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An Evaluation of the Esthetic Judgment of Students in Austin College

Description: For the average person many opportunities for esthetic enjoyment of useful objects exist if the relationship between beauty and utility is understood. Furniture and other articles of daily use have acquired new and radical changes of design, based on function, which are altering esthetic concepts. This new approach to design is gradually being accepted by manufacturers and producers. Do purchasers appreciate and accept these structural and functional bases of contemporary design? If they do not, wherein does their deficiency lie, and how may it be corrected? This is the problem that the writer has attempted to investigate through this study.
Date: 1950
Creator: Miller, Helen
Partner: UNT Libraries

Roadside Crosses in Contemporary Memorial Culture

Description: A fifteen-year-old high school cheerleader is killed while driving on a dangerous curve one afternoon. By that night, her classmates have erected a roadside cross decorated with silk flowers, not as a grim warning, but as a loving memorial. In this study of roadside crosses, the first of its kind, Holly Everett presents the history of these unique commemoratives and their relationship to contemporary memorial culture. The meaning of these markers is presented in the words of grieving parents, high school students, public officials, and private individuals whom the author interviewed during her fieldwork in Texas. Everett documents over thirty-five memorial sites with twenty-five photographs representing the wide range of creativity. Examining the complex interplay of politics, culture, and belief, she emphasizes the importance of religious expression in everyday life and analyzes responses to death that this tradition. Roadside crosses are a meeting place for communication, remembrance, and reflection, embodying on-going relationships between the living and the dead. They are a bridge between personal and communal pain–and one of the oldest forms of memorial culture. Scholars in folklore, American studies, cultural geography, cultural/social history, and material culture studies will be especially interested in this study.
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Date: October 15, 2002
Creator: Everett, Holly
Partner: UNT Press

Voting Habits and Political Attitudes of Negroes in Austin, Texas

Description: "This thesis is a study of the Negro voter in Austin, Texas. The writer hopes that the findings of this study will be a valuable addition to our knowledge of the Negro voter in American politics. The thesis certainly does answer pertinent questions about Negro politics in Austin, Texas. What is the attitude of the Austin Negro toward the two major political parties? What are the attitudes of the Negro voter towards Negro political leaders and organizations? What are some of the personal factors which affect who does and who does not vote among Negroes? What is the influence of the poll tax upon the political behavior of the Negro? It is hoped that this study will answer these questions and others concerning Negro political life in Austin."-- leaf 1.
Date: August 1963
Creator: Miles, Charles Murray
Partner: UNT Libraries

[News Script: Tax package]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, relating a news story about Don Kennard discussing the state tax package.
Date: April 29, 1971, 6:00 p.m.
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections


Description: Ensemble of red wool/cashmere blend with alençon lace. A) Dress. Knee-length; 3/4 length sleeves. High, rounded neckline. Princess seams. Neckline and sleeves trimmed with red alençon lace, red braid and enhanced with red silk organza leaves. Center back zipper with hook & eye; 6-1/2" split at center back seam hemline. Lined in red silk. Designer's label at center back neckline: "Coutures by Laura" B) Coat of matching fabric. Knee-length, rounded neckline. Center front opening, wrist-length sleeves. Princess seaming. Faux pockets with flaps at hips. Wide bands of red Alençon and trim matching dress along opening, around forearms and down sides of tail on back of coat. Designer's label at center back neckline: "Coutures by Laura" C) Garment bag for dress and coat in rose douppioni trimmed in jacquard. Wide, ivory satin bow at top of center front zipper. Front monogrammed in red at left shoulder with "cAp" and the inauguration date of "January 20, 2015". Back embroidered in red: "Coutures / by / Laura". Lined in jacquard matching trim.
Date: January 2015
Creator: Gonzalez, Laura T.
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[First day at UT]

Description: Photograph of a large group of students on their first day at the University of Texas in 1902. Byrd Williams Sr. traveled to Austin from Gainesville to photograph his son, Byrd Jr. who is somewhere in the crowd.
Date: 1902
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), Sr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

A Study in Cultural Conflict: the Controversy Surrounding Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ

Description: When the filmed version of The Last Temptation of Christ was released in the United States, it met with significant protests from conservative Christians who felt it was blasphemous. Using the controversy surrounding the film and its reception in Austin, Texas, this is a case study in censorship as a social process and in the cultural conflict it signifies. Certain societal factors must converge to create an art controversy. Through an examination of the film, the groups involved in the protest, and the social and political climate at the time, some of these factors are described. Imbedded in this controversy are the underlying tensions that permeate many modern cultural debates: shifting ideas of the sacred and the profane and definitions of moral authority.
Date: December 1995
Creator: Scheffler, Lisa K. (Lisa Kathryn)
Partner: UNT Libraries

"Tattoo" bra

Description: Black underwire bra. Style #13U342 from the “Tattoo” collection. Racerback style with molded push-up cups and center front closure. Straps are convertible. Back band is of beige power mesh with black floral embroidery. Label: "Simone Pérèle"
Date: 2013
Creator: Pérèle, Simone
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[News Script: Yarborough]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about Ralph Yarborough winning the election for the United States Senate in Texas.
Date: April 3, 1957
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections