Volume 2, Number 1    Issued April 2009 

Current Exhibit: Bonnie and Clyde: Famous Texas Outlaws

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the deaths of inveterate bank "stickup" Clyde Barrow and his sidekick Bonnie Parker. In recognition of the occassion, Texas/Dallas History is placing on display some of the items in our collections that recall their gang's exploits, pursuit, and the ambush that ended it all. The exhibit can be seen in the seventh floor reading room through June.

Texas/Dallas History is also hosting a presentation by John Neal Phillips, a recognized authority on Bonnie and Clyde. The talk will be presented on Saturday, May 16, from 1 to 3pm in the O'Hara Exhibit Hall on the seventh floor.

Special Exhibit: Dallas Visiting Nurse Association 75th Anniversary

Also on display is a joint Texas/Dallas History and Dallas Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) exhibition assembled to honor the VNA's 75th anniversary. Photographs reflecting the history of the association's "75 years of care" will be displayed in the seventh floor hallway through the end of May.

Online Maps Database Update

A few months ago, we added to our department a searchable database of all the maps in our maps collection. We now have begun adding images that can be viewed online, as well as a few other small enhancements. There are only about 125 maps online so far. We should be able to get a few more online in the coming months, then slowly add images whenever scans are purchased. Maps with images are indicated by a check mark in the new "Image" column. Click on the map title to view more information about the maps and to gain access to the image or images.

New Acquisitions Highlights

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

--Report of a Neurologic Examination of Jack Ruby, 1964.

This item is a set of files related to a neurologic examination of Jack Ruby. Contains descriptions of the examinations, meeting minutes, communications, and reports prepared by the examiners. The doctors involved in the examinations and evaluations included Tynus W. McNeal and Martin L. Towler (both of the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston), as well as William Peterson and Francis M. Forster (both of the Department of Neurology, University of Wisconsin). The reports contain many details about Ruby's life in addition to the specifics of the examination procedures. The original papers from which the copies were made are housed at the Sixth Floor Museum.

--Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures, edited by Tiny Robinson and John Reynolds.

Huddie William Ledbetter, or Lead Belly, as he is more commonly known, was born in Louisiana but spent much of his childhood and early adult life in east Texas. His music was influenced by Louisiana musicians, but the lyrics and topics were influenced by the time he spent in east Texas, along the coast, and in Dallas. This volume includes dozens of pictures of Lead Belly and texts from persons influenced by Lead Belly's work, from Pete Seeger and Tom Waits to Martin Scorsese and Jack Kerouac.

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: