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Antebellum Jefferson, Texas: Everyday Life in an East Texas Town

Description: Founded in 1845 as a steamboat port at the entryway to western markets from the Red River, Jefferson was a thriving center of trade until the steamboat traffic dried up in the 1870s. During its heyday, the town monopolized the shipping of cotton from all points west for 150 miles. Jefferson was the unofficial capital of East Texas, but it was also typical of boom towns in general. For this topical examination of a frontier town, Bagur draws from many government documents, but also from newspaper ads and plats. These sources provide intimate details of the lives of the early citizens of Jefferson, Texas. Their story is of interest to both local and state historians as well as to the many readers interested in capturing the flavor of life in old-time East Texas. “Astoundingly complete and a model for local history research, with appeal far beyond readers who have specific interests in Jefferson.”—Fred Tarpley, author of Jefferson: Riverport to the Southwest
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Date: March 15, 2012
Creator: Bagur, Jacques D.
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Oral History Interview with O. H. Harris, November 5, 1969

Description: Interview with Republican Senator O. H. (Ike) Harris, an attorney from Dallas, Texas. In the interview, Senator Harris describes his personal experiences and views as a member of the Sixty-first legislature. He also discloses some biographical information as well as his decision to enter politics. Senator Harris discusses his personal political philosophies on issues including one versus two-year budgets, revenue legislation, welfare legislation, and state minimum wage laws. He also comments on fellow politicians Governor Preston Smith and Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes.
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Date: November 5, 1969
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Harris, O. H.
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The Healer of Los Olmos and Other Mexican Lore

Description: This volume of the Publications of the Texas Folklore Society contains Texas and Mexican folklore, including folktales, Mexican folk remedies, and stories about Don Pedrito Jaramillo, who was the Curandero of Los Olmos. The index begins on page 137.
Date: 1951
Creator: Texas Folklore Society
Partner: UNT Press

[Guys that named the Eagle Scrappy]

Description: Photograph of three guys posing for a photo wearing long coats outside on a farm at night. The middle guy is holding a small flag with the name scrappy written on it. Behind them a bird cage is visible and further back a ranch fence made out of wire and wood can be seen.
Date: unknown
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Old Time Dancing]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph is from the 1940s and is shot in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Students of "pappy" Hiram Frakes School learn old time dances.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Old Time Dancing]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph is from the 1940s and is shot in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Students of "pappy" Hiram Frakes School learn old time dances.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Old Time Dancing]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph is from 1940s and is shot in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Students of "Pappy" Hiram Frakes School learn old time dances. This photo appeared in National Geographic Magazine.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Old Time Dancing]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark: Photograph is from the 1940s and is shot in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Students of "pappy" Hiram Frakes School learn old time dances.
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Grinding Cane]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark in the summer of 2014 Sorghum cane is fed into a mule drawn press where the juice is extracted and collected. Overall Background: These Molasses Making Stir-off photos were shot by Joe Clark HBSS in the early to mid-1940s. Either on the farm of Fred Whitaker about four miles southwest of Cumberland Gap, or in Cumberland Gap on the farm of Baptist preacher the Rev. Hugh Vancel. More information about these images can be found in scrapbooks in the Clark Family Collection at the University of North Texas Special Collections Library. Specifically in a Detroit news pictorial article published December 13, 1942 titles "stir-off party" where mountaineers make molasses and merriment. Also in life magazine published November 13, 1950 [page 156] titled “Stir-off Time in Tennessee, Fun Starts in Hills as Molasses Boils.’ Also in the library is the NBC Today Show story on Joe Clark HBSS by Bob Dotson. It features Joe Clark returning to Cumberland Gap Tennessee to photograph a molasses stir off taking place in the same location as some of these photographs and attended by some of the same people in the early 1980s. Let me briefly set the scene of the time and era that these photos were made. World War II was raging. Television did not exist. Radio reception sporadic in this mountain country. School was held only three months a year mostly during the winter months. Most news of the changes in the outside world was learned, they say, “By looking at pictures in the Sears catalogs.” They farmed steep and rolling hillsides of very poor land. In most of America, to help in the war effort, the rationing of food and other essentials was prevalent. Very few of these Tennessee mountaineers and hill folk had homes with electricity. ...
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Oral History Interview with George E. Fortenberry, September 24, 2003

Description: Interview with George E. Fortenberry, who is an Army veteran and college professor from Arlington, Texas. In the interview, Fortenberry discusses his experiences in the Southwest Pacific Theatre during his time as a member of the 112th Cavalry of the Texas National Guard during World War II. He also describes what it was like growing up during the Great Depression and attending various different schools in both Texas and Oklahoma. Fortenberry discusses why he decided to join the National Guard, and also his experiences in early basic cavalry training. During much of the interview, Fortenberry reminisces about many of his various assignments and duties while serving in the war. Among these discussed include his assignment as a clerk to the veterinary section, time in Fort Bliss and Fort Clark, his shipment overseas to Noumea in New Caledonia, his transfer to the Medical Detachment as a clerk, and his time in New Britain, New Guinea and the Philippines. Fortenberry also recollects about everyday life in the Southwest Pacific, and includes details on tropical diseases and combat-related psychological problems that many of his comrades suffered through.
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Date: September 24, 2003
Creator: Johnston, Glenn T. & Fortenberry, George E.
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Oral History Interview with Larry Canfield, February 22, 1992

Description: Interview with Larry Canfield, a veteran army nurse from Pennsylvania. This interview contains his experiences as an army nurse in Vietnam. It includes his assignment to the 93rd Evacuation Hospital, 935th Medical Detachment, Long Binh. Living conditions, morale problems, recreation, medical treatment of enemy POWs, and racial problems are discussed.
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Date: February 22, 1992
Creator: Houser, Cindy & Canfield, Larry
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Oral History Interview with C. G. Hausser, March 8, 1992

Description: Interview with C. G. Hausser, an army veteran and nurse. This interview includes his experiences as a nurse in Vietnam, 1970-71. He recounts: assignment to 12th Evacuation Hospital, Cu Chi; camp routine; treatment of battle wounds; morale; Viet Cong prisoners; communication with family; transfer to Quang Tri; and stateside adjustments.
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Date: March 8, 1992
Creator: Houser, Cindy & Hausser, C. G.
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Oral History Interview with John M. Evans, Jr., March 7, 1992

Description: Interview with John M. Evans, Jr., an army veteran and nurse from Berwick, Pennsylvania. Herein he recounts his experiences as a nurse in Vietnam, 1969-70. Included: his assignment to a convalescent center, Cam Ranh Bay; attack by enemy sapper team, August, 1969; morale and drug problems; living conditions; recreation; and readjustment to stateside life.
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Date: March 7, 1992
Creator: Houser, Cindy & Evans, John M., Jr.
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Oral History Interview with Dick Hooper, May 25, 1992

Description: Interview with Dick Hooper, veteran army nurse from Mount Zion, Illinois. The interview recounts his experiences as a nurse and anesthetist in Vietnam, 1969-70. His civilian and military educations are covered, as well as his experiences with the 18th Surgical Hospital at Camp Evans, Quang Tri City, battle casualties, social life, and relations with the Vietnamese. Also included are his personal thoughts about U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
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Date: May 25, 1992
Creator: Houser, Cindy & Hooper, W. Richard (Dick)
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Dallas Gay News, Issue 85, Friday, April 20, 1984

Description: Weekly newspaper containing news, events, and advertisements of interest to the gay community of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. This issue features a photograph of Phil Johnson on the cover, advertising the Gay Archives at the Community Center on Cedar Springs in Dallas.
Date: April 20, 1984
Creator: The Oak Lawn Voice
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Oral History Interview with Alessandro Buccilli, April 6, 2011

Description: Interview with Italian immigrant Alessandro Buccilli, Director of Marketing and Sales Administration for Peterbilt Motors Company, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. Buccilli discusses his family background in Rome, Italy, his education, employment in the U.S., the shifts in perceptions about Italy and the U.S., social responsibility, learning English, his perspectives on the importance of language and culture, raising American children, and his legacy. The interview also includes Buccilli's comparisons of opportunities, bureaucracy, culture, and national immigration debates in Italy and the U.S.
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Date: April 6, 2011
Creator: Alexander, Matthew & Buccilli, Alessandro
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Questions & Answers About Homosexuality

Description: Brochure published by the Dallas Gay Political Caucus to inform the public about common issues and questions concerning homosexuals and homosexuality, such as the causes and motivations of homosexuals.
Date: [1976..1980]
Creator: Dallas Gay Political Caucus
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Oral History Interview with Ada Fabiana Duque, October 20, 2012

Description: Interview with Ada Fabiana Duque, Colombian-born immigrant to Rockwall, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Duque's family background and the risks that accompanied being financially successful in Colombia during the Colombian civil war, the guerrilla violence in Colombia in the 1980s and 1990s, her experience as an exchange student to Illinois in 1992, her expectations about the U.S., education and employment in food engineering, the process of acquiring citizenship through political asylum, and her opinions about U.S. immigration policy and cultural assimilation, as well as reflections on American identity.
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Date: October 20, 2012
Creator: Bundschuh, Molly & Duque, Ada Fabiana
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Oral History Interview with Rula Walid Bibi, April 24, 2011

Description: Interview with Rula Walid Bibi, Palestinian-born immigrant to Plano, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Bibi's personal experience with discrimination of Palestinians in the Middle East, childhood in Kuwait City, education at the University of Kuwait and Midwestern State University, family experiences during the First Gulf War and circumstances surrounding her immigration to Texas in 1990, thoughts on religion, experiences as a single mother as well as experiences of living in Wichita Falls, Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and Plano. Bibi talks about her first impressions of the U.S., her career in medical technologies, her marriage to an American man and his conversion to Islam, her involvement with political organizations, and thoughts on American education and foreign policy.
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Date: April 24, 2011
Creator: Abigail, R. Matthew & Bibi, Rula Walid
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Oral History Interview with Jonathan Forbes, December 1, 2009

Description: Interview with Jonathan Forbes, Canadian-born immigrant to Plano, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Forbes' personal experiences of childhood and education in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and dealing with the U.S. immigration and customs bureaucracy. Forbes also talks about his parent's decision to immigrate to the U.S., the similarities and differences of life in Canada and the U.S., his perception of changes due to 9/11 attacks, his intention to remain in the U.S. and gain citizenship, and views on contemporary political issues.
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Date: December 1, 2009
Creator: Truxal, Luke & Forbes, Jonathan
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Oral History Interview with Nicole Deluna, March 17, 2013

Description: Interview with Nicole Deluna, third generation of Bermejo women, for the Mexican American Women's Educational Experience Oral History Project. The interview includes Deluna's personal experiences of schooling in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as the meaning of high school graduation, reasons for not attending college, a discussion of cultural expectations of Mexican American women, her daughter's educational plans, and the benefit of an education in the workplace. The interview includes an appendix with the Bermejo family tree.
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Date: March 17, 2013
Creator: Bravo, Francis & Deluna, Nicole
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