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Texas History

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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Sears Christmas Show
Source:Bailey (Bob) Studios Photographic Archive
African-American choir from St. John Baptist church, under the direction of S. A. Pleasance [sp?]. The choir performs two hymns. The first is unidentified, the second is "O Come, All Ye Faithful." Black and white picture with sound.
Sen. Kilgore TV 1564
Source:Kilgore (Joe M.) Papers
Broadcaster reading current events for the holiday week in Washington. Mentions Texas Senator Joe M. Kilgore helping to reunite the [Glusiks?] family for Christmas, after hearing about their emigration plight from his son Robert Kilgore. Also mentions the Pageant of Peace celebration, Edward M. [Kerby?] and the Keith [Merrill?] Collection of Religious Art. Black and white negative picture with sound. Has punch hole for synchronization.
Shamrock Destruction, Olshan, original
Source:Bailey (Bob) Studios Photographic Archive
Footage of the famous Houston hotel, the Shamrock, before and during demolition. Contains scenes of Olshan Foundation Repair wrecking balls smashing into the building and an empty swimming pool surrounded by rubble. Internegative color picture, no sound. Pub version inverts color and filters out blue light to approximate natural color.
TMC Historical Resource, Frances Goff, Interview by Don Macon
Source:Goff (Frances) Papers
Title on video is "Video Profiles: An Interview with Frances Goff". Contains an in-depth interview with Goff recalling her personal and professional history, from working for Texas Governors W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel and Coke Stevenson to early fundraising and lifelong support for The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In a notable moment, Goff points out and comments on individual pictures of the members of the 1947 Texas Legislature, including Wardlow Lane, A.M. Aikin, Jr., Jim Taylor, Grady Hazlewood and Rudolph A. Weinert.
Tape for Johnson-Kennedy Telecast in Valley
Source:Kilgore (Joe M.) Papers
Kilgore endorsement for the Kennedy-Johnson campaign, also touching on themes of responsible public spending by the government, voter participation and the cost of the Korean War. Black and white picture with sound. Writing on leader reads: "3532 -Kilgore 11-180" and "3532-Kilgore-10-60".
Texas City Disaster, dupe [duplicate] neg [negative]
Source:Bailey (Bob) Studios Photographic Archive
Footage from the aftermath of 1947's Texas City Disaster. Black and white negative picture, no sound. This version has the same footage as e_bb_5001 [in color], but contains about a minute of extra material. Pub version inverts negative picture.
Texas city fire and disaster
Source:Bailey (Bob) Studios Photographic Archive
The Collector: The Old Jail Art Center
Source:Pinto (John M.) Videotape, 1984
Contains two discrete video packages. The first is titled "ACTV Presents Historical Moments in Texas History (Part I)", and is a three-minute montage of people and places in Albany, Texas. The second is titled "The Collector: The Old Jail Art Center", made up of footage from the opening of the Old Jail Art Center, an art museum in Albany, Texas. Contains interviews with members of the Old Jail Art Foundation and museum visitors. May be a rough version.
The Fort Griffin Fandangle
Source:Pinto (John M.) Videotape
Video documenting Albany, Texas' 1984 Fandangle event, an annual parade and outdoor play/musical celebrating the area's history and settlement.
The Sam Rayburn Library Dedication
Source:Sam Rayburn Papers
Narrated footage of the dedication ceremony for the Rayburn Library. Speakers at the dedication include Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman, and Speaker Sam Rayburn. The dedication is followed by a narrated tour of the contents of the library. Color picture with sound. This is the most complete, highest-quality digitization of the event and film in our collection. It replaces di_02868, which was digitized from a VHS copy of the film, and dv_00148, which was digitized from our second best film source of the same event.