Volume 1, Number 6   Issued May 2008 

Coming This Spring—New Dallas Public Library Catalog Software

At the end of May, the Dallas Public Library’s online catalog (http://catalog.dallaslibrary.org) will have a new look! The new software will provide enhanced access to not only the catalog records themselves, but also content, including digital access to tables of contents and first chapters where available. Search results will be accompanied by suggestions for how to refine or narrow a search.

For those of you that are interested in our photographs, the display and organization of digital images will be improved by such features as including thumbnails in the catalog record. Please note that due to these changes, no new photographs are being added to the catalog at this time. We expect to resume photograph cataloging no later than the fall of this year.

New Acquisitions Highlights

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

-- Love Cemetery: Unburying the Secret History of Slaves, by China Galland.

In Love Cemetery, Galland provides a first-person account of her efforts to restore and protect a cemetery in Harrison County. Galland’s work at the cemetery is used as a framework for exploring the history of race relations in East Texas and Harrison County, once the largest slave-holding county in the state. The cemetery is one of only a few mostly intact African American cemeteries in the state.

-- Across Time and Territory: A Walk Though the National Ranching Heritage Center, by Marsha Phluger.

The National Ranching Heritage Center is part of Texas Tech University, in Lubbock. The concept for the center—a collection of buildings and structures exemplifying the built environment of Texas ranches—began in the mid-1960s. The facility opened in 1976 with 18 buildings, windmills, and corals. The number of buildings and structures have nearly doubled in the ensuing years. This book documents with text and images the range of buildings, exhibits, and furnishings at this important museum of western history.

-- Artistry in Silver and Steel: The Adolph Bayers Legend, 2 volumes, compiled by J. Martin Basinger.

Adolph Rudolph Bayers was born on a family farm near Gilliland, in Knox County, in 1912. He started metalworking in the family’s farm shop at an early age, and soon began experimenting with silver and with making spurs, bits, and knives. These volumes reproduce Bayers’ bit and spur designs, and include stories from those who knew the craftsman, as well as numerous photographs of Bayers’ at work and the products of his artistry.

-- The Kennedy Assassination, by Peter Knight.

Contrary to the title, this small but detailed text is less about the assassination itself as it is about the significance of the assassination in the United States and around the world. Each chapter looks at a different type of representation of the event, covering journalism, literature, film, and “official” and various “unofficial” versions of the assassination. In his conclusion, Knight notes that popular conceptualizations of the event have “become a kind of verbal and visual shorthand for a loss of faith in the authorities and the official version of events . . . [and] provide an instant iconography of the 1960s in general and the loss of an exceptionalist sense of American national destiny in particular” (page 163 ).

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/

New Collections

We have recently added several new collections to our manuscripts and archival holdings. The following is a brief description of four of these new acquisitions. For information about these and our other collections, please visit the Manuscripts and Archives Collections page (http://dallaslibrary.org/texas/archives/) of our website.

MA 07-12—Kucera, Henry, Collection

Henry Kucera began work in the city attorney’s office in the mid 1920s and became City Attorney of Dallas in 1935. The collection consists of photographs and correspondence concerning Kucera’s career, primarily in the 1930s. 1/4 linear ft.

MA 07-14—Madyun, Memfis, Collection

An ongoing effort is being made to collect and preserve materials from the community that are under-represented or unrepresented in our repository. This collection consists of a scrapbook and photos documenting the participation of Dallas resident Memfis Madyun in various events in the Islamic community beginning in the early 1990s. The scrapbook contains materials on a pilgrimage to Mecca as well. 1/2 linear ft.

MA 08-1—Associated Wholesale Grocers

David Keener started work for Associated Wholesale Grocers (later Affiliated Food Stores) when it opened in 1946. After fourteen years in its bookkeeping department, he became general manager. The collection consists of photos, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous publications during his career as general manager, as well as early efforts to develop the Stemmons Business Corridor (formerly the Brook Hollow Industrial District). 1/2 linear ft.

MA 08-2—Kennemer, C.E., Collection

C.E. Kennemer was president and general manager of the Dallas Ice Company, board of director for various banks, and was active in other business pursuits during the 1920s through the 1950s. The collection contains material relating to Kennemer’s elevation to the board of directors of the National Bank of Commerce, correspondence concerning his Southwestern Life Insurance Company policy, as well as tax statements, pharmacy receipts, and headlight inspection certificates primarily from the mid 1920s to late 1930s. 1/4 linear ft.

Help Identify Photos in our Collections

Can you help us identify lost people and places? Visit our unidentified photographs (http://dallaslibrary.org/texas/photogallery/unidentified.htm) 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. ***

Education in Dallas

Texas History Division currently has just opened an exhibit titled Education in Dallas (http://dallaslibrary.org/CTX/exhibits.htm#rotating). On display now through the end of June, the exhibit showcases both the famous and the not-so-famous among Dallas’ educational institutions. A variety of materials from the division’s collections—such as postcards, brochures, photographs, and school annuals—are available for viewing in the seventh floor reading room.

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 (http://dallaslibrary.org/texas/archives/). EAD guides created recently are:

Dallas Sunshine Club Records (http://dallaslibrary.org/texas/archives/09206.html)

Miller, Shirley Briggle, Collection (http://dallaslibrary.org/texas/archives/09706.html)

Slaughter, Avery, Family Collection (http://dallaslibrary.org/texas/archives/09713.html)