Volume 1, Number 7   Issued July 2008 

New Library Catalog Software Now Installed

The next time you visit the Dallas Public Library's online catalog, you will see something new. Some of the new modules, such as linked e-books, are already installed, and more new features will be added in the coming months.

To try out the e-book feature, follow this link, then click on the Web Site icon just below the publisher information in the East Texas Daughter record. That will take you directly to the e-book at NetLibrary. How cool is that? And, note that at the top of the screen, a link will conveniently return you to your search results at any time.

If you are searching for photographs in the catalog, just type your search terms in the "Keyword search for" box beside the "Go!" button, then select "Digital Collection" from the "Limit by" box and click "Go!" This link will take you to an example. Click on the thumbnail in the upper left corner of the record, or the title of the image to display a larger version.

Also, be sure to explore the features under the "Narrow your search" and "Related searches" menus on the right of your screen.

New Acquisitions Highlights

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

-- Jerry Bywaters: Lone Star Printmaker, by Ellen Buie Niewyk.

This new book about the Texas artist and printmaker includes Niewyk's interpretation of Bywater's scrawled notebook, as well as reproductions of a selection of lithographs and color block prints, book illustrations, and photographs by and of the artist. The study was selected as recipient of the 2007 Publication Award from the Center for the Advancement of Early Texas Art, or CASETA. Niewyk is curator of the Bywaters Special Collections at Southern Methodist University's Hamon Arts Library.

-- A Texas Prisoner: Sketches of the Penitentiary, Convict Farms and Railroads, Together With Poems, by Andrew L. George.

This 32-page piece of Texana was published in 1895, shortly after the author's life sentence for murder was commuted by special proclamation from the Governor of Texas. The actual murderer, Henry M. Sharp, made a deathbed confession of his guilt and exonerated George of any involvement in the crime, prompting his pardon a month later. In his small booklet, George recalls his arrest and conviction, as well as his experiences while serving six years of a life sentence. The booklet also includes a few pictures of prison facilities.

-- Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps, produced by The Center for Texas Studies, Texas Christian University.

This impressive reference includes a selection of the most significant maps that have depicted Texas during the post-contact period to modern times. The book is divided into nine separately authored chapters defined in scope by chronological periods. Each chapter begins with a historical overview to provide context for the detailed descriptions and full color reproductions of period maps.

-- Historic Photos of Dallas, by Michael V. Hazel.

The 200 photographs in Hazel's compilation range from some of the earliest images of burgeoning Dallas to iconographic events and persons such as the President John F. Kennedy motorcade in 1963 and Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys. Each of the four chronological chapters begins with a brief overview of the period. The images are excellently reproduced, and each photograph is accompanied by a caption that provides context and significant details.

New Collections

We have recently added a couple new collections to our manuscripts and archival holdings. Below are brief descriptions of these new acquisitions. For information about these and other collections, please visit the Manuscripts and Archives Collections page of our website.

Canterbury Review Club Collection (MA 08-4)

This set of materials consists primarily of scrapbooks deatailing the club's history, including yearbooks, photos and newspaper clippings.

Pleasant Grove High School Sports Collection (MA 08-5)

This set of sports memorabilia includes photos, newsclippings and programs of 1940s and 1950s "Bobcats" sports teams.

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.**

Current Exhibit: When Texas Got Its Kicks On Route 66

The Texas/Dallas History Division invites you to take a trip on historic Texas highways. Along the way, you'll see many sites, including photos and postcards of roadside destinations, maps of the great highways of a bygone era, travel guides from before the emergence of road signs, and other cool materials dating to the time before the Interstates. Explore the exhibit "When Texas Got Its Kicks On Route 66" this summer from early July through September 15 in the reading room of the 7th floor.

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: