...
This online source brings focus to the members of the famous early aviation family, the Stinsons, particularly Marjorie and Katherine. Katherine established the Stinson School of Flying in San Antonio in 1913.
Discover the story of the plaza's transformation from the 1850s through the 1980s in historic photos. Journey counterclockwise around the plaza, starting at the Alamo, to learn more about the enterprising men and women who shaped the plaza as a destination. Interspersed between photos of the plaza's historic buildings, you will find windows into social life on the plaza.
The Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records collection documents the development of the Texas oil industry from the turn of the century to 1950. It includes 218 taped interviews of oral reminiscences recalled by pioneers in all phases of oil fields and oil booms--roughnecks, drillers, promoters, financiers, contractors, leasemen and law officers. The project was undertaken by sixteen interviewers who recorded...
This library includes books, serials, documents, photographs, and other archival materials relating to aviation of that period collected by Williams Jr. himself and other donors. George H. Williams Jr. was born on Apr. 7, 1915 in Frost, Texas. He acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Baylor University in 1939. During World War II, he was a Signal Officer with the 94th Signal Battalion, which was attached to...
The Texana Collections contain items relating to Texas history. It is a substantial part of the archive and library of J. Frank Dobie (1888-1964). It includes Manuscripts for the folklorist's books, tales, and articles are here, as is a massive correspondence file. A collection of five hundred paintings, etchings, prints, maps, photographs, drawings, and sculptures collected by Dobie including works by Charles...
American Prisoners of War" includes compelling firsthand narratives from World War II POWs Robert Preston Taylor, Rufus W. Smith, and Roy Maxwell Offerle; World War I POW Pat O'Brien; Vietnam War POW Congressman Sam Johnson; and Andersonville prisoner Prescott Tracy, as well as resources on American prisoners of the Korean War and a selection of POW-related film and radio documentaries. Most of the veterans featured...
This digital collection contains a growing number of photographs depicting Texas railroads. From roughly the 1870s-1940s, railroads were the transportation backbone of Texas and played an indelible role in the financial and cultural growth of the state.
This digital collection contains approximately 3,600 photographs, ca. 1846-1945, including Confederate and Union soldiers and officers in the Civil War and a wide spectrum of Texan citizens, including African American, American Indian, and Caucasian men, women, and children. The photographs provide a unique glimpse into the social and domestic history of Texas, as well as Texas architecture, transportation, ranching...
This collection contains photographs and archival material related primarily to Mexican American families in Houston.
Four generations of photographers – all named Byrd Williams – documented more than 100 years of North Texas history with their work. Now, UNT Libraries has acquired their collection, consisting of over 10,000 prints and 300,000 negatives. The materials include commercial and studio photography, western landscapes, documentary studies, and fine art photography. Family correspondence, artifacts, and a collection of...
The Danish Heritage Preservation Society contributes their collection of over 300 photographs to the Portal. The images date back to the 1800's and portray a variety of events, organizations, people, and places that relate to the Danish culture in Texas.
When Hardin-Simmons University opened in 1892 sixty students enrolled at the small college in the fledgling town of Abilene. At that time it was called Abilene Baptist College as it had been founded by the Sweetwater Baptist Association and a group of cattlemen and pastors who wanted to bring Christian higher education to the west. Renamed Simmons College for the New York preacher whose financial support allowed the...
Journey through the African American culture and heritage in Texas, and discover a long and proud legacy that has undeniably shaped today’s Lone Star State mystique. Through hardships and triumphs, valor and determination, and influence and change, people of African descent have contributed greatly to our state’s development. Explore this website to discover these real stories and real places that define the history...
Brief biography of Thomas M. Bagby. Contains a short history of how the site of his home became the location of the early Houston Public Library.
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