Volume 1, Number 4   Issued January 2008 

Dallas History Conference—Dallas on the Homefront

The Ninth Annual Dallas History Conference, the topic of which concerns Dallas’ involvement in various wartime efforts, will take place this year at the Hall of State building in Fair Park. The one-day event is scheduled for January 26, 2008, from 8:30 am to 1:10 pm. For more information, please see the webpage provided by The Clements Center for Southwest Studies (Southern Methodist University) or call 214-413-3665.

On Display—Concurrent with the conference, the Texas History Division has set up an exhibit exploring Dallas life during wartime. On display are WWII ration coins and booklets, a letter granting amnesty to a Dallas-area Confederate soldier, a photo of the Love Field Aviation Flying School during WWI, and more.

New Acquisitions Highlights

Below are a few of the titles we have received lately at Texas/Dallas History & Archives.

-- The 1925 Wiley College Wildcat

This is the first yearbook published by the Methodist Church-affiliated Wiley College, founded in 1882 in Marshal, Texas, for African American students. Another “first” of this issue is that it was the first to show members of the Forensic Society debate team. The new film The Great Debate is based on the Forensic Society’s performance in 1935, when they defeated the national champion debaters at the University of Southern California. This item is on display now in our New Acquisitions exhibit case.

-- Cortina: Defending the Mexican Name in Texas, by Jerry Thompson

In this new addition to the Texas A&M Fronteras Series, Thompson examines the legacy of border caudillo Juan Nepomuceno Cortina. Thompson reviews the violence of the south Texas region from the 1840s through the 1860s, discusses Cortina’s activities through his arrest in 1877 and death in 1894, and examines the interplay between political and military leaders of the era to illustrate the impact Cortina had in the region. The 250 pages of text are supplemented by more than 60 pages of notes and a detailed index that focuses on personal name references.

-- Half-Life of a Zealot, by Swanee Hunt

In this autobiographical account of her life to date, Swanee Hunt provides a well-written and captivating narrative of personal and professional events spanning from childhood to her service for the United Nations and as a United States ambassador. Daughter of oilman H. L. Hunt, Swanee Hunt is the founding director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, chair of The Initiative for Inclusive Security, and holds positions with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

-- Grace and Gumption: Stories of Fort Worth Women, edited by Katie Sherrod

These 15 essays about women of significance—those both prominent and not-so-prominent—in the history of Fort Worth help extend the richness of the historic narrative of that city. The essay topics range from pioneer and ranching women to early philanthropists to vanguards of modern business.

New “landing” page for Texas/Dallas History

In an effort to make it easier to find our site in the vast landscape of the Internet, the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division has set up a new easy-to-remember landing page to act as a portal to our online resources and finding guides. All you really need to remember is “dallaslibrary.org” and “texas”: http://dallaslibrary.org/texas

Help Identify Photos in our Collections

Can you help us identify lost people and places? Visit our unidentified photographs page and see. We will continue to add new images, and will post those recently identified as we receive your responses.

*** When submitting, please let us know if you do not wish to have your name credited with an answer. ***

Manuscript Finding Aids

To improve access to our manuscript collections, we are translating our finding guides into Encoded Archival Description (EAD) format and posting them on the Texas/Dallas website’s manuscripts and archives page. EAD guides created recently are:

-- Texas Society for Professional Engineers, Dallas Chapter

-- Junius Heights Historical Collection

-- Lyceum Collection

-- Lone Star Sailing Fleet Collection, LS13 Class Association Records

-- Herzog Family Collection

-- Hart, Jim, Dallas City Council Papers

-- Kentucky Club of Dallas

-- Kessler Stevens Book Club Scrapbooks

-- Antique Study Club Records

-- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Wives Club - Dallas Collection

-- Oak Cliff Business and Professional Women's Club

-- Fielding, Donald, Collection

-- Farmland Loan Records

-- Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce Collection

-- Cotton Bowl Kiwanis Club of Dallas

-- Contemporary House Records

-- Mangold, Carl A., Collection

-- Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce Oral History Project

-- Oak Cliff Families Collection