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One of the largest special collections in the nation among schools of Southwestern’s size, the Edward A. Clark Collection was a gift of more than 2,400 volumes donated in 1965 from the private collection of Ambassador Edward A. Clark. It is rich in printed materials for the period of the Republic of Texas, the annexation of Texas by the United States, and Reconstruction. Also included in this collection are a number...
This collection contains materials from John Goodwin Tower, a Southwestern alumnus, represented Texas in the United States Senate from 1961 through 1984. Before his retirement, he named Southwestern University as the official repository for his papers. The approximately 800 linear feet of materials primarily reflect his Senate activities and include documents, legislative files, correspondence, speeches, campaign...
This collection contains roughly 70 interviews of Baytown residents which reflect the history of Baytown. This collection was created between 1968 to the early 1980s. The Baytown Oral History Collection includes stories on the following Texas topics: History of the Humble Oil & Refinery Co., Hurricane Carla, the Great Depression, a Baytown Lynching, History of (Middletown) Pelly, History of Baytown’s...
This collection consists of approximately 100 interviews of Baytown veterans who served in wars and during peacetime. These stories highlight experiences from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Operation Desert Storm.
This is a collection of oral histories from Baytown College consisting of 20 oral histories of World War II veterans which was done as part of a fiftieth anniversary of World War II by Barbara Cooper and her History students in the mid-1990s
KXAS was the first television station in Texas and the Southwest when it signed on as WBAP-TV on September 27, 1948. It is an NBC owned station in Fort Worth which serves the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Presented by the UNT Archives, this collection features photographs, video, and scripts from news stories produced by the station during its early years.
The Portal to Texas History and their companion site Resources 4 Educators offer My Texas History Notebook lessons, designed to engage students through activities and group-oriented projects. The activities include creating maps, conducting debates, and role playing. Some of the lessons bridge contemporary issues with historical events, such as the lessons Branches of State Government and Immigration to Texas.
Comparing the American and Texas Revolutions enables the students to understand the similarities and differences of these two historic conflicts.
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.
During the Great Depression Connie Ford McCann served as a company clerk for two six-month tours in the Civilian Conservation Corps. This collection, presented by the UNT Archives, features his diary, documents, and photographs from his year with the CCC.
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...
The Boys Scouts of America asked the UNT Digital Libraries Division to digitize a full run of Scouting Magazine to celebrate the magazine’s centennial anniversary. Reading through 100 years of issues provides an interesting reflection of social and political changes in the country. The magazine helped promote rationing and victory gardens during both World Wars and encouraged assisting the poor during the Depression...
Primary and secondary teachers will especially appreciate the Texas Folklife Festival collection belonging to the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute of Texan Cultures. More than 4,000 photographs capture traditional customs, foodways, and folk dancing of a range of ethnic groups in Texas that include the Czech-Moravians, Lebanese, Koreans, Poles, Germans, Scandinavians, Mexican Americans, Irish, and...
With the generous support of the Amon Carter Foundation, the UNT Libraries completed their latest, large-scale digitization project titled Texas Cultures Online, which features more than 16,000 historical items that showcase Texas’ diverse cultural heritage. Seventeen institutions, consisting of large and small public libraries, universities, private family collections, museums, and historical societies participated...
The story of the Santa Rita No. 1 is a lesson on dreams coming true because of tenacity and not giving up. The Permian Basin discovery marked the beginning of the West Texas oil boom. Because the well was on univerisity land, both UT and A and M have financially benefitted from royalties sine 1923. Cynthia Jordan visits children throughout the state of Texas, telling the Santa Rita story with music and song. For you...
For the Annotated Map of the Civil War students will work together in groups to complete an annotated map showing Texas's role in the Civil War, while investigating the roles of Texas soldiers, women, unionist, government, the economy, and the Blockade of the South.  Students will discuss battles in Galveston, Sabine Pass, Palmito Ranch, and Brownsville.  For a processing activity students will write a...
Students will examine William B. Travis letter of 24 February 1836 along with several nineteenth century documents detailing the siege of the Alamo. These sources represent how Texans and Americans perceived the events at the Alamo. This PSA allows learners to examine the siege of the Alamo using period documents and early histories from the late 1800s.
The Witte Museums Carpa Cubana Collection consists of photographs of circus performers based in San Antonio. Active in the early twentieth century, the combined traditional circus acts such as acrobats and clowns with theatrical performances, such as singing, dancing, and comedy routines.
The official publication of the Teachers State Association of Texas that supported the work of the African American teachers of Texas. The motto for the publication was The Best in Education for Every Negro Child-The Best in Working Conditions for Every Negro Teacher and each of its issues chronicles the work of the Association to achieve its goals and bring quality education to the African American children of...
Federalism and the State's Response to Disaster requires students to demonstrate an understanding of federalism by focusing on real-word issues and current events. Students will analyze pressing issues to determine which governmental entity is responsible.
The Civil War was a key turning point in both American and Texas History. Texans suffered shortages of food and other goods due to the blockade. At no other time have emotions run so high or so much been at stake for ordinary Texans. Students will will analyze songs, photographs, and newspapers from the Civil War to identify examples of social, political or economic events and their impact on life in Texas.
Livestock including cattle was first introduced to Texas when Spaniards were colonizing Texas. After the westward expansion American cowboys modeled their own type of branding. Students in this lesson will analyze pictures and answer questions using the slide show to find out more about the cattle branding and its history. Using a Venn diagram they will record the similarities and differences between American and...
Immigration to Texas: Then and Now requires students to demonstrate an understanding of immigrant groups, demographics, and settlement patterns. Students' through interactive video, powerpoint slideshow and online newspaper links will learn about Immigration to Texas. They will create a Flipbook to showcase their findings and present to the class.To conclude they will take a look at Current Issues for...
The Civil War was the result of differences between the North and South. Among the main issues were expansion of slavery into the territories, the South's declining political power, states rights, and the retention of slavery.In this lesson students will research the key events that lead to the Civil War. They will use the power point slides and embedded newspaper links to access the online newspapers to learn...
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