Volume 2, Number 4    Issued June 2009 

Upcoming Exhibit and Reception: Timeless Style, Pastels by Lucretia Donnell Coke

Lucretia Donnell Coke camped with Frank Reaugh and fellow artists in West Texas and learned to love sketching outdoors. This exhibition showcases Coke's career from student sketches to accomplished master works. She continues to share her passion for painting in pastels as a teacher, still active in a career that has spanned almost eighty years. The exhibit will run from June 20 through August 2, 2009. The artist will be present at the reception.

   Reception Time and Place

Time: Sunday, June 21, 2009, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Dallas Central Library (1515 Young Street), 7th Floor
Admission: Free
Please RSVP to texas@dallaslibrary.org or call 214-670-1435

New Acquisitions Highlights

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

--John Charles Beales's Rio Grande Colony, Letters by Eduard Ludecus, a German Colonist, to Friends in Germany in 1833-1834, Recounting His Journey, Trials, and Observations in Early Texas, translated and edited by Louis E. Brister.

The 19 letters reproduced in this volume provide a nearly daily account of the journey by Beales and his fellow settlers from New York to the Rio Grande, and their effort to establish the La Villa de Dolores colony on Las Moras Creek. Brister includes a biographical sketch of Eduard Ludecus. and the text is generously annotated to provide information about the persons and places with which readers may not be familiar. Two sketch maps of Dolores are included with he twelfth letter. A nine-page index includes name, place, and subject entries.

--Historic Native Peoples of Texas, by William C. Foster.

Foster' exploration of the native peoples of Texas during and following the contact era is divided into eight study areas, each with its own chapter. For each study area, Foster provides a survey of the documentation from European explorers, followed by a narrative of historic-era events that affected the peoples of the study area. Each chapter is prefaced by a map of the study area showing expedition routes and general habitation areas of the various native cultural groups. Appendices list and discuss the various flora and fauna described by the early explorers. A detailed index provides good access to the subjects presented.

--History of the Alabama Indian Church, by Nettie McClamroch.

This 22-page pamphlet, published in 1944, provides a brief background and history of Alabama tribe of East Texas and this Polk County, Texas, church. The text is told from a perspective likely reflicting the general non-Indian perceptions of the period.

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: