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The Eugene C. Barker Texas History Collection was created in 1945 and named in honor of University of Texas professor Eugene Campbell Barker, a pioneer in the field of Texas history. The Barker Collection includes books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, photographs, broadsides, and recorded sound and constitutes the most extensive collection of Texas-related material in existence. Includes: the Bexar Archives, 300,000 pages of Spanish colonial and Mexican Provincial records of Texas, from 1717 to 1836; the Texas Declaration of Independence printed in San Felipe de Austin in 1836; Lt. Col. Jose Enrique de la Pena's eyewitness description of the Texas Revolution, including his controversial account of David Crockett's death at the Alamo; the Governor Dolph and Mrs. Janey Briscoe 1849 daguerreotype of the Alamo.

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Kinescope of Allan Shivers during television appearance attacking Pres. Kennedy
Source:Yarborough (Ralph W.) Papers
Film contains kinescoped footage from a speech by former Governor of Texas Allan Shivers on why Texas Democrats should not vote for the Kennedy-Johnson ticket, emphasizing that Kennedy is not from the same democratic party as the Texas audience's fathers and grandfathers. Shivers mentions Texas Representative Sam Rayburn, Oklahoma Senator Robert Samuel Kerr, Minnesota Senator Hubert Humphrey, Michigan Senator Patrick V. McNamara, President Harry S. Truman and his Secretary of State Dean Acheson. Also mentions the Americans for Democratic Action, the Southern Coalition, the oil industry and the Korean War. Kinescoped from a broadcast on San Antonio's WOAI-TV. Black and white picture with sound. Audio drops out to a very low volume during middle of recording, which was amplified for the access copy by Briscoe Center staff. The creator explains this problem in an included letter to John F. Kennedy: "The batteries and the amplifyer [sp] on one of the cameras used was bad, and for that reason at certain points during the film there will be a noticeable drop in the sound."
Matthews-Reynolds Stone Ranch Dedication
Source:Pinto (John M.) Videotape, 1984
Coverage of a ceremony dedicating the Matthews-Reynolds Old Stone Ranch and telling the history of its settlement, including stories of cattle ranching and battles with the Kiowa and Comanche Native American tribes. Has four title cards throughout the video: "Historical Moments in Texas History (Part I)", "Matthews – Reynolds Stone Ranch Dedication", "The Dedication: Stone Ranch 1856-1984" and "Stone Ranch Dedication: Fandangle Sampler".
Port of Houston, 1 of 2
Source:Bailey (Bob) Studios Photographic Archive
Produced film promoting the Port of Houston, with a brief history of the port and its use by the cotton, wheat and oil industries. Contains footage of the "Steel Surveyor" ship pulling into port, a meeting of the Houston Port Commissioners, and the newly built Wharf 9. Credits include a list of the Board of Navigation and Canal Commissioners: Vernon Bailey (Director of Port Operations), W. F. Heavey (General Manager), W. S. Bellows, W. L. Walker, Sewall Myer, Lawton E. Deats and Robert Hemphill. Color picture with sound. Ends abruptly, with a hole for synchronization that likely goes with part 2.
Ralph Yarborough 5 min [Campaign Film for 1964 Senate Race] #2
Source:Yarborough (Ralph W.) Papers
Campaign film for Ralph Yarborough's 1964 senate race, with a testimonial from John F. Kennedy, who mentions Yarborough's action during 1961's Hurricane Carla and the September 28, 1962 establishment of the Padre Island National Seashore [This is a more complete version of the testimonial than is seen in dv_00078.] Yarborough mentions that Kennedy's footage was recorded for an October 1963 appreciation dinner in Yarborough's honor [covered in the book "Texas Salute: an appreciation dinner honoring United States Senator Ralph W. Yarborough"]. Black and white picture with sound. Dupont edge code reads "L," which relates to 1963.
Reel #1, Marshall Ford Dedication, Ground Breaking
Source:Lower Colorado River Authority Film and Video Collection
Footage of construction, tour and groundbreaking ceremony for Marshall Ford dam. Contains images of Harold L. Ickes and Alan J. Wirtz, and is likely to contain images of LCRA members. Black and white picture, no sound. Label on film reads "Roll 2-#1". Writing on leader reads "Marshall Ford Dedication 4:19 Ground Breaking", followed by printed leader reading "Agfa 1937". Label on can [likely written by 1995 transfer house] reads "Reel #1, 4:19 [time listed is 24 fps, film was likely shot at 16 fps], 1937 Buchanan Dam Construction, VIP Tour of Buchanan Dam, Inks Dam Construction, Ground Breaking Ceremony at Marshall Ford".
Reel #2, Marshall Ford Dam
Source:Lower Colorado River Authority Film and Video Collection
Footage of construction and ceremony for Marshall Ford dam. At the ceremony, a plaque is presented to Harold L. Ickes and individuals including Alvin J. Wurtz [and Tom Miller] stand for recognition. Shows sign and scale model of Marshall Ford dam. Black and white picture, no sound. Picture has occasional double exposure. Label on film reads "Roll 2-#2". Writing on leader reads "Marshall Ford Dam 2:46, 2308". Label on can [Likely written by 1995 VHS transfer house] reads "Reel #2, 2:46 [Time listed is for 24 fps, film was likely shot at 16 fps], 1937 VIP Tour of Buchanan Dam, Inks Dam Construction, Ground Breaking Ceremony at Marshall Ford".
Reel #3, 1936 Flood-Buchanan-Marble Falls-Austin Dam-City of Austin
Source:Lower Colorado River Authority Film and Video Collection
Footage of flooding, bridges, waterways and dams. Black and white picture, no sound. Title is from writing on leader. Writing on reel reads: "1936 Flood B/W, Buchan-Marble Falls-Austin Dam + Austin". Label on can [Likely written by 1995 VHS transfer house] reads "Reel #3, 13:30 [Time listed is for 24 fps, film was likely shot at 16 fps], 1936 Flooding on the Colorado River from Buchanan Dam to Austin".
Reel #4, Color-Flood 1936: Buchanan, Marble Falls, Austin Dam, Barton Springs
Source:Lower Colorado River Authority Film and Video Collection
Footage of flooding, bridges, waterways and dams. A sign for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus in Austin on Thursday, October 1st confirms that the the footage is from 1936. Color picture, no sound. Image is pink with slight hints of color. Title is from writing on reel. Label on can [Likely written by 1995 VHS transfer house] reads "Reel #4, 9:25 [Time listed is for 24 fps, film was likely shot at 16 fps], 1936 Flooding on the Colorado River from Buchanan Dam to Austin and Barton Springs".
Report "Mr. Speaker"
Source:Rayburn (Sam) Papers
In a produced news segment, Sam Rayburn gives a tour of his library, describing the origins of significant items, his goals for its use and also mentioning the loss of his sister, Lucinda Rayburn. He then gives an interview to reporter Eddie Barker, answering questions about changes in government, presidents he has worked with, the perfection of writing in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and the possibility of the Democratic and Republican parties changing to liberal vs. conservative. Black and white picture with sound.
Sam Houston [ship] and monorails
Source:Bailey (Bob) Studios Photographic Archive
A combination of unapparently-related clips of produced films and raw footage spliced together on the same reel by the creator. Includes clips on the christening of a ship named "Sam Houston," a Houston monorail system (with title cards in Japanese or Korean), workers on a construction site, workers at a switchboard and footage of Houston-area buildings and landmarks, including USS Texas, the Washburn Tunnel, and buildings of KNUZ-TV, City National Bank, Ezekiel W. Cullen and the University of Houston. Color and black-and-white picture with sound. Some segments are upside-down and backwards in relation to others. Pub version flips upside-down and backward segments.