Volume 2, Number 5    Issued September 2009 

Important Notice: Times are Changing@DPL -- October 1, 2009

Library hours will change at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library and the branch libraries on Wednesday, October 1, 2009. Hours for the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division and the other central units will be:

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday: noon to 8 p.m.
Thursday: noon to 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Staff will also change on October 1, and there will be a mix of familiar and new faces. Please visit, and we'll introduce you! You may reach us by telephone at 214-670-1435 during the hours that we are open, or email us anytime at texas@dallaslibrary.org, and staff will be in touch during our business hours.

Exhibit: Branching Out: 95 Years of Branch Service

November 2009 marks the 95th anniversary of branch service by the Dallas Public Library. Discover the stories of noteworthy branch libraries in Dallas through photos, brochures, and more in the exhibition Branching Out: 95 Years of Branch Service in the 7th floor reading room now through November 30.

Of Interest -- Mexican American Exhibit at the State Fair of Texas

The Dallas Mexican American Historical League will present an exhibition and speakers forums at the Museum of Nature & Science at Fair Park during the 2009 State Fair of Texas. The exhibition focuses on local Mexican American firsts and features materials from personal family collections and area repositories, including the Texas/Dallas History Division. For more information, visit the websites of the State Fair of Texas and Museum of Nature and Science.

New Acquisitions Highlights

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

--G. W. Barrington Collection

The G.W. Barrington Collection contains correspondence, typed manuscripts, and published stories and magazines from this prolific writer of pulp western stories and historical fiction.

--Jim Barnes Research Materials Collection

The Jim Barnes Research Materials are a collection of original items, published articles, and other research materials culled together by Jim Barnes, a long-time resident and amateur historian of the Stevens Park community.

--Greater Dallas Housing Opportunity Center Collection

The Greater Dallas Housing Opportunity Center Collection documents the efforts of the GDHOC in the late 1960s and early 1970s to create equal access to affordable and decent housing in Dallas. The collection is composed of correspondence, board minutes, brochures, and related literature.

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: