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The Earps Invade Southern California: Bootlegging Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and the Old Soldiers’ Home

Description: Most readers of the Wild West know Wyatt Earp, Virgil Earp, and Morgan Earp for the famous shootout on the streets of Tombstone, Arizona. But few know the later years of the close-knit Earp family, which revolved around patriarch Nicholas Earp, and their last push at a major monetary coup in Los Angeles. By 1900 a newly established Old Soldiers’ Home was in place at Sawtelle (between Santa Monica and Los Angeles), with thousands of veterans earning monthly pensions, but in an environment where alcohol was prohibited. Enter the Earps and their “blind pig” (illicit alcohol sales) scheme. Two of the Earps, Nicholas and son Newton, were enrolled in the Soldiers’ Home, and Newton’s far more famous half-brothers Wyatt and Virgil showed up from time to time, but the star of the operation was older brother James. Booze would flow, the pension money would be “dispersed about,” and jails were sometimes filled, as the Earps and several other men on the make competed for the veterans’ money. We are also reintroduced to Old West figures such as “Gunfighter Surgeon” Dr. George Goodfellow, “Silver Tongued Orator” Thomas Fitch, millionaire George Hearst, detective J.V. Brighton, Lucky Baldwin, and many other well-known westerners who touched the lives of the Earps.
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Date: July 15, 2020
Creator: Chaput, Donald & De Haas, David D., 1956-
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Tall Walls and High Fences: Officers and Offenders, the Texas Prison Story

Description: Texas has one of the world’s largest prison systems, in operation for more than 170 years and currently employing more than 28,000 people. Hundreds of thousands of people have been involved in the prison business in Texas: inmates, correctional officers, public officials, private industry representatives, and volunteers have all entered the secure facilities and experienced a different world. Previous books on Texas prisons have focused either on records and data of the prisons, personal memoirs by both inmates and correctional officers, or accounts of prison breaks. Tall Walls and High Fences is the first comprehensive history of Texas prisons, written by a former law enforcement officer and an officer of the Texas prisons. Bob Alexander and Richard K. Alford chronicle the significant events and transformation of the Texas prison system from its earliest times to the present day, paying special attention to the human side of the story. Incarceration policy evolved from isolation to hard labor to rodeo and educational opportunities, with reform measures becoming an ever-evolving quest. The complex job of the correctional officer has evolved as well—they must ensure custody and control over the inmate population at all times, in order to provide a proper environment conducive to safety and positive change. Alexander and Alford focus especially on the men and women who work with diligence and dedication at their jobs “inside the walls,” risking their lives and—in too many instances—giving their lives in a peculiar line of duty most would find unpalatable. Within these pages are stories of prison breaks, bloodhounds chasing escapees, and gunfights. Inside the walls are deadly confrontations, human trafficking, rape, clandestine consensual trysts, and tricks turned against correctional officers. Famous people and episodes in Texas prison history receive their due, from Texas Rangers apprehending and placing outlaws in prison to the famed gunfighter ...
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Date: October 15, 2020
Creator: Alexander, Bob & Alford, Richard K.
Partner: UNT Press

Living in the Shadow of a Hell Ship: The Survival Story of U.S. Marine George Burlage, a WWII Prisoner-of-War of the Japanese

Description: U.S. Marine George Burlage was part of the largest surrender in American history at Bataan and Corregidor in the spring of 1942, where the Japanese captured more than 85,000 troops. More than forty percent would not survive World War II. His prisoner-of-war ordeal began at Cabanatuan near Manila, where the death rate in the early months of World War II was fifty men a day. Sensing that Cabanatuan was a death trap, he managed to get transferred to the isolated island of Palawan to help build an airfield for his captors. Malaria and other tropical diseases caused him to be sent to Manila for treatment in 1943 (a year later, 139 of his fellow POWs were massacred on Palawan). After another year of building airfields, Burlage survived a 38-day voyage in the hull of a Japanese hell ship and ended the war as a miner for Mitsubishi in northern Japan. By sheer luck, strength, and a bit of sabotage, he survived and was freed in September 1945 after the Japanese surrendered. He had endured starvation and torture and lost half of his prewar weight, but no one had killed him. After the war Burlage became a journalist and wrote about his POW experiences. His daughter Georgianne discovered his writings after George passed away in 2008, and edited them with additional historical material to provide context for his World War II experiences in the Pacific.
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Date: September 15, 2020
Creator: Burlage, Georgianne
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Firearms of the Texas Rangers: From the Frontier Era to the Modern Age

Description: From their founding in the 1820s up to the modern age, the Texas Rangers have shown the ability to adapt and survive. Part of that survival depended on their use of firearms. The evolving technology of these weapons often determined the effectiveness of these early day Rangers. John Coffee “Jack” Hays and Samuel Walker would leave their mark on the Rangers by incorporating new technology which allowed them to alter tactics when confronting their adversaries. The Frontier Battalion was created at about the same time as the Colt Peacemaker and the Winchester 73—these were the guns that “won the West.” Firearms of the Texas Rangers, with more than 180 photographs, tells the history of the Texas Rangers primarily through the use of their firearms. Author Doug Dukes narrates famous episodes in Ranger history, including Jack Hays and the Paterson, the Walker Colt, the McCulloch Colt Revolver (smuggled through the Union blockade during the Civil War), and the Frontier Battalion and their use of the Colt Peacemaker and Winchester and Sharps carbines. Readers will delight in learning of Frank Hamer’s marksmanship with his Colt Single Action Army and his Remington, along with Captain J.W. McCormick and his two .45 Colt pistols, complete with photos. Whether it was a Ranger in 1844 with his Paterson on patrol for Indians north of San Antonio, or a Ranger in 2016 with his LaRue 7.62 rifle working the Rio Grande looking for smugglers and terrorists, the technology may have changed, but the gritty job of the Rangers has not.
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Date: August 15, 2020
Creator: Dukes, Doug
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Scouting with the Buffalo Soldiers: Lieutenant Powhatan Clarke, Frederic Remington, and the Tenth U.S. Cavalry in the Southwest

Description: On a hot summer’s day in Montana, a daring frontier cavalry officer, Powhatan Henry Clarke, died at the height of his promising career. A member of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 1884, Clarke graduated dead last, and while short on academic application, he was long on charm and bravado. Clarke obtained a commission with the black troops of the Tenth Cavalry, earning his spurs with these “Buffalo Soldiers.” He evolved into a fearless field commander at the troop level, gaining glory and first-hand knowledge of what it took to campaign in the West. During his brief, action-packed career, Clarke saved a black trooper’s life while under Apache fire and was awarded the Medal of Honor. A chance meeting brought Clarke together with artist Frederic Remington, who brought national attention to Clarke when he illustrated the exploit for an 1886 Harper’s Weekly. The officer and artist became friends, and Clarke served as a model and consultant for future artwork by Remington. Remington’s many depictions of Clarke added greatly to the cavalryman’s luster. In turn, the artist gained fame and fortune in part from drawing on Clarke as his muse. The story of these two unlikely comrades tells much about the final stages of the Wild West and the United States’ emergence on the international scene. Along the way Geronimo, The Apache Kid, “Texas” John Slaughter, and others played their roles in Clarke’s brief, but compelling drama.
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Date: October 15, 2020
Creator: Langellier, John P. (John Phillip)
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A Biscuit for Your Shoe: A Memoir of County Line, a Texas Freedom Colony

Description: In TFS Extra Book #28, Beatrice Upshaw shares her memories of growing up in County Line. A Biscuit for Your Shoe captures the lore of a community which began as a freedom colony west of Nacogdoches in East Texas. The book is a memoir, but it shares more than merely family memories of significant events. It tells of beliefs, home remedies, folk games, and customs, as well as the importance of religion and education to a community of like-minded people. The narrative is a rich source of colloquial language and proverbial sayings that help define a group of people and their strong sense of place. Richard Orton was first introduced to County Line by F. E. “Ab” Abernethy, the Secretary-Editor of the TFS for nearly four decades. Richard eventually did a photographic book on the people of the community, The Upshaws of County Line: An American Family, but he believed that Beatrice’s memoir should be developed into a separate work that could be shared with an audience larger than just family and friends. Richard’s introduction explains the value of the stories Beatrice Upshaw presents in A Biscuit for Your Shoe; they are personal, but the overall narrative speaks collectively about the perseverance and innovation of many people who found a way to not only survive, but to thrive in East Texas.
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Date: November 15, 2020
Creator: Upshaw, Beatrice, 1958-
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Some People Let You Down

Description: The nine stories in Mike Alberti’s debut collection shine a sharp light on small-town American life —not the Arcadian small towns of yesteryear, but the old mill towns hanging on after the mill has stopped running, the deserted agricultural communities in the middle of vast industrial farms, places where bad luck has become part of the weather. But even in these blighted, neglected landscapes, the possibility of renewal always presents itself: there is hope for these places and the characters who inhabit them. In these fresh, innovative stories, some people let you down, but some people don’t.
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Date: November 15, 2020
Creator: Alberti, Mike, 1987-
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The Geochemical Atlas of Alaska

Description: The Geochemical Atlas of Alaska presents regional geochemical data as computer-generated images having concentration values of the elements displayed as colors and color intensities.
Date: October 1983
Creator: Los Alamos National Laboratory. Earth and Space Sciences Division. Geochemistry Group.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Amy Newsom scrapbook]

Description: Loose pages of a scrapbook that belonged to Amy Newsom, a student of North Texas State Normal College in the 1910s. Many of the photographs depict Newsom and other female students who resided in the Gallagher House, a boarding house in Denton, Texas. These photos show the students studying, posing in front of the house, exercising, and participating in other social activities around campus and Denton. "Ma and Pa" Gallagher, presumably the owners of the house, are also pictured as is William Bruce, the university president at the time. Individual photographs of Newsom's "friends and classmates" are featured and labeled either with first and last names or the individual's relationship to Amy. These individual photographs include photos of Amy Newsom and of her younger brother, Clyde Newsom. In addition to photos from Newsom's time in college, the scrapbook also contains photographs and postcards from a trip to Palacios, Texas, as well as "miscellaneous" photos of a house in Celina, Texas, and of a creek.
Date: 1915~
Creator: Newsom, Amy Eliza, 1892-1973
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[1992 Black Living Legends]

Description: The 1992 booklet about the Dallas Black Living Legends exhibition. The booklet details the exhibition event and features the Living Legends being recognized.
Date: 1991/1992
Creator: Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[1996 Black Living Legends]

Description: The 1996 booklet about the Dallas Black Living Legends exhibition. The booklet details the exhibition event and features the Living Legends being recognized.
Date: 1995/1996
Creator: Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Descriptive Metadata for Web Archiving: Literature Review of User Needs.

Description: The OCLC Research Library Partnership Web Archiving Metadata Working Group was formed to recommend descriptive metadata best practices for archived web content that would meet end-user needs, enhance discovery and improve metadata consistency. This report is a literature review of user needs related to descriptive metadata for web archiving.
Date: February 2018
Creator: Venlet, Jessica; Farrell, Karen Stoll; Kim, Tammy; Jai O’Dell, Allison & Dooley, Jackie
Partner: UNT Libraries

Using Web Archives in Research: An Introduction

Description: The purpose of this book is to gather and make available knowledge about the use of web archives for research. It is written in a Danish context and adapted to the needs of Danish researchers but can also be useful for other researchers. The book serves as the course material for NetLab’s workshops. The structure of the book is therefore inspired by the modules of the NetLab workshops, but it can easily be read independently of the workshops. The book will be continuously updated with relevant new research in web archiving, for which reason it will be made available in several different versions in the longer term.
Date: 2016
Creator: Nielsen, Janne
Partner: UNT Libraries

2019 Web Almanac: HTTP Archive's Annual State of the Web Report

Description: The Web Almanac is an annual state of the web report combining the expertise of the web community with the data and trends of the HTTP Archive. The Web Almanac is a project organized by HTTP Archive. HTTP Archive was started in 2010 by Steve Souders with the mission to track how the web is built. It evaluates the composition of millions of web pages on a monthly basis and makes its terabytes of metadata available for analysis on BigQuery48.
Date: 2019
Creator: Pollard, Barry
Partner: UNT Libraries

Transitioning to the Next Generation of Metadata

Description: This report synthesizes six years (2015-2020) of OCLC Research Library Partners Metadata Managers Focus Group discussions to trace how metadata services are transitioning into the “next generation of metadata” and the impact on future metadata services and staffing requirements.
Date: September 2020
Creator: Smith-Yoshimura, Karen
Partner: UNT Libraries

SPARC Landscape Analysis: The Changing Academic Publishing Industry – Implications for Academic Institutions

Description: This report was commissioned in response to the growing trend of commercial acquisition of critical infrastructure in our institutions. It is intended to provide a comprehensive look at the current players in this arena, their strategies and potential actions, and the implications of these on the operations of our libraries and home institutions. It also outlines suggestions for an initial set of strategic responses for the community to evaluate in order to ensure it controls both this infrastructure and the data generated by/resident on it. This document is designed to provide higher education leaders with an analysis of the leading commercial players’ strategies in this domain, the implications of those strategies, and a preliminary set of possible broad-stroke strategies that higher education institutions might consider taking to secure outcomes consistent with their own values and goals.
Date: March 28, 2019
Creator: Aspesi, Claudio; Allen, Nicole; Crow, Raym; Daugherty, Shawn; Joseph, Heather; McArthur, Joseph et al.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Net.Lang : Towards the Multilingual Cyberspace

Description: This publication is an educational, political and practical guide to policy and practice to understand key issues of multilingualism in cyberspace. Multilingualism is the new frontier of the digital network. This book presents the issues, and provides suggestions for a cyber-presence This publication, supported by UNESCO, will contribute to interdisciplinary dialogue among various stakeholders, open up new horizons for better understanding the importance of linguistic diversity, raise awareness about new developments linked to the Internet, and most importantly, convey the message that multilingualism contributes to wealth creation, social transformation and human development.
Date: 2012
Creator: Vannini, Laurent & Le Crosnier, Hervé
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Oswald's Confession]

Description: Graphic novel titled, "Oswald's Confession" written by Jim Marrs and serves as a companion publication to his book "Crossfire." The graphic novel covers the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the accused killer, Lee Harvey Oswald.
Date: 2012
Creator: Marrs, Jim
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Scrapbook of John Briggs travels in Europe]

Description: Scrapbook documenting the travels of John Logan Briggs Jr. between 1969 and 1970, including color photographs, tickets, opera programs, menus, business cards, stamps, notes, membership cards, wine labels, receipts, postcards, coasters, clippings, coins, stickers, and other records of travel throughout Europe. John Logan Briggs Jr. is the creator of "The Experience," a self-discovery workshop for the LGBT community.
Date: [1969..1970]
Creator: Briggs, John Logan, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Scrapbook of John Briggs personal life, business and travel, 1945-1961]

Description: Scrapbook documenting the life of John Logan Briggs Jr. between 1945 and 1961, including photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, business cards, tickets, and various other documents. John Logan Briggs Jr. is the creator of "The Experience," a self-discovery workshop for the LGBT community.
Date: [1945..1961]
Creator: Briggs, John Logan, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[The New World, 1992]

Description: Scrapbook documenting the life of John Logan Briggs Jr. and his friends, including photographs, menus, business cards, clippings, and tickets. The scrapbook also contains photographs of his travels, social gatherings and "The Experience."John Logan Briggs Jr. is the creator of "The Experience," a self-discovery workshop for the LGBT community.
Date: 1992
Creator: Briggs, John Logan, Jr.
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[Scrapbook of John Briggs travels to Portugal, Poland and France]

Description: Scrapbook documenting the travels of John Logan Briggs Jr. between 1988 and 1989, including color photographs, tickets, menus, business cards, stamps, receipts, clippings, coins, stickers, and other records of travel throughout Europe. John Logan Briggs Jr. is the creator of "The Experience," a self-discovery workshop for the LGBT community.
Date: 1988/1989
Creator: Briggs, John Logan, Jr.
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[Scrapbook for The Experience, 1984-1987]

Description: Scrapbook containing color photographs, name tags, stickers, invitations, menus, articles, and tickets in relation to "The Experience", John Briggs life, and his trip to California between 1984 and 1987. John Logan Briggs Jr. is the creator of "The Experience," a self-discovery workshop for the LGBT community. The scrapbook also documents social gatherings Briggs held at his household.
Date: [1984..1987]
Creator: Briggs, John Logan, Jr.
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Scrapbook of John Briggs personal life and travel, 1987-1991]

Description: Scrapbook documenting the personal life and travels of John Logan Briggs Jr. between 1987 and 1991, including color photographs, tickets, menus, business cards, receipts, clippings, stickers, and other records of travel. John Logan Briggs Jr. is the creator of "The Experience," a self-discovery workshop for the LGBT community. This scrapbook also documents his time spent with friends and family.
Date: [1987..1991]
Creator: Briggs, John Logan, Jr.
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections